By Rachel Harper
The expression “It’s hotter than a firecracker on the Fourth of July” couldn’t be said this year! It was really quite pleasant except the intermittent rain showers dampened things a little bit. Bruce said a good line this past week, “We have lived in a desert and now we are living in a rain forest and we haven’t even left our place.” Someone else said we can imagine we live in Hawaii! That is the truth! But isn’t everything beautiful and green? I don’t think Madison and the countryside has ever been prettier.
We extend our sympathy to the family of Ray Harper of the Brownwood community who passed away early Saturday morning. He was a brother to Janice Cronic, wife of the late Ben Cronic and also leaves several other brothers and sisters as well. We extend our thoughts and prayers to all of the family at this time.
We also extend our sympathy to the family of Burns Warfield in the passing of his mother recently. Mr. Warfield is the manager of our local Chick-Fil-A and he and his family reside on Ponder Pines Road in the Fairview Community. Our thoughts and prayers are with him also.
I need to make a correction when I wrote about the death of Imogene Martin the other week. I wrote that her daughter Lydia had died when she was 10 years old and I had that completely wrong. She passed away just a few years ago. I’m sorry about that mistake and wanted to correct it.
We were sorry to hear that Nancy Bruce, wife of John Bruce, had a fall in which she broke her leg. She had surgery and is now up here in the Transitional Unit of Morgan Memorial where she is receiving therapy. We pray that she will have a swift recovery from this. We also need to pray for Lisa Robinson, a niece to Lynn Hanson, Sybil Bradbury, and Martha Sue Dotson and the daughter of Anne Smith of Tifton. She recently suffered a stroke and is receiving intensive therapy. We are glad that Dean Strange was able to come home from the hospital after a lengthy stay. Continue to remember him in your prayers.
One night this past week we ran into Warren and Margaret Ann Robinson. Margaret Ann was the former Margaret Ann Bell of Buckhead. They were with Chuck and Miriam Foster and Miriam told Warren that he must tell me something interesting that had happened to him. He told that he had a special silver piece that had been in his family for quite some time and several people and relatives had told him he needed to take it to the Antiques Roadshow. The Robinsons live in Lenox and they heard that the Antiques Roadshow was coming to Jacksonville, Fla., which wasn’t too far from where they lived. He showed up with his piece on the appointed time and got a ticket and they put him in the right line for his particular piece. Well, lo and behold, his piece was of significant value and he ended up being taped for a future TV show. He said it will air in January or February so we all need to be on the lookout for this. That is quite exciting and especially that we know of a Buckhead connection. If I happen to find out the particular time I will be sure and let all of you know. I don’t want to miss it! Bruce and I ran into the Robinsons and Chuck and Miriam up at Perk Avenue on Tuesday night. They always have several musicians who come and play bluegrass and country on that night. Chuck was playing his big bass fiddle. Phillip Wood is there most Tuesday nights playing his guitar, too, as well as L.A. Hensley who plays the guitar as well as the harmonica. It is quite enjoyable!
We are glad to welcome some new neighbors to Baldwin Dairy Road as Kady and Phillip Hill along with their two children, Avery and Brantley, have moved into our community. Phillip is employed with Georgia Power and Kady is a nurse. She is a camp nurse this summer down at Rock Eagle and works every other weekend down at Oconee Regional Hospital in Milledgeville. Kady’s mother is one of Curtis and Mary Fuller’s daughters and is a niece to Martha Wood over in the Fairview Community.
Tommy and Raynor Cathey along with their grandson, Jake Harris, have recently returned from a trip out West where they visited Mount Rushmore, Yosemite, Wyoming, and Colorado as well as many other sights. Jake has now returned home to Texas. This past week Tommy and Raynor had as their houseguests, Patty and Herb Brown from Liberty, Miss., who enjoyed coming to Georgia and seeing some local sights.
The McRee family reunion was held on Saturday down at Bonner’s Restaurant in Buckhead. Joan Harper and her girls, Beth Bishop, Jane White, and Jill Penn, along with their families, Patricia and Tom Chaffin from Virginia Beach, Va. and their two boys with their families from here in Georgia, and Louise and Kendall Marett from Hartwell and their daughter Deann with her family as well as McRee families from Buckhead and all around were present for this joyous occasion.
Sadie, Jake, and Mary Elizabeth Carver of Perry were weekend guests of Dan and Sally Porter for the Fourth of July holiday and weekend. They along with Madeline Porter enjoyed the Sunflower Festival on Saturday.
Jack and Karen Lindsey enjoyed a weekend get-away to the North Georgia mountains and Cherokee, N.C. recently.
Rev. Chet Thomas and his family from Flagler Beach, Fla. were guests of his mother, Joyce Thomas last week.
Bertie and Leon Alligood of Lebanon, Tenn. and Shep Alligood of Nashville, Tenn. were guests last week of Jake and Blanche Wilson. We all enjoyed many get-togethers over the course of several days. They also enjoyed meeting up with a dinner out at Lake Oconee with Leon’s brother and his wife, Larry and Margaret Alligood of Augusta while here.
Sarah Nell Craig spent this past weekend with her grandchildren and family in Acworth.
Sandra Brown and Laurie Lewis enjoyed a night out this past weekend where they went to see an Elvis impersonator.
The Justin Mitchells enjoyed spending the Fourth of July week at the beach for a nice vacation.
Mary Ellen Shannon, Nancy Mitchell, and Gil and Fran Busenitz visited Frances Brewer this past week.
Ben Porter started off the show season this past weekend. He and his mother, Shannon, went to Moultrie for the Southern Showdown where Ben came away with the showmanship award for grades 10-12 and brought home a new belt buckle. Congratulations! Will Porter will finish out his last week at 4-H Camp at Rock Eagle this week where he has been working at the canteen there at the camp. Will and three other Morgan County 4-Hers are now preparing for State Congress in two weeks.
Bethany Baptist Church will have their Bible School this coming Friday night, July 12, from 6:30-8:30; Saturday, July 13, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; and the family service on Sunday morning at 11 a.m.