The Fourth of July holiday had residents traveling, harvesting vegetable crops, cutting hay, and finally enjoying some good rain showers that helped the countryside as the heat in the 100 plus degrees range for many days had taken a toll on the county. Fireworks around Shady Grove and neighboring communities were enjoyed from our vantage point on the Shady Oaks hill on Hwy. 346.
An early Monday visit with Lynn Heatherly at the Wise Family Farms had watermelons, cantaloupe, green peppers, peas and butterbeans, corn, and of course, tomatoes in abundance. I had never seen a mechanical pea picker and was intrigued by this machine as I dislike this garden chore. It was in progress at the farm of the late Dewitt and Thelma (Montogmery) Swords on Hwy. 346 which in maintained by Betty Pierce, their daughter of Cleveland, Ohio . I wonder if the Wise Family would loan this machine to neighbors.
Shady Grove Baptist Church VBS be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on July 9-13, 2012.
Jessica, Jay and Nora Lynch of Jackson were here for the Fourth of July block party at the home of Lynn and Nellie (Hill) Robbins on Hale Road. Nora Creed Lynch, who was born on May 8, was introduced to the congregation at Hurricane Baptist on July 8 during the morning service. Lynn Robbins recently retired from Oxford Power Association, and now I am sure that he will join Nellie as they travel to visit their first grandchild in Jackson.
Our family had a welcome home sign and balloons for Maggie Maguire Hooker at our driveway entrance as she was dismissed from Le Bonheur on July 4 and came home late that day. Thanks for all the prayers for our baby granddaughter as she underwent open heart surgery on June 29. She will be three months old on July 17. Her surgeon was Dr. Knott-Craig, a native of South Africa, who had trained at Boston’s Children Hospital with Dr. Jonas, who was the heart surgeon for Trae Smith, 21. Terri and Roger brought food and gifts for the family during this time in Memphis as they had stayed with their son there for over a year with his surgery and in Boston.
Harper Hooker, 1, also had tests at Le Bonheur early Friday morning; so the whole family was there for the granddaughters. A praise report for Harper as she was released from her checkups and the scan was normal. Harper weighed 3 lbs. and 8 oz. last April and now is an active toddler walking and talking and running the family with her demands. God has been good to our little ones.
Our lunch on Friday, June 29, was brought to the hospital in Memphis by Cooper Permenter.
Jimmie G. Warren, Jeff and Ruthie Warren, Dr. John and Elaine Mitchell of Pontotoc enjoyed meeting the Rankin Brothers and their parents, Sherry (Graham)Rankin, formerly of Ft. Worth, Texas. Sherry is the daughter of the late Lawrence and Oleta Graham of Loraine, Texas. Sherry and Larry’s sons’ act has been voted the number one performers in Branson, Missouri, for the third year in a row. They are located at Mickey Gilley Theater. The sons and their families as well as their parents have moved to Branson now. If you go to see them, let them know you are from Pontotoc. Sherry’s dad, Lawrence Graham of Texas was named for his uncle, the late Lawrence Graham of Sand Springs, a descendant of the Warren-Graham family, who were pioneer settlers of the community.
J. C. Sneed of Lincoln, California, celebrated his 93rd birthday on July 7. He is the eldest child of ten of the late Luster and Delilah (Williams) Sneed of Hurricane. He keeps up with his siblings Billy Ray Sneed, Charlie Montgomery, Jeannette Jones, and Jo Coward through this column. Another first cousin to J.C. is Mattie Lee (Jumper) Bryant of Memphis who keeps up with the Williams-Russell-Garrett families also.
J. R. Austin of Cave-in Rock, Illinois, celebrated his 78th birthday on July 8. He attended Holmes Junior College in Goodman and has many friends in Hurricane. J. R. sent the fall hunting schedule for the Illinois hunting season, and we called with birthday wishes on Sunday afternoon. He is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Cave-in Rock, and they honored him with cake and ice cream that evening.
Madison Carnes, 14, who plays softball with the Northeast Elite played at Cordova, Tennessee last weekend, and the team won the 14U USSSA Tennessee State Championship. Her cousin, Mary-Kate Butler, 12, of the Pontotoc Thunder was on the team that won the USSSA State Championship for 12U was in Mississippi. They are the great-granddaughters of Sue (Ard) Spears.
Enjoying a patriotic Fourth of July in Washington, D.C. were Howard, Shelly, and Madison Carnes.
