Thursday, December 29, 2011
Midnight visitor claims to be homeless
Hank Wheeler of Newnan, Ga., was the Christmas guest of Mary Clay and Gene Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady. He enjoyed a nice family Christmas dinner with Kay and Laura Wheeler.
Charlie Douglas, of Starkville, blew into town Thursday for a brief visit with his parents, Leigh and Dick Douglas, old high school friend, Yancey Butler and Mary Clay Brooks and family.
Paige Taylor, a student at LSU, visits here for the holidays. She has Christmas with Gene and Sandra Taylor; Randy, Shelly, Robin, Chase, Bryce and Reece Taylor; Jimmy and Pat Siddall; and Eleanor Crawford before going back to school on Tuesday.
Last week, I was sitting in my kitchen decorating gingerbread men after midnight. There was a slight knock on the kitchen door. I went to it and there was a young white male, someone I had never seen. He stammered a bit before saying he was homeless and had scraped up almost enough for a hotel room. He lacked $10 and was wondering if I had it to give. Mind you, with the rash of break-ins we have had here, I did not dare think of opening the door. I told him I did not have any cash, which was the absolute truth. The week of Christmas, we are lucky to have two pennies to rub together! He looked really sullen and left. Caitlyn took note that he was riding a bicycle. Grady was livid that I did not give him the money and when I explained I did not have $10, he said the least I could have done was give the boy a gingerbread cookie! I called the police to put them on alert just in case that child was truly homeless. I was hoping they would pick him up and take him to New Hope Village for the night.
Ten years ago, I would have willingly opened my door and helped that poor boy. It is so sad that we live in a society today where we are afraid to even keep the doors unlocked while we are at home during the day. I certainly hope that he found shelter and was not up to no good. Sadly, it is hard to tell the difference now.
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Kaneshia Brown to wed Jimmy Vaughn Dec. 31
Lenora Jefferson is pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of her daughter, Kaneshia Arche’t Brown, to Jimmy Lee Vaughn.
Kaneshia is the daughter of Wayne and Lenora Sims Jefferson and Thomas L. and Lottie T. Brown.
Kaneshia is the granddaughter of Timothy and Nonnie M. Sims, Bessie M. Brown and Louis E. Jefferson.
Jimmy is the son of Mary Vaughn Jeffries and Jimmy Lee Perkins. He is the grandson of LeeRoy and Susie Vaughn and Deloris Perkins.
The wedding is being officiated by their pastor, Elder A.A. Alle I at New Dimension Salt and Light Ministry at 565 Neely Ave. in Holly Springs at on Dec. 31, 2011, at 7 p.m.
Friends and family are invited to share in this glorious occasion. In all things to God be the glory. Please feel welcome to join us at 9 p.m. for our watch hour service.
Prominent Waterford family
The Warren family members were prominent citizens of Waterford when Marshall County was new. Waterford was a training ground for the Confederate soldiers at the time of the Civil War. An interesting side note was that some of the slaves in Waterford came from Jamaica, making them different from anybody else.
One of the outstanding citizens of Waterford was Dr. W.C. Warren, who came to practice medicine in 1859. He practiced for decades and the community loved him. My father was born there in 1883 and was delivered by Dr. Warren; consequently, his name was Conway Warren Bonds.
Dr. Warren’s son was J.B. Warren, who became an entrepreneur and established a bank, built stores, and other things as well. He decided to take a trip around the world. From that trip, he came home with an English bride.
The whole community was interested in the young bride who was certainly a novelty in Waterford in the early 1900s. One time, they were celebrating a community gathering and everybody in town was to bring a potluck dish.
Everybody brought huge amounts of their favorite delicious dishes.
The ladies couldn’t wait to see what the English lady brought. She was late, but when she finally arrived with her dish, she took the top off and there was a tiny plum pudding for the whole community to taste.
When Mrs. Warren and her husband had children, she named them all after English monarchs – James, Charles, John, Edward, and the only girl was named Mary.
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