Where has Jerry Ensley been?

Where has Jerry Ensley been?

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wondering

Morristown, TN

#1 Jan 28, 2008
I have not seen any comments from Jerry in the last few days. I hope he is okay.
Ex-Vol in FL

Jacksonville, FL

#2 Jan 28, 2008
I think my good friend Jerry is just fine. I received a very nice email from him over the weekend. He and I discussed the fact that there haven't been many topics we felt compelled to contribute to lately.

I think he did address the new tax issue, but was not sure which way he should vote.
jerry ensley

Morristown, TN

#3 Jan 28, 2008
wondering wrote:
I have not seen any comments from Jerry in the last few days. I hope he is okay.
It certainly is nice to know that someone misses me. I have not been feeling up to par for the past few days.I did get some U.S. Mail last week that perked me up somewhat. As a matter of fact, it was great news, at least for me. I received some mail from the Vanderbilt University Medicial Center, more specifically, the Center for Digestive Disease. I have an appointment that will be on Feb. 25. As you surely know, any Vanderbilt Medical Center is not you little Walk in Clinic nor or they easy to get into. I will give all of the credit to an FNP by the name of Kim Setser who is now employeed by the Cherokee Health System. This appointment did not come about over night and involved numerous phone calls and letters. Believe me, when you know you are facing death and somebody is trying their best to give you as many days, weeks and months as I can squeeze out of this old body of mine, you appreciate them dearly.

I am sure I will be feeling better soon and get back into the Topix business. It is just that the last few days have not been my best as of late.

Again, you were nice to be "wondering." I promise you, I will bounce back and when I do, I promise I will not make anyone mad.:-) I would like for Lady Morningside Resident and all of the other church goers, I did make it to Morningside Baptist Sunday morning. I wasn't talking very much but I was there.

“Karmas a [email protected]

Since: Sep 07

Jefferson city

#4 Jan 28, 2008
jerry ensley wrote:
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It certainly is nice to know that someone misses me. I have not been feeling up to par for the past few days.I did get some U.S. Mail last week that perked me up somewhat. As a matter of fact, it was great news, at least for me. I received some mail from the Vanderbilt University Medicial Center, more specifically, the Center for Digestive Disease. I have an appointment that will be on Feb. 25. As you surely know, any Vanderbilt Medical Center is not you little Walk in Clinic nor or they easy to get into. I will give all of the credit to an FNP by the name of Kim Setser who is now employeed by the Cherokee Health System. This appointment did not come about over night and involved numerous phone calls and letters. Believe me, when you know you are facing death and somebody is trying their best to give you as many days, weeks and months as I can squeeze out of this old body of mine, you appreciate them dearly.
I am sure I will be feeling better soon and get back into the Topix business. It is just that the last few days have not been my best as of late.
Again, you were nice to be "wondering." I promise you, I will bounce back and when I do, I promise I will not make anyone mad.:-) I would like for Lady Morningside Resident and all of the other church goers, I did make it to Morningside Baptist Sunday morning. I wasn't talking very much but I was there.
Hope you get better soon and my prayers are with you.My aunt and uncle go there i think
Morningside Resident

Morristown, TN

#5 Jan 29, 2008
Mr. Ensley, you have been in my prayers since I found out about your cancer. This Vanderbilt thing is good news indeed for you. I have a friend who has a 31 year old daughter who is battling colon cancer and she is receiving treatments from Vanderbilt.

God bless you and I will continue to pray for you.

Since: Nov 07

Morristown, TN

#6 Jan 29, 2008
Mr. Ensley,

I am saddened to learn of your cancer.

Although we do now know one another, I would like to say that I find your posts on Topix most enjoyable and refreshingly sincere. More importantly, through your posts and others' replies to them, I gather that you are indeed that genuine, honest, warm, and influential person that I imagine.

A rarity indeed.

I am not religious in the classical sense, but I wish you peace and solace in your faith.

Most importantly, I wish you a speedy recovery as you have many roads to travel and lives to touch.

...And when you have a chance and feel up to it, please interject your thoughts amid all the chaos, insults, snares, guile, and bad grammar here on Topix. I think you will find them most welcome.

