S: Happy 50th Anniversary
BC: The Howarth | Family | 50th Anniversary Birkett Jr. and Mary Sandra Shaw Howarth of Newport, North Carolina, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married December 16, 1961, at Danforth Chapel in Raleigh, North Carolina. Birkett, professor emeritus of the University of Georgia, is a juried potter and volunteers most of his time to his craft and the Beaufort Historical Association (BHA), where he serves on the jurying committee for the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery and as a conductor on the double-decker tour bus. Sandra, “Mary of all trades”, kept busy raising four boys, volunteering, and working in various fields. She held positions from secretary to real estate agent to radiologist technician in Athens, Georgia prior to moving to North Carolina. She is also an avid volunteer and spends most of her time serving the Beaufort Historical Association, where she is a member of the Furnishings Committee and acting chair of the c1825 Manson House on the BHA grounds. She also leads tours, welcomes visitors and volunteers during the many educational programs sponsored by BHA. Sandra also serves on the Alter Guild at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Beaufort, N.C. They have four sons, Matthew Scott, married to Sarah Beard; Mark Armstrong, married to Stacey Poteet; William Birkett, married to Paige Tumlin; and John Wesley, married to Nadine Freant. They have seven grandchildren; Heather, Craig, Brooke, Noah, Ella, Mary Ryan, and Dorsey. The couple celebrated with family at Atlantic Beach in North Carolina.
FC: Happy 50th Anniversary | December 16, 1961 - December 16, 2011
1: On December 16, 1961, Mary Sandra Shaw and Birkett Howarth, Jr. joined in matrimony at Danforth Chapel in Raleigh, North Carolina. | Two families joined together to celebrate the union of two wonderful people and their new journey in life.
2: The News & Observer and Raleigh Times Reports Socialites Mary Sandra Shaw and Birkett Howarth, Jr. finally tie the knot!
3: Average Cost New house $12,500.00 Income per year $5,315.00 Gallon of Gas 27 cents New car $2,850.00 Bacon for 1LB 67 cents Eggs per dozen 30 cents Loaf of bread .21 cents First-class stamp: $0.04 | 1961 Trivia | Popular Films The Guns of Navarone The Parent Trap The Absent-Minded Professor 101 Dalmatians Breakfast at Tiffany's El Cid The Misfits The Hustler West Side Story Popular TV Bonanza Gunsmoke Perry Mason The Red Skelton Show Andy Griffith Candid Camera My Three Sons Alfred Hitchcock Presents The Twilight Zone Mister Ed Top 10 songs of 1961 1. At Last - Etta James 2. Crazy - Patsy Cline 3. Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker 4. Bristol Stomp - Dovells 5. Please Mr. Postman - Marveletts 6. Hit The Road Jack - Ray Charles 7. Stand By Me - Ben E. King 8. Runaround Sue - Dion 9. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - the Tokens 10. Tossin and Turnin - Bobby Lewis | The Beatles made their first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. | New products in 1961 included the fully disposable diaper, called Pampers. The electric toothbrush was also introduced. | In September 1961, we started paying 3% sales tax on what we bought. | It cost just a buck to buy a ticket to see your favorite movie and it was usually a double bill with a cartoon or two at the beginning. | Mar. 1 - President Kennedy creates the Peace Corps, sending American volunteers to meet "urgent needs for skilled manpower" in underdeveloped countries and to "live at the same level as the citizens of the countries they are sent to." Apr. 12 - The U.S.S.R. put the 1st man in space, Yuri Gagarin--one orbit, 108 minutes. May 4 - Thirteen "Freedom Riders" left Washington, D.C., for New Orleans to test the desegregation of public facilities along the way. On May 23, 2 buses of Riders accompanied by marshals resumed their trip to Jackson, Miss., where all 27 were arrested for entering a "white" washroom and failure to obey officers. Oct. 2 - Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run in the 162nd and last game of the season, breaking Babe Ruth's 154-game 1927 record. Dec. 11 - The first 2 U.S. military companies arrived in South Vietnam, including 32 helicopters and 4,000 men. President Kennedy wrote South Vietnamese President Diem, "The U.S. is determined to help Vietnam preserve its independence, protect its people against communist assassins and build a better life."
