The True Citizen
Waynesboro, GA 30830
By Bonnie Taylor
from Ray and Betty Tentor last week via postcard. They have finally made
it to their destination, Russia, and have begun their
work with the children.
They have approximately 30 children in Bible study class for eight
hours per day and provide breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.
They are in an area where there is a lot of poverty.
She said the children were well behaved and are eager to learn.
The view from their bedroom window is breathtaking and that it stays
light most of the time and the temperature is very cold.
They see whales swimming by often, and it is an awesome sight to
They send greetings to all in Waynesboro.
Peggy and Travis Sturdivant extend special thanks to the Burke Emergency
Medical Agency, Burke County Sheriff's Office, Southern Bank and
Botsford Baptist Church for their tremendous support during their
time of bereavement.
Mrs. Peggy said mere words seem so inadequate to express their gratitude,
but that her family is grateful to each and every one for their
Peggy’s husband and Travis’ granddaddy, John Sturdivant,
died last Wednesday night.
Mr. John was a well-known and respected farmer and a member of the
board of deacons at Botsford Baptist Church.
I have only known Mr. John for about eight years, but what I know
about him was he was a man of integrity and a loving husband, daddy
and granddaddy. He was a hard-working man and great provider for
He was a good friend to many in this community and reached out to
many in need, not expecting anything in return.
I attended his funeral service last Friday afternoon and his service,
preached by his pastor and friend, the Rev. Wayne Dixon, was a tribute
to the man who was so well-respected and loved.
In the funeral procession to the graveside, the sweet aroma of rain
filled the air. I thought how fitting for a farmer.
It was only a brief shower, but I am sure it was a smell that farmers
can sense even before the rain begins.
Mr. John will be sorely missed by Mrs. Peggy; Travis; another grandchild,
Ashley; and foster children, Donnie and Edwin Palmer and Henrietta
Another pillar of the community also died last week. Mrs. Lenora
Bell, former business owner and community leader, passed away after
a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Lenora was former owner of two ladies’ specialty clothing
shoppes, The Glamour Box in Waynesboro and The Vanity Box in Millen.
For more than 40 years she served her community through The Town
and Country Woman’s Club, the Club of Little Gardens and the
Waynesboro-Burke Community Concert Association. She was also an
active member of the First United Methodist Church of Waynesboro
and a member of the United Methodist Women’s Circle.
She is survived by her husband, Sim Bell IV, a son, Sim Bell V;
two daughters, Valarie Briggs Lischer and Mary Bell Hunt. Not
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