Let’s be Neighbors

December 5, 2016

Carolyn Mills

Sorry my news did not make the paper last week. I have requested that it be run this week and will add to it.

We got that rain on Tuesday and also a bit of bad stormy weather, although no major damage was done in Winston County. All are so thankful for the rain plus more that came on Saturday and Sunday which surely will lift the burn ban.

The run-off election on Tuesday was held with very little participation in our poll at Shiloh Fire Station.  Probably true at all polls. The voting machines were not used at Shiloh and we used a much older method, which I liked. Having worked many years at the old Ford lunch room, it proved to be a different method than was used during that time.

The Green Thumb Garden Club at Winston Nursing Home was held on Tuesday, also, with Dinah Smith bringing the horticulture specimen, pansies, which she and one of the Green Thumb members planted in the pots at the new entrance of the nursing home.

The pianist from South Louisville Baptist Church, Pam provided a medley of Christmas songs on the piano for entertainment.

Rev. Mike Childs, at the request of Rev. Mike Dowd came out to Pleasant Hill UMC on Tuesday night and spoke about some changes that may be in the making for Methodist Churches throughout the conference. Because Rev. Childs has served three different terms as a delegate to General Conference, he is well qualified to explain what is happening that may cause a split in Mississippi and other states. Because of the stormy weather the meeting was poorly attended with only the following present: Hank Watkins, Charles Miller, Shari Wyigul, Alene Ingram, Dean Dempsey, Carolyn Mills, and Martha Mills, and the charge pastor, Rev. Mike Dowd and wife. This writer is not qualified to explain in this column the matter, so will not attempt it.

Do not know if Susan Ard had help in replanting the containers on Main Street Louisville but they have been replanted and are lovely. Everyone should make an effort to go up town and view the lighted shop windows and other Christmas decorations that now grace our city.

The Friends of Legion State Park annual Christmas decorate the tree party was enjoyed by fewer than usual but still well attended event.held in the lodge on Saturday night. Noneiene Keen and her committee had decorated, using white cloths on the tables centered with red poinsettia in containers surrounded by native greenery. The lovely old mantel was decorated the entire length with magnolia leaves and single blossoms of poinsettia. With a blazing fire, built by Tim Flake in the huge fireplace, a cozy warm scene was created for the enjoyment of those who braved the rain to attend. Ladies helping Mrs. Keen were: Elaine Thompson, Diane Luke, Frances Ball. Members brought all sorts of party food, different desserts and there was spiced apple cider and coffee, too.

We were blessed to have several out of town visitors attend with the son of Kline and Gail Shepherd, Dr. Kim Shepherd and his wife of Nashville, TN present. Kim climbed the tall ladder and hung the ornaments on the Christmas tree as ladies on the floor passed them to him. What a beautiful sight when the lights were turned on!

Entertainment was presented by Jenny Jones and her brother Darrell Jones and a student studying for his master degree at MSU, Matthew Ivey, the bass player. Matthew brought his lovely girl friend, Victoria Crawford of Flowood, and this writer was honored to sit with her while we enjoyed the delicious food. She remarked “This Lodge is absolutely beautiful! I t has such a warm cozy feeling to it. I have never seen such a beautiful lodge”. The music Dr. Jenny and Darrell  presented in songs accompanied by their string instruments was most entertaining. They promised to come back next year.

Sympathy is extended to Nancy Eaves (Paul Randall) in the death of her mother,

I am so sorry I did not know of her death until I called Nancy to get an appointment for a hair cut.

Sympathy also to the family of Kathleen Watson who died November 25th at the age of one hundred and five. Mrs Watson was a teacher for many years in Louisville Public School. I remember her well as a great Junior High Math and Science teacher..

I did not know the first grader Railee Daniel of the Nanih Waiya community who was killed in a one vehicle accident when she was thrown from the front seat of the vehicle driven by her mother recently. My heart goes out to Mrs. Daniel and her entire family.

