Thursday, June 1, 2006
Chapel & Mt. Pleasant News
Congratulations to couple on birth of baby boy
Due to the absence of our pastor, Bro. Rob Finley, at First Baptist Mt. Pleasant, Ken Guffey had prayer meeting Wednesday night.
Barbara Ellis attended the graduation exercise of her granddaughter, Amy Youngblood, in Jackson, on May 26. She majored in physical therapy.
Danny and Christy Goode of Lee’s Summit, Mo., are the proud parents of a son. He arrived May 25. He weighed six pounds, two ounces and was 20 inches long. His name is Cash Daniel. There are three brothers who will welcome him home. Grandparents are Arnold and Kathy Goode of Mt. Pleasant, great-grandmother is Allene Teel.
Howard and Carol Gardner attended their grandson’s graduation in Columbia, Tenn., May 26. They also attended their daughter Cheryl’s wedding.
Bobby and Mary Barry from Carrolton, Texas are visiting relatives here on vacation.
John Bricky Curl is a patient at Baptist Collierville Hospital. A get well wish is sent to him.
My grandson, Paul Goode, flew to Turkey, for a tour of the Holy Land for vacation.
Herbert and Carol Staggs went to Jackson, on May 12-13 to see their grandson, Lee, graduate from Millsaps College. Lee’s mother, Teresa, flew in from Phoenix, Az. for the event. Teresa came home with the Staggs to visit a few days before returning to Phoenix. On their return trip from Jackson, they stopped by to see their son and family at Van Vleet. Their grandson, Tyler Staggs, was graduating from Itawamba Community College. He plans on going to Ole Miss the next two years. The Staggs really enjoyed the trip and being with the kids.
The first week in June each year, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, my husband’s Army Reunion would meet at Jackson. He was in the 81st Chemical Mortar Battalion. At first, the meeting place was at the Jackson Zoo in Livingstone Park. Each family would bring a picnic lunch. Someone each year would have a big cake made with the army motto “Equal to the Task.” In the later years the reunion was moved to the Holiday Inn. It was more convenient. There were banquets on Saturday night. Different people from the Jackson area would come and speak. One man’s son had a band. They played and sung gospel songs. Another man had written a song, “The Stovepipe Artillery.” It was sang every year by all. It was great to see the men talking and laughing, telling about their Army experiences.
Once the reunion was at the Chiaca Plaza Motor Hotel in Memphis on Sunday, July 20, 1969. Most everyone had a riverboat ride on the Memphis Queen down the “Old Man River.” I remember the radio was on when the announcement was made about the first man on the moon.
On September 1988, some of the men in the 81st made a trip back to Normandy Beach to put up a monument in memory of those who lost their lives and honor those who served in the 81st Battalion.
Due to sickness, my husband, Clyde Campbell Teel wasn’t able to go to the reunion for the past four years. I talked to one man’s wife recently. There were only eleven at the reunion last year. Letters are sent out every year in May.
Years come and go, but I still remember the spirit of the men of the 81st. Those memories will remain as long as I live.
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