“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die ...”

— Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

That piece of biblical wisdom — taken to the top of the Billboard charts by the Byrds in 1965 — was borne out in two recent Northeast Alabama stories.

On Monday, Courtney Walker of Albertville gave birth to sextuplets — three boys, three girls — at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children.

It was a historic moment for Alabama as a whole and its northern third in particular. Only two previous sets of surviving sextuplets had been born in Alabama — the Harris sextuplets from Jefferson County in 2002 and the Carroll sextuplets from Dallas County in 2011 — and both were born in Birmingham.

Everyone is doing well, and babies Blu, Layke, Rawlings, Rayne, Rivers and Tag — their mom likes unique names — will be added to the population of Marshall County in six weeks or so, the projected time for their release from the hospital.

That’s when reality will set in for the Walker household — dad Eric and big brothers Bridge, Saylor and Wales make 11 — but in reporting this story over the last few months, we’ve been impressed with the family’s resolve and, especially, their faith. They also have a strong support network of friends and neighbors in place. They’ll do OK.

Their journey will be the subject of a documentary next year on The Learning Channel. We’re anxious to get an up close look at what one of the Walkers’ physicians called “a total team effort.”

More than 40 doctors, nurses and technicians were involved in the deliveries — which included color codes and teams for each of the six kids — and they practiced often to ensure everything went right. We imagine Nick Saban or Gus Malzahn would smile at such coordinated teamwork in pursuit of a tangible and important goal.

The mood was different in Gadsden last week, however, as family, friends and former co-workers said farewell to Sidney Richardson.

Richardson, who died Dec. 8 at age 92, spent 72 years working at Gadsden’s Goodyear plant — the only interruption was his service in World War II — before retiring in 2015. (He also delivered this newspaper for 34 years, until 2010.)

Let that roll around in your craniums for a bit. This remarkable man hired on at the plant in 1943, when Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. He clocked out for the final time when Barack Obama was president. Consider the changes — not just in the plant, but locally and in the country and world around him — that he saw and experienced over those seven-plus decades.

Richardson’s colleagues praised his work ethic, and a plaque bearing his motto hangs over the entrance to the plant: “Put forth a lot of effort. Put one food in front of the other, and you can get through anything.”

That’s wise, timeless advice — and a fitting epitaph.