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Gen. Robert Hatton United Daughters of the Confederacy elects officers

Staff Reports • Updated May 8, 2016 at 10:00 PM

The Gen. Robert Hatton Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy met April 9 and elected officers who will serve through 2018.  

They the new officers are president Jane Granstaff Dugger, first vice president Teresa Deathridge, second vice president Cynthia Cato, third vice president Margie Ayers, secretary and treasurer Ruth Cato, historian Pamela Annette Dies, registrar Teresa Deathridge, recorder of military service awards Pamela Kolbe and webmaster Laura McCallister.

The program was a presentation made by Dugger that was based on an article in the March/April 2016 issue of the Confederate Veteran entitled, “What is Alethophobia?”  Its author, Dr. Ray L. Parker, is the chaplain-in-chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.   

Alethophobia is defined as an incapacitating fear of the truth. Parker believes alethophobia is a common ailment in contemporary society. People who suffer from the malady refuse to face reality. Symptoms of alethophobia include verbal abuse and possibly aggression when confronted with the facts. The remedy for this problem is to seek the truth. Keeping an open mind and doing research is essential. The truth should not be feared. Through civil discussion, people can seek wisdom.  

Another highlight of the meeting was the “Ancestor Minute.”  Betty Wright’s ancestor was featured. Wright told about Robert W. Kelley who fought in the 14th Alabama Volunteers, CSA.

It is estimated that 70 million-80 million Americans have Confederate ancestors.

At the May meeting, Woody McMillin, author of the book, “In the Presence of Soldiers: The 2nd Army Maneuvers & Other World War II Activity in Tennessee,” will give the program.  

Officer installation will be conducted at the May meeting by Tennessee Division United Daughters of the Confederacy president Sarah Vise.

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