The Centerville School Reunion at our church last Sunday was deemed a great success. We had more than 60 guests who enjoyed seeing one another again and relating their experiences. Special guests included Holly Hope, Project Historian of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (whose father and family were from Centerville); Lanita Langley-Ware, director of the Faulkner County Museum (whose grandfather taught at Centerville); and Zachariah McCannon from AETN. Mr. McCannon filmed the event and also filmed some interviews with selected alumni. We will all look forward to the releases emanating from these documents.

It was noted that several former Centerville students had recently passed away — three of them within the last 10 days. It was also noted that our reunion was on the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War I and that one of the former students, Burlie Thomas (in attendance and still going strong), was born before the hostilities ended in 1918.

Reunion presentations were made by Nancy Powell, author of three books about her mother and family from Centerville, and by Charles Freeman, who staged the Centerville Reunion at Woolly Hollow State Park for many years. In addition, a representative of each family at the reunion was recognized with remarks. Doyle and Grace Jolly and Royce and Glynna Shumate were acknowledged for their long-standing community endeavors, and the Sublett family was thought to have the largest representation at the reunion.

Several church members, including our pastor, Lana Gartner, expressed thanks to those responsible for the food, the grounds clean-up and the many other details involved with the event.

We would also like to say thank you to Jessica Cole, Community News Editor of this newspaper, who was very helpful in sharing news of the event. We can’t forget to mention Ben McNew, a favorite of our church who entertains and enlightens us each week with his vast knowledge, for organizing the event. All in all, it was a great get-together.

Today, H & W will hold a "Remember When" Event from 10 a.m. until noon for Centerville residents to recall life in the community from earlier years. This week’s remembrance will focus on memories of July 4 Celebrations of the past and holidays in general. Call the H & W for more details at 501-679-2001.


What a beautiful day for the Lord to come again! What a blessing it is to be able to accept eternal life. We can believe there is a God and that He died on the cross, but unless we let Him into our hearts and ask Him to save us, and forgive us of our sins, we are not saved. So much for the sermon of the day! God has truly blessed me, with what I’ve been through. I’ve always heard of good days and bad days. I’m experiencing some of this. I’m getting physical therapy now at home two days a week, that should help. Happy 4th of July. Be Careful.

The Faulkner County Singing Convention is coming up fast. I hope all of you who are able, will try to attend this event. I love good, Gospel singing, it’s what I was raised on as a child. I just hope and pray I will be feeling good by then. When our generation is gone, I’m afraid there won’t be much Gospel shape-note singing left. So many young people these days don’t like our kind of music.

But you know, we have some wonderful, dedicated young people in our Faulkner County Singing Club. We praise God for them. In fact we have three major singing conventions coming up this summer and fall, and our young people and ones young at heart, are who are bringing them all three to Faulkner County. This is unusual.

This convention starts on July 25 and 26. It begins at 6 p.m. on Friday at LifeSong Baptist Church in Greenbrier. We have special music planned starting at 6 p.m. while the people are gathering. Three pianos will be played together. Come and enjoy who will be playing. You won’t be disappointed.

Refreshments will be served after singing on Friday night. Then Saturday morning at 10 we meet again. We will sing from 10 a.m. to noon, have lunch, then start singing again at 1 p.m. or so and adjourn about 3 p.m. We have a lot to accomplish in one night and the next day.

I’m asking each church if you would make a copy of the deaths in your community, since our last convention and turn them into me. I will put them in our minutes. After they are acknowledged. This is a special part of our convention, when these names are called, prayed over and a special song of remembrance given.

It takes a lot of work to put one of these together, so if anyone would like to help, it would be appreciated.

Sherry and John Sellers cooked a beautiful lunch last Sunday for family. The McKissacks, part of the Sellers, and Ray and I, attended and enjoyed it very much.

I need input from the community, so please give me something to write. I know you get tired of my personal life.

Have a good week and be safe.