Community Christmas Tree lighted on Saturday
By Karen Hall
After a successful Rotary Christmas parade earlier in the afternoon, people gathered on the square again as darkness fell for the ceremonial first lighting of the community Christmas tree in Public Square Park.
"Merry Christmas," exclaimed Mayor Jim Bingham. "Isn't this a great way to start the Christmas season? I hope this becomes a tradition."
Bingham went on to thank First Commerce Bank for providing the tree and its decorations.
"We appreciate their generosity," he said.
Bingham also thanked Barbara Kennedy, Tina Lilly, and Tracy Tietgens, who helped with the decorating, as well as workers from Lewisburg Electric System and the Public Works Department, who not only put up the tree but also put the lights on the frame of the "ghost building."
The Lewisburg Middle School Chorus, directed by Amanda Box, sang some well-loved carols, with everyone joining in for "Silent Night."
The lighting of candles had to be omitted, due to the strong breeze, so Bingham proceeded to read the names of those honored and remembered with ornaments on the tree.
Finally, the great moment came and Barbara Woods, Lisa Jackson and Pam Russell, who have been contributing to the beautification of Lewisburg for many years, had the honor of switching on the lights on the tree.
Pastor Don McCullough offered the closing prayer.
People remembered with ornaments on the tree included Nannie & Robert Allen, Kay Matthews Bowden, Sue Delle Bowden, Dale Bowling, Steve Coleman, John L. Davis, Dorothy Davis, Emily Walker Dunn, Kenneth Doyle Fowler, Cathy Godbey, Jackie Green, H.A. "Bit" Hardison, John E. Hightower, Lillian Hightower, Grace Ann Johnson, Jim Kennedy, Jim Kennedy Jr., A.D. & Mae Liggett, D. J. Mealer, Jeff Mealer, Tim Mealer, Clarence Minor, Christine Minor, Margaret Moyer, Roy Petty, Sara Primm, Rooster Richards, Claud Roberts, James Russell, Phil & Jerre Sanders, Malcolm Slate, Evelyn Smith, Richard Stockman, Paul Tyree Jr., Marilyn Wakefield, Denny Walker, Robert Scott Walker, Myrtle Lee Walker, Dorris Weaver, Barbara June Wiggins, Ed Wiles, Melvin A. Warf, Charlene Woodward, and Joann Wortham.
Those honored with ornaments included Artie Allen's grandkids, Maj. Donnie Allen, Luke Bingham, Emmy Bingham, Julia Buckley, Eleanor Buckley, Rachel Claire Evans, Aidan Hurt, Ben Marsh, Mara Polston, Jerry Roberts, Ben Randles, and Will Smith.
It is not too late to remember a veteran, a first responder, or any loved one with a non-glass ornament. Please inscribe the name with a permanent marker and bring it to City Hall. A limited number of non-glass ornaments are available if you do not have one of your own. All ornaments will be placed on the tree by the city.