Sometimes It Takes a Village: A Benefit Singing for Greg Davis

Greg Davis

There is an old saying most Union County folks have heard or used a few times during their lives that says, “Sometimes it takes a village.” Whether referring to raising a child, moving a neighbor to a new home, or getting escaped cattle back inside their fences, sometimes we must all come together as a village or a tight knit community to achieve a desired outcome. A community joining forces as the village in that old saying is the mental image I have come accustomed to while learning of the upcoming Benefit Singing for Greg Davis.

Greg Davis is a man of many titles. A husband, a father, a grandfather, a musician, a charitable contributor, an East Tennessean, a friend, and a community supporter. But the greatest title of all that he holds is the title as a Child of God. Davis lives in the Gibbs community and is married to Teresa Davis. They have two children, Haylea Bates and Josh Davis, along with three grandchildren that are his world. “His passion is to share Christ and the love of Jesus Christ with the community. He has always wanted to share Christ everywhere he goes. He has sang in gospel groups for as long as I can remember,” says Bates. When asked about his contributions and support to Union County, she stated, “He lives in Gibbs, but he has never turned anyone down in terms of helping others with benefit singings and he has sang so many times in Union County. He’s always been willing to help others in their time of need.” In the past, Davis sang baritone with the group Heartfelt, 3 4 Thee, and Crimson Ridge.

Due to his declining health related to his illness, Davis is no longer able to sing. “It has been difficult for him to have the tables turned where that he is the one now needing help,” Bates says. Davis suffers from a rare disease known as Multiple System Atrophy or MSA. This rare disease shares many Parkinson’s type symptoms including slow movement, rigid muscles, and poor balance. The degenerative neurological disorder, MSA, affects the body’s involuntary functions, such as blood pressure, breathing, and muscle control. “This has been really hard on him. He’s not one that likes to ask for help. He would rather be giving the help,” says Bates.

A Benefit Singing to support Greg Davis is scheduled for January 12, 2019 at the Union County Senior Citizens Center located at 298 Main Street, Maynardville, TN 37807 from 11AM to 5PM. Having never planned a benefit event myself, it wasn’t until speaking with a local gospel singer, Michael Bailey, that I learned of the dedication and commitment that goes along with an event such as this one. Bailey stated that he felt the Lord called him to organize and plan this benefit singing to support his friend that currently suffers from the effects of MSA. Bailey states, “I felt led by the Lord to do a benefit because Greg has helped me and a lot of other people in Union County. And he has MSA.” While Bailey is spearheading the event planning, he gives credit to many others in the community that he states are a great help to coordinating this event.

Michael Bailey and fellow community members have worked together over four weeks in preparing for a Benefit Singing. Several individuals Bailey named that have come together to make up this village include Joe Rogers, Gail Ford, Barbara Seymour, Dave Thurman, Derrick Cunningham, Bill Sexton, Randy Turner, and Rebecca Mills. Bailey concludes that he cannot name all the individuals that are helping to coordinate this benefit but the community is plainly coming together. Benefit Singing performers include: Roy Poole, Kathy Chesney, Faithful Promise, Dave Seratt, Melissa Gibson, Gracie Hunter, Derrick Cunningham, Larry Seviers, Open Arms Praise Team, Neal Ingram, Darlene Newton, Wayne Carpenter, Higher Calling, His Call, Michael Bailey, Little Gerald Wallace, Three Purple Crosses and the Benediction by Alex Cross.

When a community or a village comes together with a purpose and in love, great accomplishments are achieved. To give back to a man that has generously given so much, that is the goal today. There is not an entry fee to this benefit singing, however, donations are accepted where hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be served. Anyone unable to attend that wishes to make a contribution may contact Michael Bailey at 865-992-1831 or 865-455-2069. The Benefit Singing is certain to hold great music, fellowship, and friends. Come be a part of this very important village of love and share in the life passion of Greg Davis!



Let Go and Let God

Photo by Sue Tharp

With the passing of time, it is essential to have the understanding of the importance of cherishing the little moments in life. Being able to enjoy these seconds to their fullest means the outburst of laughter, sharing of wisdom, and enhanced intuitiveness. Sandra Greene’s life is a depiction of this wisdom and peace.