4: Mark Armstrong Howarth – 7/8/1964 Stacey Michelle Poteet – 2/7/1978 Married: 10/9/2004 Heather Leigh – 7/25/1989 | A Family Was Formed | William Birkett Howarth, – 1/5/1969 Paige Maree Tumlin – 1/18/1971 Married: 11/4/95 Noah Tumlin – 5/11/1999 Ella Shaw – 2/19/2001 | Mary Sandra Shaw Birkett Howarth,Jr. 3/30/1941 12/1/1936 Married: 12/16/1961 | William Kenneth Shaw – 6/29/1903 Mary Ida Hill – 4/29/1916 | Birkett Howarth, Sr. - 1/19/1906 Mabel L. MacMullen - 11/25/1905 | John Wesley Howarth – 10/20/1971 Nadine Ryan Freant– 1/6/1971 Married: 8/17/1996 Mary Ryan – 8/22/2002 Dorsey Loren – 3/16/2004 | Matthew Scott Howarth – 8/22/1962 Sarah Lynn Beard – 8/20/1967 Married: 12/15/1990 Craig Scott – 6/5/1994 Brooke Laura – 9/16/1997
5: And The Beat Goes On
6: We can't forget our furry family... | Prince & Christy | Molly | Brownie | Susie Q | Hannah, Blue, and Roscoe | Oh, we also had cats that would end up on our doorstep. We would feed them and they would multiply.
7: First two boys born in Raleigh Scott & Mark | Do You Remember.... | N.C. State Where it began | Raleigh, North Carolina | Pullen Park | Mom's house | First Apartment
8: Do You Remember.... | Beltsville, Maryland | Washington, D.C. | Cape May
9: Do You Remember.... | Hull, Georgia | Swamp Guinea | Third son born in Athens - Buck
10: April 1973, tornado hits Athens - Moving on at 50 miles per hour, it sucked itself back up into its cloud for a while, uncoiling to flatten the Hess gasoline station at the junction of U.S. 29 and U.S. 78 west of Athens. It followed the highway to Holiday Estates subdivision, destroyed Pine Tops (the Y.M.C.A. camp), ruined eight houses in Forest Heights, crushed Oglethorpe Avenue Elementary School, sucked the roof off the Y.M.C.A., pranced across the campus of the U.S. Navy Supply Corps School, tromped down the entire length of Boulevard, pummeled Pulaski Street, then skipped over to Strickland Street in East Athens. | Do You Remember.... | Holiday Estates, Athens, GA | Tornado | Emmanuel Episcopal Church | YMCA | Fourth son born in Athens - John
12: Do You Remember.... | Colbert, GA
13: The Farm I really loved being out at the farm with Mom and Dad. There was a deeper connection between me and Dad that was forged out of hard work and sweat. We laid the brick steps leading to the front porch, we put up fencing, worked on the utility buildings and built the corral. I treasure those times working with Dad. When we weren't working, the Farm was a refuge to get away and relax. It was great to just hang out with Mom and Dad and enjoy their company in that setting. -Buck
14: Do You Remember.... | Newport, North Carolina | Just Chillin in
15: The Bayside Potter | Throwing the net for shrimp and fishing off the dock! | Taking boat rides to spot dolphins and sea turtles along the intracoastal waterway
20: My favorite memory with Grandad and Grandma is a hard subject to write on. Whenever we get the opportunity to be together, which in my opinion is too few and far between, we all ways make the most of it. This is a wonderful thing in life but terrible when trying to put it down on paper! One of my favorite memories with them was back when my family was still living overseas and on vacation in North Carolina. I was young maybe 8, and we had been having one of the greatest days I can think of. We had been shopping in Beaufort and had gotten ice cream cones and pizza for dinner and to top it off we were going to a Cajun/folk music concert at Fort Macon. It is one of the happiest things I think of. There is truly nothing better than having fun with your family! Love, Craig | My favorite memories with Grandmom and Grandad wow! Too many to count, so I have to pick AT LEAST a few. :) One of my favorite memories is when we were still living in England. We were going to Carrot Island, and we saw dolphins, the pod was so close you almost could touch them! And when we got there we just went crazy, looking at the horse-shoe crabs and sneaking glimpses at a couple of horses. Another time was when we just visited them last summer; we went on this amazing sailboat for the whole day! When we reached the destination we went seashell searching. We found amazing shells and a bucket load of amazing and great memories. OK, before this becomes an essay of all the good times we have had, I have at least one more memory I would love to share, Grandad and Grandmom came out to have Thanksgiving with us recently. We went to the Forestiere Underground Gardens, and boy it was beautiful. It was a great week to have them with us, and Grandad made his special Apple Pie my brother and I even took a picture of it! I canÂ’t wait to get even more memories with my two extraordinary grandparents! Although, I have no clue if thatÂ’s even possible! Love, Brooke | Memories from Scott's Family
