April 14, 2011
Pilgrimage festivities enjoyed by all
Ann Yager McCrosky and her little sis, Cheyenne, of Danville, Ky., spent the weekend in Holly Springs. They attended the pilgrimage festivities and enjoyed visiting with friends.
Charlie Douglas and children, Caroline and Chandler, of Starkville, were the Saturday afternoon guests of his parents, Leigh and Dick Douglas. While here, they visited with friends and family and the children set up a lemonade stand.
Brandee Smith of Oxford, was the date of Neal Murphy, who was a pilgrimage queen escort, for the ball and dinner held at Montrose Saturday night.
Tom and Phoebe Stewart of Houston, Texas, are the guests of Tom and Linda Stewart and children, Brittany and Thomas. Lea Stewart of Memphis joined her family Saturday to help with the Stewart’s Catering of the event at Montrose Saturday night.
Grace Bonds spent the last part of the week in Jackson, with her sister, Barbara, who was having her hip replaced. What a fabulous little sister!
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Kimberly Williams to wed Odis Reliford April 16 at Zion Travelers Baptist Church
Ivivian Reed and Mr. and Mrs. David Williams are elated to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kimberly Nicole Williams, to Odis James Lee Reliford, of Holly Springs.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Cloteal Reed of Ruston and the late Cleveland Reed and the late Beatrice Williams.
Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems from Grambling State University where she also pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She later received her Master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in leadership from Sullivan University in Lexington, Ky.
The prospective groom is the son of Evelean Richards of Holly Springs and the late O.C. Reliford. He is the grandson of the late Rev. Lester Isom and the late Floria Isom, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reliford.
He graduated from Holly Springs High School and later joined the U.S. Navy where he served his country proudly. Odis is now an entrepreneur with his own monument business, Holly Springs Marble Works. Together Odis and Kimberly have started a security camera business called One Time Security based in Holly Springs.
The wedding is April 16, 2011 at Zion Travelers Baptist Church in Ruston, La. The couple plans to make Olive Branch their home.
Tonya Garrett and David Ash Jr to wed April 23 at Salem Baptist
Together with family and friends, Tonya Marie Garrett and David Lloyd Ash Jr. will join together in a celebration of love, during which they will exchange marriage vows on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 12 noon at Salem Baptist Church, Hwy. 349 in Potts Camp.
Tonya is the daughter of David and Thedy Cornelius of Hickory Flat and Tiny and Linda Garrett of Ingomar.
She is a 2004 graduate of Hickory Flat Attendance Center and is currently employed at Ashley Furniture Company in Ecru.
David is the son of Betty Ann Ash of Hickory Flat and David Lloyd Ash of Walnut. He is a 2005 graduate of West Union Attendance Center and is currently employed at Contract Fabricators Inc. in Holly Springs.
The couple invites all family and friends to share this special occasion with them.
Amanda Utley and Nick Godwin to wed May 7 in Germantown
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Utley of Germantown, Tenn., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Rosamond, to Nicholas Allen Godwin, son of Debra Benke and the late Allen Godwin of Byhalia. The bride elect is the granddaughter of Wilma Utley and the late J.P. Utley of Jackson, Tenn., and Mary Lillian Brown and the late Ted Brown of Germantown.
Amanda graduated from Germantown High School and Mississippi State University where she was a member of Phi Mu sorority and earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications.
She is employed in sales administration with the Hand Family Beverage Company.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Person of Collierville, Tenn., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Godwin of Memphis.
Nick graduated from Marshall Academy and the University of Mississippi where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. He also graduated from the Memphis Police Academy and is employed with the Germantown Police Department where he serves as a SWAT officer.
The couple will exchange vows on May 7, 2011 at Germantown Presbyterian Church in the Evans Chapel. After the wedding, the couple will honeymoon in the Dominican Republic and will reside in Byhalia.
A perfect 73rd Pilgrimage
Another Pilgrimage has joined the history ranks and it was a good one for us. The days were weather perfect, sunny and warm, just ordered for the pilgrims.
The flowers, including the dogwoods, were all in full array and were glorious. Arthur Collins came by the Marshall County Historical Museum in his dapper pilgrimage clothes dressed up as his relative, Supreme Court Judge James F. Trotter.
The cemetery was really full of Holly Springs characters of yesteryear. Vendors were on the historic square selling their wares. Two beautiful queens with two handsome escorts reigned supreme over the court.
Philanthropist Frank Swords had his gorgeous big horses with carriages out for people to enjoy.
Some of our visitors came from California, Massachusetts, Chicago, Missouri, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Texas, Idaho, and England, all with a story to tell if you’d let them.
Holly Springs is steeped in history and this is a chance to show it off.
Colonel Walter (Donald Harrison) was espousing the history of Walter Place on the front porch there to people who would listen.
History is repeating itself. It is never over. We are making new history every day.
Make it good! Come see us. We are fabulous! We are open six days a week.
P.S. One hundred fifty years ago this week, the terrible War Between the States began – April 12.
It lasted four years and ended 146 years ago this week – April 9. One of the first battles was in Virginia at a place called Bull Run, by the Northerners or called Manassas by the Southerners (same place). Shockingly to the North, the Southerners won.
From Holly Springs and Marshall County came the 9th Miss. (Chalmers Unit), the 17th Miss. (Featherston’s Unit), 19th Miss. (Mott’s Unit), 34th (Benton’s Unit), and more.
The battle was right outside of Washington, D.C. across the Potomoc River in Virginia. Men and women heard that the battle was raging and decided to go watch the fighting thinking it would be entertaining. When they got there, it was a full-fledged fight and people in their buggies were turning to flee to safety. One of the buggies broke down on the bridge and caused more bedlam and horror.
The Southerners had joined the 90-day war, honestly thinking they could whip the Northern army. The state militia equipped them with uniforms including the Miss. droop-wing eagle buckle. The Northerners thought the battle would be easy. At the end of 90-days the Southerners had not won the war, there was no more money for any equipment, including the Miss. buckle.
At the museum we sell replcas of the buckle.
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