Dixie Lee Baptist quilt ministry honors veterans

Bud Hall, right, a member of the Dixie Lee Hands Touching Hearts quilting group, presents a Quilt of Valor to World War II Navy veteran Claude Wallin.

Quilts of Valor were presented Nov. 7 to 11 veterans who are residents of River Oaks Place in Lenoir City.

The quilts were all pieced, quilted and bound by members of the Dixie Lee Hands Touching Hearts quilting group, a ministry of Dixie Lee Baptist Church in Lenoir City. The quilts are made as an expression of gratitude to thank and comfort veterans, according to ministry organizers.

The veterans presented quilts included:

• Lewis Bartula, U.S. Air Force, 1950-1955, served as a bombardier in the Korean War and 20 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

• James Gough, U.S. Army, served active duty for seven years in the armored infantry.

• John Gripp, U.S. Army, Intel, 1948-1951, stationed in Germany.

• Roger Haskell, U.S. Army, 1958, Fort Leonard, Mo.

• Norman Howard, U.S. Army, 1953-1955, served as a courier in Germany.

• Gene Malone, U.S. Army, 1961-1963; U.S. Army Reserve, 1963-1967

• Johnny Ridenour, U.S. Army and Tennessee National Guard.

• David Roberts, U.S. Air Force, North American Aerospace Defense Command, 1960-1975.

• Clarence “Ed” Thompson, U.S. Army, 51st Armored Infantry, served in Germany 1959-1961; Tennessee National Guard, 1962-1964.

• Claude Wallin, U.S, Navy, 1944-1945.

• Chalmer “Smokey” Wren, U.S. Air Force, 1961-1973; U.S. Air Force Reserve, 1973-1992, retired as a major.

The presentation was attended by staff of River Oaks Place, friends and family of the veterans being honored and members of Dixie Lee Baptist Church.