21: Happy Anniversary Sandra and Birkett! You both have been a part of my life since I was a teenager. I have grown up as part of your family. Through all of these years, the one thing that has stood out to me is the way you live your life in your faith. You both walk in the way of the Lord and live your marriage in his ways. You provide so much love for our family and we will always appreciate and treasure you both! Thank you for being so wonderful. I love you, Sarah | Dear Mom and Dad: Congratulations! What a great way to sum up this special anniversary. Thinking back over the years, one constant theme is family. Mom and Dad, you both have impressed upon my soul the values of love, devotion, understanding, guidance and support through your actions. Family meant everything - * From the moment we were brought into this world *Through family vacations *Through family holidays and traditions *Through the support and guidance while in school *Through the love, care and dignity you gave Grandmom and Grandad Shaw during their last days You both have shown through your actions what it means to be family. Each and every challenge you have met with grace. You have embraced life and your marriage with zeal and devotion. Some of my fondest images are of our time spent together during our Christmas and Thanksgiving holidays. Cooking the turkey, watching the football game, waiting for Grandmom and Grandad to arrive from NC, the crackling fire, and so many other wonderful moments are just a few memories that top this list. Our family beach trips were always the highlight of the year. Tanning on the beach, watching Dad sail, clamming, fishing for dinner, playing fan-tan and enjoying each other’s company. I still remember before finishing school at UGA when I felt the end would never come. You helped me find the courage and motivation to finish strong. The rest is history as they say – I could never have done all that I accomplished without your love and support. I can never say thank you enough for all you have done. The memory that I will always hold dear to my heart is the warmth that I feel when I think of my family. And even though the miles between us seem so far, all I have to do is reach into my memories like Frederick, “the mouse” and I am back in Holiday Estates or out on the farm or down at the beach – laughing, playing cards, or just being in your company – I am back in the embrace of our family. Love always, Scott
22: You taught us integrity, good morals, and standing up for others and what you believe is right. I was just out of college and eager to purchase my first vehicle. I was so excited, like a kid in the candy store. I was a novice and had no idea of what all was involved in buying a vehicle. Dad went with me that day. The car was a black, sporty, Nissan Sentra with a sunroof and it was calling my name! I was sold and all that stood in the way was some paperwork and negotiations. Here is where I observed Dad go to work. Dad calmly negotiated the price, while I squirmed uncomfortably in my seat. Not done yet - financing. The salesman informed us that Dad would need to co-sign on the loan, since I had no credit history. At the time, I thought no big deal. Dad quickly stood and without hesitation said, “Come on, Mark. We’ll go somewhere else.” So close. What was going on? I am sure I had a perplexed look on my face. But nothing compared to the face of the salesman. “Hang on, Mr. Howarth, I am sure we can work something out.” There was nothing to work out. “My son is going into the service as an officer. If you don’t think that is secure enough, then we will find someone who does.” (Something like that) Dad was in control. Few minutes later, I was signing for my first car. My credit history began. That day, Dad was there to teach, guide and protect. Thanks, Dad. I remember going grocery shopping with Mom. She usually had a list and several boys (handful) in tow. While checking out, I noticed Cherry Lifesavers right at eye level. Yum. While in the car, I pulled them out. Busted! Mom turned the car around. Moments later, I was handing the "goods" to the store manager and apologizing. You do not forget experiences like that. Another time at Cub Scouts – getting in a fight with Jimmy Allison. Mom pulled us aside. While the other boys looked on and wondered what our fate would be - Mom made us hug. At that age, hugging each other was not all that popular. No more fights after that. There were other encounters where Mom, through her actions, taught me compassion. Sticking up for the “little guy”, befriending the not-so-popular, and being sensitive to the needs of others were lessons learned that stick with me today. Thanks, Mom. We learned the importance of serving others - then and today! Whether it be volunteering for sports, scouts, church, school or community you both were involved. I can remember Mom with Cub Scouts, Dad with Boy Scouts, countless hours