After such a cool and chilly weekend, it is warming up quite nicely out there now. We did have some much needed rain, though, and thankfully without any storms. Everything is really green and the trees are really putting out.
Idon’t know of many women or men for that matter that enjoy grocery shopping. It is just a necessary evil in my book. I find myself putting it off until at one point I just can’t anymore. I hear little rumors and little snippets of drive-through grocery stores every now and then. That would be like a dream come through for me. Honestly, can you think of anything better??!! I don’t know if there are any close by here, but I have heard of them in other states. I put in my request at our local Ingles this past week! They have no idea how popular that would be. You order what you want online; you can even keep a running grocery list online add to it or take something away they shop for you and have it ready for you to pick up in the drive-through of the store. This is without any extra fees or charges, too. My sister who lives close to Nashville in Lebanon, Tenn. say that she has heard of it up there. This sounds like “heaven on earth” to this woman!!
We are so happy that Chip Porter is now at home and is recovering and recuperating very well. Praise the Lord! He got to come home last Thursday evening. On a sad note, however, his grandmother, Vivian Gilbert, passed away on this past Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Gilbert had been in declining health for quite a while. Vivian was a quiet person who loved life and her family. She helped her husband in the Madison Hardware business for many years and then when her son Bruce took over, she continued on helping him. She was also an excellent seamstress. We extend our deepest sympathy to her children, Bruce and Judy Gilbert, Beryl Vaughters, and Bob Gilbert, as well as their children and their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of them.
Gloria Crew has had a sad time recently also. Her brother Mike passed away last weekend and then shortly after her aunt Mary Nell Walker, passed away. This was Gloria’s mother’s sister. Mrs. Walker lived in Monroe and services for her were held on this past Sunday afternoon in Monroe. Our thoughts and prayers are with Gloria and her family.
We also want to extend our deepest sympathy to Richard Walters in the passing of his sister, Donna Beauchamp, recently also. Donna lived in Adel and her twin sister, Diane, had also moved to Adel to help take care of Donna whose health had been declining these last few years. Graveside services for Donna were held on this past Tuesday in Adel. Dan and Sally Porter, Brenda Youngblood, and Sally Stephens all traveled down to Adel for the services. They were classmates of Donna.
On Sally’s trip down to Adel, she stopped in Waycross to visit some railroad friends of hers and Tony’s when Tony worked for the CSX Railroad. I think these same people were in Virginia when Sally and Tony moved up there with Tony’s work. Sally told me that also while on this trip she saw a sign pointing to Nashville, GA. Nashville is where our grandmother, Mrs. Genie Maude Wilson, taught school her very first year. Sally said that sure was a long way for a young girl to go all by herself back in those days. From what Grandma wrote about it, she had quite a time of it, too, bless her heart!
Bertie Alligood from Lebanon, Tenn. was here for a few days this past week visiting her parents, Jake and Blanche Wilson
Marvin and Betty Ingalsbe enjoyed having guests over the Easter weekend, Their daughter, Mary Jo Haselton with her husband Billy, and daughter, Kara, from North Carolina were here with her parents.
Charlie McAllister from Gray was the guest Gideon speaker at Bethany Baptist Church on this past Sunday. The Wills, missionaries, who the church supports, also spoke during the service.
Emma Garrison had a big weekend as her fast pitch softball team, The Breakers, won first place in a tournament in Austell over the weekend. Emma plays first base on the team. Congratulations, Emma, and the rest of the other girls, too! Great job! Emma is the daughter of Rhonda and Brian Garrison here in the Bethany community.
Tommy and Raynor Cathey with their grandson, Jack and Max Leo, are enjoying spending some time in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. over the boys spring break.
Larry and Maxine Bruce are awaiting their daughter, Greta, driving down from her home in Pennsylvania, on this Monday, to spend several weeks with them and other family members here. I know she will enjoy this pretty weather!
The Morgan County Fire Department had a county-wide banquet on Saturday evening as they honored several of their own firefighters. It was held at the Recreation Department. Several were from our community here were of those honored. One of the ones they honored from the Godfrey Dept. was Dean Strange, who served the dept. for 15 years until his health would not let him anymore. His wife, Cathy, accepted a framed appreciation of service for him from his fellow fire-fighters. It included his shield from his uniform as well as two of the pins he wore on his uniform. Two other members from the Godfrey Dept, Tommy Lawrence and Aubrey Moon, were also honored as they are retiring from many years of serving their community and this county, even from the beginning of the Godfrey fire department days. Chad Boyce was also honored as “officer of the year.” They also honored Jack Cathey, who served as Fire Chief of the Bethany Fire Department and later the Bethany-Springfield Dept when a new building was built on Seven Islands Road. Jack also served as long as he was able. His wife, Joann accepted his award. Congratulations to these men and their wives on these honors! All of these are volunteer fire-fighters and do this as a service and without pay. We all hope we will never need them, but you never, never know.
Antioch Baptist Church want all of you to put June 13th- June 17th on your calendars as this will be dates for their Bible School. The theme will be “Cowabunga!” The Bible School will be held in the evening.
Another upcoming event is the Bonner family reunion which will be held on Sunday, May 1st, at Bonner’s Restaurant in Buckhead. They would like to have a big turnout of Bonner relatives!
Also remember to go hear McCayla Cook this coming Friday night, April 8th, at Perk Avenue in Madison where she and other musicians will be playing to raise money for the organization, Show Hope.