Good Deeds Can Result in Surprises

bg-truckIn my book, Sugar Creek, I describe the Gilliam Grist Mill, located on Still House Creek. I discovered the remains of the grist mill when I was a teenager with several hunting buddies, James McGill, Gerald Dockery and Gene Ward. While we were looking for spring lizards in the stream to use for trout fishing in Sugar Creek, located a half mile downstream, we found the wall that had enclosed the pond that supplied water to turn the wheel. At that time there were a few rotting boards, but they have long since disintegrated. I told my father what we had found and he told me how he would take corn there every couple of weeks to be ground at the mill when he was a child (that’s where my idea for the book originated).

Apparently the word had gotten out about my story, because one day I got a call from Dale Dyer and his research team asking me to show them the location of the old grist mill. Needless to say, I was pleased with the request and we set a time to meet at Barnes Chapel Church. Since the property is now private, I decided to go request permission from the current owner to visit the site. When I knocked on the door to the house, which is now located fifty feet from the old mill, I was surprised to see a friendly face. After a quick exchange, I discovered he and his wife had moved here from California and he agreed to allow Dale to visit the site. The more we talked, the friendlier he became and I learned he was the owner of his own construction business. A little bird reminded me that my wife had been wishing for a screened porch because she loves the outside, but doesn’t enjoy the wildlife; especially mosquitos. I asked if he did small projects and he said that was his specialty. To make a long story short, the next week he came and gave us an estimate and the following week he began work on my sweetie’s screened porch. It was a wonderful experience for us — Tom was a man of his word. He was on time, came when he said he would and was below cost on his estimate. I would highly recommend you contact TommyBuilt Remodel if you have work you need to be done.

I knew I’d done something right, because she constantly reminds me how much she loves her new space. I guess my mother was right when she told me, “Good deeds have their own reward.” Another side benefit was I had my picture in one of the local papers showing my best side — the back of my head. You know, I didn’t realize my hair was white back there, too! See you next week.

One Response to Good Deeds Can Result in Surprises

  • Robert Daniel Hayden says:

    Dad was a Ft Sill OCS Grad in 1950 Put in Arty Hall of Fame for making Mustang 06 Rank loved to fly also won air medals from L19s in Nam
    Sent me and my brother to FUMA while he was in JCS
    I READ THE Ledger and Talking Rock and will read further. I deliver full timeUPS in Fannin Co and live inMurphy I wonder if you knew my dad Col RT Hayden

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R.J. Patterson

R.J. Patterson

Raland J. Patterson earned his MBA with an emphasis in finance from National University. For the past 18 years he worked as a financial planner.

The last six were spent as Regional Vice-President in Europe, responsible for 20 different offices located in seven countries. He served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot from 1970-1971 with the First Cavalry Division.

When he retired from the Army as a Lt. Colonel, he had logged 22 years of active duty. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star with One Oak Leaf Cluster, and 14 air medals, among other awards.

After travelling extensively, he now lives in his hometown of Blue Ridge, Georgia. He brings an insiders knowledge of detailed military protocol and experience along with small town American values.

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Traditions run as deeply in the North Georgia Mountains as the roots of the massive, old oaks growing in the area.
Families like the Barkleys on Sugar Creek, lived and worked together in order to survive the hardships of the thirties and forties.

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In route to Vietnam in the summer of 1970, Captain Johnny McKay kept hearing his father’s words in his head, Make them a good soldier, son.
Every soldier onboard that flight had one goal in common – come back alive.

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Hogback is a suspense novel, which explores the age-old dilemma of good versus evil.
As a teenager, Jim Coleman, found himself in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Upon his release he sets off on a trail of vengeance that leads him through small Georgia towns with a mounting body count in his wake.

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Hoverdown is a revenge-driven thriller tracking the lives of three men.
Beginning in Vietnam, a skilled helicopter pilot, Bill Dant, foolishly accepts an opportunity to deal drugs to his fellow soldiers. Platoon leader Captain Sam Wright is instrumental in sending him to prison.

Talking Rock
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Legs, a thirty-something single mother, has had enough of entitled rich men using her for their own purposes.
To match her hot body, she creates a confident, in-charge alter ego determined to turn the tables and exploit them.

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For me, managing awesome teams was both rewarding and exciting.
I learned early on that great managers take care of their team members; they do the right things for the right reasons. By helping team members focus on the same vision, they will begin to feel as if they’re playing a championship game every day.

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Throughout a grueling, extended tour in the jungles of Vietnam, Captain Dean Crosby lived for the adrenaline rush.
A born loner, Crosby recorded each mission into a ledger, ranking missions based on the difficulty and the high he felt afterwards. The sum of his emotional life rested between the leather-covered pages of The Ledger.