with Patsy Nobles Jones
“Of all the walks we’ve taken together, this one called ‘The Last Mile’ is not my favorite.” – unknown
When Don’s mother died Dec. 8, 2002, the ride to the City Cemetery was silent except three soft words by Travis – “The Last Mile.”
Our community expresses sympathy to these grieving families as they recall walks taken together. Families are of Dorothy Nell Robbins Latham (3-31-29 to 6-13-20) – New Friendship; Bertie Lee Hollowell Bishop (4-16-20 to 5-28-20) – Memorial; John Michael Phillips (12-1-56 to 6-12-20), served in US Navy – Memorial – New Friendship; Larncine Gail Pusser (5-19-62 to 6-11-20), daughter of Billy Kent and Mary Lee Bishop Pusser – Memorial – Cabo; “Mike” Michael G. Ross (5-28-55 to 6-10-20), the last from a family of four. Coy, Faye and Anthony have open arms in heaven. Mike was the beloved husband of Betty Wells Ross – Unity; “Bill” William Maness (5-1-35 to 6-15-20), my distant cousin who mowed Mama Beck’s yard so neatly. We last saw each other at the funeral home (regret not getting his cell phone – loved hearing his humor). He is the beloved husband of Mary. They lost their grandchild, Tina Leann Maness May 5, 2020 – Cave Springs; and Katherine Williams-Dunning (10-21-92 to 6-13-20), daughter of country singer, Hank Williams, Jr., died in a SUV accident.
Prayers requested for Marguerite Attaway Galloway formerly from Jacks Creek; Uncle Terry Ray Ross; Braelyn Ellis; Kristen Daniel; Murdell Barker; and Cousin Andy Maness.
Greetings to the Pattersons – Rushes – Wadleys-Phillips families; Cousin Judy Davis; Melbern Jones; Judy Jones Hample; Talmo Johnson; Jim Ruth; Billy Dickson; Sherrill Ryals; Mary Harris; Francis Ada; Loyce Smith and Golda Colbert.
Jacks Creek has a new business! Sunset Valley Farm Market will have veggies, fruits, etc. It is located in the space beside the post office. Hours are 3-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday. I am craving “maters” and “taters.”
On June 20, 1782, the bald eagle was chosen as the emblem of the U.S.A. because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks. Three weeks ago, Don and I saw a bald eagle flying and landing on the side of the road across from Lonnie Cobb Ford. The beauty took my breath. Great posture, beautiful feathers groomed, alert eyes and strong looking claws. I love the bald eagle as our emblem. I love the U.S.A., Tennessee, Chester County and Jacks Creek. We are blessed to have stability, and don’t we have enough of whatever we desire within our paychecks? I would never consider leaving this country. We have the best, and many want to move here. We are blessed to be born here! Freedom – hear it ring?
Father’s Day is June 21. Make memories while you can. Give Dad a carwash coupon or do it yourself while Dad watches. Grill burgers for him and make extras for the following day or two. Who wouldn’t love homemade ice cream? Do something personal. Do not forget to take a photo and surprise him soon with that memory in a photo frame. Be mindful this is the “first” Father’s Day for several families. Pray for them. Call or send a note. This week, three Dads are gone.
“When you lose your parents the sadness doesn’t go away. It just changes. It hits you sideways instead of head-on like now.”– Jude Watson
Good old summertime begins June 20. Sing this for a smile. “There’s a time each year/That we always hold dear/Good old summertime/With the birds and the trees’es/And sweet scented breezes/Good old summertime/When your day’s work is over/Then you are in clover/And life is one beautiful rhyme/No trouble annoying/Each one is enjoying/The good old summertime/In the good old summertime/In the good old summertime/Strolling through a shady lane/With your baby mine/You hold her hand and she holds yours/And that’s a very good sign/That she’s your tootsey-wootsey/In the good, old summertime/Oh, to swim in the pool/You’d play hooky from school/Good old summertime/You’d play “ring-a-rosie”/With Jim, Kate and Josie/Good old summertime/Those days full of pleasure/We now fondly treasure/When we never thought it a crime/To go stealing cherries/With faces brown as berries/In good old summertime…(repeat chorus).”
2020 VISION: “Together is a wonderful place to be.”