Rev. Dallas Harrell, a Man of God (Part 2)

By Ralphine Major This month, the minister and his wife reach a milestone.  Dallas and Joretta Harrell celebrate 65 years of marriage!  They have four children; five grandchildren, including one grandson that has passed away; and two great-grandchildren. In 1992, Rev. Dallas Harrell retired from the freight business and for several years worked part-time  for […]

Rev. Dallas Harrell, a Man of God

By Ralphine Major For years, our big yellow school bus made a stop at the Harrell home.  I cannot even remember a time when I did not know the Harrell family—two parents, two daughters, and two sons.  The father is long-time Halls resident Rev. Dallas Harrell.  He grew up in Washburn in Grainger County, Tennessee, […]

The Price of Freedom is Not Cheap

By Ralphine Major It is always a solemn sight, the grave of a fallen soldier. Across our country, national cemeteries are dotted with thousands of markers often decorated with flags for Memorial Day. They designate the final resting place of America’s finest who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Memorial Day calls to […]

Seasons of a Young Life

By Ralphine Major I saw her at the end of the line looking grown up in cap and gown.  High school graduates were honored at our church on Mother’s Day.  My mind raced back to a time when I first met the graduating senior as a two-year-old one Sunday. With this child in her arms, […]

It’s getting closer…

By Ralphine Major May is filled with special days connecting family and friends, such as Mother’s Day, graduations, and Memorial Day.  Father’s Day will take us to the week in June that summer officially starts and traditional vacations begin.  There are so many ways to celebrate that long-awaited season. Summer brings thoughts of a cold […]

Motherhood

By Ralphine Major “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”  Mark 10:14 (NIV) Mothers.  They are the very fabric that holds our families together.  As the national holiday approaches to honor our mothers, I think about the different roles of […]

Union Baptist Church: Celebrating 175 Years!

By Ralphine Major In the eighties, it was our church home.  I filled in a few weeks for the church organist who had broken her arm and decided to stay when she returned.  Sometimes, I think of all the treasured friendships our family would have missed had we not joined in worship at Union. The […]

April is Autism Awareness Month

By Ralphine Major On our recent trip to Greeneville, I bought an Autism Awareness bracelet from a lady who was selling it for her grandson.  It was a reminder that I needed to contact Nick Peters.  Nick, who is the son of Carolyn Boruff Peters and Kent Peters, grew up in Corryton.  When Nick was […]

‘Mary Poppins Jr.’

By Ralphine Major Get your tickets!  Show time is almost here! Lots of hard work and hours of practice will all come together under the leadership of Natalee Elkins, Director/Musical Director; Daniel Lineberger, Director/Choreographer; Taylor Branson, Production Coordinator; and Emily Carr, Production Assistant, as the talented cast of Holston Middle School’s Kids in America Show […]

Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, Gallops into Spring!

  By Ralphine Major It is hard to believe winter is over! We were invited to speak at the Ossoli Circle Clubhouse; we introduced “Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, and the Texas Longhorns”—our latest book in the series—in an interview with Alan Williams on CW 20 television (see our Facebook page and www.majorbooksofjoy.com); we had […]

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