Number one is Earl and Joyce Oliver Marler will be married 61 years Friday, March 29. Earl calls it 61 happy, glory-filled years.
But in the beginning, there is this from Earl:
“We were married in Columbus, Miss., by an old one-armed judge. Wood was his name.
“In the courthouse there was a line. In front of us was this old boy who, when the vows were finished, asked the judge how much he owed him.
‘“Whatever she’s worth,’ said the judge. “The old boy laid a quarter on the counter and turned away laughing. The judge called him by name.
“As he turned around, the judged flipped him a dime with ‘Here’s your change.’”
True story, says Earl. And I believe him ’cause you can’t make up things like that, no way … and I’m still laughing.
Earl, hope you and your bride have another 61.
If you’re not sure, the guys out at Saks Baptist (U.S. 431) will be glad to help out.
Friday and Saturday, at Jeff Keys Auto Sales, Boston butts, ribs, hams, and chicken will go on the smoker. The meat will be ready for you at noon each day.
All proceeds go to the youth activities at the church.
“I wasn’t aware of all that Mr. Jones had done. You sit next to great men and never know who you’re really sitting next to.
“Reminds me of my childhood Sunday school classes at the old Rock of Ages Church as a kid.
“We always had one open seat for Jesus to sit during the hour.”
Thanks, Jerome. Good story.
Henry Edsell Smith
Born 1903 - Died 1942
Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down. It was.
Cemeteries will talk to you if you will listen …
I have it on CD and give it a listen frequently. Her signature song was “God Bless America.”
Smith, who never married, died in 1986.
I love the old music …
He is a member of the Beta Club (honor society), the FBLA, the History Club, and Spanish Club. He is also on the math team, the Scholars Bowl, and active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Oh, a couple of other notes.
Young Mr. Oliver is president of the Student Government Association and even with such a full plate, he played football at White Plains High. Chace attends White Plains First Baptist, is a big NASCAR fan, and hopes to become a NASCAR broadcaster.
Proud parents are Chris and Bridget Oliver.
Take a bow, young man …
George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org