Oh, Man!

Ronnie Mincey

Mincey’s Musings
Year One, Week Thirty-Four

I have been blessed with a wonderful family. I was born late in both my parents’ lives, so a great many of my relatives I only know about from stories as they died before I was born.

One of my favorite relatives was my father’s youngest sister, Aunt Fleetie. None of us ever called her “Aunt Fleetie.” Aunt Lidia was another matter. She was my great-aunt and was elderly when I was born. Even Fleetie called her Aunt Lidia. People who weren’t our relatives called her Aunt Lidia out of respect and for her great wisdom and knowledge of the Bible.

I adored Aunt Lidia, and I always said until my mother died that if God were going to send someone to guide me through the Valley of the Shadow of Death over Jordan I would want it to be Aunt Lidia.

But I loved Fleetie, too. It just somehow didn’t seem right to call Fleetie “Aunt” as she wasn’t nearly as old as Aunt Lidia.

Fleetie lived at 2110 Hoitt Avenue in Knoxville. Her husband Lester B. (Jack) Thomas passed away from leukemia in 1968 when I was three. I don’t remember him at all. My mother once told me that Jack Thomas ate a whole box of candy every night after he went to bed before going to sleep. Mother said that was why he contracted leukemia. This did not deter me from eating candy, as much as I could get, but I never ate it in the bed!

Interestingly, Fleetie and my dad married brother and sister. Fleetie and Jack never had children—it would have certainly added interest in the family tree had this happened, for I would then have had a (or some) half double first cousin.

Fleetie adored Jack. She kept his Bible on her end table in the living room. Jack’s blood was on one of the pages. Fleetie was like Aunt Lidia when it came to respect for the Scriptures. She would never allow anything to be placed on top of a Bible in her house.

Above the end table with Jack’s Bible was a picture from an old calendar. This picture had a picture of Christ with a halo around His head. Fleetie once told me that the spot on the wall behind that halo got whiter than the rest of the wall after Jack died. I can remember at the tender age of seven to nine being scared of that picture for that reason.

Jack had worked for the railroad, and I’m sure Fleetie received a pension, though money was one thing she never discussed. Whatever might have been her monetary situation, Fleetie supplemented her income by babysitting. On many Friday nights while my half- brothers and sisters and their husbands had their weekly times together, Fleetie babysat all of their children, my nieces and nephews, though most of them were older than me.

Some of them did not like going to Fleetie’s house. Even then, most of them would rather have been at home or playing with their friends.

But I could not wait until school ended each year to go to spend two weeks with Fleetie. Since we were loners, we got along tremendously well. Our favorite game was Sorry. The only problem was that I got mad if I lost, and Fleetie didn’t let me win. Of course, it didn’t bother me a bit if she lost!

Fleetie also had a huge box of toys in the corner of her dining room. I remember there was a wind-up fake radio that played Jack and Jill. At least that’s what I think it was, for that was what was pictured on the front. It was one of the saddest tunes I ever heard. Even now thinking of it makes me mournful.

But also in that toy box was a set of plastic bricks, the forerunner of Legos. Many of the bricks were missing, and I tended to build the same thing over and over, the façade of either a church or school. Fleetie told me I should be an architect.

But one of the most interesting things about Fleetie was her aversion to men. Little as I was and as much as I loved her, Fleetie kept me and all the other kids at arms’ length. Even in church, she didn’t like to shake the men’s hands. Did Fleetie suffer from anthropophobia (fear of people), autophobia, (fear of abandonment), philophobia (fear of love), or Androphobia (fear of men)? Possibly all or none of the above?

I don’t know, but my brother J. C. thought it was just a waste. He told me he once told Fleetie, “Fleetie, Jack is dead as ----! You’re a good looking, young woman. Why don’t you marry again and live your life?”

But for Fleetie there was only Jack. When she passed away in 2004, after several light strokes that caused her to spend years in the nursing home, she had prearranged for a spray identical to the one that graced her own casket be made for Jack, so that when she was buried they would each have matching floral arrangements to adorn their graves. Such a sweet but simple gesture, a token of a love never forgotten.

Next week I’ll share with you another tale of love not forgotten. Until then, remember:

Woman to her husband: “Would you like to repeat your vows?”
“A, E, I, O, U,” he replied.



