January 6, 2011
Holly Springs has many blessings
A big thank you to Dr. Elizabeth Smith, one of our local veterinarians.
Sunday afternoon, a cat apparently got hit on Salem Avenue. My husband thought it was a goner. Upon further inspection, it was still breathing. I had to go to Memphis and had him on “cat watch.” Carri and Mary Catherine Hutchens stopped, picked up the poor kitty and took it to Dr. Smith. Bless it, the injuries were life-threatening and Dr. Smith had to put it down. Where else would a person be able to call a vet on a Sunday afternoon to meet up at the clinic for a stray animal than right here in Holly Springs? We are all so fortunate that we have wonderful people like Dr. Smith who go the extra mile to help a furry friend in need!
Funny little traditions creep up around the New Year. One which I had never heard of was folks cooking a whole hog head. I haven’t quite figured out if the entire head is cooked or only a portion. I do know that in recent trips to the grocery store, I have noticed vacuum packed heads in the meat department. Black-eyed pea eating seems to be the overall tradition for people. Tale has it if you eat just a mere spoonful of black eyed peas on New Year’s Day, you will have good fortune all year long.
Superstitions aside, making a good year begins with you. Life is what you make of it - take the good with the bad and keep on trucking! Resolutions made are usually broken by mid-year. If one day is taken at a time and each day is looked at as a gift, resolutions really don’t have to be made. Just be kind to one another, stop littering the streets and be a good friend! Happy New Year!
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Williams-Permenter say vows in August ceremony
Mary Cates Permenter and Robert Paul Williams were married on August 21, 2010 at the Oxford Presbyterian Church.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cates Permenter Jr. of Ripley and the granddaughter of Mrs. James William Warren and the late James William Warren of Holly Springs and the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cates Permenter of Ripley.
The bridegroom is the son of Mary Fowler Waltman of Houston, Texas, and John Hoyt Williams of Jackson. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Inman Odessa Fowler of Jackson and the late Mr. and Mrs. Guy Hoyt Williams of Jackson.
The Rev. John Malcolm Semmes officiated at the double ring ceremony. Joseph Garrison accompanied Erin Kuykendall, vocalist, on the organ. The church was decorated with two large urns filled with white hydrangeas, white calla lilies, curly willow, and bells of Ireland.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore an elegant Monique Lhuillier couture gown of ivory Alencon lace. The contoured gown was fashioned with a deep V neckline. The back of the bodice extended to a deep V and closed in the back with covered buttons and a modified mermaid skirt which drifted into a chapel length train.
The bride wore her favorite flower, white gardenias, in her hair. In addition she wore an antique platinum and diamond lavalier. She carried a bouquet of white roses tied with dupioni silk and the wedding handkerchief carried by her great-great-grandmother who married in London, England, in 1872.
Attending the bride as maid of honor was the daughter of the groom, Melissa Aslan Williams of Franklin, Tenn. The attendants were Elizabeth Dixon Allen of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, Lisa Kae Barker, of Bentonia, Carlyle Colclough Barnes of Santa Barbara, Calif., Elizabeth Milam Hamilton, of Jackson, Sarah Spencer Hamilton of Jackson, Erin Louise Leon of Birmingham, Alabama, Ferriday Mansel McClatchy of Oxford, Emily Bartling Simmons of Jackson, Carlyle Graves Thomas of Memphis, Tennessee, and Jane Randolph Vann of Hailey, Idaho. They wore tea- length white dresses.
The attendants carried bouquets of pink and white peonies. The flower girls were Haley LaBette Hewitt and Mary Alexandra Hewitt of Oxford, and Rivers Morrow Williams of Jackson. Anne Kieffer Carson of Oxford attended the register.
The groom’s brother John Hoyt Williams Jr. served as best man. The ushers were William Lloyd Hewitt of Oxford, Christopher Warren Jacobs, of Jackson, Benjamin Shane Kellum of Jackson, Ellis Winton McInnis of Jackson, and Cooper Warren Permenter of Olive Branch. The ring bearer was John Hoyt Williams III, of Jackson.
The program attendants were Jeffrey Kyle Coombs, Fredrick Andrew Coombs, and Robert Charles Coombs all of Ripley. Matthew Joseph Nicholas of Jackson was the reader.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at The Big Truck Theater in Taylor. Music was provided by the Hot Dangs and decorations were created by Au Courant and M. Nicholas Designs of Jackson.
The walkway to the theater was thickly strewn with multi-colored rose petals for the guests’ arrival. In addition the walkway was lined with moss covered urns filled with pink and white roses, hydrangeas, and summer greenery.
The interior of The Big Truck Theater was beautifully decorated with masses of roses, peonies, hydrangeas, beautiful seasonal greenery and linen pillows, which were placed on the rustic seating by the dear friends of the bride, Matt Nicholas and Emily Simmons, owners of Au Courant in Jackson.
