My favorite visual joke is the one about the man who hired a "bus" driver to take a load of monkeys to the zoo.

Checking by the zoo, he was surprised to see the busload of happy monkeys leaving the zoo.

"I paid you to bring the monkeys to the zoo," the puzzled man said to the bus driver. "Oh, I did just that, sir, and they had a wonderful time!"

Steve Webb drove a busload of his wife Charlene's bridge-playing friends to Lake Caroline in Madison last Wednesday to spend the day.

We had a wonderful time as the guests of Debbie, David, Daniel and Madeline Webb in their boat house on the Lake.

Among the happy monkeys were Charlene, Tina King, Helen Thomasson, Rebecca Barnett, Evelyn Perry, Babs Kirkland, Rachel Evans, Shirley Cox, Alice Rowe, Joyce Hardy, Billy Greenleaf and Billie Latting. Carolyn King Briscoe of Jackson joined us on this very special day as Madeline celebrated her 18th birthday.


Tate Patrick Miller, son of Jeremy and Meagan Posey Miller, was baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost at the morning worship service at First United Methodist Church, Philadelphia on Mother's Day Sunday, May 12, 2013 with the Reverend Fred Britton officiating.

Jeremy was received into the membership of First Methodist.

The baptismal font at First Methodist holds a cut-glass Waterford bowl given to the church by her family in memory of Mary Dees Posey, wife of the late Dr. Rudolph Posey, Sr.

This memorial lovingly acknowledges the "family person" Mary was and her love for children.

Tate was the second of Mary and Rudolph's great-grandchildren to be baptized from the font since the gift was made, with Posey Leigh Palmer, daughter of Johnny and Allison Sharp Palmer, being the first.

On this special day, Patt and Carol Fiedler sang "In This Very Room," as they had done "in this very room" on Meagan and Jeremy's wedding day.

Tate's maternal grandparents are Dr. Rudy Posey, Jr. and Lisa Posey, and his paternal grandparents, Patrick Miller and Jennifer Miller. Maternal great-grandparents are the late Dr. Rudolph Adam Posey, Sr., the late Mary Dees Posey, Mrs. Charlotte McQuary, and the late Doyle McQuary.

Paternal great-grandparents are Joseph King, Mrs. Joannie King, the late Mrs. Maxine King, Mrs. Mary Helen Kirby, the late James Earl Kirby, and the late Hulon Miller.

Among special guests attending the service were Joseph King, Mary Helen Kirby, Scott King, Dees Posey, Paige Posey King, Bryant, Anna Lisa Posey, and Marianna Truett. Following lunch at Dancing Rabbit, Jeremy, Meagan and Tate, took Jeremy's family to see their home located at 506 Holland Avenue.

Being the history buff that he is, Mr. King was fascinated with the home which was built over a century ago by Joe and Kitty Cook, followed by resident/owners, Lamar and Lucille Oliphant, Peter and Missy Adams, and Harold and Rachel Evans.


Many Philadelphians were saddened to learn of the death of Dr. James Ratcliff on May 13, 2013.

"Mousey," as we called him, was a brother to Marvin, Jr.("Rat") Ratcliff, and their dad was Marvin, Sr. ("Big Rat"); their mother was Kate.

"Mousey" is married to Carol Graves Ratcliff, also formerly of Philadelphia, the daughter of Joe and Sadie Graves. Dr. Ratcliff practiced medicine in Brooksville before he and Carol moved to The Orchard on Pear Orchard Road in Ridgeland.


The descendents of the Supper Club, which originated with Dr. and Mrs. R. L. Moore, Jr., met for their May dinner party in the home of Billy and Juatice Martin. Members present were Sara Fox, Chris Fulton, Katie Kemp, and Marlene Permenter. Jimmy Martin and Natalie Martin were welcomed as special guests.


The M&M (Mature and Moderns) at First United Methodist toured the Kemper County energy facility in DeKalb on Tuesday, May 7, 2013.

The facility, approved by the Mississippi Public Service Commission on June 3, 2010, will use the cleanest 21st century coal technology to deliver safe, reliable, and made-in-Mississippi electricity to Mississippi Power customers, expecting to be in service by May 2014.

Those enjoying the tour and coming home by way of Meridian where they had lunch at Applebee's were pastor and bus driver, Fred Britton, Pat and Lavelle Woodrick, Mary John and Robert Turnage, Brenda Matthews, Ricky Bengs, June Mitchell, Jan and Pete Williamson, Virginia West, Hazel Allen, and Betty Mooney.


Laura Bryan hosted the May meeting of the Tea Party Group.

There was cause for a double celebration as they celebrated Lynda Stribling's birthday, as well as her retirement from The Citizens Bank.

Members present who extended their love, congratulations and good wishes to their friend were Laura, Nancy Yates, Mary Louise Blanks, Babs Kirkland, and Clarice Williamson.

We join them in extending all good wishes to Lynda for many happy years ahead!


Jody and Leah Jarrell and Larry and Brenda Mills spent last weekend in Gulf Shores.

They were accompanied by Etta, a little puppy Jody rescued from the backroads of Kemper County some years ago, who has grown into a beautiful big black lab.

His and Leah's vacation reservations now require "pet friendly" accommodations.