January 31, 2008
Mary Clay Brooks
Kazembas return from Disney World
Martha and Donnie Mitchell just returned from a two-week stay in Hattiesburg. They were visiting with their daughter, JJ Tutor, and her children, Patsy, Mitch and Grace.
Mike and Jacque Kazemba and children, Hallie, Drew and Will, just returned from a week-long vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. While there, they enjoyed every ride the park had to offer and had breakfast with the characters one morning!
Kind-hearted, larger than life attitude, though smaller than most in stature...just a few words to describe a phenomenal lady, Eva Roman. She lived on Salem Avenue for more years than I can remember, so therefore our neighbor. She was always checking on everyone to make sure they were OK. She wore a smile that stretched from ear to ear, even if she was having a bad day. Never did I meet her on the street or otherwise when she wasn’t giddy about this or that. Not terribly long ago, she and her husband moved to Indiana, where her son lives. I lost touch with them after they left. I heard, however, that she died last week and was laid to rest in Petal on Saturday. The world has lost a very giving soul - someone who would help the weak, feed the hungry and speak to strangers. Her compassion was endless. She will remain in the hearts of all of the lives she touched through nursing or to those of us who were lucky enough to have had her in our lives personally.
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Janet Greer and Dominic D’Amico to wed March 1 at Bethany Baptist Church
Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Greer of Hickory Flat announce the engagement of their daughter, Janet Rana Greer, to Dominic D’Amico, son of Ann D’Amico and the late Orlando D’Amico of New Salem, Penn.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William D. Greer of Hickory Flat, and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Osie Anderson of Potts Camp.
Janet is a graduate of Potts Camp High School, and the University of Mississippi where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She also earned a Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is employed as a physical therapist at Campbell Clinic Orthopedics in Germantown, Tenn.
Dominic is a graduate of Uniontown Area High School in Uniontown, Penn. He graduated from California University of Pennsylvania majoring in secondary education mathematics with a minor in business management. He is the general manager for Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group in Memphis, Tenn., and Little Rock, Ark.
The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. March 1, 2008, at Bethany Baptist Church in Potts Camp.
A reception will follow at the church.
Adam Coffman and Jennifer Cook say vows in December 29 ceremony
Jennifer Erin Cook and Adam Joseph Coffman were married on December 29, 2007 at Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton, Virginia. The Rev. Wesley Peyton officiated the 12 noon ceremony.
An afternoon reception was held afterward in the Airlie Room with the beautiful grounds of Airlie as a background.
The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Melinda Cook of Bealeton, Va., and the groom is the son of Dwight and Patsy Coffman of Warrenton, Va.
Grandparents of the bride are Albert and Peggy Rodgers of Victoria, Glenn Cook of Starkville and Wanda Franklin of Jackson.
The groom’s grandmother is Mildred Cooke of Midland, Va.
The couple both graduated from Liberty High School and attended Virginia Commonwealth University.
Adam is a LCpl. in the U.S. Marine Corps, currently stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C., after serving a seven-month tour of duty in Fallujah, Iraq.
Jennifer is pursuing her education in the field of mass communications with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Maid of honor was Allyson Cook of Summerville, S.C. Bridesmaids were Vicki Jenkins of Goldvein, Va., and Kelly Wintermyer of Warrenton, Va.
Best man was R.J. Gibson of Midland, Va. Groomsmen were Nick Mastri and Jesse Ganteaume of Warrenton, Va.
The couple honeymooned in Miami, Fla., before returning to their home in Jacksonville, NC.
Paul and Julie Humble of Germantown, Tenn., are very proud to announce the birth of their son, Nathaniel James Humble. Nathaniel was born at Germantown Methodist Hospital Monday evening, January 21, 2008. He weighed eight pounds - nine ounces and was 20-1/2 inches long.
Nathaniel was welcomed into this world by his maternal grandfather, Jim Robbins of Tennessee; his paternal grandparents, Fairley and Sue Humble of Byhalia; and his great-grandmother, Cherie Sanders, also of Byhalia.
Darrell and Tammy Wells of Waterford are proud to announce the birth of a daughter, Molli Grace, born Dec. 22, 2007 at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. She weighed seven pounds, 15 ounces and was 19-3/4 inches long.
Molli Grace was welcomed by her big brother, Destin and big sister, Samantha.
Paternal grandparents are the late Jimmy and Mary Ellen Wells of Waterford. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Dodson of Waterford and the late Margie Dodson of Waterford.
Maternal great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herman Callicutt of Myrtle.
Weavers rejoice over birth of baby boy
Austin Levi Weaver was born January 25, 2008 at Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth. He weighed six pounds, nine ounces and was 19-1/2 inches long. Parents are Scott and Allison (Stewart) Weaver of Ripley.
Grandparents are Keith and Melissa White of Ripley; Dee and Raylene Gray of Oxford; and Johnny and Brenda Weaver of Ripley.
Great-grandparents are James and Mary Skelton of Holly Springs; Charlotte White and the late David White of Ripley; Dickey Gray of Barton; Sarah Jordan of McComb; Simon and Dorothy Leopard of Ripley; Kathey Haskell of Ripley, and the late John Weaver of Selmer, Tenn.
