February 19, 2009
Caroline Douglas celebrates birthday
Mary Glen and Patrick Carlton and twins, Mary Grace and William, of Birmingham, Ala., were weekend guests of Vicki and Walter Webb. While here, they also visited with their numerous friends and other family members.
Leigh Douglas attended the birthday of her granddaughter, Caroline Douglas, in Starkville, over the weekend.
Happy belated birthday wishes go out to Dorothy Warren. Hope it was fabulous, Dot!
What can someone say about Geraldine Gholson? She was loved by most and feared by some? That could certainly suit the bill on most of her good days!
Geraldine -- Nana as I fondly called her -- was a remarkable woman. She persevered through tough times and made a name for herself in the nursing field. She was a forward thinking person - definitely outside of the box. A true pioneer of her time, helping families throughout the years. She touched the lives of everyone she helped while nursing.
Nana had an air about her. Everyone knew when she entered a room - mostly because she would make a grand entrance! She loved to talk about her family and her life. She was very well traveled and, as I recall from our youth, would take her grandchildren along on her excursions. She always came back with wonderful stories of the adventures she had.
Knowing her the way I did, I could not imagine that she would ever leave this earth - she was too tough to let anything get her! We joked for years that she had nine lives - a true “tiger lady” in that sense!
She would tell it like it was, like it or not. If she wasn’t telling it, she could sure shoot you a “stank eye” that would cut you quicker than a word! I so admired that quality in her. She lived every single day as if it were her last - as though every day mattered to her and that life was just too short to mince words. In the whole grand scheme of things, she was entirely correct!
I am sure, as time passes, people will gather their memories of her and collect them in what would be a best-seller! Her little quips alone would make a large book - in bigger print so all of the “Ya-Yas” could read the words!
It is the end of the Grand Matriarch Ya-Ya’s life, but a new chapter has begun for her. She left this earth, along with a plethora of fond memories to be cherished for a lifetime. I am so proud to have been privileged enough to have Nana in my life. She is one person I will, as long as I live, never ever forget and will always look back on with a smile! I could not dare shed tons of tears or I would hear her in my ear (gruff voice in tow) screaming, “Ah hell, Mary Clay, suck it up!” Smiles for a phenomenal lady and tears from laughter in remembering her funny tales!
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Stubbs-Kaigler say vows in May 3 ceremony in Biloxi
Lee Ann Kaigler and Ellis Townsend Stubbs were united in holy matrimony on May 3, 2008, at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Biloxi in a 7 p.m. ceremony. The Rev. Peter Mockler was the celebrant for the nuptial mass. Father Mockler also married the bride’s parents thirty-two years ago.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. James Streett Kaigler Sr. of Gulfport. The groom is the son of Mrs. Linda Eastland Stubbs of Holly Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jackson Stubbs of Oxford.
Grandparents of the bride are the late Mr. and Mrs. Scott Watson Weatherly of Gulfport and the late Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Percy Kaigler of Clarksdale. Grandparents of the groom are Mrs. Thomas Henry Stubbs, and the late Mr. Stubbs of Holly Springs and the late Mr. and Mrs. Hiram Chester Eastland of Doddsville.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a designer Lazaro A-line gown of ivory satin, silk and organza embellished with Alencon lace. The gown was accented at the waist with a silk sash and had satin covered buttons descending down the entire length of the cathedral train. Her cathedral-length veil by Toni Frederici was made of silk tulle and trimmed with Alencon lace. The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of white peonies, white hydrangeas and various colored roses entwined with satin ribbon and a handkerchief given to the bride by the groom’s grandmother. Her only jewelry was a strand of pearls given to her by the groom, and diamond and pearl earrings which belong to her mother and late grandmother.
The matron of honor was the bride’s sister-in-law, Kristine Debenport Kaigler of Gulfport. The maid of honor was Olivia Mead Kaigler, sister of the bride, also of Gulfport. The bridesmaids wore strapless gowns by Jim Heljm in a lovely cloud blue. They carried bouquets of green hydrangeas, parrot tulips, and roses in various shades. The bridesmaids were Audrey Miles Bailey of Gulfport; Leigh Frazier Painter of Las Vegas, Nev.; Carly Graves Ginn of Jackson; Jordan Rebecca Graves of Batesville; Emily Hood Smith of Gulfport; Meredith Monsour of Jackson; Tara Nicole Nall of Beaumont, Texas; Natalie Helen Roberts of Charleston, South Carolina; Ann Elizabeth Waller of Gulfport; Adrienne Simone Wessler of Gulfport; Margaret Rather Brown of Jackson; and Ana Gayle Christian of Gulfport. The honorary bridesmaids were Laura Carlisle Bray of Holly Springs; Kathryn Virginia Davis of Birmingham, Ala.; and Mary Allyn Rhoulac of Oxford.
