Wednesday’s beans ’n greens ’n other things:


IN  YEARS BACK, when the late Ben Howell and wife Louise walked into the house, just after saying “hello” and dragging up a chair at the kitchen table, I heard:

“Play it.”

I didn’t have to ask:

“You’re the end of the rainbow,

“A pot of gold,

“You’re daddy’s little girl,

“To have and to hold.”

Ben had two reasons he wanted to hear that song, Sharon and Vickie.

Sharon was a striking brunette, Vickie a dazzling blonde.

We lost Sharon Monday morning after  years of fighting ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). When she left, her husband, retired Judge Malcolm Street Jr., was by her bedside for her leaving, just as he had been in all the years of her illness.

I was blessed in being a close friend of her father which, in turn, let me also count her as a friend. That’s the way it was for Sharon Howell Street, once in, always in.

A bit more:

1. In addition to her beauty, Sharon was just as beautiful inside, a soft and caring person.

2. She had a smile that would light up any room, would spread a warmth for just being in her presence.

3. Above all, she was a lady of deep faith, a gem of a wife, gem of a mother, gem of a grandmother.

The lady had class.


QUOTABLE: “Be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, tolerant of the weak, because someday in your life you will be all of these.” — George Washington Carver


BIRTHDAYS: Jan. 9 — Robert Ellis; Jan. 11 — Krista Waugh and Mylane Wigley; Jan. 13 — Charles Creel.


ME BAD: In a recent phone conversation with Catherine Ford I found out I had missed a couple of promised birthdays in this column.

To make it right: Aug. 4 – Samantha Hughes; Oct. 20 – Amy Hughes.

And if you’re wondering why I’m going back that far to catch up, the answer is simple. Catherine Ford is a grandmother and since I am married to a grandmother, well, you should always do what a grandmother tells you to do.


TOP TEEN: Meet Gracie Caroline Muncher, a senior at Alexandria High School where she carries a 4.14 GPA and has a very nice 27 on her ACT. She also in the Principal’s Club and holds awards in Advanced Placement History, Spanish, and English.

For Gracie, academics and leadership sort of hold hands in her life.

She is vice-president of the National Honor Society, president of the Christian Athletes, secretary of the Christian Club, and a First Priority Leader.

There’s a bit of athletic ability, too.

Gracie is captain of the varsity volleyball team, selected as one of the Class 5A High School Volleyball Players of the Year, was a member of the Valley Cubs 5-A State Championship Volleyball Team, and was named to All-Area and All-State Tournament teams.

One other thing. Gracie is captain of her golf team, too.

She has a volleyball scholarship to Snead Community College and from there it’s to a four-year college and pursuit of degrees in communications and pre-law.

“Gracie exemplifies great leadership and the determination that is necessary in today’s complex world,” says Principal Mack Holley. “She is to be commended for her pursuit of excellence in the classroom and the community.”

Proud parents are Lance and Jennifer Muncher of Alexandria.

Take bow, young lady, a big one.


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