at the ball fields, Dad cooking breakfast for the acolytes, Mom staying up all night with us at the PPP lock-in, Dad ushering, Mom - Garden Club, and countless other volunteering roles. By their example, I found my own passion and enjoyment in doing things for others and giving back. | Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad! Congratulations on an amazing 50 years of teamwork, endless effort, gentle care and enduring love. A span in your lives filled with love, warmth, security, family, laughter, challenges, blessings and the making of so many fond memories with each other, family and friends. Mom and Dad, you have been and continue to be a huge inspiration in my life. As husband and wife, parents, friends and community members, you have set such a good example. Countless times throughout my life, whether by example or a teaching point, I have been able to draw on those moments to be my compass. | You taught us the importance of family. We went to church together, we ate together, and we played together. I remember Sundays, stopping by the Black Forest Bakery to pick up a fresh loaf of bread before heading home. Many times, the boys would be in the kitchen making breakfast for lunch. My love for cooking evolved here. We would all sit down to eat and Mom would have each of us share what we had going on that upcoming week. This was a great way to start the week. We mostly had home cooked meals for dinner - not as easy as Mom made it appear! We had fresh vegetables from our garden. Dad was the master gardener – many hours of hard work and his secret ingredient - chicken manure. While Scott and I shoveled the manure off the truck, I wondered how something that smells so bad, makes a tomato taste sooo good! We went camping together. Tent, camper, or cabin – we did it. We saw the world and bonded on those trips. I still love pitching a tent, exploring, cooking on the fire, and just spending time outdoors. For some reason, bacon and eggs always tasted better off the Coleman stove. I now share these type moments with my daughter – priceless. Going to the beach with family is my fondest family experience! To me, it is like summer camp, vacation, and family reunion all rolled into one. The ultimate family time. So many memories - riding waves, sand sculpting, long walks, sunbathing, chasing crabs at night, clamming, crabbing, surf-fishing, exploring the back waters, seafood, playing cards, puzzles, salt water taffy, putt-putt, corn hole, beach soccer, and happy hour. The list could go on forever. However, the greatest part of it all is experiencing and spending those moments with family.
23: Grandma and Grandpa, There are so many fond memories I have as your first grandchild. I think back to our time at the farm and how I learned a lot about myself and experienced some really great adventures. Mornings in Colbert, Georgia were my favorite. I got to eat all the waffles I wanted while looking forward to the day ahead when I would run around with Hannah, Blue, Rosco and Susie Q. I got to plant in the garden with grandpa and milk a calf for the first time with grandma. So many memories were life lessons in the making of hard work and responsibility. Over the years I have watched you both and learned from your Godly living and leadership in our family. I have enjoyed my time sitting on the porch looking over the water and playing card games into the night. Our many beach vacations have been a source of pure joy for me as I have been able to spend time with you both. I am blessed to have you as my grandparents and I couldn't be happier to celebrate your 50th year together. Happy anniversary to you both and much love to the years ahead. Love, Heather | Congrats on 50 golden years together! Wow - what a wonderful celebration you two are having. I am so thankful that Mark and I have such an amazing example to follow. Y'all have given us so much love, generosity and support over the years and I, especially, thank you for your gracious welcome into the family. And oh, what fun it's been! Beach trips, holidays, birthdays - whatever the occasion, we've had fun and made lasting memories. We celebrate with you the love that began over 50 years ago! I am so blessed to be a part of a family that displays such a love! Here's to many more wonderful years together... I love you, Stacey | You taught us love and respect. There came a time in my life when I truly realized how blessed I was to have parents who provided unconditional love and support from day one. Four boys, all with our own personality, needs, and desires, never fell short on love or support. This amazing feat is inspirational and greatly treasured. Over the years, we all have benefited through an encouraging word, note, or talk; a swift kick in the rear; or a hug that could make everything better. No matter the challenge or the circumstance, I always knew I was loved and could count on your support. Through your efforts and actions, I am also thankful to have a strong sense of love for family. I look forward to every opportunity to be with family and I cherish my time spent with relatives. You made spending family time a priority and so it is with me. Someone once said, knowledge is worthless unless it is shared. Thank you for sharing your wisdom along the way, loving each other, and giving us your love and support. Love, Mark
