Published Saturday, December 22, 2012
From Staff Reports
The home of the Franklin and Pat McEachern at 755 Bexton Road south of Moreland is lighting up the night in Coweta County for the 58th year.
Franklin made many of the displays. With the help of his children and grandchildren, the lights were installed this year while he was undergoing chemo and radiation for a tumor.
“He’s doing well and the tumor has shrunk,” Pat said. “He’s going for another test Dec. 28” and they’re praying for a good report.
The McEacherns’ display is just one of a host of displays lighting the county’s skies this Christmas season.
Several other local residents have called in to share their lights displays with The Newnan Times-Herald’s readers this Christmas season.
• Outdoor Christmas decorations were started at 41 Pine Knot Drive six years ago when granddaughter Maddie Brown was born. Grandparents Cheryl and Arlis Smallwood began with lighted bows and a garland around the porch. Then they started adding a few inflatables each year. Now they have 15 inflatables and this manger scene. The lights are displayed every night from 5:30 to 10:45, except on rainy or windy nights, until Dec. 26.
Among other stops:
• A colorful scene with an inflated hot-air balloon awaits at 155 Hannah Road, the Benton residence.
• The home of Ken and Tonya Scott at 14 Stillwater Way in SummerGrove. They have been adding to the growing display for 20 years.
• The Berryer-Davies home at 6 Shady Oak Lane, Newnan. Decorating for Christmas each year “brings out the kid” in Mark Davies, according to his wife Kristine Berryer. They’ve been decorating since they moved here 10 years ago, buying new additions after each Christmas and the collection has grown.
• Home of Eric and Sherry Lambert at 40 Camellia Circle in the Lake Hills neighborhood north of Newnan off U.S. Highway 29. The Lamberts are also collecting food for the Coweta Community Food Pantry. Christmas music is played at 99.9 FM to coordinate with the display.
• At 50 Canterberry Drive in Grantville, Hugh and Alice Nash have mounted a display they have done for a number of years.
• Cooper home, 620 Holbrook Road. “From our family to your family” is the blessing headlining the massive Christmas decorations on the lawn of Glenn and Susan Cooper.
• Yarbrough home, 205 Brittian Way, Timber Ridge neighborhood off U.S. 29 North. Features 70,000 lights, with synchronized music broadcast to passing cars via low-power FM transmitter. The family also is accepting contributions for the Coweta Community Food Pantry.
• If you’re in the downtown Newnan area to view the twinkling lights around the Court Square, you can stop by McKoon Funeral Home on Jackson Street. The lawn is covered in lights, and inside is a tiny village of ceramic homes arranged on snow-covered stairs.