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Franklin High School Class of 1956 met for a reunion on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Attending were: (front row, L-R) Sue Myers Stewman, Marvel Brendle Curtis, Wanda Brendle Berry, Bill Tallent, Ruth Brooks Sessions, Joy McCollum, Clark Sheffield, Judson Hall, Gwen Howard; (second row) Deweyetta Marshall Nealis, Furman Mason, Nancy Cable Krag, Betty S. Dalton, Patsy Roten Henderson, Jimmy Curtis, Bobby Teague, Glen Dills, Wardie Young, Max Stanfield, Mark Dowdle; (third row) Jean Ledford Vanhook, Joe Taylor, Raleigh Buchanan, Farrell Henson, Joe Ballew, John Long, Leeda Stockton Currin, Hannah Gillespie, Hugh Blain, and Buddy McClure.

Friends and family of Sophia Holland are invited to a drop-in celebration of her 90th birthday on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cullasaja Fire Department.

No gifts please.



On Sunday, Oct. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m., an Open House will be held at Franklin Covenant Church commemorating the 50 years of Christian missionary service at home and abroad of Herman F. Weits.

Herman pastored various churches in Michigan, New Jersey and Vermont while waiting for the call to serve in the mission field. An opportunity came through Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He then served with YWAM in his home country, the Netherlands, as well as in Curacao, several S.E. Asia countries and mostly in Indonesia.

Herman’s wife Ros served three years as an elementary school teacher and eight years as a house mother to 14 orphaned children with S.O.S. Kinderdorfin Lembang, West Java, Indonesia. She later joined YWAM in Indonesia. It was there that she met Herman. They were married in August 1988. Together they served with YWAM in Australia.


First Presbyterian Church, Franklin, welcomed Kimberly L. Justice as the new pastor to the congregation on Sept. 16. Rev. Justice grew up in Cleveland, Tenn., graduated with a B.A. in English from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and received her Master of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Ga. She has served as Chaplain’s Assistant to the Methodist Children’s Home, Decatur, Ga., and as a Chaplain in Kenya, as well as solo pastor to her previous congregation in eastern North Carolina.

In accepting the call to Franklin, Rev. Justice wrote to the congregation, “I believe that being a Christian is anything but stuffy, and seek to live a life that radiates the joy of a relationship with Christ.”


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