Emeritus Missionaries Remember Christmas in Spain

By Ralphine Major They met in Michigan, though both couples were from Tennessee. Missionaries Howard and Joyce Nighbert Clark were on their first stateside assignment in 1986. The Clarks shared their need to have someone pastor their church when they took their next stateside assignment in December 1988. Long-time Wallace Memorial Baptist Church Pastor Jim […]

Fond Memories

  By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It is my earliest memory of a hospital. St. Mary’s, the hospital on a hill, was always the closest to people in the northeast part of Knox and surrounding counties. My brother and I were born at St. Mary’s and have pictures of us with the Sisters of Mercy. As […]

2019, A New Year in Life’s Journey!

By Ralphine Major It is the Bible verse that always comes to mind at the start of a new year.  From Paul’s letter to the Philippians, “ . . . but one thing I do:  forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize […]

Many Christmases

By Ralphine Major On a Sunday morning in November, gift bags would be passed along each row of the congregation.  Church members were to take out a packet of tickets, go out in the community, and invite people to The Living Christmas Tree service.  It was a creative way Dr. James McCluskey devised to distribute […]

Generous Donor Gives the Gift of Reading

  By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com “The staff and I feel that Corryton Elementary School is quite possibly the best kept secret in Knox County,” Principal Aaron Maddox said about the rural school that sits at the base of House Mountain in the northeast part of the county. As I stepped through the doorway of the […]

Merry Christmas!

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear […]

The Farmer

Beloved Country Doctor, part 6   By Ralphine Major He grew up on a farm in Grainger County, Tennessee.  He worked on the farm at Lincoln Memorial University while getting his college degree.  It is not surprising to learn that Dr. Alvis David Simmons never lost his love of the land and farming even after […]

Beloved Country Doctor, part 5 Healing Hands

By Ralphine Major Most people knew him as “the doctor.” But outside of work, Dr. A.D. Simmons was a husband and father. Sylvia Simmons Babelay is the oldest of the four Simmons children and shares fascinating memories about A. D. Simmons, the father. “I always remember Dad working hard to be a good father, so […]

Home for Thanksgiving

  By Ralphine Major We named them Caesar and Cleo. The playful pups would often take a running leap and jump into the pond. While they had the markings of a black Doberman pinscher, they were not registered. Caesar was given to a friend who lost his Doberman. Cleo stayed with us. It mattered not […]

Being Thankful Every Day

  By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com We live in America. We have so much to be thankful for as the long-awaited Thanksgiving holiday approaches once again. Too often, it is easy to take for granted the privileges we enjoy and even those we hold most dear. It is so important for our nation and her people […]