In her arms or in her heart, a mother carries her children with her always. I hope all of you Mothers had a very special and nice Mother’s Day on Sunday! It was a beautiful day, made even the more so with family get-togethers or just relaxing and doing what you wanted to do! I am very blessed to have a wonderful Mother and had a mother-in-law, and grandmothers who truly loved their families and who have set an example for me, my brothers and sister, and all of our children for life. My Mama has always been able to put together a meal for us, relatives, or just some company who happens to drop in and it would be a good one, too, from just something she has on hand. All of us and many of my cousins still say she makes the best spaghetti they’ve ever had; but, don’t ask her for the recipe, because there is none! When asked she just says, “Well, I just did so and so, and then I had a little of this in the refrigerator, and some left-over this and that, so I just added that in to season it.” She can make a good meatloaf, too, doing the very same thing! So, now, when I am making either of those, I rinse out the ketchup and the taco sauce bottle with a little water to empty it out and add them to my sauce and whatever else I might have a dabble of in the refrigerator. Don’t throw those nearly empty bottles out; save them! Blanche has now added chicken and dumplings to her recipe file, since finding out that Mark and Raegan love them so; they are good, too! As to my mother-in-law—when I married Bruce, I had never seen such a Sunday dinner as his Mama, Nan Harper, could put together….usually two meats, several dishes of vegetables, creamed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, homemade biscuits or rolls and cornbread, dessert, and in the summer, she would have made a churn of homemade ice cream before getting to Sunday School at 10 a.m. with a homemade cake!
I was only used to having chicken (or turkey) and dressing twice a year– at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I was amazed to have it quite regularly for Sunday dinner at her house. She was an excellent cook! Bruce tells me they didn’t have much money, but you would never have known it by the meals! She could put on a spread fit for a king! Bruce and Jack Lindsey lived together at TeePee Valley trailer park while they went to school at Georgia, so even then his Mama and Mrs. Lindsey would send then food for the week so they wouldn’t starve to death while there. Mrs. Lindsey was an excellent cook, too. All of these mothers leave a lot to live up to, not only with their cooking, but in other ways, too. We all want to extend our deepest sympathy to Lynn Hanson and Sybil Bradbury in the passing of their sister, Ann Smith, of Tifton, last week after a short battle with cancer. Ann was a frequent visitor here spending time with her sisters. Martha Sue Dotson of Chatsworth and Sarah Mills of Alabama were also two of the Tumlin sisters. Ann would ride up with Carolyn and Charles Massey, also of Tifton, whenever they were coming this way. Funeral services were held on Friday in Tifton for Ann. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family at this time. We all send out get-well wishes to Carol Tewksbury as she has recently had back surgery; we are praying you have a speedy recovery, Carol! We want to send out congratulations to several college graduates who have community ties with their families and grandparents here in the Fairview and Bethany communities.
Mrs. Carolyn Maddox’s granddaughter, Claire Cox, daughter of Kay and Mike Cox of Toccoa, who graduated from the University of North Georgia; Sarah Lynn Gregg, great-granddaughter of Mrs. Harriette Wade, granddaughter of Sandra and Jerry Brown, and the daughter of Ginny and Joe Gregg of Monroe, also graduated from the University of North Georgia on Saturday; Sarah will begin law school at Mercer University School of Law in Macon soon; Alex Wilson, daughter-in-law of Marty and Connie Wilson graduated from Georgia Southern University with a master’s degree in nursing and is now a Nurse Practitioner. Alex has been working as an emergency room nurse as a RN while working on her masters. Clay Gilbert, grandson of Raymond and Joan Gilbert and the son of Don and Carole Gilbert of Baxley, graduated from the University of Georgia this past weekend, and Nan Bowden, granddaughter of the late Ottis and Nan Harper, and the daughter of Ronnie and Carol Bowden of Rutledge, graduated from Georgia College on this past Saturday with a degree in Neurological Biology (she will monitor the nerves of patients having brain or back surgery), Congratulations also to Sarah Wood, daughter of Phillip and Martha Wood, who graduated with honors from Georgia College and University in Milledgeville with a Masters of Arts in teaching. Sarah was chosen as the most outstanding Master of Arts in teaching student of her class. She is a member of he Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. She graduated last year Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Art History.
