Thursday, June 5, 2014
Cup of Joy
Planting roots where they first began
“You look just like him!”
I turned as I heard a man exclaim in one of Holly Springs’ fine businesses.
I was unsure he was talking to me and was indeed not certain to whom he was referring I looked like.
“Homer Allen Worsham! You look just like him!”
My eyes began to rim with tears at the thought of my late grandfather being seen in any of my features. My three sisters were the ones always said to have received the Worsham genes. For all of my life, I have been told I look just like my mother, with very prominent Britton features. I was never ashamed, but the idea of resembling my greatly missed grandfather, “Pap,” brought me much pride - just carrying his name gives me that same joy.
In a trembling voice, I replied, “Sir, you just made my day. You’re gonna make me cry.”
“Oh, darlin’, don’t let me do that to you. I can’t lie to you knowing that,” the sweet gentleman apologetically returned.
“I just recognized your name when I heard it – Worsham. You’re Homer Allen’s granddaughter, aren’t you?”
With a proud grin, I replied, “Yes, sir, I am.”
“Homer Allen was a good man; one of the best people I had the pleasure of doing business with,” he sincerely told me.
With a warm smile, having just received not unappreciated reassurance that I must bear Britton markings, I allowed a small giggle to leave me and thanked the man for his kind words.
When getting to know someone, especially in such a quaint community, I believe it is important to know a little bit about a person’s heritage. Well, this is a bit of mine.
I am Joy Beth Worsham - daughter of Mark Worsham and Tammie Britton Worsham. My maternal grandparents are Don and Carol Britton, residing not far from the Marshall County area in Marion, Ark. My paternal grandparents are Homer and Kate Worsham, residing together in Red Banks, until my grandfather’s passing in late December of this past year.
My grandparents, Homer and Kate Worsham, or as I know them, “Papaw” and “Memaw,” have lived in the Holly Springs community for over 50 years. Before retiring, my Papaw was the pastor of Red Banks Baptist Church for 29 years. Since his passing, I have moved to Red Banks to live with his cherished wife and my loving grandmother – my Memaw.
As a child, I grew up visiting this area, traveling from the hot lands of south Mississippi to the rolling hills of the north; I always knew it as Memaw and Papaw’s place.
And now, as a grown woman, I find myself planting roots here during this season of my life – the place where my roots first began. It is now my place, too.
Living with my Memaw and needing to establish my own life in Marshall County, I have recently become the new advertising representative and staff writer for The South Reporter. And let me tell you, I am thrilled. I am thrilled to get to be a part of this community. I am thrilled to get to be a part of this paper. And I am thrilled to get to be a part of your lives.
So, if you happen to wonder who the new young lady in town is, I’m Joy Beth Worsham, ad rep and staff writer for The South Reporter – you know, Homer Allen’s granddaughter.
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