Best regards...
jerry ensley

Morristown, TN

#7 Jan 29, 2008
kenpo_mofo wrote:
Mr. Ensley,
I am saddened to learn of your cancer.
Although we do now know one another, I would like to say that I find your posts on Topix most enjoyable and refreshingly sincere. More importantly, through your posts and others' replies to them, I gather that you are indeed that genuine, honest, warm, and influential person that I imagine.
A rarity indeed.
I am not religious in the classical sense, but I wish you peace and solace in your faith.
Most importantly, I wish you a speedy recovery as you have many roads to travel and lives to touch.
...And when you have a chance and feel up to it, please interject your thoughts amid all the chaos, insults, snares, guile, and bad grammar here on Topix. I think you will find them most welcome.
Best regards...
To "wondering," TNACGRL, Ex-Vol in FL, Morningside
Resident,Kempo_Mofo and anyone eles concerned about my health, I say, THANKS. Maybe if I am lucky, I will someday get to express my appreciation in person. Topix has been good for me because I like to write and read the opinions of others. In other words, Topix has help me keep my mind occupied with many different things. It has been good thearpy for me when I sometimes get a little bit down.

A friend of mine sent me something I would like to share with others. It is certainly food for thought and I hope you can pull it up. I was impressed with the 11 minute talk by a college professor. Again, I hope you can pull it up.

http.//video.google.com/google player.swf?docId=8577255250907 450469&hl=en
jerry ensley

Morristown, TN

#8 Jan 29, 2008
Morningside Resident

Morristown, TN

#9 Jan 30, 2008
Mr. Ensley, that was a good video. I have one for you. It is one my friend who battled breast cancer watched and listened to every morning as she did her daily devotions. This young man singing is a Contemporary Christian artist, but he is quite good. I have enjoyed many of his songs. I also think I read somewhere that he passed away some time ago in a car wreck.

Anyway, I thought you would appreciate it and that it might give you some peace while you are dealing with your cancer.

God bless you and may God be with you at all times.

Queen Bee

Auburn, AL

#10 Jan 30, 2008
Jerry! What is this about cancer? Why did I think it was liver failure? Do the rest of our Enka Jets of '59 know? You must keep in touch with me better. Don't make me come down there!
jerry ensley

Morristown, TN

#11 Jan 30, 2008
Morningside Resident wrote:
Mr. Ensley, that was a good video. I have one for you. It is one my friend who battled breast cancer watched and listened to every morning as she did her daily devotions. This young man singing is a Contemporary Christian artist, but he is quite good. I have enjoyed many of his songs. I also think I read somewhere that he passed away some time ago in a car wreck. Anyway, I thought you would appreciate it and that it might give you some peace while you are dealing with your cancer.

God bless you and may God be with you at all times.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =8gBGGX3yvMoXX
Thank you oh so very much. I did enjoy the song and while I was at it I also listen to him sing Awesome God which is a song our choir at church sings so very well. I hate to hear the young man was killed in a car wreck. What about your friend with breast cancer? Did she win the battle or did she die as a good school teacher friend of mine by the name of Judy just a few years ago. She fought a brave battle but in the end, It was the "Big C" as my dad called it, would prevail and take her life away. I still think about Judy often because my sweet Tina, bought some bedroom furniture from Judy that her daughter no longer wanted. It is now im my daughter's bedroom. Sometimes when I am home alone, I will go into Lisbeth's room and lie on that bed to read a book or watch TV. As I lie there, I wonder how Judy's husband and daughter are getting along without their sweet Judy. I know both of them still miss her something awful.

Again, thanks for sharing and as always, for any prayers that come my way from Morningside Drive.
jerry ensley

Morristown, TN

#12 Jan 30, 2008
Queen Bee wrote:
Jerry! What is this about cancer? Why did I think it was liver failure? Do the rest of our Enka Jets of '59 know? You must keep in touch with me better. Don't make me come down there!
You thought right about it being my liver, you can also throw in a bum hip,and other intestineal problems. Don't worry, I have an FNP who is very good at watching over my health and she has the help of the Lord so I have nothing to fear but fear itself. Do you remember what great man said that?

It is wonderful to hear from one of my Enka High School classmates of so long ago. You are always welcome to come and visit as it would give me the opportunity to introduce you to some of my wonderful friends living here in Morristown, Hamblen County and the entire Lakeway area. You would then understand why I did not return to my "roots" in Western North Carolina but choose to spend my life after high school and college right here in the Little City between the Lakes. If you can't come over, just send me one of your Presbyterian prayers if you would. Take Care.
BenAroundTheBloc k

Morristown, TN

#13 Jan 30, 2008
jerry ensley wrote:
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You thought right about it being my liver, you can also throw in a bum hip,and other intestineal problems. Don't worry, I have an FNP who is very good at watching over my health and she has the help of the Lord so I have nothing to fear but fear itself. Do you remember what great man said that?
It is wonderful to hear from one of my Enka High School classmates of so long ago. You are always welcome to come and visit as it would give me the opportunity to introduce you to some of my wonderful friends living here in Morristown, Hamblen County and the entire Lakeway area. You would then understand why I did not return to my "roots" in Western North Carolina but choose to spend my life after high school and college right here in the Little City between the Lakes. If you can't come over, just send me one of your Presbyterian prayers if you would. Take Care.
Jerry,

Tell the truth, do you regret drinking all the booze you used to put away? Use this opportuntity to teach other alcoholics to get on and stay on the wagon.

