Let’s be Neighbors by Carolyn Mills

Steady On, students of Teresa Ingram, were presented in their recital at the Old Strand Theatre on Saturday evening, April 28 with a theme of I Love Country. Several mothers of the students, and friends of Teresa helped with decoration of the stage, the lighting and in other ways, such as supplying red-neck items. Decorating the stage (and it was beautiful) were: Emily Ingram, Connie Kinard, Jenna Jackson, Tammy Thomas, and Lea Roberson. Stage crew included Jamy Kinard and Anna Wells. Video crew was Eddie and Joy Vaughn. Our Winston County 2012 Distinguished Young Woman, (formerly called Junior Miss), Miss Madeline Hogue handled the computer lighting. Do not know who did the foyer table decoration, but it was indeed red- neck with a bouquet of plastic flowers and a Mountain Dew bottle as decoration. Besides the country songs, the students did a bunch of “you might be a red-neck jokes”. Teresa had prepared and she read the introductory script and then was presented the chicken award because she lost the ending script. Winning the red-neck award was Makenna Foster who I learned is the only granddaughter of Judy Foster whom I have known through School Food Service for which we both worked. Judy has a bunch of grandsons, but says Makenna holds her ground with all of them. Winning the entertainer of the year award was Abby Hedgpeath. I really enjoyed the Steady On program as I love country music. My favorite radio station now is Meridian’s Radio station 97.9. They play classic country all day. I am indeed sympathetic with the former Sandy Rayburn whose teenage step-son whom she helped raise was killed in an accident last week. Sandy at the present time is living with her mother Sherry Clark Mills in this community. Sandy has two children of her own and her oldest Dalton Whitman, misses his big brother who was laid to rest in a Cemetery in Kilmichael. I missed the Kids and Kats Fishing Rodeo so cannot report on it. Hopefully Lynn Cunningham who is back from her trip to Paris will have attended and will report on it. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 5th for Emma Dean Catledge at Porter Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. Catledge had been at Brandon Court Nursing Home for almost two years following a stroke which left her unable to live alone. Her two daughters who live in Brandon saw that she had the best of care and were there for her every day. Her daughter Jill Johns who lives in Winston County visited once a week and her sister Mrs. Marshall Dawkins and her two daughters visited often, as did other relatives and friends. Emma Dean loved her three grandchildren, Lauren Fulton, Nichole Younger Mckenzie and Paul Younger and her two great-grandchildren Luke and Landon McKenzie. Emma Dean was loved by her family and many friends and she will be greatly missed. Julie Cunningham played the piano at the funeral and many of her neighbors and friends filled the pews in the chapel. Center Ridge UMC celebrated their annual Memorial Day on the first Sunday in May with Rev. Bo Mills (retired) bringing the message, the Wildwood Choir bringing special music for the service. The attendance was less than this writer ever remembers having attended for over 60 years. Linda Dallis Runnels and her daughter Alexia of Franklin, TN were among visitors at Memorial Day service. Linda has moved to Tennessee from the Methodist Retirement Home in Tupelo where she resided for a number of years. Lisa Mills Ramage and her daughter Amanda of Kosciusko were there for the worship service but did not stay for lunch. Jimi Mills Goodnow and husband John came up from Picayune, spent the night at Lake Tiak O’Khata, ate supper at the Market Café on Saturday and attended the Memorial at Center Ridge. Jimi’s father, the late Leonard Mills, as well as many other Mills relatives are buried in Center Ridge Cemetery. Jimi’s mother Jane Mills Lane is a resident in Timeless Grace Assisted Living in Carriere and is unable to attend much of anything except a visit to the doctor. We miss Jane playing the organ at Memorial service as she did for many years before she became unable because of health problems. Julian Gordon of Carthage attended as he has for many years. Others from out of the state came also, but since I did not see them, I cannot name them. I did enjoy talking with Vickie Mills Philips, the daughter of Rev. Bo and Celia Mills. Ida Garner and Fleeta Johnson of Mobile spent the night with me on Saturday and attended the Memorial Day Service. Ida’s daughter Alice Garner Mills and Ida’s grandson and mine, Justin Lane Mills, are buried at Center Ridge and she brought flowers for their graves. Joann Hodge and her son John of Caddo Lake in Uncertain, Texas were in Winston County for a Chambliss Family Reunion and they attended the Memorial Service so they could visit some of their Talbert relatives, the family of Carolyn Mills. They also visited other Talbert relatives in the county while here. We missed Rev. Mike Dowd and Charlotte at the service. They were enjoying getting together with Bro. Mike’s youngest daughter, oldest granddaughter, and youngest grandson at Kiawah House on an Island in South Carolina. We also missed Dr. Virginia Read and her family. Virginia is undergoing more surgery for cancer which she has been fighting for several years. Virginia’s Hall grandparents and her parents are buried in Center Ridge Cemetery as well as other relatives. Roxene and Charles Atkinson, Virginia’s sister an husband of Starkville did attend. I just did not get to talk with them. Neither did we talk with members of the late Earl Ray family, but some were present. Mamie Lou Ray, widow of Woody Ray, was not with members of her family. We understand that she is now a resident of the nursing home in Ackerman. Frances Woodruff, member of Winston Guards #2346 United Daughters of the Confederacy and now serving as president of the Mississippi Division of that organization was honored with a tea at the lovely unique home and gardens of Romona Hughes on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 until 4:00 PM. Sorry I had to miss it, because of the funeral of my dear friend Dean Catledge. The May meeting of Winston Guards #2346 was held in the Colonial Room at Lake Tiak O’Khata with Teresa Ingram and Carolyn Mills, hostesses. Mrs.Linda Upchurch brought an interesting program that included things related to the times before and during the War Between the States, especially the role women played. She discussed the Underground Railroad, the symbol used to refer to the route the slaves took to escape to freedom in the North, which in turn led her talk into the many designs used by quilters then and now. Mrs. Upchurch is an avid quilter and loves to restore antique quilts and design new patterns. Frances Woodruff put an exhibit in the Winston County Library in April to honor Confederate Heritage Month which included her collection of plates of General Lee and General Jackson and the quilt donated to the Library made by the JZ George Chapter of the UDC to raise money to pay the annual insurance on the Confederate Memorial Building in Greenwood. The quilt was researched as to design and materials used and it is a valuable contribution to the Genealogy Room The dark colors of the quilt represent apparel ladies wore during the day and the light colors represent the night time sleeping clothes. The red represent the blood shed by soldiers and the white/ cream material stands for the purity of the cause and the black represents the mourning of the loss of Confederate Soldiers. As the president of the Mississippi Division of United Daughters of the Confederacy, Mrs. Woodruff has attended many functions; four workshops, the annual Spring Board meeting of the UDC General in Richmond Virginia., several Confederate Memorial Day Services and presented her monologue program as Mary Ann Randolph Custis Lee for several UDC chapters. At the present, she is serving on the committee to select a monument to be placed at Shiloh. Mississippi is the only state that does not have a monument at Shiloh. Frances’s husband and daughter, Franklin and Beth and fellow Winston Guard members, Judy Goodin and Eve Haggard have accompanied her on some of her trips.