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Thankful Thursday – Don Kirkland

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the presence of Don Kirkland in my life. Don is the retiring editor of The South Carolina Baptist Courier. The Baptist Courier has been a staple in my home for as long as I can remember. Don succeeded another famous, influential editor, John Roberts. He joined the staff in 1974 as assistant editor.He became editor in 1996. Don has steered his ship through perilous seas in Baptist life. Not only is he a skilled journalist, commentator and editor, but he is also a valued mentor. I have sought his help and advice on many occasions. He is a supporter of the Hamrick Lectureship at First Baptist Church and of Say Something Nice Sunday. Don is a graduate of Anderson College, the University of South Carolina, and Erskine Theological Seminary. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters Degree by Charleston Southern University. He and wife Linda are members of Earle Street Baptist Church in Greenville. This was my church home when I was a student at Furman University. His reasoned and trustworthy voice will be greatly missed. On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the gifts that Don Kirkland brings to my life.

Thankful Thursday is a day set apart to recognize the importance of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our 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 – Thomas Walpool

On this Thankful Thursday I am thankful for the gifts that Tom Walpool brings to my life. For many years Tom was the innovative director of the Greenville, SC Hearing, Speech and Learning Center. He started a thriving program for learning disabled children and had the first industrial hearing testing mobile unit in the state. He was the driving force behind a huge Appalachian Area Grant that made a great difference to the lives of people of that area of the state. He also started a program to train Hearing Ear Dogs. Perhaps most important is his willingness to share what he knew with others. Tom grew up in Tennessee. He graduated from East Tennessee State and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama. Tom is a past president of the South Carolina Speech Language and Hearing Association and received the Frank R. Kleffner Clinical Career Award. He moved to Aiken, SC to retire, but couldn’t stay out of the traces. He is working with the school system as a consultant doing diagnostic and clinical services. Tom is like the Energizer Bunny.  He is a great example of, “Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Tom made working together fun. A great friendship developed among the directors of community speech and hearing centers in the state and much of that was due to Tom’s leadership. On this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for Tom Walpool.

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

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Back to Furman

            This will be a big week-end at Furman with the inauguration of the new president, Dr. Smolla. Carol and I are going for the Book Event. We hope that there will be those who are interested in books and especially, Christian Civility in an Uncivil World. If any Episcopalians wander by, Bishop Stacy Sauls, a Furman graduate, contributed a wonderful chapter, “What We Need Is More Maturity.” He is the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky. He has spoken at Furman before. Come by and chat whether you are looking for a book or not. It is always good to see Furman people.

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