Pictured above are Charlotte Thomas Marshall and David Maxwell
Earlier this week Seminole County native Charlotte Thomas Marshall traveled from her home in Athens, Georgia to attend a planning meeting for an upcoming SCHS class reunion and birthday celebration. Gathering with friends and classmates at the Seminole County home of Martha Register, Charlotte was eager to get the post-pandemic celebration planned and scheduled. However, little did she know a surprise presentation was about to take place – one that had been in the planning stages for months.
Preparations for the surprise had begun months earlier when it became evident – after several attempts to save and move it – her childhood home, the Thomas House, located on U.S. Highway 84 in downtown Donalsonville, was going to be razed to make room for the development of the new First Port City Bank complex.
Knowing Charlotte’s love for all things history, especially her own personal history, owners of the property Dan and Ernest Ponder, along with Donalsonville News editor David Maxwell decided to salvage one of the windows from the house and give it to Charlotte as a keepsake. Making it extra special, the window turned out to be one of the windows from Charlotte’s childhood bedroom.
Maxwell penned the following statement and had it affixed to one of the window panes, placing the inscription directly above an image of the house in its glory days.
“Through this window I first saw life’s vast landscape and the endless opportunities it offered to live a wonderful life.”
In receiving the window Charlotte was not speechless, and she seemed most appreciative and humbled by the acknowledgement.
She commented, “It truly takes a village to raise a child and set them toward a bright future. This community did that for me and this window will be another reminder of how truly blessed I am because I was born and raised in this wonderful community.”