Thursday, May 17, 2012
Baby Charlie baptized at First Presbyterian
Bea and Drew Tolsdorf and children, Caroline and Charlie, of Jackson, were joined by Ann Yager and Alex McCrosky of Danville, Ky., for the weekend. Baby Charlie was baptized Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Milton Winter performing the ceremony. While here, Ann Yager and Alex also attended the wedding reception of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Hickman at JB’s on the square.
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Monica Michelle Jones and Cornell Richardson Jr. to wed at Foxfire Ranch in Waterford May 26
Rev. and Mrs. Lee Gill of Holly Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Jones of Starkville are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Monica Michelle Jones, to Cornell Richardson Jr., son of Brenda and Dedrick Mays of Memphis, Tenn., and Cornell Richardson Sr. of St. Louis, Mo.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Moore of Red Banks, Rosie Faulkner of Holly Springs and Sammie Brooks of Chicago, Ill.
She is a graduate of the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis with a Master of Science degree in nursing. She is employed as a head nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.
The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Eddie L. Faulkner of Holly Springs and Ruthie Mays of Tate County.
He is a graduate of Remington College with a degree in medical assisting. He is currently employed at P.F.S. Webb in Memphis. The couple jointly owns A Perfect Touch Mobile Detailing and Pressure Washing Service.
The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. on May 26 at Foxfire Ranch in Waterford. The reception will be immediately following at the same location. The couple will honeymoon on a seven-day cruise of the Western Caribbean.
After the wedding, the couple will reside in Memphis.
Cornell and Monica are asking their family and friends to please accept this public announcement as your invitation to join us on our special day as we unite as one.
A mother truly blessed
This week I am so busy making new history that I must write about the weekend and what is happening right now. Wow! What a week! My family and I celebrated and are still celebrating this week – five birthdays plus Mother’s Day and lots of side blessings. I think Ira and I have broken the Guiness Book of World Records for having the most grand- and great-grandchildren with 45 so far. However, it changes every week; we are expecting a new baby in D.C. at any moment. They live 13 blocks from the White House. We had 11 for what was supposed to be a backyard picnic, which ended up on the kitchen table, but it was great. One of ours has a brand new house that she designed, so we visited her and her family. We had dinner at the club which is an adventure in itself. I won the prize at church for having the most children and one of mine gave flowers in my honor. We are celebrating the fact that our grandson emerged unscathed from his vehicle after rolling over five times. We know the Lord isn’t through with him yet. We are celebrating one of them for getting engaged to a great guy.
Today one of ours is coming from N.Y.C. He sells real estate (never sees any bare dirt) in the city and at night he has a Mississippi Blues band to make ends meet. Last Thursday we had one to graduate from U.T. in Knoxville, magna cum laude, first in her class, in the medical field. The one that attends U of A at Fayetteville spent a delightful day with us yesterday.
We all went to the barn named “Rocky Horse Barn” that the sons-in-law built to celebrate the arrival of the tiny little miniature filly named “Rocky Della Rae.” She was so frisky and the cutest thing I ever saw. We didn’t get to gather the multi-colored eggs, as the rain was dampening our style. One of ours had been fishing the day before and caught a 46-lb. catfish.
Not all of our children got to come. One was spending the day climbing California’s highest mountain. He was always adventuresome. When he was seven months old, he took his wooden playpen apart and crawled to me with the pieces in his hands. Others who couldn’t come were the Golden family, named appropriately; and the Clarks from Atlanta, Ga.
Another who didn’t come as she was studying to become an Episcopalian priest and is in London going to study at Canterbury Cathedral. For Easter her children went to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House. They received favors of vegetables and fruits instead of candy. Another one is having a book signing in Central Park, on her new book “Panther Track,” on June 9. Another one of ours was selected as Outstanding Young Engineer of his hometown in West Palm Beach, Florida.
We celebrated the birthday of Ira R. “Daddy” Shipp, the family patriarch, we call “the ancient,” who the Lord so graciously sent to us. The candles on his cake refused to be blown out and the children enjoyed that.
All of my life I have been tremendously blessed by the Lord. A long time ago I dedicated myself to His plan; life is much better and I thank the Lord for blessing me so powerfully and sending all these wonderful people into my life. On top of all this, I received a letter from a stranger from Alabama who had been through the museum extolling accolades of how great the museum was. To climax all of this, I hope to visit with the President of the U.S. this week.
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