Roger and Betty Cox rejoice over birth of new grandchild
Congratulations to Donna Rea Ash, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Ash of Oxford on her recent marriage to Gary Michael Rhodes of Texas. Donna is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey McNeely of Oxford and Tilton and Joyce Ash of Memphis, Tenn., and the late Alma Rea Ash of Potts Camp. The wedding was held Nov. 5 at First Presbyterian Church in Oxford with elder Michael Rhodes and elder Mark Quarles officiating.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Betty Jane Garner Howell, age 71, who died recently. She leaves her husband, Charles V. Howell; one daughter, three sons, one sister, one brother and seven grandchildren.
A bad wreck on Highway 349 on Monday night injured two brothers, Jimmy Wayne Foreman and James D. Foreman, seriously. Another car was involved, driver unknown. James was airlifted to Tupelo Hospital. We send get well wishes to them.
Happy birthday to Cory Henderson, grandson of Charles Henderson, on March 13; also to Melanie Deberry Poole on March 13; to Makenzee Whaley, granddaughter of Fred and Mary Jo Whaley on March 14; to Connie Work and Ella Rea Whaley on March 15 and Kristie Fincher on March 16; to Bob Young on March 17 and also Lindsey Sanders on March 17; and to my sister-in-law, Ann Nodd on March 18.
Congratulations to Kyle and Christie Jumper, who are the proud parents of a new baby girl, born Feb. 28 at New Albany Hospital. They named her Kylee Anne Jumper; she weighed eight pounds and 11 ounces. Christie’s parents are Roger and Betty Cox of Potts Camp. Kyle’s parents are Mitchell and Debbie Jumper of Etta. Kylee has two brothers, Wesley Beasley and Syd Beasley. Betty Greer visited the family of the baby at the hospital.
Tommie and Gale Goode of Greenwood spent last weekend visiting her parents, T.M. and Annie Ruth Stone.
Pray for Nathan Blond of San Antonio, Tx., young son of Carl and Leisa Blond. He suffered a broken leg and other injuries in a bike/car accident. Betty and David Greer are his grandparents.
Fred Whaley’s sister, Doris Walsh of Jackson, is recuperating from recent bypass heart surgery. He drove to Jackson to visit her. Say a prayer for Doris!
The brother of Roger Clayton’s wife, Kathy, is Randy Harville of Saltillo; he had a recent serious operation in Tupelo Hospital. We are thankful that it was a success.
We were saddened by the recent death of Annie Hancock Spears, a dear friend who died suddenly. She and her husband, Travis Spears, visited me several weeks ago. She leaves one sister, Alice; also her husband, Travis. We send them our love and sympathy. Annie wrote a book of poems about her trust in God and mailed one to me.
We send our love and sympathy to the family of Jimmy Rooker in his death; also we send our love and sympathy to the family of Earl Taylor in his death.
Prayer list: Mary Jo McCallum, Jean Derryberry, Evan Watts, Martha Ross, Dean Randolph, Robbie Taylor, Roy Foote, Randy Harville, Doris Walsh, Adelle Hudson, Linda Alexander, Ollie Mansel, Lucille Hutchens, Don Jamieson, Donna Marett, Betty Fincher, Lena Faye Work, J.T. Gravatt, Jean Conlee, Thurman Clayton and Diane and James D. Foreman.
Among God’s blessings are the sounds of music! If we hear or sing a spiritual hymn we can feel God’s presence; if we listen to a patriotic song we realize our love for America. I learned the power of music a long time ago when I was a child. My dad would go to St. Louis every year for a checkup at the Railroad hospital.
He always brought back several records for our old, tall Victrola that stood in the hall; we played them over and over.
Most of the records were the gold ones by Jimmie Rodgers. When he was young, his mother, died; his dad was a railroad man, so Jimmie spent most of his young life driving around the country with his guitar.
In 1927 RCA recorded one of his songs in Tennessee, so he traveled to New York City and called the RCA Victor Company and they recorded “T For Texas,” which sold a million copies. After that he recorded hundreds of songs.
He contracted TB, but would never quit singing; he yodeled as he sang. My favorite was “Waiting for a Train.” I felt like I was standing beside him in the rain.
“Waiting for a Train”
His last song was the TB Blues; two days later, he died.
A crowd gathered at the railroad station in Meridian, their faces sad with grief. Jimmie Rodgers’ flower-draped casket was on the train.
The long, sad train whistle by the train crew was a final tribute to the man they knew as the Singing Brakeman; he was their hero!
One day a year for over 50 years, The City of Meridian has honored the memory of Jimmie Rodgers with a special day. The late Hayes Henderson and the late Harry Jones attended several memorial services for him over the years.
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