Let’s be Neighbors

Friends of Legion State Park will meet in the Lodge on May 24th. A new flag pole will be put up on the north side of Lodge and a flag ceremony will be held on June 14th to which the public is cordially invited. Friends will host a picnic for prospective members at the pavilion on the same day. Please call any of the Friends of the Park or the gatehouse for more information.

Brittni Wright, daughter of Lisa and Ricky Wright, and Jay Stokes, son of Paula and Rodney Stokes, were united in marriage recently at Circle M Ranch in Noxubee County. Many friends attended from Winston, including Carol Clark and Teresa Ingram.

Teresa Ingram had foot surgery on Wednesday of last week and will be on crutches for eight to ten weeks. She can’t drive because it is her right foot. She did play the piano for the service at Pleasant Hill Memorial and just did not use the pedal.

Pleasant Hill UMC held their annual Memorial Day and Homecoming on Sunday May 13 with Rev. Mike Dowd bringing the message. Tracy McCully brought special music.

Three prayer quilts were blessed during the service, one for my granddaughter Mollie who has been in a hospital for over a week. Mollie’s mother, Martha, drove to Tennessee to be with her for several days. Mollie is at home at this writing and some better, but a diagnosis has yet to be made. She goes back into the hospital next week for more tests.

During the Memorial Service at Pleasant Hill, Mother’s Day was also observed. Mary Burroughs handed out presents to the youngest mother present, the oldest mother and the mother with the most children present.

Niki Burroughs Tucker was youngest mother, Carolyn Mills was oldest mother and also mother with most children present, five of her six children Her brother, Larry Caperton, whom she raised, was also present with his wife Wanda.

Having already received one present, Carolyn passed the gift to Emily Ingram, runner up with three children present. Emily then passed the gift on to Sue Heath who was present with two of her daughters, Sharon and Millie.

In a recent column, several grandparents with bragging rights were mentioned. Left out were Bobby Dean and Bobbie Lou Black who certainly can brag about their granddaughter, Mary Katherine Black, daughter of Barry and Helen Black. Mary Katherine has received many honors which I will not try to name, but will congratulate her on graduating with the 2012 class at Winston Academy where she was named Star Student and was an outstanding tennis player.

If you visit the Winston Nursing Home, you will notice the make over of the flower bed surrounding the flag. Give Susan Ard the full credit for the job. All the plants planted in the bed by Master Gardeners and the Betheden Homemakers Club were moved to another spot on the hospital grounds and knockout roses and boxwood were planted by Ard. The bed looks 100% better as the cannas had chocked out the sasanqua and needed moving.

Willie Dean McDonald is expected home this week after spending a month in Alabama with her daughter Kathy recuperating from a broken arm. Willie Dean was missed the last two meetings of the Green Thumb Garden Club where she helps with their meeting.

Whitehall UMC will celebrate their 125th Anniversary and Memorial Day Service on third Sunday. Sorry this writer cannot attend, as 3rd Sunday of May is the annual Memorial Day at Rocky Hill UMC where my grandparents, several aunts and uncles and cousins are buried. I am looking forward to visiting with Talbert relatives there.

Congratulations to the baseball team at Nanih Waiya who are South State Champs and are scheduled to play the North State Champs, Greenville St. Joe, on May 16th for the Class 1A State Championship.

Tyler Rogers, son of Rebecca and Don Rogers, and grandson of Betty Ruth Long and the late Bud Fulcher, is the coach of the Nanih Waiya Warriors.

Taylor Vowell, son of Travis and Sslly Vowell, celebrated a birthday this week and came home from his apartment in Canton for a visit. Taylor works for Nisan and can be at work in five minutes, but wishes he could just live at home and commute. The sister of Juanita Hight, Bobbie Jean Wall, passed from this life recently and when I learned of her death, it was too late to do anything for Juanita. I plan to visit Juanita this week. Wish I had some fig preserves to carry her. She loves them. Bobbie Jean and I were playmates when we were ten or eleven years old and lived near each other in Noxapater. I remember how kind her late mother was to me.

The tragic accident that took the life of Dr. Gary Holdiness has broken the hearts of many Louisville folks who used him as a family doctor, although he practiced in Kosciusko. Dr. Gary was an avid bicycle rider and was killed on the Natchez Trace Parkway while riding his bike. Memorials may be made to Gary Holdiness Cycling Fund c/o Natchez Trace Parkway Association Treasurer, PO Box 156 Franklin, TN 37065-0156.

The annual Clay Family Reunion will take place during the weekend of June 1 through June 3. A dutch meal will be held in the Flamingo Room of Lake Tiak Okhata on Friday night from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. On Saturday all relatives are encouraged to attend the Fish Fry to be held in the Gazebo. On Sunday most of the out-of-town relatives will attend worship service at Middleton UMC. Yeah! I have Clay kinfolks, too. My great-grandmother was a Clay.