In the theater, the bride’s cake was placed on a round, skirted table. The cake, made by Karen Brown, who has made all the bride’s birthday cakes throughout her life, was decorated with fresh white roses and was placed on a beautiful silver cake plateau.
A magnificent towering fruit display, created by Pat Hopper of Ripley, was the focal point of the buffet table. In keeping with the venue of the reception, the food was served on both silver and McCarty pottery and featured all the bride and groom’s favorite foods. The catering was provided by Melinda Dees of Ripley, a lifelong friend of the bride and the bride’s family.
The wedding and reception were coordinated by Fete et Cie, Professional Event Planning of Oxford and its owner, Ferriday Mansel McClatchy, a close friend of the bride. In addition, the wedding director was Bea Green, who directed the bride’s parents’ wedding 38 years earlier.
On the eve of the wedding, a beautiful cocktail buffet was hosted at the Oxford home of John and Kate Green. Hosts for the event were Linda and Rick Caldwell, Rollie and Lynn Carson, Lori and Tommy Comer, Carey Crain, Charlie Beck and Fred Graves, Bea and Jimmye Dale Green, Kim and John Haynes, Kathy and John Hatcher, Missy and Lloyd Hewitt, Lynne and Norris Howell, Carolyn and Joe Pegram, and Susan and Jimmy Warren.
After a wedding trip, the couple is making their home in Oxford.
Madison Yates and Mark Meadows to wed January 15 at Carahills Estate
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Yates of Paragould, Ark., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Madison Ann Yates of Paragould, to Mark Anthony Meadows, of Barton. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Meadows of Barton.
Madison is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Robb, and Cathryn Yates and the late J.W. Yates, all of Paragould.
She is a 2008 graduate of Arkansas State University and is employed with Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs as a radiology technologist.
Mark is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Sanders of Barton and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Meadows of Kennett, Mo.
He is a 2002 graduate of Rossville Christian Academy and is employed with Meadows Construction.
The wedding will be held January 15, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Carahills Estate in Gallaway, Tenn.
Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Holder of Little Rock, Ark., announce the arrival of a daughter, Katherine Wakefield Holder, born December 9, 2010 at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. She weighed six pounds and 10 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. Kate was welcomed home by big sister Alex.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. D. Rook Moore III of Holly Springs. Maternal great-grandparents are Mrs. Vadah Cochran of Holly Springs and Mrs. Dudley Moore Jr. of Byhalia.
Paternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. John C. Holder of Little Rock.
A new beginning
The New Year! This beautiful morning we are standing on the threshold of a new chapter in our lives. The door has just been shut on last year and we are beginning a new time. We are stepping into a new adventure and it is very exciting.
Resolutions are made to make our lives better. We have much to be thankful for, such as our daily blessings, such as our bountiful food, our precious loved ones, our work and the fact that we are able to work. We are thankful for health, which is so important and keeps us going. Be thankful also that we have the privilege of living in this special spot on earth called Mississippi where the living is easy.
This column is a combination of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. Let’s live, love, and give to make the world a better place. All things that you do boomerang and come back to you, so make it good!
Everything you do is an example, good or bad. So be a good example. Don’t fill your days with nothingness. Every day give something away, every day do a kind deed. Don’t be selfish, be selfless. Do those kind deeds today while you are able and it is possible! Make life great for those with whom you come in contact and make everyday worth living.
Every day be good, be honest, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t covet. This New Year one of your resolutions should be hitch your wagon to a star and soar! Yes, you can do this!
Happy New Year!
(Intended for Last Week)
Jesus Is Better Than Santa
• Santa lives at the North Pole; Jesus is everywhere.
• Santa rides in a sleigh; Jesus rides on the wind and walks on the water.
• Santa comes but once a year; Jesus is ever present help.
• Santa comes down your chimney uninvited; Jesus stands at your door and knocks.
• Santa makes you stand in line to see him; Jesus is as close as the mention of his name.
• Santa lets you sit on his lap; Jesus lets you rest in His arms.
• Santa asks, “Little boy, little girl, what is your name?” Jesus knew our names before we did.
• Santa has a belly like a bowl of jelly; Jesus has a heart full of love.
• Santa offers “Ho, Ho, Ho”; Jesus offers health, help and hope.
• Santa says “You better not cry!”; Jesus says, “Cast all your cares on me for I care for you!”
• Santa’s little helpers make toys; Jesus makes new lives, mends hearts, repairs broken homes.
• Santa may make you chuckle; Jesus gives you joy.
• Santa puts gifts under your tree; Jesus became our gift and died on a tree.
There’s really no comparison; Jesus is the reason for the season.
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