I was saddened to learn of the death of Dean Strange on Sunday evening. He had been sick over four years. He had been hospitalized many times during his illness. Many wonderful people had prayed during the time of his illness. This time God saw that it was His timing for Dean to come home to his heavenly home. He was 35 years old. He is survived by his wife Cathy, sons, Davis, Hunter and daughter Maggie, his father Larry from Eatonton, mother Nancy from Buckhead, brother, Dave, granddad Oscar Strange and grandmother Faye Mitchem.I have no funeral plans at this time due to an autopsy. John and Gail Wade and all the family went to Suches near the Toccoa River for a week’s vacation. They celebrated Gail’s birthday on July 3 while they were there. The four grandchildren were there and were enjoyed very much.

Happy belated birthday Gail!Angela Smith who was in a head on collision and fire is in an Augusta hospital. She was told that she is improving from the burns. She is Wally Smith’s wife. Margie Denning had a birthday July 11. Jamie Winters had one on July 16, Sarah Thomas July 16, Parker Brandt on the 16. I hope that each of you had a nice birthday! Frieda White had lunch with Charles White in Athens on Monday. Jo Marcum had her brother John for supper on Sunday. The ladies of 1440 Wood Cove at Lake Oconee and neighbors are all so busy getting ready for a big sale on Saturday and Sunday. They will have furniture and many, many things. I might go down the road to see what all they will have. After the sale is through there will be a new house going up that is smaller. New people will move into the house where the sale is. Why not run down to 1440 Wood Cove to the sale? Jay Moon has been at Blacksburg, Vir. with the 4-H at Virginia Tech with dairy judging. The Bible school at Buckhead was very successful. The Rev. Tom Lang passed away on Monday. His wife died five weeks ago. He had been interim pastor at Beacon Heights and at Buckhead Baptist. He was very much liked at both churches. I was sick last week. I was not able to have a column.