I am good at this. I guess all us old folk are. Sometime I bore folk with the same tale. Sherry doesn’t roll her eyes, but gently lets me know I have told this before. Many folk are nice and listen like it is the first time they have heard about Vondale, Buddy and me. Or will look interested when I tell about my chicken chasing dog, Ace. HA!
I mentioned Fred and Frances the other day because Fred commented on the Shipslog and we have reconnected to a point. Besides you gotta love a guy who buys your books (Especially if he knows you!).
Both Fred and I worked actively in a church in Biloxi, Mississippi. Around a base you will find some churches made up mostly of military folks. They are lonesome for their families so they migrate together for ‘family’. Fred & Frances and Sherry & I were like that. They lived in a trailer and we did too. I can’t remember who was there first. It was sorta strange, he being in the Coast Guard and I in the Air Force were stationed at the same area AWAY FROM THE BASE, called ‘Point Cadet’.
Our trailer park was across the bay from Point Cadet. Around the same time we both felt the ‘call’ into the ministry. Orders separated us and over the years we kept in touch with Christmas cards. I will never forget his first church, he and Frances pastored the Tellico Plains,TN COG. It was a frame building on a mountain. The parsonage was also frame and both had a pot bellied stove for heat, if I remember right. Also the floor was very uneven in the church, (sort of like walking on waves). He allowed me to ‘Preach’ there, as we passed through going to Missouri to Pastor.
I returned to my passion the military and finished a career. Our paths have crossed several times, it is always a joy to remember the wonderful times we have had together.
Since I became a published Author, I have learned of another author, Jack Darnell, from Tellico Plains. Fred has returned to Tellico to teach Sunday School since retirement. We want to make that stop next year to see Fred & Francis and to find Jack.
Thanks for coming this way,