Let’s be Neighbors by Carolyn Mills

Winston Miles Hayes is glad to be back at home, after several weeks at Winston Medical Center recovering from a fall that left her with a broken pelvic bone. She spent part of the time in the hospital and then in the nursing home for rehab. Barbara and Larry Howell are in Houston, TX at Anderson’s where Barbara is taking radiation treatments. All of the former band students of Larry, and the art students of Barbara are wishing them to soon be back at home. Vale Tabor, Dale Shumaker, and this writer rode together to the Winston Methodist Lay Council meeting held at First Methodist on Tuesday night. Several of the churches were not represented at the meeting. Noxapater was represented by Merle Burrage and Janell Johnson and their pastor, David Meadows. Nancy Hanna, Nancy Shepherd, and Betty Mills and their pastor, Mike Childs, represented Louisville First. Connie Estes, Frances Woodruff, Lynn Moore and their pastor, Larry Haggard, represented South Louisville Charge. Shelley Bolton and Vale Tabor represented Whitehall. Mary Ann Sessions and Dale Shumaker represented Rural Hill and Carolyn Mills, Center Ridge. Rev. Mike Dowd and Charlotte were in Jackson where Mike was scheduled to open the Mississippi Senate with the invocation early on Wednesday morning. I do not know where or why the other Methodist preachers were not at the Lay Council meeting. Holy Week Services were planned by the Lay Council—where and who will preach. The annual Bake Sale was set for Friday, the 29th of March opening at 7:00AM in front of Tabor Drugs. Ash Wednesday Service will be held at Pleasant Hill on February 138th at 7:00 PM. All Methodist churches are expected to be represented. February 24th Noxapater Methodist will host the annual Methodist Spring Rally. No preaching, just different choirs and individuals will perform, beginning at 6:00 PM. Recently, Arbie and Jean Ford of near Nashville spent a couple of days and nights with Jean’s brother Don Horton and wife Pat. Bobby and Faye Horton joined them for supper on Tuesday night. Martha Fleming enjoyed a visit from her sister-in-law Laverne McKay and her daughter Linda McKown of Murreyville, Georgia. Martha and her visitors got together with other members of the Fleming family one night while they were here to eat out in a restaurant. Mary Huntley celebrated her 89th birthday on February 9th at her home on Huntley Road with her children present to celebrate the life of their mother. Panhandle Quilters gathered at the home of Nona Vowell in Choctaw County on Thursday of this week and quilted on a double wedding ring quilt belonging to Don and Eleanor Whitmire. Don has no idea who pieced the quilt top and Eleanor has been in the Winston Nursing Home afflicted with advanced alzhiemers for several years and does not remember. Those who quilted were: Johnnie Mae Stevenson, Kitty Sue Miller, Grace Sloan, Dean Dempsey, and Pat Horton. Those who enjoyed the food and fellowship with the quilters were: Alene Ingram, Tracy McCully, Hubert Dempsey, and Carolyn Mills. Of course, Nona quilted plus she had cooked a huge pan of Chicken and Dressing and a pot of vegetable soup and skillets of corn bread. Everyone who came brought food and a feast was enjoyed. Helen Black picked up Teresa Ingram and they drove to Oxford to the campus of the University of Mississippi to attend the Broadway production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST shown at the Ford Center. They visited with Helen’s son Carlos who is a student at “Ole Miss”, but lives off campus and then joined Helen’s daughter Mary Katherine and her room mate Lauren Rogers in their dormitory, ate sujpper with them at their sorority and then left for the Ford Center. All three students graduated from Winston Academy, Carlos is finishing his studies and Mary Katherine and Lauren are freshmen. Lauren is the daughter of Greg and Allison Rogers and the other two belong to Barry and Helen Black. I saw my first robin on the 25th of January which is unusual because robins usually arrive in flocks. I think the robin said spring is coming. It thundered on the 10th of February and old folks always say “ if it thunders in February, it will frost on that date in April.” Check it out!