Congratulations Madisonville. Because of you 711 boxes were collected in our town for Operation Christmas Child.
The boxes will be shipped to numerous poverty countries, not only providing a needy child with a Christmas present, but also teaching the Reason for the Season.
•If you would like to help others right here in our hometown think about being a part of the Salvation Army Kettle campaign. The good thing about the Salvation Army is that the funds raised here in Madisonville stay in Madisonville and help those in need in all kinds of ways.
The Kettle campaign will start ringing the bell in front of Walmart this Friday. If you can donate some time to this worthwhile project please call Becky Blair at (936) 348-5465. And make sure to drop some money in that kettle when you walk by.
By the way, hats off to Bunkin Bennett, who heads this project in Madisonville, and to Becky Blair who is always willing to lend a helping hand.
•Congrats to our mighty Madisonville Mustangs. They did it again last Friday night winning Bi District. Hopefully there will be a convoy of cars headed to Merrill Green Stadium in Bryan this Friday night to watch the Mustangs play Lorena in the Area Football Playoff.
•Congratulations to the Heath clan. Kelsey and Josh Dale, Dayton, just added Kodi Masyn to the family. Kelsey is the daughter of Chuck and Lisa Heath. The little gal weighed 6 pounds and was 19 inches long.
•And congratulations to Randell and Carolyn Karber. They too, now have a new grandson, Austin Randall Karber. This little fella weighed 8 pounds 5 ounces.
•Last week we did not have the address for condolences to the family of Ernesto McCollum, but we have it for you now. Send those condolences to his wife Anita and family at P.O. Box 787, Madisonville, TX 77864.
•Condolences to the family Sam Johnson, who passed away last Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Services were held last Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Madisonville Funeral Home. In addition to his wife Edith Mr. Adams is survived by his sons Randy and wife Cheryl, Walt and wife Lydia, his daughter Susan Leann Ramirez and five grandchildren.
•Condolences to the family of James Goodrum, who also passed away Saturday, Nov. 18. Services were held last Monday, Nov. 20, at the Cowboy Church of Leon County. Harvey Cannon carried Mr. Goodrum via his wagon and team to his final resting place at Joyce cemetery.
Goodrum is survived by his wife Joyce, eight children, 22 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. Send your condolences to Joyce and family at 3829 Kimbro Ln, Madisonville, TX 77864.
•Condolences to Missy Allen on the loss of her grandmother LaVerne Pyron also last Saturday, Nov. 18. Services were held last Tuesday in Spring TX with a graveside service Wednesday in Dallas. Send your condolences to Missy at 2199 Wehmeyer, Madisonville, TX 77864.
•On the birthday list, happy birthday to Adna Hawthorn, Donnie Lasiter and Cecil Neely, who share Thursday, Nov. 23, for their birthday. Jo Ann Jones, Frank Kelly and Melissa Singletary do the same Saturday, Nov. 25, and Rowena Wilson follows with her birthday Tuesday, Nov. 28. Winding out this week’s list is Becky Linebaugh, who will do her celebrating Wednesday, Nov. 29.
And finally, it is that time of the year when as a nation we pause to be thankful. This Thanksgiving prayer is filled with reality checks. The author, while unknown, left behind some identity clues. No doubt it is a she, married and with children. This says it all.
“Lord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes; we have plenty of food to eat.
“Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry; we have plenty of nice clothes to wear. And I would like to thank you, Lord, for those unmade beds, they were so warm and comfortable last night. I know that many have no bed.
“My thanks to you, Lord, for this bathroom complete with all the splattered mirrors, soggy, grimy towels and dirty lavatory; they are so convenient. Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator that needs cleaning. It has served us faithfully for many years. It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for two or three meals.
“Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned and tempers are short and my children are so loud, thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.
“Even though the routine of my job is often monotonous, thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job. Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest, thank you, Lord, for life.”
On a personal note I, too, am thankful; thankful for you, the readers who read this column, thankful that our small town supports a hometown newspaper, thankful that most of us have family or friends to enjoy on Thanksgiving, and thankful that God has blessed us to see this holiday once again.
From Ronnie and I to all of you, Happy Thanksgiving everyone.