By Susan Hooker
The latter part of May is magnolia time in Mississippi as the sweet smell of the blossoms brings on a wave of nostalgia as seven generations of my family have enjoyed this annual event in the surrounding neighborhoods of Hurricane. June has begun with rain as the countryside is a verdant landscape.
Congratulations to Ethan Case Lorick who was a graduate of MSU in May. He is the son of Alan and Tammi Graham Lorick. Also attending the ceremony were Hanna Lorick, Shelby and Barnell Griffin, and Martha G. Little.
Congratulations to Dr. Edith Norwood Oliver of Eupora who was a graduate of the School of Veterinary Science at Mississippi State University. Edie is the granddaughter of Bob and Dotsy Norwood Williamson and the daughter of Charlie and Becky W. Oliver, all of Eupora. Edie begins her career on June 2 in Alabama. Her grandmother Dotsy was born in Hurricane and celebrated her 79th birthday on May 17.
Congratulations to twin sisters, Caitlyn Buchanan, who is a 2014 graduate of Ole Miss, and to Rachel Buchanan, who is a 2014 graduate of MSU, and who are the daughters of Tim and Reena Helms Buchanan of Sand Springs. The proud grandparents are Bivivian Russell Buchahan of Smoke Top and Hershel Helms of Furrs.
Laken Todd was the salutatorian of the Class of 2014 of Tremont High and is the daughter of Barry and Tamara Todd. Her grandparents are Bob and Oweda Quillian Todd of Pleasant Dale and the great-granddaughter of Quinn Russell Quillian.
Norris Ashley told of his niece, Paige Williams of New York City, who had written an article for New Yorker magazine titled “A House in the Storm”. It featured her memories of five storm houses from Shady Grove to Lone Star that she had photographed during a visit at Christmas.
Paige is the daughter of Joann Ashley Williams of Tupelo, a 1955 graduate of Hurricane High, and of the late Bill Williams, who owned a sporting goods business in Tupelo. As a journalist at New Yorker magazine, her assignment was to tell how Mississippians prepared for tornados like the recent one in her hometown of Tupelo. Thus the childhood memories and experiences kicked in to make for a memorable read.
Ricky and Pat Richardson of Pontotoc hosted a cake and coke party for their uncle, Clay Robbins, of New Albany, who celebrated his 101st birthday on April 21. Mr. Clay is a graduate of Hurricane High, a retired administrator of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, and a former resident of the community in recent years. Other relatives attending are as follows: Gary and Lisa Richardson, Kay and Bernard Graham, Pam Bramlett, Tammy Anderson, Gerald Robbins,
Kathy Robbins, Jeff Robbins, Miriam and Rex Staten, and his daughter, Karen Hill and her family.
The Seniors Lunch Bunch at Hurricane Baptist enjoyed a May outing to Pickwick Lake and lunch lakeside.
Easton Smith and Miciah Heard were players on the West team from NPAC selected to play in the NEMCCAB at Corinth. Easton was selected as the MVP for the game. Easton is the son of Roger and Terri Hale Smith, and Miciah is the son of Roger and Melissa Williams Heard, all of Hurricane.
Colby Graham of NPAC was selected to play in the MAC baseball game in Jackson.. He is the son of Marty Graham of Pontotoc and of Brandie Leath of the community.
The Class of 1953 of Hurricane High had their annual reunion at the community center in May.
Those attending are as follows: Bill and Charlie Montgomery, Nellie Ashley Sandroni, Norman and Lucy Gullick, Rev. John Stevens, Bobbie Wise Hale, Bobby Earl and Joyce Sappington Churchill, Brooks and Jackie Dowdy, Ruth McLaughliin Hale, Billie Williams Evans, and Laverl Robbins.
Enjoying a performance of the Rankin Brothers in Branson, Missouri, were the following: Bill and Charlie Sneed Montgomery, Murray and Jo Sneed Coward of Tupleo, Larry and Enola Sneed Curtis of Lompoc, California, and Jim and Betty Swords Pierce of Cleveland, Ohio. Enola is the daughter of J.C. Sneed of Lincoln, California, the eldest brother of Charlie and Jo, formerly of Hurricane. They all enjoyed meeting the Rankin family as Sherry is the granddaughter of the late Fert and Della Huckaby of Loraine, Texas, both former residents of Sand Springs.
Maggie Hooker had open heart surgery on April 29 and is doing well as she saw her surgeon from LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and got a good report in May. She came home and got her play stethoscope and gave the entire family a heart checkup. A special thanks to all that prayed for our granddaughter that is 2.
Recent fishing trips on the Tennessee River had some monster catfish caught by grabbling. Those catching the fish include the following: Nathan Graham, Aric Graham, Colt Hooker, Graden Hooker, Greg Graham, and Rev. Lee Graham. We had a cookout on Memorial Day and enjoyed the catch.
Birthday wishes to the following residents: Dewitt Stepp, Will Frohn. Landon Kidd, Reena Buchanan, Rev. Wayne Loan, and Lisa Bryant.
The Class of 2014 of NPAC had their Baccalaureate Service at Hurricane Baptist Church. Our two seniors recognized and given Bibles from Hurricane were Easton Smith and Blake Spears during our regular morning service. Rev. Philip Brock delivered the message.
A belated expression of sympathy is extended to the family of Irene Gullick Williams, 93, who was a lifelong resident of the Hurricane Community, a graduate of Hurricane High, and the widow of Clay Williams. Survivors include the following children: Jerry Williams, Joy Gates, Danny Williams and Phyllis Hooker. She was preceded in death by one son, Mike Williams.
A good neighbor and good friend to all, she will be missed in Hurricane. Mrs. Irene had been residing at the former Gullick home place on Thaxton Road for many years.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Coach Cap Gaston who was the husband of Lou Russell Gaston for 50 years. They resided on Hwy. 336 west at the Lafayette County line, and their lawn was a source of pride for the couple. Survivors include one daughter, Susanne Gaston Wade(Barney of Calhoun City and two grandchildren, Karley Susan Wade and Clay Russell Wade, also of Calhoun City. Mr. Cap was a retired educator that had served as coach, principal,counselor, and teacher during his career. He taught at Hurricane High as well as his wife Lou during the late 1960’s and was the junior high basketball coach and history teacher.
The local services were held at Union Nazarene Church and Old Union Cemetery. He was also a Baptist minister. His friendly smile and his riding his “Gator” will be missed as I travel weekly to the Lafayette Springs cabin.