On Tuesday, Nov. 8, Westview Cemetery was the setting for a beautiful tribute to the late Robert "Bob" Randolph White, Jr. of Thomson, who was killed in action in Vietnam on April 22, 1968.
Pine Needle Garden Club members welcomed the late Bob White's sister, Mary Anne Godfrey of Savannah, and cousin, Beverly Guy of Thomson. As part of a Patriotic Tree Project promoted by the National Garden Clubs, Inc., Pine Needle planted a red maple at the burial site of the late Bob White.
Members of the Pine Needle Garden Club pose for a picture following the ceremony to honor Bob White, a Thomson resident killed in the Vietnam war.
Lucie Wills was in charge of the program and provided members with information surrounding Mr. White's death in 1968. Sara Newton gave a brief history of Mary Ruth McCorkle, the late Bob White's mother, who was a past member of Pine Needle. After spending the morning at Westview, the group traveled to the lovely home of Kathy Jopling for a business meeting. Judy Giles served as co-hostess. There were 15 members in attendance.
Club president, Cindy Wilson, conducted the meeting. A poem "Eternal Peace," written by Bob White while in Vietnam and en route to his mother when he was killed in action, was read by Billie Thomas. Mrs. Thomas then offered a beautiful prayer to Mr. White's memory and the memory of all the other fallen men and women in the past and present from the ravages of war.
The arrangement theme for the day was: Red, White and Blue
Arrangement winners were: first place - Cindy Wilson/Frankie Darden, second place - Toni Dendler and third place - Charlotte Derry.
Specimen bloom winners were: first place - Frankie Darden, second place - Claire Harbeson and third place - Krista Wells.
President Wilson wrapped up the meeting and the group adjourned with the Garden Club Prayer.
The club's next meeting will be at President Wilson's house on Tuesday, Dec. 13.