|a beautiful cake for a beautiful lady|
|Karen, with a heart filled with gratitude....|
|Yvonne and Dru busy recording the auction results|
|goodies for the auction....|
|Tina Mitchell and Karen Roy Rhyneer|
|Randy Shank and Pam Moore|
|and the auction continues.....|
|Donna Fisher Mitchell|
|such a beautiful quilt and stitched in love.....|
|posing one more time with the quilt.....|
|With all our love, from the Class of 1974|
|Becky Crowley Foley|
|The first auction....|
|Karen with her son, Shane|
|The food line continues.....|
|Gail Martin Hall|
Wally Bailey was more than
willing to stop and pose
for a pic!
|Morgan, Michaela, Krista & Megan|
The 2nd young lady is Karen's granddaughter
|Karen embracing another friend.....|
|many, many items being auctioned off....|
|This lady was very excited about winning|
|Vanna doesn't have a thing on this young lady that|
kept the items moving.....!
|Amy Thompson, friend of Karen's|
wins a door prize drawing!
|Silent auction items.....|
|more silent auction items.....|
|sooo many items....|
|Debbie Davis Mann|
Caren Jo Creighton Haynes
|Skeeter (Sherry Ward) McMinn|
presents a gift from the class of '74. A mirror that has
boot tops placed around the frame......
|Karen listens intently as Skeeter speaks.....|
|Karen is overwhelmed with gratefulness......|
|the guests are encouraged to|
autograph the boots......
|giving her the mirror.....|
|Chelese, Karen's daughter signs her name|
|Chelese and Shane pause for a quick picture.....|
|mother and daughter|
|Chelese was attentive to her mothers needs....|
|Mike Walters pauses to leave his signature....|
|and gives Karen a hug.....|
|Karen and Mike have a moment to exchange|
a few words.....
|Becky and Tina stay busy the entire day and|
evening greeting guests as they come in.
|American Legion Post 75|
|lots of yummy baked goods were auctioned off too....|
|Shane and Karen slip outside for a few minutes....|
|Shannon Sweet Bailey and|
Dawn Hood Phillips
|Dan Burns the Drummer making his way in to the|
|Kathy Crowley Fossen|
Debbie Marsden Brown
(Brenda Grieve Rushton's Daddy)
|Denise & Cliff Sims|
|Laura Popko Martin '77|
Randy Martin's bride
|Elvis was in the building with|
JoAnn Helterbran Peaden
|Karen Roy Rhyneer|
Karen Blondell Jarrett
Shannon Holder Cavness
|Rhonda Baker Patterson|
Dru Purcell Chandler
|Denise Thomas McDonald|
|Sylvia Vines McMinn|
|Sylvia & Debbie|
|Nancy Colwell Strain|
|2nd take and a smiling|
Russell Whatley '72
Kenny Furr married
to Brenda Smith '74
Randy Ezell in intense conversation trying to ignore me!
|one of the many auction items|
|Bennie Fossen &|
|Ricky Hill giving Sylvia a hug....|
|Debbie Hobbs Jenkins &|
|Chelese reading Karen's thank you note....|
"It's been said many times many ways and today I say it with my heart full of love, thank you, thank you, thank you. I am beyond grateful for all the support and love that surrounds me here today and What a perfect day The Lord has given us to love one another.
God gave me this journey to live and I'm so thankful He gave me all of you to help me along the way. His grace is a beautiful thing.
I appreciate every single thought out detail of this day and all the days leading up to this very moment for the opportunity to be here with all of you. I love each and everyone of you. I can't express this enough.
As I live out God's will for my life I will be at peace because of all the love surrounding me. He has blessed me with the best family and friends I could ever want. All of you are a stepping stone He has provided to me for the strength I need.
Dru & Skeeter have done a terrific job putting this whole thing together. There were so many people involved I can't possibly name each of you one by one but each person here has equal thanks for all you did.
We all know and believe that prayer is a very powerful thing. God is greater than ALS and if it is His will I have a very long life to live here with all of you. Either way thank you all for touching my life. We will all be in heaven together one glorious day.
