Thursday, January 27, 2005


City Personals
By Mary Clay Brooks

Former classmates meet for lunch

A group of ladies from the class of 1954 met at JB’s Restaurant for lunch on January 17. Those who attended were Marie Colston Smith, Peggy Crowe Marshall, Helen Doxey Tyson, Nancy Fant Smith, Pam Lester Heck, Eleanor Rose Algee, Winnie Tomlinson Childers and Flora Smith Bain. Special invited guests were Dr. Al Hale and Dr. Ben Martin. After lunch, the ladies toured the homes of Al and Ben. The ladies were treated to coffee and dessert at Ben’s. Everyone enjoyed touring the homes. The group meets once a month and plans to continue doing so.

Becky Cupp spent her holiday Monday in Collierville, Tenn., with her daughter, Beverly Fitch, and granddaughter, Shelby.

Tara Martin and sons, Tanner and Tristan, from Phoenix City, Ala, Ben Martin, Jr., of Phoenix, Ariz., and Morgan Martin of Memphis, Tenn., were weekend guests of Dr. Ben Martin.

Claiborne Thompson is back at home after spending several days in Baptist East hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

Caroline McCrosky, Robin Seale, Vivian Smith and Kay Wheeler attended Miss Saigon at the Orpheum on Sunday afternoon. The ladies had a wonderful lunch prior to the show at Gordon Biersch Brewery.

Several members from the local VFW Post and Ladies Auxillary attended the Mid-Winter Conference in Biloxi, over the weekend. They left on Friday and returned Sunday. They all enjoyed mingling with like-minded people. Danny Tate from Lake Center is seeking the position of Department Junior Vice Commander for the VFW of Mississippi. Good luck in your endeavor!

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Miss Elizabeth Avary and Scott Willett to wed this spring

Joe and Carmen Avary of Franklin, Tenn., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Marie Avary to Scott Thomas Willett, son of Tom and Debbie Willett, also of Franklin.

The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of David and Carmen Garcia, the niece of Anna and Terry Morrison of Holly Springs, and Archer and Sarah Avary of Hayesville, North Carolina.

Elizabeth is a graduate of the Leysin American School in Switzerland and is employed by the City of Franklin.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mel and Marian Willett of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Madge Brewer and the late Ralph Brewer of Franklin, Tenn. Scott is a graduate of Franklin High School, attended Columbia State, and is presently employed as a sales representative for Worldwide Wireless in Franklin.

A spring wedding is planned.


Antwan and Catria Jones are proud to announce the arrival of a son, Antwan Laneil Jones Jr. He was born Dec. 19, 2004 and weighed eight pounds, four ounces.

Christopher Thomas Evans would like to announce the birth of his little sister, Serenity Michelle Evans. Serenity was born a month earlier than expected on November 16, 2004 at Baptist DeSoto Hospital in Southaven, weighing five pounds, one ounce and was 19 inches long.

Tommy and Serenity are the children of Chris and Jennifer Evans of Southaven.

Also welcoming Serenity are her aunt and uncle, Nick and Amy Harris of Byhalia and cousin Lyndsey.

Maternal grandparents are Mary Lynn Riley and the late Tommy Riley of Mt. Pleasant and their Pop, Rick Yeager, also of Mt. Pleasant.

Paternal great aunt and uncle are the Rev. Don and Kay Jones of Southaven. Paternal grandparents are Dennis and Brenda Litchfield of Texarkana, Tx.

Maternal great-grandparents are Flora Curl and the late David Curl of Barton and John T. Riley of West Memphis, Ark. and the late Gloria Riley of Mt. Pleasant.

Phillip Ray Richardson, son of Corby and Cindy Richardson of Holly Springs, was born Jan. 5, 2005 at Baptist Hospital in New Albany. He weighed six pounds, two ounces and was 18-1/2 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are the late Bobby Ray Gadd of Potts Camp and Sandra Jones of Hickory Flat.

Paternal grandparents are the late Phillip Ray Richardson and Dena Richardson, formerly of Mackinaw, Ill., now of Holly Springs.

Phillip is the brother of Allen and Mallory Leach of New Albany.

Diane Schule speaks to Town and Garden Garden Club members on vegetarian diet and vegetable gardening

Diane Schule, our local librarian, presented a most interesting talk on growing vegetables and the wonderful health benefits of eating more vegetables, whether home-grown or bought. The garden club meeting was held at First Presbyterian Church.

She informed the club that there are several reasons that some people eat a meat-free diet: religious, humanitarian, political and health.

Vegetarians believe that almost all necessary nutrients can be obtained from a vegetable-based diet. Soybeans are a valuable source of protein and can be used in many ways, such as substituted for many dairy products. Almost all dairy products can be produced from soybeans, which is Mississippi’s leading crop. Nuts, seeds, dairy and legumes can provide protein. A wide variety of vegetables have many health benefits and contain many antioxidents.

There are a variety of vegetarian diets. Vegan eats no animal products of any kind and some even shun honey. Ovo-Lacto eats no eggs or cheese. Pisco eats no fish. About the only dietary deficiency a vegetarian might suffer is vitamin B-12, which can be obtained in vitamins or in fortified cereal from which B-12 is better absorbed.

