Thursday, January 19, 2006


City Personals
Mary Clay Brooks

Nonnie and May May - friends together once again

Linda Tiller and Sandra Niven of Greenville, SC, and Craig Tiller and Tricia Johnson of Asheville, NC, were visitors of Kay and Laura Wheeler over the weekend. They were in town for the funeral of their aunt, May Alice Booker.

Mrs. John Bosche of Pinehurst, NC, was the weekend guest of Mary Walker and Frances Gatewood.

I am sure that most of you have heard the old adage, “when one spouse dies, the other is to follow shortly.” In this case, it was not a spouse, but a best friend. Miss May Alice Booker died a week ago in the hospital in Southaven. Eighteen days and two hours later than Nonnie, May May was gone.

For months, she had been living at Christopher’s in Holly Springs, then came down with a touch of pneumonia and was transferred to the hospital here, and to Southaven from there. She was in Alliance when Nonnie died. My uncle and sister delivered the news to her early Christmas morning before the Holly Springs hotlines got to her. It was downhill from there.

For as long as I can remember, May May (as we fondly called her) was Nonnie’s best friend. They rode together up into Tennessee to the “dress shop” - blind leading the blind on that one - which did not happen but maybe twice a year. It was not too long ago when they had made that journey together. May May always got peaches from Pontotoc and was sure to bring Nonnie some of those, as she so loved the sliced peaches.

The first telephone call of every morning (even when she was in the hospital herself) went from Nonnie to May May. I would talk to Nonnie later in the morning and ask if she had heard anything. “No, I’ve just talked to May.”

Two chairs sit in my mother’s house - both red wingbacks. Nonnie would sit in one, May May in the other. May May would come in the back door and make a hoot-owl noise to alert us that she was here. She would walk to the back and take her spot in “her chair” and the conversations would begin.

Never having married and had children of her own, my two children adopted May May as their “extra” grandmother. They both looked to her as that, as she has been a part of their lives since they were born - always bringing them little “goodies,” as she would call them. Grady called May May his “Sweetheart,” and boy was she! The first time she brought him a tool (antique, at that), she had his heart for life!

To live 90 healthy years is a miracle in itself these days. To have had a friend who stood by you through thick and thin for the majority of those days, is rare. I know when I look up at the stars at night, Nonnie and May May are twinkling down at me, as they are together again. 

I realize that I probably do not tell my friends how much they mean to me and how much I love them nearly enough. I can only hope that they know it, as life is too short to not have a plethora of friends around to make you smile!

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Miss Brandi Shurden and Anthony Blessike to say vows in February 11 ceremony

Otha and Connie Shurden of Starkville and Jerry and Francis Blessike of Holly Springs, are proud to announce the wedding and forthcoming marriage of their children, Brandi Meachell Shurden and Barry Paul Anthony Blessike in a February 11, 2006 ceremony.

Brandi is attending East Mississippi Community College to earn her degree as a dental hygienist. Anthony (Amp) is attending Mississippi State University to earn a degree in computer engineering.

Anthony is also presently employed at Client Logic in Starkville.

After a honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tenn., the couple will reside in Starkville.

Renee Rogers and Rip Pittman Jr. to wed in January 21 ceremony

David and Robin Cotten of Batesville announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter Renee Cotten Rogers of Byhalia to Rip Pittman Jr. of Byhalia. He is the son of Ronnie and Cyndi Pittman of Byhalia.

Renee is the granddaughter of Eva Franks of Southaven and David and Eunice Cotten of Charleston. She attended Horn Lake High School and is attending the University of Phoenix, Ariz., studying for a degree in business management.

Rip is the grandson of Thomas Beasley of Byhalia and attended Raleigh Egypt High School in Memphis, Tenn. He is employed as an electrician.

The wedding ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2006 at the Baptist church in Byhalia. Harry Green will be performing the ceremony.

Amanda Starr Holland of Southaven will serve as maid of honor. The bride-elect will also be attended by Wanda Franks of Southaven as bridesmaid and Ashlynn Culbreath, daughter of Mandi and Lee Culbreath of Piperton, Tenn. will serve as flower girl.

Brandon Brown of Southaven will serve the prospective groom as best man. David and Timothy Cotten of Batesville will serve as groomsmen.

The prospective bride’s son, J.D. Rogers, will serve as ring bearer.

Following the ceremony the couple and their two children, J.D. Rogers, 5-years-old and Rip Pittman III, 8-months-old, will reside in Byhalia.

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