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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: gsmith731@gmail.com.

 

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