Joyce and I have been friends for so long that I dare not tell you the number of years; however, we were classmates at Furman University. After graduation we did not see each other again until I moved to Charleston and became close friends with her late husband Bennett. Joyce has a great sense of humor and a beautiful singing voice. She sings in the choir at First Baptist Church where she is an eighth generation member of the church. One of the hallmarks of our friendship is built on the respect we have for one another. Joyce and I don’t always agree on matters of politics and religious dogma, but that does not matter. She and Bennett were rocks when my wife died and she welcomed Carol with open arms and an open heart. I am thankful today for my friend, Joyce Murray. Yesterday was her birthday. If you missed it, call her up and sing to her.

            Thankful Thursday is a day to select someone that you are thankful for and let him or her know it. Send a note or telephone her or him. You will be glad you did. It is not hard. Just say, I am thankful that you are part of my life.