Farewell to local loved ones

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The cold weather this morning does not feel good to me; and it is supposed to be even colder tonight! We will have to put an extra log on the fire tonight and be sure we have a good cart load under the carport.  But thank goodness we have a good supply of wood!  Praise the Lord!   We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Oscar Strange of Buckhead as he passed away on this past Saturday afternoon.   He was in the hospital with pneumonia and then suffered a stroke.  He was a nice, soft-spoken,  hard-working man.  He started out working for the Bell family on their dairy farm and then later started up his own dairy.  He was an excellent dairyman and farmer.  He knew what it took and what all you had to do to make the farm pay off for you and he wasn’t afraid to do whatever it took.   He and his wife raised a fine family.

After his first wife, Agnes, passed away and some time had gone by, he and Christine Leitch became friends.  They never married but they just enjoyed  having each others company.  They made a wonderful couple.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family.  Oscar will be truly missed by his family and everyone. We also want to extend our sympathy to the family of Lillian McElhanney who passed away last week.  Lillian was the daughter of Percy and Belle Stewart who were our next door neighbors when I was growing up.   We loved Mr. and Mrs. Stewart as well as their daughters and all of their families.  Lillian lived in Eatonton and was married to Hughlon McElhenney who passed away several years ago.   Her children survive her: Carol Tyler of Monticello, Gary McElhenney of Eatonton and Lou Ann Vining of Warner Robbins along with many grandchildren and even great grandchildren.  She  is also survived by her sisters, Eunice Smith of Albany and Helen Muse of Athens.

Another sister, Lucy Ray of Thompson passed away several years ago.   Lillian and Hughlon operated the Tastee Freeze in Eatonton for many years, as well as running a farm.  I remember playing with Carol and Bertie Mae played with Lou Ann.  Mrs. Stewart would make us Barbie doll clothes for our Barbies and we all just had the best time when they would come up and visit their grandparents and then Mrs. Stewart would take us down there to their house in Eatonton when she would happen to be going.   There are many, many good memories with the Stewart family!  Marty and I went down on Wednesday night to the visitation where we got to see and visit with a lot of the family.  I just hate it was under such sad conditions.  We need to continue to remember John Biddy as he continues at the Transitional Unit of Morgan Memorial and also for Larry Jordan who had to be hospitalized at Athens Regional over the weekend.  We pray for both of these men to have better days ahead.  We also want to congratulate Zach and Laura Massey upon the birth of their little girl, Emerson Grace Massey, who was born last week on January 12th weighing 6 lbs. 4 oz.  She is also welcomed home by her big sister, Ellie.  Dale Massey, Beverly Reynolds, and Gwen and Reid Alliston are the proud grandparents.   Although this next news concerns a Greene County native, he does have some connections to Morgan County.  A very big congratulations go out to Zippy Duvall who was elected this past week as the next National American Farm Bureau President.  Zippy has been our State Farm Bureau President for several years now and he has been an excellent one, too.

I remember Zippy when he and his family used to come to some of our Cronic gatherings when we had them at my Uncle Bryson Cronic’s home in the Bethany community.  Uncle Bryson’s first wife was Faye Duvall from Greene County and she was a sister to Zippy’s father, Bill Duvall, so we saw all of them quite often.  Zippy loved Uncle Bryson and Uncle Bryson loved him;  Zippy would come and spend several days and nights with Uncle Bryson in the summertime.  They had a special relationship and bond.  Zippy and his wife, Bonnie, have always been involved with Farm Bureau and other farm programs throughout all of their life.  They have done a good job making a living on their farm in Greshamville as well as raising a fine family.  Zippy is very committed to working as hard as he can to protect the farmers as well as trying to make the leaders in Washington aware of the problems and issues that the everyday common farmer has in this country.  His office will be in Washington, D.C.  My brother, Marty, had messaged Zippy to congratulate him and said, “Zippy, I congratulate you upon this honor and winning this election.  I know that Washington will not change you, but I hope that you can help change Washington.”

We pray God’s richest blessings upon him and Bonnie as they serve in this capacity and that God will lead, guide, and direct them in everything they seek to do.     I have also heard some other news that some of you may be interested in, although I am going outside my “news bounds” to tell it.  I know what you are thinking! (What else is new!!)  My neighbors,  Lee Eaton, Trey Eaton and his crew of workers are busy getting the Sugar Creek Baptist Church ready to move.  It is going to be moved over to The Hundred Acre Farm on the Greensboro Highway, where I “presume” it will be used as a wedding chapel, since that is a popular place to have weddings there at the Bed and Breakfast Inn.  So, at least the historical building will still be used.       We all want to wish Judy Davis’s mother, Mrs. Garnette Smith, a very Happy Birthday as she celebrated her 83rd birthday this past Friday, on January 15th.  The family enjoyed pizza and a delicious lemon cake from “Sweet Afternoons.”   She makes her home there with her daughter, Judy and Marshall Davis on Mission Road.  There are several family members of the Davis family who share this January 15th birthday….Marshall’s brother, Eric, and two of Marshall’s great-nieces, Sophia and Courtney!   Another celebration that took place this weekend was the marriage of Emily and Bobby Brewer’s grandson, Garrett Brewer to Devon Tillman.  Garrett is the son of Jim Brewer.  We offer this young couple congratulations and God’s blessings upon them as they begin their life together.  Garrett Brewer and Devon Tillman were married at The Vintage Oak at Gin Creek in Hartsfield..  The couple will make their home in Nashville, North Carolina.   Bertie and Leon Alligood from Lebanon, Tenn. were here this weekend visiting Jake and Blanche Wilson.  On Sunday all of the family gathered together to have Sunday lunch.  Esther Curry has told me of two events that some of you may be interested in going to.  The first is on Thursday, Feb, 4th at 7P.M. when the Sons of Jubal will be performing a musical program up at Centennial Baptist Church near Rutledge.

The public is invited.  The second is on Monday, February 15th, at 6:30 P.M. when the Morgan County Baptist Association will meet up at the Rutledge Baptist Church.  The speaker that night will be Barbara Curnott, who is the former executive director of the Georgia WMU.  She has been in Europe recently on a mission trip where they were ministering to refugees.  All ladies in the area are invited.  You are welcome to contact Esther Curry if you need more information at 706-474-5963.

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