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By Margaret Laughrun
Entirely in keeping with the
changing of the beautiful colors of
the autumn season and the migra
tion of thousands of birds to a
sunnier clime, our good friend
Charles 'E. Laurents left Burns
ville on November 12, 1956, after
having endeared himself to all
who knew him since he and Mrs.
Laurents came In the spring of
1955 to make their home in Bur
nsville. With his wonderful dispo
sition and warm generous heart,
the change from life into an
eternal one must not have been
In addition to drawing friends
as a magnet draws steel; Mr.
Laurents taught us all a wonder
ful lesson for he was ever busy at
improving everything around him.
Many who have retired from an
active life of business are content
to Just sit back and enjoy ' their
well earned rest. But, not so with
Mr. Laurents, for even though his
health was far from good, the day
did not have enough hours for him
to be thinking up and putting into
effect ways to make a better
World around him.
The Laurents’ home has been
more than a home, for it became
a work of art whereby each day
all who came into it, and even all
who passed by; enjoyed the change
and beauty brought out by trim
ming shrubbery, landscapping,
painting, repairing and beautify
ing the home and surroundings.
• His church too constantly bene
fitted by his keen eye and his de
sire to better all he came in con
tact with. He was ever noticing
some change that would improve]
the appearance and make more
effective the work of the church.;
In addition to being a church offi
cer and having a great interest in
the mens work, he was of equal
value in helping Mrs. Laurents at
all times in the work of the women
of the church. If a civic club was
to be fed, Mr. Laurents was un
failingly there to run errands, be
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to make his wisdom and skill
available in just generally “mak
ing things easier” for all involved.
His hobby seemed to be in creat
ing beauty around him and in
helping others. He may-have been
retired from the office ofw&ivision
Manager of the Glass Company in
Chicago where he served so many
years, but he had not retired from
a very busy life where he taught
us all the true meaningof steward
ship of time, talent, and money.
Much of his spending money went
for additional needs and supplies
for his church, over and above his
and Mrs. Laurents' regular giving.
And vve all will ever be reminded
of the bdSuty of his stay with us,
for wherever he went all became
better by his very presence. One
of bis very last acts before he suf
fered a stroke was to take some
scripture on giving to a church
canvasser. One can almost hear
the words “Well done thou good
and faithful servant”. And the
spirit continues even since his
departure, for he left a request
with Mrs. Laurents that he’d like
his friends all to give to his chur
ch instead of sending flower*. So
he leaves us with this gesture of
unselfishness and love, and we re
peat with Paul in I Corinthians,
;the 13th chapter, “Love endureth
All of Burnsville and the many
friends in Chicago and elsewhere
are brought very close to Mrs.
Laurents in her loss, and also in
thanksgiving that we too were
permitted to share in the beauty
of this life.
Sunday, November 18th, Mr.
Jennings Bryant of Spruce Pine
will be the visiting minister for
the 11 o’clock service at the Jacks
Creek Presbyterian Church. Ev
eryone is invited to at
tend this service.
- Overlook Ob Life -
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By WARREN 8. REEVE
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provided for viewing panoramas along the Blue Ridge
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The principal called the wholel
school together for a special gen-'
eral assembly. Everybody knew
what it was about, and feelings
were tense.the football team has
had a winning streak, but the
league officials decreed that the
victories had to be forfeited, be
iause the eligibility rules had not
been obeyed. Somebody on the
team was over the age allowed
for a high school football team.
At this general assembly the
whole team was on the platform.
After the captain had made a
speech, the boy who was over
age stood up. He had played tack
le, and he was tall and heavy.
There, on the platform, he cried
like a baby, and I guess there were
tears in the eyes of many a stud
ent in the auditorium.
It is almost forty years since
the incident I have described took
place, but the same sort of thing
can happen any time. Didn’t a
similar thing happen aboct four
years ago- at WeSt Pointi?
After the years have passed and
we go up on to a mountain “over
look”, where even some of the
landmarks conspicuous" when you
are near them appear lost or as
mere specks in the vastness of
the total view, we can say to our
selves that perhaps after all the
things that we got so excited
about at the time didn’t matter so
much. All through my life I’ve
been one— I must confess it
who has often made a mountain
out of a mole-hill. Many is the
tempest I have stirred up in a tea
pot! Times-when l am uq the
“overlooks” and .think about the
bigness of life as a whole, or lot
God lead my thought out into the
immensities of His universe, or
when, imaginatively, I let Him
take my hand and I step with
Him across whole centuries of
tijne as if a century were but a
stepping-stone on the long, long
trek of eternity, then I laugh at
myself! Then the little things
I have got all “het up" about
look silly, I am a fool for hav
ing been so tense and worried
over this situation or that. And,
thinking of the many outbursts
of mob excitement and sensation
in American life as a whole, I
ask myself whether most of it is
not a tragic waste of human ener
gy that ought to be stored up and
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used for more worthwhile pur
If there be any validity in thii
reflection, then still more serious,
it seems to me, is the general at-!
1 itude of tolerance towards this,
sort of thing on the part of ~the
American public. We not only'
think there jjp nothing wrong with
unrestrained frenzy over some
thing that happens in athletics or
politics, but we actually applaud
it. The mass feelings that lie be
hind some congressional investi
gations on the one hand, or the
idolizing of some popular hero on
the other show up a tragic weak*
hess in the American character.
There are people in the world
who go to the other extreme and
who practice severe repression of
emotion both in individual life
and in group experience. In an
cient tuples, in the Graeco-Roman
world, there were the Stoics.
Here in' our own land the Ameri
can Indians, I believe, magnified
the virtue of not showing
feelings. Some of the oriental peo
ples look on the man who loses
his temper as a moral weakling.
Deep down in their hearts many
Japanese rated Americans as
their inferiors because they had
seen so many Americans “blow
their tops”. There are people in
the world, who, strange though
it may seem to us, will pass sev
ere judgment on the person who,,
shows himself impatient while at
the same time they will condone
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CHARLES E. LAURENTS
Charles E. Laurents, 74, a retir
ed businessman, died Monday at
2:30 a. m. in a Burnsville hospital
after a brief illness.
Funeral services were held
Wednesday at. 2 p. m.,in the Bur
nsville Presbyterian Church. The
Rev. Warren Reeve, pastor, offi
Surviving are. the widow, Mrs.
Helen Gould Laurents; and one
sister, Mrs. Ethel Taylor of Hono
He had been associated with
the glass industry in Chicago, 111.,
for about 50 years prior to his re
tirement two years ago.
“ He had been active in church
and community affairs in Burns
ville and was a member of Bald
Creek Masonic Lodge.
what we call gross immorality. It
is well for us to realize that dif
ferent people put different values
on things. ——— - f
The conclusion I come to as I
try to human life , in its
wider sweep, looking ~at it from
my “overlook", is that the emo
tional expression which we allow
ourselves should always be a con
trolled expression. In the bring
ing up of our children and in
their education in home and
school more discipline is required;
and what I think more import
ant still we should strive with
all our might to inspire children
to accept discipline willingly and
to enjoy it; and, lastly, to take
pride in disciplining themselves.
self control, These three lead life
to sovereign power”
JACKS CREEK COMMUNITY
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Club held its regular monthly
meeting * Monday night at the
home of the president, James B.
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Iras the motion to establish a 4-II
Club in the community and .for
the club to pay the expenses of
the winner from the community to
the 4-H camp. Mrs. Blanche Hun
> ter and Ray Higgins were appoint
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parents ih organizing the club.