Four Generations

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com When winter’s wrath paralyzed our nation last February with weeks of snow and ice, ninety-degree days and summer holidays seemed so distant.  By the time this column is printed, we will have celebrated our nation’s independence.  “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The Star Spangled Banner” can send a chill […]

A Lot of Familiar Faces in the Class of ‘54

By Ralphine Major It was one of last summer’s highlights! Carol and Perry McGinnis graciously invited me to be their guest at Perry’s 60th Class Reunion for the Gibbs High School Class of 1954.  The couple has appeared in several columns in the ongoing series about his outstanding and successful career as the very first […]

Father’s Day Thoughts

By Ralphine Major It is the holiday that arrives just about the time summer itself does.  Merged between Memorial Day and the festive Fourth of July, it is the day we celebrate and honor fathers.  I often say that mothers are the fabric that hold our homes together.  Fathers are the ones who guide and […]

A Special Family’s Love, IV

By Ralphine Major It is often said that mothers are the fabric that hold our homes together.  That certainly seems the case in the Julian household.  Not only is Hannah Renee a sister to her siblings, she became the mother figure to them also when they came to live in her home after their father’s […]

A Special Family’s Love, III

By Ralphine Major I first began writing this story three years ago, just before Laura Simpson broke the devastating news at church one Sunday.  Hannah Renee Vrandenburgh Julian’s father had been tragically killed on Friday afternoon coming home from work.  We followed the local media’s extensive coverage of the head-on collision by a drunken driver.  […]

Corryton’s 8-Mile Race

By Ralphine Major It is home to the world-renowned Oakes Daylilies.  It has a post office, library, community center and fire station.  Several churches can be found within its boundaries, as well as Corryton Elementary School.  The rural place is tucked away in Knox County’s northeast section.  On Saturday, June 20, beginning at 7:30 a.m., […]

Standing Tall in Every Phase of Life

By Ralphine Major I thought by not opening my e-mail, it would in some way discard the news I did not want to hear.  But, I opened the message and read its contents:  “Tommy passed away.”  My mind began flashing back to the times I had seen Tommy Everette through the years—on the ball court, […]

A Special Family’s Love (Part II)

By Ralphine Major The heartbeat of their home was now gone.  It was July 2005 when a young mother’s life was snuffed out by cancer, and Rhonda Julian was called to her heavenly home.  Brian, her bereaved husband,  was left with their four young children ranging in age from 6 to 12 years. In a […]

A Special Family’s Love

By Ralphine Major It was around lunchtime one Saturday at a Chick-fil-A Restaurant when we first saw them.  They had attended an Upward Basketball program at nearby Wallace Memorial Baptist Church.  Full of energy and full of life, they were a young family with children ranging from teenagers to toddlers.  Had we not seen  Brian’s […]

A Mother’s Pride and Joy

By Ralphine Major “Her children arise up, and call her blessed” Proverbs 31:28 (KJV) Mother’s Day.  It is one of the most celebrated times of the year.  The role of a mother is special.  It is her nature to nurture and care, guide and direct, and sacrifice and pray for her children.  Her work and […]