Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week — Encouraging words bring hope to the human spirit.

You still have one day left to attend our County Fair. Also, if you have the time the Little Ones Farming is in need of volunteers on Saturday. (They may need you before then.) What a blessing it was to work in this area. I was the “counter.” In other words, ANYONE who entered the doors was counted. On Saturday morning, between the hours of 10-12, we had OVER 1,200 who came through.

Parents were so complimentary of this educational program. Little children stated “I LOVE coming in here.” Some parents said, “My child has been waiting for months for this Fair to open so he could see you.” This is what it is all about. THANKS to ALL the ones who organize and sees that EVERYTHING runs smoothly as well as to ALL the VOLUNTEERS who give of their time to help. Without YOU this event would NOT be possible. Wish I had space to list names, but this is for ALL of you.

Hopefully you have your calendar marked for Saturday, Aug. 18. This is the date for the ANNUAL Summer Festival at Epworth U.M. Church. Their Bake Sale and Silent Auction will begin at 3:30 p.m. with serving of food to begin at 4 p.m. You will be able to have carry-outs if you need. They usually have a regular plate dinner for you to enjoy. They will have grilled hamburgers, grilled chicken, hot dogs, with all the sides as well as homemade desserts. You will be able to enjoy a variety of different flavors of homemade ice cream. The Silent Auction will end at 5:30 with the LIVE Auction beginning at 6 p.m. The church is located on Arno Road. Call me at 615-790-1833 if you need more info.

Our FSSD Family recently suffered heavy hearts with the death of two of our staff members. John McAdams was our Associate Director for Finance and Administration for 14 years until he was diagnosed with ALS and had to retire in 2017due to this disease. His services were in Columbia at First U.M. Church. Also, we received word that Brenda Zinge, former teacher, passed away after battling cancer. Memorial Services were recently held for her. To each of these families our deepest sympathy is extended. (I have such great memories of both.)

You are ALL invited to Holts Corner Baptist Church on Saturday, Aug. 25, for their Annual Ice Cream Supper and Auction. They will begin serving hamburgers, hotdogs and chicken sandwiches at 4 p.m. Their Live Auction will begin at 6 p.m. You can also enjoy homemade desserts as well as a variety of different flavors of homemade ice cream. The church is located at 5787 Thick Road in Chapel Hill.

Today is the day for the Thursday Lunch and Program at Fifty Forward College Grove. You will enjoy hearing Peg Augustine with her folklore from Appalachia. Hopefully you have made reservations to eat. I am sure you can go for the program at noon if not. They will eat at 11:30 a.m. with the program to begin at noon. On Thursday, Aug. 23, Louise Lynch will be their guest to talk about her book, Moonshine and Murder Crimes in Williamson County. Call the center if you need more info at 615-368-7093.

Family Reunions have been planned and are taking place. I understand the Bennett Family had a GREAT one this past Sunday. Hopefully if you are in the Marlin Family you have marked Sunday, Aug. 19. This is the date for theirs at Bethesda Recreation Center. All paper goods, etc. will be provided, but you are asked to bring your favorite foods as well as desserts. You are also asked to bring a family picture to add to their Marlin Photo Album.

The Hartley Family Reunion will be Sunday, Sept. 2, at the Bethesda Senior Citizen Center. They plan to eat at 1 p.m. (This will give you time to attend church.) This is a Pot Luck Meal!

Thanks to each of you who have been supporters of ALL the Ice Cream Suppers that have taken place since the last of May. Without you these would not be possible.

I understand I gave the wrong date for the Bethesda High School Reunion. It is Saturday, Sept. 29. If you have not sent your money in, please do so. Send it to Diane Marlin (Gene). It is only $10 per person. If you EVER attended Bethesda between the years of 1940s through 1975 you are invited. (You did not have to be a graduate.) Call me at 615-790-1833 if you have any questions.

Also, on Saturday, Sept. 29, you are invited to Walker Baptist Church for their ANNUAL Fish Fry. They will begin serving at 4 p.m. (I will tell more about this on later columns.)

“Happy Birthday” to my friend Lillian Hill, who will be celebrating on Thursday, Aug. 16. We wish for her many more to come.

Congratulations to Christy and Casey Stephens on the arrival of their new son. Wyatt Allen Stephens was “Welcomed” home by his brothers, Everett and Nolen.I understand he weighed over 7 pounds. Congratulations also to Morgan and Johnny Flaugher on the arrival of their new daughter who was born Monday night. She has been named Sawyer Ellen and weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Maternal grandparents are Steve and April Williams. Paternal grandparents are Jennifer and John Flaugher. Paternal great-grandmother is Paula Flaugher. I understand ALL are doing well. 

Our prayer chain continues to grow as we add more names daily. Please continue to pray for Ruby Jean Maxwell, who had major surgery at Vanderbilt this past Monday, Doris Hickman, facing knee surgery, Delores and David Gilreath, Katie and Billy Giles, Herbert Marlin, Braxton Harrell, nephew of Tommy McGuire, Marie Bentley, Elizabeth Beard, Joel Pedrick, Dee Lynch, Walter and Billy Officer, Brenda Johnson, Jim Hayes, Sue Wiley, Ellen Bogle, Paul Williams, Bernice Smithson, Malcolm and Dotie Hazelwood Howard Yancy, as well as others whom I am not aware of.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of those whom have recently lost loved ones. Some of those that I am aware of are Junior Rader Jr., Bobby Greene Sr., “Grumpy” Alley Jr., Darrell Dewayne Johnson, Andrew Roland Johnson, Quincy Bruce, Boyd Schermerhorn, grandfather of Lindsee Stephens (Chris), Kwanda Buford Braxton, Peggy Cooper, Wade Sledge  and Colonel Charles “Rob” Davis, as well as others whom I am not aware of.

Please call me if you have items of interest at 615-790-1833. 

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