Agriculture Creates Opportunity

Agriculture Creates Opportunity

One of the most important ways to invest in the future of agriculture is to invest in the people who will become tomorrow’s agriculture industry leaders. Students pursuing the agriculture industry often look for careers in planning, implementation, production, management, processing, education, or marketing ag products and services. Tennessee Department of Education predicts that over 60,000 high-skilled agricultural jobs open annually in the United States with just around 35,400 graduates in the Ag, Food, and Natural Resources program studies to fill the openings.

Homer Johnson Stays Busy with Backyard Farm

Homer Johnson on his small farm in Halls

Who says you have to give up farm life if you move to a subdivision?

Not Homer Johnson. Born in Union County and now living in the Cedar Chase subdivision in Halls, Johnson has kept farming and selling his produce. Just this year, he sold 1,500 ears of peaches and cream corn, along with sweet potatoes, okra, tomatoes, peppers, watermelon and cantaloupe. All this is thanks to a lot of just over two acres he bought from Knox County. It sits in the floodplain and has a TVA easement running through it, so a vegetable garden is just about all he could do with it.

Start By Believing Pledge

Rachel "Liz" Stiner

Did you know that every two minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S.? Many survivors of this abuse do not say anything because they are afraid no one will believe them. Often times a survivor will tell a friend or family member and they are accused of lying or "asking" to be assaulted. As the Sexual Assault Advocate and SART Coordinator for the Union County area I am taking the 'Start By Believing" Pledge to show that I am fully committed to believing each and every person that comes to me as a current victim or survivor.

Winter Tree Pruning


Winter is a good time to prune most trees because they are dormant and their leaves are off, making it easier to see how the branches are laid out. Here are some general guidelines to help keep your trees healthier and more attractive.


Coming in the Clouds


Mark 13:26
“And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.”

In Matthew 13:26, what did Jesus mean by the “coming in the clouds” part of His statement? Three of the four Gospel writers (Matthew, Mark and Luke) all record Jesus’ discussion with His disciples in what is commonly referred to by theologians as “The Olivet Discourse”. We are not going to keep you in suspense, “coming in the clouds” is a figure of speech, or metaphor for Judgement. More specifically the word, “clouds” in this context is a Biblical Metaphor for Judgement.

Baked Doughnuts

Baked Doughnuts

I have had this recipe for years. I love doughnuts, either cake or yeast. I don't eat them much any more. They quickly add pounds to this old frame. With no exercise and a healthy appetite, Anne limits my diet as best she can. However, sometimes we do splurge.

Krispy Creme is on my “do not even look that way” list as we drive by. I do sneak sweets at Revival Vision Church of God's Sunday morning coffee hour before Sunday School. Pat Hunt makes some tasty goodies.

Beach Dental Floss

Brooke Cox

My family and I have had many adventures in Ormond Beach. One is still burned into my memory.

Ormond Beach is like a home away from home for us. When we go down there to visit my step brother and sisters in October, we seem to hit Bike week. It is held in Daytona Beach, which is right below Ormond.

Marinated Vegetable Salad

Marinated Vegetable Salad

New Years 2019 is here ready to start us on another year long adventure. Black eyed peas are supposed to bring good luck. Maybe so, but they taste good anyway. Here is an easy recipe to make. You probably already have the ingredients in your pantry. No need to trudge out to Food City. Let's get marinating!


Victory Church Gospel Sing Benefit

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 15:00

Victory Church with Pastor Jeff Eversole, will be hosting a Benefit Gospel Sing, Saturday January 19th @ 3 PM at the Paulette Community Center. Please come out & join us for a time of fun & fellowship! There will be food available with all proceeds benefiting the Victory Church Building Fund. For further information, please contact Danny Davis @ 865-640-5826. Hope to see you there!

Need A Ride To Church

Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 10:00
Need A Ride To Church

Fellowship Christian Church located at 746 Tazewell Pike Luttrell TN 37779 will pickup anyone in the local area needing a ride to church. Call Sam at 865-607-3741 to schedule a ride.

Worship Services

Sunday School 10:00 AM
Sunday Worship Service 11:00 A.M
Sunday Evening Service 6:30 P.M
Wednesday Service 7:00 P.M

Babies and Bagels Program at Luttrell Public Library

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 10:30

Every Tuesday at 10:30 am (unless closed due to holiday) Luttrell Public Library volunteer, Celeste Lanzon, teaches and inspires babies to Pre-K students (siblings are welcome) to learn and engage in fun activities including music and movement and always a story. Highly qualified, Mrs. Celeste has an education degree and professional teaching experience, so that your child is benefiting immensely during this program.

