Today, Sunday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m., the Faulkner County Singing Club will meet again at Centerville United Methodist Church. This May singing dates back to the 1800s, and it used to be one of the largest community gatherings around. It is not so big now, but it still attracts singers and guests from several communities and counties in central Arkansas. The Club meets at various sites (usually churches) over the county, and it traditionally goes to Centerville in both May and October. Songbooks will include shape-note editions from different publishers. The new Celestial Chords will be on hand, and this publication is thought to be the last regular songbook for Texas Legendary Music. All who have an interest in this event are invited to join singers, pianists, advocates, and others at Centerville on May 13.
Also on Sunday, members of the church are invited to bring a flowering bush of some kind to be planted in honor of their mother or in memory of someone who has passed. The bushes will be planted and will be a reminder each year of our loved ones while making our church yard beautiful. Have a Happy Mother’s Day!
We were helped by great-granddaughter, age 13, Haley Sellers, and we are having beautiful weather. Our gardens are growing and God is Faithful. "Praise His holy name."
Today will be the annual singing at Centerville United Methodist Church, north of Greenbrier. The singing starts at 1:30 p.m. and the public is invited.
May 20 will be our annual singing and Homecoming at Oakland United Methodist Church at Holland. Lunch will be provided. The singing starts at 1:30 p.m. and everyone is invited. This is a time for people to come back home for a while.
John Benton Earnhart of Yakima, Wash., has been here in his motor home and we are enjoying him. He was raised in Conway and retired from many years in the military.
He loves to come back and visit with family and friends. He has visited his cousin, Marian McGinty, some in Salem Place Rehab in Conway. He also visited Elizabeth Johnson and Sunny Sue Earnhart here in Holland.
Andy Cook, son of Carlene and Joe Burns, grandson of Harold and Brenda Firestone, graduated from Deputy Reserve classes last week. His parents and grandparents happily attended the graduation. Andy’s first assignment was being able to work Toad Suck Daze the first weekend of May.
Rosalind Harrington of Kansas City visited Brenda Firestone recently. She was in the community to visit friends and to go to the cemetery to visit with loved ones passed. She always comes by to see us when she comes to Holland, but I had gone to the doctor and wasn’t home. I hated that I missed her. She is a very dear Christian friend of mine.
April 30 Glen and Doris Henderson accompanied Ray and me to Mountain View to celebrate our wedding anniversaries. Ray and I have been married 63 years and the Henderson’s have been married 62 years. We drove up on Friday and attended "Aunt Minnie’s Theater." We spent the night and returned home Saturday. Our granddaughter, Lori Ponder, had a cake decorated in both of our honors prior to our trip.
We extend sympathy to the family of Mr. J.L. "Sonny" McElroy of Texas. He was the brother of Robert McElroy. Robert and Rosa Lee drove down to attend his funeral.
Sonny was raised here in Holland.
Mrs. Peggy Winningham passed away one day last week. She will be missed by family and many friends. She was loved by all her former students in schools where she taught.
She always wore a smile and loved the Lord. Please remember the family when you pray.
Ray and I are having health problems and would appreciate your prayers. God looks at each of us through eyes filled with love.