By Rachel Harper
The original Mrs. Tri-Bee had a very big birthday this past weekend. She was and is very blessed to have celebrated her 95th birthday! Although she isn’t able to live at her home anymore, she is happy and content down at The Lake Oconee House. Of course who wouldn’t want to be home and she did indeed love her “2×4 split-level house,” but when the time came for her to move to a handicap-accessible place of living, she willingly went. On Sunday after church, she, along with her children, Becky and George Haley and James Melvin and Inez Brewer, and her sister, Blanche, and Jake Wilson, met at Cracker Barrel restaurant here in Madison along with other family members to enjoy Sunday lunch together and to help her celebrate. Everyone also enjoyed birthday cake and the Cracker Barrel waitresses singing “Happy Birthday” to her. The Trinity Baptist Church people had gone to The Lake Oconee House and picked Aunt Frances up for church and they brought her on to Cracker Barrel after the services there. This is a wonderful service they provide for her every Sunday and they deserve many thanks. She enjoyed the day! Many other friends and relatives visited, called, or sent cards over the weekend to wish her a Happy Birthday and she appreciated and loved every one. Her other son, Dr. Glenn Brewer of Deland, Fla. was up and visited her last weekend.
Although Aunt Frances enjoyed her birthday thoroughly, it was bittersweet since her other sister, Nell Porter, had to be admitted to Abbey Hospice in Social Circle as of last Friday. Aunt Nell had spent a hard week here at Morgan Memorial with very serious breathing and heart problems. I have just learned that she passed away around 8 p.m. (Monday). All of her children, Julia Gay and Joe Sabbidino, Dan and Sally Porter, Sarah Nell and Steve Craig, and Janice and Chuck Philippi have all stayed with her and been close by during all of this. Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy is extended to all the family at this time. I will write more next week.
Sadie Carver of Perry and Jim and Kathy Porter along with their children of Russellville, Tenn. all spent part of the weekend here visiting with their grandmother, Nell Porter, and their parents, Dan and Sally Porter, as well as their other grandmother, Mary Ainslie. Of course, her other grandchildren have also been in and out over the last week and weekend.
We, of course, also need to continue to remember Allie Nash as she continues to be hospitalized at Children’s Healthcare in Atlanta. She is making some movement with her arms and legs, and slow and steady improvement overall, but it is a long process. The family covets your prayers. Reagan has come home and is doing well, but has a list of “do’s and don’ts” to follow. Dean Strange of Godfrey continues to be at St. Joseph’s in Atlanta and he, also, has had a very, very hard week, but he, too, is showing some improvement. Kathy, his wife, has been right by his side the entire time, so many, many prayers are needed there, too. Lydia Bennett also had some health issues this past week, but is recovering, we are glad to say. Our get-well thoughts and prayers go out to her at this time. Luan Hardman’s father, Howard Pickett, is seriously ill also. He and the family need our prayers during this time. There is much to remember and pray for in our community.
The Nash’s daughter, Morgan Nash, returned this past week from a mission trip to Malawi, Africa. She had accompanied her Uncle Joe Veal and some other young people from his church in Ohio. They were glad to have her back home and be reunited with her sisters.
Dorothy Digby, daughter of the late Gladys Baldwin Wallace, was in Madison on Friday to visit with some of her Baldwin cousins. Sandra Brown, Sally Stephens, and myself all enjoyed lunch at Adrian’s.
The Chad Rolings enjoyed vacationing last week at Tybee Island near Savannah. China Colley from her dad’s home in New Jersey also accompanied them. She has been visiting down here for a few weeks where she has enjoyed being with family and seeing old friends as well as attending her cousin’s, Matt Hensley’s, wedding last weekend.
Sandra Williams Gardner of Orange Park, Fla., along with her daughters and grandchildren of Florida and Texas were guests of Everette and Carol Williams and family last week. They enjoyed seeing all the cows and calves as well as all the other country life goings and comings while they were here.
Remember the upcoming Homecoming of Antioch Baptist Church which will be held this coming Sunday, Aug. 4. They would love to have you join them.