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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Special people

  • I was thinking the other day about some of the people I respect and admire and this thought passed through my mind: “These are modest folk and I’ll bet they have no clue how much they affect other people’s lives.”
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  • I was thinking the other day about some of the people I respect and admire and this thought passed through my mind: “These are modest folk and I’ll bet they have no clue how much they affect other people’s lives.”
    After they read this column, they will. Here is a partial list of my Most Respected and Admired People:
    Leroy Kerbo. Even if you don’t know him yet, Leroy is your best friend. Now retired from his pastorate, Leroy continues to preach his best sermons as he walks through daily life demonstrating the compassion and care he has for all of God’s children.
    Sue Wyssman. Sue volunteers at the Hope House and regularly makes her world champion cinnamon rolls as a treat for the kids. It’s rumored that she makes extras for the staff and other volunteers.
    Sarah Weeks. Sarah is an extraordinary role model for young people. A couple of years ago, a man who was recovering from a stroke came to the weekly Kiwanis Club lunch at Golden Corral. He had trouble walking and couldn’t use his left arm, so going through the buffet line was out of the question. Out of the 40 or so people who were there, Sarah was the one who quietly and gracefully offered to do it for him.
    Don Gibson. I am sure that Don has had a bad day sometime during his life, but you would never know it. His cheerful good nature always brightens the world for those around him.
    Sara Ledford. When my wife was in her last weeks and could no longer attend church, Sara would bring her keyboard to our house and play and sing Dianna’s favorite songs and hymns. It brings a tear to my eye to remember how much Dianna appreciated it.
    I am sure you have you own list of folks whom you admire and respect. Make it a point to let them know about it this week.
     
    - Brian Blansett is publisher of The Shawnee News-Star.

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