Thursday, May 19, 2005


City Personals
Mary Clay Brooks

Miss May Alice Booker celebrates 90th

Alexis Williams of Ocean Springs,  visited in the home of her parents and brother, Susan, Jimmy and Rob Warren for Mother’s Day weekend.

The Marshall Academy senior class was treated to a crawfish boil on Friday, May 13, at the home of Pam and Hank Thomas. The party was in honor of Thomas Carlisle, Steven Gresham and Tiffany Thomas. Patti and Fred Carlisle, Steve and Mindy Gresham and Pam and Hank Thomas gave the party.

Mark and Maia Miller spent the weekend in Oxford, celebrating their son, Graham’s, graduation from Ole Miss. They will host a barbecue cookout Saturday for Graham's family and friends. Graham will move to Little Rock following graduation to work for Phillip Morris.

Mary Clay and Gene Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady, spent the weekend at Logan-Martin Lake in Alabama. They stayed with Pat and Charles Wheeler and met up with Hillery Wheeler and son, Mason.

Gerry and Linda Eason from White Plains, N.Y., Charlie Douglas from Starkville, Bryan and Dr. Chanda Miller and daughters, Bryanna and Catie, from Jackson, Walt and Reagan Hill with daughter, McLain, from Birmingham, Ala., and Chad and Brandy Hill from Memphis, Tenn., attended Marshall Academy’s graduation on Monday night to see Bailey Owens.

Molly Malone’s grandparents, Chad and Shirley Skipper of Jackson, attended graduation at Marshall Academy on Monday.

Pratima Patel’s graduation guests were Lallu Patel from West Point, Monisha Patel from Orlando, Fla., and  Ramar Patel from Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Dr. Charles Farris of New Orleans, La., drove over to see his granddaughter, Frannie Farris, graduate from Marshall Academy.

Charlie Farris, Donnie Miller, Steve Gresham and Dr. Farris played in the Ole Miss Bull Pen golf tournament held in Oxford at the University Golf Course on Saturday.

Jack and Michelle Hagins returned Sunday from a weekend in Atlanta, Ga., where they visited with Mr. and Mrs. Gene Wilson, Jack’s aunt and uncle.

Saturday, Bill and Lockie York were honored at a 45th wedding anniversary party held at Chickasaw Country Club in Memphis, Tenn. The party was given by their children, William York of Atlanta, Ga., and Laura and Buddy Dearman of Memphis, Tenn., and their grandchildren, Tripp and Lockie. Other family members who attended were Mrs. Gerry Okin of Amelia Island, Fla., Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Holmes of Raleigh, NC, Mr. and Mrs. Robert York of Batesville, and Mrs. Betty Vance of Jackson, Tenn. The guests were treated to a sit-down dinner, which was followed by an evening of dancing. Bill and Lockie were overwhelmed, as there were roughly 80 people there to celebrate this wonderful milestone in their marriage. Congratulations!

May Alice Booker celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and family over the weekend. Out of town guests included Linda Tiller, Sandra Niven and Mrs. Andy Anderson of Greenville, SC, and Mrs. James Johnson and Craig Tiller of Asheville, NC. There were small gatherings both Friday and Saturday nights and the weekend was topped off with a large celebration of her life Sunday at the Marshall County Library, where May May worked until she retired. Happy birthday, May May, and we all love you!

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Miss Leslie Swords to wed Nicholas Roberts at First Baptist Church

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Franklin Swords are pleased to announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Leslie Amber, to Nicholas Michael Roberts of Marietta, Ga., son of Mr. Michael and Dr. Vanice Wise Roberts of Marietta, Ga.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mabel Swords of Ecru and the late Lester Swords and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bishop of Waterford.

Leslie is a 2001 graduate of Marshall Academy and is currently attending Mississippi State University, pursuing a degree in English. Leslie was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and served as assistant vice president of membership.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Pat Wise of Marietta, Ga. and the late Stancil O. Wise and Barbara Roberts of Calhoun, Ga. and the late Jack Roberts.

Nick is a 1999 graduate of Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga. and a 2005 graduate of Mississippi State University. He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, where he served as sergeant at arms. While at MSU he earned two degrees in teaching, coaching and psychology.

Leslie and Nick will be married at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2005 at First Baptist Church in Holly Springs.

After a honeymoon in Aruba, they will make their home in Holly Springs.

Miss Melissa Walton and Paul King II to wed June 4

Machelle Falkner Walton of Holly Springs announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Melissa Irene to Paul Kevin King II, son of Paul and Monica King, of Atlanta, Ga.