24: Mom and Dad were also actively involved with our activities and sports. Whether Mom was wrangling all the neighborhood kids for Cub Scouts or Dad being president of the High School Soccer Booster Club, I don't think you fully appreciate the magnitude of activities until you become a parent. Mom and Dad were juggling 4 boys worth of scouts, church, baseball, soccer, etc... And let's not forget, Mom had to always be on her toes like putting out a kitchen fire or like the time she worked the baseball concession stand and had to karate chop John's shaking hand off of the stove handle (not sure who gave John the idea to grab the stove handle and the refrigerator handle at the same time?). | Dad was the type of role model where actions (and facial expressions) spoke louder than words and spoke volumes. On occasion, it could culminate into a combination of action, expressions and words and you knew you were in big trouble. I can recall the time Dad came home from work to find me and Todd fighting in the front yard with Mark and his friend egging us on - we all scattered. But Todd was not fast enough as Dad came out of the green pinto hooting and hollering and helped Todd onto his bike with his right foot on his rear end. Don't worry Dad there is more. Much of my "handy man" passion and skills were passed down from Dad. If something needed to be fixed or repaired, Dad would do it. He even tackled building out the basement level at 569 Cherokee Ridge in Athens, GA. While I must admit I never quite took to gardening, Dad maintained an impressive sized garden in our back yard. He was a doer. | Mom and Dad, Congratulations on 50 Years! There are many things that mom and dad have done as role models that gave me and my brothers our core values. We had family meals together. We looked forward to home cooked meals where we gathered as a family and not only shared a meal we shared our lives. We were brought up as a church going family and were encouraged to get involved with the church through acolytes and PPP, the youth group. I learned the "do not steal" lesson when John and I were grocery shopping with mom. Mom discovered that I had stolen some gum or candy from the store while we were loading the groceries in the car. Mom marched me back into the store and made me confess my transgressions to the store manager and return the loot. Lesson learned.
25: As parents, Mom and Dad gave us never ending love and support from the day we were born and continues to this day. This has not only made a lasting impression but has been greatly appreciated. Mom and Dad have not only given hours upon hours of advice but I have countless letters from Mom sending their love and letting us know they support us no matter what. There were many prayers and encouragements for us to stay in a relationship with our Lord and Saviour. And while we were taught money does not grow on trees, we never wanted and many dollars were sent to us along the way. If I had to sum it all up, Mom and Dad have been exemplary role models showing a real, deep passion for life and for each other. I believe God wants us to live life to the full. I think Mom and Dad not only live life to the full but gave their all in raising four boys into men. | Mom and Dad also role modeled that the family that plays together, stays together. We went on camping trips in our huge canvas tent. Even though we battled the raccoons, mosquitoes and heat, we always had a great time. I remember once, mom and dad waking up in the middle of the night freezing and having to get into the hot shower to warm up. My fondest family memories were formed from our yearly beach trips with Grandmom and Grandad Shaw. My love for fishing, crabbing, clamming, seafood, family games and "Happy Hour" blossomed from these yearly two week vacations. Another lasting impression or legacy that mom and dad passed on to me is their passion for travel. They have been to many countries and different destinations and continue to travel to this day. When they are not traveling, mom and dad dedicate their time to other passions because they never really retired and in some ways are more active. Dad has immersed himself into pottery and mom continues to volunteer her time and talents to many different organizations. To name a few, they are both active in their church, with the Beaufort Historic Society and Fort Macon.
