May 5, 2011
This week has been one of ups and downs. God gave us a wonderful rain and lots of “just right” weather Those who live in AR, MS, and especially AL have just had a terrible week; those tornadoes have just been unimaginable – such devastation that we have not seen since the early ’70’s. Through all of this we saw many miracles and for this we saw many miracles and for this we give thanks to God for His goodness to us.
Last week we were quite worried that because of the low number eating at our dining site that it would be discontinued; we started calling everyone that we knew and we had five new people Monday with more to come later in the week. The new ones were: Coy and Fern Upshaw, Frances and Rodney Smith, and Elmer Atkins. Today was such fun for there were new stories. Everyone remembered funny things that happened when they were dating – even four people being able to go to a movie and later have hamburgers for $.95. Laughter is good for the soul. All it took was for all of to get out and shake the bushes; we are looking forward to being with this group as we continue to grow and grow.
Mary Gene Rhodes and Bobbie Bennett went for hamburger last week. They had fun just being together and the burgers were just a bonus. On Saturday, Mary Gene’s daughter, Beth came and they went to the Huddle House for another fun get-together.
Clyde Barron told us Monday that his son, Joe, was in Florida for business and he was able to visit with his older brother, Lee, while he was there.
Betty Barron and Clint, her son, went to Orlando for Clint to try out for Jeopardy. While they were there they visited with her brother. Clint felt really good about his chances of being on the show, Jeopardy. We are all going to look forward to watching that – let’s pray that it will happen. Clint teachers in Baton Rouge and is extremely smart, so it doesn’t surprise me that he might get this chance.
On Sunday, Johnny Heard had a special guest with him at church – his sister, Nell Boatman, who is visiting from WY. Several people remembered her from her school days in Spearsville many years ago. It was so good to renew an old friendship.
Carolyn Ivey did our special music during worship service. I believe the title was “Forgive Me”; the words were so meaningful and she does a beautiful job with any song that she sings. Our church is fortunate to have a person so talented to play the piano and to sing.
It was good to see The Meade’s Service Ctr. open again after being closed for a couple of weeks. They had to go to NC to be with Roger’s mother who was at the point of death. Our hearts go out to them during this time of great sorrow. They can take comfort in the life she lived and the fact that the family was able to have a good visit wit her in the summer. God’s gift of memory is one of his greatest gifts to us and sustains us in times like these.
One Tuesday, April 26th, we went to the graveside service for Mrs. Evelyn Barrett at the Barrett cemetery in Bernice. After the service the family came to the Little Yellow House for lunch, a family visit and to see the old pictures. Afterwards they went over to Ms. Barrett’s Spearville home.
Monday morning I attended the sweetest funeral service for Amaryllis Futch Rainwater. There was lots of music provided by Tim Post – “Amazing Grace”, “How Great Thou Art” and the congregational singing of “Victory in Jesus”. There was a eulogy and Bro. Hughes brought a very short but comforting message for the family and friends. Amaryllis will be truly missed, not only by the family but her church family as well as she was so actively involved.
Thought for the Day
“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not by strength but by perseverance.” – H. Jackson Brown.
Barbara Walton is a resident of Spearsville and has had a column in the Bernice Banner for several years. She writes about the People and Happenings of Spearsville.