JUST AMONG FRIENDS
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 1:00 PM
The Busy Bee Cafe, located in the proximity of Dr. Posey's dental office on Church Avenue, made a profound statement in the life of young Marty Stuart. He spent hours with his friend and neighbor, Welch Moore, who had a cleaners located next door to the Busy Bee Cafe. "Busy as a bee" describes Marty's life since he left Philadelphia to follow his dream in Nashville. Next Thursday he comes back home for some notable events. At 10 a.m. the Marty Stuart highway marker will be unveiled at the intersection of Highway 19 north and Marty Stuart Drive in the Arlington community. At noon the Marty Stuart Room will officially open in the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Historical Museum located at 303 Water Avenue South.
Thursday evening Connie Smith and Marty Stuart will take the stage at the Choctaw Indian Fair's 60th anniversary. Marty has been "busy as a bee" since, when as a child after hearing Connie Smith sing at the Indian Fair, he told his mother, "I'm going to marry her someday!" The bees will be buzzing all over Neshoba County July 9, a day officially proclaimed "Marty Stuart Day". Follow the bees out Highway 19 north to the unveiling of the Marty Stuart sign. Can't you hear them buzzing!
Virginia Webb Nowlin who lives in Memphis sent her brother, Steve, and Charlene an article from The Commercial Appeal which contained exciting news about native Philadelphian, Don DeWeese, son of Jeanne and Edwin DeWeese, about whom columnist Geoff Calkins wrote "He's making Memphis a better place, one doughnut at a time." When Don and Rita were transferred from Jackson, Tenn. to Memphis with J.C. Penney and Company, Don began stopping in at Gibson's Donuts at 769 Mt. Moriah where he and the proprietor became friends, and Don became known as the "official tester." When Mr. Gibson r
etired in 1996, Don bought the store as an investment, which turns out to be an investment in kids, selling not just donuts, but memories and experiences of Saturday mornings when children gather with their mothers and daddies for hot glazed doughnuts, often in their pajamas.
One such father who takes his children to Gibson's on Saturday mornings is City Council member Kemp Conrad. When the annual matter of naming a street after a member of the community came before the Council, Conrad suggested Don DeWeese. Quoting Conrad's sentiments as reported by Calkins, "A street named after a doughnut man. Well, why not? Why not honor someone who makes this a better community one cruller at a time? Why not shine a light on a person who has turned his own little piece of Memphis into a magical place?"
And so it was that on a Saturday morning, before a gathering of kids of all ages, Conrad read, "WHEREAS Don DeWeese is known for his love of people and Memphis, WHEREAS he single-handedly operates his own type of boys and girls club, followed by eleven more WHEREASES, Conrad joyfully concluded by announcing NOW THEREFORE as he unveiled the sign on that little stretch of Mt. Moriah outside the shop which reads "Don DeWeese Boulevard". Don's sister Gail and her husband, Sonny Welch, attended the ceremony which paid great tribute to one of us of whom we are so proud. Wouldn't we love to stop in for a doughnut!
Taylor McClenahan's father provided some happy hours for their son and his friends at their Happy Hours Floridian Condo at Seaside. Recent high school graduates enjoying Taylor the Third's hospitality were Taylor, Robyn Fanning, Susie-Hannah Williams, Tyler Eakes, Auburn Hedgepeth and Aleisha Routh; also Sean Conner who is a senior at the math and science school. Loving their roles as chaperones were Lindsey Williams Eakes and Nikki Lundy Stokes. Beach bums by day, "The weather was beautiful in spite of a gloomy forecast." The Red Bar was a favorite for dinner, and on their final night at the beach, their lenient chaperones allowed them to sing karaoke way into the wee hours of the morning.
Back from his graduation trip to Seaside with his friends, Sidney Williams joined his family for a trip to Orange Beach, Ala. At this point, Sidney lost his status quo to his 11-month-old niece, Laura Frances Eakes, who stole the show walking the beach in her coconut bathing suit and native grass skirt. Enjoying Laura Frances' first trip to the beach were her parents, Lindsey and Bo Eakes, her grandparents, Mickie and Sid Williams, and uncles John and Sidney Williams.
While sharing the produce from his garden, Wade White gave me the recipe for his mother, Barbara White's homemade watermelon ice cream which Wade say is "delicious!" Get the seeds out of the watermelon, they prefer yellow watermelons, and put the watermelon through the blender to get the juice. Put 6 cups of watermelon juice, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 4 tablespoons of lemon juice in a traditional ice cream maker/freezer. Either turn the crank or "plug it up" until the ice cream is frozen. Thanks, Wade and Barbara, for this recipe. Just in time for a Happy Fourth of July!
