George Smith: One more story on Pinkston ...
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
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I HAVE one more memory of my buddy Jerry Pinkston, who passed away May 26.

We are standing outside a wedding reception at the Winston House in Valley Head. My middle grandson, Tyler, has just married Melissa Sturdivant and the band’s playing, people are dancing, the food is grand, the wine is flowing.

Jerry, who really hates this sort of deal just about as much as the tie he is wearing, peers into the merry-making and says:

“This is one of the better things I’ve ever been to, glad I came.”

Another fast forward to Grace Fellowship Church, Wednesday, May 5, and memorial services for my buddy.

Jackie Sparks, also a very close buddy of Jerry’s, gets up and tells funny stories on Pinkston for like 20-25 minutes. Then the Rev. Carlton Weathers gets up, tells a few more funny stories, talks of how proud Jerry was of his family, reads a couple of verses of Scripture, talks about that for maybe five minutes … and sits down.

There was music Jerry loved, including some gospel from Elvis Presley, and then we walked to the Family Life Center for dessert and more stories about Jerry.

One thought struck me as the crowd dwindled:

“This is one of the better things I’ve ever been to, glad I came.”

It was, indeed, a celebration of a life, something preachers tend to promise at funerals and don’t deliver … if you get my drift.

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QUOTABLE: “The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all.”Harry Truman
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CALLING YOUR SHOT: Meet Jaylen Childs, an 11-year-old who lives in Saks with his parents, Randy and Jason Childs.

Jaylen also had a great-grandmother, Becky “Grandma T,” who lived in Salem, Ind.

Now, the rest of the story.

“Grandma T” died May 30, an emotional loss for Jaylen, who often visited with her at his grandparents’ home in Delta. He also made a trip or two up to Indiana to see her.

Now fast forward to just past noon Saturday and the “traveling baseball team” Jaylen plays on is in Cullman.

Before the game, Jaylen informed his grandmother “I’m going to hit a home run today for Grandma T.”

From grandmother Rhonda Burris, who was (of course) at the game:

“He came to the plate with two out and the bases loaded . . . on the first pitch, he hits the ball over the centerfield fence. After he crossed the plate, he came to me — I’m his ‘Nonnie’ — and gave me a big hug.”

Sad news is, Jaylen’s team did not win the tournament, finishing 8th in a 16-team field.

The loss will fade, the memory of “Calling Your Shot” will not.

I like those kind of stories.

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“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is knowing not to put a tomato in a fruit salad.”

Got that from good friend Smiley Anders who writes six columns a week for the Baton Rouge Advocate, all “items.” He’s a fun read. Look Smiley up.

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BIRTHDAYS: June 13 — Edd Prickett and John Austin.

Prickett was a POW during World War II and I suspect that makes him really appreciate the aging years. So, Edd, hope you have a great one.

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A REMINDER: If you’d like to put a birthday with me, use the email address below and please include your phone number. Or call at the number below, speak slowly, spell names, also leave a phone number.

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