Is it Spring or is still Winter? Arkansas weather is sure unpredictable, that is for sure. I am ready for some warm weather. Not too hot though!

Please keep the family of Montene Tarkigton in your prayers. She is not doing too well at the moment. Ms. Montene is a wonderful lady. Landon and I went to see her and Bessie last Saturday night.

It was good to see some old friends last Sunday in Conway while mom, Gary, Sandy and I were eating. It was good talking to Danny and Joyce Thorn and his mom Faye. It is odd that we ran into you guys cause mom had talked about Faye — asking where she was and how she was — several times last week. Keep in touch.

Congratulations to all the graduates, and especially a great big congratulations to Bronc Barton, son of Wendy and Shane Barton, grandson of Linda and Jack Harmon and Sylvia and Curtis Barton. We are all so proud of you! Another special graduate is Haley Ja-Na Alford, daughter of Jennifer Alford. Haley, we are so proud of you! You are a beautiful young lady and can do whatever you set your mind to. Don’t let others influence you! You have a bright future ahead of you. We love you Haley!

Please keep the following in your prayers, JT Glover, Betty Griffith, Wayne Stevenson, Franke D Battles, Wilma Stevenson and anyone else in the community that is sick or has lost a loved one. 

Eugene and Jennifer Rooney lost their home to a house fire over the weekend. We are so thankful that no one was hurt. They have lost all of their belongings, but the most precious thing they still have is each other; and God is good! I know this community will pull together to help them out. We live in the best community too. Donations can be taken to Jennifer’s mom, Diane Hamilton, who lives on Pine Street in Guy.  

Happy Anniversary to Landon Dowdy’s mom and dad, Jerry and Dana Dowdy! We wish you many, many more happy times and years together. I love you both. They will celebrate on May 30.

Happy Birthday to my little sister Carolyn Griffith Hays! Her birthday is on May 30. We wish you many more birthdays. We love you Carolyn! Also, pray that her crushed ankle heals quickly.

The Guy Perkins Baccalaureate was a great ceremony. First one I had been to in years. We have a great school system and a great community.

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The annual singing at Centerville UMC is tomorrow, May 12, beginning at 1:30 p.m. As has been recent practice, the Faulkner County Singing Club will be in charge. Mark this event on your calendar and join us for about 1 1/2 hours of old-time convention singing.

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and I want to take a minute and share my appreciation for my mom, Andrea Hall, and for all she has done for me. Mom and I might not have always seen eye to eye when I was younger, but she certainly is a huge part of my life as an adult. I call her every day just to check on her and say hello, to tell her what is going on with the kids, or to just vent when something is on my mind. When I have something in my life and I need advice or support, mom is always there for me. What I love about my mom the most is not what she has done for me, but what I have seen her do for my children. Mom has spoiled Dylan and Kaylee since they were first born and always made me feel like she wanted to be a part of their life. She has not missed a grandparent day at school and is the only person I know who can buy clothes for either child and those clothes be "just right." Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

Centerville United Methodist Church will be held next week at the home of Tom and Margaret Beasley. This always proves to be a fun service outdoors with a nice potluck lunch outside. We are going to try and have more activities to keep the children entertained, even though I don’t remember needing anything other than the fishing pond last year.

If you have news for the Centerville community, please email me at and make sure you tell the special moms in your life Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow.

Shady Grove

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, the day set aside to honor our mothers. Every day in a mother’s life is Mother’s Day, as she never lets a day go by without thinking of her children, they are always in her heart. What do you plan to do for your mother? Here are some suggestions from an old mom — a visit, or phone call if you are not able to visit, flowers, a gift, treat her to lunch out, or most of all attend church with her. I think I can speak for most mom’s and say that your love is enough for us.

Today is the Annual Bethlehem Cemetery Fish Fry at Bethlehem Baptist Church in the Shady Grove Community. The public is invited to enjoy an evening of fellowship and good food. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Serving begins at 4:30 p.m.

Gale Garrison and Jimmie Lee Merritt, Joyce Garrison, of Conway, and Jeannie Price, of Morrilton, spent last Monday with their cousin, James Chambers and his wife Delpha at Paron.

Jerry Nash and Jimmie Merritt recently visited Charles Nash Brown at Baptist Medical Center Rehab in Little Rock.

Congratulations to Joyce Nell Garrison, who recently had a paper published. Joyce Nell was born and raised on Horseshoe Mountain and wrote a paper a few years ago on Horseshoe Mountain and the early settlers of the mountain. The paper has been published in the Faulkner Facts and Fiddlings for Spring/Summer 2013. This a publication of the Faulkner County Historical Society. The article highlights the Burkett, Kirkpatrick and McKaskle families.

The booklet also has an article on Mr. Dave Ward of the Ward Bus Plant and a story on Mr. James Brewer, for whom the Brewer Lake in Conway County is named. The booklet is available at the Faulkner County Library at 1900 Tyler St. in Conway for $4.

Carolyn Gean, Cyndi Bailey and Rachel Nowotny hosted a baby shower last Saturday for Gary and Marla Daves. Gary is the son of Cecil and Judy Daves and the grandson of Frankie Combs.

My bowling team placed first in the Monday Afternoon Ladies Bowling League. The final game was this past Monday. My partners are Marlene Patton and Hilary Adcock, of Conway.


Happy Mother’s Day tomorrow! At last we are getting some sunshine. I trust the cold weather didn’t hurt the vegetable gardens already planted and the fruit trees and others.

Tomorrow is the annual homecoming at Centerville United Methodist Church, located north, east of Greenbrier. The public is invited and the singing starts at 1:30 p.m. We expect some good singing, as our voices are raised in praise to our Lord.

We had good attendance at Oakland United Methodist last Sunday. We had visitors from Fredericksburg, Va. Cal and Melba (Parsons) Collier and son, Kevin Crider visited family. Melba in Charles E. Parsons’ aunt. Daughter of Mr. Ed and Mrs. Nettie. They all had lunch at Charlie E. and Winnie’s home Sunday after church and a first cousin, Bobbi Hendrickson, joined them. Always so good to see them. I rejoiced when Melba said they still have my name on their prayer list at their church in Fredericksburg. Praise God it’s working and I’m improving.

It was good to see Charles Henry and Mary Jane Butler back at church, after their time off. Also Marsha Brown.

Marsha’s daughter, Kristen Barnett and little daughter, Tennyson, of Greenbrier, also attended. Tennyson makes the seventh generation of ancestors who have had a huge impact on Oakland United Methodist Church.

Ray and I had lunch last Sunday at Liberty Nazarene Church with our family. After church, they had fun and family day. Then John and Sherry took us riding around and we enjoyed that.

In Mr. Jim Davidson’s writing last Friday (Symptoms of a Sick Society). He said 85 percent of American people believe in God. What has happened when the Pledge of Allegiance from classrooms and sporting events and important meetings are taken down? The 10 Commandments taken down from walls of court houses, school and other public places. He said we took them down, and we can put them back.

2 Corinthians 7:14 says: "If my people, who are called by name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Why not?