Thursday, May 30, 2013
Bobby and Martha Fant and family vacation in Sevierville, Tenn.
Bobby and Martha Fant, Tara Fant Howard of Morrisville, N.C., her children and grandchild, Robin Fant of Starkville and his children and Dianene and David Fant and children spent the holiday weekend in Sevierville, Tenn. They did the zip line, white water rafted, went to Dollywood, shopped and took a scenic drive tour through the mountains.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Moriarty. The couple exchanged vows Saturday afternoon at Christ Episcopal Church. There was a beautiful reception following at Montrose. Hamilton Seale made the most beautiful bride, beaming from head to toe. Jim whisked her away Sunday morning to a secret honeymoon he had planned to Anguilla.
Rita and Johnny Langus of Mobile, Ala., spent the weekend in Holly Springs. They were here for the wedding festivities of Hamilton Seale.
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Veterans listed on courthouse monument
Many cities lay claim to having begun the practice of decorating the graves of soldiers and thus proclaim they are the founder(s) of the day. One of the best documented claims is that of Columbus. On April 25, 1866, four women from Columbus went to Friendship Cemetery and spread fresh spring flowers on the graves of both the Confederate soldiers’ and Federal soldiers’ graves. In previous years they had decorated only Confederate graves but at the insistence of one of the four women, the graves of Federal soldiers were also decorated that year.
This past Monday, May 27, was Memorial Day. While Veterans Day, a fall commemoration recognizes and honors all veterans, Memorial Day is to recognize those who lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Buried in cemeteries around the county there are representatives of all the wars the United States has been involved in, from the American Revolution all the way through the Vietnam War.
I am not aware of any fatalities of Marshall County servicemen in any of the hostilities in the various conflicts in the Middle East.
Mississippi ladies had ties to the Confederacy, as either a widow of a soldier, the mother, or a sister of a soldier. The state of Mississippi has 131 members in its Hall of Fame.
All four of the ladies from Columbus were accepted for membership in the Hall as a group. They are known in the Hall as the “Decoration Day Ladies.” I did not find the date of their acceptance to the Hall of Fame, but their group portrait, hung in the Old Capital, was added in 1997.
The four ladies were Kate McCarthy Hill Cooper, Augusta Murdock Sykes, Jane Fontaine, and Martha Elizabeth Morton.
This custom, then called Decoration Day, was copied nationwide, with the name Memorial Day appearing first in 1882, and in 1967 it was officially named Memorial Day. Gen. John Logan, a Union general and commander of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), a Union veterans’ organization formed following the war, is generally acknowledged to have copied the Southern Decoration Day practice, by declaring it should be observed nationwide beginning in 1868.
A spring date was usually chosen to allow for fresh flowers to be used in the programs.
Probably most of us have never looked at the complete list of names on the veterans’ monument on the southeast courthouse lawn in Holly Springs. The monument, dedicated on July 17, 1971, by American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts numbers 75, 250 and 5697, has engraved on it the names of the Marshall County servicemen who died during one of the wars of the 20th century.
Not all of the men died in battle; many died of disease, accidents or other non-combat-related causes. With that in mind I copied the names from the monument.
The names are listed alphabetically with those from World War I first, and continues through the Vietnam conflict.
World War I
Joseph B. Aycock, James Beck, Lonnie Blackard, Daniel Boswell, Joe D. Brakefield, Paul Eason, Samuel G. Gholson, Walker Gibbon, Sam A. Greene, George G. Hamilton, Clyde C. Hurdle, Arthur Joslin, Herman M. Lewis, Leland McClure, Howell Person, Will Bob Person, John R. Shaw, James Shoffner, John W. Thompson, James F. Vick, John W. Watwood, F. Guyton Webb.
World War II
Robert D. Algee, John Ed Allen, Haywood Barksdale, Henry Hardy Boswell, John Freeman Chambers, C.D. Collins, Jr., William B. Cox Jr., David DeBerry, John Paul Hurdle, C.C. King, Luther Knighton, Eugene Banks Lanier, John Robert Lemons, Roger B. Mason, Aaron Rhea, Turner A. Sowell Jr., Marvin Sidney Stroupe, Leo L. Thomas, Carnell Valentine, James Dudley Whaley, Wintern Laughton Cole, David V. Anderson, Thomas Howell, Floyd Meek.
Harold Eugene Esmon, Jack Etheridge, Adolph Tunstall Jr., Ruben B. Henderson, George H. Mason.
George E. Beckley, M.L. Currie, Frank Edward Davis, George Raymond Feathers, Mack Simpson Jeffries, James H. Martin, Benny Leon Smith, Jodie Swinford, Billy R. Thompson.
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