Thursday, May 4, 2006
Chapel & Mt. Pleasant News
Locals visit with Budlongs in Memphis, enjoy lunch together
On Monday April 24, I traveled to Forrest City, Ark. with Martha and Bobbie Fant. We visited the local library, courthouse and Mt. Vernon Cemetery. We were in search of information on Teel ancestor Charles Wesley Teel, who had owned a 350-acre plantation in St. Francis County. We found and visited the plantation site just outside of Forrest City. The land was very flat and there was some housing built on the property, but most of it was used for farming. From there we visited the cemetery to search for his tombstone. We searched the entire cemetery with no luck in locating the grave marker. It was a good and very interesting search. We had lunch at the Bonanza Steak, Chicken and Fish house before returning to Marshall County.
On Tuesday, April 25, Hilda Williams, Ailee Coopwood, Barbara Ellis and I visited Rev. John and Georgia Budlong in Memphis. The Budlongs are in our prayers. We enjoyed lunch at the Dixie Café before coming home.
Several women in the community attended the Women’s Conference, at Potts Camp Baptist Church, on Saturday, April 29. Nona Teel, from Henderson, Tenn., was the guest speaker.
Love and sympathy are expressed to Paula Miley in the recent deaths of her mother and brother.
Cordelia Stacks is visiting her daughter in Florida, after her surgery.
Martha Fant, and Hunter and Amy Palmer visited me on Sunday afternoon.
As a girl growing up I loved to go to my aunt’s and uncle’s house for a visit. My aunt had a little country store with most anything a country person might need. I liked to visit because she would always give us a piece of candy from the candy jar that sat on the counter.
One Sunday morning the whole family decided to go for a visit. We lived two miles away and our only transportation was by mule and wagon or to walk. So, we left early walking on Sunday morning. As the old country saying goes we wanted to get there early enough to get our names in the pot for dinner.
I loved their pretty back yard with lots of shade trees. We kids played under the shade trees until we were called to come and wash our hands for dinner. The table was always full of all kinds of food. On this Sunday there was a big platter of fish. My aunt’s son and wife were also there visiting. My aunt’s mother lived with her and was also at the table. The family called her “Maw,” Well, “Maw” picked up the platter of fish and passed it around. The son hollered out, “Set that fish down Maw. Mama knows what kind of fish I like.”
Things got quiet and I saw Daddy look at Mama and wink. I have remembered this remark all these years. All the family members are now deceased. The home place is grown up in weeds. The house, the store and all the beautiful shade trees are all gone. It doesn’t look as if anyone ever lived there.
In my memory I can still see my aunt walking from her house to the store to wait on her customers. She had a cow bell that hung at the front porch of the store. The customers would ring the cow bell when they needed her to come to the store.
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