April 1, 2010
Carlton twins celebrate birthday
Thursday, Holly Springs lost a wonderful resident, Mary Lloyd Betts. Each morning, she would walk her “ f l u f f y dog,” as G r a d y calls it, in front of our house. It did not matter if it was raining or not - she would walk the dog. If there were clouds out, her dog would be dressed accordingly - rain slicker and hat to match.
Her dog had a wonderful relationship with our cat, Annie. Every day, they would “talk” to one another through the fence at Montrose. Annie would even sometimes walk alongside them until they reached Airliewood.
Mary Lloyd had a great relationship with my husband, Gene. They would have morning conversations as he headed to his truck to go to work. She usually walked back this direction an hour or so after he left, as the children and I would wave to her on our way to school.
Such a tragic loss for our community. Mary Lloyd was a beautiful person, inside and out, and we are all deeply saddened by her loss. Things like this just do not happen here. It was terrible and my deepest sympathies go out to her family, as well as to her beloved pet. She will be sorely missed walking the streets of Holly Springs.
Happy birthday wishes go out to Mary Grace and William Carlton of Birmingham, Ala. They had a big birthday party over the weekend, hosted by their parents, Patrick and Mary Glenn. Vicki and Walter Webb attended and had a grand time.
Vivian and Eugene Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Travis Smith, of Memphis, recently returned from a vacation in San Antonio, Texas. While there, the couples shopped, ate wonderful food and enjoyed a little golf.
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Shomekia Watson to wed Terrance Rayford April 3
Shomekia L. Watson and Terrance L. Rayford are proud to announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage on Saturday, April 3, 2010.
Shomekia is the daughter of Donna Balfour and Randy Watson; she was reared by Viola and Douglas Watson, her grandparents, both of Holly Springs.
Terrance L. Rayford is the son of Lois Jean Rayford and and the grandson of Tressie Rayford, all of Byhalia.
Shomekia graduated from Holly Springs High School in 2002. She is currently employed with Hunter Fan Company in Memphis, Tenn. She is also the proud mother of a daughter, Sha’Kyria Watson, who attends Holy Family School.
Terrance graduated from Byhalia High School in 1997. He is currently employed with Kuehne & Nagel Company in Southaven.
They are inviting all family and friends to attend on Saturday, April 3 at the Zeta Building at 5 p.m. and reception afterwards.
Pennsylvania lady offers family’s spinning wheel
It’s springtime and it is such a thrill to see the world waking up from a long winter’s nap. To hear the beautiful song birds singing, “I’m back, I’m back!” Spring is a lot of folks’ favorite time of the year as spring is a time of revival of our being and, heaven knows, we need reviving.
At the museum, the visitors are back and we are happy that they are. We had a group from Kent State in Ohio yesterday. Their leader is our friend and she loves Holly Springs and the South. This is her third trip here. She and her group (ever-changing) visited us about ten years ago and then she visited us at the square and now here. There are people who come back year after year. I am always amazed when they begin the conversation with “Remember me? I was here ten years ago.” My perpetual answer is “Of course, and we are glad you are back!” Bebackers, we love them!
A lady from Pennsylvania called the other day and is coming to see us in June. She asked if we had room for her Marshall County family’s spinning wheel. Of course we do, always.
Last week Jimmy Power was in and brought new books he has written that we will sell called the “Iron Man” and the “Mississippi Company” of Morgan’s Raiders. Jimmy has written three books. The first one was about his wonderful mother who lived to be 104. The second about people in Marshall County during the Civil War who didn’t side with recession. The third book is a very interesting story of that fascinating group from here who traveled with the phenomenal Morgan.
Another of the books we have for sale at the museum is Cliff Valentine’s new book, “To See My Country Free.” It is the story of the Civil War told through Confederate soldiers. Stop at the museum and buy these and other books available from local authors. The picture shows Mr. Valentine sporting his new bolo hat he just carved out of a block of sycamore wood. It is for sale, too.
When you come to the museum, be sure you find some of the first goggles ever made with the original case they came in along with Admiral George Dewey’s aviation cap. George was a good friend of Lt. Commander Edward Russell Freeman, who was Kate Clark’s great-uncle.
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