George Smith: Her heart belonged to Rock Stand
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


HER NAME was Edith Maureen Williamson Kirby and Rock Stand Congregational  Christian Church in Randolph County had been her church for most of her 93 years.

She was also the mother of Cheryl Norred, wife of my pastor Truman Norred, at Blue Mountain Baptist. It is there I came to know her as in the latter years her home was with the Norreds in Jacksonville, but in the words of her daughter, “Her heart never left Rock Stand.”

All of that is to tell you she left here Sunday at services Benefield Funeral Home in Wedowee. That she had not been forgotten by her people at Rock Stand was evident in that a near packed chapel came to say goodbye.

People who knew her at Blue Mountain were also there, including our choir director Sanda Triplett and pianist Helen Henley. Sanda sang, Helen played.

Then there was a young lady by the name of Karen Norred, who put a warmth in the gathering with her song, Serenaded by Angels. I’m not sure she knows how good she is.

In the end, it really was what most funerals claim to be but are not, a celebration for a grand lady.


AT A RECENT gathering I was seated across from a lady by the name of Charlotte Jackson Smith.

Charlotte taught at Coldwater for 25 years and is a graduate of Oxford High School, Class of 1970, and was on hand for its reunion a couple of years ago.

“We had a great time,” she says, “and some of us decided to stay in touch. We get together for lunch once a month.”

That’s neat.


GETTING IN line to pick up a sausage biscuit at the  Jack’s drive through on Quintard?

Some advice is to be sure you have plenty of gas in the tank. At times the line is longer than most funeral processions.

It’s not just “wrap-around” either.

On a recent morning, heading south, I was third in line waiting to exit Quintard ... and then get in line.

But I still wonder whatever happened to the plans for a new Jack’s at Lenlock.

Yeah, it’s no secret I’m a bit partial to Jack’s, but in all fairness I have to tell you McDonald’s across the street can line up with biscuit cookers most anywhere.


BIRTHDAYS: Feb. 16 – Donna Rowe and Kevin Mitchell; Feb. 18 – Martha Swader; Feb. 20 – Quaterious Johnson; Feb. 21 – Jettie Isbell; Feb. 22 – Gus Blevins, Sarah Welsh and Cody Crisp.


I’M A BIT late with this one, but roses and candlelight are in order for Lee and Judy London.

As of Feb. 15 wedding bells were 50 years in the rear view mirror.

So ... Lee, hug your bride again and congratulations.


ANOTHER 50TH anniversary belongs to RMC Chaplain Jim Wilson

He’s one of the good guys has substituted on several occasions at my church, Blue Mountain Baptist.

The chaplain is a pretty good preacher, too.


TOP TEEN: The folks at Faith Christian School would like for you to meet one of their elite, London Carlyle Huie, a senior who carries a 4.0 GPA and has a very nice 29 on his ACT.

Along with his smarts, London has a bit of leadership, too. The students at FCS have elected him president of the Student Government Association.

He is in the Beta Club (national honor society) and is involved in the youth band, youth choir, and youth drama team. Along the way he has found time to play on the basketball and baseball teams while being involved in a number of mission projects.

London is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Anniston.

“London is motivated to learn,” says Headmaster Bob Phillips. “He is humble, polite, and a true southern gentleman. He is a leader by actions instead of words and a Christian role model for our students of all ages.”

Proud parents are Doug and Kelly Huie of Anniston.

Take bow, young man.


George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or e-mail:

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