Thursday, May 19, 2011
Bulldog pitcher chats with fans
Hank Wheeler of Newnan, Ga., was the weekend guest of Mary Clay and Gene Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady.
Alison Owen, relief pitcher for the Georgia Bulldogs softball team, chatted with Caitlyn and Grady Brooks after the SEC Championship game in Oxford Saturday night. Georgia wound up with the short end of the stick, but played a wonderful game with Tennessee. Go, Dawgs!
Lexi and Cade Cupp of Collierville, Tenn., were the weekend guests of Walker Cupp and their grandmother, Becky Cupp. While here, Lexi visited with Caitlyn Brooks.
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Lori Whaley and Kevin Shaw to wed June 4 in Holly Springs
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Whaley, of Potts Camp, are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lori Lynn Whaley, to Russell Kevin Shaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Shaw and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gurley of Potts Camp.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred K. Whaley of Potts Camp, Mrs. Ruby Churchill and the late R.G. “Bud” Churchill, all of Potts Camp.
Lori is a 2003 graduate of Potts Camp High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi in 2007, where she was an active member of Kappa Delta Sorority and the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Lori is a 2010 graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law, and was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in September, 2010.
She is currently employed as an associate attorney with Smith Whaley, P.L.L.C. in Holly Springs.
The prospective groom is the grandson of the late J.P. McAlexander and Mr. and Mrs. Robert King of Potts Camp, the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hilburn Shaw of Potts Camp and Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Chapman of Ripley.
Kevin is a graduate of Marshall Academy and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi.
He is co-owner and business manager of Quality Carpet in New Albany.
The couple will exchange vows at 6 p.m. on June 4, 2011, at Fairview in Holly Springs, the home of the bride-elect’s brother-in-law and sister, Kent and Amanda Smith.
A reception will immediately follow on the grounds.
Following a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico, the couple will reside in Potts Camp.
New window installed at Museum
We installed a new (to us) window in the Marshall County Historical Museum from McCarroll Place that a girl named “Ludie” had etched her name on during the Civil War as she watched the Civil War troops marching down Van Dorn Avenue.
Ludie Baugh’s father was the mayor of Memphis. His name was Richard Baugh. His wife was killed in 1845 by a tornado that went through Marshall County leaving Ludie, a tiny baby.
Richard was elected mayor in 1857 in the prelude to the Civil War when troops were moving into the city. The mayor decided he couldn’t tend to his beautiful teenage daughter and run Memphis at the same time so he sent Ludie to live with her cousins who were the same age as she at McCarroll Place.
In my time era, Eddie Fransisco lived in McCarroll Place and his father, Edgar Francisco, was a friend of William Faulkner. As a matter of fact, they grew up together, their mothers were friends and they went to each other’s birthday parties and the friendship lasted for many years. As a matter of fact, most of Faulkner’s stories came from Edgar Francisco’s grandpa’s ledgers and diaries. So maybe Holly Springs was Faulkner’s “Yoknapatawpha,” not anywhere else.
The Ben Ingram story happened here in 1919 and Faulkner wrote it up as “Intruder in the Dust.” He also wrote about Eddie Francisco in several books, and Ludie was written up in “Go Down, Moses” and several others.
The window with the inscription was Faulkner’s favorite. He always spoke to “Ludie” first when he came to visit. He told Edgar Francisco -- “She’s here, Edgar,” or he would come in and say “Is she still here?” and check her out. Ludie married that soldier and left Holly Springs with him, never to return.
Sally Wolff wrote this book. She is a friend of Dr. Francisco. She is assistant vice president of Emory University. She teaches Southern literature and Native American literature and is adjutant professor of English at Emory University in Georgia.
The Window Celebration was May 11 at the museum where Dr. Wolff sold autographed copies of her new book about the new findings of Faulkner’s writing from Holly Springs.
We sell the books at the museum and they are fascinating to read and need to be in all Holly Springs libraries. We are open six days a week all year. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit.
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