2017-05-17 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

May 2, 2017 marked the ninth anniversary of the death of Frank Edenfield, former editor/owner of The Millen News. Frank died in a boating accident in the Ogeechee River on that day.

I still think of Frank often. I had worked for him for 24 years when he made the decision to sell the newspaper to current owner Roy Chalker. You can’t work every day for and with someone for that long without getting to know them pretty well and in a personal manner.

Frank was a little “gruff” around the edges, but I like to think of him as a “diamond in the rough.” For all of his rough edges, he was a big softy too. In all the years I and others worked for him, he never once docked our pay checks when we were out with illness or had family emergencies. And I remember his showing up outside my daddy’s hospital room only moments after he had died. How he got the word so quickly I’ll never know.

Frank was loyal to his friends, too. If he counted you as a friend, he was with you to the end, right or wrong. You were his friend and that was all that mattered to him.

Frank kept an office at The Millen News long after he had sold it and, then, remained a daily visitor long after we had moved to our present location. He still thought of the newspaper as “his.”

Frank is gone now, but not really. He still walks the halls of The Millen News in my memories. And I can still hear him asking, “Alright, what have we got for the front page this week?” That’s a question I ask myself every week!

Happy birthday this week to: Alana Mims, Math Johnson, Elizabeth Fordham, Joely Mims, Mark Schwonke, Milton Paul Godbee Jr.

Celebrating wedding anniversaries are: Mr. and Mrs. Stan Coleman.

Military Active Duty

Col. James Eldridge Davis, U.S. Air Force, DoD Pentagon, Washington D.C.; TSgt. Jeremy M. Chestnut, U.S. Air Force, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; CPT Justin G. McBride, U.S. Army, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; Chief Warrant Offi- cer 5 Darryll L. Simpkins, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon Logistics Readiness Center, Augusta, GA; Tech Sgt. Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-4 Christopher Simmons, U.S. Army, Missouri; E-3 Ralphael Franklin Lovett, U.S. Army, Kuwait; E-4 Rhonda Lovett, U.S. Army Reserve, Augusta, GA; Airman First Class Aaron Comstock, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-5 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 25th Sustainment Brigade, HHC 25th Special Troops Battalion, Wahiawa, Hawaii; and Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

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