Thursday, June 16, 2005


City Personals
Mary Clay Brooks

Walter and Vicki Webb visit family in Colorado

Lorena and Gary Adams just returned from Europe where they were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. Congratulations!

Mary Clay Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady, and Laura Wheeler recently returned from a visit in Newnan, Ga. While there, they visited with relatives: Charles and Pat Wheeler, Hank Wheeler, Clay and Hillery O’Brian and children, Austin and Mason, and Anniston and Hannah Mary Grace Wheeler.

Rowan Thompson of Dallas, Tx., flew in to spend the weekend with his mother, Claiborne Thompson, who celebrated her birthday on Sunday. He also visited with other family and friends during his stay.

Vicki and Walter Webb have returned from several days in Oak Creek, Colo., where they were the guests of Will, Kate and Bridger Carlton. They were joined by Patrick and Mary Glen Carlton of Birmingham, Ala., and Lorie Anderson of Springfield, Ill., to celebrate the baptism of Bridger at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Steamboat.

Tom and Phoebe Stewart of Houston, Tx., were the visitors of Tom and Linda Stewart and their children, Brittney and Thomas, last week.

Attending the Super-Regional baseball games between Ole Miss and Texas in Oxford, this weekend were John and Susan Jones, Ki and Nancy Jones, Pat Ellis Stubbs, Bob Lomenick, Charlie and Jane Farris, Bo Bonds, Buddy Farris, Harris Gholson, Thomas Carlisle, Frannie Farris, Johnny Valentine and son, John Austin, Tim Cook and son, Tyler Cook, Ed Bounds and Ben and Robin Seale.

Margaret Ann and Norbert Barruel recently entertained her cousin, Peggy Cook, and her husband, Lewis, of Tyler, Tx.

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Couple to wed at Anderson Chapel

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Smith of Holly Springs announce the engagement of Esperanza Driver of Holly Springs to Larry Porter of Holly Springs.

Esperanza is the granddaughter of Earlene and Ernest Wilkins and the late Louvenia Driver.

Larry Porter is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Pointer of Holly Springs; and the grandson of the late Lizzie Porter.

Esperanza and Larry will be married June 25, 2005 at 5 p.m. at Anderson Chapel Church in Holly Springs.

Family and friends are cordially invited.

Miss Tonya Stidum and Trevan Dixon to wed June 25 at Woodland Hills Church of Christ

Eddie and Candy Stidum of Mt. Pleasant announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter Tonya Stidum to Trevan Dixon, son of Eddie and Maxine Dixon Sr. of Holly Springs. The couple will exchange vows on June 25, 2005 at 3 p.m. at Woodland Hills Church of Christ. A reception will immediately follow. Bro. Mozell Williams will officiate.

Miss Stidum is the granddaughter of Albert and Mary Copper of Spring Church, Pa. and Eliza Wells of Bolivar, Tenn. and the late Grady Stidum Sr. of Mt. Pleasant.

She is a 2000 graduate of H.W. Byers High School and a summa cum laude 2004 graduate of Rust College with a BS in biology. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society and a Arthur Ashe Athletic Scholar. She was on the softball team and is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. She is a lab tech with Pepsi Americas in Collierville and a part-time teller for First State Bank in Mt. Pleasant.

Mr. Dixon is the grandson of Catherine Howard of Lorman and the late James Howard and the late Preston and Levenia Dixon of Raleigh.

Trevan is a 1998 graduate of H.W. Byers High School and a 2000 graduate of Northeast Community College with an associate degree in elementary education. He received his BS in social science with a minor in special education in 2003 from Delta State University. He was on the National Championship football team. He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and a ninth and tenth grade special education teacher at H.W. Byers, where he is also track and field coach.

The couple will make their home in Collierville, Tenn.

Miss Georgia Buffington and Carlos Raimey to wed Saturday at New Hope MB Church

Mrs. Maggie Buford of Waterford would like to announce the forthcoming wedding of her daughter, Georgia Buffington to Carlos Raimey, son of Annie Raimey of Waterford and Hurbert Raimey of Holly Springs.

The lovely couple will exchange vows Saturday, June 18, 2005 at New Hope MB Church in Laws Hill at 3 p.m. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.

Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

A day at Shiloh

Over the weekend I went on a weekend excursion on the Baptist bus to visit Corinth and Shiloh. Our chauffeur was the pastor and he was a great chauffeur. We first visited the new Interpretive Center in Corinth, which was built with nearly $10 million. The new Center in Corinth depicts the Civil War Battle of Corinth. It is a gorgeous edifice and has seven movie screens all going at one time showing what happened there. Corinth wasn’t even a town at the time of the Civil War but was a railroad crossing and the Federals were after those railroads — this one was second only in importance to the one in Richmond, Va. The earthworks show the importance of field fortification throughout the Civil War locations in and around the city.

At noon we traveled to Pickwick Landing and had a delicious lunch overlooking the dam and the river. It was fun seeing the river traffic. Then we went to Shiloh. A lot of us were teary-eyed on the bus as we had ancestors who fought there. General Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Confederacy, was in charge of the Southern troops. He was mortally wounded on the first day of the two-day battle. He was the highest ranking officer killed in the Civil War. A bullet hit an artery in his leg and he bled to death under a big oak tree, which was there until not too long ago. Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard was next in command. The Battle of the Peach Orchard happened when the trees were in full bloom. Bullets shattered the pink petals flying all over making it look like pink snow. Up from there was the Bloody Pond, which had been used for drinking water for the horses until so much carnage was going on around it made it red with blood and undrinkable. Another battlefield was called the “Hornet’s Nest” because of the ferocious fighting that took place there. Confederate General Ruggles brought up 62 cannons, the largest artillery concentration until then seen on a North American battlefield. He surrounded the Union forces. If the battle had ended then, the Confederates would have won, but it was prolonged to the second day and by that time Grant had reinforced with 40,000 fresh troops.

Beauregard woke up the second day ready to push those Federals into the Tennessee River but when he realized that the enemy had been reinforced, he retreated to Shiloh Church and began heading back to Corinth. Then Northern General Sherman headed south to catch them until Southern General N.B. Forrest showed up. Then Sherman retreated. End of battle.

I saw an incredible sight over the weekend. I was having dinner in the City Cafe when, one by one, in came the Holly High reunion class of 1955. It was amazing, all the women were beautiful and all the men were good looking. The women looked like china dolls and the men were distinguished! Only half the class was there, but the half I saw was delightful to behold.

Last week I said Jerry Hill was the first elected tax assessor but that year (1970) the office of collector was combined with assessor. Before this, imagine expecting the sheriff to do his duties making people behave and collected and assessing the office too! It was a huge job and responsibility and Jerry did it very well for eight years.

Luncheon honors Claiborne Thompson

Kay and Laura Wheeler, Rowan Thompson of Dallas, Tx., and Mary Clay and Gene Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady, hosted a luncheon on Sunday, June 12, in honor of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother turning 89.

The guests enjoyed a wonderful sausage and croissant casserole, fresh fruit salad, ham biscuits and birthday cake, ambrosia bars and a special surprise, baked Alaska, prepared by Norbert Barruel.

Claiborne was showered with gifts and surrounded by those she loves.

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