Thursday, October 6, 2005

Carey Chapel & Mt. Pleasant News
Allene Teel

Gae Lynn Anderson surprises writer on birthday

Richard Langston was a patient at Methodist Hospital, Germantown last week. He came home on Friday. His wife Dot fell while at the hospital with him and cut her head. Please pray for Dot and Richard. Their son Ricky is home visiting this week.

Dallas Hunsucker had an automobile accident early Monday morning, on Highway 311, while driving to work. He was flown to the MED by the Wing Emergency helicopter. Dallas suffered a crushed heel and injury to a knee. At present he is home and improving.

Rev. Armond Taylor preached at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, in Laws Hill, last Sunday for Rev. Arnold Goode.

Several from the community attended the Mid-South Fair, in Memphis, on Wednesday.

David Goode sang at a gospel competition, in Memphis, last Friday. His wife Alisa went along to cheer him on. 

I traveled last week-end to Kansas City, Mo. with Arnold, Kathy and Xander Goode. On Thursday and Friday we visited with my grandson Danny Goode and family. Six-month-old Campbell Goode was happy to see us. On Saturday we attended a church reunion, for the church in Kansas City, where Arnold had pastored for 10 years. On Saturday afternoon we visited Arnold and Kathy’s long time friends, Charlie and Linda Grewell. I fished in their pond and caught a 14-pound catfish. We feasted on catfish for supper that Charlie Grewell had already caught from the pond. On Sunday we worshiped at the FBC, of Concordia, with Arnold and Kathy’s friends Jim and Lois West. From there we traveled to their home in Sweet Spring, Mo. and spent the night before heading back to Mississippi on Monday. We stopped in Springfield, Mo. and had lunch with my grandson Paul Goode on our way home Monday. 

I celebrated my 80th birthday last Wednesday, September 28. I was surprised at church Wednesday night when our pastor instructed us all to go to his office. There was a birthday cake my daughter had hidden in the church, to surprise me. The group sang “Happy Birthday” to me. It was very special. On Saturday my family came to my house to help me celebrate my birthday. All my children and their spouses were present, along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. My biggest birthday surprise was a visit from Gae Lynn Anderson.

My 13th Day of Vacation
We left our motel in Santa Rosa, New Mexico about 8 a.m. We continue to travel east towards Amarillo, Texas. Our goal this day is to travel across the Texas panhandle and across Oklahoma. Neither Kathy nor I had slept well the night before because of our sinuses. We were now traveling out of the mountains into the plains. There are ridges all around us. There are a few crops but mostly flat land. At this time we are back on central standard time.

We stopped at the Texas state line sign and Kathy took a picture of me. I picked up a few Texas rocks for my rock collection. It had rained the night before and was a little muddy. Along the interstate in Texas we saw a lot of cows, horses and goats. There were large lots where cattle were kept for processing plants, and it didn’t smell like perfume near these either. We ate our lunch in Amarillo, Texas. It is a large city. We are still 250 miles from the Oklahoma state line. 

It didn’t take too long to travel across the panhandle of Texas. We stopped at the Oklahoma state line and again Kathy stopped and took my picture. I picked up a few rocks there also. We stopped and Kathy filled the car with gas. We are trying to drive all the way across Oklahoma before night. As we traveled through Elk City, Oklahoma we saw lots of pigmy goats grazing near the interstate. We also passed the Bar S meat processing plant. Most of the land around Elk City was red. Even the water looked red. We stopped at a Native American gift shop and bought gifts to bring back home to our families.

As we drove through Oklahoma City we thought about those who had lost their lives in the bombing there. Kathy pointed out the location where the building had stood. There was a lot of road construction that slowed us down as we traveled through Oklahoma City and on to Fort Smith, Ark. Just before arriving in Ft. Smith we passed a beautiful lake and crossed the Arkansas River. By the time we checked into our motel at Ft. Smith, Kathy and I were tired. But I don’t think Drake ever got tired. He was ready to get into the pool. After dinner we went to bed planning to be up early the next morning to finish our long trip.

I will tell you about the 14th day of my vacation next week. This will be the last day.


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