Thursday, February 17, 2005


City Personals
By Mary Clay Brooks

Ladies from the class of 1954 meet at local cafe

Randy and William Douglas of Demopolis, Ala., were weekend guests of Leigh and Dick Douglas.

The regular group of ladies from the Class of 1954 met at the City Cafe’ McA Style on Saturday, February 12, for their monthly meeting. Those who attended were Nancy Fant Smith, Peggy Crowe Marshall, Marie Colston Smith, Winnie Tomlinson Childers and Eleanor Rose Algee. A delicious meal was had by all.

Mary Clay Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady, and Laura Wheeler traveled to Logan/Martin Lake in Alabama on Friday, where they stayed with Charles and Pat Wheeler. They returned home on Sunday, after having a wonderful visit with their aunt and uncle.

Leigh Douglas attended the birthday of her granddaughter, Caroline Douglas, in Starkville on Saturday. She drove over on Friday to spend the night with Charlie and Stefanie Douglas and their children, Chandler and Caroline.

Well wishes go out to Blossom Coopwood on a speedy recovery!

Bea McCrosky of Jackson, drove up to spend the weekend with her mother, Caroline McCrosky, while she was in St. Frances Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Ann Pringle of Biloxi is staying with her sister, Caroline, while she is recovering from a minor procedure.

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Massey-Hasselman vows said in afternoon ceremony, Oct. 23

In a late afternoon ceremony on October 23, 2004, Grace Kieffer Hasselman became the bride of Kevin McClellan Massey. Their vows were exchanged in the presence of family and friends in the Old Sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Clinton. Dr. John McCall, acting on behalf of the family, pronounced the invocation and welcome. The Reverends Harvey Ellis and Jeff Jones officiated.

Parents of the couple are Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Hasselman of Clinton, Miss.; and Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Massey of Leesburg, Miss. The bride is the granddaughter of Mrs. Henry Fort Gholson and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Lilly of Holly Springs.

The beautiful stained-glass window in the baptistry of the sanctuary was the focal point of the altar, which featured twin arrangements of rolled ti leaves, birds of paradise, hypericum berries, goldenrod, and curly willow in bronze urns. The altar was adorned with ferns and cathedral candles surrounded by greenery and goldenrod. The family pews were marked with greenery held by large tulle bows. The flowers and bouquets were designed and arranged by Allison Cox, a life-long friend of the bride.

Prenuptial music was presented by Dr. Ralph Taylor, organist, and Mrs. Norman Joseph, pianist. Vocalists were Mrs. Jay Hasselman, Dr. Bill Baker, and Rev. Jeff Jones.

Brought to the marriage altar by her father, the bride wore a designer gown of candlelight silk chiffon over satin. The strapless bodice was adorned at the top and waistline with delicate pearl beading and featured a side-pleated overlay. The a-line skirt fell softly to a sweeping train. Tiny covered buttons went down the entire back length of the dress and train. Her finger-tip veil of silk illusion edged with silk cording was fashioned from the veil her mother wore 36 years earlier. The bride’s only jewelry was an antique diamond and pearl brooch, which was attached to a pearl choker. The brooch has been worn by brides of four generations of her family. She carried a cascading bouquet of calla lilies and bear grass hand tied with satin ribbon.

Maid of honor was Jessica Ribeiro of Clinton. Bridesmaids were Allison Cox of Bowling Green, Ky.; Jennifer Robinson of Big Sky, Mt.; and Erin Bishop, Katie Newman, Katie Waterbury, and Wendy Young of Clinton. They wore tea-length burnt-orange sheath dresses and carried nosegay bouquets of miniature calla lilies surrounded by confetti roses, hypericum berries, and feathers hand-tied with a shear leopard print ribbon.

Tommy Massey, father of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Ken Bullock of Clinton; Cody Cline of Byram; Cory Rhea of Memphis, Tenn.; Joe Tullos of Hattiesburg; William Walker of Laurel; and Shannon Massey, brother of the groom, of Pearl.

