Wednesday’s list ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


LADY A woman who is refined, polite and well spoken.

That term “Lady” is the first thought that came to mind when I heard that a long-ago co-worker and friend here at The Star, Dean Youngblood, had passed away.

So I looked it up.

The dictionary definition doesn’t do the Dean Youngblood I knew nigh onto  33 years justice. Warm ... caring ... sweet ... quiet ... loving ... graceful ... stately ... special, very, very special are all a much better fit.

But even all that seems inadequate in describing Dean Youngblood.

I can’t say we were tight friends. She worked in the advertising department, I was in the newsroom. But when I walked “up front” through advertising she always spoke, asked how I was doing. It was not unusual for me to stop and we’d talk for a few moments.

Dean Youngblood is a soft memory in my life.

One memory is of her coconut cakes. On occasion she would bake a couple and bring them to The Star. The late Cody Hall, when he heard “Dean brought a coconut cake today,” would just about knock anybody over who got in his way. I was right behind him.

She also loved to cook up a batch of sausage-biscuits, too. I led the dash for those.

I know that is not all that big of a deal, but it does say a lot for the little things of joy that Dean Youngblood brought into the lives of those around her.

Thanks, lady ... but I think I’ve told you that before ... bunches of times.


BIRTHDAYS: Dec. 13 — Banks Cotton; Dec. 15 — Anna Laurie Cotton; Dec. 19 — Anne Craft; Dec. 20 — Harsel Derham; Dec. 24. — Barney Geeting; Dec. 26 — Angela Hamblin.


A SPECIAL happy birthday to one Riley Stephen Smith this Saturday. He is grandson number one, a graduate of Saks High School, a engineer with a degree from the University of Alabama, and is married to a gorgeous brunette by the name of Ashley.

The two met at the University and I suspect that meeting ranks right there with the engineering degree on a scale of 1-10 ... like at least a 12

Thing is he has a happy day every day with one of my three great-granddaughters crawling all over with “Daddy’s here! Daddy’s here!”

To my knowledge he’s never embarrassed the family, but he sure jerks my chain pretty good.

Happy birthday, kid.


SPECIAL BIRTHDAY II: I’m going in birth order here and this is a Happy Birthday to number third born grandson, Cody Houston Smith. He, too, is a graduate of Saks High School, headed for some sort of computer degree in the spring from the University of Alabama and this “kid” can on carry a conversation on any subject with anyone you name.

His birthday was Dec. 19 and his smarts:

He once told his dad, during a rather spirited Bible discussion, “I believe in the red words, Daddy.” He was five at the time.

On another occasion, he told me “Poppa, I gonna be in red all my life.” That, too, was in his fifth year.

Happy Birthday to Cody Houston from George Houston.


TOP TEEN is on holiday ... will return later ... and I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and take care New Year’s Eve ... if you know what I mean ... and some of you do.


FINALLY, in the spirit: “Once in our world, a stable had something in it that was bigger than our whole world.”C.S. Lewis


George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: