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March 7, 2018 Page 3A R porter A video of little Boone Anthony playing jazz with a New Orleans band in Jackson Park has gone viral, generating more than 6 million views on Boone is the two-year-old grandson of Steve and Debbie Coleman of Forsyth. (Photo/Sapphire Lens Photography) Forsyth family tickled as tot's New Orleans jazz gig goes viral A video of a local tot they came up on a street around the country, jamming with a New band, "Where Ya At including channel 11 Orleans jazz band has Brass Band", playing inin Atlanta. Stefanie gone viral, getting 6 mil- Jackson Square. tagged the band's page, lion hits. Boone went right and they went from Debbie Coleman of up to the band and about 100 views to thou- Forsyth joined her began "playing with sands. Debbie posted the daughter and son-in- them. There happened video to the Reporter law Lee and Stefanie to be a pro photogra- Facebook page with a Anthony and their son pher (Sapphire Lens few of the pics the pho- Boone on a trip to New Photography) nearby, tographer sent her. Orleans last month. The and Stefanie took an Steve Coleman, Boone's Anthonys live in iPhone video. She grandfather, says they Pensacola, Fla. posted the video and itcontinue to get com- They bought Boone, went viral with almost ments on how smoothly who is two, a slide whis- 6 million views world- Boone became a part of tle from a vendor as they wide. The video has been the New Orleans jazz walked around. Next, shown on news stations band. By Richard Dumas Legendary Christian evangelist Dr. William Franklin ' Billy" Graham died on Feb. 21 at the age of 99, and his death was mourned by Christian leaders all over the world. One such leader was Rock Springs Church Senior Pastor Dr. Benny Tate, who spent an eve- ning with Graham at his Montreat, N.C. home on March 30, 2011. Tate, who serves as president of the Congregational Methodist Church, visited the then 92-year-old Graham along with Dr. James Merritt, a former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Tate recalled Graham's home was a modest log cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He said Graham sat in a chair that had two-by-four wood pieces under it to lift him up and was wearing a simple Timex watch. '~teally that was Billy Graham, wasn't it.9'' Tate said. '"that was the type of man he was. He was just a humble man." Tate said his conversa- tion with Graham, which lasted just over an hour, covered many topics, including his beloved wife Ruth, who died in 2007, after 64 years of marriage. Graham, who had Parkinson's and was homebound at the time of Tate's visit, mentioned to Tate about falling ill a short time before his visit. Tate recalled, "He said, "the other night I thought I was dying, and I thought I was going to see Ruth. But something called me back."' Tate said he couldn't remember what the group ate on the visit but remembered being offered sweet tea to drink. Tate said he first declined but then realized how neat it would be to share a bever- age with Billy Graham. Tate said, 'I told him, `Dr. Graham, it's a real honor to meet you.' And he said, 'No, it's my honor to meet you.' I'm a nobody. But that tells you some- thing about his spirit." Tate said Graham dis- cussed his relationships with the U.S. presidents through the years, rang- ing from Harry Truman to Barack Obama but revealed his favorite was Ronald Reagan. ' [hen I mentioned Ronald Reagan, he started crying," Tate said. "Here's this iconic figure, and when I mention Reagan he starts crying. And in his crying, he looked at me and he said, 'I was closer to him than any of them."' Tate said he then asked Graham if it was true that Reagan had once offered Graham a job in his administration. Tate said Graham responded by saying that all of the presidents he counseled had offered him a job. Tate said Graham didn't treat any of the leaders differ- ently even if they didn't always share the same religious backgrounds. "Billy Graham prayed at all the inaugurations," The Rev. BennyTate recalls meeting the late Billy Gra- ham in 2011. Tate said. "But on one of the occasions, and I don't remember exactly which president it was, but one of his daughters said to him: "Daddy, I can't believe you're going to pray at this inauguration because what he believes is totally different than what you believe.' And Billy Graham said this: 'It's God's job to judge him, the Holy Spirit's job to convict him and it's my job to love him.' That was Billy Graham. Billy Graham just loved people." Tate said Phoenix-based minister Tommy Barnett visited Rock Springs sev- eral years ago and recalled visiting televangelist Jim