December 1, 2020

James Stewart Chapter NSDAR Honors Veterans

Group shot of Veterans at Saturday’s event (Photo: William Goode)

(Franklin, GA) — The James Stewart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution treated 51 Heard County Veterans and their guests to a concert by the George Britt Band for Veterans Day 2017, with over 120 people in attendance.

The members of the chapter spent Friday afternoon decorating the 4-H building with a patriotic red, white and blue theme, setting up displays, and putting treats on the tables in preparation for Saturday’s event.

Each table had a unique centerpiece created by chapter member Marifaythe Whitley that were to be used as door prizes.

Veterans and their guests were welcomed with each veteran receiving a packet containing a personalized wallet-sized “Thank You for Your Service” card from the chapter, a beautiful “Patriotic Dove & Yellow Ribbon” magnet, a flag, a raffle ticket, and DAR handouts.

The program began with The National Anthem sung by Heard County Veteran Reverend Robert Doddridge. JSC Regent Carla Brown then led the Pledge of Allegiance. JSC Chaplain Jane Barker gave the opening prayer.

Regent Brown gave an overview of the DAR and recognized the chapter members in attendance.

Reverend Robert Doddridge (Photo: William Goode)

She then recognized Lee Boone, chairman of the Heard County Board of Commissioners, Joel Rogers, Mayor of Franklin, and David Posey, owner of the News and Banner and thanked them for their support of the DAR and the veterans.

She thanked everyone for coming to help honor our veterans and then introduced the George Britt Band.

George Britt was the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Honoree Songwriter- Best In Country 2005 GMIA. The George Britt Band is the house Band for “The Lowell Opry House and has performances the first Saturday in each month.

Everyone then sat back and enjoyed a little country and a little patriotic music while snacking on Subway cookies, pretzels and candy.

While the band took a break, Regent Brown thanked all veterans – World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Global War on Terror, Cold War and all other operations.

Since the James Stewart Chapter DAR is a partner with the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration, Regent Brown presented certificates and commemoration lapel pins to two Vietnam Veterans, Jim Bishop and David Posey. All other Vietnam Veterans in attendance received their certificates and pins at last year’s Veterans Day program.

Regent Brown also recognized the only Heard County soldier who lost his life in Vietnam – James B. Crockett. She then paid tribute to all the mothers and wives who stayed behind while their men went off to war.

“These women are rarely recognized,” she said, “and I would like to say thank you to them for their sacrifices on the home front.”  She then brought the band to back to play some more patriotic music.

After another set, Regent Brown thanked the band and turned the program over to Jane Barker who read the Roll Call of all Heard County Veterans that have been identified by the chapter as of 11-11-2017.

Veterans waved their flags when their names were called. Twenty-five of the table centerpieces were then given to the person at each table who had the next birthday and five centerpieces were presented to the band members to take home to their wives.

HHS band members J.D.Blakely and Jesse Workman perform ‘Taps’ (Photo: William Goode)

JSC members Sharon Frost and Pamela Ann Lyle then drew tickets for the thirty-five door prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.

Reverend Doddridge led everyone in singing “God Bless America.” Regent Brown then asked for a moment of silence for all those veterans lost.

This was followed by a moving rendition of “Taps” played in tandem by Heard High band students Jesse Workman and J.D.Blakely. Chaplain Jane Barker gave the benediction and Regent Brown gave one final “Thank You” to all veterans.

James Stewart Chapter members in attendance were Sandi Allen, Jane Barker, Selmah Bowen, Carla Brown, Teresa Chapman, Tee Davis, Sharon Frost, Carolyn Glover, Paige Harrod, Elaine Jarrett, Pamela Ann Lyle, Joyce McLain, Judy Miller, Nicole Neighbors, Tara Neighbors, Pam Rogers, Julia Saint, and Marifaythe Whitley.

Associate member Chelsea Goode and prospective members Kaylee Neighbors and Abby Neighbors were also in attendance. William Goode served as photographer of the event.

The James Stewart Chapter NSDAR thanks everyone who helped to make this event a success.

The James Stewart Chapter NSDAR wishes to thank the following supporters for their donations:


Bank of the Ozarks, Cindy Putzek – two writing pens, coffee mug, key chain flashlight, bag clip, umbrella, protein shaker bottle-all in a canvas carry bag

Barry Reed donation

Beverly Baker – $50 American Express Gift Card

Carla Brown – Two Veterans Caps and 1 Cup Scouts Patriotic Popcorn Tin

Compliance Systems LLC, Ms. Leslie Prince – Two $50 gift cards to Tractor Supply

Fiddlefarter’s Wings & Things, Patricia Scott owner – $25 Gift Certificate, Fairy Wortham owner   Donation

Franklin City Hall, Joel Rogers mayor – Gift Certificate to Loco Mex

Franklin Pharmacy, Kerry & Kathy Griffin – $25 Gift Card for Dollar General and $25 Visa Gift Card

George Britt Band, George Britt, manager – Three “Saturday Night at the Oprey” CDs

Georgia Peanut Commissioner – Fresh Georgia Peanuts for all in attendance

Hayes Computer Services, Kevin Hayes – Multipurpose Tactical LED Flashlight

Heard County High School, Brent Tisdale – 1 cold drink tumbler, 2 travel mugs

Heard County Historical Society, Charlie Frost president – $25 Gift card for Lowes and  $25 Gift Card for Home Depot

Heard County 2587 UDC, Sharon Frost president – Donation

Hometown Pizza and Subs, Blaine Awbrey owner – $20 Gift Certificate

McCormick Automotive Services, Tracy McCormick owner – Gift Certificate for Four Wheel Alignment ($65 Value)

Phillips Barber & Style Shop, Jane Phillips – Homemade Alabama Bird house

Platinum Body Werks, Brad Manders owner – Gift Certificate for Car Wash & Detail ($75 value)

Rebecca West – donation

Subway of Franklin, Santino and Christina Demartino – $20 Gift Card

The News and Banner, David Posey owner – Autographed John Smoltz Jersey

Thomas Miller – 4 proof coin sets and one Eisenhower silver dollar for each veteran attending

Verity Compliance, Pamela Ann Lyle owner – Two Zebco Rods & Reels, two Old Timer Knives, and one handmade lever action pen

Wood You Write, Tim Britt – Wooden case for handmade bullet pen


With Special Thanks to:

Heard County Board of Commission Chairman Lee Boone for his continued support.

Dinah Rowe for her support and allowing us to use the gym.

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