October 3, 2013
Helloooooo! I am a happy man. I love life, people, Adairville and Logan County. What a wonderful place to live. I have traveled to more than 65 countries all over the world and I still love it here best of all. It is not a Nashville, Louisville or other big city, but then we do not have their problems either.
The other day I was thinking back how much I have grown to like country music. I grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry, watching the stars on WSM TV and going to school in Nashville with the children of many of the stars. I attended East Nashville High School and later went back to teach there. I went to church with Cowboy & Kathy Copus, Red Foley, Grandpa Jones, Rod Brassfield, String Bean, with some of the Jordanaires, Dale Wood, Brother Oswald, the Coolege Sisters, several other “stars” and all of their families.
One of my dad’s businesses was as a wholesale food broker. He represented both Red Ace Coffee and Prince Albert Smoking Tobacco. Each Friday morning he hand delivered the ads to the stars who would be reading them on the “Opry.” (No faxes or computers then.) I was always excited if I got to go with dad and meet the stars. Roy Acuff was my favorite. Dale Wood had a childhood crush on dad so we did not deliver the ads to her.
When I went off to Peabody College and Vanderbilt University I used to listen to the “Opry” in my dorm room. When I went to graduate school in both this country and overseas I listened to the “Opry” over the armed services radio network. Once when I was in the Sinai Desert in Egypt I observed a young Arab boy riding his camel and listening to the “Opry” on a little portable radio. The song was “I’ve Been Every Where.” It made me laugh and at the same time get a little home sick.
Years later I found myself working in Washington, DC. At first I was the only one that listened to country music. When I left to return home after a very happy and rewarding career, literally half my office listened to country music. It made me feel good that I had so many converts at the White House.
ADAIRVILLE NEWS - This past Saturday the funeral services were held for Larry McComas. Larry was the plumber and electrician that so many local citizens depended on for so many years. He also dedicated many hours and years to Adairville’s Volunteer Fire Department. He served for several years as the rural fire department chief. Larry will be greatly missed by family and many many friends.
Maryann Davis of Davis Hardware has been ailing. For years she suffered with knee problems, but underwent successful double knee surgery some months ago and has been doing very well. Now she has suffered a bit of a relapse and has been hospitalized for a number of days. We wish her well and hope for a speedy recovery.
Mrs. Herman England is a wonderful lady. Many in the community have known her most of their lives. She has been suffering memory loss and can use community support. Send her a card and wish her well.
Adairville’s remaining merchants need your support. I hear Adairville citizens complain about the lack of businesses in town; but when I ask if they shop in our remaining stores the usual answer is no they do not. Well, any wonder we keep losing businesses. Several of our merchants would be out of business already if it were not for out of town shoppers. Instead of going to Wal-Mart this coming week shop in Adairville instead. Help our few merchants and businesses. If you do not, do not complain when another business closes down due to lack of business.
WITH A SMILE – A few years ago my dad’s first cousin, Ezel Dickerson, purchased a new Cadellac auto. Ezel was 83 years old at the time. He was so pleased with the car that he decided to drive to the nearby interstate highway and see how well the car would drive at a high speed. He began driving at an excessive speed and it was not long before a highway patrolman gave pursuit, and after a bit of a chase, finally pulled him over. My cousin began giving all the excuses he could to try to get out of the ticket. Finally, the patrolman said to him, “Sir I am suppose to go off duty in five minutes and hate to have to write this ticket. If you can give me one good excuse that I have never heard before, I will let you go.” My cousin thought for a minute and then said, “Officer my wife ran off with a highway patrolman last year and I thought you were him and that you were trying to bring her back.” At that point the officer looked at my cousin and said, “Sir you have a good day,” then got in his patrol car and drove away.
TIME TO GO – Good night sweet ladies and highly intelligent men of Logan County. Good night Judge Sue Carol Browning who is a good person and highly intelligent. Good night Mrs. Hadden the most photographed woman in the county. Good night “Sweet Berdie Angel” a woman who has won my heart. Good night Mrs. Walter Ray Clinard one of the nicest women in the county. Good night Alberta Sanders one of the sweethearts of the county. Good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.