The weather has been a topic for conversation again. Boy! Hasn’t it been cold? I hope it will be warm enough tomorrow afternoon for our great-grandchildren to enjoy the egg hunt in our yard. Our family, after church, will have a big lunch, and a great day. Lord willing.

I didn’t get to attend the club singing at Springhill Baptist Church last Sunday afternoon, but report is it was a very good singing. Next month, the second Sunday in May, it will be at Centerville United Methodist Church, northeast of Greenbrier.

We have lost another family member. Mrs. Eva Dean Fulmer of Conway passed away last week and was buried beside her beloved husband, Masel, in Crestlawn Memorial Park. She was a special lady and will be missed.

Marsha Brown has returned home from Houston, Texas, after spending some time at Anderson Medical Center. Welcome back, family and friends who accompanied her. Remember them in prayer.

Eva Lee Parsons’ granddaughter, Sherry Cook, visited her last Saturday, April 12. They enjoyed being together.

I haven’t gotten to attend the Holy Week services any this past week, but reports were good.

Glen and Doris Henderson of Naylor visited us awhile Monday night before the service at our church. Ray went and took our refreshments.

Sunny Sue Earnhart has been in Conway Regional Medical Center again with some problems, but is home now and feeling better. Her sister, Marian McGinty takes care of her all the time. Remember them in prayer, also.

Happy Easter everyone! And remember why we celebrate it. Our Lord and Savior’s resurrection! The light of Christ can shine through us all year long.

Shady Grove

Get ready readers! The following is a day by day play of Ed and Linda Hammontree and mine and Bill’s wonderful vacation to the Smokey Mountains last week. We left on our adventure at noon on Monday and drove to Jackson, Tenn., to spend the night there. We had a great dinner at Casey Jones Village - The Old Country Store and Restaurant. Highly recommended it you are ever thru there during meal time.

Arose early on Tuesday morning, had to teach Bill how to turn on the shower and Bill and Linda how to get the waffle mix out of the dispenser. After breakfast we were on the road to our destination in Pigeon Forge. Checked in and rested a bit and went to Gatlinburg, Tenn., to have dinner at Crawdaddies.

Wednesday, Bill and I had to be at the proverbial "sales pitch," which partially funded our trip, at 8:30. Ed and Linda did a little shopping while we were there. After finishing there, we toured the Ripley’s Aquarium. Also highly recommended. For dinner we ate at Huck Finn’s Catfish House and no we did not eat catfish, we had wonderful chicken livers instead. After eating we got daresome and rode the 20 story tall Ferris Wheel. Thank goodness it was enclosed gondolas or I wouldn’t have made it.

Thursday morning we started out early and took the driving tour of the Historic Nature Trail out of Gatlinburg, and then on to Cade’s Cove for a beautiful scenic drive. Back to the motel for a rest, then to Tanger Outlet for a little shopping, and then dinner at Logan’s Steakhouse.

Friday we decided we would just get in the car and drive and stop at different points we would come to. We visited a little town, Townsend, and toured a Chain Saw Art Shop. Amazing what they could do with a chain saw! On to Newfound Gap, a pull off for the Appalachian Trail where we actually took one step so we could say we had been on it. Next up the mountain to Clingman’s Dome Overlook where we saw a black bear on the road. Got out and made pictures. Back to motel and walked across the street to Mel’s Diner for dinner.

You may notice there were no night activities - Traffic was horrible in the evenings as there was an antique car show going on called "Rod Run." From one end of Pigeon Forge to the other there were antique cars lining both sides of the street, at least 1,500. Late in the evening they would start parading up and down showing off their toys. Not a time for regular traffic.

Left Saturday morning had lunch at a roadside rest area (left over snacks from the week) and drove to Memphis where we spent the night and then home Sunday. Busy, but fun week!

Congratulations to Mallori Reynolds Kunkle who received a $1,500 Scholarship from CRMC to further her nursing studies at Baptist School of Nursing.

