Quilts of Valor
In honor of Veterans Day, the Blount County Quilters Guild gave quilts to ten veterans to recognize their contribution to this country. According to the Quilts of Valor Foundation website, its mission is ‘to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.’ Pictured are: front row, left to right, Jesse E. Holt (Marine Corps), Oneonta; Troy Cox, Oneonta (Army); Roy Cox, Oneonta (Army); back row, left to right, Norman Rhea, Bessemer (Navy Seebees and Naval Reserve); Harley Self, Oneonta (Army); William Burpo, Center Point (Air Force and Air National Guard); Johnny Brown, Oneonta (Army). Not pictured: Roosevelt Johnson, Attalla (Army and Alabama National Guard); Lewis Walters, Birmingham (Marine Corps), and Rodney Walters, Missouri (Army).Museum curator gifted with quilt
John Trantham presented Blount County Memorial Museum curator Amy Rhudy with a quilt made by the quilters guild earlier this month. Trantham, a veteran who served in the Marine Corps, said Rhudy deserves the quilt for her willingness to always assist Blount County veterans. ‘She’s done more for them than anyone knows,’ he said. ‘This quilt is presented to her from the veterans of Blount County to show our appreciation.’
Covered Bridge quilt wins second place in competitionA quilt featuring the covered bridges of Blount County placed second during the Blount County Quilters Guild Show. Owned by Jerry and Jean Gibbs, the quilt was given to Jerry by his sister because of his and his wife’s love of the bridges. The couple were the first to cross the Horton Mill Covered Bridge after its reopening in 2013 mirroring Jean’s parents, Bertha and William Claude Murphree, who were the first to cross the bridge when it was initially constructed in 1932.
– Nicole Singleton