I am thankful to have had two loving parents who were always friendly, firm, fair and loving who provided for six children and believed in education, sharing with family and others, respect for yourself and others.
I am thankful for my lovely wife, Ann Markham, for 39 years with two sons, Keith and Kenneth, two grandchildren, Keith Jr. and Kevin, who are doing well in school and having fun as teenager and pre-teenager.
I am thankful that my oldest son, Keith, has worked as a computer analyst for Caterpillar in Peoria, Ill., for 20 years and married for 18. My youngest son, Kenneth Dustin just opened his Law firm in Meridian and is getting off to a good start. I am thankful for Bill Ready, Sr. who gave him an opportunity to practice law before going out on his own.
I am thankful for a church, First Union Baptist Church, to continue spiritual growth and fellowship with people that have helped to raise my boys, to live in a safe neighborhood with friendly people and about 80 percent retired. Reasonable good family health, retirement and enough income to spend, save and share. To have worked for Meridian Public Schools as a teacher and administrator and my wife as an office professional.
Both of my parents are deceased, but I am thankful to have had my dad for 52 years and my mom for 59 years. I have a sister, three brothers and the opportunity to share memories of good, bad and sad times. I am blessed and thankful for life.
Robert M. Markham, Meridian
Cancer is a word that no one wants to hear. In February of this year I found a lump in my right breast. After doctor appointments, tests, biopsy, it was confirmed to be cancer. Surgery was performed then came more appointments for chemotherapy.
After 2 rounds of chemo I had to have radiation. On Wednesday of this week I will take my last radiation treatment. I want to thank God first of all, and the many friends and family members who held me up by their prayers. Only through these answered prayers I am able to say "I am cancer free."
Molly Daugherty, Stonewall