To the editor:

While watching footage of Dr. Martin Luther King’s arrival in Memphis, I thought of his family’s request to make this holiday a day of service.

I also thought of our own local leaders who are no longer with us, but who had joined him in the struggles — leaders like:

• My own grandfather, Dave Travis, former Peden Hill resident and co-founder of the Paris-Henry County Civic League in 1932, whose motto was “All Civic Matters Concern Us.”

• My father, George L. Combs Sr., 41-year employee of the Paris Board of Public Utilities, one of the first black Paris City Commission candidates and also a Peden Hill resident.

• Clarence Clark, life-long employee of Tennessee Valley Authority who was appointed to the Tennessee Human Rights Commission by the late Tennessee Gov. Ned Ray McWherter in 2006.

Please make this holiday a day of service. Please rank leaves for a senior in your neighborhood, or pick up trash or simply assist a veteran who has served our county with honor, as my own husband has.

Thank you, Ms. Cynthia Bond Hopson, for your kind words about our neighborhood! Please go vote! “In God We Trust.”

Cathy Crutchfield

P.O. Box 1182

23 Yates St., Paris

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