Winning the ASA State 8U Softball Championship in Columbus this past weekend were the Tupelo Express. Girls on the team with Hurricane ties are as follows: Shelby Payne, Riley Brooke Crowell, Breanna Huckaby, Sophie Hooker, Anniston Orman, and Eden Conlee. They went 5-0 during the tournament plus playing in the heat. Coaches are Scott Orman of West Union and Ron Carter of Tupelo.
Dwayne and Denise (Hale)Graham have returned from a road trip to San Francisco, Calif., where they visited their son, Jamie Graham, R.N. Jamie took them on a tour of San Francisco including the Golden Gate Bridge, the Fisherman’s Wharf, Twin Peaks, Napa Valley, Angel Island and Alcatraz. They enjoyed other stops on their way out West. On their return trip they stopped at Altus AFB in Oklahoma as their daughter Deanna’s husband is stationed there. They received great news as Deanna and her husband Kurt DeCreamer are expecting their first child in October. Deanna is an Air Force veteran of the Iraqi War.
Doug Quick (Bonnie), missionaries to Haiti, were in the evening services at Hurricane Baptist on July 8 and shared their testimonies and experiences in this country. Graden Hooker was honored with a fish fry at his home by his sons Cade, and Colt, and their families. Special guests were Phil Robbins, Bro. Philip Brock, Perri, Isaac, Emma, and Addie Brock, Phillip Robbins, and Bro. Keith, Lori, Katie, and Kari Benefield of west Tallahatchie Baptist on Hwy. 30. 61 candles covered the cake; so you really could not see it!
Recent guests of Roy and Faye Dillard were the sons of the late George and Pat (Dillard) Busby of Nashville, who are Timothy George Busby (Lori) and Barry Dillard Busby of Nashville.
Ruthie Garrison was honored with an 80th birthday party at Pleasant Dale Baptist Fellowship Hall hosted by her family as follows: Michelle, Nickey, Noah and Carly Walker and Randy, Chad and Jessica Simmons of Pontotoc.
Reba Sue Graham enjoyed a family dinner for her 74th birthday on July 9 as Brenda Bain and Neva Graves and families hosted the gathering. Neva Graves retired from NPAC in December with 30-plus years of teaching. Both sisters are now retired teachers and have contributed to the youth as Special Education teachers at NPAC and Pontotoc City (Brenda).
Showing their support for our family while Maggie was in LeBonheur were our Ingomar friends, the children of Linda (Gordon) Bell (Mike) and are follows: ACNP Chris Bell and his wife Sara; and Heath, Missy, Carlie, and Traylen Bell; then the Whitehead-Weeden-Kirk families as follows: Leah (Kirk)Byrd, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Kirk, and her cousin, Jason Weeden R.N. at St. Francis, the son of the late Gerald Weeden and of Sara W. Weeden. Friends, Nelda Morgan and Geraldine Burchfield of Hernando brought a gift basket of food and Renee Stepp of Pontotoc brought pastries. Dr. Shane Scott of New Albany, Maggie’s hometown pediatrician, also came. So nice of these visitors. We covet your prayers and friendship for our granddaughter Maggie.
Thad and Barbara (Price)Ross treated Bro. Winston Ross to Cracker Barrel in Tupelo for Father’s Day. Joining them were as follows: J.R. and Carla May (Ross) Mooneyhan od Saltillo and Chad, Luke, Eli, and Callie Ross.
It was great to see Celia (Heatherly) Caron in her pew at Hurricane Baptist on Sunday morning, July 8 as she has been taking treatments at BMH-Oxford. The support of her family and her church family have been a tremendous boost for Celia.
Sisters, Donna Barefield, Betty Stubblefield, and Lisa Kidd, treated their mom Margaret Hale to lunch for her birthday on June 30.
Brooke and Colt Hooker hosted the combined families of the Boyds, Moores, and the Hookers at Shady Grove for a cookout on July 4. Fireworks were enjoyed by the group to end a great family gathering.
A special thanks to Shelia Owen who hand wrote last week’s news from my computer as it would not send or print. Nita Robbins was inadvertently left out of Jack Robbins’ fourth birthday trip to Orlando and Disney World. I had returned to Memphis, and thought she could solve my computer problems. The repairman is on the way. I think it is David Helms. HA!
Enjoying the Fourth at Fairpark at Fountain in Tupelo were Susan, Sophie, Ella Kate, and Braxton Hooker. A trip to Chuck E. Cheese completed the morning. The men went fishing at Sardis and were successful. Aden Hooker of Booneville is here for the week of July 9; so we have a field trip planned each week she is here for the older four ‘granddarlins’