Hurricane news

By Susan Hooker
The cooler temperatures have been great as the mornings are brisk with the days being in the mid 70’s to low 80’s. Harvesting of the scuppernongs, huckleberries, and a final run for picking the tomatoes and for their storage to beat the frost will assure them for the Thanksgiving meal and possibly Christmas Eve. Neighbors have brought pear preserves – a family favorite in the fall. The Wise Farms and the Haunted House in the community are very busy on the weekends; so remember the traffic is more hectic at times on Hwy. 346. A brief glance at a school reunion booklet article brought back memories of the old gym in Hurricane as the late Bill Ross, a sports editor for the Daily Journal, wrote about that old building that could “tell tales” of the games played there. The cotton gin was a way of life back then also as the month of October would have the steady hum of the machines on the wind as well as the roar of the crowd in the gym depending on the scoring team. Hill country basketball is still a big draw in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Reverend Jerry and Eulene Cooper and the congregation of Pleasant Grove Free Will Baptist Church located on Cane Creek Road North surprised M.P. and Betty Kidd Jarrett with cake and Cokes for their 65th wedding anniversary at their Lone Star Bend home. The group arrived in the church bus; so they had a nice evening of fellowship, food, and fun reminiscing of the Jarretts’ family.
Jim Pierce of Strongsville, Ohio, planned a trip last weekend for his wife, nee Betty Swords, in Jamestown, New York, as she is an “I Love Lucy” fan. They toured the museum in Lucille Ball’s hometown as well as the cemetery. He told her to pack for the East Coast as their destination was not revealed until their plane landed in the state.
Cade and Megan Hooker enjoyed meeting Harold Weeden of Olive Branch, a 1967 graduate of Hurricane High, at the Ole Miss-Texas A&M game.
Selected as beauties at the West Union Elementary School pageant were Anna Grace Warren,8, and Sophie Grace Hooker,10, in their age divisions.
Reverend Troy and Melissa Montgomery vacationed in the Smoky Mountains for their tenth wedding anniversary.
Onis Bramlitt of Buchanan and Lonnie Hale of Southaven, the daughters of the late Lonnie and Addie Graham Williams of Sand Springs, visited with Roy and Faye Dillard on Oct. 16.
Dale Graham of Southaven, the son of the late George and Orene Gurbbs Graham, was in the community also on Wednesday for the funeral of Robert Waldron. Dale brought a Southern style and bountiful meal from his restaurant Dale’s in Southaven for the family at the fellowship hall at Hurricane Baptist.
Carolyn Carnes was honored on her birthday with a cookout at the home of Steve, Beth and Ashley Berryhill on Wells Road. Other family members with October birth dates include Steve Carnes and Shelly Carnes. Howard and Madison Carnes also enjoyed the party. Then Carolyn and her childhood friend, Lou Gaston, ate at Seafood Junction to celebrate.
Steve and Sherry Russell called as they wanted to say that their family appreciated the benefit for medical expenses for their daughter, Stephanie R. Inmon, that was held at the Hurricane Community Center. Remember Stephanie in prayer.
Paul B. McCarver of Germantown, Tenn., was at the home of Shelia and Danny Owen on Saturday. He had a load of square hay bales from Wise Farms at Shady Grove.
Dotsy Norwood Williamson (Bob) of Eupora shared that she has four grandchildren in college. Edie Norwood Oliver and Casey Oliver are at MSU, and Jake Williamson and Selby Entrekin are at Ole Miss. I would like to be a fly on the wall at their home in Eupora during the upcoming Egg Bowl in November. Dotsy enjoyed her elementary school days in Hurricane as she was the granddaughter of longtime merchants, Martin and Lily Garrett Hearn.
Some of those tailgating at the Ole Miss-LSWho? game with ties to the community are as follows: Shelia and Danny Owen, Dan and Jordan Owen, Randy Benjamin, Mitchell, Vickie, and Hunter Dyer, Cheryl and Glen Sullivan, Becky, Brad and Brooke Sullivan.
Nora Creed Lynch of Brandon enjoyed a weekend with her grandparents, Lynn and Nellie Robbins, on Oct. 1
Graden and I traveled to Cave-in-Rock, Ill., for the annual bow hunt as guests of Rev. J. R. and Charlotte Austin. Our lodging is located at the end of a lane by the Ohio River. The tugboat and barge traffic is very busy during this time as well as the ferry. The Shawnee National Forest is located nearby. Old Shawnee Town is one of historical interest as the Cherokee Trail of Tears is marked by signs throughout the region. Charlotte and I toured the Amish settlements in Kentucky, shopped in Illinois and also in Indiana. J.R. is a graduate of Holmes Community College in Mississippi and has many friends from Hurricane that he met at the college during the early 1950’s.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Jerry Russell, 64, of Pontotoc who was the husband of Barbara Dillard Russell. Survivors include two daughters and their families: Amy Passmore and Allison Armstrong. Jerry was a popular graduate of the Class of 1967 and a good athlete at Hurricane High. He was the son of the late Lynson and Nellie Hale Russell. He was a retired fireman at the Pontotoc Fire Department where he had an outstanding career in service.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Robert Waldron,70, who was the husband of Rebecca Waldron for 46 years. Survivors include their four daughters and their families as follows: Theresa Rutledge, Patricia Shettles, Cassandra Killough, and Christina Waldron. The funeral was at Hurricane Baptist with interment at Sand Springs Cemetery. Robert loved his community, his family, and will be missed in the neighborhood.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Floyce Brandon Long, 89, of Memphis, who was the widow of Nuborn Long, both former residents of Hurricane. Survivors include a daughter, Sandy Williams (Ricky) of Memphis, and a sister, Polly Montgomery, of Hurricane. Floyce was the twin sister of the late Loyce Graham. Her parents were the late Vance and Maudie Hale Brandon, co-owners of the T.J. Hale Cotton Gin. As a 1944 graduate of Hurricane High, she always stayed in contact with those in the community and Hurricane Baptist Church as she hosted numerous bridal showers, weddings, and anniversary celebrations with her kind and loving generosity. Her New Year’s Day Celebration in Memphis for the Brandon family was enjoyed by kith and kin for several generations. Those attending the services in Memphis were the following from Mississippi: Freida and Don Browning; Caroline and Stephen Brents; Chipper and Debra Hicks; Beverly and Rusty Cummings; Polly Montgomery; Clarenda and Larry Parrish; LaRonda Shumpert; Jerri Ruth Montgomery; Nicole and Savannah Simmons; Amanda Ferrell; Marrietta Gafford; Billy Todd and Mark Todd.