Feb. 4 was a special occasion for friends and family of Jewel Hancock as well as members of the Church of Christ in the Glade. The event was hosted by Daisy Brown, her sister Elizabeth York, daughter Phyllis Henry and granddaughter Scarlet Chadwell at Daisy's home. The celebration was a surprise 90th birthday party for Jewel. Daisy was also surprised to find that she too was to be honored along with another one of her "sidekicks," Arno McNeil. These three ladies are truly "sweethearts" deserving special recognition. They are such an inspiration for all of us. It is a joy just to know them.

Though Jewel is fighting health problems that cause her to be nearly homebound, she always greets you with a smile and hug. She doesn't dwell on problems, but makes the most out of life, enjoying God's blessings. She loves the outdoors and sometimes still sneaks out to work in her yard.

Arno McNeil stays busy with her family, four children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Arno lived for many years with her husband, Noel, in Hebbertsburg, before moving to Crossville after his death.

The third sweetheart, Daisy Brown, is sometimes fondly called the "apple lady." For years now she has sold apples from her farm on Hwy. 127 N. She farms and gardens and can outwork anyone half her age. In addition to her granddaughter, Scarlet, she has a grandson, Tim.

All three are dedicated Christians and enthusiastic servants of the Lord. They are great examples for all of us in our congregation, and they are loved very much!


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