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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 www.clsnet.org 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.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Great Baptist has Passed by

You remember what was said to Jean Louise in to Kill a Mockinbird.

So has Cecil Sherman joined the Great Cloud of Witnesses in the Baptist ranks with Truett, Newman, Marney,King, Judge Frank Johnson and Hugo Black.

In 93 I had brief conversation with Sherman in Greensboro, NC. He got right to the point giving me a quote from the Chancellor of UNC, Bill Friday. Friday had told Sherman the most significant event in North Carolina in the decade of the 80's was the fundamentalist takeover of my Dad's alma mater, Southeastern Seminary. With the firing of Alabama native and Samford grad Randall Lolley, Friday said they were falling into Jesse Helms designs for the character of the state. For Helms and his Texas Regular molded Southern Baptist leaders knew that in SEBTS they could reach into the pulpits of every hamlet and suburb in the state and shift shape its character from a headset like that of Sam Ervin and the progressive Governors of the 60's; a mindset that among others legendary UNC Basketball coach Dean Smith grasped; and give the populace a bent we now see represented in the most reactionary cells of the Tea Party movement.
That otherwise good folks in the South, otherwise good Baptist deacons and school teachers and women in the WMU let that happen is a shame.
Just a few weeks ago in Vineville Ga Sherman led a seminar for Senior Adults titled
What We Did Right

As I have said in other venues, Amen.
Here is avenue to some great links and eloquent blogs that speaks of his witness and character; a man who understood what was at stake in his precinct of the world and did something about it.
Sometimes he grated, but ultimately he was right. He had insight and had wisdom like Abraham and David, even Jonathan Edwards and Lincoln.



"What We Did Right"

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