Margaret Frances Dees Dowdy was in Quitman Sunday, Oct. 6 for the baptism of her great-granddaughters, Lynna Clair Kennedy and Lynnzie Caroline Kennedy, nine-year-old twin daughters of Kyle and Cindi Sharp Kennedy.

A special participant was their big sister, 19-year-old Dees Kennedy, a sophomore and cheerleader at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba.

Also present for the service held at Pleasant Dale Baptist Church during the morning worship service were the girls' grandparents, Dewayne and Judy Dowdy Sharp and Roger and Crickett Kennedy.

Paxton Sharp, four-year-old son of Aarah and Jody Sharp, attended his cousins' baptism.

Kyle is a forester with Cuba Company.

Cindi worked as an assistant school teacher for some time.

After years of dedicated, determined hard work, this young mother received her degree from Phoenix University, and now teaches in the Quitman elementary school system.

Following the church service, everyone went for lunch at Long's Fish House in Enterprise. "The weather was wonderful," Margaret told me. "A perfect day to celebrate such a great occasion."


The Tea Party Group met with Marianne Enochs to celebrate the September birthdays of Laura Bryan and Nancy Yates.

Pat Johnson assisted Marianne in entertaining.

Enjoying this monthly "fun-time" together were Laura, Nancy, Marianne, Pat, Clarice Williamson, Mary Louise Blanks and Babs Kirkland.


Headlines in the Oct. 9, 2013 edition of The Starkville Daily News read, "MSU College of Architecture Honors Meridian Couple," noting that Mississippi State University's College of Architecture, Art and Design had formally dedicated the Bob and Kathy Luke Library in Giles Hall.

Bob and Kathy met while students at the University, and have proudly carried their pride in their alma mater wherever life has carried them in their careers, Bob the architect and Kathy the educator.

In considering how they could give back to MSU, they decided on the School of Architecture Library, a place they often visited as students.

Their gift allowed for numerous improvements to the library which was once just a resource for the School of Architecture.

It has now been expanded to include the art collection from Mitchell Memorial Library and is now an inclusive library for the entire college.

"This is a great honor and something that Kathy and I believe in," said Bob. "The same dream and passion that our instructors at Mississippi State shared with us when we were students, still exist today."

As managing principal architect of LPK Architects PA in Meridian, Bob and the company have played a defining role in MSU's architecture on campus.

The firm has designed seven new MSU residence halls, the MSU Campus Master Plan, the new Leo W. Seal, Jr. Football Complex, and the renovation and additions to Davis Wade Stadium.

"This is a better place because of Bob Luke and his firm," said Jerry Gilbert, MSU Provost and Executive Vice President. "Their legacy will be felt for many years and generations to come."

On a local level, Bob and Kathy belong to us and we claim them with great pride. Kathy is the daughter of former Philadelphia residents, Jo and Charles Chester; Bob the son of the late Hermon and Mable Culberson Luke, making him Lynda Truett Stribling's first cousin.

Perhaps one of Bob's proudest accomplishments through the years has been his election, some years ago, as Mayor of the South Side of Sunset Strip at the Neshoba County Fair.

This is a "forever title," as is the late Marguerite (Thurman) Posey's reign as Mayor of the North Side of Sunset Strip.

The memories, too, are forever.


My Fair neighbors are very much in the news here of late. In reading "The Warrior," The Official Publication of the East Central Community College Alumni Association, I noticed that Van Lucas and his wife, Kay Fulton Lucas, have donated various items from their days at East Central to the ECCC Memorabilia Room, located in Burton Hall.

The items will soon be housed in the Athletic Museum of the soon-to-be renovated Founders Gymnasium.

On the local scene, Kay is the daughter of the late Doc and Juanita Fulton, and Van is an uncle to Ellen Prince.

Van played baseball and football at EC between 1961-63, was selected Mr. ECJC and served as Student Body Association president.

Kay was selected Homecoming Queen and was a cheerleader during her 1962-64 tenure at East Central.

Giving back is such a good thing.


Butch Hodgins is intent on giving back to the Ellis Theater which meant so much to him growing up in Philadelphia.

He has organized the second of a "Sounds of Bluegrass" concert to be presented by the Philadelphia Neshoba County Arts Council Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the historic old theater in downtown Philadelphia.

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

They may be purchased in advance at The Depot or the PNC Arts Council office.


In his acceptance speech as "Citizen of the Year" at the Community Development Partnership banquet last Monday evening, Steve Wilkerson made a memorable statement about giving back.

As the grateful recipient of a liver transplant some years ago, Steve left his audience with this thought, "Don't take your organs to Heaven. Heaven knows we can use them down here on earth."