The showers last week helped to revive the countryside, but we are still six inches below the average rainfall for the area.
Fresh okra, peas, peaches, watermelon, bell peppers, and blueberries are some of the crops being shared by neighbors.
A drive with the granddaughters had them asking about Lone Star School, as a portion of the building is used for a community center now, and the surrounding families keep the lawn neat as the men gather to play dominos. One of the stories that I have heard about the school is that a man journeyed to Texas, but he and his family returned to the Flatwoods, and the name of the school became Lone Star as a tribute to their journey. I have a photo that was given to me of a group of students there that has the late Dueane Dowdy on it. Regretfully, I did not write down the other students' names.
The Vacation Bible School program at Shady Grove Baptist Church was held on Sunday evening, July 15. Bro. David Barnett is pastor.
Jimmie S. Warren, Olivia Taylor Wells, and Jill W. Frohn, of New Albany, enjoyed a vacation to the Mall of America in Minnesota. These ladies have enjoyed this shopping excursion for five years now. Olivia Wells will be attending Ole Miss this fall.
Beth Conlee enjoyed 20 days in Europe. Beth will be a senior at WUAC this fall, so this was a truly educational experience for her. She is the daughter of Jerry and Jerri Conlee, and they all attend Hurricane Baptist. They toured Paris, Rome, Switzerland and other locations as well.
Bro. Philip Brock and three young men from Hurricane Baptist: Michael Williams, Blake Spears, and J.D. Underwood, attended the Triple S Christian Ranch camp at Rosebud, Ark. Evangelists for the services were Bro. Larry Brown from Iowa and Bro. Randy Dignan of Missouri. These young men shared their experiences during the evening service on July 15. Bro. and Mrs. Malcolm Brock, of Macedonia, were guests at the morning service , as well as Demetria Robbins, of Pontotoc, who attended with her mom, Dorothy (Curtis) Caples. On Monday night the congregation hosted a “Minister's Mini Bible Conference,” with the ladies of the church hosting a fellowship meal on July 16.
Two veterans from our community that are nonagenarians are Rayburn Williams, 92, and J.T. Swords, 91, of Shady Grove. Williams served in the Pacific Theater, and Swords was in the Battle of the Bulge. A special thanks to these two men for their service to our country. June (Dorrough) Ezell, a retired teacher from North Pontotoc Attendance Center, keeps the Veteran's monument decorated for the patriotic holidays. and waters the flowers and shrubs there, as well. Thanks, June, for your volunteer work to keep the community center lawn attractive.
When I hear stories or see a movie about the invastion at Normandy, I think of Byron Sneed, of Belden, who received the French Legion Medal of Honor for his service there during World War II, as he was in the second wave. Also. my late uncle, Col. Buck Norwood, who begam servomg in WWII in North Africa, took his sons camping there while stationed in France after the war, so Jim and Bill would get to see the vast military cemetery. H.M. Curtis, Jr.,from the Class of 1944, died in a machine gun battle in the hedge rows of Normandy. H.M. turned 19 aboard the troop carrier to France. We have had some outstanding veterans from our community.
Maggie Maguire Hooker had a good checkup with her cardiologist at LeBonheur last Friday, and had gained weight during the past two weeks. While in the hospital for her heart surgery, Dr. Eric and Jill W. Frohn, of New Albany, visited with a food basket for the family, and area preachers, Bro. Philip Brock, Bro. Keith Benefield, Bro. David Barnett, and Bro. Patrick Stutto visitied, as well. Bro. Doug Jones, of Pontotoc, called, and we are always thankful for his friendship to our family.
Birthday wishes to Celia Caron, Marty McLaughlin, Glenda Hale, Kay Britt, Pam Short, Donna Barefield, Barry McLaughlin, Terri Smith, Kim Mercer, Steve Stubblefield, Casey Kidd, Margie Warren, Pat Russell, Jayme Ezell, and Pat Mounce.
Michael Williams competed in the rodeo events in Oklahoma City on the Fourth of July. His parents, Jeff and Lisa Williams, traveled to the rodeo with him.
Congratulations to Josh Barnett, a 2012 graduate of NPAC, who received an ACT Incentive and a Leadership scholarship to ICC for the fall semester. He is the son of Bro. David and Lea Barnett of Shady Grove Baptist.
A very special special birthday wish to Jewel (Stafford) Spears, who will be 96 on July 20. Give her a call or send a card to her Haletown Lane home for this occasion. She is the oldest member of Hurricane Baptist Church and has been a good neighbor to all in the community.
Roy Dillard and Lynn Robbins visited with Jewel (Dillard) Mize (95), at Yocona.
Get well wishes to Jackl Ezell, who had heart surgery. Jack devotes volunteer work for the Hurricane Community Center and the veteran's monument. I wish him a speedy recovery.
Aden, Harper, and Brooke Hooker attended Ava Whiteside's birthday party on Saturday. Ava's parents are Scott and Brandie (Nix) Whiteside, and her grandparents are Mike and Ann (Graham)Thomas.
Sophie, Braxton, and Ella Kate Hooker enjoyed water skiing at Trace Lake on Saturday with Cade, Megan, and Colt Hooker.
Sophie Hooker will be playing July 20-21, at Ridgeland, with the Tupelo Express 8U softball team for the State finals.
A Warren-Graham Reunion reminder: it's Saturday, July 21, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Hurricane Community Center. A traditional pot-luck luncheon will be held at noon so. ladies, get out the desserts and sweet tea. Let's make this a special event for our cousins from West Texas, and other areas across the South. Awards will be given for these families that have kept their family reunions intact since the post-Civil War exodus to Texas, California, and New Mexico.
I visited the new Friendship Medical Center, on Highway 15 North, recently, and was impressed with the decor, the aquarium, and, of course, the friendly staff. CFNP Allison Bailey, of Oxford, and Dr. Richard Russell, a graduate of the Class of HHS of 1960, are the doctors there.
Congratulations to Daniel Windham Robbins, who will soon be entering classes at the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson. He was a Taylor Medalist at Ole Miss and was on the Chancellor's Honor Roll all four years there. Daniel has been serving as our song leader at Hurricane Baptist to help Dick Caron the past year, and will be missed.
Riggan Bullard and his young son Quint hunted shark teeth on Sunday afternoon in Hurricane. I hope they had a good find!
Sympathy is extended to the family of Terry Russell, of Columbus, who was the son of Ruth Russell and of the late Graham Russell, of Sand Springs, and who was the grandson of the late Gene and Ida (Graham) Russell, also of the community.