I hope I haven’t left anyone out; please let me know about your special one if I did. Congratulations to all of these smart young people! We wish them much success in life! We also have some high schooler’s that will graduate on this Friday night here at MCHS. Trey Eaton, son of Lee and Gail Eaton and grandson of Oleana Eaton; Wade Lewis, son of Laurie and Chic Lewis, and great-grandson of Harriette Wade and the grandson of Sandra and Jerry Brown, and Justin Huff, son of John Huff, and the grandson of Frances Huff, formerly of the Bethany community will all receive their diplomas. Congratulations to all of them! The Morgan County High School Prom was held on Saturday night at the Old Cotton Mill warehouse building in Monroe that has been revitalized. Trey Eaton and his date, Miss Victoria Cagle, attended this. Chuck and Janice Philippi spent a long weekend in Destin, Florida getting in some relaxation time. Mr. and Mrs. Roger Bruce and Bob Moorhead attended Sunday services at the First Baptist Church in Covington on this past Sunday. Little Miss Sarah Kathryn,daughter of Julie and John Thompson, was dedicated. Mr. and Mrs. James Melvin Brewer, Keith and Robin Brewer, and Renee Brewer were Sunday afternoon Mother’s Day visitors of Frances Brewer.
Becky and Tonya Brewer of Stockbridge were Saturday afternoon visitors. As a reminder to the Fairview club members–the club will meet next Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the home of Patsy Holbert on the Eatonton Hwy. We will then take a break until the fall September meeting. Franklin, Stacy, Sabrina and Sophie Eaton of Flowery Branch visited on Mother’s Day afternoon with Frank and Mary Eaton. Curtis Eaton of Rome came down on Tuesday afternoon for a visit with his parent’s, Frank and Mary. Don and Carole Gilbert with their boys from Baxley along with Dr. Ray, Becky, and Callie Gilbert all enjoyed lunch with Raymond and Joan Gilbert on Saturday. The Don Gilbert’s were up to attend their son, Clay’s college graduation from UGA. The Patrick Cooks enjoyed having Saturday night dinner and Sunday lunch with Raymond and Joan also. McCayla Cook played her guitar and sang at the Mommie’s and Poppies event up at the Sunflower Farm on Saturday. McCayla also sang a solo at her church, Madison Baptist, on Sunday. it was beautiful! Marty and Connie Wilson attended graduation exercises at Georgia Southern University for their daughter-in-law Alex, on Thursday night and then stayed and visited with the Stewart Thigpen’s while there.
Marty and Connie also visited Connie’s mother, Mrs. Rucker, in Bowman, on Sunday afternoon. Dale Massey and Cheri Roberts hosted their annual Mother’s Day get-together at their farm, Duck Pond Farm on Mother’s Day. The Tommy Catheys, Michelle Cathey, Lanier Roberts, the Steve Leos, Kodie Wooten, Rebecca Clary and others all enjoyed eating, fishing and swimming. John and Sally Hensley attended the graduation ceremonies on Saturday for Nan Bowden from Georgia College and State University. On Sunday night, John and Sally had their children, the Chad Roling’s and the Ryan Morgans for dinner. Matt Hensley dropped by for a visit. He has recently completed his annual two wks of training with the Marine National Guard at Quantico, Vir. in addition to more training this past weekend at Camp Lejeune, NC. Around 28 ladies and girls enjoyed the Mother’s Day luncheon which was held at Trinity Baptist Church on Saturday.
The guest speaker was Rita Turpin, which everyone enjoyed and received a blessing from. Several of Olena Eaton’s children and families enjoyed having lunch with her at her home on Sunday to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. Hannah Eaton is now home for the summer from the University of North Georgia. She will head to Rock Eagle in about two weeks when the 4-H camping season starts for the summer. Hannah will be head MICO this summer, which means she will be head over all the counselors there. This is a big honor and one that she is very excited about. Ben and Joanie Bruce enjoyed having all of their children home on Sunday for Mother’s Day.