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Hard to believe it’s June! Kids are out of school, and summer is here. Happy birthday to all the June babies, including my middle daughter.
The Richville Volunteer Fire Department is very appreciative of all who bought a Boston butt from them. They had a good turnout. Also, don’t forget they will have Bingo tomorrow, June 3, at 6:30. So make your plans to come out for fun and fellowship.
Providence Baptist Church will have homecoming this Sunday, June 4. Mark Seals, former pastor, will be guest preacher. Lunch will follow the service.
Don’t forget the Old Rock Jail will be open on Sunday from 2 to 4. If you’ve not been, it’s interesting to see artifacts from past decades, as well as the actual jail.
The family of Ethel Dean Hilyer; better known as “Grandgirl” to everyone but her kids, nieces and nephews; appreciate all the visits, calls, cards, and food we have received. It shows how much she was loved.
I’ve now buried grandparents, a husband, Daddy, and Mama. Mama was the hardest. Maybe because she was the last parent. I don’t know why; I just know it hurts, even though we were blessed that she is no longer in pain. How do you say goodbye to someone who has been with you for over 70 years?
First, I know where she is; no doubt she is rejoicing in heaven. Then I think about how she didn’t get to the point where she was bedridden and in more pain. Those thoughts help, but memories, that’s what will keep her in my heart forever.
There’s a saying, “Death stops for no one.” We all will die someday unless the Lord comes first. So, live life to the fullest while you can. Mama and Daddy did many things together except travel a lot; come bedtime Daddy wanted to sleep in his own bed. So, in the past almost seven years, she and I have traveled in her way. While we went on a couple of cruises and made a couple of trips with the bank on tours, her favorite thing was to get in the car and ride. We put a lot of miles in, just riding, filling her bucket list of visiting as many of the states as possible.
After God, we all knew her family came next. She loved all! One of her favorite things was to cook for her family, not just on holidays. Different ones of us have special foods that she fixed that we loved best.
Then thirdly, I think is a tie between card games and Alabama football. Oh, but don’t forget about Elvis. She loved to play card games, any and all, as well as other games with her kids, grands, great-grands, and friends. She gave no mercy; she loved to win.
We all knew she loved us because she not only told us, but showed her love to us in so many ways. When we would part, she always told you she loved you and meant it. Yes, the days ahead are going to be hard, but I rest assured that I’ll see her again one day because I know I’m saved, and heaven is my destination when I die. So, until that time, I will keep her in my heart with the memories.
There are several in our community that are not feeling well, so please pray for their healing in God’s will, as well. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!
Organizations in the area, as well as churches, I need your events! If your family has some news or an event to share, please contact me. I would prefer text to 334-414-7147 or emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, but phone calls will be fine, too. If you don’t get me when you call, be sure to leave a message.