The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Clayton and James Enus Falkner, the niece of Erma and Desmond Howell of Red Banks, Darlene Jackson, and Larry Falkner of Holly Springs.

Melissa is a 1998 graduate of Holly Springs High School during which time she was named Miss Holly Springs High School and a 2002 Royal Scholar graduate of Rust College where she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration. She is a certified internal auditor, an active member of Alpha Epsilon Zeta chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, and is employed as a compensation administrator for Sprint Corporation in Overland Park, Kan.

Paul is the grandson of the late David King of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Ruby Williams of Atlanta, Ga. and the late Emma Jean Murphy and the late William Murphy of Grand Rapids, Mich.

He is a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, Tuskegee University, and Kelley School of Business, University of Indiana. He is also an active member of Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and is currently employed as a finance manager for Sprint Corporation in Overland Park, Kan.

A spring wedding is planned for June 4, 2005 in Kansas City, Mo.

Miss Amy Burch and Bobby McQueen will exchange vows June 4 in Somerville

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bolden of Holly Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lynn Burch of Somerville announce the marriage of Amy Elizabeth Burch to Bobby Jo McQueen of Holly Springs.

Grandparents of the bride are Mrs. Joyce Smith of Waterford, the late Harry Graham of Olive Branch and Mr. and Mrs. Max Burch of Somerville, Tenn. She is a 2001 graduate of Marshall Academy and a May 2005 graduate of the University of Mississippi.

Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. McQueen of Red Banks and Bonnie Walker of Holly Springs. Grandparents of the groom are the late Clifton and Mattie McQueen of Red Banks, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Bolden of Byhalia and the late Johnny Walker of Collierville, Tenn. He attended Horn Lake High School. He is employed with Tri-State Ready Mix in Olive Branch.

They will be married June 4 at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Somerville, Tenn. Family and friends are cordially invited.

A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

After a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico, the couple will make their home in Holly Springs.

Couple to exchange vows Saturday

Eddie and Tammy Thronberry of Byhalia and grandparents Brenda and Jerry Thronberry of Arlington, Tenn., and Judy and Lynn Sharpe of Cordova, Tenn. are proud to announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter and granddaughter Ashley Marie Sharpe to Matthew Howell Spencer, the son of Lana and Randy Spencer of Birmingham, Ala.

The couple will exchange their vows on May 21, 2005 at Roebuck Parkway Church of Christ in Birmingham at 2 p.m.

The two will make their home with their daughter, Haley Madison, in Birmingham.  

Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

School Days

“School days, school days, dear old golden rule days...” Days of deja vu were Friday and Saturday. Friday, May 13, was a lucky day for the Holly High classes of 1943, ’ 44 ’45 and ’46. Fifty-six people enjoyed 60+ years of renewal, reminiscing and visiting, a lot to cover in a short time. The celebrants came from Texas, Arizona, Florida, Virginia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.

Of all four classes, there were 35 members present for dinner Friday night at City Cafe and Saturday at Wall Doxey State Park for brunch (spouses weren’t counted). Last minute emergencies of a stroke kept Wayne Ferrell away and a broken hip kept Nancy Sowell away. A bout in the intensive care kept good-looking, dapper Warren Slayden away; James Peters suffered a concussion, but came anyway. From Kansas, Bernice Woodward sent in a survey, as did Nancy Lester from Florida. Sweet Dorothy Mills sent in her survey from Starkville, Frances Sue Cottrell from Egypt (Miss.). We expected her, but she didn’t get to come. Handsome Hans Wittjen from Memphis was ill. Frances Smith sent in her survey from Ohio, where she lives, as did our long-time resident, Virginia Wynne from Jackson.

