Bethesda News: Have a very happy Easter | Columns

Thought for the week: God offers you the priceless gift of eternal life. If you have not accepted His gift, the appropriate moment to do so is now.

The Easter Bunny is really going to be busy this weekend. Hopefully, those of you with small children have your calendar marked, but just in case, I will remind you again. Tomorrow, April 15, beginning at 11 am, you are invited to Lucky Ladd Farm for their Easter Festival and more. This is an annual family tradition featuring fun games, activity crafts, baby farm animals and an egg hunt. The Easter Bunny meet and greet will take place each hour. There will be a nonstop egg hunt ALL day long. This will also take place on Saturday, April 16, beginning at 4 pm

Bethesda UM Church invites ALL the children in our community to come there on Saturday, April 16, for their annual egg hunt. They will have Easter crafts as well as light refreshments. The time is 10 am

If you can’t make it to either of the above, then you are invited to Mt. Carmel CP Church, located on Lewisburg Pike, for their annual Easter egg hunt. They will begin at 11 am They, too, will have activities for the children to enjoy (you may be able to make ALL of them).

You are ALL invited to Easter sunrise services at the Bethesda ballfield. The time is 6 am, as the sun is to rise at 6:10 am Mary Kate Myers, pastor of Bethesda and Wesley Chapel UM churches, will deliver the message with local pastors assisting her. You may want to take your chairs to be sure you have a place to sit.

Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Gardens also invites you to attend their Easter sunrise services. Theirs will begin at 7 am Special music will be provided during these services. Local pastors will be taking part. Afterward, you can enjoy coffee, juice and donuts.

So much sadness has happened in and around our county since I last wrote my column. We were so saddened when we learned of the sudden death of Robert Reed. He suffered a massive heart attack while driving home, which caused him to wreck. Funeral services were at Williamson Memorial with burial in the gardens. He is survived by his wife, Beth Alexander Reed; daughter, Whitney Reed Morphew (Ryan); son, Alex Reed; and sisters, Mary Ann (Jim) Beard and Lorene Smith.

Another one who has done a lot for Williamson County is Brant Bousquet. He developed a blood clot in the brain and passed away a few days later. He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and two sons.

Herman Caldwell Jr. passed away after a brief illness. A memorial service was held at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Anita, as well as children, stepchildren and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

To these families, as well as the family of Jeff Carson, our deepest sympathy is extended. Jeff was not only a musician but also worked on our police department.

Congratulations to Amy Fisher, nurse at Johnson Elementary School, who was recently honored as FSSD’s supervisor of the year at their monthly board meeting. Amy and I knew each other before we worked together at Johnson. Her family and ours lived in Huntsville, Alabama, where we attended the same church. Also, congratulations to ALL who were honored as teachers of the year at their respective schools!

From ALL indications, we are “getting back to normal” with events being announced.

Members of Bethesda UM Church invite you to their Country Ham Breakfast on Saturday, April 23. They will begin serving at 7 am and continue until 9 am They will have a to-go option if you prefer. Donations will be accepted, which will go toward their scholarship fund. I just received word that they have decided to host the event in the Fellowship Hall, so you do not have to worry about eating under the pavilion.

Congratulations are in order for Mandi Martin and Clarke Goodrich, who were married on March 28 in the British Virgin Islands with her children, Stirlin and Langley, by their side. Mandi’s parents, Pam Stephens and Tim Kalthoff, and Clarke’s sister, Melinda and Andy Gesford, were also in attendance, along with numerous other family members and friends from all over the United States. It was a MAGICAL seaside ceremony that will be remembered forever. Clarke recently moved to Spring Hill and started the machining business CGM Precision. Mandi is a funeral director at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home in Franklin. Prior to their beach nuptials, the couple exchanged vows in a private ceremony at Mt. Carmel Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Joe Copolo officiating.

We are excited that we will have our three children with us this Easter. LeAnne and Jo-el are here briefly before they take off to Montana. They will be there until the end of the year. (They have been in Tombstone, Arizona since January.) Tonight, they will be singing and playing at Poncho’s in Spring Hill. The hours are 6-9 pm (This is the ONLY local show they will be doing while home.)