Please put Virginia Charlton in your prayers. Many of you know Virginia as an employee of our local WalMart. She had surgery in St Dominic’s hospital in Jackson on Wednesday and is recuperating at the home of her daughter Gidget Mills.

C.L. Black recently had major surgery at Anderson Hospital in Meridian. I have not learned if he has been able to come home. Please keep him in your prayers, also.

Center Ridge UMC met with the Pleasant Hill on First Sunday as our pastor was away visiting his brother in Arizona. Hank Watkins, member of Center Ridge filled in for Bro. Mike. The Ingram family held the lighting of the Advent Candles with Stewart Ingram and two of his children, Colton and Aba-Gail, and Teresa and Michael Ingram participating.


Michael and Teresa are thanking God daily since a propane leak that occurred during the storm that hit a huge very old black walnut tree growing near their back door and caused the leak( which the gas man called to check the gas did not find ) and many hours passed before Michael and his friend Dave Catt  discovered it behind the gas stove.



November 28, 2016

Carolyn Mills

At a recent meeting of Winston Garden Club, Mary Snow reported that Susan Ard could use help in replanting the flower containers on Main Street even though they are still lovely with the blooming plants planted last spring. Our first frost has been exceptionally slow this year, but we know it is coming and those blooms will be gone soon. Thank you Mrs. Susan Ard for keeping our hometown looking so pretty.

Thanksgiving has come and gone for 2016. May all of my readers have enjoyed the holiday as much as this writer. The day was so warm and lovely that our feast was eaten on picnic tables under the big oaks on my lawn. Enjoying the variety prepared by family members who came were five of my children, five grandchildren, eight great-grands and special guests, Fred Strickland, a neighbor,  and Teresa Wilson., girlfriend of Jonathan. Counting everyone present there were twenty-five in all with spouses included. I missed family who did not come, but am grateful that all are well.

Larry and Wanda Caperton did not celebrate with the Mills family as they had celebrated Thanksgiving the weekend before while son Thad was home. Thad lives in Memphis and works for St. Jude traveling promoting this wonderful hospital that treats children suffering with cancer. During Thanksgiving week Thad was in New York with a St. Jude’s promotion featured on the TODAY SHOW.

Murrey and Robin Black had their children, Leslie and husband Rob of Statesville, NC and Patrick Black Sr. wife and three children from Florida come on Tuesday and visit through Thanksgiving with them. The children helped put up the Manager Scene on the end of  Shiloh Road that joins Highway 14 West, which is looked forward to every year during the Christmas season. A reading of the birth of the Christ child by candle light is held on Christmas eve at the Nativity scene with songs and communion, an event in our neighborhood. Everyone is invited to join in this celebration.

Patrick Black built a lovely home just past the home of his parents but later decided to sell and move to Florida. Robin especially misses little Patrick and his twin sisters Katie and Elizabeth because she took care of them when they were small. Little Patrick is now sixteen.

I would report your visitors for Thanksgiving if you  will call me.

I had a call from Mary Rose Moore, living now in Ridgeland on Pear Orchard Road in an assisted living home, and she has had a light heart attack and spent a few days in the hospital. She says she is fine now.

Next Sunday West Louisville Methodist Charge will meet at Pleasant Hill UMC for worship service. Hank Watkins will bring the message. Rev. Mike Dowd will be away visiting his only brother out west. Hope he does not get snowed in and can not get back soon.

Our neighborhood was shocked to learn of the death of Bobby Dean Black on Friday. He was at a fishing camp in the delta and suffered a fatal heart attack. A doctor was at the camp and efforts were made to revive Bobby Dean when he was found on one of the ponds with catfish he had caught in a bucket by his side. His funeral was held on Sunday at Doty Springs Baptist Church with his pastor, Rev. Tony Fortenberry, bringing the message. Doty Springs Choir sang two lovely hymns accompanied by Cindy Ballard on the piano. Bobby Dean was a member of the choir for many years and loved singing with them. He was laid to rest in the cemetery at Doty Springs beside his late wife, Bobbye Lou and near his brother Larry Black.