Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

 Thought for the week: God has given you more blessings than you can possibly count, but it doesn’t hurt to begin counting them. While you are at it, don’t forget to praise the giver of these wonderful gifts.

 As I sit down to write my column, I realize that it has been three weeks since my last one, so, I hope and pray that I do not omit any news that has been sent to me.

I apologize up front as I begin.

As I recently listened to one of Charles Stanley’s weekly sermons, titled “Modern-Day Samaritan,” I immediately began to think of all of our modern-day Samaritans.

There is not enough space for me to list all of ours who have put themselves on the front lines during this coronavirus pandemic.

Stanley referred to four things about modern-day Samaritans. They open their eyes to see the needs of others. They open their hearts to love one another. They open their hands to help each other. They open their possessions to give to others. 

Those of our loved ones who have died during these past few weeks were all front-line heroes. If you will go back and read their obituaries, then you will see what I am talking about.

Of course, we could not help but realize that is exactly what Mitchell Earwood was. He was one of our firefighters. He was killed in a tragic accident on May 3. To each of his family members and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy. (He was a reading student of mine at Johnson Elementary School while his twin sister, Mallory, was in my kindergarten class there.)

We also extend our deepest sympathy to the families of George Smithson, Charlie Banner, Malcolm Hazelwood, Barbara Knight, Joe Farrar, Wilma Ford, and others. Go back and read their obits and see what I am referring to.

Stanley referred to the verse “love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Honestly, I have never seen how our neighbors all pulled together to help neighbors during this past storm. I am sure it has been that way over all our communities. Thanks to everyone who has given of your time and talents as well as the use of your equipment to help each other.

I have received word that four of our ice cream socials have been canceled. They are Belleview Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Cross Keys Baptist, Harpeth Lick Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Ash Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Belleview’s event was going to be May 30, the Cross Keys and Harpeth Lick events were scheduled for June 6 and Ash Hill’s event was to be June 20. As soon as I learn about any others, I will let you know. (Be sure to listen to Trade Time at 12:15 p.m. daily on WAKM-AM.)

Sorry to learn of the death of Royce Reynolds. He is the brother of Pat Marlin and Jimmy Reynolds. Memorials services will be at a later date. He made his home in Greensboro, N.C. Our deepest sympathy is extended to members of his family as well as his friends.

Thanks to those of you who sent Jack McCollum birthday cards for his 90th birthday. I understand he received numerous cards and letters.

The following is a letter that he asked me to add to my column:

“Thank you to all who took your time to send me a birthday card. I so appreciated them. I was born in Murfreesboro and lived there until I moved to Franklin 30 years later. The people in Franklin were friendly, helpful and kind. You never saw a stranger. Every time you walked down the street, you knew practically everyone you passed and they knew you. Although I only lived in Franklin 22 years, if asked what my hometown is, I say, “Franklin.” It was wonderful to be reminded of you this week. Again, thanks, Jack.

Please add “Ma” Jessie Bennett to your prayer chain. She recently fell and fractured her hip. She is receiving therapy at Encompass Health Center.

Did you remember to put the Down on the Farm flea and farm market/yard sale on your calendar for May 23? It will run from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at 4921 Bethesda-Duplex Road. If you are interested in renting a space, at $20, call 303-909-7966. All money raised will benefit the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition.

Our prayers are with Tom Woodside, who is in Williamson Medical Center with pneumonia. He is 97, and although the doctors and nurses are taking great care of him, he has to be alone. There is nothing like having a family member or friend to visit. Hopefully he will be home before too long!

Library2Go recently began at Bethesda Public Library. It will continue through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. You can call the library at 615-790-1887 and request up to 10 items per family. They will check out the items and let you know when they are ready to be picked up. When you arrive at the library, call them to let them know you are there and a staff member will place your items in a bag, on the bench, outside the front door. Once the staff member is back inside, you can get your items from the bench. All returns are to go through the drop box.

I was so shocked as well as deeply saddened when I learned of the sudden death of Meredith Campbell Bybee this past week.

She and I had worked together for years at the Crystal Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church camp as well as being on different church committees. She had the most beautiful smile whenever you saw her.

She is survived by her husband, Terrence, daughter, Mackenzie, son, Campbell, as well as her parents, Sue and Jimmy Campbell. Her services were Monday at Heritage Funeral Home, where it was announced that she donated her organs to help save the lives of others. (That is just the type of young lady she was.) She was only 47. She was an agent with Crye-Leike Real Estate in Columbia. Our deepest sympathy is extended to each of her family members.

This is National Police Week. I hope our police officers know how much we appreciate all they do for our city/county. We appreciate them so much. If you happen to see any this week, be sure to thank them for their service.

Happy birthday to my sister Anita Gillespie, who will celebrate her 89th on May 28. We wish for her continued health and happiness. She is not turning cartwheels, but she does do daily exercises and jumps rope daily.

So many of our friends are family continue to be in need of our prayers. Please continue to pray for Rudder Trice, Joel Pedrick, David and Delores Gilreath, Bob Garner, Howard Ford, Blake Hargrove, Stan Hardcastle, Donnie Cameron, Billy and Katie Giles, Pat Marlin, Connie Marlin, Dee Lynch, Annie Lee Neal, Betty Marlin, Joyce Liggett, Larry Westbrook Sr., Harold Wheeley, Teresa Locke, Dugan and Linda Reed, Annie Lee Farrar, Ellen Bogle, Ronnie and Judy Pitt, Charles Gore, Charlene Lancaster, Nellie Stephens, Henry Davis, Charlie Reed, Billy and Betty Officer, Dodie Hazelwood, Tom Woodside, Charlie and Jessie Bennett, Mary Hood and Larry Marcum, as well as others.

So many of our friends and loved ones have died during these past three weeks. Sympathy is extended to the families of Rose Marie McNabb, Diane Wells, the Rev. Dean Hampton, Marian Mangrum, Clifton Anderson, Rollie Henry Beard Jr., Sandra Kay Jones (sister of Tom Jones), Lysbeth Cole Parker (mother of Cindy Tumblin), Jim Martin of Spring Hill, Pete Tucker, Evelyne Lunn, George David Moore, Dot Barnes and Suzanne Sullivan as well as others.

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