I apologize for no column last week. It was the first week of school starting and as I work in Transportation in NLR Schools; it was very busy. I was at work at 6 every morning and not home till after 6 in the evening. Time I got home, did what I needed to do at Mom’s, and got to bed there was no time. 

I hope that Junior Glover and Marcelle Fielder and Frankie Battles had great birthdays! These are three very unique and one of a kind in our great community. They have a great legacy behind them and living it for their heirs. I hope that when I get their age that I am doing as good as they are. Marcelle is still working in the cafeteria and going strong. Both families are very blessed to still have them. Cherish those moments and memories! We love you Marcele, Junior, Frankee, stay healthy and keep up the good work. All three were honored for their birthdays with some kind of get together. Ms. Frankie had a celebration at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She had a big crowd there and her daughters did a great job. I enjoyed visiting with Orville Quallebaum and family and many others. As I told everyone send me news and I will put it in the column.

Last Sunday, Mom and I went to the Guy Church of Christ Family Day (Home Coming). Brother Martin did a wonderful job in Sunday School Class and the morning service. It was great to see some relatives that I have not seen in a long time and also a lot of friends too. The fellowship was great and lunch was too. Mom doesn’t like to get out so it was a fuss to get her out the door but all in all she enjoyed herself. Thanks Shelly for your help.

Last Saturday night, I went to Sue Clays and played cards with them. We had a great time laughing and playing cards. It is always fun to go there. Sue is my best friend and I treasure her friend ship. Missed my Landon last weekend though. 

School is in session lookout for those yellow buses and those precious children they pickup.  

Please keep Montine Tarkington, Wilma Stevenson, Frankie Battles, Junior Glover, Betty Griffith, Daryl Bearden, and any one else in the community that is sick or has been sick in your prayers. Prayer does work!

Beth Hartwick and Penny Baker recently returned from Hawaii and it was everything Elvis ever said it was. We did a lot of shopping, eating, a helicopter ride around the whole island, eating, parasailing, eating, a jet boat ride around island, eating, jet skiing, eating, attended a Luau, Huki Lau and dinner show. We saw where they filmed Jurassic Park and Hawaii 5-0. Flew over Dole Pineapple farms, the world’s largest maze, and saw the most rainbows ever. It is truly a complete and utter paradise and you should go. They would love to go back again. It is well worth the long plane ride..no question.

Sounds like they had a great time and that is my ideal trip to go on one of these days! Send news to holtb42@yahoo.com or call 679-3299 and leave a message.

We extend sympathy to the family of Mrs. Ethel Goodrich, 81 years old, who passed away on Aug. 22 in Palm Harbor, Fla. Mrs. Dalton’s husband, Dalton Goodrich, grew up in Centerville. Mrs. Goodrich is survived by her husband, one son, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Services for Mrs. Goodrich are to be announced at a later date.

Jennifer Freeman, Erin Shaw, Patty Ingram, Marion Sibert, and Merlina McCoullough spent the afternoon together Wednesday watching a movie and visiting. We typically have a ladies’ night for the teachers to visit several times throughout the year since school gets too busy to really visit. School has only been in session for two weeks but we were ready for a little fun.

Kaylee and I visited with Alene Asbell last week at the Faulkner County Rehabilitation Center a couple of afternoons while Dylan was at football practice. Nana is doing great but ready to go home. I also had a nice visit with Shannon Cardin one afternoon and with Kellie Cardin the next. Nana is lucky to have so many family members that appreciate her and take care of her while she is recovering.

I thank Ben McNew for sending me the information about Mrs. Goodrich and invite others who have information regarding the Centerville community to email me at jennfreeman@windstream.net.

Happy birthday to Shelby Sawrie who celebrated his 76th birthday at Shelly and Devoe’s home in Conway with dinner.

Shelby and Betty recently visited with his brother and wife, Sidney and Shirley Sawrie in Searcy.

Recent visitors with Shelby and Betty were, Charlotte and Rick Phillips of Vilonia, Thomas and Velma Smith of Chicago, Ed Lybarger, and her brother, Jett Bowie, of Needs Creek.

Bill and I along with several others in the community have enjoyed watching the Bethlehem Baptist Church’s Co-Ed Softball team twice this past week. They won both games.

Happy anniversary to Bill and Wilma Robinson who have made it 54 years together. Bill and I celebrated our 54th last Friday. So - marriages do last when committed for better or worse.

Please remember my great niece, Lori Heidersheidt, in your prayers. She had surgery on Thursday for a brain tumor which showed cancer cells (awaiting final pathology report). Lori is a young mother with two little girls. Please put her, Tony and girls as well as the rest of the family on your prayer list for me. We all know prayer is a powerful tool.

Also remember Bill and Carol Frye and girls in your prayers. Bill was injured seriously in a fall at home this past Wednesday and Carol is taking a new round of chemo and has a very low blood count.