I do wish you the best!
Morningside Resident

Morristown, TN

#14 Jan 30, 2008
jerry ensley wrote:
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Thank you oh so very much. I did enjoy the song and while I was at it I also listen to him sing Awesome God which is a song our choir at church sings so very well. I hate to hear the young man was killed in a car wreck. What about your friend with breast cancer? Did she win the battle or did she die as a good school teacher friend of mine by the name of Judy just a few years ago. She fought a brave battle but in the end, It was the "Big C" as my dad called it, would prevail and take her life away. I still think about Judy often because my sweet Tina, bought some bedroom furniture from Judy that her daughter no longer wanted. It is now im my daughter's bedroom. Sometimes when I am home alone, I will go into Lisbeth's room and lie on that bed to read a book or watch TV. As I lie there, I wonder how Judy's husband and daughter are getting along without their sweet Judy. I know both of them still miss her something awful.
Again, thanks for sharing and as always, for any prayers that come my way from Morningside Drive.
You are right about Rich Mullins. He was a wonderful talent. Just out of curiosity, I looked up his bio on the internet. I found out that he died in 1997. Here is what I found.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Mullins

My friend was one of the blessed ones. She survived and is doing well today.

There will be many prayers to come your way from Morningside Drive!
jerry ensley

Morristown, TN

#15 Jan 30, 2008
BenAroundTheBlock wrote:
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Jerry,
Tell the truth, do you regret drinking all the booze you used to put away? Use this opportuntity to teach other alcoholics to get on and stay on the wagon.
I do wish you the best!
You know, it is funny that you ask me that question and I thank you for doing so. All through my public school career I never touched a drop of anything alcoholic. I had good parents, neither of which ever drank and a girl friend all through high school and my freshman year at UT that was very good for me and who never smoked or drank either. We parted ways during the summer of my freshman year. I never drank very much during college and did most of my drinking during the summer months after I started teaching. It was a good example of an idol mind being the Devils workshop. When I first became aware of my liver condition it was at that point I stopped drinking at once. This did not bother me at all. I tried to get my doctor to tell me that my condition was because of excessive drinking but he would not do that. I was all ready to start making speeches to groups of both teenagers and adults but because of what he told me, I never did any of that. He did tell me that after I developed the condition, that each and every beer I drank did my condition harm. I am so proud of all four of my kids, none of whom drink or smoke. I guess in some way I was a good influence on them by doing something I never did when I was their age. God has been so good to me and has blessed me in so many ways. I could go on and on forever about that. Do I regret the booze I drank over the years?? I regret ever taking that first drop. I remember who I was with and where I was on that fateful occasion. And I thank you for asking me that question. Again I say, I have lived a life that has been blessed and I thank the Lord each and every single morning for all of my blessings. I am hanging tough and I will continue to hang tough because the Lord has given me the strength and wisdom to do so.
Morningside Resident

Morristown, TN

#16 Jan 30, 2008
jerry ensley wrote:
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You know, it is funny that you ask me that question and I thank you for doing so. All through my public school career I never touched a drop of anything alcoholic. I had good parents, neither of which ever drank and a girl friend all through high school and my freshman year at UT that was very good for me and who never smoked or drank either. We parted ways during the summer of my freshman year. I never drank very much during college and did most of my drinking during the summer months after I started teaching. It was a good example of an idol mind being the Devils workshop. When I first became aware of my liver condition it was at that point I stopped drinking at once. This did not bother me at all. I tried to get my doctor to tell me that my condition was because of excessive drinking but he would not do that. I was all ready to start making speeches to groups of both teenagers and adults but because of what he told me, I never did any of that. He did tell me that after I developed the condition, that each and every beer I drank did my condition harm. I am so proud of all four of my kids, none of whom drink or smoke. I guess in some way I was a good influence on them by doing something I never did when I was their age. God has been so good to me and has blessed me in so many ways. I could go on and on forever about that. Do I regret the booze I drank over the years?? I regret ever taking that first drop. I remember who I was with and where I was on that fateful occasion. And I thank you for asking me that question. Again I say, I have lived a life that has been blessed and I thank the Lord each and every single morning for all of my blessings. I am hanging tough and I will continue to hang tough because the Lord has given me the strength and wisdom to do so.
Mr. Ensley, please do not think that this admission in any way changes my opinion of you! I still see you as the quiet gentleman that you are. There is not a human around who doesn't regret some choices they made.

