Welcome Alexa Perry Farese
Get well wishes go out to Walker Cupp, who is recovering at home from a brief stay in Baptist DeSoto Hospital.
Jane Ann and Mark Autry spent a long weekend in Arkansas celebrating their anniversary.
Last week, Lea and Jason Farese welcomed the newest addition to their family, Alexa Perry Farese. Waiting to give her big hugs and kisses was proud big brother, Luke. She is another beautiful grandchild to love for Vivian and Eugene Smith and John Booth and Cindy Farese. Congratulations!
Patsy, Mitch and Grace Tutor of Hattiesburg have been the guests of their grandparents, Martha and Donnie Mitchell, as well as Jamie Brigance and sons, Stevie and Drew. While here, Patsy and Mitch participated in Coach Dailey’s “We Believe” basketball camp at Marshall Academy last week.
Congratulations to Christie and Chad McClatchy, who exchanged wedding vows in Gatlinburg, Tenn.
Mr. Darrah, Denise Darrah, Sheri and Randy McClatchy and grandchildren, Taylor and Jordan, Terri adn Tommy Garrison and children, Garrett and Christian Bailey and Jacob Garrison, Carri and Larry Hutchens and children, Alison and Mary Catherine, Breana and Landon Scruggs all attended the wedding of Christie and Chad.
Helene Doxey from Waveland visited Mrs. Halle Chatham recently.
Fresh strawberries? Here? I have not had fresh strawberries from Marshall County since Eleanor Lee and Leslie Tomlinson retired from their strawberry patch years ago, until Saturday. Apparently, Brownlee Farms in Red Banks has a massive strawberry patch. We were lucky enough to be the recipients of two pints of the fresh berries. After slicing them up, I grabbed the cup in the sugar container. Before doing so, because they looked so red and juicy, I tasted one. Who needs sugar? They are so very sweet on their own! Sometimes when purchasing strawberries, there are always a few with nice fuzzy gray hair growing on them. Not with these. Each strawberry was as perfect as the next - super red and nicely shaped.
If you get a hankering for some wonderful strawberries, it is worth the short trip out to Red Banks to Brownlee Farms to acquire a flat - or more, if you plan on freezing them for the winter months. They are “delicioso,” per Grady!
Congratulations to the Holly Springs 8U softball girls, who had a tremendous Saturday playing ball. Go, girls, go!
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Miss Bronwyn McNeill to wed Barrett Clanton June 27 at Montrose
Mrs. Robin Holbrook McNeill of Holly Springs announces the engagement of her daughter Bronwyn Kate to Barrett Wade Clanton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Clanton of Holly Springs.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of James R. “Bud” Holbrook and the late Billie Maxey Holbrook of Holly Springs, and Patricia Morgan McNeill and the late Phillip Edward McNeill of Royal, Arkansas. She is the daughter of Ken Alan McNeill of Baytowne, Texas. Miss McNeill is a 2006 high honor graduate of Marshall Academy. She attends the University of Mississippi, majoring in elementary education. She is a member of Gamma Beta Phi Society and Delta Gamma Sorority.
The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of Louise Clanton Thomas of Laws Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Wetzel of Panama City, FL, and Mr. and Mrs. Ray West of Birmingham, AL. He is a 2004 honor graduate of Marshall Academy. He attended Mississippi State University, majoring in civil engineering. Barrett is employed with Pipe Systems International of Holly Springs.
Montrose in Holly Springs is the setting for the ceremony and reception on June 27, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Jennifer Ash and James Fuller to wed at Bluff Springs Baptist Church
Faron and Brenda Ash of Potts Camp announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Nicole Ash to James Fuller, son of Herbert and Marylen Fuller.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late A.W. and Birdie Boren of Potts Camp, Gene Ash of Potts Camp and Martha Cantan of Cornersville.
She is a 2004 graduate of East Union Attendance Center and a 2008 graduate of Blue Mountain College with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. She is now teaching at Galena Elementary School. She also serves in the U.S. Army Reserves.
The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Jim and Mertie Fuller of Blue Mountain, the late Jess Fuller of Blue Mountain and Florence Fuller of Blue Mountain.
He is a 2005 graduate of New Albany High School and a 2007 graduate of Northeast Community College with an Associate degree in applied science. He is now employed with CEC in New Albany.
The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. on June 13, 2009 at Bluff Springs Baptist Church in Ashland, with Bro. Faron Ash officiating. A reception will immediately follow at the church.
After a honeymoon to Panama City Beach, Fla., the couple will reside in Blue Mountain.
Miss Anna Swain and Matthew Cooper to wed at Salem Baptist Church June 20
Greg and Amy Swain of Cornersville are proud to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Anna Gayle Swain to Matthew Wade Cooper of Potts Camp.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Joe and Schwonda Foley of Etta and Gary and Shirley Swain of Cornersville.
She graduated from West Union Attendance Center in 2007 and attended Northwest Community College where she received her Associate degree in nursing. She is currently employed as a registered nurse with Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
The prospective groom is the son of Tom and Jan Cooper of Potts Camp. He is the grandson of Connie Holmes of Potts Camp, Clyde Holmes of Holly Springs, and Dan and Billie Cooper of Potts Camp.
He graduated from Potts Camp High School in 2003 and received an Associate degree in civil technology from Northwest Community College. He is currently co-owner and operator of Cooper Cattle Company of Potts Camp.
