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


I’VE RODE the back benches of several churches through a jillion or so Sunday sermons, but some of my favorite times was spent with The Rev. Bob Ford during his years at Blue Mountain Baptist.

I’ve told you this before, but I’m gonna do it one more time.

In one of the early days of Bob’s Blue Mountain tenure, it occurred to me he could read the crock pot better than any preacher in my memory, 16 to 20 minutes and we were on our way to Jack’s on Quintard.

When I mentioned the crock pot to Bob, I got:

“When I first started preaching, my mother told me that if I didn’t strike oil in 20 minutes to quit boring. I’ve always believed in doing what my mother said for me to do.”

So why this today?

Sunday was the Rev. Bob Ford’s birthday and I sure hope he had a good one.



— A good wife always forgives her husband when she’s wrong.

— A retired husband is often a wife’s full-time job.

— Alcohol is a perfect solvent: It dissolves marriages, families, and careers.

It’s amazing the wisdom that’s out there on the Internet ...



That Pat McCary and John Patterson wound up exchanging wedding vows should come as no surprise.

They lived in the same neighborhood, rode the same school bus, attended the same schools. At one point, he drove the bus she rode. And it was she who asked for the first date.

They wound up in front of a preacher on Sept. 1, 1967 ... some 51 years ago as of Saturday.

John is a deacon at West Park Heights Baptist Church.

Joy and Junior Eaves’ path to marriage was a bit different.

She was working at the GE plant in Oxford, met Junior at a local café on lunch break. A few dates, drifted apart, met again one night when she was working in the concession stand at the old Anniston Speedway.

From there to the preacher came 53 years ago, Sept. 1, 1965.

Joy and Junior also attend West Park Heights Baptist Church.


QUOTABLE: “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." — Harry Truman

Read that one again, folks.


BIRTHDAYS: Aug. 30 —  Magnol Faye Snider; Sept. 2 — Niki Burdette; Sept. 3 — Sherry Smith; Sept. 4 — Melba White, Iris Pinkston, and Brent Pointer; Sept. 7 — Steve Sprayberry and Alexandria Wombacker.


TOP TEEN: Say hello to Kearra Ashford, a senior at Anniston High School, where she carries a 3.88 GPA.

That puts Kearra in the National Honor Society. She is also a member of Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society) and HOSA.

A bit more on her academics is she ranks third in the Class of ’19 at Anniston High, is on the AB Honor Roll. Young Miss Ashford is a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and plans to attend UAB and work for a degree in nursing.

“Kearra is hard-working and determined,” says Sherry Baxter, senior counselor. “She seems to handle even the most difficult courses with excellence. Many young women have academic talent, but are not as well-rounded, as down-to-earth, and as embracing to others as Kearra.”

A proud parent is Churry Ashford of Anniston.

Applause is in order.


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