Thursday, June 30, 2011
Thomas Stewart returns from camp
Joey Miller, Sandy Miller and Mindy Miller Gresham just returned from several days in New Orleans. The group stayed at the Baronne Plaza Hotel in the French Quarter. While there, they took in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Big Easy.
Mike and Jacque Kazemba and children, Hallie, Drew and Will, returned last week from a week in Ft. Walton Beach. They met up with Mike’s family, as well as the Shane Strickland family, to enjoy their time.
Thomas Stewart came home Saturday from a week at Camp Hopewell in Oxford.
Bea Green, Frances Gresham, Carole Karr, Linda Seale, Vivian Smith and Diane Greer returned Sunday from a great vacation to Kiawah, South Carolina. The ladies enjoyed great shopping, wonderful food and one another’s company.
Charlie Douglas and daughter, Caroline, of Starkville were the weekend guests of Leigh and Dick Douglas.
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Couple says vows June 4
June 4, 2011, turned out to be a magical day as Ermon Harden and Melmarie Hopson Harden were united together as one, at St. Matthew MB Church in Byhalia. The Rev. Kenneth Artison Sr. performed the double-ring ceremony, which took place at 3 p.m. with hundreds of family and friends in attendance.
The colors were gold, champagne, and cream, with calla lily being the flower of the day. The bride wore a stunning strapless dress from David’s Bridal and the groom wore a tuxedo with tails from Guy’s Formalwear.
The bride is the daughter of Mamie Heard of Memphis, Tenn. and Sam Webber of Detroit, Mich.
The groom is the son of Rosie Lee Phillips and the late Sammie Lee Phillips Sr. of Byhalia.
Presented in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by her sisters, Dianna Bennett as matron of honor and Sheila McClain as maid of honor.
Bridesmaids were Tolyaniell Bennett, Anthonique McClain, Kanieka McGuire, Pattie Huderson, Mary Phillips, Bernice Cole and Laletta Johnson. Junior bridesmaid was LeAnna Cole.
Manuel Harden was the best man and the groomsmen were Conell Phillips Sr. Sammie Phillips Sr., David Bennett, David Weber, Joseph Phillips, Aundrea McGuire and Tony Hart. The junior groomsman was Anterreoan McClain.
The wedding party also included flower girls, Kaylan Clark and Kyshuawn White along with ring bearers James Brodnax Jr. and DeMarius Malone.
Ushers were Shakeya Phillips, Marcella Phillips, Kimberly Smith, Tashara Cox, Paulette Walker, Joyce Johnson, Samantha Freeman, Conell Phillips, Jr. Tremine Artry, R’Jai Johnson, Jr., Telvin Harden and Drizell Caple.
Melvin Harden was in charge of the music. Musical selections were performed by Ardaedra Harden, Lonnie Davis and Jean Mason. Photographers were Terry and Terrence Smith of Photographs by Grant.
A reception was held at Southaven Tennis Center in Southaven, for everyone.
The bride and groom are both employed with McKesson Drugs in Memphis, Tenn. The newlyweds will reside in Victoria.
Family reunion in Arkansas
At the Marshall County Historial Museum this morning we had visitors from California. They were a couple with a 9-year-old daughter on their way to Orlando where the child was to be in a dancing competition at Disney world. Another couple was from Annapolis, Md., and very interested in anything historic.
This weekend we went to a family reunion in Arkansas. My husband has lovely relatives and he is the longest living in the group. We spent the weekend with the bunch of Crooks, as that was their name. It was more fun and was held at a lovely motel with a swimming pool, free breakfast and centrally located close to the museum (closed on Saturdays) and great antique shops and a really great shopping center. His relatives are really beautiful and all church-going evangelicals. One of the daughters was in the Miss Teenage Arkansas Pageant last week. They had photos of her and she is such a pretty girl. She won the evening dress division, but minutes after the photo was taken, her stomach began to ache. She was taken to the hospital and had to have an emergency appendectomy so someone else won the contest. She is only 16 so next year maybe she’ll win. She and her two sisters were what I call “Wow!”
Each family brought food for a picnic night and lunch the next day. Then on Saturday night, a banquet was held at the banquet hall. Some reunions have programs but this one didn’t.
Another 16-year-old boy cousin was champion baseball player; another girl cousin, age 21, who looked exactly like Elizabeth Taylor. Ira is a “wow” and so is his family.
