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Update: Josh Worley

January 25, 2011

We are saddened to report that Josh Worley succumbed to his battle with cancer yesterday.  Many Eastern Associates had formed a closer bond to Josh after seeing his inspirational fight against this disease.  He will be missed.  Below is his obituary from The Greenville News.

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The Lord Shines Through

January 26, 2011

Sometimes, it seems like the Lord shows us things when we are not looking. I, often, think I know what is best for me and my family, and the Lord mixes it up so that we have opportunities to learn those things we wouldn’t have learned on our own.

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When I was growing up on the farm in Marion County, my hands were one big callus. Even as a small child working on the farm and playing hard around barns, my hands were like “cow hide” as my mother would say. I was famous for catching bees in my hand and bringing them to my mom to “listen.” I even held wasps with no ill effect.

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Eastern Mourns Loss

Eastern suffered a tragic loss today with the unexpected passing of Terry Joe Wooten (43).

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Eastern Mourns Loss – November 5, 2010

Eastern suffered a tragic loss today with the unexpected passing of Terry Joe Wooten (43).  Terry had been with the company for fourteen years and was the Distribution Coordinator for Huntsville, Alabama.

Mark Brown, Huntsville Branch Manager, commented, “Terry was a loyal and dedicated associate.  He was a big part of our success as Piping Plus and the last four years as Eastern.  He took great pride in his job and was liked and respected by all his co-workers and our customers.  He was a friend to all.  We are heartbroken that Terry is no longer a part of our daily lives, but joyful that we got to share in his life and career with him.”

Associates company-wide collected donations to help provide for the Wooten family during this time.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wooten family.  Terry will be dearly missed.

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Making Christmas Special

December 30, 2010

Ms. Lenora Cuddy, a volunteer with Miracle Hill Ministries (MHM) in the Upstate of South Carolina, has spearheaded a special mission to provide “Christmas” for the children who have been placed – some temporarily, some permanently – at the MHM Children’s Home. These children are the innocent victims of troubled circumstances, and through this project, they are able to experience the blessing of Christmas in a very special way.

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Christmas Tradition

December 20, 2010


Our Jacksonville location hosted their Annual Christmas Customer Appreciation Lunch on Thursday, December 16th.  Over 300 customers came by to sample the smorgasbord of food.  Jimmy Wight, Assistant Branch Manager, spearheads this tradition by cooking up smoked sausage, pulled pork, turkey, chicken, and ham plus all the sides. 

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Joy Jar

December 17, 2010

I placed a Joy Jar at both Corporate and Greenville for the month of December. I got the idea after reading a book about spreading Christmas cheer through anonymous giving.

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Southern Hospitality

December 15, 2010

Eastern Cares was privileged to take a gift basket to the Southern family after Matthew Southern received a kidney transplant.

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Christmas Wish

Decmber 10, 2010

Chris Balodis and his wife, Jeanne, presented a check for $1,250 on December 7th on behalf of Eastern. 

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