By Susan Hooker
The lovely shade trees of summer are now a golden amber as the oak leaves are now making a thick carpet on lawns in the neighborhood. Every wind or rain storm brings another wave. Sophie, Aden and I discussed stopping at the home place of the late Thelma and Dewitt Swords to play in the leaves on Saturday afternoon. Sophie thought of the copperhead snakes that often lurk in the pine straw or leaves during the fall. Our idea did not seem that great with that thought. Other signs of the season included the hard freeze of last week that brought our growing season to an end. Once this would have been a signal for hog-killing time in Hurricane. Then the nice folks at Wise Farms posted on Facebook for area ladies to drop by and cut a sunflower bouquet before the cold snap.
The Armistice Day observance on Nov. 11 is one that the family of the late Jim Burchfield, the owner of the Burchfield Store that once was located on the corner across from the cotton gin, can relate to as he was a veteran of WWI. Mr. Jim was wounded and left with the casualties at the Hindenburg Line. When the Allies came to attend to their soldiers, he was alive. He was in a hospital in London, England, for a year recovering from his wounds. After his return to Hurricane, he and his bride, nee Eula Spears, had the following children: Curtis, Burnell, James and Jimmie Nell. I enjoyed talking to his granddaughter, Nelda Morgan, a librarian, of Hernando, and to his grandson, Dean Burchfield, the Chair of the History Department at ICC in Fulton, as they shared their grandfather’s story.
The annual Harvest Day meal for Thanksgiving will be at noon on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Hurricane Baptist Church in the fellowship hall. Rev. Philip Brock is host pastor.
Nelda Morgan and Geraldine Montgomery Burchfield of Hernando attended the morning service at Hurricane Baptist on Nov. 17. They enjoyed lunch with Emilee, Greg and Marilyn Gail McClure at their Esperanza Road home.
Birthday wishes to Shelia Owen, to Susanne Wade, and to Dorothy Robbins.
Get-well wishes to Polly Montgomery, to Bernice Williams, to Lisa King, and to Jeff Williams.
Ole Miss faithful who enjoyed the game as the Rebels won on a rainy Saturday in Oxford were the following: Cade and Megan Hooker, Bryan and Maegan McCarver, Brandie and Scott Whiteside, Shelia and Danny Owen, Cheryl and Glen Sullivan, Vickie, Mitchell, and Hunter Dyer and Jennifer Manning.
The Rev. Ronnie Barefield and his wife, nee Donna Hale of Hurricane, celebrated 40 years in the ministry (1973-2013) at Unity Baptist Church in Ripley. The congregation honored the couple during the annual Bible Conference at the church, Nov. 10-13. A group from Hurricane Baptist attended the event on Tuesday night. Donna is the daughter of Margaret Hale and of the late Charlie Hale of the community.
A long, weekend at Little Kettle Creek Camp at Lafayette Springs had our six grandchildren there at some time as follows: Sophie, Ella Kate, and Maggie Hooker and Aden, Braxton, and Harper Hooker. Megan and Cade stopped by on Thursday night. Colt and Brooke Hooker and family and Graden and I ate at Coffey’s Fish and Steak at Rocky Ford on Friday night. It was a big crowd there as the new owners, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Coffey, were busy. We enjoyed talking to Bobby and Barbara Lee Gardner of Old Union, who were treating their granddaughters, Emily and Lizzie Gardner of Lafayette, to dinner. Also Norwood family friends, Jane Robbins Ford, and her husband, attorney Will Ford, of New Albany, stopped by to chat. This neighborhood enjoys their local restaurant as well as the local communities in the area.
Congratulations to the North Pontotoc Vikings and to Coach Brian Sutton as the 3A football team won the playoff game on Friday night and will host Charleston now at North Pontotoc. Miciah Heard, the son of Roger and Melissa Heard of Hurricane, is on the team.
Congratulations to Robin Shumaker of Pontotoc as the Lady Warriors won the Cross Country State Championship. Robin is the granddaughter of Dewitt and Verline Stepp of Hurricane Loop. Their coach is Mike Bain, the husband of nee Brenda Graham, formerly of Hurricane, and who are now residents of Hwy. 346 East.
WWII veterans that are both nonagenarians in the community are Rayburn Etoy Williams and J. T. Swords of Shady Grove. Hats off to these two men for their military service.
Remember to participate in the Wreaths Across America program that is a memorial tribute to veterans. You can contact the Pontotoc Progress for information for our county.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Junior Ray Russell, 82, of Brighton, Tenn., who was preceded in death by his wife Bobbie Tubbs Russell. The funeral was held at the Union Nazarene Church with interment in the Old Union Cemetery. He was the son of the late J.H. and Lena Willard Russell of Old Union. Junior Ray will be missed by his family and friends in Hurricane and in Tennessee.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Wanda Payne Shettles, 74, who was the wife of Lawrence Shettles of Hurricane Loop.
Their 57th wedding anniversary would have been on Nov. 23, 2013. She was a good friend and a good neighbor to all that knew her. Wanda’s funeral was held at Watchman Baptist Church at Thaxton on Sunday, Nov. 17. Interment was in the church cemetery. Survivors include the following children: Pam Thrasher, Antony Shettles, and Jeff Shettles, all of the community, and Kevin Shettles of Snellville, Ga., as well as their families.
By Susan Hooker
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