Many area residents are truly Angels on Earth, selflessly giving of their time and talents to help others in the community. The Messenger is honoring those people in a special series of articles. To submit someone for consideration, readers are asked to send the person’s name, contact information and the things they do to help Obion County, along with the submitter’s contact information and why they think this person should be recognized as an “Angel on Earth.” Information must be submitted in writing by emailing email@example.com or by mailing to Donna Ryder, The Messenger, P.O. Box 430, Union City, TN 38281.
By HOPE MONTGOMERY
To some area residents, Laura Terrell is known as the biggest fan of Obion County Central high school boys’ and girls’ soccer teams.
Never missing a game, Mrs. Terrell takes pictures of all the players to send to their parents and friends. She does the same at the Obion County cross country meets.
Mrs. Terrell is the mother of twin boys, Andrew and Alex, 17, graduating from Central Friday; and the wife of 21 years to Bobby Terrell. She works at Lake Road Elementary School as the administrative assistant in the front office and she can be found at school and community events across the county, generally with a camera around her neck, and always with a willing hand.
Co-workers of Mrs. Terrell call her the “master of all trades.” She can sew and cook and she’s very active in the school system. Whether it’s rooting for teams in their ballgames or helping with fundraisers, Mrs. Terrell can be found in the middle of it.
She recently has been busy at Lake Road helping with a hamburger benefit by baking, packing and selling food to raise money for two co-workers who are fighting cancer, Bethany Ellegood and Shanna Shupp. Earlier in the year, she helped Ms. Ellegood move into her new home as she started her cancer treatment. Painting walls and unpacking boxes, she did whatever she could to make Ms. Ellegood’s transition an easier one.
For 19 years now, Mrs. Terrell has volunteered with Dr. Bruce Brown’s annual 5K, helping with registration. The Reelfoot Road Race 5K raises money for local cross country teams. Her husband has been running the race for several years and now her boys run alongside him.
“I think that helping people is just my thing,” Mrs. Terrell said with a laugh. “It must be the mom in me, because it’s just in my nature.”
Many of the events Mrs. Terrell is invested in, such as Lake Road’s Fall Fest, she has become involved with through helping out with her sons’ activities.
“There’s always something to be done,” she said. “For me, my kids have always been a great way for me to get involved.”
Mrs. Terrell went on to describe how the events her sons are participating in and raising money for often are a good indicator to her where the community needs help. For years now, she has donated the clothes her sons have outgrown directly to Lake Road for the students who need them.
“It’s important to me because the community provides so much that I just feel like everyone owes something and has something to offer, no matter how small or how big it is. Everyone ought to serve the community or at least serve others,” she said.
Editor’s note: Hope Montgomery is a sophomore at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. She is the daughter of Bob and Amy Montgomery in Union City.
Published in The Messenger 5.28.13