'Round Town (Jan. 22, 2020)

Posted 1/21/20

Most likely the majority of Madison County folks, especially those attending First Baptist Church, have a story about Madie Madole. She was quite a feature at the church and also around town.

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'Round Town (Jan. 22, 2020)


Most likely the majority of Madison County folks, especially those attending First Baptist Church, have a story about Madie Madole. She was quite a feature at the church and also around town.

She sang in the church choir. She taught Sunday School class and, if you’re 70 or younger, she most likely taught you or your children.

For 34 years she served as secretary at the First Baptist Church, during which time three pastors learned a wealth of information from this little lady. Over the years I often called Mrs. Madie for information and then marveled at how she remembered so much.

Mrs. Madie was of the golden era that believed we supported one another. She attended wedding showers, weddings, funerals, visited the sick and took food.

That era also believed a mother should be a mother to all, no matter if you were a misbehaving child in church or someone in need of a little guidance. In fact, if you didn’t want to know what you really needed to know, well, you didn’t need to talk to Madie. In her own ‘roundabout way, she could leave you with some strong words of wisdom. Sometimes you realized them right then; sometimes it might be days later before those words suddenly surprised your mind. In my books Mrs. Madie was one of a kind and I’m so glad she chose, on more than one occasion, to mentor me.

Mrs. Madie passed away Jan. 15 at the age of 100 years, five months and 19 days. She had continued to live in their home across from First Baptist Church until a half dozen years or so ago when she moved in with her daughter Brenda Hill.

Her old friend Rev. Richard Wagstaff, who was one of three of the pastors under whom she secretaries, officiated her service Friday. Afterward, she was buried in Madisonville Cemetery next to Ross Madole, her husband of 60 years.

Besides Brenda, Mrs. Madie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Dierdre Madole of Georgetown and one grandson, Caleb, also of Georgetown. Her brother J.B. Whearley lives here in Madisonville while her sister, Oleta Potter lives in Crandall.

Send your condolences to Brenda at 102 York Dr., Madisonville, Texas, 77864 and to David and Diedrie at 405 Derby Lane, Georgetown, Texas, 78626. I’m pretty sure if you have a similar memory of Mrs. Madie, they would appreciate reading it.

The family also requests memorials be made to either The First Baptist Church, 300 South Elm, Madisonville, Texas, 77864, Bristol Hospice, 2002 Timberloch Place, Ste 150, The Woodlands, Texas, 77380 or the charity of your choice.

Last week we shared about the services of Elaine Andrews, another well-known lady in Madisonville and we now have the addresses to send cards to her grandchildren. Brad Bradbury’s address is 301 N Madison, Madisonville, Texas, 77864 and Carroll Bradbury address is P.O. Box 395, Madisonville, Texas, 77864.

Here’s what’s going on round town.

Mary Jane Andrews, who fell and broke her leg below the knee, will remain in our local hospital for another couple of weeks for rehab. She is in room 407 at Madison St Joseph Hospital. Send your cards to her at Mary Jane Andrews care of: CHI St Joseph Health Hospital, Room 407, 100 Cross St. Madisonville, Texas, 77864.

First Baptist Church is hosting a "Dressed for Success" Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 in their Family Life Center. Among other things going on they will feed your body with three great meals and your soul with the words of inspirational speaker Leah Holder-Green. Tickets to attend the event are $25 and check-in begins at 5 p.m.

Stop by the church office to buy your tickets or purchase them online at Madisonvillefbc.org. Want more info? Call the church office at 936-348-2686.

Then, the first Mushroom Festival meeting of the year will be held at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the old elementary school building. That’s at 300 W School St. There is always a need for volunteers so if you might like to be involved in this year's upcoming Mushroom Festival attend the meeting and see what it is all about.

How about some birthdays? First, happy belated birthday to Tracy Baker of Cottonwood Tractor. Tracy celebrated her birthday Monday.

Thursday is birthday time for Amy Barrington, Robin Allen, Page Phillips and Mark Enloe, while Friday James Phillips and Hilary Haythorne celebrate their birthdays.

Saturday, David Culbreth And Cindy Pluckett blow out their candles and Sunday Laura Cannon, Tony Leago, Sheree Wiseman and Michael Barrington do the same.

Then Tuesday, Sonya Buffalo, Judi Delesandri and Jill Yeager have their birthday. Charlotte Picazo winds out this week’s birthday list with her birthday Wednesday.

And finally, here’s an interesting quote with some depth to it: Investor Warren Buffett once said, “You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with logic. True power is restraint. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.”

That’s good stuff. In this permissive world emotional reactions and angry words are the norm rather than the exception as they should be. According to Buffett, our reaction shows our power. Likewise, though, tossing out those words and emotions shows a lack of restraint and personal power on our part. It’s a self-centeredness that is permeating our society these days.

At the same time, saying the words is only the first part of the problem. Secondly, they need to be mended and therein lies true power.

Saying “I'm sorry,” two words often used with the goal to get past the incident, is not enough. To not truthfully and humbly face our actions and the hurt we caused someone means we just want to get past it. “I'm sorry,” whether the result of a disagreement with a co-worker, a spat with a kid, or a blowup with a spouse have to have depth to them. To not be willing to sit down, admit our wrong and ask for forgiveness is a photograph of that lack of true power over ourselves.

Learning restraint, learning to be humble are powerful allies in this world. At the same time, they are cleansing confident builders. If you ever think for a moment you have hurt someone, go see them with word clothed in kindness sincere sorrow and humility.

If, however, those words are said to you, demonstrate your own restraint, your own power. As Buffet said, “breathe and allow things to pass.”

Here’s to kinder words, ones guaranteed to make you smile more, feel freer, be more in control of yourself. Here’s to a better tomorrow.