Hurricane news

By Susan Hooker

(Intended for last week)

Christmas 2012 was celebrated with family gatherings, church programs, and fireworks in the neighborhoods surrounding Hurricane.

Charlie Hicks hosted his family for their annual seafood supper with Jim, Pam and Jamie Hicks of Lexington, Tim, Lacy, and Rhiannon Hicks of Longview, Chipper and Debra Hicks of Lafayette, and Roger and Marrietta Gafford of Etta attending.  Featuring a new generation of twins for the community and this family are Jake and Ryder Leath.

Glenda and Zane Hale hosted the family of the late Wilbert and Nell Haas White of Toccopola for Christmas dinner.  Attending were Jerry White (Karen) and Kay White of Olive Branch.

Rivers and Jeannette Sneed Jones of Belden treated Roy and Faye Dillard to Sonic on Dec. 23 as the ladies had their annual Christmas music jam.  Both are accomplished musicians on a variety of instruments.  Roy Dillard traveled to Yocona on Christmas Day to celebrate his sister, Jewell D. Mize’s 97th birthday.

Dave Maguire and Eleanor Maguire of Moline, Ill., were here for the Christmas holidays with Megan, Cade, Sophie, Ella Kate and Sophie Hooker.  They joined the family of the late Bud Graham at the home of Graden and Susan Hooker on Christmas Eve for the day’s meals.  Hunting parties to Lafayette Springs and good food were the order of the day.  Jim and Betty Swords Pierce called from Cleveland, Ohio, to extend greetings.  The couple sent Dirk Dowdy great cookies from Ohio’s Cheryl’s Bakery.  This group was especially thankful for Maggie’s first Christmas as she had open heart surgery at LeBonheur in June as an infant.

Ward and Jimmie G. Warren Hosted their family on Christmas Eve.  Traveling from Madison County were twins, Ellie and Michael, and their older brother, Parker, and their parents, Lee and Jessica Hill.  Others attending are as follows:  Benjamin and Brittany Hill, Tupelo; Rita and Howard Hill and Jeff and Ruthie Warren of Pontotoc.

Enjoying his first Christmas at Old Union was Whit Russell of Ingomar who is the grandson of Billy Russell and the great-grandson of Marie Morris Russell.

Mary-Colston and Anna-Grace Warren were in the New Albany Ballet production of Nutcracker prior to Christmas and were featured in the Gazettte.  They are the daughters of Phil and Stephenie Colston Warren.

Sue Ard Spears hosted her Christmas Day breakfast for the families of Mike (Lyn) and Marquetta Spears.  Great-grandchildren are Mary-Kate Butler and Kelsey and Caden Spears of Pontotoc and Madison Carnes.

The congregation of Pleasant Grove Free Will Baptist and their pastor, Bro. Jerry Hooper (Eulene), surprised M.P. and Betsy Kidd Jarrett at their Lone Star Bend home with a caroling as they embarked at their home via the church bus.  Everybody came in the backdoor and met in the living room for the singing.  The Jarretts had homemade peanut brittle to share.

It was good to see Sam Dowdy of Pontotoc and Ralph Dowdy out and about in Shady Grove as they were enjoying a day of sunshine on Dec. 20.

Beth and Steve Berryhill and John and Cindy Webb of Thaxton stopped by the cabin for a holiday visit at Lafayette Springs. Also Rev. Wes White of Smithville and Tommy White of Thaxton visited.  The grandchildren and I cut a large cedar tree which we had to put up outside; so they could have the experience of harvesting a native tree.  I forgot the law of cedars as it was in a thicket.  It was a beautiful one-sided tree that we had to place against a wall, but it was a memory-maker.

June and Jack Ezell had their family at their home on Esperanza Road for Christmas.  Those from out of town were Jackson Warren and his mom, Jayme Spillers of Oxford.

Cap and Lou Russell Gaston always decorate their lawn beautifully with lights for the holiday season.  Their grandchildren, Karley Susan and Clay Russell Wade of Calhoun City were here for the holiday as well as their parents, Susanne and Barney


Celebrating her first Christmas in Hurricane on Dec. 23 was Nora Creed Lynch of Brandon.  She is the granddaughter of Lynn and Nellie Robbins and the great-granddaughter of Larue Hill of Shady Grove.