I love you all and God bless each of you all."
|the emotions were intense....|
|this picture speaks volumes....|
Pat Goodwin Hill, Karens sister n law and family
|friends listen to Karen's words...|
|Debbie Marsden Brown|
|Karen Hinkle Griggs listens and watches...|
|such a hero!|
|.....let the picture speak for itself.......|
|love poured forth.....|
|blowing a kiss......|
Cody Robbins Band
|Mr. Cody Robbins, himself!|
|Dan Burns, always in perfect tempo!|
More hugs and smiles and chatting with friends and family.....
|Susan Perrin Filina|
to the left
to the right!
|Gary Hampton and his lovely wife, Teresa|
|Gary and Teresa stepping out.....!|
|Karen Hinkle Griggs & her|
|Karen and Dru pose for a picture....|
|Dru, Tina, Karen & Skeeter|
|Karen with her grandson, Ryan Bell|
|Ryan was a good sport about this!|
|Karen and her grandaughter, Michaela|
|pretty smiles for pretty ladies.....|
|Karen, Chelese and Michaela|
|hands to hold|
|Dru, Reagan Lawrence & Susan Perrin Filina|
|Alonzo was still moving his feet to the|
beat of the band.....
|tickets for the door prize drawings.....|
|Alonzo stops to visit with Karen|
|and rides off into the sunset....|
|Donna & Randy Mallory with Karen|
Amy Dillard & Amy Thompson
|Amy and Amy give or try to give Karen|
|somebody is about to give up some cash for|
|Donna, Randy, Karen, Amy & Amy|
|told you so!|
|Sue poses with Donna and|
the cross she just won!
|And Dan leaves the building|
|Karla Peaden Gaskill, Michel Allen White|
|Gary paying for his items....|
|look at that million dollar smile!|
Cemi Jo Parkey
|Debbie & Brenda|
|This was the second auction!|
|Going once, going twice, SOLD!!!|
|What is this we have?|
|Barbara Tucker Pennington &|
|Randy, The Chef!|
|BBQ and the trimmings|
|Suzie Saunders Taylor|
|Karen Hinkle Griggs|
|Karen & Co.|
|Becky Crowley Foley &|
Sherri Daughtery Damico
|Yvonne & Brenda|
|Lisa Ratto Able|
|a cross for the auction|
|and embracing a little yummy food!|
|art.... for sale|
|Greg & Shirley Sublett|
|silent auction..... jewelry|
|more silent auction items|
|Cinda McConnell Parenti|
Class of '74
|Denise & Stanley Mears|
|Karen, Lisa ?, Mike Hill and|
|Karen and her cousin, Mike Hill share|
a tender moment.....
|here's to the class of '74|
a job well done.....
Cinda McConnell Parenti
Pheobe Gardenhire Thomas
|caring out some good stuff.....|
|Karen and Thomas|
|listening to the band.....|
|Vicki and Karen|
|Karen & Dale Brooks|
|Mike Hill purchasing some|
really neat stuff!
1. the state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness. 2. variety; multiformity. 3. a point of difference
Just some of my randomness is going to pop in right here....
I think one of the things that I love about America is the diversity of our people. We are all different, but when we choose to come together and help someone we can lay aside those differences and become a strong, distinct force. The benefits can be enormous. This day was no exception!
The evening continues with fun, fellowship and good music......
|"Lean on Me!"|
Mark Spoon leaning on Chuck
|Billy O'Dell friend of|
Cinda McConnell Parenti
with 50 Thick.....
More friends from the class of '74.....
still smiling at the end of the day!!
|Susan Allen with her|
daughter, Michel Allen White
|Laughter is always good......!|
|Dru and Barb Tucker Pennington|
|Shaunna & Suzie Saunders|
|At the end of the evening I turned around|
just in time to see this group of ladies doing a group high five......
"we did it!"
Bargins Home and Gardens
Beads By Keisha Henry
Beauty Boutique - Kandi Wallis
Big River Band
Black Horse Restaurant
Body Wrap - Stephanie Randall
Brazos Animal Hospital
"Love Wins, Love Always Wins"
"In closing I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the
class of 1974
for allowing me to capture a few memories for you and preserving an
act of love and compassion for a fellow classmate. Truly, together you have achieved a great accomplishment! Karen, my dear lady, you are loved, respected, & you are a friend to many. This day is recorded in the memories of many. Truly you float
equally between the diverse universe of people that your
It was my pleasure and honor to photograph you. Your transparency of
humbleness, gratefulness & faith continue
to be your inner beauty that
reflects your outward
from the class of '75
"... if you're trying to show off for people at the top forget it. They will look down at you anyhow. And if you're trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone."
Summing it all up, fiends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious-the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.
Phillippians 4:8-9 message
Preserving Priceless Moments
for the next generation…
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