Levi is the great-great-grandson of Juanita Gray of Holly Springs.!
Good News Happy Hour by Lois Swanee
I hope that you have already dialed into my radio show on WKRA AM 1110 these past weeks. In case you haven’t, then dial into my program on Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. You will hear poetry, history, local news, weather, wonderful music and also from some very important people in our community and state.
This week we will have Dr. Curtis Ferrell, pastor of First Baptist Church in Holly Springs, speaking to us about the new year and then another very special guest, Dr. Russell Mauk, Holly Springs’ own chiropractor, will also talk to us about his profession.
In addition there will be good music and fellowship.
Last week we had some very special guests who joined us on the air - Dr. Randy Russell, ophthalmologist in Oxford and Southaven, who is currently running on the Republican ticket for Congress out of the 1st Congressional District of Mississippi. Dr. Russell gave us an overview of his lengthy background and his future aspirations.
Then Melody Golding talked to us about her tremendous book, “Katrina” and the book signing that she was scheduled to be at that afternoon in Tunica. We had great music and some history of Holly Springs.
So please join me there this Thursday for another hour of fun and good feelings.
WKRA AM 1110 2 to 3 p.m. Thursdays.
See you there!
Super Bowl 11, partying with the stars!
I went to Super Bowl 11 which was between the Vikings and the Oakland Raiders. It was held in Pasadena, Ca. I flew out from Minnesota on the Vikings jet as I knew someone with political pull who invited me to go. Each year the television network chosen to announce the game had a big Super Bowl party which is always phenomenal. I was walking down the hall next to the wall and glory be! Guess who I bumped into? She was walking down the hall around the corner and I bumped right into Eva Gabor. I was so excited to see her and wonder of wonders, she so graciously acted just as glad to see me as I was to see her. She had her new husband with her and she kept trying to introduce me to him but I could not take my eyes off of her as she was so gorgeous. She was asking me about where I was from, etc., and I was trying to find out what she did with her old clothes. What she had on was absolutely stunning. Flash bulbs were flashing all around but unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of us together.
Later when the game started we were sitting in a nest of movie stars -- Chevy Chase, Andy Williams, and Don Rickles. They are just people but in order to attain stardom and fame they have to be smart and industrious. You never see a lazy movie star.
Unfortunately for the Vikings (always my favorite as they fed my grandchildren) they didn’t win that year but coming home on the plane with the team was an adventure too. Each one had some of his family on the plane, too. When we arrived back in Minneapolis, late on the snowy night in the cold of winter, I was astonished to get off the plane to hundreds of loyal Viking fans cheering the team even if they didn’t win.
One year the Vikings hosted the Super Bowl in Minneapolis although it was in the middle of January. Michael Lynn, general manager of the team, my son-in-law, hosted a Viking party at his house on Lake Minnetonka, the largest lake in Minnesota. It was frozen solid, the temperature high that day was about 20 degrees below zero, frozen, so solid with ice that they could move houses across the lake in wintertime. Mike had snowmobiles for the guests to ride or race on the frozen lake and a sleigh that was a vis-a-vis (face to face) complete with warm blankets. He had rented a huge tent which was floored and heated and inside there was a feast for the kings of the Super Bowl world. It was quite a bash!
Also available were hot air balloons, hovering overhead to drop down and take you for a ride if you wanted to go up in the air. Snow in Minnesota is serious business and also a way of life. However, I love Minnesota; I loved living there but it was like living in a deep freeze from October to May.
The year the Super Bowl was held in Hawaii, Jorja and Michael were going, so Fred and I babysat their children. After about a week they were flying home all night from Hawaii and arriving in Minneapolis at six in the morning. I had hired a man to come snow plow my driveway whenever it snowed two inches or more as I lived on top of a hill overlooking the frozen lake. Little Mike, who was 13 at the time, asked if he could go to the airport with me and I told him he could if he would get up and be ready to go by 4 a.m.
What I didn’t know was that it had snowed several inches during the night and the snow on my drive had not been removed. My grandson and I backed out of our heated garage and began to slowly descend the curvaceous precarious decline down the hill. Right at the top of the hill the car spun a complete circle and then another and then another being completely out of control.
When we landed at the bottom, the car was headed in the direction of the airport. I put my foot on the gas and proceeded just like nothing had happened.
My grandson was really impressed. He said, “Wow Mamee, you can really drive! Let’s do it again!”
70th annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage, a festival of art and architecture
Make plans now to attend the 70th annual Holly Springs Pilgrimage, April 18-20! Feast on antebellum splendor, local storytellers brimming with the colorful stories of Holly Springs’ past, costumed guides, Pilcher organ recitals in antebellum churches, gracious Southern luncheons, tours of historic Hill Crest Cemetery guided by ghosts from Holly Springs’ past, free rides in antique carriages pulled by Percheron draft horses, a native plant sale and country store at the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts throughout the town as well as a traditional southern supper in one of our glorious mansions — Montrose!
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