September 18, 2008
Congratulations extended to Lois and Ira
Nancy Smith of Oxford was the Sunday afternoon guest of Kay and Laura Wheeler. Her special trip up was made so she could attend the nuptials of Lois Swaney and Ira Shipp. An abundance of family and friends were also on hand for the ceremony - a packed house! Congratulations to the newlyweds!
Monday afternoon, the Lady Patriots made the dreaded trip down the winding road to Senatobia to meet up with the Magnolia Heights Lady Chiefs for their last regular season scheduled games. The first game flew by, as Lauren Alexander pitched her heart out and won the game 5-0. The second game, also sped by quickly, with a victorious 9-2 win over the Lady Chiefs, with Mallory Covington slinging it in from the mound. A big congratulations to the girls and the coaching staff, as this match-up has always been a major rivalry. What a way to end the season - on top!
And more congratulations to the Marshall Academy Lady Patriots fastpitch softball team. Saturday, the ladies travelled to Carrollton, for a tournament. Their first game was against Indianola, which was a conference match-up between the two. The Lady Patriots showed they were there to play, sailing past Indianola for the conference win. That game gave the Lady Patriots their title of North AA District 1 Champions. This week, the team will travel to Kirk Academy in Grenanda to battle it out for the North State Championship. The girls have worked really hard all season, along with their fearless leader, Coach Susan Rodgers, to get to this level of play. Other coaches who have contributed to the Lady Patriots team are Coach Tim Alexander and Coach Carlton Gibson, who work with the girls on a volunteer basis and are very truly appreciated!
Behind the leadership of three fantastic senior players, Lauren Alexander, Traci Rodgers and Heather Tomlinson, the team has been shown what it takes to make it to the top. These three girls have been a positive influence on the team, both on the field and off. They have supported their teammates with positive feedback and good sportsmanship. These three girls are truly going to be missed next season!
This team of 13 young ladies has really shown their dedication to the game, as well as their school. Countless hours of practices in the blazing heat this summer, endless travel to and from tournaments and games are hopefully going to pay off for this phenomenal group of girls. This year, they are going after the state championship - again. What a wonderful ride it will be to Jackson as defending state champions! Marshall Academy Lady Patriots Fastpitch - they’re back!
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Miss Jessica Shaffer and Jerry Blessike to wed Oct. 25 at St. Joseph Catholic Church
Donna Shaffer of Holly Springs announces the engagement of her daughter, Jessica Shaffer, to Jerry Joseph (Jay) Blessike, son of Jerry and Francis Blessike of Holly Springs.
The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Larry Shaffer of Florida. She is the granddaughter of W.O. and Joan Fitch of Holly Springs.
She is a 2004 graduate of Marshall Academy, where she was captain of the Lady Patriot basketball team, a member of the track team, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Anchor Club, Key Club, National Scholar Honor Society and an honor student.
She is a graduate of NWCC’s nursing school and is currently employed at Northeast MS Healthcare.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Nell Cassatta and the late Joe J. Cassatta of Holly Springs and Annette Wright-Hamblen of Arkansas.
He is a 2000 graduate of Holly Springs High School. Jay was quarterback of the football team, an honor student and a member of Who’s Who Among American HighSchool Students. He is employed at Landau Uniforms.
The couple will exchange vows at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. A reception will follow at Fitch Farms, Galena Plantation Lodge. Family and friends are invited.
Remembering Isom Jones...
Remember Isom Jones? Did you know that he was a minor league baseball player a century ago in and around Mississippi? When I knew him, he could grow a fantastic garden. At that time, he wasn’t living in Hilltop; he was living next door. Both Hilltop and Isom’s house are in the shadow of the water tank.
Kenny Rose wrote this article about his uncle, Isom Jones.
Isom Irwin Jones was born Oct. 18, 1882 in Holly Springs, the youngest of four children. He had two older sisters, one named Millie Mae and the other, Edma Lucille Jones (Rose). His older brother was Frank Fermel Jones.
Isom’s parents were William Carvel and Conley Fermel Jones. He grew up in a house near Strawberry Church. His grandfather, John Fermel, also lived near Strawberry Church and his granddaughter, Edma Lucille, attended Strawberry Church on numerous occasions and said the children would sit in the middle and down front with the adults around them.
John Fermel eventually built Hilltop in 1858 and moved his family there to be closer to school. After graduating from Holly Springs High School, Isom attended Mississippi College for three months but was lured away by a minor league contract. He signed on as a left-handed pitcher and played for several teams in what was then called the Delta League. He pitched for Hazelhurst, Aberdeen and Jackson, but grew tired of being traded, in his words “like cattle.” He entered the cotton speculation business and with his wife, Mattie, eventually moved to Hilltop.
The city garbage in the 1920s was taken up North Spring Street by mule and wagon and Isom’s nephew, Adrian Rose, would ask the driver if he could have the bottles from the wagon so he could sell them. His nephew also said he learned about tithing from his Aunt Mattie who was also the Sunday school teacher of the author of this column. Isom Jones died in 1960, his wife Mattie in 1974, and they were both buried in Hill Crest Cemetery.
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