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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Archie Cullpepper and Central 3rd Grade

Was talking to my sister this morning about her 35th High School Reunion and and a recent Reunion of the elementary school in South Carolina from which she and my brother and I matriculated.
High School reunion after lot of names and concern and affection for almost everyone we knew there, we came to a conclusion this blog gets pretty close to things.

I don't Facebook but my Brother Does. He also rides Harley's and moonlights. I guess that is why he was always more popular than me, though I had a few good days.

Point being the delightful conversation I had with my sister brought back a memory of Archie Cullpepper.
You would have to know my Grandmother and Grandfather Fox and their good church community to get the best spirit of this memory but I will give it a shot, cause it deserves as long a life as the Internets will give it.

Archie lived down Morrison Cmpgrnd Road a little from my Papa and Nanny. He won a 1966 Plymouth from the Rome, Ga dealership and our family happenned to be visitting Nanny and Papa on that Happy Day when he drove up in their yard before he even got to his house to show the Prize.

Archie had a speech impediment.
One Sunday evening service at their Baptist Church the Preacher started his Remarks with:

This man was despised by the powerful in his times.
He was a threat to the Status Quo
He was known to be a friend of the harlots and the tax collector, the Leper and down and Out.
Do you know who this man was?

My Papa whispered to Archie, Archie do you know who the Preacher is talking about; he's Talking about Jesus.

And Archie Said: "I tawt it was Deezus."

That is why Archie was most loved and worthy of memory.

Best I can remember he was somehow kin to a Mark Crenshaw who was in Third Grade when I moved to Gaffney but was there for only a year.
His Dad was pastor of the Main Methodist Church there, and went on to be Pastor of some of the more Influential UMC churches in the State.

I got to check with my sister to see if she remembers it that way; but for children it was quite a Big Deal to register a friend of Nanny and Papa had a connection to Gaffney even before we got there.

And here is one more meritorious good HS Reunion blog

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Two blogs on the Baptists

One is from my friend John Pierce. I made a comment there about a fellow I knew briefly in Gaffney.
Would be interesting to see how your church, especially if it once showed the possibility of having some integrity toward what happenned in the Baptist world the last 25 years and fell short; compromised caused whiners wouldn't look things straight in the face or talked about Caanan while keeping their feet in Egypt of Karl Rove and Richard Land.

The other is from Wade Burleson, a young fellow in Oklahoma who is just now getting to know the Sam Currin I was writing about 20 years ago; the Currin with friends in the Eagle Forum casting aspersions on James Dunn while some folks of influence were devotees of Frank Schaeffer and James Dobson and had no clue who James Dunn was; and all of that is very sad, a big waste of talent.
Mart Gray and Annie Lucas Brown coulda used better leadership at the local level.

Ah, what the Hay, let's go for Three; or four

Parham, US Senator Graham, Richard Land and Harry Dent

Monday, October 12, 2009

Teas Parties as Something New on the Mall

What evidence do you see in your hometown, and Church and Neighborhood.

Is this a Christian Movement?

Is the Anger Righteous of is the Devil Behind it?

Friday, October 09, 2009

President Obama and the Nobel Prize

Here are my thoughts as shared on
Click on the title and scroll around to see what Cathy of Dallas and others said

I think Cathy got it about right

by Stephen Fox ยป Fri Oct 09, 2009 2:40 pm
in her second entry.

I cannot improve on what she said.If it were possible for Obama to have turned down the prize as a little premature without insulting this august committee, I think he mighta done so.One of the more forboding comments I heard this morning has resonances of Shakespearian tragedy, hoping this prize does not turn out to be a "poison chalice."

I think Obama is a phenomenal human being, but this latest is a little too strong on hero worship at the expense of the responsibilities the likes of Richard Land and others who could tamp down the rhetoric of the likes of Glenn Beck, Limbaugh and Hannity if only they would.

Ill timed well intentioned hope for humanity is what this prize may mean.

For what it is worth, Jonathan and others, I would have voted for the Tiannemen Square 10 on this 20th Anniversary year. I hear they were sad and disappointed they did not win, but congratulated his latest honor.I appreciate their honesty.

"I'm the only sane {person} in here." Doyle Hargraves, Slingblade"Midget, Broom; Helluva campaign". Political consultant, "Oh, Brother..."

Thursday, October 08, 2009

"I Want My Country Back"

Above link is one of the best I've seen to date at fairly getting at lot of the discontent that was loudest back in August in Town Hall Meetings.

Wade Clark Roof does an excellent job, it appears to me.

My friend Johnny Pierce, of nearby Chattanooga, a graduate of Berry College of Rome Georgia plods the same territory in a blog he posted today.

If you are a literate Baptist of any degree, his October issue is one of the better ones with a great story about a 97 year old Texas small Town doctor who was great friends of President Lyndon Johnson; and a great review of new bio of George Truett, who many believe to be the most influential Baptist of the first half of the 20th Century.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

A Library and The Wind

Heard a remarkable story this morning on NPR; incredibly inspiring.

Listen to this remarkable program linked above online.
Good Presbyterian family is William's.
The Late Frank Harrington of Peachtree Prez in Atlanta I'm convinced would turn the pulpit over to William were things to have worked out that way in God's economy; but they are all in the Lamb's book of life.
William, a Malawian Noah ,as the NPR interview explains.

And this stellar link from BBC News of October 1.