Thursday, October 11, 2007
Chapel & Mt. Pleasant News
Mt. Pleasant Baptist celebrates homecoming October 21
Homecoming at First Baptist Mt. Pleasant will be Sunday, Oct. 21. Guest speaker will be Rev. Jimmy Sparks from Olive Branch. Singing in the afternoon. All former members and pastors are invited. Come and see our new fellowship hall and fellowship with us.
Bobby and Martha Fant honored me with a fish dinner at the Storehouse Restaurant in Slayden Friday, Sept. 28.
Randy and Robin Martin are the proud parents of their third child, a daughter. She arrived at Methodist Germantown Hospital Oct. 1. She weighed six pounds, three ounces, and was 18 inches long. They named her Addison Bell. Welcoming her home are two brothers, Conner and Cooper. Grandparents are Norman and Delia Hurdle.
Funeral services were held for Philip Dean Teel at Carey Chapel Baptist Church Saturday at 11 a.m., Oct. 6, 2007. Rev. O.E. Langner officiated. Burial was in Carey Cemetery. Love and sympathy are expressed to the family.
As a girl growing up, Daddy owned an 80-acre farm in the hills in the community called Wild Cat. I don’t know to this day how he made a living on those hills, but we didn’t go hungry. We had plenty of food on the table, shoes on our feet and clothes on our back. All families were in the same boat back in the ’30s.
We kids had to help on the farm. We were in the field by the time the sun came up until the sun set in the west. In the spring there was cotton to chop and corn to thin. No grass killer. Sometimes you couldn’t see the cotton for the grass. In the fall the cotton had to be picked and corn was picked to put in the barn. There was no machinery, just your hands. I would get awful tired pulling that cotton sack on my back down the middle of a cotton row. I wasn’t much of a cotton picker. I’d pick so hard to get a hundred pounds in a day, but no luck. Daddy was a good cotton picker. He could pick two to three hundred pounds a day.
Sometimes after the corn was picked, it was piled in the field on the ground and packed down until Daddy could load it on the wagon to be hauled to the gin.
After the cotton was picked, it was time to pull the corn to be put in the barn.
We kids didn’t get to start to school until everything was gathered. We were out of school two months. We had to make up our homework for the time we missed.
If kids now had do to fieldwork like I did when I grew up, I don’t know if they could make it. I’m so glad I was a farmer’s daughter.
I am 82 years old and love digging in the dirt and seeing things grow. I still have my garden and flowers.
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