Thursday, October 4, 2012
Dale Jackson honored on 50th with party in Childers home
Some of the members of the 1992 graduating class from Marshall Academy met and attended the Friday night football game at Patriot field. Those who were at the game were recognized. Afterwards, 17 of the 32 from the class met up at the lovely home of Joey McAlexander, Misty Morn Farm, to continue their reunion. Everyone had a wonderful time!
The home of Rod and Lisa Childers was filled with surprises as friends gathered to celebrate Dale Jackson turning the big 50. As autumn filled the air so did laughter and a good time. Friends got to enjoy a barbecue cookout along with the traditional “over the hill” birthday cake
Saturday, Holly Springs lost another valuable member with the death of Fred M. Belk. I remember growing up always thinking he was Colonel Sanders and wondering why in the world the head of the Kentucky Fried Chicken empire lived in our small town!
Once we moved here, I realized he may not have been the head of an empire, but he sure was something special.
Fred M. was always a constant in Holly Springs. He always had a kind word and a pat on the back. He brought so much to our town and Marshall County. He will be sadly missed by all, but will be remembered for the kind of man he was - full of heart and integrity!
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Sara Watkins and Cody Murphy to wed October 13 at Montrose
Cynthia Watkins of Saulsbury, Tenn., and Mike Watkins of Oakland, Tenn., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sara Elizabeth Watkins of Saulsbury, Tenn., to Matthew Cody Murphy of Holly Springs. Cody is the son of Mark and Sheila Murphy of Holly Springs.
Sara is a 2011 graduate of the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in education. She is employed with Collierville Christian Academy.
Cody is a 2009 graduate of William R. Moore College of Technology and Northwest Community College. He is employed with FedEx Ground in Olive Branch.
The wedding will be held Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 4 p.m. at Montrose.
Family and friends are cordially invited.
The couple will honeymoon in Orange Beach, Ala., and reside in Mt. Pleasant.
Photo of John Lester, U.S prisoner, from Holly Springs turns up in Germany
We have re-ceived interesting phone calls recently. A man from Germany called and said that he lived in Strahn, Germany, and the first battle of World War I after the Americans entered this war was in his town. He had photos of the first United States prisoners taken and one was John Lester from Holly Springs, but he couldn’t tell which one he was. One of the photos was of the prisoners on the back of a truck being paraded through the town showing off their prize at capturing these men. They paraded them around town bragging about their captives.
Those of you who knew John Lester will remember him as the nicest man in town. Mrs. Roger Woods was his daughter. Mr. Lester told me that he couldn’t stand chocolate as the Germans fed him so many chocolate bars that now he hated chocolate.
However, the guy from Germany was from Camden, Ark., and had married a German girl 30 years ago so he spoke perfect English and perfect German. The man in Germany had read my article in The South Reporter about John Lester being the first American prisoner taken in World War I and we are waiting for him to send us the picture.
Last week a party was given for World War II vets in Memphis at the Assembly of God Church, which holds 1,000 people and it was filled. Four hundred of the people were veterans, the others were families. The party was to last from 4 to 6; it lasted from 4 to 7:30 and was great. The big stage there, with two movie screens on each side, was where they put on the most fantastic program you ever saw. It was like a Broadway production. There was a 20-piece orchestra and the whole theme was WWII.
The dancers were like professionals jitterbugging, doing double cartwheels around the stage. They had wonderful singers singing all WWII songs. They told WWII stories. On the adjacent screens movies played about Ernie Pyle and other heroes of the war. Awards were passed out to the veterans.
My Ira is a veteran of that war and also the Korean War.
Out of that big crowd we saw Shirley and Curtis Thompson. I’m sure there were others there from here but we didn’t see them.
Last week we went to Grandparents Day in Georgia to see some of our great-grandchildren. Grandchildren are named right and are grand, but great-grandchildren are even greater.
Coming home, we landed at the airport in Oxford at noon. The airport was full of airplanes of all descriptions. Right after we landed, a huge plane like the President’s landed. We got in our car and went to the gate to leave and discovered we were locked in the airport.
The airport guard informed us would we would have to leave by way of the back entry.
The airport was closed and locked off from the public as the jet behind us that had just landed was Matthew McConaughey’s and we were locked in the airport with him.
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