Those present were John and Jane Anderson from Florida. They have been in the motel business forever. Shep Smith comes closest to fame with his “Jr.” giving the national news every night to the nation. Billy Akin was an opera singer in Memphis and New York; Leroy Boatwright is a prominent pharmacist in Millington, Lanier Robison is chairman of the board of the M&F Bank. Mary Ann Sowell is married to a Texas oil baron. She was the life of the party dressed in vintage 1945 clothing and was so hilarious. Jean McClatchy is a Christian lay-worker for the Lord and lives in Oklahoma. Snow McClatchy has been everybody’s best friend from Memphis for decades; Dolly Newsom is still in the banking business. Frances Newsom from Byhalia was married to “Mr. Byhalia” for many years. A.D. Hill was a postal executive for 30 years. Now he is a coon hunter (but doesn’t eat the coons). Beautiful, brunette Mary Ruth Dillard is now beautiful blond Mary Ruth. She is the one that has changed the most, with a completely different look. Cora Peeler is our world traveler; she has been to 154 countries (there are only 300 in the whole world). She’s the only one in the class that is in “Who’s Who In America.” Her grandson is Jack Walker on “As the World Turns.” He plays the part of Deke Carter. Robert Cochran is now retired from Firestone, where he has worked for many years. Curtis White has been the most outgoing person and is and was an entrepreneur with many endeavors, business and civic. Aileen Warner has changed the least of anyone and was married to Billy Freeman. They lived in Alabama. She brought her sister-in-law, Naomi, to our party. Mary Earl Bonds Bramlett was Dr. Julian’s wife and has lived close, being in Oxford. Eleanor Lee and Leslie Tomlinson have been married for 55 years and have been outstanding citizens of Holly Springs forever. Mary Lynne and Gene Brown have contributed a lot to our hometown. Sara Brooks Collins, through the years a military wife and a teacher at Blue Mountain College for 32 years. Lois Brown Green was always a banker. Blanton Jones was a brick manufacturer and a local who has done well. Frank Hopkins was a scientist who contributed to the space program. He brought his wife Helen and her sister Alice, Jimmy Totten’s widow, to the party. He was the class president. Coy King lived around here most of her life. Now she and Jake Deberry live in Florida. Peggy McCall lived in nearby Water Valley all these years. She looks the same. She is very community minded and bright. Brooksie Peters lives on a barrier island off the hurricane state, where she is an environmentalist. Hurricane Ivan hit her hard last year. She is my longtime friend. Bobby Tyson is still brilliant, still great and he was the reason we had the reunion as he and Carolyn got together and Eleanor Lee and I helped. I enjoyed the wonderful reunion. All have reached the age of retirement, except Leroy, Lee, Lanier and I. We’re still working and clicking.

We all agreed how fortunate we were that we had such good teachers -- Mrs. Gatewood, Mrs. Riley, Mr. Wilkerson and others who left indelible impressions on us. Teaching us in grammar school were Miss Elizabeth Pinkston Collins, Miss Sally Cochran, Mrs. Sallie Mae Daniel, Mrs. Minnie DeMombrom and Mrs. Crowder -- all great!

Some of the memories: Someone put a goat in Mrs. Gatewood’s classroom. The goat ate Mrs. Gatewood’s prize ferns. The next day she quit and went home. The culprits were sent home. Fortunately, it was remedied and forgiven and everything was okay.

Some of the pranksters took a wagon apart and reassembled it on the auditorium stage. The next day, after everyone had a laugh, they had to get it out again. They also stole a sign and when the curtain was opened it read, “Home of Rust College.” That had to be returned also.

Brooksie and I were lab partners in chemistry and what we mixed exploded. Part of it fell on Brooksie and she fainted. I thought she was dead and was afraid the school was on fire. But she came to and the school didn’t burn.

Curtis White was the drum major of the band. Marching down Main Street in Memphis at the Cotton Carnival, he tossed his whirling baton in the air.

It tangled in the streetcar lines and caused an electrical blackout and cut off the electricity in Memphis. He had borrowed it from Eleanor Lee Tomlinson for the toss and it burned up in the tangled wires. Jean McClatchy and Dorothy Mills played a trumpet duet in the June play. Folks thought they were terrific, but what they didn’t know was Mr. Wilkerson, the band director, was behind the curtain making all the music.

Of the 56 people at the reunion, 36 were class members, 20 were spouses, two guests; 17 living did not come because of illness or other conflicts and sadly, 31 are dead. If we had a contest for the most grandchildren, I would have won the prize as I have 26-1/2.

The sad drama of life was to analyze the history and realize that cigarettes were the cause of most of the deaths of those who died early; then one was murdered and one killed by a train. When the folks in 1943-44 were in school, it was wartime and some of the boys didn’t get to graduate as they went off to fight in World War II.

Everybody there had numerous aches and pains but we set them aside and they weren’t mentioned. If a count could be taken, the group has had over 1,000 operations. But, for this time, we were young again, excited about being here and thrilled at seeing each other. It was wonderful!

Our diamond jubilee celebration was a long time in coming and was a fantastic event. Dr. Percy Clayton came as our honored guest. He was the football coach and everyone’s best friend.

The grande finale was Jane, Lee, Cora and Mary Ann singing (to the tune of Washington and Lee Swing), “There is no school like dear ole Holly Hi da da da da -- and I will love it till I die!”

Those were the days, my friend...

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