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Bethesda News: From near tragedies to triumphs, God’s blessings abound

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Columnist Joyce Smith

Columnist Joyce Smith

Thought for the week: Make prayer a first priority instead of a last resort!

How can anyone not believe in the power of God after seeing the wreckage of the plane that Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family, as well as his two pilots, walked away from with only minor injuries. 

I understand why he did not go to Bristol afterward, saying he “wanted to spend time with his family.” 

I feel sure that he, as well as family and friends, are thanking God for saving them.

Once again, let me say thank you to each of you who volunteered to work at our great county fair. I especially want to salute all of the youth who volunteered their time in the Little 1’s Farming exhibit. Without them, there was no way this could have been done. 

Our hats go off to Sherry Sanders, Cherry Jackson, Vonda Hazelwood, Robbie Dawson and all of their staff for seeing that this was one of the best. I was so impressed with the manners that these young people displayed during this time. We can only imagine what is in store for next year.

Have you marked your calendar for this Saturday? That is the day of the annual ice cream social at Holts Corner Baptist Church. They will begin serving at 4 p.m. with their live auction set to begin at 6. You will be able to enjoy grilled hamburgers and hot dogs as well as a variety of different flavors of homemade ice cream. It will be only 50 cents a scoop. The church is at 5787 Thick Road in Chapel Hill.

I hope and pray that the Lord will see fit to “take me home” as he did Boyce Magli — doing something I enjoy doing. That is the way he was called home. 

He and friends were in Argentina on vacation, which was a hunting trip. I understand he had a massive heart attack after shooting at a bird. 

As the Herald stated, “He died doing what he loved: hunting and being with friends. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his family and friends.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home with a memorial service to be at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church on Franklin Road.

Don’t forget about the Great Americana BBQ Festival at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday. Visitors can also enjoy the antique car show, craft vendors and a kids zone as well as live music all day. There will be food trucks on the grounds as well.

We are looking forward to this weekend as our son, Greg, will be joining us from North Carolina to help celebrate his dad’s birthday. Russell will be 85. We will have a celebration on Saturday afternoon at the home of Jeff and Julie, our other son and daughter in law. Some of our granddaughters and their families will be joining us to help celebrate. Of course, we will have to have his namesake, Cason Russell Regan, our only great-grandson as the center of attention. 

Our 62nd wedding anniversary is Sunday, but this is a special birthday for him, so he is the one we will celebrate.

Congratulations to Shelby Penning, who was recently received a top academic honor while playing softball in the TCCAA at Chattanooga State. She is the daughter of Kelly and Charles Penning and sister of Taylor. Way to go, Shelby! We are proud of you.

It is hard for me to believe that I have a sister who will turn 90 on Aug. 31. (It is probably harder for her though.) She will be honored on Monday and then again on her actual birthday when her daughter, Vivienne Keenan, will honor her at her home with her sisters and nieces. Thanks to each of you for continuing to ask about her. She makes her home in the beautiful Somerby assisted living community.

Congratulations to Emily Ebner and Corbin Hart, who will be married on Saturday at White Dove Barn in Beechgrove, Tenn. Emily was recently honored with a bridal shower at the home of April and Eric Jackson, with Katie Sanders Carrier as co-hostess. Emily is the daughter of Bettye Sue and Richard Ebner. We wish for them the best of luck as they make their home in Florida.

By the time my next column comes out, it will be September. Of course, Labor Day is a day that families try to enjoy their last vacation before everyone settles in for the school year.

There will be several activities taking place on Sept. 7. We are so excited to be a part of the 20th anniversary and groundbreaking of BrightStone. It will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. There will be food, live bluegrass music, games and more. For more information, call 615-790-4888.

It is also time for the 28th annual fall festival at Hillsboro United Methodist Church in Leiper’s Fork. You can enjoy pit barbecue or chicken along with potato salad, baked beans, white beans, slaw, corn light bread and homemade desserts for only $12 or $5 for ages 5-10. The food will be free for ages 4 and younger

The meal will be served from 4 to 6:30p.m. Their live auction will begin at 6 p.m. with their silent auction beginning at 4. They will also have a “country store” as well as inflatables for the children to enjoy. Live entertainment will be provided during the evening. 

You are invited to FiftyForward College on Aug. 29 to hear Lisa Mathews speak. He topic will be “Muscles as We Age.” Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. with Lisa to speak at noon. For more information, call the center at 615-368-7093.

The Grigsby/Watson family reunion will be Sept 8 at the Burwood Community Center. We will begin to gather at 11 a.m. but will not eat until 1 p.m. as several have to travel after attending church. 

If you would like to join us, feel free to do so. This is a covered-dish meal. We will be paying tribute to Jim Hayes, who passed away since our last one, as well as recognizing our newest addition: Cason Russell Regan. (This will also be my birthday celebration as I will be 83 on Sept. 9.)

Please continue to send me the names of your loved ones and friends whom you would like to be on our prayer chain. I realize that there are those of you who do not, and I respect your wishes. 

Those who are continuing to request prayers are Teresa Locke, Billy Giles, Delores Gilreath, Wesley Robinson, Nellie Stephens, Roger Cathey, Ronnie and Judy Pitt, Joe Farrar, June Hood, Bill Marlin, Charles Gore, Dee Lynch, Joel Pedrick, Brenda Thompson, Bernice Smithson, Linda Cotton, Sherry Bellenfant, Doris Pedrick and Krystal Cothran.

Sympathy is extended to the families who have recently lost loved ones. We were so sorry to learn of the death of Tanner Torez, the grandson of Jimmy and Linda Lynch. Tanner was 11 years old and was killed in a car wreck. (They make their home in Chicago.) 

Please remember the families of Marty Carter, who was the husband of the former Holly Hooper, Billy Hagewood, Freda Beard, Richard Edwards, Melvin Prevost, Allison Shelton Rogers, Billy Wise, Marjorie Johnson, Wanda Satterwhite, Reatha Dye, Boyce Magli, as well as others whom we are not aware of.

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