On Sunday, we will gather at the home of Jeff and Julie Smith for our annual family gathering. We look forward to having the granddaughters and their spouses, as well as the GREAT-grandchildren. Greg and Tammy will arrive tomorrow, Good Friday, from Hickory, North Carolina. We’re praying for beautiful weather.

Do you have relatives or friends buried in the Smithson Cemetery? It is time for their annual fund drive to help with the upkeep of the grounds, such as mowing, road work, etc. If you can donate, you can send it to 1568 Lewisburg Pike, Franklin, TN, 37064, or if you need more info, you can contact Ricky Smithson.

Do you have your calendar marked for the annual Franklin Lion’s Pride Breakfast? It is Saturday, April 23, at St. Philip Catholic Church. They will start serving country ham, bacon, sausage, eggs, pancakes, etc. at 7 am and continue until 11 am They will also have a bake and tag sale. (You can always get some delicious homemade baked goods, etc.) Donations are $ 10 for adults and $ 5 for children 12 years old and under. (I realize this is the same date as Bethesda UM Church Country Ham Breakfast, but maybe you can eat lightly and make it to both, as the Lion’s Club goes longer.)

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Paul Thomas for recently being honored as Tennessee Athletic Trainer Society (TATS) Sports Medicine Person of the Year. I know of no one any more deserving of this honor.

Those of us who live on Byrd Lane in Bethesda were very saddened when we learned of the passing of Willie Bell Rittenberry. She and her late husband, William Reed Rittenberry, were the owner of Rittenberry / Williams Produce for over 40 years. She is survived by her sons, Carl (Ruby) Reed, Harry (Carolyn) Reed and Jackie Reed; daughters, Lillie (Harold) Gordon and Gail Williams; daughter-in-law, Betty Reed; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. To each of these family members, our deepest sympathy is extended.

Please let me know when and if you have determined the dates for the events that will take place in and around our area. I do know that the Franklin Rodeo has the dates already set. Be sure and check the paper for the dates. Also, Main Street Festival will take place on the 23rd. I realize several are trying to determine as to whether they are having their ice cream suppers this summer. As soon as I learn, I will post the calendar in my column.

So excited when I read of the ground breaking of the expansion of Williamson Medical Center. We are so blessed to have a facility like this in our county.

Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Patricia Johnson Dixon, who passed away suddenly this past week. She is the mother of Jim (Regina) Johnson and Kay Johnson. Funeral services were this past Monday at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home.

Congratulations to Emily Sanders and Gunner Boucher, who were joined in holy matrimony this past Saturday. We wish for them the best of luck in the years ahead.

We were sorry to learn of the passing of James William Hood. I am sure a lot of you did banking with him at the old Williamson County Bank over the past years. Funeral services were this past Monday at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home with burial in the gardens. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Kathrine; brother, Charles Edward Hood; numerous nieces and nephews; as well as great-nieces and nephews. To each, our deepest sympathy is extended.

There are so many of our loved ones and friends who are continually in need of our prayers. Please continue to pray for CoCo Franks, Faye Borum, Ruby Thorpe, Rose Fite, Cathy Pruitt, Everett Hayes, David Gilreath, Jimmy Thompson, Nellie Stephens, Tim Kalthoff, Caroline Young, Danny Smith, Mary Hood, Dodie Hazelwood, Mattie Marlin, Pat Marlin, Teresa Locke, Ronnie and Judy Pitt, Susie Bennett, Tom Perry, Waylon Potts (a 5-year-old with Stage 4 cancer), Jack Williams, Gerald McGee, Jean Dodd, as well as others whom we ae not aware of!

Over the past three weeks, we have had so many friends and loved ones pass away. Sorry to learn of the passing of Robert Turner Dickson Jr. He was the father of Bobby (Teresa) and Tony (Debby), as well as husband of Mary Giles Dickson (Bobby and I worked together at FSSD, as he was over our maintenance department). Also, deepest sympathies are sent to the families of Jimmy Nevins, Elder Richard Lloyd, Nellie Crafton, Harry Reasonover, Lisa Martin, Donna Walsh Miller, David Frensley, Bobby Smotherman, Tammy Herst Fisher, Barbara Lawson Sullivan (she worked for years at A&D Market), Frances Binkley, Josephine Gatlin Read, as well as those whom I have mentioned earlier. Please continue to remember these families as they go through the days ahead!

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