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Congratulations to retired pharmacist Erby France, who celebrated his 80th birthday Feb. 20 at his home on McMinnville Highway. Jeanette France took him a birthday cake.
On Sunday his children prepared a delicious birthday dinner and helped him celebrate. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Randy Box and children of Franklin, Mr and Mrs. Danny France and sons of Dowelltown, and Mr. Tim France and daughters of Smithville.
All enjoyed the day. Happy birthday to Erbie, and we hope you have many more birthdays from your many friends in the Dry Creek valley.
Nora Harvey was a recent visitor in the home of Louise Frazier. Nora has recovered from a recent fall with fractures to several bones. We are happy to report that Nora has recovered, looks good, and returned to her job at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville on Monday. She has been working at Vanderbilt for many years as a dependable nurse.
We extend sincere sympathy to Ruth White and family in the death of her brother, Mr. Michael Thompson of Texas.
Michael had spent several weeks with the White family this past year. His funeral was Feb. 26 with his family and friends in Texas.
The Dry Creek community extends sincere sympathy to the family of Harold George of Warren County in its time of sorrow.
The George family are natives of the Dry Creek valley, having lived here for many years in the Wilder Hollow. James George and his wife bought a farm in the Lucky Community and reared their children there.
Harold was a christian gentleman who was a member and a deacon of Northside Baptist Church in McMinnville. He was also a rural route mail carrier.
His mother, the late Mary Cripps George, was a sister of the late Hobart Cripps of the Dry Creek valley, and later lived in Dowelltown.
May the George family find comfort in God’s love and mercy.
Special get-well wishes are extended to Helen Burt who has been ill in DeKalb Community Hospital with pneumonia and other illness. Our prayers and best wishes go to Helen for a complete recovery.
Our neighbor Bobby Joines had surgery Monday at Centennial Hospital in Nashville. Bro. Donald Owens, Jimmy Womack and Jimmy Kimbrell went to be with the Joines family during surgery.
Remember the Joines family in your prayers. Bobby’s wife, Mary, is a shut-in due to a massive stroke several years ago. Their daughter, Tammy remains with her daddy in the hospital.
We enjoyed the book compiled on the lives of the couples married for fifty years or more. Congratulations to them.
We saw several who had been our students in school. that indicates that we are getting older.
That’s okay we still enjoy many things in life, the joy of reading, the love of family, new great-grandchildren, the joy of God’s nature, the love of neighbors and friends, and the love of my church family and brother Don Owens.
Dry Creek Baptist Church was honored to have Ryan Magness of Smithville as guest speaker for the Gideons Wednesday evening. Dry Creek Baptist supports the Gideons and the good work that they do.
Bro. Donald Owens came back to his home church Dry Creek Baptist in 2001. He was supposed to be retiring, but seeing his boyhood church in need of someone to help pick it up spiritually, he was glad to roll up his sleeves and get busy.
For 35 years or more he had labored in god’s ministry at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon. He with God’s help did wonderful work from few in numbers to thousand in numbers.
His faithful wife, Mrs. Audrey, was with him all the way. It wasn’t long until everyone was talking about Bro. Donald’s work at Immanuel. Yes, the little Dry Creek Church where he grew up and was ordained kept up with him, loved him and prayed for him.
Everyone welcome at Dry Creek Baptist Church, Bro. Don Owens pastor since 2001.

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