Autry’s Johnson’s father was a sharecropper. Had he owned any land of his own, land that Autry could have claimed as his one day, Autry might have farmed for a living. He loved the earth and what the ground would give you if you tended it. He scratched out a garden where ever he hung his hat, whether it was in Texas, Oklahoma, or Georgia. He always had enough vegetables to feed his family and most of his friends. He kept Eudene busy shelling peas, butterbeans, hulling peanuts, and canning tomatoes. Autry learned all of his crop raising from his father and his father was very proud of his star student. On one occasion Bruce overheard his grandfather give Autry some high praise. He spoke in between spits of tobacco and puffs on his cigarette, which he managed to do at the same time, something some people might call a disgusting habit and others might call a skill, but it is a testament to the terrible addiction to nicotine. He said to Bruce, “Out of all my sons, brothers, your daddy could plant the straightest row of any of them.” In a family of eleven brothers and sisters, eight of them brothers, when you could shine above the others with anything, that was notable. Autry caught his Daddy’s eye when it came to setting rows. Now planning straight rows might not mean much to us, but that’s because most of us have never tried to harvest a crooked row of corn or cotton. Straight rows make for easier planting and easier harvesting. Otherwise, you are wasting time and energy...
Memorial Service November 22, 2018 Mrs. Martha “Stookie” Lee Bryan We’ve gathered to honor the life of Martha “Stookie” Lee Bryan and to praise God for giving her to this community, and us, and to this family, to be our friend and companion as we do life together. Stookie and Thomas Bryan, II died within a day of each other, thirteen years apart. The family finds great comfort in singing a few of the great hymns of the faith today, hymns that Thomas chose for his service thirteen years ago. These hymns represent their faith in God which bound Stookie and Thomas together and permeated how they raised their children and lived their lives in this community. They believed in a “God of Grace and a God of Glory.” Would you join this family in singing this hymn, as we praise the God who continues to sustain us with His love and grace? It’s hymn number 435. Let’s stand together as we sing stanzas one, two, and four. Scripture Listen now to some of the most memorable teachings of our Savior. They are commonly called The Beatitudes. As you listen, choose one that you think best describes the life Stookie lived as she blessed others. “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of...
The Eulogy of Jonnie Mildred Greene Horne July 20, 2018 This service is dedicated to the remarkable life of Jonnie Mildred Greene Horne and to the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Dean Woodham, her son-in-law, will begin our service with a prayer. Prayer Given. Mildred’s daughter, Mary Ethel, used to pick out a picture of a dress from the Lady’s Home Journal Magazine or some other magazine and her mother would make a pattern from that picture which she would then use to make her that dress. She used the same technique to make her wedding dress and her veil. When Jesus came, he gave us a clear picture of God, of his grace, mercy and love. The Bible commands us to pattern our lives after Jesus. As Beverly Danford plays, “Living for Jesus,” lets reflect on the ways that Mildred Horne has lived for Jesus and left a pattern for us to follow. “Living For Jesus Played” Message: Mildred Horne was affectionately known to her family as Mother, Grandma Horne, and to many as “Aunt Mimmie,” even to those who were not kin to her. Her life spanned 104 years, a time which is difficult for us to comprehend. She met people who fought in the Civil War. Her earliest was a memory, about the age of four, was going to the mailbox, and finding a letter from her Uncle Robert who was fighting in World War I. She lived through 18 U.S. Presidents. At the beginning of the 20th century, about 1 in 10 infants died before their first birthday. While that rate had improved slightly...
June 13, 1942 – June 24, 2018 We dedicate this service to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Jim Joiner. Last evening over 400 of Jim and Ruth’s friends, and friends of this family passed through the doors of this church to extend love to them for Jim’s 23 years of service as their State Farm Agent, for the twelve years of service he gave the city of Jefferson as our mayor, and before that as a city councilman, for decades of service work through Rotary International, Jefferson Lions Club and the Commerce Kiwanis Club, for his love and devotion as a friend, for his example as a husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law and for his life of Christian service in the church and in the community, which permeated all that he did and stood for. I have heard it said that it’s difficult to be accepted in Jefferson if you are not from Jefferson. Some say if you don’t have roots here you will never be from here. But Jim and Ruth are not from here. They are transplants from Alabama. The truth is that most of us are from somewhere else. Not only that, Jim came to Georgia with an Auburn degree. He bled orange and blue, so you know who he pulled for when Auburn played Georgia and you still elected him mayor. But that just shows you that those things are secondary to what really matters and that is our relationships with each other. What really matters in an election is a person’s character, his/her vision, and how well he/she can lead and work for the best of the entire...
January 12, 1985 – June 21, 2018 Prayer Our God, For our faith to be authentic today, we must say to you that our hearts are broken. We are disappointed and upset that we are here, and Drew is not. That Drew is with you is part of your grace, and for that we are most grateful. Yet you know it does not take away our pain. Drew’s death is a reminder that we live in a world where even the best, the brightest, the most talented, creative, and passionate among us have a fixed number of days. We are all reminded of our mortality. We have known one who taught us to make good use of each day. Drew was like our Lord Jesus in that he accomplished more in 33 years than most people accomplish in two or three times that time. But we feel cheated, Lord. Drew is heaven’s gain, but our loss. Still, we are grateful to have known him, to be loved by him, and led by him. But we thank you for the years that we were fortunate to have him and the legacy he has left. Now Lord, what this family needs is your grace to sustain them. Please give them a double portion. May your strength be evident in them amid their loss and as they grieve. Amen. “9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 Many of you are here today because you met Dr. Andrew Crouch at the Commerce Veterinary Hospital where he was the co-owner. Drew has known that he wanted to be a veterinarian since he...