Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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March 20, 2007

A delightful visit with Mrs. Charles O'Brien


As mentioned early in the article, I chose to focus on events in Anna Belle's life that were "out of the limelight," so to speak. But her very fulfilling career in state government can't be ignored since it played such a large part in her life. She was known to work with legislators on both sides of the aisle. She summed it all up very well by saying, "Politics is a beautiful word to me. It's the people you meet — down-to-earth, good people."

Anna Belle lost her beloved husband Charles in January. She said he wasn't reared in a church atmosphere, so she was pleased that he became involved in church work with her. In fact, he was the one who chose Homestead Baptist as the church they would join after moving to Lake Tansi. One of her saddest experiences related to a church was when she had to stand up in front of the congregation and tell them they were leaving. She loved the church but had prayed for over 20 years that there would someday be a church in Tansi. When the Community Church was established, they moved their membership. At one time Charles filled in as choir director. His service was held at the church.

In closing the interview she remarked, "I love this area we moved to over 40 years ago. No thought was given by either of us to run for public office before we moved here. It wasn't planned this way, but it has been a most exciting life. I am grateful to the people in this community for allowing me to serve for all those years."

As for me, I am grateful for the opportunity to have had such a wonderful visit with such a lovely lady. During my stay she received several phone calls, our good friend Bob Mitchell delivered a prescription and a friend and her daughter stopped by to say "Hi." As the two women were leaving, Anna Belle showed them one of her favorite toys — an AFLAC duck. She squeezed it several times and we heard different cries of "AFLAC, AFLAC, AFLAC." The duck was a gift from a friend. After that I made several pictures of her then packed my laptop and digital camera and went home to begin writing my article.

By the way, did I say her favorite commercial is. . . AFLAC?

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