During their 42 years in the water works business, J. C. and Liz Goldman have met a lot of interesting people and made wonderful, lifelong friends.

Several Friday evenings ago, their friends, Lester and Holly Melton, whom Liz and J. C. had known in Indianapolis while with United Water, came by for a visit.

They were en route from Florida to their home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas where Lester is manager of United Water.

On Saturday after the Melton's visit, Mary Kay and Charlie Jackson who live in Ghana on the west coast of Africa, came to visit their Mississippi friends.

J.C. and Mary Kay worked together in Atlanta with Metcalf and Eddy Engineering Company.

For the past six years, Mary Kay and Charlie have been serving as missionaries in Ghana with Mission Society, an unfunded mission program under the auspices First United Methodist Church.

Mary Kay is using her capabilities as a civil engineer, to install water systems in small rural villages.

A physicist by profession, Charlie teaches at a university in Ghana.


The antique vintage clock at the Philadelphia Church of Christ read 4 p.m. at six o'clock in the evening.

It was as if to set the "back-in-time" tone for the wedding of Kelly Dansby and Barrett Little which will take place in Gulf Shores, Ala. on Oct. 6, in as vintage a setting as can be created on the beach.

This particular "clock-stopping" occasion taking place at Kelly's family church, was a bridal shower in honor of the bride-to-be.

The party was hosted by the ladies of the church, headed by Linda Cook, Martha Croswell, Wendy Thomas and Amber Butler.

"Honey do this" and "honey do that" has long been a familiar phrase in a happy marriage.

In recent years, the "sugar-coated suggestion," has become cause for a celebration.

Such a party was hosted for Kelly and Barrett in the home of Janet and Shane Allen on Tommy Drive in Country Club Estates.

The invitation suggested gifts for the husband-to-be, such as, "From weed eaters and mowers, flower pots, rakes and shovels, to hammers and saws and drills that have power."

Janet and Shane were assisted in entertaining by Kim and Cecil Price, and Brenda and Lynn Yates.

On the feminine side, Kelly was honored at a lingerie shower hosted by her matron-of-honor, sister, and best friend, Jill Dansby Rushing, in Jill and T.J.'s home on Bounds Avenue.


In reading the September 2012 issue of The Warrior, the official publication of the East Central Community College Alumni Association, I noticed that Philadelphia's Tommy McCullough has been named to East Central's "Athletic Hall of Fame."

Tommy's interview with The Warrior tells an interesting and entertaining story about how he left high school, after experiencing two very successful years as a member of Philadelphia High School's football team, to marry his sweetheart.

He was 15, Faye Hudspeth was 17.

I talked with Faye who told me, "Telling Tommy that I thought every man needed a gun, I bought him a BB gun the first year we were married, promising him some BBs for it the next year when he was older."

Faye and Tommy celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last year.

Tommy served two years of active duty in the U. S. Marine Corps and was a member of the Marine's football team.

He continued his athletic career at then East Central Junior College where he was heralded as one of the best centers/linebackers to ever wear the Black and Gold.

Tommy was thrown out of his first three games at East Central before the half.


"I didn't do it, my forearm did."

He got his powerful forearms under control when his mother promised him $5 if he would not get thrown out of another game.

It worked!

Upon receiving the honor, Tommy, who plays a big part in making Christmas merrier for the child in all of us, at his fireworks store, had this to say, "Wow! So many people are more deserving, but I am truly grateful."

The special ceremony for Tommy's induction into the ECCC Athletic Hall of Fame will be held at the Alumni Association luncheon during Homecoming activities Saturday, Sept., 29 in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria on the Decatur campus.

Congratulations, Tommy!


Philadelphia is sad over the death of Jerry Hunter who was a friend to many.

He grew up here, but had lived most of his adult life in Southaven.

Services were held Wednesday, Sept. 19 at Broadway Baptist Church in Southaven.


Out-of-town family members enjoying brunch together at the home of Tom and Shirley Cox Sunday morning, following the Saturday evening wedding of Meagan Martin and Brent Anthony, included Katherine Cox Tingle, Ern and Kay Black, Dennie and Gladys Miller of Rolling Fork and Starkville; Mariah Black Clark, Anna Katherine Black Martin, Laura Guyton and Maggie Martin of Starkville; Kipps and Carol Webb, Tom and Renee Brantley, Kyle and Kalen of Southaven and Columbus; and Connie and Duane Webb of Troy, Ala.

Also, George and Frances Cumberland, Micky and Sue Cumberland and Drew, Kayla and Stephen Bryant, Tommy and Terri Cox McCarver and Bailey, all of Brandon; and Allison McCarver of Starkville.

They were joined by the bride's family, Carla, Ike, Macy and Isaac Martin.

Shirley and Tom were assisted in entertaining by Terri McCarver, Kay Black, Katherine Tingle, Rachel Evans, Joyce and Bobby Hardy, Frances Molpus, Sybil and Tex James, Mac Jackson, Peggy Dees, Kipps and Carol Webb, Frances Marshall and Yvonne Smith.


Sounds of Bluegrass will be presented by the Philadelphia Neshoba County Arts Council Saturday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the historic downtown Ellis Theater.

Tickets are $10 with all proceeds going toward the restoration of the Ellis.

Performing will be Bill and Temperance, Delta Region and Alan Sibley.