October 22, 2009
Get well wishes to Mrs. Mobley
Prayers go out to Tracey and Randy Eggers and their family. Saturday night, their child, Vince, was beaten severely with a baseball bat in DeSoto County. Some of you may have seen it on the news and not known the people involved. It is a tragedy for the family and, most especially, for the boys involved who were wounded. It makes one wonder how people are raised these days. Naturally knowing that fighting is just not a good thing, one would assume that fists are the most common method when fighting. You hear of things like this happening on the national news - gang fights, people getting hit with things other than fists, etc. You never think it is going to hit home, or happen to someone you know or love.
Vince needs your prayers and thoughts to go his direction. He has a long road of recovery ahead of him. He is currently in LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Both of his parents are from Marshall County and went to school at Marshall Academy, home town folks who need home town prayers.
Hank Wheeler of Newnan, Ga., was the weekend guest of Mary Clay and Gene Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady. While here, he also visited with Laura Wheeler.
Grady Brooks celebrated his eighth birthday Saturday with a Halloween themed party held at his Baboo’s house. The cake was dark blue with a huge spider web on the front and “standing” ghosts made of fondant around the top. It was made by Susie Murphy. Party guests enjoyed face painting, wrap the mummy game, feel the icky stuff, swinging at the pinata and cake and ice cream. Friends who attended were Erin Burleson, Amanda Barnett, Paige Foshee, Tony Day, Thomas Stewart, Anushka Bahkta and Grady’s sister, Caitlyn. Everyone had a wonderful time!
What a horrific thing to have learned Sunday morning that Mrs. Mobley had been run over in our Wal-Mart parking lot! The lighting in the parking lot out there is terrible at night, which is when I like to go. However, this happened during the day, which is even more unfathomable.
I have been out there when children have darted in and out of the parked cars. When driving through the parking lot, one would not be going at any rate of speed - or should not be anyway. It is awful to know that anyone was hit, much less someone as loved by the community as Mrs. Mobley.
Well wishes go out to Graham Miller, who has been in the hospital. Get well soon, Graham!!
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Miss Ruby Reynolds and William Henley Jr. to say vows Saturday at Anderson Chapel
Ruby Nell Reynolds and William M. Henley Jr. will exchange wedding vows on Oct. 24. Ruby is the daughter of Dorothy Lay Reynolds of Waterford. William is the son of William M. Henley Sr. and Mae L. Henley of Holly Springs.
The couple will be married on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. at Anderson Chapel CME Church, 730 Martin L. King Drive in Holly Springs. A reception will follow the ceremony at the Zeta Complex Building, 880 Cottrell Avenue. Family and friends are invited to attend.
Grand opening set for October 29
Absolutely, unequivocallyy, I saved the best help of all at the Marshall County Historical Museum until the last. He is Jim Dunworth and he is the best help of all because he is a genius and he is sharing his genius with us.
He belongs to the Mensa Society and in order to get into that, you must have the I.Q. of a genius. Jim is the brains of the museum. I am the heart. He had and has wonderful ideas for everything.
He ran for political office awhile back and he didn’t win but if he had, he would have been a representative that we could have been proud of and he would have represented us well.
Jim was in the Merchant Marines for a long while. When he retired, he moved to Holly Springs. He was reared in Illinois and is as American as apple pie. He is a master of photography, also with the writing pen, or finding solutions to anything that comes up. He even helped me arrange displays that seemed impossible and you get to benefit from the outcome.
Jim and Sophia, his wife, are both fluent in Spanish. Sophia works as an interpreter when she is needed. Jim used to pilot ships from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back every day in his other life.
He is also the town poet. He has written and published a little poetry book called, “Monkey Grass.” It’s kind of like Ogden Nash’s poetry. We sell them at the museum. He is the vice-president of the museum board.
Without Jim Dunworth, this museum wouldn’t be here today, finished and arranged so well. Jim Dunworth is our very best friend.
My daughter, Jorja Lynn, has made incredible displays for you to enjoy. All of her exhibits have to do with Kate Clark, who was an only child and never threw away anything. Jorja was elated over the artifacts we have and thrilled to make the exhibits and her elation shows as the exhibits are so artfully done.
Alice Long made the Funeral Room and used four homemade tombstones and Walter McDonald’s embalming kit and a small casket that was a salesman sample he carried in back of the wagon to take orders for what size you wanted.
The museum will have its grand opening on Thursday afternoon from 1 - 5, October 29. We invite the public to come and enjoy. The charge at the door will be $5 but you may give more if you care to, as we are beginning our recuperation from the move. Our move was very costly, however, we are much better than we ever were before.
Our fantastic Christmas Tour will be December 5 and 6. Five beautiful homes will be shown. The date of the oldest is 1838, another is 1840 and another is 1857. Then we have a turn of the century, prairie style home that’s never been on tour before. Then an added bonus will be the new home that’s only ten years old.
The opossum naming contest has reached a national audience. I recently received a letter from a California reader who sent me a story and a name for our newest addition to the wildlife room. Send in your suggestions this week as the contest ends next week. “Museum Opossum Contest” P.O. Box 806, Holly Springs, MS 38635.
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