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By CAROL GUNTER

More beautiful memories made at our Gunter Reunion at Aubrey's shop on Sunday, August 31st, as everyone there enjoying the day spent with each other. Fay and I thought this was the best reunion we've ever had. I lost out on the fried green tomatoes again this year. My sister told me to cook up two platters to solve this problem next year.

Cannot say or just simply brag enough on Clyde and his Bluegrass Band. They made our reunion! Ernest Rubley (he plays and sings in Clyde's band) and Harrell Stembridge doing a few steps at dancing as the band was singing and playing and everyone sure loving that and giving them an applause of their approval. A couple of newcomers to the reunion this year were Talmage and Bobbie Young of Dowelltown. Talmage used to run Smithville Auto Supply and Bobbie was Trustee over in Dekalb County. They loved Aubrey so much and are still missing him like the rest of us.

Bobbie told me how much she missed Aubrey coming by in his semi, and if either or both of them were outside, Aubrey would set down on that horn and have that hand throwed up and giving them that wave he would always give. No one ever like Aubrey, she said. Of course, I agreed, but someday, I don't know when, but we will all be in each other's presence with Jesus. Sometimes I do wonder what they're doing in heaven as the song goes - it has got to be so grand - can hardly wait to be reunited with my loved ones and the big guy that Jesus is taking care of until I get there. Bobbie even sent me a card of special thanks for the great time her and Talmage had while at the reunion. She was sick last year so they couldn't attend. Hopefully they will be back with us next year to have some good family fun and the great entertainment that Clyde and his band provide.

On Saturday before the reunion on Sunday I was invited to a cookout at our neighbors as this is a tradition that has been going on now for a few years. Great food and great company for sure. After I got home from the cookout, there was some heavy downpours of rain. It rained some at the cookout but all of us got on the patio and we were good. So glad I have such wonderful neighbors and friends that are always, but always, there for me. God knows what we need in our life to help sustain us and keep us going each and every day.

We, of course, need to uplift some people in prayer: Mattie Gunter's family, Jewel Lawson's family, Edith Miller, Bobby Taylor, Denise Stanton, Donna Lawson, and Carlon and Mai Nell Melton.

Hoping that all of you had a really good Labor Day spent with all of your loved ones and celebrating the special moments you got to share. There is always so much to cherish from family get togethers.

Now for those who may be wondering about the little extraterrestrials/little green men, that invisible cow, or any other varmints - none showed up at our reunion. That was quite a relief for all of us. Maybe they thought there were too many of us and they were afraid to take us on. I have always heard there's safety in numbers. I guess this could be called a standoff by all accounts. With the big doors being open at each end of Aubrey's shop the north side is the view of the mountain that Fay believes anything could come down off of so if I myself spot anything coming from that direction, I will be without a doubt, the first one to be long gone from there as I am not a brave person even though Glenda thought I was to get in a truck with Aubrey. I am sure this will be a lot like the time we stole the ice cream out of daddy's store and Carol will only be thinking of saving her own hide. It will be a time for all of those that are left behind to fend for themselves as I do not take a part in any fight/battle that I am pretty sure I might lose.

If you have any news for the column, just give me a call at (615) 563-4429. Have a great day!

Do not change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to Him and what is perfect.
Romans 12:2

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