Saturday, Aug. 2, the H & W will again host their "Remember When" day at their store for the seniors of the Centerville community to reminisce about their younger days. Folks wishing to participate should arrive around 10 a.m. and come ready to learn about the life and times of Centerville from the perspective of two or three generations ago. Younger folks interested in learning could come listen to stories and enrich their understanding of the past. If you have questions, call Gail West at the store at 501-679-4043 or Shirley Pratt at 501-679-2001.

Darrel and I took the kids to Paint Lick, Ky., last week to visit friends. On the way up, we stopped at the Corvette Museum and I was fascinated by the sink hole and one particular antique car. A 1965 Sting Ray was valued at $2,200 when it was stolen in Nashville, Tenn., and valued at $65,000 when it was discovered 40 years later in Scottsdale, Ariz. The original owner had let the insurance lapse and was not compensated when the car was stolen. A collector later purchased the vehicle and learned that it had been stolen when attempting to register it at the DMV. The National Insurance Crime Bureau contacted police in Nashville and I can imagine the surprise from the original owner to learn the car was in pristine shape and would be returned.

We also visited the Fayette Mall in Lexington, Ky., and were impressed by the shopping options. We did not shop until we actually dropped, but gave it our best effort and had a great time. We visited downtown Berea and the family place of our friend. I visited a little quilt shop located inside the original home and birthplace of my sweet friend. Darrel and I were also a bit fascinated by the barns of the area painted black and decorated with paintings of different quilt patterns. The black barns are used for drying out tobacco after it is harvested. Kentucky has many areas that are still agricultural and there were numerous fields growing tobacco and corn.

Centerville United Methodist Church will have a dedication for our new steeple on Sunday during our service. Many members of the congregation will include a letter or card with historical information for the community that will be placed in a box and left inside the steeple. If you would like to contribute something to go inside the steeple, come on out Sunday at 9 a.m. and participate in the dedication. Great things keep happening at CUMC and I pray God continues to bless our church.


This community has lost another great legend and a lifetime community member this week — Tommy Martin Poole, who we all knew by Pooley. He will be missed by many family and friends. He was a good worker, dad, grandpa and cousin. You could tell he left behind a legacy of many friends and family at his services. Pooley rest in peace we will miss you.

School is starting and many will be shopping this weekend. Hope you find some bargains.

The 60s Reunion of Guy-Perkins School will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the cafeteria at Guy-Perkins School.

This is your special invitation to come to Sandy’s 40th Birthday Party on Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. at Guy-Perkins Cafeteria. This is Labor Day weekend; I am expecting some out of town relatives to come. So please come and help us celebrate a birthday for Sandy. There will be lots of food, barbecue and all the trimmings. We will have a DJ with great music by Mark the Music Man too.

This is one of those blessings that the doctor told me 39 years ago that would never happen. She told me Sandy would never live to be 10 years old. Man did we show her. Thank you God for giving this child to me and for choosing me to be her special parent. So come out and celebrate with us.

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Isn’t this weather something. It’s puzzling, none of our generation remembers it being this cool in July. But no complaints.

Our Singing Convention last weekend was the best ever. We had a good crowd, the weather was perfect, food was plentiful, and visiting singers came from everywhere, besides all our local talent being here too.

We had 50 song directors, that led several songs each on both days, Friday and Saturday. And so blessed to have 14 piano players present, but of course, not all of them had the chance to play. Although, three pianos were played with every song. The four-part harmony was outstanding. I could go on like this forever. I hope when I get to Heaven, my voice will return and we don’t get tired singing all the time.

Each year we meet at a different church. Next year we will meet with the Holland Baptist Church at Holland at the same time. We are looking forward to this. It’s been a while since we had the Convention at the Baptist church.

We wish to express sympathy to the family of Mr. Hammontree. I’ve never met him, but feel like I know him from Hazel Love’s writing.

Also our sympathy goes out to the Hudspeth family. Wanda and Doyle were friends of ours.

Betty Applegate has been enjoying her family visiting her. The little children are a joy.

A sense of God’s presence can sustain us through all life’s darkest nights.

Have a good, safe week. Neighbors send me news.

Shady Grove

It has been a few weeks since I have written a column. Our garden has kept me busy canning and putting up vegetables and I just haven’t had time.

This week is not the column that I had planned, but feel compelled to write it. I think everyone knows by now that we have lost a very important member of our family, Ed Hammontree. Ed’s death was sudden and certainly not expected. He was more of a brother to Bill and I than an in-law. We all, Ed and Linda and Bill and I, did so much together and we were all such a close family, it is such a loss for us, but with God’s grace and everyone’s prayers we will all get through it. He leaves such a sweet family, Linda, Lori and Terry, Shawn and Tonya and grandkids, Mitchell, Hayley, and Ryder, Mallori and Travis, Sarah, Meredith, and Reese. He was just another grandfather to our kids, Michael, Adri, Staven and Clementine, Chris, and Whitney Love; Susan, Mike, Chelsey, Tyler, and Scott Cavin and they loved him so. We cannot fully understand why God took him, and cannot question His greatness. Ed was a very unique person, slow as Christmas, but he would eventually get there, and loved everyone he knew. If he didn’t know someone when he met them, he got to know them very quickly. If we were out together and missed him we would say "Where’s Ed?". The answer was always "he’s probably talking to someone." This past Saturday that was the question when Bill and I got to the auction, sure enough, he was talking with someone, he was talking with his Lord and Saviour. It was very evident at the funeral service how many people Ed knew and impacted their lives. I want to personally thank all who had any part in caring for the family since last Saturday. It means so much to have great church families, both Bethlehem in Greenbrier, and Antioch in Conway who saw to it that the family was in need of nothing. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and pray God’s greatest blessings on you. Continue to lift the family up in your prayers.

Shady Grove also sends our condolences to Nancy White in the passing of her mother, who lived in Tennessee.

Hopefully next week I can get back to writing my regular columns.