Last updated: June 30. 2014 10:07AM - 173 Views
Ted Smith Contributing Columnist



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Sadly, last Monday I attended the funeral of Mr. Bill Armfield and I must tell you, Newberry County lost a great patriot and southern gentleman. It seems questionable to me as to how our memories work. I mean, think about this: we are going about our daily routine and something occurs, for instance a song, an aroma, or any of a dozen different things might cause us to think of somebody or something in our past. That is how life is going to be for me and my thoughts of Mr. Bill, a man who always had such an infectious smile.


Amazingly enough, I received an email from another of my heroes today, Glenn Shepard, a professional speaker, whose message says everything about how I will forever think of Mr. Bill. Now, in this email Mr. Shepard is talking about the declining work ethic in America and he uses the words of another great hero from the past, Paul Harvey. Please note Mr. Harvey is talking about a farmer, but for this tribute to Mr. Bill just know we are talking about the same type of dedication.


A few years back, Paul Harvey wrote:


God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk the cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.”


So God made a farmer! (or a printer)


God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt, and by morning watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, “Maybe next year!” I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of automobile tire. Who can make a harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who during planting time and harvest season, will finish his 40 hour week by Tuesday noon, then even though suffering from ‘tractor back’ pain put in another 72 hours.


Somebody who would bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh, then sigh, and then reply with smiling eyes, when his son or daughter says they want to spend their lives, ‘doing just what dad does.’”


So God made a farmer! (or a printer)


I will forever remember the energy, knowledge, smile, and work ethic Mr. Bill Armfield shared with the world every day. Here at your Chamber, we will always strive to foster a positive attitude. Please stop by, visit and see why you should be a member of your Newberry County Chamber of Commerce.


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