26: Aquarium You are one of the best grandparents in the world! I remember that almost every time we go to your house we go to the aquarium or the museum. I really like touching the sting rays and looking at the fish with you. You are some awesome grandparents. Thank you for doing what you do. You are loving and nice and just the kind of grandparents I want to have. Happy Anniversary. | Mr. and Mrs. Howarth, What an awesome opportunity to express what a positive influence you both have been in my life. You truly inspire me with your service to others and your love of life. You have helped me learn to appreciate the little things in life and to slow down and smell the roses. What an absolute blessing to not only be able to share my life with Buck and our precious Noah and Ella but to have such wonderful influences to guide us along the way. Your unwavering love and support is always felt and so greatly appreciated. Congratulations on 50 years! I love you both, Paige | Camp Howarth My favorite memory of Nana and Grandpa Birky is Camp Howarth. It is very fun and a way for us to spend a week with Nana and Grandpa Birky. We would always get to make a piece of pottery and that is really fun. I remember us all going on the dock and me throwing a few nets out and pulling in a few shrimp. But Grandpa Birky catches a whole population of shrimp and minnows! I also remember the first year that Nana took me to get an ice cream and it was huge! It is always fun when we go spend the day at the beach. Also, I love going to the aquarium. You would think it would get old but it doesn't. The best of all is getting to spend a week with Nana and Grandpa Birky.
27: Cafe Johnny Canoe One of the greatest all time memories that I contribute to Mom and Dad was the dinner they pulled off for me and Paige at Cafe Johnny Canoe's in the Bahamas. It was a perfect night with family and friends enjoying dinner and each others company on the deck listening to the band. All of the sudden, the Junkanoo procession arrived and took the evening over the top! Thank you Mom and Dad! - Buck
28: When I think about lessons learned I immediately thought of two stories. I’ll share the stories in just a second, but first I want to share a moment in time that also popped up during my reflections. It’s Christmas morning and I’m up before 6 AM. It was cold and the furnace had not yet kicked into gear. Grandmom and Grandad had taken over Mom and Dad’s room and were still sleeping. Everyone was still asleep for that matter. I made my way down the hall toward the den.....My eyes avoiding the front living room (as Santa had put out everything on display and I did not want to ruin my surprise). In the den, Mom and Dad were sleeping on the pull out sofa and I crawled in. The fire placed crackled with the embers from the fire the night before. Lying there, I soaked it all in. I’ll always remember the smells, sounds, and the coziness (the love) in that moment.
29: My first story takes place during the summer when I was young (elementary years). My friend, Timmy and I had set out to see Bryan Jacobson several streets over. No need taking the streets we set off cross yard(s). Much faster. Problem, between Bryan’s house and us was the “untouchable yard”. Often we would “make a run for it” only to be yelled at and chased away. Desperate times call for desperate actions. Timmy and I made a run for it. Unaware, Bryan had also begun his trek from the other side. We met in the middle. Unfortunately all the commotion roused the attention of the “Man whose yard must not be crossed”. Bryan ran, Timmy ran, and I ran. Timmy and I held up in the back yard of a home several houses down (should have gone farther). God only knows what happened to Bryan. The “Man” came looking and found Timmy and I (we should have gone farther). Timmy and I were escorted away and thrown in the back seat of his car.
