Bethesda News: Thompson family grateful for outpouring of sympathy

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week: Praise to God comes naturally when you count your blessings.

The following is a letter of thanks written by the family of the late Harry Thompson. 

“Words are not adequate enough for us to thank each of you for your kind expressions of sympathy shown to each of us during the sudden death of our husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in law, father-in-law and uncle. 

“To those of you who stood in line, for hours, to pay your respect, we say thank you. Also, for the flowers, memorials, food, cards, visits, etc., thank you so much. You never realize how much family and friends mean to you until something like this happens. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Again, thanks!”

We were so shocked and deeply saddened when we heard the news that John Green had died after a tragic accident. Thankfully, he was involved in what he loved and that was Boy Scouts. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Church of Christ. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday at the church and one hour before the funeral. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Boy Scout Troop 137. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his family and friends.

You are all invited to Brookdale of Franklin’s Harvest Fest Celebration, set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at 910 Murfreesboro Road. You can enjoy chili, barbecue, pulled pork, butternut squash, rice and sausage casserole, pumpkin spice donuts, cornbread, coleslaw and a variety of drinks along with a cake walk and other activities. They will also have live entertainment. This is a free family event.

 Mark your calendar for 3-6 p.m. Saturday, which is the time and day for Bethesda United Methodist Church’s Community Fall Festival. 

They will have a bounce house for the children as well as pumpkin decorating, a cakewalk, live music, soup and chili plus desserts. This is a free event and the public is invited to attend.

The Cumberland Valley Quilters Association will present its 2019 quilt show, “Traditions and Trends” Friday at St. Philip Church in Franklin. More than 100 quilts will be displayed along with guest exhibitors, vendors, etc. The fee for the show is $5. It will begin at 10 a.m.

You are invited to Ash Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church on Sunday for its annual homecoming. Preaching will begin at 10:30 a.m. with lunch being served at noon. Singing with the Stephens Group as well as the Simple Men will begin at 1:30.

Friends of Bethesda Public Library invite you to a potluck luncheon on Oct. 17. We will eat at noon. Come and bring your favorite dish to share with others. This is a great way to meet your neighbors.

2Country4Nashville (LeAnne and Jo-el Ulmer), will be at Poncho’s in Spring Hill 6-9 tonight. This will be their last show, locally, until December. They are headed back to the Carnival cruise ship, but will be home for Christmas. (This will be the first time in four years.)

It is getting time for the pecan sale sponsored by the Bethesda United Methodist Women. They will be shipped the last of this month. The price is the same as last year: $11 per pound. These are the fresh ones from Georgia. 

I will be helping them again this year, so you can let me know if you would like to place and order. (You do not pay until you receive them, but I do need to know how many bags you would like.)

Congratulations to Jessica and Jeff Whidby on the recent birth of their son. Braxton DeWayne Whidby weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces and was 18 inches at birth. His paternal grandparents are Donna and Jeff Whidby and his great-grandmother is Elaine Anderson. They are home and doing well.

So many of our family and friends continue to need our prayers. Allen Poteete had to return to the hospital after having been in there for heart surgery. Joel Pedrick is continuing his treatments, and his mother, Doris Pedrick, is at NHC Cool Springs receiving therapy from recent back surgery. Teresa Locke was told that her leukemia has returned. Ray Barrett was able to be at the country ham breakfast but would like for your prayers to continue. Emy Jo Bilbrey and Donnie Cameron, are waiting on transplants.

Prayers are needed for Polly Mangrum, Delores Gilreath, as well as her sister, Mary Lynn Millsaps, Dee Lynch and Ronnie Pitt, who suffered a heart attack this past week. Also for Larry Westbrook Sr., Annie Lee Farrar, May Johnson, Brent Elli, Austin Rice, Cleo Cowan, Ann and Bob Garner, Dana Bennett Ballentine, Connie Marlin, Jessie Bennett, Nellie Stephens, Estelle Denton, Charles Gore, John Slaughter, Marie and Otis Bentley, as well as others whom I am not aware of. Please contact me if you have others to add to our prayer chain.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of Evelyn Carlisle, Jeff May, Elaine “Purky” Williams, Judy Newman, Bobby Hood, Casey Ann Frank, Allen Henry Lesnick, Dwight Heithcock, R.C. Edmondson, Preston Frank Harper, Jim Goldstein, Mike Courtelis, Russell Miller, Patricia “Pat” Blackburn, Jim Lawson, Teresa Davenport and Tommy Hughes, as well as others.

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