Bernard and Kay Graham hosted a birthday party for Bernis(Waldrop) Graham's 87th celebration on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 28 at Sand Springs Fellowship Hall. Those presenting special music for the event are as follows: Ray, Kerri, Joseph and Kelsey Haney, and Jeff and Kim Cooper of By Faith Baptist in Pontotoc; Cathy Barton; and Sherry Warren's grandchildren: Brianna, Emily, Scott, Cassie and Dannie. Ricky Richardson of Pontotoc presented the devotional message. Those attending from out of town include the following: Belton and Ruth Berry, Margie Waldrop, all of Starkville; Bethany Kieper of Huntsville, Alabama; Layne McLaughlin, Oxford; Winfred and Elaine Hudson, Tupelo. Other family members attending from the community included Amanda, Stacy, Sarah Grace and Lacey Simmons; Lorye Logan, Mike and Rita Graham. Around 100 people helped Aunt Bernis celebrate this special day.
Certainly a milestone to be acknowledged is the 100th birthday celebration of Gladys(Walker)Russell at Thaxton, who is the widow of Grady Russell and a former resident of the Smoke Top community.
Birthday wishes to Charlotte Thompson of Oak Dale for Aug. 30.
Enjoying a late summer visit with Jacque and Dustin Graham in Santa Maria, California, was Mike Spears. They are the children of the late Alan Graham. They reside in California with their mom, Melanie.
Vacationing in the Smoky Mountains were Steve and Betty Stubblefield, Stephanie, David and Kipton Breedlove of Booneville prior to the ladies returning for the school semester.
Ella Kate Hooker celebrated her third birthday on August 20 with a Tiki hut pool party hosted by her parents Megan and Cade. The heat index was around 112 that day so the children enjoyed the water slide as well as swimming. Congratulations to Ella Kate who was an alternate beauty at the Little Miss Union County Fair competition.
Get well wishes to Dorothy Morse of Sand Springs, to Glenda Hale, and to Hattie Sneed.
My dad, Warren Norwood, is currently taking chemo treatments at BMH-Oxford for multiple myeloma and will continue for almost two more months. We covet your prayers.
On Aug. 22 Beverly Cummings, Freida Browning, Clarenda Parrish and Polly Montgomery visited with Floyce Long in Memphis and enjoyed lunch at her home.
Enjoying an extended summer visit with their grandparents, Robert and Ruby Jeaul Goggans of Sand Springs, were Shawn and Catherine Alewine of North Carolina.
Harold and Lorraine(Weeden) Webb of Dayton, Ohio, visited Roy and Faye Dillard on Saturday, Aug. 28. Her maternal aunts, Ruby Jaco and Katherine Almond of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, were with the Webbs. Lorraine is the sister of Jacky(Linda)Weeden of Troy.
Birthday wishes for August include the following: Olivia Wells, Faye Williams, Perry Brock, Virginia Spears, and Stephenie Warren.
Congratulations to Stephen Montgomery of Pontotoc who was awarded a tennis scholarship to ICC. He is the son of Dr. Steve and Tammy Montgomery of Pontotoc and the grandson of Bill and Charlie(Sneed)Montgomery, both former residents of Hurricane.
Enjoying a family trip to Riodoso, New Mexico were Jerry, Steve and Roger Graham and their families of Mitchell County, Texas prior to the school semester. They are the sons of the late Joe and Mary Helen Graham of Loraine, Texas. Their call of the cooler temps there came when we were in the 100 degrees plus heat wave. Their Graham cousins, Della, Annnette, and Ruth, the daughters of the late Earl and Annie(Graham)Browning escaped the West Texas heat with a family trip to Pueblo, Colorado, and called to check on the family as the high temps were in Texas as well, but they have a constant wind and low humidity. Wanza and Bob Graham(84) of Loraine enjoyed a visit from Jimmy Ross of Fritch, Texas, who brought his thoroughbred horse “Ole Miss” and buggy to their town last weekend, and the families of Glenda, Brenda, Debbie and Diane, enjoyed rides around the town. It's always good to hear from these relatives as many were here in July for the reunion. They all are descendants of the late Fert and Della(Huckabee)Graham, both former residents of the Sand Springs community.
A belated expression of sympathy is extended to the family of Laverne(Hudson)Burchfield(90),who was the widow of Curtis Burchfield. She was a retired teacher that taught several generations of students at Hurricane as well as at North Pontotoc. She is survived by one son, Dean(Rita)Burchfield and one grandson, John Burchfield. Interment was at Sand Springs Cemetery. Those from out of town here for the services included: Martha(Burchfield)Lancaster of Atlanta, and her daughters, Rhonda and Karen; nieces, Regina(Hudson)Birrenkott and family of Tampa, Florida, Melba(Sneed)Applewhite and family of Amory; her brother, Winford(Elaine)Hudson of Tupelo.
A belated expression of sympathy is extended to the family of Charlie Short who was the husband of Charlotte Byers Short of Collierville, Tenn. He is survived by two children: Chara Short of Collierville and Cason Short of Hunter, Arkansas; a step-son Devin Smith of McCrory; two sisters; Sheila Eaton of Akron, Ohio; and Pam Short of Memphis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ferrell and Anna(Dowdy)Short of Hurricane and a brother, Keith Short. Services were held at Hunter Methodist Church and interment was in Hunter Cemetery in Arkansas on August 12. A memorial service was held at Hurricane Baptist Church on Aug. 14.