Shady Grove

Hot weather!! Seems like summer is lasting longer with 100 degree days in September. Hopefully this is the last week. The weather reports say we have a cool down coming. I welcome cooler weather, but not looking forward to the cold of winter.

Bill and I have been enjoying going to fall sports games. We have gone to the Greenbrier Jr. and Sr. High games the past two weeks. This past week we were at the Don Owens Sports Center watching Scott play softball 2 evenings. Just let us know when a ball is being tossed and we will be there. Ed and Linda Hammontree and Bill and I went to BeBee last Friday to watch the senior high game.

E.C. and Jo Hall of Waverly, TN have been here with family for over a week now. They came to be here for Wimp Glover’s surgery. Wimp is very ill and in need of all the prayers that you can send up for him. Remember Barbara and all of the family as they care for him.

Visiting with Hattie Lee Hankins and E.C. and Jo Hall last Thursday were Gale Garrison and Dwight and Jean Faulk of North Little Rock.

Gale Garrison, Hattie Lee Hankins and Jo Hall visited Monday with Irene Scroggins at Greenbrier Nursing Center and Rehab and Joan McKaskle of Shady Grove.

Bill Robinson is doing well following hernia surgery recently. His grandson, Ashton Robinson, that I requested prayer for is doing much better and has started classes at Arkansas Tech. Continue to pray for him for complete recovery.

Please keep Calvin and Charlotte Davis and family in prayer. Her mother, Emma Brown, is very ill and has been placed in Hospice Home Care.

I know that this is a lot of prayer requests, but I also know the power of prayer from God’s people!


The  School Board  Election is this Tuesday  Sept 17th.  Please come out and support  your school.  We have a good  school and school board lets keep it that way. You have two candidates this year James Rooney and Charlotte Hutchcraft. Please make wise choices when you choose one. It is your right to vote so if you don’t vote then you should not say anything if the wrong person wins. Now is the time to get out there and support  the school.  We have come a long way  in the past and don’t want to fall backwards. You should vote  for the one that cares about our community!

Please Keep Larry Griffith in your prayers along with the rest of the family. They are facing some challenges in the near future.  Larry is our cousin on my Dad’s side.  He is  Dad’s nephew.  Larry we wish you the a speedy recovery and just take one day at a time and we love you and your family.  Jerry Dowdy and I visited with Larry  last Wednesday at the VA Hospital and had  some good memory talk about Grandpa Carl and Grandma Minnie that we shared. It was a great visit and plan to have more of them. I guess our family is like any other family  we get in a rut and just don’t visit like the olden days.  We as a family need to change this, and I plan on doing my part. 

Also keep  the Tarkington family, Frankee D. Battles, Wilma Stevenson, The Hall Family, The Bill Hooten Family, Betty Griffith and family in your prayers too. 

The weather is cooling some but is still hot.  Be cool out there and don’t get over heated. School is in session and be sure and follow the rules when a school bus stops. All traffic must stop that means all lanes when a school bus stops, and that bus should have its flashers and stop sign out too.  Safety is the key to making sure our children our safe when they get on and off the bus. Have a great  week and remember to not drink and drive. Send news to or call 679-3299. Thank you to those that read my column.  But I need your help in sharing news. 


Centerville United Methodist Church will hold their annual Service by the Lake at Woolly Hollow State Park on October 6th with a potluck following the service. We have scheduled it in October each year and some days are bitterly cold while others left us almost melting. Despite the variations of Arkansas’ weather, each time has left me feeling blessed and touched to be a part of such a great church family. I’ll include more information on the event as we discuss it.

Ben McNew persuaded the kids of Centerville to sing in front of the church this past Sunday and even gave lessons on how they could keep everyone in place. Some of the older boys seemed a little embarrassed to participate but they did not complain and I am predicting that this will become a regular event. I am not sure how many churches have teen agers that still come to the front of the church each Sunday morning for children’s worship but I am thankful that Rick Gartner and Lana Gartner keep our kids wanting to learn more about God.

Don’t forget that Pleasant Hill Church of the Nazarene will host their 9th annual Hog Roast on September 14, 2013. The meal will be served 4-8 p.m. and all proceeds will benefit the building fund. Roast pork, baked beans, fries & cole slaw will be served along with beverages and homemade desserts by some of the best cooks in town. While there is not a charge for the meal, donations will go to the building fund. Pleasant Hill Church of the Nazarene is located 10.5 miles east of Greenbrier on HWY 225 E. Pastor Roger Evatt invites you to the church for both the Hog Roast and Sunday service.


Thanks to all of our good directors, aingers and pianists from Faulkner County and other counties. We had a wonderful afternoon singing, last Sunday. We can depend on our group to not let us down. We just don’t have many listeners. Next month, we’ll meet at the Centerville United Methodist Church, north east of Greenbrier, on the second Sunday in October.

Our pastor, Rev. Tommy Garrison preached a good sermon last Sunday from 1 Chronicles 4: 9-10. "Jabex’s prayer," Judah’s descendants. But Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez. You might want to read the rest in your Bible.

Keep praying for our sick ones. Bobi Hendrickson, Brenda Firestone, Eldene Duran, Arlene King. May they feel His healing touch.

We haven’t had any rain lately and our yards are dead. Ray has kept our garden watered, and we are still having plenty of vegetables. He takes tomatoes, okra, banana sweet peppers and bell peppers to church every Sunday and gives everyone all they want. I said, "that is is his mission." He loves to watch it grow and give it away. Praise God for this.

Our daughter, Sherry Sellers, cooked birthday dinner for her youngest son, Bart, last Saturday and Ray and I were invited to celebrate with them. John and Sherry, Bart, Amanda, Haley, Henry, Charles and Little almost-three-week-old baby brother, Samuel Ephraim Sellers, enjoyed the get-together.

Sherry Cook’s birthday dinner for each one of her two children and their spouses at separate times and she cooks their favorite foods.

As you can see, I need you neighbors, to send me your news. God is good, all the time.