Best man for the groom was his father, Thomas Jackson Stubbs of Oxford. Groomsmen were Everette Caperton Stubbs of Washington, D.C., brother of the goom; Jason Bowie Burch of Southaven; Paul Andrew Dill of Memphis, Tenn.; Kristopher Marshall Roberson of Casper, Wyoming; Boyce Hunter Crawford of Slayden; John Wilson Taylor III of Holly Springs; Jeffrey David McAlexander of Holly Springs; Bradley Neal Hunsucker of Lafayette, La.; Tatum Andrew Brown of Oxford; Hunter Locke Hollingsworth of Byhalia; James Streett Kaigler Jr. of Gulfport; Scott Davenport Kaigler of Oxford; and Vincent Joseph Martello of Flowood. Ushers were Michael Dustin Allen of Slayden; Michael Grant Roberson of Enid; Thomas Antley Eastland of Jackson; Samuel Weatherly Waller of Jackson; and Kyle Emory Brannon of Cummings, Ga.
The readers were Hilary Morgan Gainer of Lubbock, Texas; and Mary Kathryn Schneller of Holly Springs. Flower girls were Lucy Carlyle Kaigler and Avery Hallam Kaigler of Gulfport. Ring bearers were Lyndon Streett Kaigler, and Hudson Layne Kaigler of Houston, Texas; James Streett Kaigler III of Gulfport; and John Foster Orgeron of Woodville.
Gift bearers and program attendants were Grant Newman Gutierrez and Chad Shepard Gutierrez of Gulfport, and Allyson Carole Weatherly of Jackson.
The bride’s proxy was Katherine Brent Wessler of Gulport.
The bride, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bridesmaids were honored at a luncheon at the home of Mrs. George Pearce Hopkins III hosted by friends. On the eve of the wedding the groom’s family hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Dock on Gulfport Lake. Out of town guests were invited to a brunch the morning of the wedding at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Brent Gutierrez. Following the ceremony, the wedding reception was held at the Great Southern Club in Gulfport. Guests were entertained with music by “The Connection” from Birmingham, Alabama.
After honeymooning in the Mayan Riviera, the couple is at home in Olive Branch.
Mississippi Tallahatchie Wildlands Project
We need to build a new national park in Mississippi and it needs to be built in the Mississippi Tallahatchie Wildlands. This land is already owned by the government.
The project would furnish jobs for thousands of people for generations to come. Over the whole thing fly the six flags of Mississippi. This paper is an idea for tourism which we need desperately.
Most folks have never been on a train and it would be a tourist draw to have an excursion train going from Holly Springs to the River (and maybe to Oxford) with a dining car on the back. Make the Tallahatchie River the pivotal point. At the Mississippi Wildlands Refuge by the River, set up:
1. A Civil War encampment as the original cannon parapets are still there. Make a Civil War park in this area.
2. Have a ferry boat to take tourists two miles down river to Old Wyatt Landing where the Town of Wyatt stood on the bluff. It was burned by the Yankees during the Civil War or we could build a beautiful trail to go to Wyatt. That was where the big boats turned around when coming from the Mississippi River as the Tallahatchie was too shallow after that.
3. Reconstruct the Indian mounds that used to be there and have an Indian village. Ask the Mississippi Choctaws to do this and have Indians there all the time, similar to what Chucalissa used to have.
4. The canal that was built by the Department of the Interior in 1912 is still in perfect shape. It could be used as a recreational waterway for skiing, boating, fishing and other water sports. Have a unique water park here.
5. Have a Disney World carnival and midway in the southwest corner of the property. The whole park would be a drawing card for everybody of all ages.
6. Everybody would have a destination to go and spend the day, or the week. Build businesses such as cafes, antiques, gift and souvenirs shops and hotels.
I wrote President Obama and asked him to use some of the stimulus funds to create jobs here on this project so people could work and build this history project for the future. This would be a great tourist attraction and would be a positive draw for our Mississippi.
Enlist the Department of the Interior and let them build and pay for it. Let’s create a new national park in Mississippi. During the Great Depression the economy was worse than it is now. Roosevelt started several work programs for the unemployed and the needy. The CCC project built great places that we enjoy today and it also taught working skills to the unskilled. Roosevelt started projects to preserve history, to create history, sewing projects, and preservation projects and teach skills of all sorts that could be used as vocations the rest of their lives.
We need to make Mississippi a better place by creating jobs and teaching people that work is a joy and counts for something and we need to be thankful for a job and the opportunity to work.
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