Joyce Nell Garrison, Jimmie Lee Merritt, and Gale Garrison visited and had lunch with Joan McKaskle March 19. Barbara Glover and Helen Tindall visited with her in the afternoon.

Gale Garrison attended the birthday party for Caroline Hensley at Central Baptist Church on March 14. Caroline celebrated her First birthday.

Please remember Charlotte Roberts in prayer. Charlotte is having some health problems and is being evaluated.


What a great day last Saturday was for the Area 17 Special Olympics Track & Field Meet at Conway High School. We had more athletes this year too! Our volunteers from sororities and fraternities from UCA were exceptional. Kohl’s Store of Conway as always was there for the whole day helping the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department in the awards area! Center Point Energy cooked for us! Lots of parents, grandparents, family members there to cheer their athletes on to that finish line. If you have never volunteered or come to a Special Olympic Event you should. It is an amazing feeling to see that smile, watch them cross that finish line, throw the softball, to get that hug that means so much to them. If you ever come it will hold a special place in your heart and you will want to come back! Thank you everyone for coming and helping, and a special thank you to the Management Team for all the hard work you put in to make this a success. But most of all thank you to each athlete and coach for doing your best to succeed in winning that medal! LET ME WIN! IF I CANNOT WIN! LET ME BE BRAVE IN THE ATTEMPT!

It has hit this community again with sad news! Please keep Joyce (Morgan) Jones in your prayers as she has been at UAMS struggling with some health issues. Joyce and family, we are thinking of you and you are in our prayers. We all know that prayers work and this is a great family in our community! We are here for you!

Sandy Jo Dowdy will have that pacemaker that we have all been waiting for on April 30 at St. Vincent Hospital. We have to be there at 6 a.m. and the procedure will be done about 8 a.m. or so and we will be staying all night. If all goes well, we will be dismissed around noon or so to come home. She will have some restrictions, but we know that this is going to help keep her pulse rate up and to feel better. We also know that it is in God’s hands too and that he will guide the surgeon and staff to help Sandy feel better. Please keep us in your prayers.

There are still others that need our prayers too, Betty Griffith, Pamela (Wiedower) Lane, David Bearden and family, Wilma Stevenson and family, Linda and Clark Stevenson, Linda’s nephew who married her sister Mary’s daughter who is in critical care in Rogers, Mickey and Monta Fortner, Charlene and Mickey Fortner, Curtis Lee Barton and his mother and sister, Pat Byrd’s family. I know there are more out there, please let me hear from you so that I can put them on the prayer list.

My mother, Betty Griffith had a great birthday gathering on Sunday, to celebrate her 82nd birthday which was April 16. We had a cookout Sunday and beat the storm too. It was great! Those attending were Bob and Diane Remus, Sue Clay and granddaughters and friends, Carolyn, Mark, Britten, Brianna and Tristin Hayes, Cole Ward and his friend Cole from Quitman, Doris, Dawson, Chase Watkins and Randy Worm, Jerry, Dana, Landon, Sandy and Brenda Dowdy, and Jennifer Alford. We enjoyed everyone’s company. A great big thank you to Chase for cooking and for helping me burn my pile of tree limbs in the backyard that had been there for two years and weed eating. Also to Mark, my wonderful brother-in-law, for mowing most of both yards. I have a wonderful family, even though we don’t always agree on things, but we are there for each other when it is necessary and I love each one of them.

Congratulations to Brianna Hayes who graduates from UCA at 4 p.m. on May 3 and also to Randi Worm who graduates at 10 a.m. on May 3. We are so proud of both of you!

Have a great Easter! I sure wish my family would come and join me and mom for church on Sunday! We have so many things to be thankful for! But none of the things can be possible if Jesus hadn’t died for you and me!

Please remember to not drink and drive and to always tell the ones you love when they walk out that door because we are not promised a tomorrow and we never know that it might be the last time you see your loved one. Give them a hug and kiss every time!

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