The only thing that matters now is that you are a child of God. Lean on God and let him pull you through this. The God we serve is great that way.

Have a wonderful evening. I have to get to bed now. My husband and I are spoiling our grandchildren tomorrow. We are taking both of them to Gatlinburg to eat wherever they want to and then going to the Aquarium. We are making a day of it!
jerry ensley

Morristown, TN

#17 Jan 31, 2008
Morningside Resident wrote:
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Mr. Ensley, please do not think that this admission in any way changes my opinion of you! I still see you as the quiet gentleman that you are. There is not a human around who doesn't regret some choices they made.
The only thing that matters now is that you are a child of God. Lean on God and let him pull you through this. The God we serve is great that way.
Have a wonderful evening. I have to get to bed now. My husband and I are spoiling our grandchildren tomorrow. We are taking both of them to Gatlinburg to eat wherever they want to and then going to the Aquarium. We are making a day of it!
And I think you for those words of kindness and understanding. People who are kind and understanding usually have a long and happy marrige and you and your husband are well on your way to a very long marriage and as I did once before, I again congratulate you on your already lengthly marriage.

I hope you and the grandchildren have a safe and fun filled day while out of Morristown today. I wonder who will be the first to be ready to come home? Tell your husband to drive defensively to and from because he will be transporting a very precious cargo in your Grands and Grands are GREAT!

Maybe I will have an interesting story for you when you return home. I will be about my daughter's trip to Wal*Mart yesterday afternoon.

Since: Oct 07

Vegas.

#18 Jan 31, 2008
JE, hope you are doing well today. I did, in fact, end up getting to go to Atlanta last weekend. It was a great experience, and I got to see hundreds of the most talented/driven kids in this country. If only every HS student had the experience of doing this event. I judged Student Congress(fairly, of course), and was amazed at how much more well spoken these kids were than our current Congress.
Queen Bee

Auburn, AL

#19 Jan 31, 2008
Mayor Ensley, good to talk to you last night. Keep on trucking, just not so fast.
jerry ensley

Morristown, TN

#20 Jan 31, 2008
West Grad wrote:
JE, hope you are doing well today. I did, in fact, end up getting to go to Atlanta last weekend. It was a great experience, and I got to see hundreds of the most talented/driven kids in this country. If only every HS student had the experience of doing this event. I judged Student Congress(fairly, of course), and was amazed at how much more well spoken these kids were than our current Congress.
Mr. Graduate, more specifically, West High Grad. Today, for me, was pretty good and I found all of my medicine customers all in a pretty good mood and I made the rounds without as much hip pain as usual. I am elated that you got to go to Atlanta and work with something you enjoy doing a great deal and at the national level. What a good coach and a hard working group of good students can do in those Forensic Tournaments is amazing. I wish more parents knew what a class in drama can do for a student's self-pride and self-esteem. My daughters have gotten so much out of drama and forensics that it is unreal. They amaze me sometimes at how well they present themselves to strangers which many cannot do.

Speaking of my youngest daughter that you once worked with at a local business, she came home from Wal*Mart yesterday and when she came in, she had a smile on her face and said, "guess who I have been talking to?" I said, whomever it was, they must be an important person by that smile on your face. She told me that she ran into Dr. Lynch while she was out. I guess because she had on a Trojan shirt, he had ask her how school had gone yesterday. She told him that since she is a senior, all of her days go well. He told her he would probably hand her diploma to her. As they walked toward the exit, he ask her about her plans after high school and she told him ETSU. They continued to have small talk and when they were going to go their separate ways, he ask her what her name was and she told him, Kristen Ensley. She was surprised when he didn't ask her if she was rlated to me as most folks do. Ironically, I had been letting her read some letters I had written in years past to people for different reasons the other day. One such letter was to Dr. Lynch when he first came here. It was a letter of welcome. As we were both wondering why he did not ask her if we were related, she said, Daddy, you must not have made a very good first impression on Dr. Lynch. We both laughed and then I had told her what Jerry T. Williams had told me when I retired, that being, "Ensley, as soon as you walk out that door the last day, you are forgotten about." J.T. may just have known what he was talking about. I then told her that Dr. Lynch might remember her from yesterday when he handed her the West High Diploma. I cannot believe my little girl will be in college next year.

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