Writing about the reunion of the Philadelphia High School class of 1946, I omitted the names of Kate Gardner Westerfield of Florence, Lyda Pearl Gardner Tingle of Meridian, Beth Spears Dennis of Clinton and Jean McNeel of Noxapater. Kate was valedictorian of the class. I apologize for the omission and am counting on Peggy Russell to record this correction in the class scrapbook.
Margaret Benson and I played telephone-tag before we finally got together with her family reunion news. I kept getting their answering machine where Mr. Benson answers, "Joseph the angel speaking", or so I thought. Turns out he was saying "Joseph the ancient speaking!" On the day we finally talked, this amazingly active 94-year-old ancient was taking his bride of 68 years out for lunch. Margaret is the daughter of Fred and Stella Vines Moore, one of nine siblings born to John W. and Margaret M. Moore of McCalla, Ala., near Bessemer. The family has gathered the second Sunday in June for much of the past century for the Moore Memorial. Over 200 aunts, uncles and cousins make the trip, some from as far away as California, to gather in the woods beside the Moore Cemetery in McCalla where Revolutionary heroes are buried. The historic site has been developed over the years to include a large covered pavilion where they enjoy "dinner on the grounds", and more recently, a log cabin lodge spacious enough to accomodate family celebrations all during the year. The building contains memorabilia, pictures and artifacts which document the growth of the Moore family and its connection to the area.
The Moore Memorial, which has grown into a two or three-day weekend, begins at 11 a.m. when the family gathers in lawn chairs in the shady grove adjacent to the cabin and pavilion for business, music and a family-led worship service. For many years, Margaret's father, the late Fred Vines, Sr., a pastor in the Church of God, led the service. Margaret and her brothers, John Vines of Bessemer and Fred Vines, Jr. of Mountain Brook, enjoy the time together to reminisce about the years they attended the reunion as children.
David Benson, organist-choirmaster of St. Paul's (Meridian) and Sallie Vines White, band director at Hoover High School (Birmingham) are now in charge of music. John Vines organizes the younger cousins in a ceremonial presentation of state and national flags. Accompanying Margaret and Joe from Neshoba County were their two sons and families: David and Jo Benson and children, Hank and Tiffany; and Doug and Suzanne Benson with children Laura, Sam, Shum, Curtis and Spencer.
Missing from the 2009 celebration were their two daughters and their families, Jo Ann Ballantine Busby and her husband, Roy, and Lisa Patterson and children, Will, Walker and Ann.
Brittany Crowe was honoree at a baby shower Sunday, June 7, in anticipation of the arrival of Cullom Luke Crowe who made his arrival at Rivers Oaks in Jackson June 25. The party was held in the home of Cullmon's aunt and uncle, Leigh and Lucas Phillips, on Weyerhaeuser Road, formerly known as the Beale home. Assisting Leigh in entertaining were Adriana Burt, Juan Sparnecht, Sue Young, and Beale-house-friend Bobbie Brown. Special guests at the party honoring Brad and Brittany's little son were grandmothers, Lesia Boswell and Peggy Crowe, and great-grandmother, Annie Baughman. Excited grandfathers are Olen Boswell and Jerry Crowe. Congratulations to everyone!
The Wood family reunion was held the second Saturday of June at the Smallwood Church in Winston County. This reunion was organized in 1958 by Fate Algood for the descendants of Matthew J. Wood and Mary Wallace Davis. Those attending this year's gathering in an effort to "Know Each Other" were Lucille Wood of Louisville, Jim Duncan of Philadelphia, Zane Black of Pelahatchie, James L. Horton of Louisville, Doyle Snow of Philadelphia, Leonard and Kaye Warren of Hazelhurst, James Renee Megan Wood of Destin, Fla., Karen Morris, Beth Darby, Rachel Eavns, Mary McAdory, all of Philadelphia, James, Pam and Jeri Algood of Columbia, Tenn., George and Margie Smith of Birmingham, Ala., Dave and Joan Miller of Loves Park, Ill., Mel Crosby of Bandon, Jim Wood of Louisville, Ray and Faye Crosby of Columbus, Josh and Brandi Herrington of Starkville and Clayton Smith of Huntsville, Ala.