Thursday, August 3, 2006
Co-worker Sue Watson has been supplying tomatoes from her garden to The South Reporter crew.
There’s nothing better than a good tomato. And Sue knows how to grow some of the best.
Close to Nowhere
On our recent “flying” trip to Chicago, I fell in love with parts of that city (and state).
However, there were parts that weren’t quite perfect!
Traffic, for example. I’ve driven in Atlanta, Dallas and of course, Memphis. Traffic is not one of my favorite things, but I’ve never really minded anything except maybe the worst traffic jams.
The holocaust that happened here
Did you know that in Marshall County 150 years ago that there was a foundry that produced beautiful ironwork? The ironwork is visible around the square over the windows as decorative friezes on the older buildings. Exquisite iron fences are all over town that were made at the foundry and you can identify them as works of art compared to later fences.
Letters to the Editor
I wish to commend our Sheriff’s Department of Marshall County for a truly dedicated and fantastic job they have performed over the years and at present. We all know that the leadership of Sheriff Kenny Dickerson has never been surpassed which reminds me that this man should not have to prove himself at election time. Why would or should there be a contest?
Thank you and yours, Mr. Dickerson, for being steadfast and dedicated seven days a week and 24 hours a day.
I appreciate this opportunity and remain
Missing child flyer:
It is a crying shame that a company that relies on families each and every day in their line of business would not help in a trying time for a family of an abducted child. Hours after the child had been abducted, a group of volunteers were passing out flyers to individuals and businesses within the area.
While a majority of the businesses within our area gladly accepted the flyer, one business refused to help in any way. The McDonald’s restaurant of Holly Springs, Mississippi decided they would not let the group of volunteers post fliers of the missing child. Being a parent, I just find this unacceptable.
Each and every day 2,300 children are reported missing in the United States. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the best way to help is by taking the time to look at photographs of missing children.
How many people passed through McDonald’s that Saturday? In just a couple of hours after the abduction there is no telling how many people visited there. Just maybe one of their customers may have seen the missing child and she could have been located earlier.
I am not sure what the policy is for the McDonald’s Corporation, but perhaps they should reconsider, if it is to prevent any missing children flyers from being posted in their stores.
Maybe when they realize how much of their profits are from parents, they will help in the future.
Hopefully this will never happen again in this area, but I know that my family will never order another single item from the McDonald’s in Holly Springs.
The end of an era at Hernando Road Church of Christ
The passing of Ora D. Shead on July 5, 2006 marked the end of an era in the history of the Hernando Road Church of Christ in Holly Springs.
Sister Shead was the oldest continuing member of the congregation since the congregation’s beginning in 1949.
In September 1949, the elders of the Highway 4 Church of Christ called upon Brother A. J. Colston (minister of the Lauderdale and Iowa Church of Christ in Memphis, Tenn.) to conduct a tent meeting from September 4 through September 24, 1949. The tent meeting was held at the corner of Highway 7 North and Highway 178 West.
During this meeting, 15 souls (one of which was Sis. O. Shead) obeyed the gospel of Christ by believing in Jesus as the Son of God and joined with the church.
Sis. Shead continue to grow as a Christian, teaching Sunday school for the children until her health began to fail. She was a homemaker, seamstress, and a childcare provider who committed her life to her family and the church.
She places in one’s mind the life of Dorcas as is recorded in Acts 9:36; she “was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.”
She was married to Charlie Shead (age 98) for over 74 years. Though her husband is not a member of the church of Christ, she had great influence over her children leading all of them to obey the gospel. (Only eleven children obeyed the gospel as the 12th child died in infancy at six months.) Though three of her children preceded her in death, the rest are considered to be faithful workers in the local churches which they serve. She and her children were also instrumental in establishing other local churches of Christ. Four of her six living sons delivered a small eulogy at her funeral.
Sister Shead was 94 years old at her passing and had one of the sharpest minds you will ever come to know. Her remembrance of events in history, birthdays, and people’s favorite foods won her great admiration from all who knew her. If one could not read a history book and wanted to know the history of Marshall County, all one had to do was spend time listening to Ora D. Shead expound on the annals of northern Mississippi history.
In 1952, Brother Asberry Finley and his wife, Willie Bell, were added to the church. Between 1954 and the late ’60’s, many of the younger members decided to leave Holly Springs and the local church dwindled.
Determined to see the work continue and grow, Bro. A. Finley along with Sis Ora D. Shead and others stepped forward and continued the work by the grace of God. It was during this time, Sister Ora Shead began teaching Sunday school and she continued until her health began to fail her. There were some Sundays when the attendance was as low as four or five souls and she was one of them.
In 1979, the congregation was able to purchase property and build the building that is located at 1235 Hernando Road. At this time, the congregation had ten members. The congregation continued to grow and flourish under the leadership of A. Finley.
In 2000 the congregation had grown to approximately 135 members. It was in that same year that the members completed a new edifice, which seats 300.
On October 18, 2000 the first worship service was held in the new building. In July of 2003, the congregation hired its first full time minister, Brother Bennie E. Braswell, Jr.
“What we have lost in the life of this great woman is, 1) A dedicated example of what God wants a wife to be, 2) A dedicated example of what God wants a mother to be, 3) A dedicated example of what God wants a daughter (member of His spiritual family) to be,” remarked Bennie E. Braswell, Jr.
“When Ora D. Shead passed away, the world became a little darker. Would to God that all who live now would imitate her life of purity and sanctification. In the history of this local church, we have come to the end of an era.”
The members of the church laid to rest her remains on July 10, 2006.
By Bennie E. Braswell, Jr.
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