Community News – May 23, 2024

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Hello to all from this little corner of the world. What a blessing to wake up to beautiful sunshine Sunday morning. There was a very slight breeze noted. Have you ever wondered how birds know to feed during the day, but as evening approaches, they leave? This is just a thought to ponder. It seems that May has become April. You know how April showers bring May flowers? Well, what does all the May rain bring? I know God has a plan, and I feel for those who work according to the weather, but we are supposed to have above average temperatures this summer per the weather channel. I hope and pray we do not have a drought. We have finally lost one pretty anchoring (corner) bush. I have enjoyed it and will miss its addition to our landscape.
Bro. Glenn preached a very good sermon Sunday morning. The title was “The Final Judgement of all those who will die lost.” This was taken from Revelation 20:11-15. Have you ever thought about how people like to judge others but not to be judged? God is the final judge. I know the world seems incorrigible, but there is always hope, and everyone and everything is not bad. There will be a day, and no one knows when the time or day will be, but everyone should think about life and its meaning. We are here per God’s choosing. We are to love and help others as Christ did on this earth. No, we could never, ever match Him and shouldn’t try, but He is an excellent example to live by. We cannot fight our way through life either. Live a life to be proud of and answer to God, therein you will find peace. I have a long way to go, but in 70 years of life and losing a young child, I have learned and had a LOT to think on. Everyone will come to this point if they live long enough; even if it is on the deathbed, it comes to all. Thank God for blessings – seen and unseen. Life is full of changes, and we either work with them and through them or sink. That is not fair to us personally or those that love us. God’s desire is for us to be happy and to show/help others on this journey called LIFE. Be Happy. Life is short.
Condolences to all who have lost loved ones.
Happy birthday to Darion Barber, 5-19; Zachery Priddy and Sue Newsom, 5-22; Caden Faulkner, 5-24; and Ruth Whitley, 5-26.
Please continue to remember these in prayer: Dixie Arnold, Wesley Bates, Paula Berry, Marie Bishop, Judy Bray, J.T. and Jeannette Butler, Jackie Chambers, Rickey Clayton, Pat and Paul Coleman, Boyd Cupples, Joie Freeman, Jennifer Gateley, Kyle Goethals, Bro. Glen and Judy Harris, Johnny Hays, LaDawn Hayes, Danny Hodges, Brenda Hopper, Larry Johnson, Eva and Alvin Jones, Melissa Jones, Shirley Kendrick, Justin Lindsay, Doris McKinney, Martha Mainord, Deana Morris, Darryl Newsom, Jim Newsom, Julia Parchman, Beth Plunk, Trudy Powers, Pam Priddy, Ridge Ray, Mollie Russell, Dyke Sells, Cathy Sisson, Jacob Thomas, Kevin Thurman, Lee Trice, Tony Tucker, Cammi Walls, Adam Wise , Natalie Wray and Mike Young . Also, pray for our military, law enforcement, our country and first responders.
“Your Life” by Diane Ranker Riesen – “When God thought of breathing His life into you/and sending you down to earth/He knew all along the great difference you’d make/and the wonderful cost of your worth/You see, God’s aware of your life till its end/and He knows what you’ll say and do/And because of this knowledge He had from the start/He chose to give LIFE to you/Perhaps you feel lonely, or misunderstood/perhaps that you’ve not done your ‘share’/but, God knows each moment you made someone smile/and He knows how you’ve loved and cared/Don’t fret on your past or mistakes that you’ve made/God saw all of these as well/He still knew your life would have purpose on earth/it will every day…UNTIL/and then when your years have been ended on earth/and your purpose here is through/your soul will be called, and you’ll see your reward/HEAVEN will be there for you!”
I pray you all have a wonderful week and may it be filled with love, joy, peace and blessings. Remember: if you have news, please email me at I would truly appreciate any news. People from here and those who have moved from our area but still want to keep in touch through the newspaper are hungry for news from home. Until next week, Happy Trails to You.

Hello from Enville! I hope everyone is having a great week. The weather is pretty with lots of sunshine the first few days, but I think rain will be back for the weekend. By the time you read this, school will be out for Chester County. I know there are a lot of happy kiddos as well as teachers. I pray for a fun and safe summer for you all!
Memorial Day is Monday, May 27. It is the unofficial first holiday of summer. Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. From 1868 to 1970, it was observed on May 30. Since 1971, it is observed on the last Monday of May ( Arlington National Cemetery graves are decorated with flags during Memorial Day weekend. Many people visit cemeteries on Memorial Day, and many volunteers place American flags on graves of military personnel. Our cemetery, Woodlawn in Enville, does this on the second Sunday in May for our decoration day. There is a difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day honors those who died in battle or after injuries sustained in battle, and Veterans Day honors everyone who has served in the military, wartime or not. For many of us, it is a day off work to spend with family, have barbeques, go to the river or go camping. Whatever you do, I hope you all enjoy the day and be safe!
Happy birthday wishes go to Jan Johnson (Me) and Harold Wright on May 24, Kevin Maness on May 26 and Debbie Timmer on May 29. Happy anniversary to Josh and Audrey Trammell on May 27. We hope you all enjoy your special day!
Please be in prayer for Lisa Bishop, Robert and Linda Johnson, Mary Lee Guyon, Agnes and Robert Smith, Tera O’Neal, Harold and Janice Maness, Emily Freeman, Ashley Pugh, Ann Pugh, Anita Needler, Janice Massengill Strickland, Shirley Hampton, Della Mixon, Mary Lou Avent, Kaye Killingsworth, Tim and Tabitha Hampton, Dot Smith, Justin Godsey, James Vinson, Jimmy Robertson, Rick Ooley, Mike Pugh, Mike Frank, Jeff Finley, Doyle Bishop, Mike Finley, Lee Trice, Clint Murley, those who have lost loved ones, our firefighters, first responders, law enforcement, healthcare workers, military, our county and country and, as always, each other.
If you have news or someone to add to the prayer list, call me at 731-608-3058, or if you want to rent the community center, call Pat Cates at 731-688-5125; if needed this week or next, please call Melinda Johnston at 731-608-1390.
Have a blessed week everyone!

