George Smith: Judge puts ‘fair’ price on marriage
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
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A COUPLE of stories at the top, both with same cast, a few supporting roles in the second.

Number one is Earl and Joyce Oliver Marler will be married 61 years Friday, March 29. Earl calls it 61 happy, glory-filled years.

But in the beginning, there is this from Earl:

“We were married in Columbus, Miss., by an old one-armed judge. Wood was his name.

“In the courthouse there was a line. In front of us was this old boy who, when the vows were finished, asked the judge how much he owed him.

‘“Whatever she’s worth,’ said the judge. “The old boy laid a quarter on the counter and turned away laughing. The judge called him by name.

“As he turned around, the judged flipped him a dime with ‘Here’s your change.’”


True story, says Earl. And I believe him ’cause you can’t make up things like that, no way … and I’m still laughing.

Earl, hope you and your bride have another 61.

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SO WHAT’S on your menu for Easter Sunday?

If you’re not sure, the guys out at Saks Baptist (U.S. 431) will be glad to help out.

Friday and Saturday, at Jeff Keys Auto Sales, Boston butts, ribs, hams, and chicken will go on the smoker. The meat will be ready for you at noon each day.

All proceeds go to the youth activities at the church.

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THE MENTION of Edgar Jones’ going away in Sunday’s column touched a memory for Jerome Crawford, who spent a number of years sitting beside Mr. Jones in Sunday school at First Baptist of Saks.

In part:

“I wasn’t aware of all that Mr. Jones had done. You sit next to great men and never know who you’re really sitting next to.

“Reminds me of my childhood Sunday school classes at the old Rock of Ages Church as a kid.

“We always had one open seat for Jesus to sit during the hour.”


Thanks, Jerome. Good story.

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FROM A tombstone in an old cemetery in Albany, N.Y.

Henry Edsell Smith

Born 1903 - Died 1942

Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down. It was.


Cemeteries will talk to you if you will listen …

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KATE SMITH singing “’Til We Meet Again” is an absolutely lovely song.

I have it on CD and give it a listen frequently. Her signature song was “God Bless America.”

Smith, who never married, died in 1986.

I love the old music …

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BIRTHDAYS: March 24 — Rodney Vice; March 25 — Evelyn Ridgeway and Allen Arnold Jr.; March 26 — Ernestine Brown, Albert Minton; Buster Turner and Rev. Randy Hayes; March 30 — Billy Bryant.

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TOP TEEN: Meet Chace Oliver, a senior at White Plains High School who will deliver the Salutatorian address at spring graduation exercises. That means Chace ranks number two in the Class of ’13.

He is a member of the Beta Club (honor society), the FBLA, the History Club, and Spanish Club. He is also on the math team, the Scholars Bowl, and active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Oh, a couple of other notes.

Young Mr. Oliver is president of the Student Government Association and even with such a full plate, he played football at White Plains High. Chace attends White Plains First Baptist, is a big NASCAR fan, and hopes to become a NASCAR broadcaster.

Proud parents are Chris and Bridget Oliver.

Take a bow, young man …

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George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: gsmith731@gmail.com

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