Natural Born Leader
by Gordon Buttars
Volume 10 – Natural Born Leader takes place between July 25, 1953 and June 30, 1964. With the Korean War over, Sheffield looks forward to permanently retiring from the Navy with anticipation, only to be offered a promotion and a position too good to turn down. After much fasting and prayer, he declines the offer and formally retires and returns to coaching and teaching his government classes. His decision opened possibilities he could not have imagined.|
National and world events provide him with real world lessons to present in his government classes with the admission of Alaska and Hawaii to the union, the emotionally charged social implications of integration of public schools, the election of John F. Kennedy, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the threat of nuclear war, and the tragic assassination of President Kennedy. Sheffield is particularly intrigued by the dawn of the space age and manned space travel and follows closely the six Mercury astronauts and their ventures into the new frontier.
They have the opportunity to host a Japanese exchange student, a war orphan with a tragic story, who they welcome into their home and hearts. What was supposed to only be for the school year turns out to be a lifelong relationship. As the kids grow up and leave home, they only have an empty nest for a little while as the kids and their families come and go for various reasons. Even his mother comes to live with them for a time. There are weddings to attend as Norma and Janet get married and Sheffield and Ramona are blessed with more grandchildren, along with tragedy and heartache with the loss of loved ones, not to mention Janet's brush with death and a worldwide influenza pandemic.
Ramona takes a position as an adjunct professor teaching health two days a week at the all girls' Hollins College and continues to profit from her investments. As the Roanoke Valley continues to grow, Ramona buys a piece of property adjacent to the Two Star Ranch as a buffer from the encroaching development.
Their travels take them on adventures out west and back to the Islands. The Staggerwing makes several cross-country flights to Idaho to take Janet and her friends back and forth to Ricks College. There are visits with old friends and ship's reunions. On one adventure, Ramona solves the nearly fifty-year-old mystery of the murder of her father when she was a child. Sheffield's greatest adventure is soaring with the Blue Angels.
Sheffield answers calls to serve in the church, first as a counselor in the branch presidency, then as branch president, and finally as a counselor in the Central Atlantic States Mission presidency and serves faithfully. As his sixty-fifth birthday approaches, they look forward to retiring permanently and made plans for what they want to do, including a thirty-day vacation in Hawaii, only to put their plans on hold to answer yet another call.
|Chapter I||Unexpected Choice||July 25, 1953 – August 9, 1953||Page 1|
|Chapter II||Transition||August 10, 1953 – September 8, 1953||Page 15|
|Chapter III||Back to School||September 9, 1953 – November 21, 1953||Page 29|
|Chapter IV||The Diamond Tree||November 22, 1953 – February 27, 1954||Page 41|
|Chapter V||Guardian Angel||February 27, 1954 – March 26, 1954||Page 49|
|Chapter VI||Full House to Empty Nest||March 20, 1954 – August 18, 1954||Page 63|
|Chapter VII||Double Wedding||August 18, 1954 – December 31, 1954||Page 75|
|Chapter VIII||Twins From Different Mothers||January 1, 1955 – July 9, 1955||Page 89|
|Chapter IX||A Very Good Year||July 9, 1955 – July 8, 1956||Page 103|
|Chapter X||Natural Born Leader||July 8, 1956 – December 25, 1956||Page 117|
|Chapter XI||Hawaiian Wedding||December 26, 1956 – June 22, 1957||Page 131|
|Chapter XII||Among Angels||June 22, 1957 – October 16, 1957||Page 147|
|Chapter XIII||Almost a Bride||October 21, 1957 – June 14, 1958||Page 161|
|Chapter XIV||Finally a Bride||June 15, 1958 – January 2, 1959||Page 173|
|Chapter XV||Summer Road Trip||January 5, 1959 – May 30, 1960||Page 185|
|Chapter XVI||Anthony||June 3, 1960 – August 25, 1960||Page 197|
|Chapter XVII||Integration||August 25, 1960 – April 8, 1961||Page 209|
|Chapter XVIII||Leave it to Younger Men||April 8, 1961 – December 31, 1961||Page 223|
|Chapter XIX||How Time Flies||January 1, 1962 – December 31, 1963||Page 235|
|Chapter XX||Answering Another Call||January 1, 1964 – May 19, 1964||Page 247|
|Chapter XXI||Saying Goodbye||May 19, 1964 – June 30, 1964||Page 259|
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