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Anyone who knows Cleita Ferrell knows she’s not a woman to let any grass grow under her feet.
Tonight is her monthly fourth Saturday Gospel Jubilee at Martins Music Hall. If you’ve not attended, it is at 7 p.m. Not only will Cleita be making her famous fried pies, but there will be music by the Grace Community Praise Team, Carolyn Cobb, and Billy Elias — as well as the Gospel Jubilee band made up of Gary Poe, Elias Lowe and Ricky Woodall.
Check it out!
Cleita and her granddaughter, Emily Reamy, knew Brandi Nichole Snowden, the young lady (age 31) who was killed out on Hwy 45 on June 27, 2012 in a horribly tragic accident.
Brandi left behind two young daughters, Makalynn, age 13, and Ali, 7. Both girls are living with Brandi’s mother. Since then, all manner of misfortune has come upon them — the electricity in their mobile home went haywire, and while they were on their way to Home Depot for supplies to fix it, the engine blew up in their pickup.
The grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, but has no health insurance, so is not receiving the treatments she needs to fight it. To top it all off, the loan they took out to pay Brandi’s funeral expenses has now come due, and they have no way to pay it.
Cleita and Emily are organizing a fund raiser to be held at the American Legion, 632 N. Beaton, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. There will be barbecue prepared by Emily’s husband, Jerad Reamy, with sides cooked by Cleita; a live auction by Tom and Amy Lester; Debbie Carter and The Boys will perform live music, and there will be a dart tournament, horse shoe tournament, shuffleboard tournament, and a pool tournament. The barbecue plates are available to eat there or to go.
Any help you can give for this cause would be appreciated, be it cash, a donation for the auction, or other. Please contact Emily Reamy at (903) 229-3870 for more information.
“When you see somebody in need, your heart goes out to them, and you just have to do something,” Cleita Ferrell said. “If this isn’t a need — I don’t know what is. I just felt like we needed to try and do something to help them.”
Deanna Brown is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore Magazine. Her column appears on Sundays. She may be reached by email at email@example.com. Want to “soundoff” on this story? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org