Thursday, June 14, 2012
Barnetts, Gresham visit New York
Kay Wheeler and Vicki and Walter Webb spent the weekend in Birmingham, Ala. They stayed with Mary Glen and Patrick Carlton and children, Mary Grace and William. While there, they attended the senior golf tour tournament. Congratulations to William for mastering riding a big boy bicycle!
Major thanks goes out to Brian Lester and Eric Rice for hosting their second annual football camp last week! The camp was held at Patriot Field and included children from all over the area and Tennessee, as well. The two-day camp focused on fundamentals and allowed the young men to learn from the best! Terrence Metcalf and Derrick Burgess joined their former Ole Miss Rebel teammates for the two days. The greats ended the camp with a group huddle, explaining to them the importance of education. It was a fun-filled, jam-packed two days. I know Grady is looking forward to it again next year! Once again, a big thank you to Coaches Lester and Rice and Mr. Metcalf and Mr. Burgess for helping the youth of our community!
Congratulations to Jennifer and Tripp McCullar, who said their vows in a beautiful garden wedding on the lawn of historic Montrose Saturday. After the ceremony, the guests went to the back lawn, where the reception was held. The band was a real treat for everyone, playing everything from “You Are So Beautiful To Me” by Joe Cocker to “Wobble” by V.I.C. to Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones. Flowers were abundant and beautifully arranged by Lisa Childers, with Connie’s Southern Blooms. The food was delicious and provided by catering duo, Diane Greer and Maia Miller. The couple left as fire lanterns filled the night sky. It was a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple. May you have a lifetime of happiness and making memories all the while!
Jim and Martha Thomas just returned from a three-week trip following the Ole Miss baseball team. The adventure started in Jonesboro, Ark., continued to Nashville, Tenn., for the series with Vanderbilt, to Hoover, Ala., for the SEC baseball tournament and ended with College Station, Tx., where Ole Miss played in an NCAA Regional Tournament competing with Texas A&M, a new SEC school, TCU and Dayton. While Ole Miss was not the winner in the series, a great time was had by Jim, Martha, Peaches and Bear, the latter two being their cats who travel with them in their motor home.
Anita Barnett and daughters, Amanda and Rosamond, along with Sherry Barnett and Frances Gresham spent a few days in New York recently. While there, the group enjoyed shopping and a show on Broadway.
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Shauntrice Snow and Allen Everett to wed June 16 at Whispering Woods
Willie and Thelma Snow of Holly Springs are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Shauntrice Sherrel Snow to Allen Alexander Everett, son of Troy and Patricia Wright and the late Allen Everett of Holly Springs.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bernice Oliver and the late Wesley B. Oliver, Orange and Lorine Snow of Holly Springs.
She is a 2002 graduate of Holly Springs High School.
The prospective groom is the grandson of John and Onnie Washington, Melvin and Pearlie Everett of Ashland.
He is a 2000 honor graduate of Holly Springs High School and a 2007 honor graduate of Vatterott College in HVAC/R, currently employed at Nucor Steel in Memphis, Tenn.
The wedding will be at 3:30 p.m., June 16, 2012, at Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch, with a reception immediately following.
One diverse community
In the mail last week I received a big envelope from a CPA firm in Florida. The package contained the Seessel tree pages of Shumaker-Seessel family history. It reads like a novel and tells of Holly Springs families of a bygone era. It describes the house they lived in (Linden Terrace), the yard, the schools (there were many) Rust College, MI, the people. It’s like a history epistle of Holly Springs and its people and what happened here. The writer was Cecil Shumaker’s sister, Aunt Selma, and she only wrote in “pleasant tense” -- absolutely nothing negative, everything positive and wonderful.
Holly Springs once had a Jewish colony to live here. They all lived in the middle of town. They were town people not farmers. They were refined, cultured and educated and they became the business people of this town. I.C. Levy was in the Confederate army from here so he was here before the War. We have a photograph of this handsome dude in the town band in 1890 and he was in business on the square from 1868 until a few years ago but the name had changed.
According to the Shumaker history that we received in the mail, the Jewish people were outstanding. I knew Seessel and his wife Bertha. He owned the store uptown for decades at the corner of Van Dorn and South Center Street. She mentions throughout her writing “The Temple” (their synagogue). I have no clue as to where the temple was. When I was growing up, the nearest “temple” was in Memphis, Tenn.
When the Groskins moved into town a half century later, they moved to the western part of town. They were from a part of western Russia. Their store was next to Stafford’s Café on the west part of the square. However, Leo Liebson had a shoe store uptown on College Avenue and was civic here in town. When I was growing up, the Levys lived on College Ave. There were three Levy children, all beautiful, Anna Mae, Jane, and Henry Levy IV. When Henry was 14 he died of cancer and how the town mourned after that beautiful boy. When the first Henry Levy (I.C. Levy’s son) was young, a 10-year-old black boy, who was homeless, came to him for help. Henry gave him a job sweeping the store, took him home and made him living quarters in his basement, until he was grown. He reared him like his son.
On October 1, 1902, I.C. Levy’s sister was visiting them. While she was here, she gave birth to Irving Vendig, who became famous as the creator and writer of the first soap operas for radio. He was known the world over for writing One Life to Live, Edge of Night, The Guiding Light, and Search For Tomorrow. He contributed to the Perry Mason stories. He was always proud to have been born in Holly Springs.
On June 15 at 4 p.m., remember to come to the Marshall County Historical Museum for the unveiling of the portrait of Judge J.F. Trotter, ancestor of a tribe of Holly Springs people. David Person has commissioned the portrait to be done. Helen Hopkins will unveil the portrait in the memory of her husband, Frank Trotter Hopkins.
The public is invited.
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