Thursday, May 24, 2012
A wedding to remember
Phoebe and Tom Stewart of Houston, Tx., are the guests of Linda and Tom Stewart and children, Brittney and Thomas. Lea Stewart of Memphis joined them Monday night to attend the commencement ceremony at Marshall Academy, where Brittney graduated.
Many guests from out of town, including Wright Greer of Bozeman, Mont., were in attendance at the wedding of Anna Greer and Maury Giachelli Saturday.
The First United Methodist Church was standing room only as the bride and groom exchanged their vows. The reception was held on the lawn of Cuffawa, the home of Anna’s mother, Diane Greer. A large tent shaded guests. The color scheme was blue and white, as the tables were adorned with linen runners and blue and white vases filled with freshly cut flowers in white. The band provided jazz music for the guests.
The buffet table and food stations were elegantly decorated with arrangements provided by floral extraordinaire, Carl Isom. The food was very Southern and offered a variety. Marinated shrimp, capers and vidalia onions, Italian pasta, tasty tomato grits, ham and homemade biscuits, fresh asparagus and delicate tomato sandwiches adorned the buffet table. There was another food station which offered all Italian specialties, as well as homemade caramel cakes provided by the groom’s mother.
The wedding cake was a sight to behold, boasting fresh magnolia leaves around the tiers. The cake topper was one that has been passed down from generation to generation in Anna’s family.
Guests were treated to specialty chocolates with bulldogs atop. Jars of honey with personalized labels, as well as boxes of matches, were also offered to guests.
Without a doubt, the wedding was one of a true Southern belle and her Southern beau. The finest of details made this a wedding to remember!
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Maury Giachelli, who will reside in Tupelo after returning from their honeymoon.
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Molly West and Bart Jenkins to exchange vows June 23
Mr. and Mrs. Fred West of Red Banks are proud to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter Molly Ruth West to Bart Bridgers Jenkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Robert Griffin of Moorhead.
The maternal grandparents are Frances Garner and the late Richard Garner of Holly Springs, and the late Everette Dean West, Jr. of Red Banks.
The paternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Bridgers of Belzonia, and Mr. and Mrs. John G. Jenkins of Fayette, Ala., and Frances Griffin of Moorhead.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Marshall Academy and East Mississippi Community College, where she received her associate degree in liberal arts. She is presently employed with Bank of Holly Springs.
The prospective groom is a graduate of Indianola Academy and Delta State University, where he received a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree. He is presently employed by Marshall Academy, where he is the head football and baseball coach.
The couple will exchange vows at 7 p.m. on June 23, 2012, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Doug Owen. A reception will immediately follow. After the wedding the couple will honeymoon in Jamaica and then reside in Red Banks.
Amy Hall and Rodney Jones to wed at Cleveland Street Presbyterian Church in New Albany on June 2
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Murrah Hall of Potts Camp are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Amy Larie Hall of Nashville, Tenn., to Rodney Willis Jones, also of Nashville.
Miss Hall is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Riley Cooper of Potts Camp, and Edith Murrah Hall and the late Bobby Dean Hall of New Albany. She is a graduate of Potts Camp High School and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Miss Hall is director of client services at Seigenthaler Public Relations.
Mr. Jones is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard William Jones of Murfreesboro, Tenn. He is the grandson of Virginia Ayre of Bowling Green, Ky., the late Harold Jones and David Ayre of Bowling Green, and the late Rex and Lillian Willis of Russellville, Ala.
Mr. Jones is a graduate of Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio, and the University of North Alabama, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. He earned his master’s of arts in U.S. history from the University of Tennessee, and was a Fulbright Scholar in 2006, studying in Japan. Mr. Jones is a teacher and coach at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville.
The couple will exchange vows at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at Cleveland Street Presbyterian Church in New Albany.
Museum has artifacts from 11 wars
The streets of Holly Springs have been heavily trodden with footprints of Holly Springs people who are long gone with the wind.
