I don’t have very much news this week, but we do need to remember some people in our prayers. John Biddy has moved to The Madison House Assisted Living here, as he is having a hard time getting around these days.
Also, please remember my mother, Blanche Wilson, in your prayers as she is to undergo open-heart surgery tomorrow morning, February 2nd, for a heart valve replacement at Athens Regional Hospital. After her eye surgery in August, she developed walking pneumonia, and while the doctor was listening to her heart and lungs, he heard a heart murmur, so he wanted to check that out. After having an Eco-cardiogram, it showed she had severe arterial stenonis of her aortic valve to her heart, which meant it was closing up due to build-up,disease, etc. The heart doctor said that it will only continue to get worse, so it needed to be replaced. I thank the Lord for modern medicine and what all they are able to do these days. We hope and pray that everything goes smoothly for her. Tim Wilson arrived from Belgium Sunday evening for Mama’s surgery and Bertie Alligood is leaving to come after her school day ends on this Monday afternoon. They are telling us that she will probably be in the hospital about a week.
We send our sympathy to Neal Crenshaw who did live in our community and attended Trinity Baptist Church on Hwy. 441 some years ago. His mother was Mary Crenshaw, who later married a Ward. He had married a girl, Rhonda, from Florida, but they made their home here for several years.
Several years ago they had moved to Florida to make their home where they both had good jobs. Our thoughts and prayers are with Neal and the families during this sad time. Mary moved to Florida to be near Neal a couple of years ago, but she said the country called her back, so she moved back up here about a year ago. We also send out our sympathy to Martha and Sandy Maddox and their family as Sandy’s mother, Allene Maddox, passed away on last Wednesday. She had turned 90 years old in December. Mrs. Maddox had been in declining health for some time. Frank Eaton along with Franklin and Stacy Eaton and their girls traveled down to Cordele for the funeral services on this past Saturday. Curtis and Joyce Eaton of Rome also went down for the services. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Maddox family at this time. Mary was not able to go due to her sciatica and back trouble.
Continue to remember Mary also in your prayers. We have also learned of the death of Mrs. Franklin, Mary Ann Perdue’s mother. Mary Ann’s husband, Kim, was the pastor of Bethany Baptist Church many years ago. Mrs. Franklin lived in Macon, but Mary Ann had taken her mother to live at their home in Michigan when her health began to decline. The Perdues are pastoring a church there. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family.
We all want to wish Madeline Porter a very Happy Birthday as she turned nine years old this past week. She did a lot of fun things for her birthday! On Friday night she and some of her friends went to Chuck E Cheese where they ate pizza, played games and rode a lot of things. Over the weekend she got to go to Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, where she picked out and adopted her very own Cabbage Patch Doll baby.
Plus, I know she had birthday cake and ice cream! Happy Birthday, Madeline! Dale and Howard Thompson enjoyed family this past weekend. Her sister and her husband, Pattie and Joe Frank from Fayetteville, Tenn. were down. They also enjoyed having Dawn, Tony, Chris, Cole, Miriah and Aiden Epps from Athens, and Derrick, Amanda, and Hope Mealor while they were here.
Jane McGinnis was up visiting some family this past week. On last Friday, she with some of the Cronic cousins, enjoyed having lunch together at Blanche and Jake Wilson’s house.
All of them brought a wonderful lunch and enjoyed visiting with one another. She later visited Mrs. Betty Chastain up at The Madison House. She also enjoyed spending some time with Zippy and Bonnie Duvall and having dinner down at Bonner’s Restaurant.
Tommy and Raynor Cathy opened up their house on Saturday noon when Jake and Blanche Wilson along with Jane and Whitey Whitehead enjoyed a delicious lunch of Gumbo with the trimmings. Sally Porter and her mother, Mary Ainslie enjoyed going to Fayetteville on Saturday where they watched their granddaughter, Michaela Porter play in a soccer game. Thank goodness the weather turned out pretty for that! Carrie, Mark and Raegan Wilkins traveled to Phoenix, Ariz. over the weekend where Raegan participated in a gymnastics meet. Raegan had a great meet. She came in second all around with making third place on beam, floor, and bars and fourth place on vault. She racked up 37.1 points out of 40 possible. Her Level 9 team came in third place at the meet. Great job, Raegan! Congratulations!
Remember on this coming Thursday night, Feb. 4th, the Sons of Jubal will be singing at CentennialBaptist Church. It will start at 7P.M. Also remember on Feb. 15th, Barbara Curnott, the former executive director of the Georgia WMU will be speaking at the Rutledge Baptist Church Associational meeting. This will begin at 6:30 P.M..