By Mary Clay Brooks
classmates meet for lunch
A group of
ladies from the class of 1954 met at JBs 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 Bens.
Everyone enjoyed touring the homes. The group meets once
a month and plans to continue doing so.
spent her holiday Monday in Collierville, Tenn., with her
daughter, Beverly Fitch, and granddaughter, Shelby.
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.
Thompson is back at home after spending several days in
Baptist East hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
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.
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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Elizabeth Avary and Scott Willett to wed this spring
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.
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
a graduate of the Leysin American School in Switzerland
and is employed by the City of Franklin.
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.
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
Serenity are the children of Chris and Jennifer Evans of
welcoming Serenity are her aunt and uncle, Nick and Amy
Harris of Byhalia and cousin Lyndsey.
grandparents are Mary Lynn Riley and the late Tommy Riley
of Mt. Pleasant and their Pop, Rick Yeager, also of Mt.
great aunt and uncle are the Rev. Don and Kay Jones of
Southaven. Paternal grandparents are Dennis and Brenda
Litchfield of Texarkana, Tx.
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.
grandparents are the late Bobby Ray Gadd of Potts Camp
and Sandra Jones of Hickory Flat.
grandparents are the late Phillip Ray Richardson and Dena
Richardson, formerly of Mackinaw, Ill., now of Holly
the brother of Allen and Mallory Leach of New Albany.
speaks to Town and Garden Garden Club members on
vegetarian diet and vegetable gardening
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
the club that there are several reasons that some people
eat a meat-free diet: religious, humanitarian, political
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
Mississippis 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.
interested in a vegetarian diet Schule said the magazine
Vegetarian Times was very helpful and had
fast-food places are serving vegetable-based burgers and
other vegetable-based foods and Weight Watchers has a
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.
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.
hostesses Susan Jordan, Karen Schneller and Laura Wheeler
served delicious wine pound cake, cheese straws and
spiced fruit punch. Our flower committee Barbara Burch,
Farley, Vi Harviel and Lee Tomlinson contributed lovely
and creative arrangements.
By Lois Swanee
my favorite month because it is a time for resting for
nature and for me. All year when you have a family
its 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
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 couldnt 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!
Theres a foot of snow outside. I
couldnt 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, doesnt
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.
home we heated with fireplaces. Most of them had grates
to burn wood, or was it coal? A fireplace doesnt
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
didnt snow again except for one-inch snows for
years, after that.
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.
Thats 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.
the winter of 1962 and 1963 it snowed a terrible snow
because the thermometer went down to zero, then 15 below
zero. Thats 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.
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 wasnt 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.
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 cant be used now, as the
new graves would be desecrated. Johnson Park was made for
sledding but that wouldnt be possible today, so
just as well as snow has gone out of style.
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
dont know the year.
of last weeks 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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