When war against Mexico was declared in 1845 “The Marshall Guards” were organized. They marched down the street amidst feminine tears, thrown bouquets and paused for speeches. The leader was General A.J. Bradford, progenitor of the Seale family. He’s the only person I ever heard of being in three wars; the War of 1812, The Mexican War and the Civil War. He was an adjutant general of the state militia. When the Civil War arrived in 1861, there wasn’t much action here the first year but in November of 1862, we were invaded by an enemy army. Northern General U.S. Grant moved into Marshall County with 64,000 troops and everybody was involved in the war as they were in our front and back yards.
We had 62 little skirmishes plus the biggest thing to ever happen here -- Van Dorn’s Raid. The war lasted until April of 1865. More causalities happened during the Civil War than all other wars combined and when we thought it would be over, we were hit by ten years of Reconstruction which nearly put us off the map.
Both of Bill Clinton’s great-grandfathers joined the Confederacy here and both are buried here. In 1898 the Spanish American War happened. It only lasted for eight months. Theodore Roosevelt, later hero president, was the commanding officer.
A troop train carrying troops to war paused at the train station and Ed Custer was one of the soldier boys; he was from Kentucky. During his few moments here he met a local girl; he was shot in the heart by Cupid and fell madly in love with Lena Vanderberg. He came back after eight months and married her, and lived here forevermore and they produced four great children.
In 1914 World War I happened. We didn’t join until 1917 after one of our ships was sunk by the Germans. It was the war to end all wars. That I know of, two of our boys died over there of the deadly flu epidemic. One was Jimmy Beck of Salem Avenue and the other was Nathan V. Seessel of College Avenue. Later his family moved to Memphis and started Seessel Grocery.
Upstairs at the Marshall County Historical Museum we have the portable typewriter of a cub reporter for The Commercial Appeal who later became editor for 30 years. The typewriter is unique.
One of ours, John Lester, was the first of the Americans to be captured by the Germans. They paraded him through the streets on the back of a truck as a spoil of war. They fed him a starvation diet of chocolate and after he came home he couldn’t eat chocolate anymore.
In the 1930s madman Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany and was planning to conquer the world. We didn’t join the war until we were attacked by the Japanese on December 7, 1941. We had no choice but to defend ourselves. World War II homogenized the world as north married south and east married west. Also, the news media was wakening up to the fact that war was news and the portable telephone was invented making news travel faster. John Dabney Brown was prisoner of war of the Germans. Henry Gatewood was also a prisoner of war. John Olson was on the Bataan Death March. Jim Buchanan and Bin Cochran came home but had been listed as missing in action. World War II was horrible as I lived through that one and we were afraid to open The South Reporter because of the terrible news we might read. In the 1950s the Korean War happened so fast after World War II that we were still reeling from the ravages. It also ended in limbo when President Truman called the commanding general Douglas McArthur home before it was finished and we have reaped the repercussions ever since.
General McArthur’s father, General Arthur McArthur, was commanding general here in Holly Springs during Reconstruction. He and his wife lived in a house that was on the parking lot at the corner of Van Dorn and Alderson. It was torn down in the 1930s. General Douglas McArthur was almost born here but after 10 years of Reconstruction, General Arthur McArthur was moved to Little Rock where Douglas was born two months later. Had he been born here, he would have been the most famous person to come out of Holly Springs.
The Vietnam War was a terrible tragedy in our history and is the worse war of all, because our young men were getting killed and maimed and war had not been declared. We are thankful our own Bill Moore came home and has done so much for the community. His spirit is indomitable.
Then after that was the war of Desert Storm, then the Iraq War, which is just finishing up, thank goodness.
Someone said there would always be wars because men love war but women don’t. We hate it.
We have artifacts from 11 wars, that the United States has had, in our museum. That includes the Revolutionary War (we weren’t here then) and the War of 1812. However, we have a uniform from the War of 1812 that belonged to Pat Brooks’ great-great-grandfather and it is the only one in the state. Come see it.
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