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It sure gets easy not to write the column, but not much exciting news going on the past several weeks. They say news goes if you telephone, telegraph or tell a woman. I think all our electronic equipment has took most people’s time up. People don’t phone, mostly text They don’t visit in homes as the computer and Facebook have took over. Oh well, we will give it a whirl. And as they say, if you want people to know, put it in the paper. A large crowed attended at Garrison Baptist Church Sunday. Julie Bettis and Melaney Stevens sang a special. We had some cute little girls take up the morning offering. James brought the messages Sunday and Sunday night. Sunday night crowd did good though several went to hear Gordon and Zelda Jones’ granddaughter Abby’s husband, Justin, play at the Roy Clark Christmas Show in Branson. Roy is going to retire. I thought this was the last show, but some thought it was a Christmas show.
My great great nephew’s, Colton and Wyatt Marler, both got a deer in the youth hunt. Their mom, Shellie, said they were real excited. Makes me sound old – great, great. Trouble is I am.
Ervin and Sandra Maggard and daughter, Valerie Austin, ate dinner at his mother’s, Iona Maggard. They enjoyed pizza that they brought. Ervin had a set back with blood clots but is out of the hospital.
Sunday I visited Junior and Betty Halcomb. Glad she was feeling better.
Janie Morrison and Jean Loomis visited Florenece Morrison. She had surgery. She needs prayers. She is not doing very good at this time.
Chloe Wolford called and she is much better and got a good doctor’s report. Keep remembering her and thanks for praying for her.
Bill and Shorty Guerin are doing some work on the place and they ate dinner twice with us. I think the walleye fish hit the spot. Never a dull moment around them. Also Valerie brought Will by and he enjoyed the fish too. He is a very well mannered boy.
Saturday evening James and me went to Willene Adams’ 90th birthday celebration at her home church at Red Bank Baptist Church. She sure has touched many lives in her 90 years. A great Christian lady. May God keep on blessing her. Her daughter, Irene Swearengin had everything decorated and looking nice. I hope she puts Willene’s picture in the paper and the story she wrote of her love of the hills. Willene had good parents, Rev. Ben and Zelma (Hively) Hall. Her sister, Lyn Halcomb of Council Grove, Kansas and her daughter, Shelly Parham of Wichita, Kansas drove in. Adrain Adams came in. His plane got delayed so he was a little late for his mother’s party. A large crowd attended in honor of a very dear lady who has been an inspiration and light in the lives of those who have known her and those who know her now. Happy Birthday, Willene.
Elwin and Babe Pare visited her sister, Betty and Junior Halcomb. They visited another sister, Nita Lambert. Betty said Nita was doing better.
Brenda Herd enjoyed a few day up north with her two boys. They camped out and the boys deer hunted. I imagine mom was the cook.
James and me sure enjoyed all our trick or treaters. As I have always wrote before I think James enjoys it better than the kids. Clint and Deanna Porter and Lane came in and visited a while and he done some cute things. Abbi, Sarah and McKayla Hampton visited us. We gave out lots of hugs and I cried after they left. All our kids from Eastern Gate are special to us. Shellie Marler visited a while and Kim and Casey Ewing and Garret. He seemed to be enjoying it. He showed James his hand he hurt. James kissed it, that seemed to help, along with “Go On” our dog. He loves dogs.
We had 18 little ones and we treated adults so we had 32 all together. Kevin and Tracy Nelson’s kids sure had grown and Jasper is a very polite young man. As he left he said, “You have a good evening.”
Rachel Hampton and daughters came in and visited. Others we talked to at their cars with the adults. Hope all can come back next year.
October 22, Chris Wilkerson and Misty Bettis exchanged wedding vows at Garden of Dreams. Some still know it as Honey Branch Cave. They had a nice rehearsal and a beautiful wedding. Their pastor, James Orick, read the vows to a very large crowd. We wish them a long happy life together. They went to Florida on their honeymoon.
Misty’s parents are Chris and Julie (Mitchell) Bettis, Julie’s grandmother is Neva (Morrison) Sowards. Neva (Thompson) Morrison and her husband, Oren, were raised and lived in our community. He passed away and she remarried.
My sympathy sent to the Elwood Williams family.
Have a safe deer hunt and good luck.