Wine and Canvas with Betty Bullen

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 18:00

Betty is teaching another wonderful Wine and Canvas Class! This class we will be painting Red Breasted Blue Birds!

Sip on some wine and learn to paint from one of Union Counties best! Supplies are included.

Tickets are only $35 and must be purchased in advance by calling (865) 745-2902 or by coming into The Winery.

Seating is limited and fills up very fast so make sure you reserve your ticket today!


Rosemary Gail (Wilkerson) Johnson Obituary

Rosemary Gail (Wilkerson) Johnson, of Halls/Plainview, went to be with our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ on Friday January 18, 2019. Rosemary spent 4 years fighting a rare mantle cell lymphoma. Rosemary loved her family, was a believer in Christ, an animal lover, and an all-around genuine person. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Roy & Mary Lynn Wilkerson; father in law, Raymond Johnson; and brother in law Ray Johnson.

Obituary of Lloyd Russell Lee Sr.

Lloyd Russell Lee Sr., age 68, of Knoxville, Tn was born July 6, 1950 and departed this earthly life on January 17, 2019 to gain his new body in heaven. His life was filled with the love of Nascar, Semi-Trucks, and Family. Lloyd was a self employed over the road truck driver for his entire life to provide for his ever-growing family. Married to Sandra “Sandy” Lee on January 4th 1969, they shared their love of 50 years with their 3 sons Rusty (spouse Mary Duso), Jimmy (wife April), and Billy (spouse Becky Litton).

Ted George Jones

Ted Jones, age 67, of Knoxville passed away on January 17, 2019. He was a bus operator for Knoxville Area Transit for over 43 years, and a member of Amalgamated Transit Union. He was a member of West Side Baptist church. Preceded in death by parents George & Neoma Jones, grandparents William Ellis & Flora Shuemaker, father-in-law Jack Jones.

Nathan Samuel Davis

Nathan Samuel Davis – age 23 of Maynardville, passed away Sunday, January 13, 2019.

He is survived by his parents, Luther and Julia Davis; and sister, Gabriela Eby.

A celebration of life service is being planned for a later date. Trinity Funeral Home, LLC, Maynardville, has the honor to serve the family of Nathan Davis. 865-992-5002 www.trinityfuneralhome.net

Edward Robert Collette

Edward Robert Collette went to be with his Lord and Savior January 10th, 2019.
Ed was born September 19, 1964. Ed graduated the University of Florida with a degree in Environmental Engineering. He was elected and served as international president of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa. He loved the ocean and spent a better part of his life on the beaches in Florida. His hobbies included fishing, scuba diving, body building, hunting and wood working.

Jack Ray Bohanan

Jack Ray Bohanan, age 78 of Powell, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2019 surrounded by his family and close friends.
He was a longtime member and deacon of Smithwood Baptist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Ruby Bohanan; father and mother-in-law, LeRoy and Nellene Buckner; and brother, Jerry Bohanan.

Jason Shane Hubbs Jr.

Jason Shane Hubbs Jr., age 31, went home to be with his heavenly father January 13, 2019 while surrounded by his family and friends at UT Hospital, due to an automobile accident. He is preceded in death by his papaw and grandmaw Marvin and Twila DeCost, papaw Joe T. Hubbs; uncles Jeff Humphrey, Tony Hubbs, and Steve Buckner. Jason was the son of Jason and Crystal Hubbs and was the most amazing brother to Dustin, Justin, and Autumn. He was also the most amazing, loving, and caring father. His whole world was his son Cason Shane Hubbs.

Barbara E. Acuff

Barbara E. (Hunter) Acuff-age 88 of Corryton passed away Monday, January 14, 2019 at North Knoxville Medical Center. She was a member of Clear Branch Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Bill Acuff, parents, Clarence and Mossie (Wallace) Hunter; sisters, Geniva and Roy Burnett; Elise and Ken Beeler, Wanda and Don Beeler, Lois and Heral Kitts, Joyce Williams, brothers, Author, Earl, Ralph and Paul Hunter.

Survivors: sister, Carolyn (Leroy) Hensley of Luttrell; special sister-in-law, Lorene Hunter of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends.

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