We went to the ribbon cutting at the dedication of I-269. The road originates in eastern Canada and swerves down to Mississippi then turns left to Mexico. Having it here will mean a lot to our economy. It was held on a hot summer day in the noonday sun, sitting in a Mississippi pasture. Chairs were provided but there was little or no shade. I was wrapped with sleeves and a hat plus an umbrella. One other redheaded lady was there with a hat, and wisely, she wore boots to ward off chiggers and ants. One man told me I looked like the Queen of England (because of the hat!) One of my children said, “No, MaMee, God should have made you the Queen of England instead of her.” I agreed but I know “God doesn’t make mistakes.”
We just had visitors from Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts, who were very interested in the South and its history.
On October 19, 1942, “Kate” the town mule, who worked for the city for 23 years (maybe pulling Jesse’s ice wagon), retired. She was 4 when she started working for the City of Holly Springs but now couldn’t keep up with her partner.
She couldn’t carry her part of the load. This article was sent by Martha Fant. Another article she sent was about the ‘Raining Trees’ on the Marshall County “Pegues” farm five miles southeast of Holly Springs. It was a black gum tree and a gentle rain was falling continually, saturating the ground beneath and nowhere else was a particle of moisture visible. This article was written in 1870. In 1871 there are more articles about the tree and other “raining trees.” W.S. Holbrook of Snow Creek (Snow Lake) on November 29, 1871 wrote to “The Reporter” to report that ‘raining trees’ exist in the vicinity where there is an abundant supply of ammonia, and in the cemetery nearby with the decomposition going on beneath the surface, being in the vicinity, that’s why the tree rained. Hydrogen, through a natural process, makes water, nitrogen forms ammonia and accounts for the destruction of the hydrogen. Laurence Johnson wrote that the raindrops came from well known insects known as tree-hoppers which occupy the tender shoots of trees and weeds, especially mulberries, apples, quince and grapevines. Did you ever see a tree raining? Me neither. We need some rah-rahs for the museum. Please come see and support your museum. We are waiting.
Forester seeks Miss Mississippi title
Ashley Forester, Miss New South, will be competing for the title of Miss Mississippi in Vicksburg June 29 – July 2. Ashley is the 21-year-old daughter of John and Judy Forester, and the granddaughter of Jimmie and Margaret Hart and the late John and Frances Forester, all of Holly Springs.
She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Mississippi and will begin studies for her Master’s degree in counselor education this fall at Ole Miss. During the Miss Mississippi Pageant, Ashley will be judged in four phases of competition: interview, talent, swimsuit and evening gown.
Ashley selected Kelli Mendenhall as her Magnolia Princess for the pageant. Kelli is the eight-year-old daughter of Ronnie and Bonita Mendenhall of Brandon, and the granddaughter of Wayne and Carolyn Anglin of Holly Springs and the late Carolyn France and Gene Mendenhall of Memphis, Tenn., Kelli will accompany Ashley on stage after her talent competition and perform in several dance production numbers throughout the final night of competition.
In addition to the competition nights, Ashley and Kelli will ride in the Miss Mississippi Parade of Contestants in Vicksburg on Monday evening, June 27, as well as attend several autograph sessions, social functions and rehearsals throughout the week.
The final night of competition, Saturday, July 2, is a televised production and will be carried locally at 8 p.m. by WLOV, Channel 7 on Metrocast. The final night, as well as the preliminary competition nights (June 29-July 1), may be watched each evening by live streaming video at http://www.missmississippipageant.org/miss/index.htm. Tickets and contestant information may be found at www.missmississippipageant.org.
Ashley would like to extend a special thank you to her family and friends for their support and words of encouragement and to acknowledge the following sponsors for their generous donations to the Miss Mississippi Corporation and Children’s Miracle Network:
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Cavender, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Poole, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Summerlin, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Young, Dr. and Mrs. Russell Young, Mr. and Mrs. Randall Walker, Bank of Holly Springs, Jennie’s Flowers & Gifts, Marshall County Historical Museum, Delta Gamma Sorority, Marty Daniels Construction of Oxford, Nail-Thology of Oxford, Light Music Studio of Oxford, Energy Piping of Jackson, and Diane Smith Realty of Oxford.
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