Thursday, March 1, 2007
Big Gene Brown honored on birthday
Margi Brown and Ellis Stubbs went to Gulfport last week. They attended the Mardi Gras ball of Lee Ann Kaigler, Ellis’girlfriend, on February 18 and 19.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Paschal of Springs, Texas have returned from the Cayman Islands. He is formerly of Holly Springs.
Mary Jenne spent Friday night celebrating Gene Brown’s birthday with him, as well as with the Friday Nighters group. They were entertained in the home of Margaret Brown prior to a wonderful dining experience at Kirkwood. Happy birthday, Big Gene, and many, many more!
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Lamecca Pernell and Royce Washington to wed March 3 at Greater New Liberty
Audrey Pernell and Charles Gross, both of Memphis, Tenn., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Lamecca E. Pernell of Memphis, Tenn. to Royce C. Washington of Memphis, son of Roy and Hattie Washington of Holly Springs.
Lamecca is the granddaughter of Eddie Pernell of Memphis and a 1995 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School and Southwest Community College. She is employed with Methodist University Hospital.
Royce is the grandson of the late Joseph Washington, Jennie Washington of Holly Springs, the late Joe Hardge and Della Hardge of Grand Junction, Tenn. He is a 1996 graduate of Holly Springs High School and is employed with Paris Trucking in Cordova, Tenn.
The wedding will be held at 3:30 p.m. on March 3, 2007 at Greater New Liberty MB Church, 1633 Webb, Memphis, Tenn. All family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
Grandparents are Ruth and John Kloha of Holly Springs, Evelyn Elliott of Columbus and Mike and Patricia Elliott of Albany, Ga.
Age of miracles
My parents were born long ago in the 1880s, so long ago in another age. They declared that they had lived in the most interesting time in history. They went from the horse and buggy days to streamlined jets, and from candlelight to a flick of the switch, from fireplaces to central heat, from open windows to air-conditioning. What’s more, doctors made house calls and babies were born in the bedroom as there were no hospitals available.
When my mother was 17, she had finished her schooling, which included two years of “finishing school” at Tchula. (MSCW was available but too expensive.)
She said one of her teachers said, “Everything has been invented that can be invented!” What a dumb teacher! My mother came from Waterford to Holly Springs to receive her teaching degree. To take the teacher’s exam so she could teach school, required hitching up the horse to the buggy and spending the day and night in Holly Springs.
She chose to spend the night in the Tyson Hotel, a two-story edifice with a wrap-around porch at the corner of Market Street and Gholson Avenue. That night she was in her room with the newly installed electric light bulb hanging in the middle of the room from the ceiling. When she was ready to retire, she couldn’t figure out how to blow out the light. So she slept all night with the light in her face.
My daddy remembered the first time he ever saw an automobile. It was at the Holly Springs fairgrounds racetrack and that horseless carriage was spinning around the track like magic. He and my mother took a ride in it and the charge was 25 cents a person.
When Alexander Graham Bell invented the miracle telephone for his deaf wife, people scoffed at him. They said to make his invention work, he would have to stretch a wire to every house in America which seemed impossible, but that’s what he did. Thank goodness he created that wonderful miracle.
Radio was formally invented in 1927 and was like magic because it came through the air right into the living room.
We had a floor model radio. When I was little, every Sunday morning I would run out and get the Commercial Appeal, then open it up to the funny papers and spread it out on the floor in front of the radio. At eight o’clock each Sunday morning, beloved Mayor LaGuardia of New York City would read the funnies to children across the nation. He taught me to love the newspaper and the radio.
One morning in 1948, the United States Patent office in Washington, D.C., received in the same mail, two envelopes, one from Massachusetts and one from California, each seeking and applying for a patent on their new invention — the television. The inventors didn’t know each other, they were from opposite sides of the nation and it was uncanny that their minds were on the same track and they both invented the television at the same time, one of the most marvelous of all inventions.
Television has homogenized the nation as nothing else has. Do you remember the first television set you ever saw?
Once I was sitting on a beach in Costa Rica and there at the end of the beach was a huge television receptacle for catching television waves right out of the air, like a miracle!
Truly, my folks saw the world completely turned around through the age of miracles, such as walking on the moon! When my mother sat fascinated by the television on the assassination of President Kennedy, she recalled that in 1900 when President McKinley was assassinated, she first heard of it two weeks after it had happened when she was at a ball game in Potts Camp.
My daddy and I first rode in an airplane in the early 1930s when a pilot flew into a Holly Springs cow pasture and landed his little biplane which had two wings, an open cockpit and two seats. He took people up for a ride if you paid him a dollar each. I sat in Daddy’s lap and we wore goggles! It was quite an impressive adventure for a six-year-old.
At church, do you remember dinner on the ground and revivals that lasted for two weeks with two sermons a day? Each deacon fed the visiting preacher at least once during that time.
If my folks were living, wouldn’t they be impressed with the new age medicines and their miraculous cures, computers, internet, or microwave ovens instead of a wood stove and cell phones? It is amazing that I can be in instant touch with my daughter in Costa Rica, or any of my grandchildren by punching a button.
Everything is different from what it used to be, even exercise is different. Today we are addicted to exercise. The more you get, the more you want. Long ago at the end of the day, we came in tired and ready to collapse. Now we come in exhausted and start to exercise and your tiredness evaporates. Some folks confine their exercise to jumping to conclusions, summing up bills, stretching the truth, bending over backward, lying down on the job, sidestepping responsibility and pushing their luck.
It is indeed incredible to live in this age of miracles with the world whirling around so fast and yet some people say they never go anywhere.
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