Today is the Centerville School Reunion. It will be held at Centerville United Methodist Church and will begin at 10 a.m. Lunch will be provided by the Church. Several former students expressed that they plan to attend, along with family members and others in the community. Attendees need to make sure and see our community garden because it is growing and looks great.

Lana Gartner met with the kids who are signed up to attend the Ozark Mission Project Camp in July to prepare them. The adults were sent away while the kids nailed boards and used a hand saw, plus whatever other skills that will be needed. We have a larger group this year than last year and I am excited that our girls are old enough to participate. It amazes me to see the growth of our little church.

I heard through the grapevine that Steve Wilson is officially the new superintendent for Woolly Hollow State Park. He has worked there for years and does a great job. Our assistant superintendent is coming from Lake Dardanelle State Park and I look forward to getting to know him.

Temperatures are finally feeling like June with temperatures in the 90s and a lack of rainfall. Make sure you keep fresh water for your animals and stay cool. I know there are lots of families in our community who are vacationing to some incredible places and would love to share that information with readers. If you have any information for the column, please email me at


Our winter turned into summer with no spring season.

Some of our friends from up in north Arkansas didn’t get a garden planted because there was so much mud from the rains. Now, Ray is having to water our garden because we need a rain. Can’t we be satisfied?

We wish to extend sympathy to the family of Marzell (Hutto) Graham. Her husband was Cecil Graham, raised at Springhill as a young man. Ray and I attended the visitation on Sunday afternoon at Roller-McNutt in Clinton, Ark. Cecil and Marzell both worked one time at International Shoe Co. in Conway. As did Ray and I.

Naylor United Methodist Church will be the third Sunday in July, July 21. Services in the morning, potluck at noon, singing at 1:30 in the afternoon. The public is invited.

Then the next weekend is our annual Faulkner County Singing Convention. The convention starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 26, then Saturday morning at 10 on July 27. Refreshments will be served on Friday night and lunch will be served at noon on Saturday.

We ask our county club members to bring finger foods for Friday night and a dessert and salad for lunch Saturday afternoon. We will appreciate it if you can help us out.

We are looking forward to meeting at Pleasant Hill Church of the Nazarene, located on Highway 225 at 193 Johnson Loop, about 10 miles east of Greenbrier.

Please remember to come and bring someone with you. I noticed a mistake in one of my writings recently and put June instead of July. So don’t let this mess you up. The first mistake I ever made. Ha.

We are so proud our convention has lasted 135 years. Some of the conventions in other places haven’t lasted that long, and why? The older people have already gone to Heaven and no young leaders to take over. We thank God for our young people, good music readers, and pianists. May God richly bless all of them. Gospel music and singing is something that gets in your blood. Like other things. I’m thankful my parents always took me to singings and church.

John and Sherry took us to Mt. View recently. We ate at Jo Jo’s then attended a country music show. They took Pa Paw Ray to watch great-granddaughter, Laney Raye Sellers, play softball at Conway in a game recently.

Danny and Myrt (our son and wife) visited us on Saturday then returned Monday and took us driving for the day. We always enjoy seeing pretty things and eating out.

Our Twin great-grandsons, Grant and Carter McKissack, attended the National Bible Quizing at Indianapolis, Ind., last week, where 2,300 kids competed from all over the world and 20,000 people attended. Grant and Carter both won a Gold Medal.

We had a wonderful surprise last Thursday when Jim and Johnnie Sue (my sister) Johnston and daughter Jan Taylor of Springfield, Mo., came down for a one day visit. Mary R. (sister) John and Sherry all came for a while. They visited Jim’s sister, Allie Dean Yarbrough in Conway. Allie Dean is not well, but so glad to see her family, The Johnstons and Jan.

Have a good week and try to not get out and get too hot in this 100 degree temperature.

God sees the road ahead, and longs to lead us as we travel it.

Shady Grove

Whew! It’s hot! That’s all I got to say about that!

Gale Garrison, Jimmie Lee Merritt and Joyce Nell Garrison visited Betty Hale of Vinity Corner, Larry and Jo Leta Jines of Midland, Michigan and Celia Lou Sowell of Garner Tuesday at Mrs. Sowell’s home in Garner. They all had lunch at KJ’s Family Restaruant in Judsonia. Connie Goodwin of Garner, Larry and Luie Garrison of McRae visited in the afternoon. Celia Lou, Betty, Jo Leta, and Larry are all children of the late Jim and Alice Duncan Garrison.

Beverly Reynolds of Kansas City spent one afternoon last week with Hattie Hankins. E.C. and Jo Hall of Waverly, Tenn., are here visiting Hattie Lee Hankins, Wimp and Barbara Glover and other relatives. Gale Garrison visited with them Wednesday night. Barbara Glover has been in Conway Regional Hospital this week for treatment of Asthma and Bronchitis.

Sunday visitors of Carl Garrison were: his father-in-law, (Karen’s dad), Billy Victory of Luxora; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Donnie and Angela Victory of Luxora; his brother-in-law, Billy Victory of Morrilton; his niece and nephew, Tyler and Tara Victory of Greenbrier; and Todd Eason of Conway.

Bill and I spent last weekend in Star City visiting my sister, Polly McGhee.

Another Linda Hammontree story: She and I went to Sam’s Club last Thursday in North Little Rock to purchase supplies for church. While there she encountered a donation site set up for Arkansas Children’s Hospital and proceeded to make a donation. I noticed there was a drawing for a "fish pond" and told her that is the last thing that she needed to win, seeing that they already have one that is a full time job. She said, "Oh I never win, I just make donations when I feel like it, not to win their drawings," So — on Saturday morning, early, she gets a phone call to come pick up her fish pond! Could only happen to Linda!


There will be a memorial service for Mitchell Sims husband of Susan Holloway Mitchell on July 6th at Coppers Springs Baptist Church. He is the son-in-law of Floyd And Liz Holloway. Please keep this family in your prayers.

At the time of this writing I am at home with strep throat. And it is no fun in the summer time. I have felt like I have been run over by a Big Mac truck. It has been a miserable two days. Some better, but not well yet. Had to get someone to stay with mom; thanks Jennifer you’ve been a life saver.

Please keep my cousin Larry Griffith in your prayers as he and his family struggle with some health issues. We love you Larry!

Also keep the following in your prayers, Betty Griffith, Tracy Dowdy, Sherry, Audrey, Chase and Brandon Dowdy, Montene Tarkington, Wayne Stevenson, Brandon Clendenin, Frankie D. Battles, Wilma Stevenson and anyone else that is sick in the community, or anyone that has lost a loved one too.

It was good to run into Joyce Nell Talley’s sister in Walmart last Monday. I think your name is Anna Kennedy now. Thanks for encouraging words about the column. And your right I too wish people would send me there news where they go, who they visit, and who visits them it would really help.

Don’t forget Guy Peach Fest is coming up soon.

Have a great weekend and a safe 4th of July weekend too. Be sure to not drink and drive on the highways or in the waters. Send news to or call 679-3299.