Thursday, March 29, 2007
Chapel & Mt. Pleasant News
Billy and Estelle McClure visit family in Little Rock
Funeral services were held for Thomas Wayne Smith at Holly Springs Funeral Home on March 17. Rev. O.E. Langner officiated. Burial was in Carey Chapel Cemetery. Love and sympathy are expressed to this family.
Billy and Estelle McClure visited their daughter Michelle Johnson and family in Little Rock, Arkansas recently.
Gordon McDougle, from San Antonia, Texas and his son Gordon, Jr. from Syracuse, New York, visited relatives here in the community last week. They also stopped by to see me.
Funeral services were held for Rachell Smith Luther at Memorial Park Funeral Chapel, in Memphis, Tenn. on Sunday, March 26. Burial was in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Love and sympathy are expressed to this family.
I remember a time when my daddy would get an ax and cut around the trunks of sweet gum trees in order to kill the trees so they would not shade his fields. After so long a time a sort of gum would form around the cuts. We would gather the gum and put it in our mouths. We would chew and chew until it became the consistency of real chewing gum. It would also make your teeth whiter. We would search for the little blue berries that grew on bramble plants. We always called this berry a stretchy berry because it would make the gum stretchy. It was just like Double-bubble chewing gum. We went around pulling the gum, blowing bubbles and popping it until we got on Mama’s nerves.
Still another pleasure that came from the woods was that good sassafras tea. Daddy would get his shovel and dig up the sassafras roots. He would wash them really clean then put them in an old kettle to boil. When the water began to turn red we got our cups and poured that delicious drink into them. We would add sugar and cream. Now, that was a good treat on a cold winter night with popcorn or parched peanuts. Besides tasting good Daddy said it was good to purify one’s blood.
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