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
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!
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.
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
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.”