Steve Graham and his son, Coach B. J. Graham, of Colorado City, Texas, attended the State Championship at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas during the holiday break.  Steve’s younger brother, Roger Graham and his wife Dayla, of Sweetwater, Texas, enjoyed a holiday trip to Las Vegas for their 25th wedding anniversary.  They are the sons of the late Joe and Mary Helen Noel Graham of Loraine.

Jimmie G. Warren and Faye Dillard attended the Ole Miss home game on Saturday night as the Rebel basketball team won.

Attending the Compass Bowl in Birmingham were as follows:  Bob Poe and Brian Ezell, both avid Ole Miss fans.

Enjoying Christmas Day at Sand Springs with the Polly B. Montgomery family was Scarlett Ella Claire Montgomery, who was born May 3, the youngest granddaughter of Bradley and Kathy Graham Montgomery.

A belated expression of sympathy is extended to the family of Katie Forman Todd (92) who was the widow of Ornie Todd.  Survivors include her children as follows and their families:  Robert Todd, Zelda Montgomery and Dean Todd of Michigan.

Mrs. Katie ran the store at Shady Grove Road-Hwy. 346 for many years and will be missed in the neighborhood.  Interment was at Sand Springs.

A belated expression of sympathy is extended to the family of Van Dowdy (95) of Shady Grove who was the husband of Lucille Dowdy.  Survivors include a daughter, Judy Cobb (Hilton), and a son, Jeff  Dowdy, and families.  Interment was in Shady Grove Cemetery.  Mr. Van was an avid foxhunter and will be missed by family and friends.  He was the son of the late Milt and Nannie Mae Buchanan Dowdy, pioneer settlers of the community.

(For this week)

The New Year of 2013 has begun, and I appreciate all the people who have sent correspondence or have called with news as you are the lifeline of this column that is read from the West Coast to the East Coast and especially points north to Cleveland, Ohio.

Dan and Barbara Benefield of Shady Grove celebrated their Golden Anniversary on Jan. 2 at Harvey’s in Tupelo.  Joining the couple for this milestone were the following:  Sam, Tina, Seth and Ethan Taylor, and Mickey, Janet, Cade and Kelton Hall of New Albany.

Anna-Grace Warren, 8, a student at West Union, was featured for the weather art for Channel 9 News in January.  She is the daughter of Phil and Stephenie Warren and the granddaughter of Jimmie S. Warren.

Featured on Channel 9 News was the Graham Dairy in Hurricane with Jeremy Graham being interviewed.  Also in the clip were Mary Hadley Graham and her grandfather, Dewayne Hadley Graham.  The business began with the late Austin “Buck” Graham and now has a fourth generation.

Graham cousins, Frances Sneed of Pontotoc will celebrate her 82nd birthday on Jan. 9, and Faye Dillard will celebrate her 80th birthday on Jan. 27.

Anniversary milestones to Lynn and Nellie Hill Robbins (40) of Hurricane and to Mike and Jennifer Logan Chestney (21) of Sand Springs for December 2012.

Birthday wishes to Mike Spears, Don Browning, Phil Robbins and to Phillip Robbins.

Get-well wishes to Jack Ezell, James Caples, Wilma G. Waldrop, and to Geraldine M. Burchfield.

Aden Hooker of Booneville, 8, bagged her first buck (a 5pt.) hunting at Lafayette Springs during the school break with her pop, Graden.  Leading the big bucks division at the camp is Sophie Hooker, 9, who bagged an 11-pt. buck.

Freida Browning and I traveled to Sweetwater, Texas, on Dec. 26.  We attended the funeral on Dec. 27 of retired Texas Highway Patrol Sgt. Don Leland Graham, 55, who was the husband of Sandra Hale Graham.  Survivors include his son, Cody Graham, and his parents, Donald and Doris Graham of Loraine, Texas; and a brother, Doug Graham (Anita) of Colorado City, Texas; a niece Erin Graham; and two nephews, Shawn Graham and Ryan Graham.  The service was held at First United Methodist Church in Sweetwater, and then the interment was at Loraine Cemetery with DHP Honor Guard Ceremony with a flyover helicopter salute.  Mitchell and Nolan Counties law enforcement, the Texas DHP, and Mitchell County Firefighters were also in the funeral procession.  The respect and love for this officer was evident in his Sweetwater District, his church family, and his childhood hometown of Loraine.  The Graham cousins of the family of the late Fert and Della Huckaby Graham attended as well.  The Grahams are members of our Warren-Graham family of Sand Springs and have kept in touch throughout the years.

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