Published 9:51 am Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Birthday wishes to Leroy Ross, May 16, Richmond; Denise Coleman Nicholson,
Dinwiddie; Zaveon Hairston, May 17, Keysville; Ralph Foster, Sr., May 18, Randolph; Brandon Freeman, May 19, Saxe; Cornell Moody, Jr., May 19, Red
Oak; Raven Adnew, May 19, Farmville; Louise Ferrell, May 20, Randolph; Eva Wilson, May 21, Drakes Branch; Bylinda Clark, May 21, Charlotte Court House; Dillion Mims, May 22, Las Vegas, Nevada. I wish all of you many more happy
birthdays. Happy birthday!

Get well wishes to all of the sick and shut in. I hope you are well soon, up and
about. You are in our prayers for a quick recovery.

Sympathy to all of the families who lost a loved one recently. Our heartfelt
prayers and good wishes go out to all of you in your time of need. You have
our deepest sympathy.

Thought for the week: A best friend is someone who loves you when you
forget to love yourself.


Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before the
sunrise. Successful gardening is doing what has to be done when it has to
be done the way it ought to be done, whether you want to do it or not.

True friendship is like a rose, we don’t realize its beauty until it fades. The
love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. When you have a
plot of land, however small, plant a garden. Staying close to the soil is
good for the soul.

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Virginia Freeman is a community columnist for The Charlotte Gazette. She can be reached at