Pastor Matthews gifts poster to woman he outbid at auction
by Sally Litchfield
April 27, 2014 12:46 AM | 1513 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last month, Marilyn Carney attended the seventh annual Celebrity Luncheon conducted by the Friends of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra at the Marietta Country Club. She sat at a table with local artist Susan Easton Burns, who is the official artist of the 140th Kentucky Derby this year.

A silent auction was presented as part of the event and included a signed print of the Derby poster created with Burn’s painting. Naturally, Carney was bidding on the poster. Her only bidding opposition was Dr. Sam Matthews, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Marietta. Matthews took the poster home with him.

The following Saturday afternoon, Matthews brought the poster to Carney’s door as a gift to her. Carney said the small gesture was one of the sweetest things anyone has ever done for her.

“I was thrilled by the fact that this man, so important in the community and with so many daily obligations, would take the time to bring joy to my door,” Carney said.

For more than five years, Carney has hosted an annual Kentucky Derby party at her Marietta home and this year will be no different. Needless to say, she and Matthews have become fast friends and he has already received an invitation to this year’s party.


Remember Ralph King whom we featured in Lifestyle on March 7, 2012? King, who works at the Lost Mountain Publix, makes rocking chairs and randomly gives them away to children who come through the checkout line.

On April 22, the Powder Springs resident gave away Rocking Chair No. 400. He has also given away four cradles to store associates who have delivered babies in the past six months. Ralph, you rock!


Fashion spotlight of the week: Spotted at dk Gallery on the Marietta Square in a cobalt blue silk shirt, white jeans, and fabulous Italian sandals — Molly Bickford of Marietta — pretty as picture.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.

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