Published 9:50 am Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Happy Birthday wishes to Paul C. Hamlett ‘P.C.’ , May 30, Rice, son of Paul Hamlett Jr.; Viola Jeffress Jackson, May 30, Richmond; Monzie Faulkner, May 30, Meherrin; A’darius Ahmad Spencer, May 31, Drakes Branch, son of Tameka Freeman Spencer, grandson of Virginia and Paul Hamlett Jr.; Kimberly Foster, June 2, Saxe; Jane Eagle, June 2, Keysville; Betty Smith, June 3, Richmond; Diane Clark White, June 3, Mississippi; Marie Farrar, June 4, Chase City; Jerome Foster, June 4, Richmond; Henrietta Books Mosley, June 4, Red Oak; Micheal Foster, June 5, Virginia; Cheryl Brogdon June 5, Randolph; Beacher Hensley, June 5, Asheville, North Carolina; Vernell Clark, June 5, Phenix. 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 speedy 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. Sympathy to the family of Russell Ferrell. You all have our deepest sympathy.

Thought for the week: Don’t be the same, be better.


Sometimes we get so caught up in life we forget the ones we love. If you love someone, tell them and show them. It can be in words or things you do for them. The only way love can grow is you have to plant more seeds of love in the heart of the one you love.

It’s not the big things you do, it can be small. It’s not the price you pay for something, it’s the thought. So, don’t think because something is at a high price someone won’t appreciate it. If it costs a small amount, action speaks louder than words.

Not always do you have to give gifts. Although I do love gifts, it’s the little things that mean a lot, so don’t stop giving. It’s the remembering the ones you love that counts.

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