By Susan Hooker
The cold snap last week had childhood friends, M.P. Jarrett of Lappatubby Creek and Roy Dillard of Duncan Creek, both octogenarians, out hunting squirrels for stew in their respective neighborhoods as this is their annual fall meal. Now the persimmons, the sweet potatoes, and new sorghum molasses will grace area menus as well. The Haunted House in Hurricane on Esperanza Road and the varied harvest activities at Wise Farms on Shady Grove Road will continue through Nov. 2.
The Buchanan Family Reunion will be held at the fellowship hall of Shady Grove Baptist on Saturday, Nov. 2, with a traditional noon luncheon.
A new sign on the old Lone Star School is that of a quilt block design that marks it as part of the Union County Historical Society heritage trail. It is used as a community center now.
Bernis Graham of Sand Springs was treated to lunch at her home on Graham Road by Ruth Berry, Margie Waldrop, Susan Perry and Bethany Keiper, all of Starkville, on Saturday. Joining the group for the meal were Bernard and Kay Graham and Amanda, Lacy Kay, and Sarah Grace Simmons. On Oct. 16, Bernis Graham was taken to her medical appointment in Memphis by her granddaughters, Kerri Haney of Pontotoc and Amanda Simmons, both R.N.’s.
Cade and Megan Hooker and family hosted their fourth annual hayride at Shady Oaks Farm on Hwy. 346 with over 50 participants in the night’s fun activities and food on Saturday night, Oct. 26. The ride to Tywhiskey Bottom makes for an eventful trip for the youngsters as they often are surprised by spooks along the trail.
Birthday wishes to Isaiah Stutto, Elizabeth Warren and Bilbo Russell.
Colt Hooker has been busy this fall as he has been visiting Baptist churches in North Mississippi and in the Delta speaking to the congregations and to their brotherhood groups with his Christian testimony.
Lou Gaston decorated a fall wreath with sunflowers for the gate of Old Union Cemetery in the northwest corner of the community. This is an example of the volunteer work that she does for her church, the community center, and neighbors.
There are many others who donate their time and effort. Look around you at Shady Grove, Warren, Sand Springs, and Buchanan Cemeteries and often, you will find volunteers behind the upkeep. Thank you to all that contribute to these grounds.
Nelda Morgan and Geraldine Burchfield of Hernando attended the morning worship service at Hurricane Baptist on Oct. 20. They enjoyed the weekend with Greg, Emilee, and Marilyn Gail McClure.
One of the lawns that are beautifully decorated for the harvest season is that of Jo Lane and Bob Warren at Sand Springs on Hwy. 346.
I visited Jimmie and Ward Warren at their Warren Lane home on Friday as they recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. A gift of rocker covers was for their side porch sitting area. Their lawn is always beautiful in any season, and the waterfall is a pleasant sound as well for the southern view of Peyton Branch.
A phone call to Donald and Doris Graham in Loraine, Texas, was enjoyed on Saturday. Bob Graham is a patient at Colorado City Hospital. Tommy Linam, the husband of nee Brenda Graham of Loraine, is also ill. The Linams hosted the Graham Reunion in July at their ranch near Lone Wolf Mountain. These relatives keep up with the community through the Progress.
Pleasant Dale Baptist Church will have a fall revival Nov. 3-6. Host pastor is Rev. Don Sparks.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Alice McNabb of Etta who was the mother of Debbie Norwood (Terry). Debbie teaches at North Pontotoc as well as being a Warren-Norwood relative.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Woodson Todd of Oxford who was the husband of Madge Gardner Todd. He was the son of the late Henry and Zona Swaim Todd. Interment was at Laodicea at Lafayette Springs.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Mildred Gregory Blackard who was the widow of William Blackard, Jr., of Hernando.
She was the daughter of the late Truman and Lois Mooney Gregory of Buchanan. Interment was in Bethel Cemetery.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Dolly Chapman of New Albany who was the mother of Marilyn Ross of Shady Grove.
An early morning ride last week along the old Rocky Ford in fog was carefully driven with three grandchildren riding on their way to school at West Union. I thought of the many generations of family that had traveled this Lone Star to Pinedale to Enterprise route and marveled that there have not been that many accidents in this Tallahatchie River Bottom area. As I said a prayer of thanks as I made it back to my driveway on Hwy. 346 with a baby safely in the backseat, I saw a strange sight coming through the fog. I hesitated with the thought that the man with a bandana over his face and hat pulled low had to be an apparition as he was higher than an average height man that could be walking in the mist. A friendly wave took away my alarm as it was my neighbor Spook Todd.
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