School’s out for summer!!!
Here we are about to celebrate Memorial Day, and I pray that each of you will take the time to stop for a few minutes and reflect on what the meaning of the holiday truly is. It is not just about gathering, grilling, going to the beach or whatever you do to start your summer. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Montezuma sends out Happy Birthday wishes to Felica Hathcock on May 22, Heather Wells on May 23, Anthony Hornbeak (my grandson) on May 25 and Ayden Sanford on May 27. Montezuma sends out Happy Anniversary wishes to Jerry and Kathy Emerson on May 19.
We need more community involvement for our center and would like to invite people to join in. Renewal dues are $25 after your first initial year of joining. Membership dues need to be paid now to be considered an active member. We also take donations. Payments can be mailed to Edith Sills at 4475 Sunshine Rd, Henderson, TN 38340. We appreciate all our members and would like to have more events if we can get enough help to do so. Call Ann Moore at 608-2033 or myself if you have any new ideas for the center or wish to get involved. People who want to rent the community center should contact Betty Cooper at 879-9078 for booking. We ask those renting our facility to please follow our rules and show respect for the building. We try to keep it in the best order possible, and it takes everyone cooperating to make that happen. If you care about this community, please get involved in what is taking place to continue to grow our county and make it a better place to live and raise a family. Get to know what is changing in our local government, schools, churches and communities through the news, friends, your church, teachers, etc., and if it matters to you, there are ways to help make things better.
There is much spiritual warfare with society accepting things that go against who God is and what HIS laws are that we are to follow. Every day of life has its challenges, but if we look to God for the right path, it can be a good one. Enjoy what time you have with your creator, your family and your friends. Please pray for our local government, the County Commission Budget Committee as they start preparing the budget for the 2024-25, the federal government, law enforcement, school staff and teachers and the listed individuals of Devenda Frank, Mike Frank, Donna Doyle, Norma Sue Kitchen, Jerry Fletcher, Janice Schultz, Bobbie Bethune, Jimmy Smith, Mark Hall, Curtis Morrison, Renee Jordan, Wesley Whitman, Ruby Hannah, Donnie Brooks, Linda Plunk, Lee Trice, Patricia Ledford, Mike Tedford, Clint Murley, Sherry Fletcher, Chuck Beacham, Sandra Lott, Faye Crouse, Janice Morris, Lisa Bishop, Jeanette Walker, Paul Schilling, Nancy Crouse and others that are sick or healing. We especially want to remember the families of Lewis Wilkins, Harold Newman Hurst, Margaret Hooper, Shirley Moody, Angela West and other families that have recently lost loved ones.
I am always looking for noteworthy news to share in this column. Please send to or text me at 608-2857.
As always, I am wishing a very blessed week to all you readers. Until next time!

Hello to all! I am so excited to be with you today! Because this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! I give thanks to the Lord for being with you one more time in your home, at your job or wherever you find time to read the paper. I am so happy to be part of your life. I hope you had a wonderful week! My household and I did. My husband and I celebrated our wedding day anniversary on May 14. We can not believe it has been 48 years since we said, “I do.” Some asked, “How did you do it?” My words to them are, “We pray together, we communicate together, we laugh together, we cry together, and he still open doors for me as he did when we were dating 49 years ago.” I am blessed to have the best husband in the universe! This is how I feel about my “Boaz.” Like I always say, “Keep the Honey in the Moon”! My lovely sister, Audria, gave us some beautiful gifts from Greece and from Sicily while she was visiting those countries.
Well, Monday, May 27, is Memorial Day. It is a holiday many of us spend having family gatherings, barbequing or enjoying a nice evening out with friends and family. Whatever you do for Memorial Day, remember to ask yourself this question: why do we celebrate Memorial Day? The primary reason why people celebrate this special event is to commemorate the lives of U.S. soldiers and other military personnel who sacrificed their lives and died in honor of their country.
It is on the calendar for the entire country to celebrate this event and honor all the Americans who have died while taking part in any kind of military action or war. The place to be on May 27 is at the Memorial Day Ceremony in the Council Chambers, second floor of the City Hall in Henderson, TN starting at 11 a.m.
The city of Henderson would like to say, “Thank you, Commander Chris Dunbar and the American Legion Davidson-Haltom Post 157 members, for making sure that City of Henderson will come together to remember and honor our POW’s-MIA and the ones that gave their life’s for us.”
If you are a Veteran and would like more information on how to become a member of American Legion Post 157, please contact Commander Chris Dunbar at 608-5547. 
Happy Birthday shout out to Byron McNeal, 5/29; Emori Burton, 5/29; Katherine Armstrong, 5/29; and Susie Hemby, 5/30. May the Lord bless all of you with many more.
Continue to pray for people that are in the hospitals, for the ones that are sick in their homes, for our children, teachers and families, for the men and women that are serving our country, for the incarcerated and for bereaved families everywhere. As I leave you, please stay safe and stay protected. Remember to patronize with our local businesses here in town; let us try to support our own as much as possible.
If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your family, birthday, anniversary, announcements, and things happening in the City, please call or text me at 608-6132 and leave your message.

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