Hurricane News, July 25, 2012

The revival for Hurricane Baptist is scheduled for August 11-15, with Randy Sutherland serving as guest evangelist.  

A pizza supper is scheduled for the youth on Saturday night as their summer break comes to a close.  The traditional Sunday potluck luncheon will be held at the fellowship hall following the morning services.


The men's prayer breakfast will be held at Hurricane Baptist on Saturday, July 28, with Jay Knight as guest preacher.  Philip Brock is the pastor.


Sarah Carter Naugher, of Primrose, celebrated her 90th birthday on Sunday, July 22, with a party at First Baptist Church hosted by her children, Jimma, John David, and Carter.  Mrs. Naugher was my teacher from 1970-71 at the Pontotoc Vo-Tech in Business Education, and we have have kept in contact in the years since.  She is truly a great southern lady and a blessing to those that meet her.


Visitors at Hurricane Baptist on Sunday morning, July 22, were Barb, Chad. Eli, Luke and Callie Ross as they attended with Linda Weeden; and with Nellie and Lynn Robbins were their granddaughter, Nora Creed Lynch, and her mom, Jessica R. Lynch, of Brandon.


Belinda Ball Young. of Pontotoc. hosted a birthday party her aunt Jewel Stafford Spears, of Hurricane. as she celebrated her 96th birthday on July 20.  Sue Spears and Jimmie S. Warren attended.


Todd's cousins, Mary Coker, Lyn Robison, and Brenda Hall, of New Albany, treated Annette Benjamin to lunch for her birthday on July 21.


Birthday wishes to Euree Robbins Wise, of Shady Grove, who turns 92 this week.


Mitch, Kristin, Tera, Brianna, and Blake Spears enjoyed the time they spent fishing with Mitch's mom, Linda Warren Hale, at Union Harbor on the Tennessee River.


Johnny, Cindy, and Jonathan Gregory, of Shady Grove, vacationed in Dallas, Texas, last week and South Fork Ranch was one of their stops.


Sophie Hooker played in the state tournament in Jackson with Tupelo Express 8U Softball for the regional seeds.  They bowed out during the semi-finals.  They had a good year as they won North State at Columbus in ASA, and State at Southaven, in USSSA. Congratulations!


Gerald and Bernice Warren, of De Leon, Texas, were guests of Bob and Jo Lane Warren.  Gerald Warren announced that the Warren-Graham Reunion will be held on July 20, 2013 at the Heritage Hall at the Methodist Church in De Leon.


Birthday wishes to Beth Conlee, Randle Waldron and Cindy Waldron.


Faye and Roy Dillard visited Jewel and Sis Dorrough at Ingomar on Sunday afternoon, July 22.


Perri, Issac, Emma and Addie Brock attended a family reunion in Athens, GA.


Archie Warren, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and his first cousin, Don Warren, of Temple, Texas, were here for the Warren-Graham Reunion.  They are descendants of Art Warren, who served in a Pontotoc Unit during the Civil War before leaving for Texas.  This was their first time to attend a reunion in Mississippi.  


Guests of Graden and Susan Hooker were Steve and Debby Graham, of Colorado City, Texas; Roger and Dayla Graham of, Sweetwater, Texas; Jordan Graham of Lubbock; and Ken and Jo Graham Strong, of Burleson, Texas.  They are the grandchildren of the late Fert and Della (Huckaby) Graham, of Loraine, Texas.  

Enjoying a barbecue supper at Westside in New Albany, and helping to host the Texans alsom were Dock and Reba Graham, Neva Graves, of Pontotoc, and Don and Freida G. Browning, of Cane Creek Road.  The group bought pies and came back to the Hookers for dessert. 

A tour of the local cemeteries, the site of the Battle of Mud Creek, the old homes of the Warren-Graham families, and a bit of fun reminiscing of our gatherings from the 1950s to the present, followed.  Ken Strong brought his high-tech ghost-busting equipment that added to the mix.  Everybody was assigned an electronic device but me, so I grabbed a fly swatter to take, just in case.  

We admired the lawn and business of Ward and Jimmie G. Warren, on Warren Lane, and went by the Parker place (as in Bonnie and Clyde) on Todd Road, plus the site of the 1935 plane crash that included three Warren-Graham cousins, and of the late pilot Dean Falkner, of Oxford. 

Donald and Doris Graham, of Loraine, Texas, called Steve and he put on the speaker phone so everyone had a chance to talk to their uncle Donald.  Topics of conversation ranged from rattlesnakes versus cottonmouths, the Indian territory saga of Lawrence, Joe Jack and John Graham, our family history in Pontotoc County, plus their journeys to Comacnhe and Mitchell Counties in Texas, as well as the end of the trail at Hobbs, N.M., and Carlsbad Cavern.  

Steve's and Roger's families had just spent the week at Myrtle Beach, S.C., with their Noel family cousins.  Jo Nel Graham Strong is their double-first cousin as their fathers, Joe and Stanley Graham, married sisters,

Mary Helen and Laveda Noel.  Fresh garden produce and canned goods were packed to send to Loraine, Texas.  The Noels of Louisiana were waiting on the cousins to stop in Shreveport.  Frances G. Sneed, of Pontotoc, and Phil Sneed, of Ecru, stopped by on Sunday morning to see the Texas Grahams.


Awards given at the business meeting for the Warren-Graham Reunion on July 21 are as follows: The eldest Warren attending was Frances Cook, of Thaxton; and the eldest Graham was Faye G. Dillard, of Hurricane.  The youngest Warren attending was Olivia White, of Saltillo; and the youngest Graham attending was Parker Bramlett.  Steve Graham traveled the farthest for the Graham family, as he and his wife Debby live in Colorado City, Texas.  The Warren that traveled the farthest was Archie Warren. of Corpus Christi.  

Entertainment was provided by attorney Brianna Logan Raif and her husband, Pete Raif, of Sand Springs.  Brianna will be attending Ole Miss for a master's degree in music this fall on scholarship. She is always in the productions at Ole Miss held in the Ford Center.  They led the group in “Amazing Grace”, and these families whose ancestries include England, Ireland, and Scotland, as well as a bit of Native American, were content after a prayer of thankfulness was led by Mike Warren for our guests safe travels home.

See you in Texas in 2013!  Thanks to reunion hosts Bob and Jo Lane, Kenneth and Ann, Freida and Don, Dock and Reba, Bernard and Kay, and Graden.


Maggie Maguire Hooker got a great report from her heart surgeon last Tuesday as she and her parents, Cade and Megan, returned to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.  Le Bonheur is celebrating 60 years in Memphis. 


Some of those in the community for the weekend reunion that are not from the community inculde Linda Cook Ratlif, of Starkville; Bill Montgomery and A.M. Norwood, Jr., of  Pontotoc; Kenneth Warren, of Tupleo; Sherry Warren and Layne McLaughlin, of Oxford; Jennie and Aubrey Graves, and Graham Lyons, of Pontotoc.