Its Time for Chocolatefest


The Knoxville Chapter of the Kidney Foundation started Chocolatefest more than twenty-five years ago at Knoxville Center. Eventually, the chapter decided to forego the yearly event.When one of the former board members had an urge to bring the festival back, she asked past Chocolatefest judge and local radio personality Jennifer Johnsey if she would help. Luckily, Jennifer was happy to oblige.

What a Joke!

What a Joke!

Mincey’s Musings Year Two, Week Two

A frustrated conductor once asked a band player with issues, “Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?” The player replied, “I don’t know, and I don’t care.”

This is a slightly tweaked missive that came my way via email. It reminded me of a joke I once heard at a meeting which I shall attempt to embellish for your reading pleasure.

Grandma's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Grandma's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Grandma made the best cookies, didn't she? She didn't work outside the home. Those were the days when she washed, starched and ironed her ruffled curtains and had time to crochet frilly doilies for the end tables next to the sofa. Ruffled curtains are things of the past as are crocheted doilies. She didn't have to get the kids properly dressed for school and then get herself to her job on time. She did have time to polish up on her cookie recipes.

Abraham and Carl

Abraham and Carl

Scratching your head? Who in the world are Abraham and Carl?

When we see the word “and” between two names, we assume they are connected in some way. For instance, I love the comedy teams of Andy and Barney (Mayberry), Lucy and Ethel and (one of my favorites) Laurel and Hardy.

For the record, Abraham and Carl are not a comedy team. In fact, they never even met for they lived thousands of years apart.

Scratching your head again?

Lemon - Cheese Salad

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I saw an article online the other day. It listed recipes that are outdated and thankful to be gone. I don't agree. Everyone of them are on my “favorites” list. I think the reason they are outdated is that they were over-used back in the day. I remember when I first discovered canned tuna fish. We had a Tuna Noodle Casserole about every other week. I have a good recipe for that, too.

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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!

Area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 07:30
Area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders

"We invite all area Worship Leaders, Pastors, and Faith community leaders to come together on the last Thursday of each month at Hardee's at 7:30 am. This is to be a time of fellowship, prayer, and discussion about how we as a community of Faith can work together to have a positive impact on our county. All are welcome!" For more information please contact Kathy Chesney at 865-566-3289.

Wine and Design

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 18:00

Join us at The Winery for a fun Wine and Design event.
During this class, get ready for Valentine's Day by painting
and crafting a wine bottle and wooden love sign. The class is only
$25 and includes all the materials needed as well as a glass
of wine or juice. Seating is limited and tickets must be purchased
in advance by calling The Winery at (865)745-2902.

Class starts at 6 so please come early to taste our wines and choose your favorite.

February Pick Up Party at The Winery

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 12:00

It's that time again and everyone is invited.
February is a Pick Up month for our Wine Club and we are having a party to celebrate.

Saturday, February 2nd from Noon till 8

Live Music From:
45RPM Noon - 3:30 pm
They will be playing music from the vinyl era, the tunes that you know and love!!

Overdrive 4-8 pm
Overdrive is a band dedicated to filling the dance floor at any venue they play at! Be sure to bring your dancing shoes!


Dale Wesche

Dale R. Wesche – age 39 of Heiskell, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2019 as a result of an automobile accident. He was a member of Fairview Free Will Baptist Church. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and 4-wheeling with his friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Wilma Wesche. Dale is survived by his canine companion, Gretchen; and a community of friends.

Nancy Byrum

Nancy Byrum, age 57, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019. Proceeded in death by father George Byrum Sr., sister Debbie Patterson, brother Timmy Byrum, nephew Brent Byrum; and many aunts and uncles. Survived by mother Margret Byrum, daughter Fran Hancock, son Michael Scott Rolen; grandchildren Jared and Genny; brothers and sisters-in-law George and Maryann, Dennis and Teresa, Steve and Susan, and significant other Calvin Stafford; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Gladys B. Ledford

Gladys B. Ledford, age 96, of Knoxville, passed away on January 20, 2019.
She attended Salem Baptist Church.
Preceded in death by husband David L. Ledford; daughter Patsy J. Price; grandson Brian Schwartz.
Survived by daughter M. Annette Rummell (Barry); son Charles “David” Ledford (Joy); 10 grandchildren; many great grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.
Family will receive friends 4-6PM Wednesday at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel with funeral service to follow, Rev. David McGill officiating.

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

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