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Sympathy is extended to Amanda Sissom Francis on the death of her grandfather, Carl Sissom, who passed away Wednesday the 23rd.

Am sending the news in early this week due to P-pa undergoing one more (his 4th) fusion of his lumbar vertebrae. We are home (prayerfully since I am writing this on Sunday the 27th) and doing well. The surgery was done Monday, the 28th at St. Thomas Midtown, Nashville.

Friday the 25th, Ruth and Marvin Davenport, Robbie Owen, P-pa and I enjoyed a meal together at Kilgore's.
Linda Hayes and her niece, Vicky Huffines traveled to Chicago, IL, where they spent the weekend helping Linda's daughter, Ashley Hayes, celebrate her last year in the 20's.

The Regional Children's, Youth and High School Bible Drills were held the 26th at Washington Avenue Baptist Church in Cookeville. Representing the Salem Association were Caitlyn Crook and Kiley Hughes from Auburn Baptist and Noah Brown and Lucas Roberts from Salem Baptist. Congratulations to Caitlyn Crook and Kiley Hughes on being State Superior Bible Drill winners. Noah Brown was State Superior Winner and received the 3-year Children's Drill trophy. Lucas Roberts received the State Winner Seal. Going for support were Colin Crawley, Kaylee Rusnock and Emma and Lila Hughes.

It was a beautiful Saturday to celebrate a Silver Wedding Anniversary and to host a horse show.
John and Kim Francis were guests of honor at Auburn Baptist Church Recreation Center that day for their 25th year together. Children, Jennie Francis, Jonathan Francis and Callie Francis had planned this as a surprise but the closer the time got, the more concerned they were that John would show up in his working clothes. So to make sure he was clean, they told him.

It was decorated beautifully, John looked good and Kim was beautiful. Congratulations!

Hannah Whited and Jordan Turney were in Kentucky Saturday the 26th where they participated in the Eastern Relays - 800 and 3200 meter held at the University of Louisville Track Stadium

It was a successful night for the Auburn Jr. Beta Horse Show. Thanks to everyone to helped in any way and to all the participants.

This week's birthday wishes go out to Bobbie Whited and MaLeah Scott on the 6th. Lauren Turney celebrates the 7th. This it's Sarah Tuck and Bobbie King who get their wishes on the 8th. Carlene Brown Judkins' is the 9th. On the 10th Terry Whited has his along with Dixie Garrison who turns 8 and Samuel Robert Hackett who hits the 4 mark. Lisa Tenpenny and Brandon Turney celebrate the 11th. The 12th is Murrell McAllister, Adrianna Reed (her 12th), Hannah Whited and Ralph Coe's special day. Winding up the week on the 13th are Veronica Pitts Davenport, Roger Tate, Reagan Scott and Beth Hancock. Happy days to all of you.

Two anniversaries are being celebrated the same day. They are Mike and Shirley Allen and Ray and Helen Pruitt - both on the 13th. Happy anniversary to both couples.

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