At some point today, over smoked turkey, I’ll talk with my brother, Tim. There is bound to be the annual articulation of our greatest Christmas gifts from our youth.
This Christmas morning I wake-up to fewer materials things, but relish the goodness in countless friendships.
This favorite gift tradition that my brother and I will engage helped inspire the idea that there are an awful lot of people who have blessed my life over the past 12 months.
I simply need to say thank you to some individuals who either found time to encourage during a family crisis or go out of their way to perform a small gesture
Brian Adams, Joe Allen, Tommy Alston III, Andy Ambrose, Dennis Ashley, Martha Ann Aultman, Mark Ballard, Steve Bazemore, Brad Beasley, Gary Bechtel, Lauren Benedict, James Beverly, Charlie Bishop, Harris Blackwood, Beverly Blake, Andrew Blascovich, Carey Bobbitt, Shirley Bobbitt, Harry Bowen, Paul Bronson, Oby Brown, Mike Burns, Robbie Burns, Susan Cable, Glenn Canup, Mike Causey, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Chip Cherry, Ashley Childers, Austin Childers, Chris Childers, Garrett Childers, Calder Clay III, David Cohen, Jim Cole, Jim Coleman, Kelvin Collins, Felicia Combs, Jackie K. Cooper, David Corr, Jeff Cox, Mike Cranford, Carolyn Crayton, Romain Dallemand, Gail Daniels, David Davis, Sean DeFoe, Ed DeFore, Natalie DeFore, Pat DeFore, Tori Degraw, Greg Dent, Steve Dillard, Jana Dingmore, Jerry Dingmore, Glynda Dooley, J.C. Dooley, Amy Duke, Doug Dunwody, Layne Dunwody, Mike Dyer, Betty Earley, Lanny Earley, Judy Edge, Lonzy Edwards, Bill Elder, Bubber Epps, Erick Erickson, Liz Fabian, Matt Fabian, Scarlett Farr, Don Faulk, Judge Bobby Faulkner, Roy Fickling, Betsy Fitgerald, Jim Fletcher, Mike Ford, Brandi Fountain, Robby Fountain, Mike Fuller, Jami Gaudet, Jim Gaudet, Lori Geary, Charles Gibbs, Sarah Gibbs, Harold Goodridge, Henry Goss, Ed Grisamore, Robbie Guest, Chuck Hamm, Terri Harper, Sam Hart, George Hartwig, Terry Harvin, Robbo Hatcher, Kris Hattaway, Jon Hawk, Karen Hawk, Kendall Herold, Cindy Hill, John Hiscox, Bob Hoffman, Melanie Hoffman, Chris Horne, Mike Hoyt, Mary Huff, Dr. Lillette Intaphan, Dr. Matt Jerles, George Jobin, Steve Johnson, Jim Jones, Leon Jones, Mike Jones, Thomas Jones, Juanita Jordon, Jamie Kaplan, Katy Kemper, King Kemper, Chip Koplin, Jennifer Koplin, Jack Krapf, Melvin Kruger, Steve Kruger, Tim Kurtz, Karen Lambert, Aimee Lashley, Sharell Lewis, Ed Loomis, Mattie Lundy, Amy Maley, Sherri Marshall, Frank Dean Martin, Tommy Martin, Steve Matheney, George McCanless, Mary Cay McCullough, Maj. Gen. Bob McMahon, Linda McWilliams, Kim Merritt, Walt Miller, Sheriff Jerry Modena, Mary Modena, Keith Moffett, Jeffrey Monroe, Julie Moore, Amy Moretti, Amy Morton, Daryl Morton, John Mullis, Clay Murphey, Lynn Murphey, Mike Murray, Marc Nash, Daniel Nelson, Mike Odom, Lee Oliver, Beverly Olson, June O’Neal, Larry O’Neal, Miriam Paris, Frank Patterson, Allen Peake, Rhonda Perry, Calder Pinkston, Bobby Pope, Michelle Quesada, Juanita Raleigh, Walter Raleigh, Karla Redding, Zelma Redding, Robby Redmond, Bobby Reed, Dele Reichert, Mayor Robert Reichert, Charles Richardson, Elmo Richardson, Pamela Richardson, Marvin Riggins, Lee Robinson, Mary Robinson, Teresa Robinson, Tony Rojas, Don Rosen, Steve Rosenberg, Michelle Ryle, Wayne Ryle, Michelle Sands, Ben Sandifer, Otis Scarbury, Donna Scarbury, Larry Schlesinger, Steve Schwartz, Warren Selby, Amy Self, Judge Bill Self, Judge Tripp Self, Sonny Seneker, Mayor Chuck Shaheen, Chris Sheridan, Dr. Andrew Silver, Howard Simms, Steve Simpson, Dan Slagle, Dr. Trip Smisson, Danny Smith, Eddie D. Smith Sr., Reg Smith, Terry Smith, Carol Soto, Chris Spicer, Laura Starling, Cecil Staton, Kyle Steele, Deborah Stevens, Mark Stevens, Molly Stevens, Gloria Talbert, Mary Therese Tebbe, Ronald Terry, Jo Thomas, Peggy Thompson, Wynn Thompson, Al Tillman, Terry “Tiger” Timley, Pat Topping, Michelle Treptow, Keith True, Charles Turner, Jessica Walden, Jimbo Walker, Larry Walker, Lisa Walker, Ed Walsh, Virgil Watkins, David Watson, Martha “Marty” Welsh, Nancy White, Clifford Whitby, Greg Winters, Max Wood, Suzanne Wood, Neal Woodall.
All of you promote the kindness of the human spirit and the best in our community. My life is richer for knowing you.
Kenny Burgamy serves as a marketing consultant and is co-host of the Kenny B. Charles E., TV, radio and Internet program.