By Lou McQuary
On Sunday, Sept. 1, Jed Rucker Long celebrated his fourth birthday at Chuck E Cheese in Tupelo. Friends celebrating with him were Drew Stanton; Lucy and Kylee Anne Jumper; Kinsley and Kelsey Coffey; Garrison Carpenter; Joe Quay, Cole Morris and Luke Willard; John Quitman Brewer; Chloe, Zoey, and Callyn Wright; Ava Grace and Cohen Russell; Melissa, Chris, Marley and Noel Long; Hunter McQuary; aunts, uncles, and grandparents, Doris and Johnny Garrison.
John Quitman got in the Ticket Blaster for Jed and he won him the 1,000 ticket. Chuckie was in costume doing the Happy Birthday Dance. Jed wasn’t too fond of him. They all played games, sang “Happy Birthday” to Jed, and ate pizza. He had a John Deere Cake which was almost too pretty to eat. Jed was four on Aug. 27. He is the son of Melissa and Chris Long.
On Sept. 3, the Senior Adults went to French Camp. Attending were Virgil Floyd, Kathy McNeer, Harold and Patsy Grisham, Frances Bynum, Marie Wilson, Ellis and Vera Perkins, Kaye Page, Eva Crawley, Fay Jumper, and Judy Cooper.
On Friday, Sept. 6 Lou McQuary and her sister, Vera Gaines went to Opelika, Ala. to help move their brother, Don Simpson, to Pascagoula. They packed boxes and picked up the moving van. On Saturday, CP, William, and Bill Winters, and John Simpson came to help transport the moving van. Don will only be minutes away from his twin, John, and only 20 minutes away from his sister, CP. CP, John, Don, Lou, and Vera are the children of the late Clara Powell and Raymond Simpson of Houston. Don is a retired nuclear engineer and is a former employee of Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula so he will have lots of friends to reconnect with. He also has other family in the area. His late grandparents ran a fishing camp in Gautier and he has cousins that still live in the area.
Ernie Fuller is still in Tallahassee, Fla. but is slowly improving. He has been walking some which has been quite an accomplishment. At one time they didn’t even know if he would be able to walk again. They found out that he has a broken heel to add to his list of ailments. He will be moved closer to home as soon as the doctor thinks he can make the trip.
Autumn Denham went to Memphis for a check-up this week. She was hoping they would cut down the recovery time, but they are holding to the three-month no-weight-bearing time frame. They are getting Autumn up and letting her sit outside some in the wheelchair to help break the monotony of being inside. Autumn is such an active outdoor person so being confined is very hard on her.
Regina Russell is having a hard time recuperating from the surgery on the tendons connecting to her elbow. Hopefully she will feel much better very soon.
Sunday night was a time of remembering as we had a special service for James Shirley. He was presented with a certificate of Deacon Emeritus for service as deacon at Macedonia from 1972 until 2013. He was also presented a plaque for 47 years of church service. Special music was presented by Andy Roe who sang “It is Well With My Soul” and by the Shirley children who sang “When I Get Carried Away.”
Several men spoke of James’ service at Macedonia. Tommy Turner told of how James led him to Christ. Larry McQuary spoke of his love for God, the church, and his family. Len Howell remembered his fervent prayers. Terry Foley told of his support for the deacons. Brad Page remembered his faithfulness. Susan McClelland presented a slide presentation of the service of her daddy to the Lord, his family, and his church. Bro. Louie closed the ceremony with an appreciation of James being a supportive deacon.
James was honored with a reception in the fellowship hall. It was a feast fit for a king. We appreciate you James, Shirley, and children Susan, Ginger, and Jimmy!!
Thought for the week: 1cross + 3 nails= 4ever.
By Lou McQuary
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