For those interested in a vegetarian diet Schule said the magazine “Vegetarian Times” was very helpful and had interesting recipes.

More fast-food places are serving vegetable-based burgers and other vegetable-based foods and Weight Watchers has a vegetarian line.

Schule remarked that organic gardening of vegetables is not as efficient as it could be. She personally cannot judge if genetically altered vegetables are harmful or not. Happily, more children are adopting eating more vegetables or a vegan diet altogether.

During the business meeting, the membership voted to donate $200 to City Beautiful for the plants and supplies they need to carry on their projects. This will make our club a Platinum Partner with City Beautiful and we will help in other ways as we can.

Our hostesses Susan Jordan, Karen Schneller and Laura Wheeler served delicious wine pound cake, cheese straws and spiced fruit punch. Our flower committee Barbara Burch,

Deles Farley, Vi Harviel and Lee Tomlinson contributed lovely and creative arrangements.

By Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

Remembering deep snows

January is my favorite month because it is a time for resting for nature and for me. All year when you have a family it’s push, push! Fall was so great with the excitement of a new school year, then came Halloween, then Thanksgiving and finally, to end the year wonderful, Christmas. I love cold weather, it is so invigorating. The bare winter trees with their black lacy silhouettes against the somber sky or a beautiful sunset are my favorites too.

Remember the deep snows we used to have? I remember in 1940, we were living in the house on College Avenue. I was born when my parents were old (not exactly like Sara and Abraham) and I had 56 first cousins, most old enough to be my parents. I couldn’t count the second cousins there were so many. One of my oldest first cousins came to visit for a few days and she knew how much I loved snow. One morning, she came into my room and said in the most decided southern drawl you ever heard, “Sara Lois, get up! There’s a foot of snow outside.” I couldn’t believe it, a foot of snow to play in. It was January 20, 1940 and play we did. My friends liked snow as much as I did. My daddy built us a big sled, which he hitched to the back of his pickup truck and pulled us all over town. Sounds dangerous, doesn’t it? For two weeks before the snow, it was bitter dry cold. About three days before the snow, I remember walking diagonally across the Square and the north wind was like the Siberian Express straight out of Alaska. I had never been so cold before. I have learned since then to dress warmly as it is more fun and lots less painful.

Also, at home we heated with fireplaces. Most of them had grates to burn wood, or was it coal? A fireplace doesn’t warm a big room unless the doors are kept shut. When furnace heating came in to vogue, it was a real luxury. Today a fireplace is a luxury, but back then it was a necessity. That January snow was on the ground for two whole weeks because the thermometer was below freezing all that time. School was turned out as the roads were mostly dirt at that time and the school buses would get mired down in the mud. It was a glorious winter vacation for us kids. However, if we had had the frozen pipes to contend with, it might now have been so glorious. It didn’t snow again except for one-inch snows for years, after that.

In January 1951, the temperature was ultra frigid as it went down to zero. I remember my door froze shut. The dogs had to be watered every day and the water froze as it was poured. That’s what you call miserable. Another year, in the 1960s, Dr. Walker of Summer Trees went out to go to work one day and fell dead of a heart attack, leaving seven young children and a widow. He was young and seemingly health. They buried him several days later right where he fell. It was so sad. I hated winter that year.

However, in the winter of 1962 and 1963 it snowed a terrible snow because the thermometer went down to zero, then 15 below zero. That’s too cold for here. All the pipes in town froze and the plumbers went out of business after the thaw, as they were so overworked. The snow-ice was so heavy it broke down our beautiful magnolia, pines and cedar trees and for years to come, trees were dying because of it. This cold time almost changed my mind about winter being my favorite season. My family and I were living in Gray Gables at that time. The house was equipped with central heat and those big rooms were warm without shutting the doors.

Do you remember the snowfall March 21, 1967? It, too, snowed a foot and a half and it was beautiful white, fluffy and lasted a day. The camellias, the Japanese magnolia trees, the daffodils and tulips were peeking out from under the snow. It started snowing one afternoon and snowed for 23 hours without stopping. That snow was lots of fun. The children and I loved it, as it wasn’t bitter cold. I remember a flock of redbirds in the snow. The birds like it as much as I did and it was an incredible sight.

Spring Hollow made a great hill for sledding and the mayor always blocked all the traffic and just as well as no way could cars go up and down these hills at that time. Another great place for sledding was the bare hill at the back of the cemetery. That can’t be used now, as the new graves would be desecrated. Johnson Park was made for sledding but that wouldn’t be possible today, so just as well as snow has gone out of style.

My dear mother talked all of her life about the ice storm of 1899. She was at boarding school in Potts Camp and all the kids enjoyed “ice skating” all over Potts Camp in their shoes. There were no ice skates. My mother said she remembered it snowing in May on the roses but I don’t know the year.

Correction of last week’s article: the name was Shelton, not Skelton. Faye Shelton married Dave Williams. She was tall and beautiful and so was he.

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