Monday, November 12, 2007

Fall Foliage Tour

Frances and I together with Dewain and Debbie, and Rhonda (Debbie's Sister) and her husband Jerry took the train from Chattanooga's Grand Junction down to Summerville, Georgia on Saturday. It was a terrific time of family fun for us all. If you haven't ridden the train lately you should aim to do this with someone you love. Here's a few pictures!
Along the way I thought of Daddy too often to mention. His stories of his hobo days were in our conversations of course. Also Frances and I sung some train songs, or at least parts thereof, like "weeeeeee ouuuuuuuu, weee-ouuuu, weee-ouuu, wee - oh brother if you get to heaven you must get off th freight, just the glory special takes you to the pearly gates -- don't you hear that whistle blowing, hear it coming down the track, hear them wheels a turnin, see the smoke a rollin back, better get your ticket, sinner it's not comin back -- all a board, all a board, all aboard this train for Glory Land!"
What a fun way to spend a Saturday in the Fall in Tennessee.


Lowell Brannen said...

That looks like something I would enjoy. Perhaps next fall the leaves will be much more briliant and Janis and I could enjoy the ride. But again, the leaves may be dull and pale. I might should plan on something like that at just any time.

Tabitha said...

Great pics Dad! How about, "this train am bound for glory this train." HAHA! Late at night from my house I can hear a train whistle as it crosses the Talbott-Kansas road at the chicken farm. It makes me thing of Gepa every time. Thank God for good strong men in my life like Gepa, Uncle Lowell, Eddie Williams and YOU!

RevTJ said...

Fred it always does me good to read your blog. You always have something uplifting to say. I think of GePaw often and miss him very much, Lord knows I sure could use his guidance as well as his carpentry skill these days!! Love you and see you at thanksgiving

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I am Fred Alton Brannen, the son of Louis A. Brannen (deceased) and Bonnie Jones Brannen, Louis was an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God. Bonnie is an Ordained Licensed Minister and at 89 years of age is still actively engaged in speaking and singing engagements. I am married to the former Frances Hildreth. We celebrated 53 years of marriage this past June and we are the parents of 3, grand-parents of 10, and great-grandparents of 10. I pastored in Tennessee for 24 years and served the Church in some capacity in missions for over 23 years. I retired from full-time ministry in August of 2008 but remain active, speaking and singing and teaching whenever opportunity affords itself. In January of 2010 I received a letter of commendation for having been credentialed as a minister in the Church of God for 50 years! My family is very important to me. Our get togethers are always noisy affairs and most times will include family sing-alongs. The children love their Mom's cooking so we have the privilege of seeing them regularly! WE LOVE having them over.

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