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Fond memories of Nashville
I was reading The Graphic online and just thought I would take a moment to reflect on my wonderful memories of Nashville.   My husband Bruce and I lived there only two years, from 1997 – 1999  when he accepted a transfer with his company to Rocky Mount.  A while back,  though seems like only yesterday!    During my time there I was the Executive Director of the Nash County Arts Council, and my office was in the Nash County Cultural Center.   We were transplanted back to Indiana; Hoosiers we will always be I suppose!

Two of the first – of many – wonderful people we met there were our neighbors, Tim and Barbara Valentine.   Other special friends included Kathryn Tyson, Macon and Elaine Robertson, and many others.    Mrs. Mildred Hinton – what a special lady, I will never forget her.   It was extraordinary to me that everyone we met seemed like old friends almost immediately.   The first week we moved into Nashville I was at Joyner’s Market for groceries and the clerk actually said to me “You must be the new lady in town!”   Wow!     I asked Cliff Joyner about red bell peppers, which I could not find, and the next week he had probably over 100 red peppers on display in the store – I bought many more than I needed because I knew he brought them in as a customer service to me.

One day the police called me at the Cultural Center because they noticed that my back door had blown open in the wind (my husband and I will never agree on which one of us left it unlocked!) and they were concerned to see it open – when the officer went in to close it my small dog attacked his leg and tore his pant leg!    He was so nice about it and would not allow us to pay for the damage!

The folks at the Nashville United Methodist Church were super;  I recall with fondness Bob and Cindy Pike and an older gentleman, W. C. Cooke, and his wife Thelma.   As I recall I believe  Mr. Cooke served on the USS Indianapolis, a survivor among many who did not.

Though we decided we must return to Indiana to be closer to family, it was difficult to leave these special people and your lovely town.  Our neighbors and friends threw us a “going away” party that made it even more difficult! 

We were Yankees who lived among you for just a couple of years, though you made us feel as if we had always been there – we often talk about our memories of Nashville, North Carolina. 

I just want to remind your readers that there are few places, and not many people, who reflect what our Country is about; reaching out, caring, watching out for and helping others.   Every community has its issues that is true, but Nashville NC is a place apart, a place that is about people – people we will always remember with great fondness.  

Thank you, Nashville, for memories to last a lifetime.
Sharon and Bruce McMahon
Noblesville, Indiana

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