Well, the month of January is just about gone. I’m hoping that things slow down a little bit in February but I’m thinking that will be a busy month for me as well. My new little nephew is supposed to be born Feb. 23, so I’m sure I will be quite busy the closer it gets to his delivery date.
Saturday morning, I went to Vallie (Ferguson) McElvy’s memorial service at Greenview Cemetery. Quite a few friends and family were on hand for her memorial. There were several people there that I wanted to talk to but they scattered before I was able to talk to everyone. I’m sure the cold weather enticed everyone to be on their way more quickly than under regular circumstances.
Bro. Paul Bailey conducted the services and gave Vallie a very nice tribute. “She was such a kind person…” he said, and later he told of how she enjoyed taking care of people.
My memories of Vallie are parallel to Bro. Bailey’s. I remember how she was full of spunk and very lively. She was always laughing and in a good humor when I would visit with her. We would end up laughing about something or another several times during our conversation. And, if you knew Vallie you know that she always liked to keep up with what was going on everywhere. Maybe that stemmed from her working at the “switchboard” in Cumby for so many years. She knew pretty much everyone around. She kept up with her family, her friends and, of course, the latest news at Carriage House Manor, where she lived for the past 10 years. She was as good as she could be and usually the life of the party. I will miss her so much.
While at Vallie’s memorial service I got to visit with Billy and Barbara Lynn, Anna Lethia Ferguson, Johnny and Mary Lynn Ferguson, Mary Lou Akins and Kellie (Dunn) Rowbotham. It’s sad that you don’t get to see people until there is a death in the family but with the hectic pace we all keep these days that is usually the case.
I also visited with Cheri Tipps and Bobbie Woodard on Saturday. Cheri seemed to be doing very well. We talked for about a hour or so. Later in the afternoon I visited with Bobbie. She was doing well. I had to catcher her up on all of the news that I could think of in the community. It was very good to see her.
Our preacher, Bro. David Burns, returned to church this week. He and wife, Becky, had been on a three week Hawaiian cruise vacation.
Happy birthday this week to Trudy (Dickens) Mayers and my uncle Johnny Darrow on Jan. 26, Lori (Combs) Northcutt and Asheley (Walker) Birchfield on Jan. 27, Dalton Darrow and Michelle Tipps on Jan. 30, and John Mooney on Jan. 31.
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