The couple will exchange vows on June 20, 2009 at 6 p.m. at Salem Baptist Church in Potts Camp. There will be a reception following the ceremony at the home of Dan and Billie Cooper, grandparents of the groom. All friends and family are invited to attend as no formal invitations are being sent.
Following a honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tenn., the couple will reside in Potts Camp.
Couple exchange vows March 7 in Red Banks
Tracy Rutherford Brawley and John Louis Coates Jr. were married March 7, 2009 at the home of Carolyn and Jim Deegan in Red Banks. Doug Jarrel from Byhalia performed the outdoor ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Alan Rutherford and Mary Jo Rutherford of Holly Springs.
The groom is the son of Carolyn and Jim Deegan of Red Banks and the late John Louis Coates Sr. of Memphis Tenn.
Presented in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by her daughter, Allison Brawley, as maid of honor and step-daughter, Tayler Coates, as bridesmaid.
Cody Coates was the best man and Matthew Brawley was groomsman.
A reception was held at the Deegan home after the ceremony.
From the ivory Cinderella-style dress and the glass slipper cake, this was truly a fairy tale come true for Tracy and John. The groom didn’t get tipsy and fall in the pond and the bride got to kiss her frog and he became her prince and they will live happily ever after. There was even a Tennessee Vols groom’s cake. Everyone enjoyed the music from the DJ Carlos, and all the wonderful food that was prepared.
The bride is a 1995 graduate of Marshall Academy and currently works in Memphis, Tenn.
The groom has been with Federal Express for 23 years.
John and Tracy spent their honeymoon in Gatlinburg. They were truly blessed on this gorgeous but windy day, snow the week before and rain the week after. Thank you to all of our friends and family who shared this special day with us.
Martisha Evans and Jacob Kennedy to wed June 13
Mr. and Mrs. Troy Wright of Holly Springs announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Martisha Shavell Evans to Jacob Albert Kennedy. The bride-elect is the daughter of Troy and Patricia Wright and the late Robert Lee Evans.
She is the granddaughter of John and Onnie Mae Washington and the late Roosevelt and Adleana Harris of Ashland.
Martisha is a 2003 graduate of Holly Springs High School and a 2009 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a B.S. degree in paralegal services.
The prospective groom is the son of Emory Kennedy and the late Marcie Kennedy of Kosciusko. He is the grandson of the late Albert and Earnestine McMichael.
Jacob is a 2003 graduate of Ethel High School in Kosciusko.
The wedding ceremony will be held at Hernando Road Church of Christ in Holly Springs on Saturday, June 13, 2009 at 4 p.m. An adult reception will immediately follow the ceremony at Promise Land Country Club located at 564 Woodward Avenue in Holly Springs.
The couple will spend a one-week honeymoon on the beautiful island of Jamaica and make their home in Southaven.
Friends and family are invited.to share in this joyous occasion.
Bedford Alan McLarty was born at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford on February 17, 2009. He weighed eight pounds and two ounces and was 20 and one-half inches long. His parents are Curtis and Marsha McLarty.
Maternal grandparents are Vernon and Denise Faust of Oxford. Paternal grandparents are Jerry and Shirley McLarty of Barton.
February is a big birthday month for the McLartys. Bedford Alan (named after both grandfathers) makes the fifth grandson and the third one born in February on consecutive days. Welcoming Alan into the family are his cousins, Blake Jolley (February 16), Brandon McLarty, Ben McLarty (February 15) and Jonathan Jolley.
Jonathan and Rachel Hunsucker are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jonathan Marshall Hunsucker II. He was born May 7, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in New Albany at 7:15 p.m. and weighed seven pounds. He was 19 inches long.
Paternal grandparents are Thresha Hunsucker of Red Banks and George Hunsucker of Waterford.
Paternal great-grandparents are Clark and Margie McCallum of Ashland and Opel McCallum and Larry Luke of Lamar.
Newest additions to family
Anna Morrison recently returned from Denver, Colo., and where she met the two newest additions to her family. Son Terry Morrison and his wife Evelyn rejoiced over the birth of twin boys on May 9, 2009. This now makes six children for her son. Jordan, the oldest, was six the middle of April. Morrison went to Denver to help her daughter-in-law during her last month of pregancy. Both boys are doing fine. William Wilberforce and Stephen Decatur Morrison are the new twins. They both weighed in at seven pounds. They joined their older brother Jordan, and their three sisters, Lydia, Sara and Amber. Pictured above are (from left): Lydia, Amber, William, Stephen, Sarah and Jordan with Memaw. The very proud grandparents are Terry and Anna Morrison of Holly Springs.
Wars we have had
Since I missed writing about Memorial Day this is a post script of remembrance of all our veterans that Holly Springs and Marshall County have furnished down through the last 17 decades. We have had soldier boys for at least 10 wars.
It all began before Holly Springs and Marshall County were formed. In 1835 there was the Alamo in Texas. A man named Micajah Autry was a fallen hero there. He was from North Carolina and to this day, his hometown in North Carolina celebrates Micajah Autry Day! His son moved from North Carolina in 1837 to Holly Springs and brought his mother with him. They lived on Van Dorn Avenue across from the Catholic Church and are buried in Hill Crest at the west gate by the dead tree. They have an imposing tombstone that stands close to the dead ghost tree and I hope the tree doesn’t fall on the beautiful tombstone. Micajah’s son, James Autry joined the Confederacy and was in line to become a general. On the day his commission arrived he was killed in the Battle of Atlanta.
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