2018-07-18 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett

I had the privilege of sitting down and talking with Judge William E. Woodrum Jr. last week in preparation of an article on his retirement from the Ogeechee Judicial Circuit at the end of this month. While most of the conversation was in connection with the article, we did take a few moments to ‘reminisce’ a bit about the “good old days” and lament the changes in our society since those days.

We recalled a busy Cotton Avenue with grocery store owners delivering groceries to their customers homes, people sitting the storefront ledges passing the time of day with friends for hours and many more extinct activities.

Judge Woodrum’s mother and mine were great friends in our youth and I recalled visiting his home and family farm with my mom on many occasions. His dad was also a private pilot and I often watched him fly his plane over the farm and land it in the pasture. We later moved to a home on what is now Dixie Crescent Drive and from there I could stand in our backyard and watch his dad fly the plane over the farm.

Of course, I also saw his dad on the tractor many times, but that was not nearly as impressive as flying and landing a plane!

In our conversation, Judge Woodrum remarked that he might renew his own private pilot’s license upon retirement. So, I guess a plane could soon be seen flying again over the Woodrum family farm. That would sure bring back memories!

Congratulations, Judge Woodrum, on your retirement – even though it really isn’t “retirement.”

Happy birthday this week to: Dale Reeves, Hunter Hall, David Gay, Cindy McBride, Amee Jointer, Geneva Murray, Carol Hoy, Richard Lane, Joey McBride, Glen Wilkerson and Cheryl “Boo Boo” Brannen.

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, Fort Stewart, GA; Chief Warrant Officer 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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