July 14, 2011
The Spearsville Volunteer Fire Department has responded to grass and woods fires for the past two Sundays. Both fires could have caused catastrophic damage had it not been for these men giving of their time and effort in service to this community and the surrounding communities. Few realize the need they have for those of us who cannot fight fires to give in other ways – donations and support of the fundraisers. Right now they are in desperate need of tires – eight tires; two blew out last week when they were responding to a fire. Each tire cost $450. Without tires the trucks can’t roll and you know the end of this story. If you live in this area, think about this extreme drought; triple digit temps and high winds; the value of your house and timber. What if we had no volunteers or proper equipment to help us when a fire breaks out? Surely, it is worth a few dollars from each of us to see that Tim Clement and his crew can keep our fire department up and running.
Ann Stone-Heard, a proud great grandmother came in to lunch, last week, with a big news alert – Pierce and Elliott Willett have arrived a month early, weighing in at about 4 lbs and 7 ozs. each. The parents are Adam and Katy Willett; the proud grandparents are Frank and Beverly Stone Willett. The babies are doing well and should be able to go home in just a few days as they will gain those few ozs. quickly to hit the 5 lb. marker. Congratulations to parents and grandparents!! With all these new babies (three in the last four months with another one on the way) Ann may have to add a new room on to her house, as several of her friends have suggested.
Laurie Rhodes Smith and her daughter, Hannah, visit with her mother, Mary Gene Rhodes, last week. On Thursday they ate at Hollis’ and on Friday they went to W. Monroe to visit with Lou Ellen and John Russell. It was a wonderful visit for Lou’s daughter. Katherine and her three children, from TX, who were visiting, also. Mary said that even though she doesn’t see the children very often they ran to greet her by hugging her neck and curling up beside her. Since it is hard for them to say Grandmother Rhodes, they said Grandmother Rose. That is so cute and will probably be her new name. Nothing thrills a grandmother more than a visit with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
I talked to Shelia Williams last week and she told me that Brian, her son, had recently returned from Thailand and has accepted the pastorate at Old Union Baptist Church in El Dorado. We wish him well and are so glad that he brought his family out of that troubled area.
My brother-in-law, Billy Rea, just had a stroke and has been helicoptered to St. Francis Hospital in Monroe. It is his left side that has been affected. Must cut this short and go to be with Floy. Please remember Floy and Billy in your prayers.
Thought for the Day
At the end of the day, it is not how much money you have, how many material good you have accumulated, degrees earned or even how proud your children have made you, it is what you have done for your fellow man. Man was given the task by God to serve Him daily by going about doing good for your God, your family, community, neighbors and friends. Each person can make a difference!!
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.