FAREWELL FROM THE FARM

January 11, 2010 at 6:19 am | Posted in 20912686 | Leave a comment

One day last week My Dear Friend Virginia Mosher called to order yet another book to be a gift. As we were visiting I asked how Johnnie Lou was doing?   After a short period of communication expounding on how much Kenneth would be missed in the community, the church, friends and most of  all the family, she told me a story that sent chills up and down my body, a worm fuzzy feeling in my heart and a fountain in both my eyes.  At this time I will relay the story to you as she told it to me combined with the vision  to my mind’s eyes.

Included in the burial plans were for the funeral procession to travel along Cook Road in order to pass His home that is on the dairy farm where  he lived his entire life.  He had built a nice home for Himself and Johnnie Lou early in their life together.   This home is not much farther than the length of a football field from the old house that he was raised in.

In preporation for this final drive by His large John Deere Tractor had been cleaned, polished and parked in position of attention near and facing Cook Road for all to see His magnifisent machine.  Not all farms have fence rows that are groomed and neat as Kenneth kept His. It has always been a pleasing view to drive by and see His fine heard of dairy cattle as they look so contented as they dined upon the lush pasture provided for them.  Even though cows have a vivid sense of curiosity they never seemed to pay any attention to the ocasional car traveling the road.

Slowly the escort car with red and blue lights flashing and the long procession  very slowly moved north on Cook Road  the entire herd stood with heads raised and eyes focused on the road as if they were saluting their fallen master.

Upon hearing this,  with weepimg eyes I longed to have been there with camera in hand to have captured these precious moments.  I would be safe to say that every vehicle on Cook Road had some tear stains. 

Howell B. Joiner

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January 9, 2010 at 11:13 am | Posted in 20912686 | Leave a comment

In “FULL CIRCLE WITH A TALE” there is a chapter on Hammond, Louisiana, proclaimed my home town.  This proclomation  was made because Hammond was the source of most of the consumer goods and farm supplies.  In reality I grew up four and one half miles Southeast of Loranger, a small town consisting of a post office, two small grocery stores (one of which sold gasoline), two churches and the crowning glory of all, our beloved school of twelve years.  This institute of learning consisted of  what was known as grammar school six years, two years of  junior-high and four years proudly claimig the  of status of being a student of,  LORANGER HIGH SCHOOL.  This institue of learng was the focal point of all the social functions of the little town and the surounding area.

We may not have been aware of it at the time, but looking back from fifty eight years later I realise that there was an increasaed bonding of the senior and junior classes as we were nearing our departure from the only social circle we had ever known, other than family and church.  In some cases this bonding extended to include another grade in either direction, but only reached stundents with special connections.

The purpose of this post is to set the stage for the following post and at this time I will introduce the name of a few of my peers that fall into the afore mentioned group.  Kenneth Champlin  married Jonnie Lou Marrett and James (jimmie) Mosher married Virginia Carrier.  All four of these people were from outstanding families of the community and both couples  settled on Cook Road less than a mile apart Jimmie and Virginia  wrote and published a doccumentary book entitled “FOOTSTEP IN LORANGER”.  Both couples have been pillars in the community and have lived right there their entire lives.  Kenneth has continued the dairy farm that his father had.

Jimmie  has been dead several years and In December 2009 Kenneth died suddenly of a heart attack.  Last year while visiting with Virginia made it known to me that she wasa offended that I had proclaimed Hammond my home town rather than Loranger.  The book is already published and I can’t change it now.  Loranger is my home town but Hammond was  my town of shopping.

I will close this post and let it serve as the  lead for my next post.     Howell

Happy Thanks Giving To My Friends

November 26, 2009 at 8:57 pm | Posted in 20912686 | Leave a comment

On this national day of thanks,  I would like to proclaim my thanks unto God for granting me the opportunity to live a wonderful and exciting life and sparing me death in 2001.  I consider each day from then are bonus days and my goal since then is to make sure that no day goes without me telling people what God can and will do for us when we turn our hearts and lives to him.

IN HIGHEST PRAISE

November 17, 2009 at 11:18 am | Posted in 20912686 | Leave a comment

Last summer Katherine Mitchell planned and produced a five hour praise and worship service in the 41 st  St area of River Parks in Tulsa,Oklahoma.  This was a multicultural event designed to promote harmony among all races.  She invited me to give my testimony of MY MIRACLE  as written in chapter 58 of  FULL CIRCLE WITH A TALE.  This event was scheduled for September 19 and on September 11, on the campus TCC an event was held to formulate the program for service.   This was an evening of food and fellowship and somewhat a rehearsal of the     event.  Rather than give my full testimony I gave an informal background talk as a sort if introduction and here is the link of video of that from YouTube.  When the link becomes available of the Praise Service I will post the rest of the story here also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AiRHXrNKeA

 

Current Location

November 17, 2009 at 10:28 am | Posted in 20912686 | Leave a comment

At this time I am settled in for the winter in Monroe Geogia and plan to be here for about six months.  While in this area my usual communication tools will continue. Some locations wireless signals are limited or non existant.  If you don’t reach me leave a message and I will get back to you when I have signals.

If anyone in this area wishes to purchase a copy of  FULL CIRCLE WITH A TALE, I would be delighted to meet you over a cup and deliver a signed copy to you in person.

During my stay in this area I hope to extend my geneology researh back beyond Nathan Joiner who moved from Washington County Georgia to Southeast Louisiana around 1800.  His father, Nathan Joyner ( notice spell change) as far as we know was living in South  Carolina. at that time.  If anyone has any leads that could help in this search please contact me.

Howell B. Joiner

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