By BRENDA DOWDY HOLT
Hope everyone has had a good week! This past week Doris and Dawson Watkins, Sandy Dowdy of Conway, Betty Griffith and myself from Guy went to Taylor Michigan for a surprise visit to mom’s sister, Bobbie Walker, for her 77th surprise birthday party! Bobbie has a disease in her eyes and she is slowly losing her eye sight. It was a surprise for us to due drop in but the biggest surprise was her grandson and great-granddaughter from Arizona flew in just for the party and stayed two extra days. She hadn’t seen that granddaughter in 10 years. All in all we had a great visit and saw relatives that we hadn’t seen in years. It was a long trip and wasn’t the easiest for our mom either. But we survived. Disappointing that relatives from Ohio didn’t come but it was there loss that didn’t get to see us.
Please keep the following in your prayers, Todd Watkins, Butch Rimmer, Betty Griffith, Darrell Bearden, Bernard Stevenson, Wilma Stevenson, Frandkie Dee Battles, Helen Tucker, Darby Grimes and anyone else that is sick or has been sick or has been in the hospital. I can’t acknowledge them or recognize them if I don’t know it. We wish each and every one of them a speedy recovery.
Congratulations to the ball teams that are going to the District Finals.
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By Margie Fulmer
I didn’t have any news to report last week.
We had a great birthday dinner and celebration at our house last Sunday. Those celebrating February birthdays were Ms. Ulma Sellers, Earnestine Newberry, John Sellers, Grant McKissack, Carter McKissack, Ray Fulmer and myself. Two more family members who had Febraury birthdays, who had to work and didn’t get to attend, were Hud Rannenberrg and Mike Cook.
All attending were the Sellers - Ulma, John, Sherry, Brett, Laney Raye, Haven, Bart, Henry and Charles; the Ponders - Lori, Shelley, Paige; the McKissack’s - Marshall, Amy, Jackson, Grant, Carter, McKinley; The Fulmers - Danny, Myrt, Earnestine Newberry, Curtis and Jan Smith of Little Rock.
Curtis and Jan Smith visited Betty Applegate recently.
Wendal and Darlene Hensley of Saltillo visited Bobi Hendrickson recently. Bobi is still not well.
Tommy and Dale Collins of Conway, sons of Rosa Lee Collins, visited her and Robert McElroy recently. Robert is still not well.
Weldon and Reva Stevenson of Flippin (formerly of Holland) celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary Jan. 19 at their home. Their daughter and son-in-law, Everett and Cathy, came over and cooked them a delicious steak dinner for them to enjoy.
We extend sympathy to the family of Ms. Frances Ward, and to the families of Mr. William McGaha. William was buried at Oakland Cemetery. He was raised here, and Bro. David Reynolds, he and I were classmates in school at Greenbrier.
Keep praying for Mr. John More who is suffering from an accident and for his wife, Susan.
Charles and daughter, Kristie Earnhart, of Mayflower, visited Marian McGinty and Sunny Sue Earnhart recently.
Congratulations to Hud and Elexis Rannenberg, who were married at Las Vegas on Feb. 11. It was also Hud’s birthday.
Our spirit is the place where we commune with God.
By Jennifer Freeman
Temperatures are warm and sunny right now, quite the opposite of what I would expect for February in Arkansas. Darrel and I even took a short ride on the motorcycle Wednesday afternoon after work to soak up the beauty of Centerville. We drove through Woolly Hollow State Park and looped around the church to Thomas Lane, then headed back to McGintytown and turned onto Blackfork Road to the house. Erin Shaw’s parents, the O’Shea’s, are building a house across the street from Denny and Genene Smith on Thomas Lane and I was impressed with how quickly it is coming up.
Wednesday nights are staying active at Centerville United Methodist Church while the ladies continue with the Beth Moore Bible Study. We manage to get a few snacks together each week and everyone seems to enjoy our fellowship as Beth helps us understand the Bible a little better. This past Wednesday was also Ash Wednesday and we had a brief service before our Bible Study.
Jim Freeman recently celebrated his 60th Birthday with a party at his house. Sherry had cooked up some tacos and I grabbed him a cake complete with 60 candles. Our greatest challenge was lighting half the cake while the other half was already flaming up but it worked out and he blew out all of his candles in one attempt.
This has been a short week for teachers and students since we were out of school in Greenbrier both Friday and Monday. I spent Friday buying groceries and had lunch at Fuji’s Steakhouse with my mom. We ran into Frances Hall at Kroger and had a nice visit. I was treated Saturday to a movie with Darrel and dinner while the kids stayed with mom and Mary. Sunday and Monday were spent getting everything ready for the school week and feeling blessed to have a four day week end. As always, let me know if you have any news for the article by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shady Grove News
By Hazel Love
Gorgeous weather!! We have been blessed with a mild winter this year. Even though, the season is not over yet, there isn’t much time left in the season.
The family of Wilodean McKaskle Williams recently had a birthday supper for her at the home of Joan McKaskle. Those attending were her son, Howard and wife Charlotte; Sherry and Jim Roller, Chad and Laci Roller, Kathy and Dennis Riggins, and Josh and Heather Riggins, all from Vilonia; Jerry, Debra, Brian and Kelsey Robinson, Michael, Lindsey, Kinley and Chanley Meek of Wooster; Mark and Lisa Wilcox, Dustin, Brandy, Cruz and Auzi Wilcox, Donna, Madison, Miles, and Addison McKaskle and friend, all of Pleasant Valley; Eric and Betty McKaskle of Greenbrier; and Ronnie McKaskle of Shady Grove.
February 17 and 18 were Homecoming Days for Central Baptist College in Conway. Joyce Nell Garrison, formerly of this community, was honored as the Alumnus of The Year for 2012. She taught at CBC for 33 years and retired in 1990. A number of Joyce’s cousins attended the luncheon and program on Saturday. They included Hattie Hankins, Barbara Glover, Gale Garrison, Carl Garrison, Jimie Garrison Merritt and Janis Mack. A table was reserved for Joyce and her guests, which also included Senator Jason Rapert.
Doug Hoffmann, a graduate in 1965, spoke and reminisced about his experiences at CBC, including Old Main. Then, Dr. Joel Slayton, chairman of the Bible Department, spoke of his time spent in Old Main. Joyce followed with a brief story of the construction of Old Main in the 1890’s. Her great-grandfather, Dan McKaskle, and his brother, Bill, were blacksmiths at Wooster and helped build Old Main. They did the iron work in it. Hattie Hankins is Dan’s granddaughter. Joyce Nell says "It was a good day."
Another former Shady Grove resident, Shawn Hammontree was honored. Shawn was named "Outstanding Individual." A table was reserved for Shawn and his family and guests. Included was Shawn’s wife, Tonya, and children, Sarah, Meredith and Reese. His parents, Ed and Linda Hammontree, were present.
The Dan and Sheila Snowden family was honored as the Outstanding Family of the Year.
Shady Grove lost a lifetime resident of the community this past week. Mrs. Bernice Burgess went to be with her heavenly Father last Saturday evening. Her funeral service was at Bethlehlem Baptist Church on Wednesday. Bro. Freddie Mark Wilcox gave the Eulogy and Dr. Martin Jameson delivered the message. It was truly a beautiful service for a most beautiful lady of 98 years. Mrs. Bernice was a true friend to all she met and will be greatly missed. We send our sympathy to the entire family.
The community also sends our condolences to the family of Jo Beth Snyder who passed away this past week.