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Bethesda News: Show you care about the ones you love this Valentine’s Day

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week---Christ’s love is meant to be experienced, and shared by you!

Not only can you share Christ’s love, but with tomorrow being Valentine’s Day you can share your love with the others that you love.

As you recently saw, with the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, as well as friends, we never know what tomorrow holds. Take time to tell those whom you love just that. I, personally, would like to tell each of you how much I love and appreciate you for letting me know that you look forward to reading my column, as well as sending me your news and events over the years. I felt as though I had lost a family member when I learned of the tragic death of Kobe and his daughter and the others. He has done so much for others and will be greatly missed. To his wife and each family member, our deepest sympathy is extended.

Russell and I were recently talking with friends about needing additional lighting as well as other electrical work done(wiring,outlets, etc.). He recommended that we call R.C. Electric (Randy Cathey, Jr.), which we did. I can truthfully say that I have NEVER seen a group of young men who worked together, under the wonderful guidance of Glenn Gatlin, to get all of the work that we had requested as well as more. It was so rewarding seeing these young men knowing exactly what they were to do and went to work doing it. (I am so please with the NEW type of recessed lighting that we have in our den and kitchen.) Thanks so much Randy, Glenn, and your men!

Bethesda Community recently lost one of our oldest matriarchs when Margaret Bond, age 92, passed away after having been sick for several months. She retired after being a teacher’s assistant at Bethesda Elementary for 20 + years. She was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her daughter, Jane Giles (David), two grandsons, Gary and Corey (Jill) Giles and the joy and pride of her eyes, great grandson, Luke Giles. Funeral services were at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home with Anthony Bishop and Dr. Sam Webb officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Our deepest sympathy is extended to each family member.

Are you aware that Angel Heart Farm is located right here, across the road from us, on Byrd Lane? I was so excited when I was able to sit down and talk with Tracy Kuyawa, the executive director, of this wonderful equine assisted therapy program that has been created for children and their families facing chronic and life threatening illnesses. She partners with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and has these children as well as their parents to come to her home to stay while the children get acquainted with the horses, etc.  Angel Heart Farm is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that operates on tax deductible donations. The services are free to the families. (I hope to have Tracy on AM950 on Friday morning, Feb. 21, broadcasting from Brookdale of Franklin.) I understand she has had families from not only Tennessee, but Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio visit the Angel Heart Farm. For more info you can call Tracy at 615-566-4976.

Are you thinking of taking a trip, but have not decided where you would like to go? Bonnie Alderson, Travel Agent for Tennessee Travelers, has a GREAT trip planned for Sept. 27 to Oct. 2 to Charleston, S.C. Her prices are so reasonable. If you are interested call her at 931-486-3108 and she can tell you about her full itinerary for 6 days and 5 nights.

Congratulations are in order for Cole McGuire and Amy Rowe who will be married next month. They were recently honored with a Bridal Coffee at the home of his parents, Linda and Tommy McGuire, on Byrd Lane. Family and friends enjoyed meeting and visiting her, along with eating the delicious finger food, as well as admiring the beautiful gifts they received. We wish them the best of luck as they join hands in matrimony.

Williamson County/FSSD Retired Teachers will meet Friday, Feb. 21, at Oak Valley Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with the meeting to begin at 11 a.m. President, Dr. Ann Vaughn, will preside over the meeting. A catered lunch will follow the program at noon. If you did not receive your call and are able to attend just come on and join us.

Members and friends of Mr. Carmel C.P.Church enjoyed their annual Valentine Dinner at Catfish Campus, in Columbia, this past Sunday night. A special thanks to Melba Lindsey for the great job she did with the planning as well as the organization of the games, prizes and pictures. Approximately 50 were in attendance. (I was so happy to learn that Joel Pedrick was able to be there. We have an AWESOME God.)

If you like good singing as well as good food then you will want to mark your calendar for Saturday, March 7. This will all take place at Bending Chestnut Baptist Church located at 5720 Greenbrier Road, Franklin. The Ross Family will be the guest singers. A Fellowship meal will begin at 5 p.m. with the singing to begin at 6 p.m. You are asked to bring a covered dish to share. If you need more info called Willard Taylor at 615-799-2589.

Two of my very special friends will be celebrating this month before my next column is submitted. I would like to say “Happy Birthday” to Annie Lee Farrar who will celebrate on the 22nd and “Ma” Jessie Bennett who will celebrate on the 24th. Also, my great niece, Chloe King, will be celebrating on the 24th. To each of these we hope they have a GREAT one and continued health and happiness.

So many of our family and friends are in need of our prayers. Some are recovering from surgery, flu, etc. Please add my niece, Kaye Gillespie Johnson, who had knee replacement surgery this past Tuesday, Also Drew Williams, Freddie Lancaster, Sherry Jackson Sanders, Donnie Cameron, Ray Barrett, Billy Giles, Mike Jackson, May Johnson, Judy and Ronnie Pitt, Glenn Burgess, Teresa McCafferty, Dee Lynch, Dot Copolo, Joe Farrar, Bubba Crutcher, Nellie Jo Stephen, Robert Leonard “Bob” Abbott, Richard Verbosky, Willie Belle Rittenberry, Linda Johnson, Betty Marlin, Terry Marlin, Joyce Liggett, Larry Westbrook,Sr.,Jessie and Charlie Bennett, Tandy Marlin, Ellen Bogle, Cleo Cowan, Ronnie Chunn, Sharon Perry, Ricky Bennett, and others .

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of Bob Mayes, Madelyn Shelton, of Lewisburg, Leslie Cook, Joyce Bogle Garner, Margaret Bond, Calvin Poynor, “Toby “Martin Smith, Sharon Wilburn Cline, Mary Tossell, Linda Giles Pritchett, Elizabeth “Liz” Culberson, Lou Ellen Hosford,Gail Sorensen, Minerva McGee, Bill Shipp. Steve Bilbrey, brother of Keith Bilbrey, Renee Hester, Matthew Michael Ren, David Moore, father of Stephen Moore, Robert “Shotgun” Andrews, Annette Smithson Agee, Nina Webb, mother of Sue Bailey, Logan John Miller, Gregory Daniel Barnett, Gerald Dodd, Daniel Pendergrass, Janes Stokes, and others.


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