Special honor attendants were Ashley Hasselman and Jay Hasselman, sister and brother of the bride; and Gay Saab, sister of the groom.

Following the ceremony, Dr. John McCall pronounced a benediction and invited all guests to a reception in the church fellowship hall. Guests were guided to the reception by friends of the bride’s parents. The walkway was lined with candle-lit torches tied with tulle bows and shrubs filled with tiny white lights. Serving at the reception were Krista Bowen, Lindsey England, Elizabeth Picard, Anna Prevost, and Angela Measells. The guest book attendant was Paige Gholson, cousin of the bride.

The couple left the church amidst a shower of rose petals distributed by Carly and Bethany Saab, nieces of the groom. They were driven away in an antique Ford touring car by long-time friend Dan Mashburn.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted an alfresco dinner in the atrium of First Baptist Church. Guests enjoyed a barbeque dinner amidst twinkling white lights and votive torches. On the wedding day, a bridesmaids’ brunch was held in the President’s Dining Room at Mississippi College. Hostesses were Mrs. Jim Newman, Mrs. Mike Bishop, Mrs. Larry Cox, and Mrs. Bobby Waterbury. The bride was also honored at a bridal tea held at Latimer House and at showers held at Leesburg Baptist Church, Lovett Elementary School, and in the home of Katie Newman in Brandon.

Following a trip to Nassau, Bahamas, Mrs. and Mrs. Massey are at home in Brandon.

By Lois Swanee
Museum Curator

His Royal Highness

Some real culture came to Mississippi over the weekend when “his Royal Highness” came to Oxford. He was Prince Edward, the youngest son of the Queen of England. He is the Earl of Wessex. A man named Sam Haskell is his agent and brought the Prince to Mississippi for the second time, the first time was to Haskell’s hometown of Amory in 1998.

The event was a fundraiser for a purely American charity. Mementoes were given out for royal protocol, such as: The Prince must be addressed only as “His Royal Highness,” nothing else. Also men were instructed to bow and women to curtsy when meeting him, then do not speak to him first; you shouldn’t initiate the conversation.

“His Royal Highness” brought slides of his home, Windsor Castle, which has now been magnificently restored after a disastrous fire about a decade ago. He said that at the time of the fire, painting was being done in the castle and paintings had been placed on the floor against some curtains. A light in between started the fire. Eighty percent of the treasures were gotten out at that time but then the fire raced across the attic and firefighters worked frantically, but the fire consumed the rest of the treasures and they had to stand by and watch it burn its course and millions of dollars in irreplaceable treasures went up in smoke.

I visited Windsor Castle on a trip to England about a decade ago. It is located out from London. While there, the Duke of Edinborough, (“His Royal Highness’s” father) came out to converse and be friendly, so I met him. While I was there, I saw the Queen but she snubbed me and looked down her royal nose at me, but I was still thrilled to see her. She had on a big hat with a plume in it. Who else but the Queen would wear that?

Back to the Prince, he was really nice and surprisingly down to earth considering his rearing which was so different for most of us. He is married to Lady Sophie and they have one child. She looks like a smaller version of Princess Diana.

There was no column from me last week as I’ve had a sore thumb as I was attacked by a felon, a bone felon (whitlow) that is. I have decided that my right thumb is crucial to my well-being and without it, I can’t even think. Several weeks ago, I awoke in the night with my thumb aching and thought, “How odd!” I hadn’t injured it and there was no splinter or anything foreign in it so, like a bolt out of the blue, I am attacked by a felon. You remember that a felon is like the devil and causes bad problems. A human felon is named for this thing underneath my thumbnail going right down to the bone. I even had it operated on to make it well, which it isn’t yet. I’m not ambidextrous, I’ve discovered. My left hand thinks differently from my right. I’m not able to write, sew, open a door knob, open a car, turn a key or play the piano. Try using your fingers without the benefit of your thumb. “Older age” is not for sissies.

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