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To the editor:
This letter is in response to the article in the paper on May 16 regarding “Angry Beasmores demands answers.”
First and foremost, I am confused as to why the Beasmores are demanding answers to questions when they already have been informed of the answers. Ms. Beasmore attended the court proceeding regarding the Marrs property. Everyone at the proceeding learned that this property is in litigation to dissolve a business partnership, and that it is up to the court to make a decision regarding what happens to it.
Ms. Beasmore, like everyone there, heard me ask for the property to be sold and litigation be settled as soon as possible. Unfortunately, Ms. Beasmore must have missed that part.
Believe me, there is no one that wants to see this property demolished and cleaned up as quickly as I do. But, as the city stated, we are in the process and at the court’s mercy at this point.
I will be the first to apologize to the city and all surrounding properties for the delay. By no means is it the city’s fault or is there any one person to blame. Court proceedings take time.
I would also like to inform Mr. and Mrs. Beasmore that we have been in close contact with the city and keep them well informed of all progress. I even went a step further regarding the concerns of health hazards and I contacted Mr. Tim Wright at the Anderson County Health Department. I asked him to observe the property to see if there were any concerns. He suggested that I remove the remaining shrubs around the house and since there is no structure inside the home everything is in compliance at this point.
I do have one question to this entire matter. Being that the Beasmores live in my subdivision and I pass them on a regular occasion, it seems to me that if they had such a concern, they could have walked down and personally asked what the progress was with their concerns, as most people would do. I would have been glad to explain the situation to them as I would anyone with concerns. But instead of this simple solution to finding the answers, this matter unfortunately has been made into another way for Ms. Beasmore to again make headlines for herself.
Return elderly woman’s stolen items, or else
To the editor:
This is to the thieves who stole items from Louise Warford while she was in the hospital and taking therapy.
It is pretty sad when an elderly woman cannot get sick and go to the hospital without someone stealing from her.
We know who you are and what you stole, and so does God.
We are asking that you return the items to her residence with no questions asked. Otherwise, we will file criminal charges.
Thankful God brought dying man into life
To the editor:
Charles Marcum was a truck driver. He discovered he was ill and had to retire.
He lost his home and was living under a bridge in Lexington. By the time anyone got to him with help, his leg was diseased from diabetes and had to be removed. Bradford Square nursing home in Frankfort Kentucky took him in last October, and a group from Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Waddy started an outreach program. In that outreach, they perform a full church service every Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Charles visited almost every one of them.
Two weeks ago, Charles was informed that he had cancer and roughly one month to live. The associate minister of evangelism, Josh Rucker, tried several times to visit with Mr. Marcum. Almost every time, Charles was asleep or too incoherent to know what was going on.
Brother Josh finally caught Mr. Marcum on a day when he was himself. Though he was in an incredible amount of pain, he still agreed to let Brother Josh pray with him.
Mr. Marcum passed away a few days later.
Mr. Marcum had no family to speak of (that anyone knows about.) When this happens, the body is given to the state where a judge rules that the body should be cremated and the remains “disposed of.” In some cases, they are simply just thrown away.
Brother Josh took it upon himself to see to it that this did not happen. He put aside his busy schedule as a father to three, a husband, a preacher, a mechanic and so many more things that he is to so many more people just to see to this task.
He got Gash Memorial Chapel; Ritchie and Peach; and Harrod Brothers funeral homes to all donate. Jeanie Smith of Lawrenceburg donated a memorial cross. Brother Josh and his father, Jerry Rucker, dug the grave, performed the graveside service, and filled the grave. Mount Vernon Baptist Church donated the burial plot.
There were six in attendance at Charles’ graveside service. Brother Josh read scripture and prayed, and Charles’ worship leader sang “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone),” by Chris Tomlin.
Slowly other folks showed up, including Brother Josh’s stepmother Nancy Rucker and his brother, Eric Rucker with three other men.
The men and women who stood up for Charles Marcum that day did not do so because they thought it would get them in to heaven. They didn’t do it hoping for someone to write something like this. They didn’t do it for money or for any other accolade. They did it, because even though they deserve hell, it was the right thing to do. Charles Marcum was not another person stuck in a nursing home, he was a brother in Christ. He was a true believer in God the father and his son Jesus Christ.
Those men and women knew that about Charles, and they had hope because of it.
Now who am I that I get to write this? I keep asking myself that same question. The simple answer is: I was Charles’ friend, his worship leader and, most importantly, his brother in Christ.
It was my honor to stand before him and sing. I thank God for bringing a man like this in to my life.