Bakker in prison after Bakker had been con- victed on fraud and con- spiracy charges. Barnett said Bakker thanked him for coming and hugged him as he was leaving. Barnett said Bakker told him: ' Tommy it means so much. Most of the Christian leaders have forgotten me and forsaken me. You're only the second one who has come to see me.'And the first one was Billy Graham. That was Billy Graham. Those who were down the lowest, it seemed like he loved the most." Among the down-and- out persons Graham mentorec[ was a young George W. Bush, who later became the 43rd president. Graham, who was friends with the Bush family, often vis- ited George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. One weekend in the early 1980s, George W. Bush and Graham took a walk on the beach and at Graham's urging gave up alcohol and surrendered his life to Christ. Tate said George W. Bush was later asked what was it about Graham that convinced him to quit drinking. 'I love what W. said," Tate said. 'Tie said, 'I spent time with Billy Graham, and he didn't make me feel guilty. He made me feel loved.' I just thought that's wonderful. It says it all." Tate said Graham was close to some famous Democratic Party lead- ers as well, including President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who invited Graham to stay at the White House during his Washington D.C. vis- its. Tate said Grahams daughter Gigi revealed t6"-,-" him once that LBJ asked Graham to pray with him nightly by his bedside in the White House. Tate said Graham did something very similar for him during his visit. Tate recalled. '1 remem- ber we were sitting there and I asked, 'Dr. Graham, what advice would you give a young preacher in the ministry today? What would you say?'And Billy Graham said, 'I'd tell that young preacher to preach the cross. Preach the cross.' And I'll never get over that. And I remember kneeling down and saying, 'Dr. Graham, would you Pregnant? Looking for answers or 9ptions? We can help! Free pregnancy test Parenting ciasses PregnancySuppe~ Monroe County Tick Spraying Requests Monroe County is now accepting applications to provide the service of tick control for your property. Spraying will begin in April and continue through September. Applications are available at all (13) Recycling Centers, the Board of Commissioners Office and can be pr/nted off our website. Mailed applications will be accepted until the first of April. After that date, applications must be dropped off at the Commissioner's Office at the address below. Applications for a particular address will be accepted until that area is scheduled on the weekly route. Please call the office to check routes. The cost of the program is $30 for one spray and $60 for two. To be eligible you must live in the unincorporated area of Monroe County and have your street address clearly marked at the road. "Ibis service is not offered for vacant land. Monroe County Board of Commissioners 38 W. Main Street Third Floor Forsyth, GA 31029 478-994-7000 place your hands on me and pray for me?'And he did that. Just a wonderful, wonderful man." Tate, who referred to Graham as "our Protestant Pope", said one particular scripture, 2 Samuel 3:38, came immediately to his mind upon learning of Graham's death Wednesday morn- ing. "It's when a man in the Bible died by the name of Abner. This is what was said about Abner in 2 Samuel 3:38: 'Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel.' When I heard that Billy Graham had passed, I couldn't help but think there's a prince and a great man fallen this day in America. Because that's what he was. And I don't believe there will ever be another Billy Graham." ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AND UNDER GRADUATE STUDENTS: The Estates of Bera Denham Banks and Gilbert A. Banks, Jr have gifted assets anticipated at approximately $2.0 million dollars to fund The Banks Scholarship Trust. Wells Fargo Bank serves as Trustee with selections administered by the Scholarship committee of the Forsyth United Methodist Church, Robert L. Harris, Chairman. Scholarships funded by the Banks Scholarship Trust are currently being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year and will be awarded to eligible students based on academic merit and/or financial need who have lived in Monroe County for a period of two.years at the time of application. This financial award will provide for expenses of an undergraduate degree to attend a fully accredited, tax exempt, four-year College or University in the United States. Application form and detailed requirements may be obtained from Deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on March 22, 2018. b