Monday, June 20, 2011

Star Dads

On June 19, 2011, Father's Day, we celebrated by creating a unique craft for our star dads.

Star Dad
I love you, Dad, and want you to know,
I feel your love wherever I go.
Whenever I've problems, you're there to assist,
The ways you have helped me would make quite a list.
Your wisdom and knowledge have shown me the way,
And I'm thankful for you as I live day by day.
I don't tell you enough how important you are,
In my universe you're a bright shining star.
By Karl Fuchs

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wanda Rizzo

We have lost one of our dear members. On June 6th, Wanda Rizzo lost her valiant fight with cancer. As Wanda took her last breaths, she was surrounded by her family and holding her husband’s hand. She is now with God, her sister, and her mother. She confronted her battle like she did everything in life with a go-to attitude and a smile. Her independence and spirit never wavered. We loved Wanda and she will truly be missed.

Mrs. Wanda Faye Barrett Rizzo, age 61, of Newport, went to be with the Lord and with her family on Monday June 6, 2011. She was a member of First Christian Church of Newport where she was president of “Come Join Us” class and active in Ladies Missionary Meetings. Mrs. Rizzo was also an active participant with Relay for Life. She was employed as a teacher’s assistant at Newport Grammer School. Mrs. Rizzo was preceded in death by her parents John and Ellen Conzatia Barrett, sisters Wilma Valentine, and Charlene Camiola. She is survived by her husband John Rizzo, of the home, and their beloved dogs Buddy and Boomer, who were thought of as their children, daughters and sons-in-law Connie and Bud Goudy of Dresden, TN, and Mellissa (Overholt) and Bob Dean of Newport, grandchildren Brooke Kirk of Clarksville, TN, Shanda Richards, Cyndal Hayes, Leslie Overholt, and Kirsten Overholt, great grandchildren Damien Hayes Tatum and Drake Overholt, all of Newport. Sisters and brothers-in-law Jessie Lou and Billy Roberts of Newport and Nellie, Ben Brewer of Morristown, and Janice and Jack Rogers of Bristol, VA, brothers and sisters-in-law James “Red” and Joyce Barrett and Ronnie and Meschclyn Barrett, all of Newport. Additional survivors include a host of loving nieces, nephews, and friends, and her school and church families. Funeral service will be held 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Costner-Maloy Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Martin Stump officiating. Family and friends will meet at 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2011 at Costner-Maloy Funeral Home to go in procession to Big Hill Cemetery for the 10:00 interment. The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at Costner-Maloy Funeral Home, prior to the service.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Bible tells us we should be as little children. Little children love because they haven’t been taught otherwise. God is love. My cousin, who just graduated preschool, is a prime example of this fact. She was visiting her Papaw who has been mowing & becoming very tan. She looked at him & asked him why he was changing colors. They tried to explain what a tan was… I don’t think she understood. As they went to leave, she ran to give him a big hug and kiss. She said, “Papaw, I love you even if you are a different color”. Unconditional love. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world. We are all children of God.