Shannon J.  Allen

Liberty Baptist Church in the Painter community joined with First Baptist Church of Crossville in worship last Sunday night.

Our pastor, the Rev. Chris Andrews, was the evangelist for the opening night of FBC Crossville’s fall revival. The Rev. Pete Chadwick, pastor of FBC, and Bro. Chris are outstanding men of God who preach the Holy Bible. The ministers are also lifelong friends.

Looking around the sanctuary provided me with a timeline of my life, because I saw folks who helped shape the man I’ve become, including cousins, neighbors, former teachers and friends.

Janet Colvin Gardner and I are related on the Hammonds-Colvin side of the family. Janet’s as sweet and pretty as ever. She’s using her knowledge and experience to help train the next generation of nurses as director of Gadsden State Community College’s nursing education program.

Randy Peppers announced his call to preach in the mid-1990s while he and his wife, Gwen, were members at Liberty. I’m happy to see the Lord is working through them to make an impact at FBC Crossville today.

Mike Colvin was my elementary school principal at Crossville while his wife, Donnie, was one of my high school English teachers. Her encouragement helped me have the confidence to become a journalist. I’m forever grateful for her inspiration.

Helen Watkins also taught me English at Crossville High School. I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to sit and learn in her classroom.

Harold and Glenda Bobo have three children — sons Mike and Scott and daughter Erica. However, the Bobos made me feel like one of their own, just like everyone else who grew up with their kids.

Mrs. Glenda is one of my encouragers. She’s always believed in me and supported me. Everyone needs a friend like her.

My senior year at CHS, I served Coach Bobo as a teacher’s aide and as statistician/manager for the baseball team. He was like John Wayne or Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant to us — a larger-than-life man who commanded your attention and respect.

Our world needs more men like Coach Bobo today.

Denny Mack and Roger Lindsey are Bro. Chris’ uncles and two more faithful members of FBC Crossville. They’re also loyal supporters of the Crossville Lions.

Denny’s Mack unofficial title is CHS athletic director.

Donnie and Peggy Galloway are two of the best neighbors you could ever have. Donnie has literally known me all of my life because of the friendship between our parents that stretches close to 60 years.

I’m thankful for the friendship the Allen and Galloway families have enjoyed.

Tommy and Royce Griffin, Orville and Joy Edge, Pat Shipp, Rhonda Holcomb, Jimmy Williamson, Craig Chandler, Jerry Darnell and Pat Richey are among the others I saw or had a chance to visit with last Sunday at FBC Crossville. I apologize if I’m forgetting someone.

I hope Liberty Baptist and First Baptist can get together again soon for a night of worship and fellowship.

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