We wanted to comment on what nice people we met in Van Buren when the transmission in our car went out. It quit for good in the middle of a busy road there.

A highway patrol officer just happened to come by at that moment and put his lights on so we wouldn’t get hit or cause an accident. We called Danny Turner from Turner’s Transmission, and Danny, his son, and some other people who stopped to help, pushed the car into a safe location while we waited for the tow truck.

Tommy from Tommy’s Service Center got there in a matter of minutes. Danny’s son and another person from his shop gave us a ride to the train depot so we could continue with the fall foliage tour which brought us to Van Buren in the first place. Thanks to Shawn Villines at Tim’s Auto Body for telling us about Danny. We knew no one but we met some nice people who did a fine job.

We waited in Brothers Cafe while we were trying to get all the details worked out, and the people there were especially nice to us. They got us a phone book, brought coffee, and were just very understanding of our bad start to the day.

Also, we need to mention that we had a really nice dinner at Sisters Gourmet Bistro the evening before. Rande was our waitress and she is an asset to Sisters.

We got a rental car from Robert at Enterprise, (he did come to pick us up), and continued on our trip. When we brought the car back a few days later, Enterprise was temporarily closed. Shawn was helpful again. He made us comfortable in their waiting room, and even offered to drive us to Danny’s since we were without a vehicle at that point.

We passed the time with Tim and Shawn and we truly appreciated their kindness to both us of.

Danny, his wife, son and nephew were exceptionally nice and the car was finished when he said it would be; you don’t find that everywhere. We are back at home now, the car is working well, and we are very thankful that God directed us to all the nice people who helped us during what could have been a negative experience but instead turned out to be as pleasant as it could be (under the circumstances).

Thanks to each of you, and hope we did not leave anyone out.

Randy and Becky Nichols

Brandon, Miss.