By Susan Hooker
Signs of the season in September include the final, feeding frenzies of the hummingbirds as they prepare for their trip to more southern climates. The aptly named hummingbird vines covered with red blooms attract them as well as the feeders with nectar. Once you get the vines established, they become a task to keep the growth in check as they thrive almost like Kudzu. A drive by the Wise Farms on Shady Grove Road had a new announcement for the fall. The corn maze and the pumpkin patch will open on Oct. 4.
Bob and Jo Lane Warren celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Sept. 4 with a reception on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 8, at Oak Dale Baptist Church hosted by Mike and Judy Warren and Marcie and Dustin White of Saltillo.
Rev. Philip and Perri Brock enjoyed a late summer vacation to Orange Beach, Ala.
A Labor Day weekend ski trip to Smith Lake in Alabama was enjoyed by the following: Cade, Megan, Sophie, and Ella Kate Hooker, Braxton Hooker, Paul, Christa, Payton, Colton and Livvy Claire Moore, Scott, Angela, and Anniston Orman of West Union.
Aric and Shandra Graham and Colt and Brooke Hooker hosted a dove cookout for a large group on Labor Day at our Shady Oaks Farm after hunting in Old Esperanza Bottom. A lot of sweet tea, varied wild game, and homegrown watermelons were enjoyed by area hunters as the temps were in the 90s. A recent article in the August edition of Oxford Invitation magazine featured their summer ‘grabblin’ catfish trophies.
Anniversary milestones for community residents are as follows: Ralph and O. D. Dowdy, 70, Bob and Jo Lane Warren, 62, Cheryl and Glen Sullivan, 49, Jack and June Ezell, 46, Chipper and Debra Hicks, 44, and Graden and Susan Hooker, 42.
On Aug. 7, Knox Poe, the son of Colton and Hilary Poe, enjoyed his second birthday celebration at the Tupelo Buffalo Park. Also attending were the following: Bob and Michelle Poe and Jack and June Ezell.
Bernis Waldrop Graham, the widow of Dudley Graham, celebrated her 90th birthday on Aug. 27 at the home of Bernard and Kay Graham at Sand Springs. Grandchildren are Kerri and Ray Haney of Pontotoc and Amanda and Stacy Simmons, and her great-grandchildren, Joseph and Kelsy Haney of Pontotoc and Sarah Grace and Laci Kay Simmons. Roy and Faye G. Dillard visited her on that Wednesday afternoon
The family of Emily Browning hosted a 90th birthday (Sept. 12) celebration for her at the home of her daughter Lisa Delashmet (Art) in Germantown, Tenn. Those attending were as follows: Don, Freida, and Guide Browning, Caroline and Stephen Brents, Jon, Sherri, Evan and Tori Browning of Madison, Alana Winsper of Alexandria, La., and Robbie Jane and Perry Ettehad of Rosemark, Tenn. Alana enjoyed several days in Hurricane with Caroline Brents as she returned to Louisiana later in the week. Grandsons Evan Browning of Madison and Guide Browning of Hurricane, are seniors at MSU.
Those returning to college for the fall semester are the following: Guide Browning is a senior at MSU; Olivia Wells is a sophomore at Ole Miss; and Daniel Robbins continues his education at the University Medical School in Jackson.
Jordan Graham of Sweetwater, Texas, is a senior at Texas Tech. She is in Midland as a student teacher this fall semester. Jordan is the daughter of Roger and Dayla Graham, also of Sweetwater, and a Warren-Graham family descendant of Sand Springs. By the way, Jordan has a 4.0 and will graduate in December.
Birthday wishes to Emily Conlee, Isaac Brock, Rev. Philip Brock, Greta Moody, Sherry Warren, Linda Stepp, Jake Hudson, and Jennie Oglesby and Jo Lane Warren.
Get-well wishes to Bernice Williams, Laverle Robbins, and Ward Warren.
Lou Gaston and her grandson, Clay Russell Wade of Calhoun City, have season tickets to attend the Ole Miss Rebels football games in Oxford. Clay was 14 on Aug. 30. Lou is enjoying her retirement from teaching at NPAC as Clay’s sports keep her traveling, and her granddaughter Karlie is a sophomore at NWMCC. Karlie sent roses to Lou and Cap for Grandparent’s Day on Sept. 8.
A belated expression of sympathy is extended to the family of Leighton Browning, 83, of the Shady Grove-Lone Star neighborhoods, who was preceded in death by his wife Winnie Mae Robbins Browning, a native of Hurricane community.
Survivors include the following children and their families: Nancy Yates, Sen. Nickey Browning, Elder Roger Browning, Gary Browning, and Tim Browning. Mr. Leighton was always involved in community activities, an avid fisherman and dominos player, and a member of Bethany Primitive Baptist Church on Hwy. 346. Interment was in the historic Shady Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Agnes Bevill Payne, 93, of Hurricane Loop, who was the widow of William Payne. Survivors include the following children: Verline Stepp, Wanda Shettles, Geraldine Wilson, James Payne, and Christine Hannah. Johnny Payne preceded his mother in death. A good neighbor and a friend to all, she will be missed. Interment was in Sand Springs Cemetery.
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