Thursday, November 8, 2007
Mary Clay Brooks
Birthday wishes to Maggie, Ashley and Ellen
Happy fourth birthday to Maggie Hubbard, who celebrated on Monday!
Happy Sweet 16 to Ashley Strawn, who will celebrate this momentous birthday with all of her family during the Thanksgiving holidays! Also, a big birthday wish goes out to Ellen Gresham. Enjoy your youth, girls!
The First Presbyterian Church has a new organist and music director, Patrick Williams, of Oxford. He proved on Sunday that he could definitely fill the immense void left by Ruby Tate, who retired after years of devoted service to our church. The beautiful music Patrick played on Sunday resonated all around the sanctuary. I was awestruck at his talent and how he did not skip a beat! We are extremely lucky to have found someone with his immense talent both on the organ as well as vocally. Welcome to both Patrick and his wife, Holly!
Christ Episcopal Church was overflowing last week with the visit of Jan Karon, famed author of the Mitford series. She was here promoting the first novel, “Home to Holly Springs,” of her next series of books, the Father Tim series. Bruce McMillan gave an award winning welcome to the out of town guests, as well as those who came to hear the readings from the new book. After Ms. Karon took the podium, a kind of peace overcame the sanctuary as everyone was listening intently to her explain how she had come about to pick Holly Springs, as Father Tim’s home. She read exerpts from the book and afterwards, had a brief question and answer session. One member of the crowd (she knows who she is) was in a quandry about something having to do with the church itself. Bruce fielded that question quite nicely!
Ms. Karon greeted her loyal fans in the parish hall after leaving the sanctuary. There were scrumptious treats around for everyone to enjoy - including the ever so tasty orange marmalade cake! Copies of “Home to Holly Springs” flew out of the parish hall that night with men and women alike whom I am sure could not wait to get home, get comfortable and begin the read!
I would like to thank Jan Karon for writing a book which has our town’s name in the title, not to mention all of our colorful places around town! My sister-in-law from south Mississippi called me Wednesday night from Barnes & Noble and asked if I knew anything about a book with our town’s name in the title being on the market. Daddy in Georgia did the same thing, only later in the week. Naturally every citizen here knows all about the book and how proud we all should be to have someone so stellar to represent our town and put us in such a gorgeous light! Thank you again, Ms. Karon, and I certainly hope you will return to Holly Springs again soon!
What excitement we had on Salem Avenue Sunday afternoon! Upon arriving home from the daunting “get everything there” store, we noticed a fire truck at the end of Walthall on Salem. Figuring it was an accident, we turned and headed home. Much to my chagrin, the smell of natural gas permeated through the vents of the car! We have had “leaks” for years at the end of the “alley” which enters Salem Avenue, but nothing this pungent. When we all piled out of the car, we walked to the front of the house to see all of the activity. I was so thrilled to see almost every person who wears a uniform in Holly Springs working on this trouble! I called HSUD and spoke to the ever so kind dispatcher who assured me the situation was under control. She advised that if it were to become a problem, we would all be notified. I guess she has been busy as all get-out over the past few days, as during the wee hours of Friday morning, I once again called to let her know that the water was out. I apparently was not her first call, as she sounded just as chipper as if it were 10 a.m.! A huge thank you to our HSUD dispatcher, all of our police personnel, the ever so fearless firefighters and members of HSUD for coming out and sealing the leak. It is so reassuring to know that we have concerned city employees who risk their lives in order for ours to be spared. I am so thankful that the leak was fixed without anything horrific happening!
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Anna Taylor and Paul Lidbom to wed December 8 at Paris-Yates Chapel
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gregory Taylor of Holly Springs are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Anna Britton to Paul David Lidbom, son of Rev. and Mrs. Roy A. Lidbom of New Port Richey, Fla.
Miss Taylor is the granddaughter of Mrs. Juanita Lane Taylor and the late Mr. James Lawrence Taylor of Lucedale, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Britton Browne of Oxford.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Marshall Academy and the University of Mississippi. While at the University of Mississippi she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
Mr. Lidbom is the grandson of Mr. Harold J. Storck and the late Mrs. Eva May Storck of Chanute, Kan., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Lidbom of Newtown, Conn.
The prospective groom is a graduate of Gulf High School in New Port Richey, Fla., and Florida State University. While at Florida State University he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
The couple will be united in marriage on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Paris-Yates Chapel on the University of Mississippi campus. The reception will follow at the Oxford-University Club.
After the wedding, the couple will reside in Atlanta, Ga., where Miss Taylor is employed as the director of operations for Jerry Pair Leather and Mr. Lidbom is in management with AT&T advertising and publishing.
Katherine Zinn and Samuel Mason to wed Saturday at Taylor Chapel
Fannie Jefferson and Larry Warren to wed November 17 at Strawberry MB Church
Mrs. Renell Holloway of Holly Springs announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of her daughter, Fannie Jefferson to Larry Warren, son of the late Willie and Mildred Warren of Grand Junction, Tenn. The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Lewis Holloway of Holly Springs.
The wedding will take place Nov. 17 at Strawberry M.B. Church at 4 p.m. All friends and family are cordially invited.
No invitations are being sent. A reception will follow immediately after at the Oak Palace on Stewart Street.
As the trees burst into color, and the autumnal season arrives, we pledge our faith, love and our lives. We, Fannie Jefferson and Larry Warren, request the honour of your presence, as we begin a lifetime of love, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2007, at 4 p.m. in the afternoon
Local veterans to share experiences on Happy Hour
The fabulous dual Christmas tours of “Holly Springs Holiday Houses and the Christmas in Marshall County” will be held on Dec. 1 and 2, and “Christmas in Marshall County” on Dec. 8 and 9. Ten lovely homes will be visited. The homes will be dressed in holiday splendor.
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