2017-10-11 / Front Page

Local farmers who lend a helping hand!

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


Farmers at work in the fields of Tom Sanders. Farmers at work in the fields of Tom Sanders. Several local farmers banded together recently to pay respects to Tom Sanders, a friend and neighbor who recently passed away. And they did it in a very special way.

Mr. Sanders was buried Wednesday, Oct. 4th, and on Thursday, Oct. 5th, the farmers had their equipment in the peanut fields of his farm in the Perkins Community. There they helped Jim Rogers, Mr. Sanders’ grandson, harvest their peanut crop.

Horace Weathersby, local farmer and peanut-buyer, said he was contacted by several farmers asking him to coordinate things, which he did. “Approximately 20-25 farmers participated,” he said.

Mr. Weathersby did not want to name those who participated for fear of leaving someone out.

“I even had to tell some folks that we just didn’t need them because we already had so many who had volunteered to help,” Mr. Weathersby added.


Local farmers gather at the farm of Tom Sanders to help bring in his peanut harvest following Mr. Sanders’ death. (Photos contribute) Local farmers gather at the farm of Tom Sanders to help bring in his peanut harvest following Mr. Sanders’ death. (Photos contribute) The definition of a farmer is listed in Webster’s dictionary as, “a person who operates a farm or cultivates land.” However, a farmer is much more. It is a person who is the caretaker of the land he farms and one who cultivates not only crops, but lasting friendships with bonds that even death cannot break.

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