30: Timmy was taken home first. Timmy cried. Timmy’s mother apologized. If my memory serves me (and it doesn’t) I think she made mention that the Howarth boys were a no good lot. I could have been rescued, but no Timmy’s mom allowed “the Man” to take me away. We pulled into the driveway at my house. I was dragged from the car and deposited on the carport step. I thought I was in for it as Mom came to the door. “The Man” proceeded to detail my crimes as Mom pulled me into the house behind her. I was prepared for a spanking and summoned up my resolve. However, my Mother began to confront and “let loose” on “the man”. I don’t remember exactly what she said something along the lines of “why he put me in his car without her permission” and so forth. I was not in the right, but nor was he. By the end I was given full quarter to pass through “the Man’s” yard. He backed down and backed away as my mother’s wrath was mighty. I admired my mother’s strength. My mother was my protector. She stood up for me when other adults did not. I felt her love in that moment. | The second story I would like to share takes place several years later (the college years). I was four time zones away in the far reaches of Alaska. I had just arrived. Dad had given me a check to deposit upon my arrival, so I could obtain food and so on. To my dismay I would not be able to cash the check or deposit and pull money until the check could clear (several days). I was hungry, you might say starving. I called home, frantic. I didn’t know what to do. For God’s sake I was starving and thirsty. I needed libations. Instead of understanding and colluding in my sorrow I got the proverbial “kick in the pants” via telephone. Dad asked, no demanded, that I go right down to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks National Student Exchange office and speak with the SOB whose in charge and demand some money! The phone call was less a tongue lashing and more a “pump up session”. Stand up boy and get moving. I got that money; all be it from the Student Union and not from the pocket of The National Student Exchange SOB. Once again that sense of love came shining through. You know love when you get encouragement, challenged and every now and then a kick in the fanny.
31: Nana and Grandpa Birky are so great because Grandpa Birky takes us on fun boat rides in the ocean, Nana takes us to the Aquarium to see lots of cool sea animals (Mary Ryan), we go to Beaufort and get ice cream, she always makes the greatest strawberry cake, and they always send us birthday packages with cards and money. I love playing with all of Nana’s knick-knacks (Dorsey). They are both very special and lots of fun to spend time with. Love, Mary Ryan and Dorsey | Thank you both for being such amazing grand- parents and a constant source of support and love in our lives. I love you both dearly, Nadine!
32: JOB DESCRIPTION Long term, team players needed, for challenging, permanent work in an often chaotic environment. Candidates must possess excellent communication and organizational skills and be willing to work variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends and frequent 24 hour shifts on call. Some overnight travel required, including trips to primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities! Travel expenses not reimbursed. Extensive courier duties also required. RESPONSIBILITIES (the rest of your life) Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily, until someone needs $5. Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly. Also, must possess the physical stamina of a pack mule and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat in case, this time, the screams from the backyard are not someone just crying wolf. Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges, such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets and stuck zippers. Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and coordinate production of multiple homework projects. Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings for clients of all ages and mental outlooks. Must be willing to be indispensable one minute, an face embarrassment the next. Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices. Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Must assume final, complete accountability for the quality of the end product. Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and janitorial work throughout the facility. POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION None. Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills, so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you. PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE None required unfortunately. On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis. WAGES AND COMPENSATION Get this! You pay them! Offering frequent raises and bonuses. A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because of the assumption that college will help them become financially independent. When you die, you give them whatever is left. The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more. BENEFITS While no health or dental insurance, no pension, no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and no stock options are offered; this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right. ** AND A FOOTNOTE "THERE IS NO RETIREMENT - EVER!!! ** | P | R | A | T | N | E | S | Patient | Accountable | Reliable | Enduring | Nurturing | Supportive | Trusting
33: Uncle Birkett and Aunt Sandra, You were the last couple standing at our wedding reception during the anniversary dance, the perfect example of teamwork, strength, respect and warmth. Patrick and I could not have asked for a better example of what a warm family and lasting marriage should be. You are an integral part of many of my best memories -- sandy, sunny and full of games and laughter – and you have always been a comforting presence when I have needed you. For all the love and laughs you have shared with us, thank you! We love you both and wish you many more years of happiness together. Rebecca, Patrick, Parker Ruth & Sydney | Having a big brother like you Birkett has always been special. You have always given me good advice and helped me when I needed it the most. Your marriage to Sandra was the best decision you ever made. Our summer family vacations together have always been so much fun. Being an aunt to your boy's is one of the joys of my life and always will be. Love to you both, Christine
