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Thankful Thursday – Nancy Hamrick

On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for the gifts that Nancy Hamrick brings to my life. Nancy is married to Fitzhugh. They are a wonderful couple who bring sunshine into the lives of all who know them. Both are wonderful conversationalists and both enjoy traveling. Nancy is a founding member of the John A. Hamrick Lectureship Committee and has brought many potential speakers to our attention. Nancy wrote Sunday school materials for teenagers for many years. She and Fitzhugh are members at Grace Episcopal Church. Nancy grew up in Greenville and is a Furman graduate and a former trustee. She and Fitzhugh commissioned a duplicate of the lectern at First Baptist Church for the Furman Chapel. Carol Ezell Gilson painted the seal on the lectern. The lectern at FBC is made from wood from the original pulpit destroyed by a cannon ball during the Civil War.  I think Nancy has read everything that is worth reading. Along with everything else, Nancy is one of the most gracious people I know. She was the first one to tell me that in Charleston you can say anything about anyone you want to as long as you add, “Bless her heart.” She has a delightful sense of humor. She is one of those rare individuals that make you feel good just to be around her. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful that Nancy Hamrick is a part of my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone to our lives. Let her or him know of your gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – John “Bunky” Wallace

            On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for my brother-in-law, John Wallace. John is a former navy man where he learned about and worked in nuclear energy. On leaving the navy, he had a long distinguished career with Duke Energy. He and my sister settled down in Lincolnton, North Carolina where they raised their three boys. John and I took a wonderful trip to Australia where I was speaking to the Australian Speech and Hearing Association meeting in Sydney. On the way we stopped in Honolulu where we visited the War Memorial of the Battleship Arizona. That was so inspiring; I could have come home then perfectly satisfied. We had brief stops in Fiji and New Zeeland. After my speech, we went to Canberra and then we took the Indian Pacific Railroad from Sydney to Perth. We made many new friends along the way. John and Jean have established such a warm, positive environment for their grandchildren and all of their young friends. John and I have lots of political arguments, but I never forget how grateful I am for him. When my nephew, Danny, was going through his final bout with pancreatic cancer, John was a rock and his constant companion. The 4th of July celebrations and their home will restore your faith that the real America is still here. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for my good friend and brother-in-law, John Wallace.

            Thankful Thursday is a special day to recognize the contributions of someone to your life. It is a time to say Thank You. Let him or her know of your gratitude. You will be glad that you did.

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Thankful Thursday – John “Bunky” Wallace

            On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for my brother-in-law, John Wallace. John is a former navy man where he learned about and worked in nuclear energy. On leaving the navy, he had a long distinguished career with Duke Energy. He and my sister settled down in Lincolnton, North Carolina where they raised their three boys. John and I took a wonderful trip to Australia where I was speaking to the Australian Speech and Hearing Association meeting in Sydney. On the way we stopped in Honolulu where we visited the War Memorial of the Battleship Arizona. That was so inspiring; I could have come home then perfectly satisfied. We had brief stops in Fiji and New Zeeland. After my speech, we went to Canberra and then we took the Indian Pacific Railroad from Sydney to Perth. We made many new friends along the way. John and Jean have established such a warm, positive environment for their grandchildren and all of their young friends. John and I have lots of political arguments, but I never forget how grateful I am for him. When my nephew, Danny, was going through his final bout with pancreatic cancer, John was a rock and his constant companion. The 4th of July celebrations and their home will restore your faith that the real America is still here. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for my good friend and brother-in-law, John Wallace.

            Thankful Thursday is a special day to recognize the contributions of someone to your life. It is a time to say Thank You. Let him or her know of your gratitude. You will be glad that you did.

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