"Our Father knows what's best for us,
So why should we complain ...
We always want the sunshine,
But He knows there must be rain.
We love the sound of laughter
And the merriment of cheer;
But our hearts would lose their tenderness
If we never shed a tear.
Our Father tests us often
With suffering and with sorrow;
He tests us, not to punish us,
But to help us meet 'tomorrow.'"
Excerpted from "God knows best" by Helen Steiner Rice.
Our community is again saddened over the death of one of its most outstanding citizens. Jerry Murdock, 74, died Monday, May 14 in Lincoln Medical Center after a long, hard fought battle. The funeral was Wednesday, May 16, at the chapel of London Funeral Home. He was buried in Tally Cemetery. Edwin Carpenter officiated.
Jerry was a native of Marshall County, the son of the late Robert and Mable Murdock. He was a 1951 graduate of Marshall County High School, past president of the Marshall Farmers Co-op Board of Directors, Board of Trustees for Talley Cemetery, served three terms on Board for Farm Services Agency with one term serving as chairman, and member of the Catalpa Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by a son, David Murdock, brother, Hugh Murdock and sister, Ada Doris Jones.
He is survived by his wife Theresa Steinbinder Murdock of Catalpa; three sons, Tim Murdock and wife Julie of Catalpa, Michael Murdock and wife Kim of Catalpa, and Jacob Murdock and wife Ann of Lawrenceburg; one brother, Lindy Murdock of Oak Ridge; sister, Elma Beasley of Fayetteville. Ten grandchildren, and one great grandchild, also survive.
Jerry was a prominent farmer and dairyman, hard worker, a fine neighbor and we will all miss him. He was a good husband, father, grandfather and brother who will be missed greatly, but all will have fond memories to cherish.
I appreciate getting an obituary of Trixie Foster Clemmons of Greenhill, Ala. Trixie passed away Saturday, May 12, 2007 at her home. She was born in Petersburg. She was a nurse and homemaker.
She was survived by her devoted husband, Jimmy; sons, Barry, Jim and Scott; and daughters, Suzy Brown and Emily Henry. She was the sister of Nicky Foster of Petersburg and Odinee Seat of Nashville, Marcheta Wanner of Dunlap and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were at North Carolina Church of Christ, Killen, Ala., with Brothers Don Williams and Thomas Wortham officiating.
Trixie was a dedicated member of the Church of Christ, a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her health had been poor for the past few years, but her family cared for her beautifully. May the lord bless and comfort her loved ones who will miss her greatly.
"Jesus said unto her, 'I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?' John 11: 25-26. (KJV)."
Another dear friend Mrs. Elizabeth McAdams, 97, died May 17, at the home of her daughter, Pauline, in Puryear. Visitation was at London Funeral Home on Friday evening, May 18, with graveside services on Saturday at Head Springs Cemetery. Harold Foster officiated.
She was a longtime member of Liberty Valley Church of Christ. She was an active member of the FCE Club of Marshall County and helped organize several clubs, and Petersburg was the last one. She worked hard for the UT Extension Service. She was a remarkable lady, hard working, and the FCE Clubs will all miss her.
I don't have an obituary, and will write more next week.
The Farmer's Market in Belfast will be held in the J.C. Tate Store on the second Saturday morning of each month. I will remind us all again.
The Morgan/Petersburg High School will have their annual reunion the first Saturday in June (June 2) on the old campus. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Lunch will be catered at noon.
All friends and members of Catalpa Church of Christ are urged to attend the morning worship service. Everyone is invited to a potluck dinner in the fellowship room in honor of the Carpenters 30th year of preaching the gospel here at Catalpa.
We had a good crowd at Church last Sunday. Jared Pack preached. Brother Carpenter and Alice wanted to attend their grandson's graduation from Madison Academy in Huntsville.
We were happy to have Mr. and Mrs. Tim Pack and Jaden of Walker Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Renegar of Lincoln County, Mr. and Mrs. John Calys of Leesburg, Va., Mr. and Mrs. Ford Crabtree of Lewisburg, Mr. and Mrs. Terry Bedwell of Hazel Green and Joel Pitts.
Jared very ably taught the Adult Bible class and spoke again at the evening service.
The gospel meeting is in progress at Cane Creek Church of Christ in Pulaski is the speaker and he is preaching fine lessons. Doylene, Janice, Alice Pack and I from here attended Monday night.
The singing at Ostella Church of Christ was good; Doylene, Janice and I enjoyed going.
Happy Birthday to Jared Pack, May 30 will be his special day. Our best wishes and prayers are for Jared to have many more birthdays and years to work for the Lord and His Church.
Charlie Pack has a birthday May 31. Happy birthday wishes to a fine little boy. He will be 7. We hope he ha many, many more happy birthdays. He goes to school at Cornersville and comes to church at Catalpa.
We regret to hear that Mr. Tom Sumners of Lewisburg and a valued employee of Bills McGough Funeral Home had to have surgery on his ankle and will soon undergo a hip replacement. Our prayers will be with him.
Don't forget there will be a gospel meeting at Diana Church of Christ, June 3-7. Tom Holland will be the speaker and Jack Parks, the song leader.
The famous Diana Singing will be Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9 under the big shed at Diana.
I must hurry on with the recipes. The Horse Show in Petersburg was great. A large crowd was there. Our Petersburg FCE helped furnish some desserts.
Guests to lunch Sunday were John and Tammie Calys, Frances and Eugene Renegar, Ford and Louise Crabtree, Tim, Melanie, Jared and Jordan Pack and Joel Pitts.
14 oz. Can of chunk pineapple tidbits
1 cup chopped nuts
4 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup real lemon
1 cup sugar
Cook until thick, stirring constantly. Let cool. Add 8 oz. whipped topping. Pour over fruit. Should be thick. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Deviled or Dressed Eggs
6 hard boiled eggs
1 Tablespoon Salad Dressing
1 1/2 tsp. Vinegar
1/4 tsp. Mustard
1 tsp. pickle relish
salt and peeper to taste
sprinkle of paprika
Cook 6 eggs in a saucepan, cover eggs with cold water, add 2 or 3 drops of oil and cook until eggs come to a boil. Turn the heat off and let them sit for about 10 minutes. Do not over boil. Drain hot water off and pour cold water over them.
Peel eggs, slice in half and remove yolks into separate bowl. Add salad dressing, vinegar, mustard, relish, salt and pepper. Mash together.
Place stuffing back in eggs, sprinkle with paprika.
We used to call boiled eggs cut in half-length wise and the yolks taken out and mashed like this Dressed Eggs, but most recipes now call them Deviled Eggs.
Sometimes when I cook greens, I just put a hard-cooked egg on the plate beside the greens with salt and pepper and a dash of vinegar.
With poke salet greens, I break the raw eggs in the hot cooked poke and stir them in until they are done.
I have several bags of poke in the freezer and also mustard greens. Maybe it won't be long until squash, cucumbers and zucchini will be coming in. I have enjoyed the wilted lettuce with cut up green onions, radishes and fried bacon grease poured over them. My nephew at Delina gives me picking privileges in his garden.
1 round steak
5 medium potatoes (sliced)
2 small onions, sliced
1 can mushroom soup
Place steak in casserole dish. Place sliced potatoes on top of steak. Place sliced onions on top of potatoes. Pour soup over all. Salt and pepper to taste. Bake at 375 for two hours.
Add sliced carrots for a little different casserole, if desired.