34: Friends Along The Way | Congratulations on your Golden 50th! Dear Sandy and Birkett, When we think back to our "Cherokee Ridge" days it brings back memories of our neighborhood friendships that have lasted over all these years. Our back yard connection gave our kids such wonderful access to each other in those very early years of their lives. That opened up our adult friendships as well. It was great to be able walk out our back door over to your place. Sandy, I will always cherish our walks and talks through the joys and sorrows of our lives. You were especially kind and such a support when we went through Jeff's cancer and death. Also, when Jack got arrested in Winder and we were so traumatized by that event, you both were there to listen and give support. Your family embrace embraced Joel when he came into our life and that was so important to us. Do you remember the Holiday Estates adult neighborhood parties? We did get a little wild and crazy but after all it was the 60's! We had the UGA connections and of course the Georgia Bulldogs that brought such fun to our Falls. We have fond memories of times at the lake; Halloween neighborhood events and birthday parties; taking our kids to ball games and watching them grow into young adults. It's been a joy to see Mark and Jacque continue their friendship over the years. It's really quite amazing in these days to reach this celebration of 50 years of marriage. I'm sure you're so thankful to have each other as true companions and partners just as Jack and I are. As couples, we have a Christian faith that provided a solid foundation for marriage and family life as well. So, may God be with you as you look forward to many more years together. Love Judy and Jack | Grow old along with me the best is yet to be.. The last of life for which the first was made. Robert Browning
35: Dear Sandy and Birkett, 50 years, congratulations, how did you do it! When we came to Athens in 1968, you were already there. Scott and Leigh Ann Knapp were just starting school in a new integrated school system. We, with the younger kids walked around the block with bumping strollers. Life was pretty quiet. My father made a baby table from scrap wood of the house being built next door. Where the mall is now, cows walked in the fields and we picked blackberries in summer. You guys were great neighbors, the baby sitting system you set up worked and the exchange school morning for the 2 and 3 year olds did too. Birkett's tomato plants grew tall with the university chicken manure. Your kids grew tall on tomato and peanut butter sandwiches in between Sandra's home cooked meals. Anyway, after years we all moved somewhere else, we visited you outside Colbert, a beautiful house on a hill with a pond. That was still not enough. Now you have lived on the coast for several years and fish in large waters. We would have liked to visit, it is just a bit too far to drive for us. Maybe we can arrange a meeting point some day, because it was fun to see you again a couple of years ago in Athens, on your way to see John and wife in Atlanta. We hope you have a fantastic party and keep going for a long time, Love, Dan and Liese
36: Lasting Love | To Sandra and Birkett on your Golden Anniversary, Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate. - W. H. Auden These words express for me the secret of a long and happy marriage. While passion is both an exciting and wonderful emotion, and is certainly an ingredient of a happy marriage, it is time and the will which make it worthwhile. Two imperfect human beings commit themselves to one another for life, do their best, day in and day out, to love one another, and in the process of living together, "for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death" become a grinding stone to one another. Time and will helps smooth and polish the rough edges of the other with the result that each is truly a better person. The people you are today is the result of time and your willingness to take your vows before God seriously. Your marriage and your lives are a living testimony to us all of what God can do for us when we put our trust in Him and walk in his ways. Thank you for being such a wonderful couple and example for us all. May God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit, bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with his favor look upon you, and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace; that you may faithfully continue to live together in this life, and in the age to come have life everlasting. Amen. The Rev. John Carlisto St. Paul's Episcopal Church
37: True love is a sacred flame That burns eternally, And none can dim its special glow Or change its destiny. True love speaks in tender tones And hears with gentle ear, True love gives with open heart And true love conquers fear. True love makes no harsh demands It neither rules nor binds, And true love holds with gentle hands The hearts that it entwines.
38: Historic Times The Beaufort Historical Association's 2010 Volunteer Awards Presented to two Outstanding Individuals | This year's Couples Award was presented to Sandra and Birkett Howarth, as both have been an irreplaceable part of the Beaufort Historical Association in their own ways. Sandra is a member of the Furnishings Committee, as well as acting as the chair of the c1825 Manson House on the BHA grounds. She also reports all of our visitor information to the tourism council along with leading tours, welcoming visitors and volunteers during the many educational programs. Birkett focuses much of his attention on the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery, where he has many of his unique coastal-inspired pottery pieces and he also serves on the jurying committee as well as being a conductor on the tour double-decker bus.
39: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13. 4-8 | Birkett and Sandra Howarth celebrate Five Best Family Picture Awards Seven Time Grammy & Grampy Award Winners | Happily Ever After