By Lou McQuary
Ginger and Stephen Harrell had a graduation party honoring their daughter, Julie Canoy, on May 17. Julie is a senior at West Union and will graduate on May 24 as salutatorian of her class with special honors. About 85 people enjoyed the food and desserts Ginger had prepared. Shirley Shirley, Susan McClelland, Angela Shirley, Tracey Aldridge, and Kaye Page served as co-hosts. It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon and night for friends and family to honor Julie, their special graduate.
Sunday, May 19, at Macedonia Baptist began at 8 a.m. with a breakfast for seniors and their immediate families. At 10 a.m. the baccalaureate service was held. Eleven graduating seniors were recognized. A picture slide presentation was shown for each senior, and Bro. Louie told important information about each one.
Eight graduates were from West Union. Kyler Bates, daughter of Terri and Shane Bates, plans to attend ICC and study dental hygiene. Julie Canoy, daughter of Ginger and Stephen Harrell, plans to attend Mississippi State and pursue a degree in biological sciences. Gina Beth Conlee, daughter of Penny and Greg Conlee, will attend Ole Miss and study biology. Jacob Cook, son of Stoney and Teresa Cox, plans to attend Ole Miss and study business administration. Austin Harrington, son of Sara and Tony Harrington, will attend Ole Miss and study mechanical engineering. Jodie McMillen, daughter of Karen and Mitchell McMillen, plans to pursue a degree in nursing at ICC. Jodie has a 4.0 grade point average!! Way to go, Jodie!!! That is a wonderful accomplishment. Hannah McQuary, daughter of Ginger Hall and Scott McQuary, plans to attend ICC and pursue a degree in speech pathology. Lacey Pickett, daughter of Terri and Clint Moore, will attend ICC for one year and then go to Mississippi State to obtain an art degree. Lacey and her family were all sick and were unable to attend the service.
From Potts Camp we recognized two seniors. Abby Farr, daughter of Beverly and Brad Farr, plans to obtain a radiology degree from Northeast. Luke Rider, son of Delores and Anthony Rider, plans to find a job and then travel to some places he has never seen.
From Ingomar, we had one senior. Reid Williams, son of Bro. Louie and Melissa Williams, will attend Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky and pursue a degree in theater. Reid received a full scholarship to attend Georgetown College.
A band led our music service. Vincent Palmer and Tyler Lindsey each played the saxophone. Bryan Cook and Justin Sanford both played the guitar. Ben Neal was on the drums. Justin Kirk sang. They did a wonderful job leading the song service.
Jamey Wright, principal at West Union, delivered the message to the seniors. He had a “Top Five List”: work hard, be yourself, realize in Christ your future is secure, enjoy life, and set an example.
Shirley and James Shirley enjoyed two baccalaureate services on Sunday, May 19, for their senior granddaughters, Julie Canoy and Kellie McClelland. Julie’s service was at 10 a.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church and Kellie’s service was at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist. This is only a prelude to what Shirley and James will experience during this graduation time. Julie and Kellie will graduate from West Union and New Albany on the same night, May 24, and at the same time, 8 p.m. After the baccalaureate services, all the family gathered at Susan and Ben McClelland’s home for a lunch honoring Julie and Kellie.
Brittany Whittington Speck was honored with a baby shower at McAlister’s on Sunday, May 19. About 34 people were present. Brittany is the granddaughter of Shelia and Robert Parker.
Macedonia will have the community yard sale on Saturday, June 1, beginning at 7 a.m. This is located on Highway 349.
Thought for the week: When God calls you, does He get a busy signal?
By Lou McQuary
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