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We mourn the passing of our friend, Edith Smith, but celebrate her life and devotion to our Lord and this community. She was a good wife to her husband, Herb, outstanding mother to her brood of children and extended family, good citizen, and most of all, a Christian example to all who knew her.

Her children tell of the Sunday morning parade up the hill to First Baptist Church. They were expected to be ready and expected to fall in line at departure time. Her Christian example is being carried on by her family. Her grandson, Greg Swisher, let us know that she was a tremendous influence when he chose to become a pastor, especially of “my grandma’s church.” This same family is also known for the work ethic that was set before them by Herb and Edith. Calhoun County has benefited through the volunteer services of the Smith family at Calhoun County Park.

Edith just retired her apron in September from the kitchen crew at the church. Her place must now be filled by younger members. She would say, “You can do it, I did, I was a young working mother, too.”

I thank God for the influence of this lady on my life. I am sure God will use her to help watch over her family and friends that cherish her memories. If they serve shredded chicken in heaven, Edith will be the first to help out!

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Food pantries serve people directly with emergency food supplies. Some food pantries serve only a few families each month, but there are many that provide emergency food support to hundreds of families each month. The need for food pantry services has been growing in recent years as income has not kept up with rising costs, and jobs are being lost, along with federal funding.

Our county has a food distribution center located at First Baptist Church, Grantsville. Several churches in the area sponsor collections and send it to the center where volunteers help with the disbursement. The center helps over 200 each month. They accept donations of non-perishable food and donations of money for supplementing supplies. Louisa Chapel Methodist Church and Walnut Church also collect and distribute food.

Food distribution centers are asking for help. Donations are down from last year, but requests for help are more numerous. Any organization can help sponsor a collection. Even families gathering for the holiday can collect items for one of the centers. Your local church can direct your efforts, or call the Chronicle office, 354- 6917, for information.

 Matthew 25:40: “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it for one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it for me!’

I Thessalonians 5:11: “Encourage one another and build one another up.”

Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

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