October 18, 2012
Everette Stubbs visits from D.C.
Everette Stubbs of Washington, D.C., enjoyed visiting with his mother Linda Seale and grandmother Pat Stubbs of Holly Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stubbs of Oxford. He enjoyed bringing friends Tim Isgitt, also of Washington; Peter Sandel of New York, NY; Khalid Itum of Los Angeles, Calif., and Robby Vann of Atlanta, Ga. The group enjoyed going to the Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M game and the Grove while spending time in Oxford.
Cuffawa, the lovely home of Diane Greer, was the setting Sunday afternoon honoring Marlee Wilson Rhea. A large crowd gathered to sip and see and enjoy tasting from the beautifully appointed table. Assisting Greer in hosting was her daughter and Marlee’s godmother, Anna Greer Giachelli, Pam and Laura Bray. Marlee Wilson is the infant daughter of Cameron and Jason Rhea. Mrs. Billy Rhea King of Inverness also came to see the new little one.
Emma and Andy Burleson, students at University of Southern Mississippi, were seen about town and in the Grove over the weekend. They were home visiting their parents, Pam and Barry Burleson and sister Erin.
Emma Elgin, student at Sewanee, was the weekend guest of her parents, Kathy and Steve Elgin, and brother Stephen.
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Hall-Jones vows said June 2 at Cleveland St. Presbyterian Church
On Saturday, June 2, 2012, at 5 p.m., Amy Larie Hall and Rodney Willis Jones were united in holy matrimony in New Albany, the birthplace of the bride. The intimate ceremony at Cleveland Street Presbyterian Church in New Albany, attended by family and close friends, was officiated by the Rev. Randy Bynum of Potts Camp.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Murrah Hall of Potts Camp, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Riley Cooper, also of Potts Camp, Edith Murrah Hall and the late Bobby Dean Hall of New Albany.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Richard Jones of Murfreesboro, Tenn. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Rex Vernon Willis of Russellville, Ala., the late Mr. and Mrs. David Ayre, and the late Harold Jones, of Franklin, Ky.
In a custom made A-line gown of ivory appliqued lace with a strapless taffeta bodice and scalloped chapel-length train, the bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a fingertip veil with a pearl necklace and bracelet given by the groom, and carried her grandmother’s heirloom timepiece. Her bouquet of white blossoms included roses, peonies and lilies and was fashioned by her cousin, Jan Cooper.
Attending the bride as matron of honor was her sister-in-law, Jamie Monsour Hall of Holly Springs. Cousin of the bride Brenna Claire Lambert of Iuka, served as flower girl.
The groom’s father served as best man. His brother, Richard Drew Jones of Nashville, Tenn., and the bride’s brother, Justin Lee Hall of Holly Springs, were ushers.
The bride’s cousin Candis Cooper Kirk and family friend Mark Garrett sang traditional hymns during the ceremony, accompanied by pianist Annette Hickey. Longtime friends of the bride, Tiffany Cox Hawkins and Susan Sprott Wall, read Scripture, and Nicole Johnson Bratton and Vicky Poole Clarkson greeted guests.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at In Bloom in historic downtown New Albany. Guests enjoyed Southern fare catered by Diane Greer and Maia Miller, with music from the Paul Tate Trio.
Floral designs by John Hickey featured peonies, lilies of the valley, hydrangeas and garden roses displayed in vintage milk glass vases collected by the bride, her family and friends. Guests were presented jars of homemade jelly made by the bride’s grandmother Edith Hall, from fruit grown on the family farm, Baileytown. The couple departed in the father of the bride’s restored 1951 Studebaker.
After a honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii, the couple is at home in Nashville, where the bride is director of client services at Seigenthaler Public Relations and the groom teaches history at Franklin Road Academy.
Lindsey Cassel and Aaron Raney to say vows
Scott and Patti Cassel of Frisco, Texas, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Lindsey to Aaron Raney, son of Terry and Ginger Raney of Beebe, Ark. A wedding is planned for November, 2012.
Lindsey is the granddaughter of Bill and Melvya Cassel of Union, and the late Billy and Jo Ragsdale of Holly Springs.
Aaron is the grandson of Harry and Rhea Raney of Searcy, Ark., and Ernestine DeVorak and the late Dale DeVorak of Des Arc, Ark.
Lindsey earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Mississippi State University and is employed with Thiel and Thiel Interiors and Architecture in Dallas, Texas.
Aaron earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Arkansas State University. Aaron is employed with T. Raney Construction Company in Beebe, Ark.
New china - great gifts
It’s been old home week as folks always come back home. The Olsons came last week as they were burying their father, John Olson, here. I prayed for John Olson at the beginning of World War II, as he was a survivor of the Bataan Death March. We didn’t know if he was dead or alive; he had just disappeared and it wasn’t until the end of World War II that we found out he was living. He came in a few years ago. I asked him about it and he said it wasn’t so bad, as he was an officer and his father was an officer before him, and officers were treated better.
Cornersville Marett descendants have just emerged, too. There were three Marett brothers (Fred, Miller, E.J.). Their sister Kate was my sister’s mother-in-law. They were related to General Forrest and their children were the only descendants of Forrest except a few from Arkansas. Kate married J.B. Beck who was from Cornersville, too. When Mr. Beck was 96, I asked him, “Mr. Beck, what was your first memory?” He said, “During the Civil War I was lying on a pallet in the wintertime with my cousins in front of the fire and his daddy came in and shushed them to be quiet and said the Yankees were coming to search the house.” He was putting pistols and swords under the blankets to hide them from the Yankees. He also told the children not to move and pretend to be asleep. Sure enough those Yankees didn’t get their weapons.
Forrest married Miriam Beck, an aunt to Mr. Beck. The Becks owned a hotel and spa on Snow Lake at that time. Another story Mr. Beck told me was that when he was in the seventh grade in Cornersville, he had the best teacher he ever had, a man. One day the teacher’s brother came to see him and he stepped out of the classroom to talk to him. Then he and the brother left and the teacher never returned. The teacher’s name was Frank James and his brother was Jesse.
A sad note from St. Louis, Lee Neidringhaus from St. Louis, one of the famous Johnson family originally from Red Banks, died suddenly and he wasn’t old. Lee would come by at Pilgrimage time in the last few years and visit with friends from here. Mrs. Jack Johnson who owned Montrose was his grandmother. His father was an entrepreneur in St. Louis and as famous as the Johnsons were. They all lived in a great section of St. Louis with great homes and many cousins.
My daughter, Jorja Lynn, bought Walter Place from one of the ladies of the Johnson family. Families do die out sometimes.
Come see, and buy, some of our fabulous new china engraved with the Marshall County Historical Museum on it. It is beautiful. We have teapots, china boxes, napkins holders, filigreed dishes, and ornaments. You’ll love it. It makes great gifts.
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