Thursday, February 7, 2013
Michael Ragsdale celebrates birthday with trip to Sky Zone
Happy birthday wishes to Michael Ragsdale. He celebrated last weekend with a trip to Sky Zone with his friends, Grady Brooks and Waylon Langston. They had a wonderful dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse and topped it off with a Nerf gun fight.
Congratulations to Marshall Academy’s Mock Trial team. They competed last weekend in Oxford against teams from around the state. They advanced to the state round, which will be held in Jackson later in the month. What a fine young group of individuals representing Marshall Academy - good luck to them all, as well as their coaches!
The varsity Patriot teams travel to Indianola this week to vie for the district championship. Good luck to coaches Craig Dailey and Zach Rogel and their teams!
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Kate Cooper to wed Eric Pace April 13 in Paris-Yates Chapel
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Cooper of Potts Camp announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Katherine Nicole Cooper, to Eric William Pace, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pace of New Albany, and Mr. and Mrs. Steven Surbrook of Chesterfield, Va.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Eva Crawley and the late Charles Crawley of Pinedale, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cooper of Potts Camp.
The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Fox of DeKalb, Norma Pace and the late Charley Pace of Meridian, and Mary Cornelius and the late Tom Cornelius of New Albany.
Miss Cooper is a 2009 graduate of Hickory Flat Attendance Center. Kate graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2012, with a bachelor of arts in secondary English education. While attending Ole Miss, Kate worked at the Daily Mississippian newspaper and is a member of the Phi Mu Sorority. She is currently employed by the DeSoto County School System as a ninth grade English teacher for Lake Cormorant High School.
Mr. Pace is a 2005 graduate of West Lauderdale High School, Collinsville, where he received a football scholarship to Itawamba Community College. He graduated in 2007 with an associate degree in liberal arts. He also attended Northeast Community College 2009-2011, where he received an associate of applied sciences degree in machine tool and die technology. He is presently employed at Ace Machine and Fabrication in Memphis, Tenn., as a CNC machinist.
The couple extends the invitation to all friends and family to witness the exchange of vows April 13, 2013, at 6 p.m. in the Paris-Yates Chapel, Oxford. The reception will follow at the University Club, Oxford. The couple will reside in Olive Branch and attend Great Commission Church.
Too many demerits
To all of my friends in the community,
I can’t even begin to thank you enough for all of your kindnesses, thoughts and prayers. Especially the prayers. Prayer works miracles and I need miracles. All of your cards have cheered me up so. I appreciate each and every one of them. They have been put up all over my room and they give me so much hope and encouragement. Ira is doing well and really likes all of my cards too!
As for my R&R&R (Rest, Rehab and Relaxation) I am progressing. The nurses want to know why I can’t sleep at night, but it may be the Cokes. I try to sneak Cokes but have been caught. We get up before dawn every day and start to work and it feels a lot like boot camp around here. Our day starts before the sun comes up and then I get a shower and then breakfast at 7 a.m. in the dining room and then its off to work we go. At 8 a.m. the rehab starts and it is tough but necessary and important. Every morning in my rehab class I sometimes say “Good morning” to the other people there and sometimes they will say back “What’s good about it?”...
I am on a grading system and when I “refuse” something I get a demerit. My children think it’s hilarious! A person in rehab needs a score of 99 to be eligible to get out of here. My score is 82 because I keep getting demerits. It may be 79 now... (They seem to enjoy giving me demerits because I think they want to keep me here.) They also give demerits if I ask for help with a task. For example, if I ask for help opening my milk carton I get a demerit, if I ask someone to help me do anything I get a demerit...you get the idea.
My children are also embarrassed because my name is on the demerit board so many times. I don’t care. If I bark an order I get a demerit. Folks don’t call me the little general for nothing...
Sometimes in tragedy is humor. You have got to laugh instead of cry. Since I have been here I don’t sleep so well. Last night (January 29) I was really sleeping good for once. But they came in and woke me up because there was a tornado alert and I had to go sit out in the hall. So there I sat in the hall for an hour. The tornado skipped us and went on to Alabama!
Thank you all for being my friends and for being there when I have needed you the most. I thought I was a goner but I guess I’m not a goner after all. Everyone tells me I still have just too much to do.
P.S. – Remember to keep your faith. Life is a test and God tests us in so many ways. It is all in God’s hands and we must listen and remember that.
Editor’s Note – If you’d like to drop a card or note, please send to Baptist Memorial Hospital, North Mississippi, Lois Shipp c/o Acute Rehab Unit, 2301 South Lamar, Oxford, MS 38655.
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