Friday, September 19, 2014
President Carter a Fly Fisherman??
Cathey and I and our good friends
Clyde and Gloria decided to make a trip to Plains this past weekend to attend Jimmy Carter’s Sunday
school class. He usually conducts a class a few times a month at his small church
just off the main highway going through Plains. He is still a very active former
President at age 90. Georgia
is packed on Sundays when the former President is in
attendance. Maranatha Baptist Church
of Plains with all the stores restored to their original state. President
Carter helped restore all the buildings with generous donations over the years.
This picture was taken just outside the church right after the service was concluded. There was quite a line of individuals waiting to have their picture taken with Mr. Jimmy as some call him there in Plains. Its not everyday one gets to shake the hand of a former President. We all felt really honored to be in his presence.
Family home where Mr. Jimmy spent his early years
Air condition in the winter and plenty of heat in the summer
Family store ran by Mr. Jimmy’s father
One of the many freestone streams located in the mountains of Ellijay
where the former President and his wife own a cabin.
He still fly fishes in the area and he stills ties his own flies. I asked to
see some of his flies in one of the stores we visited but I was told by the
individual behind the counter that all his flies are auctioned off and not on
display. Most of his flies go at auction for as much as 200.00 or more and all
the money goes to the needy in the community of Plains. Georgia
Mr. Jimmy is also an accomplished woodworker, in fact he has built a lot of the furniture that is in their modest ranch style home in Plains. He and Rosalynn are still active in Habitat for Humanity, which helps individuals in need of shelter because of natural disasters.
I will end this post by saying after meeting the former President, I feel there is still hope for all of use older guys who feel we may be over the hill; at 90 this man is truly remarkable!!!