JUST AMONG FRIENDS
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 11:30 AM
Exciting news from the NFL, times two! Peyton and Ashley Manning are the parents of twins, Marshall Williams Manning and Mosley Thompson Manning, a little football player and a cheerleader, born March 3l, 20ll, in Indianapolis, Ind. They are being welcomed by their cousin, Ava Frances Manning, born March 2l, 20ll, to Eli and Abby Manning.
When Dr. Glenn May retired last year, we wished him and Judy a happy and exciting retirement. We had no idea what excitement awaited them!
On Feb. 7, 20ll, their son, Caleb and Natalie Boggan May, made them grandparents for the first time with the arrival of not one, but two granddaughters, identical twins, Katherine Ruby May and Anna Lola May.
An exciting and rare happening as Natalie is herself a twin! In other family similarities, Natalie's twin, Emily Boggan Thompson, is a pharmacist along with their dad, Charles Boggan, at Wheeler Drugs in Decatur. Mr. Boggan purchased the drugstore from Roberta Byars' father, Harvey Wheeler. Natalie assumed her mother, Debbie Boggan's position as speech therapist at Newton County Elementary School when Debbie retired.
The babies' names are also family linked as Katherine Ruby is named for Caleb's grandmother, Ruby Skinner, and Anna Lola for Natalie's grandmother, Lola Addy. The babies are also being welcomed by their Uncle Matthew Boggan who teaches biology at Morton High School and Aunt Celia Boggan, a student at East Central Community College. So what are Dr. May and Judy doing these days? Passing Katherine and Anna Lola from one to the other.
We all share the pride Julia Muse Cole must feel in having the new 75,000 sq. ft. building on Hinds Community College's Rankin campus in Pearl named in honor of her father, Clyde Muse, who has been president of the college since l978. A fitting tribute that The Muse Center should bear his name for all time.
Katie Dulay, l2, Sadie Dulay, 9, and Jade Battle, 9, were in Tupelo last weekend for State Gymnastic Competition. They are students at the Miller Gym in Newton. Each of the girls received state ranking, competing against gymnasts across the state. Enjoying the weekend in Tupelo with the girls were their families, Amy, Alex and Ethan Dulay and Christy and Scott Battle.
The Rev. Glenn and Wanda Jackson and Allison and
Trent Jones attended the wedding of Lauren Jackson and Will Lott at the Purvis Church of God in Purvis Saturday, March 5, 20ll. Their romance began when as 7th and 8th graders at Purvis Middle School; Will played the role of Tom Sawyer and Lauren, Becky Thackett.
Wanda made her daughter's wedding cake, depicting the Tree of Life. The cake was based on two branches with vines connecting the three-tiered confection. On top were a bride and groom and a cross, signifying that "the two had become one" in Christ.
Jessica Galloway was honored at a bridal tea at the First Methodist Church in Philadelphia Saturday afternoon, March l9th. Jessica will become the bride of Spencer Dickerson on June 11 in the First Methodist Church in Decatur.
Among the out-of-towners attending the tea were the three sisters of Spencer's grandmother, Virginia West. The Segrest girls, including Virginia, Dot Steen of Vicksburg, Mildred O'Quinn of Wesson and Thelma Beard of Ocean Springs, often take fun trips together. Other family members from out of town included Virginia Miller from Clinton and Lori and Alicia Smithhart and Mrs. Lula Smithhart from Pearl.
Hostesses for the event were Liz Brown, Ashley Davis, Evelyn Ezelle, Shannon Kuntz, Vivian McGarrity, Laura Renfrow, Jolene Smith, Leah Stinson, Cindy Thomas, Hollie Thomas and Virginia West.
In the company of a group of young people from New Ireland Baptist Church, outside Union, adults including, June Anderson, Joan Copeland, Willie Roper, Pat Mioton, Barbara Nance, Rosanell Phillips, Barbara Thaggard and Jeffelette Watkins, all of Philadelphia, and the Rev. Thomas and Pam Fortenberry of New Ireland Baptist Church left early on the morning of March l4 for a week of fun in Snowshoe, W.V.
They spent the first night of the trip in Gatlinburg, Tenn. where they enjoyed an evening at the famed Dixie Stampede in nearby Pigeon Forge. While the youth visited Wonder Works, the ladies shopped, with some visiting the Aquarium, located adjacent to their hotel.
Their journey to West Virginia the next day proved hazardous, traveling up the first of two mountains during an unexpected blizzard, and made them especially thankful upon reaching their resort designation.
While the young folks skied, the adults enjoyed watching the colorful skiers getting off and on the ski lifts from the breathtaking scenic view of the Mountain Lodge where they stayed. They also found time for exploring the shops and discovering the best cuisine the resort area had to offer. Thankful for a safe return, the ladies are happy and content to be home, just waiting for the next travel experience to present itself.
Why I'm glad I live in Philadelphia. We are a community and family of God who care about and support each other, as evidenced at the graveside memorial for Margaret Ann Baker last Tuesday, March 26, 20ll.
And congratulations to Olivia Williams Manning who was the recipient of the Legacy Award at Ole Miss, recognizing her as "the heart and soul of America's first family of football." A lovely tribute to lovely lady!
On your mark! Get set! Ready go! The week of April 11 promises to be a busy one in Philadelphia. The Come Back to Christ Crusade, an actual old-time revival, will take place Monday through Friday nights in the tent located 7.3 miles east of Philadelphia on Highway l6 east. The schedule of speakers and musicians are listed in an ad featured in this week's edition of The Neshoba Democrat.
The l0th annual Ham Jam Arts Festival kicks off Friday, April l5 continuing through the l6th in downtown Philadelphia. The second annual Ham Jam Hog Wild Run, sponsored by the Philadelphia Athletic Club (PAC) to benefit the American Cancer Society, will begin at 8 a.m.
On Saturday, April l6 in the parking lot of The Citizens Bank downtown main office. This event features a 5K Run, l0K Run and l Mile Fun Run. The 5K walk is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Helen Burgin Tolbert who was the mother of Tammy Tolbert Tawater at PAC.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Miller of Canton, Ohio, former residents of Philadelphia, visited in the home of Max and Virginia West recently. Jerry was a well-respected and regarded builder when he lived in Philadelphia.
He and Sarah worked as missionaries to the Choctaws. They enjoyed visiting with old friends and seeing how Philadelphia had changed since living here. They left Philadelphia enroute to a family reunion in Tallahassee, Fla.