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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 12:00 AM
Congratulations to our Dick Molpus, son of Frances and the late Richard Molpus, on being one of seven alumni awarded highest honors by the Ole Miss Alumni Association as part of Homecoming 2013.
Created in 1974, the Hall of Fame honors select alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to their country, state or the University of Mississippi through good deeds, services or contributions that have perpetuated the good name of Ole Miss.
Dick is founder and president of Molpus Woodlands Group, a timberland investment management organization headquartered in Jackson, which still maintains an office here in Philadelphia.
The Molpus Woodlands Group manages more than 1.5 million ares of timberland across 17 states.
Of timber heritage, Dick organized and founded the U. S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, a $200 million endowment to improve forest health and assist timber-reliant communities, and is a founding board member of the National Alliance of Forest Owners.
Dick worked under Governor William Winter as executive director of the Governor's Office of Federal-State programs, and was a part of Winter's team to pass the Mississippi Education Reform Act of 1982.
He and his wife, Sally, founded Parents for Public Schools, which has spread to 17 chapters across 12 states.
In 2005, Dick received the H. Councill Trenholm Memorial Award from the National Education Association.
As secretary of state, he worked successfully for forcing renegotiations of 10,000 below-market 16th Section Land leases.
While I chose to highlight Dick's contributions to the world of education, his interests are not confined there, but they make a mighty strong statement as to why the University of Mississippi named him to their 2013 Hall of Fame.
We, his home folks, couldn't be prouder!
The Alumni Association hosted a reception and dinner for the honorees on Friday, Oct. 25 in the Gertrude C. Ford Ballroom at The Inn at Ole Miss.
Friends and family seated at tables in Dick's honor included his sisters, Nancy Pace, Melanie Myers and Dorothy and Tom Howorth. Also, Don and Ellen Kilgore, Joey and Beth Kilgore, Steven and Marjorie Kilgore, Jeff and Taylor Kilgore, Guy and Lele Gillespie, Billy and Catherine Crews, David and Claire Crews, and Suzy and Terry Jordan.
Dorothy, Melanie and Nancy hosted a brunch at the Howorth home in Oxford Saturday morning following the Friday evening activities.
The honorees were recognized and honored at half-time on the football field during the homecoming game.
Ellen Williams and Jonathan McDaniel were married Saturday morning, Nov. 2 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tucker.
Father Bob Goodyear officiated at the ceremony in the presence of God, the young couple, and their families.
Whitten Jordan attended Ellen as maid-of-honor, while Sam DeWeese stood with Jonathan as best man.
Following the wedding ceremony, Jo and Tommy Williams honored their daughter, Ellen, and Jonathan with a brunch at their home in Woodland Hills.
Family members and special friends who enjoyed the music, the food, and visiting with the bride and groom around the pool on the back lawn included Ellen's brother, Amzie Williams, Jessica, and twelve-week-old Walker, making his first trip to Philadelphia from Nashville.
Also, Jo's sisters, Peggy and Jim Blauser of Colleyville, Texas, Mary Ann and Mike Matthews and Patsy Huebner of Bay City, Texas.
Tommy's siblings and their families included Olivia and Archie Manning and Cooper, Ellen, May and Arch Manning, all of New Orleans, Eli and Abby Manning of Oxford/Hoboken, New Jersey, Sid and Mickey Williams, and Cynthia Jordan, Margaret Jordan, Frances, Josh and Minnie Gamblin, and Joe Jordan, all of Philadelphia.
Other members of the bride's family attending included Peggy Dees, Bud and Mandy Dees, Fay Thomas, Liz Phillips, Lynda Phillips, all of Philadelphia, Gloria and Mack Emmons of Meridian, Mary Jane Lang of Pass Christian, Pam and Vernon Shelton of Oxford, Gwen Thomas of Laurel, Freddie and John D. Perkins of Raymond, and Mary Ann and Ben Weprin of Chicago, adopted Neshoba County Fair family members.
Members of the groom's family attending the brunch were his parents, Jan McDaniel and Clifford and Karen McDaniel.
Also, Allen, Tara, Ford and Chloe McDaniel of Flowood, Jared, Garnett, Ava and Tucker McDaniel of West Point, Chris and Olivia Kneip and Harper and Laird Johnson of Brandon, Debbie and David Webb of Madison, and Judy Herring, Dean Henderson, and Allen and Gail Breazeale of Philadelphia.
A group of friends hosted a celebration honoring Ellen and Jonathan on the eve of their wedding in the DeWeese home on Poplar Avenue.
It was a fun party which spilled from the house into the night.
Olivia and Sid's grandchildren, little cousins of the bride, were the lead-out dancers to the beat of the combo.
It is a proven fact that you cannot see all of Philadelphia in one day.
Kaye Rowell, Tourism Director of our local Community Development Partnership, organized a six-hour "Fall in love with Philadelphia" crash-course last Friday for sixty-six members of a group from the Jackson area known as "New Directions for Over 55," a health and wellness program designed for mature adults.
As part of St. Dominic Community Health Services, New Directions for Over 55 was designed to show mature adults, having reached the stage in life where they can play, to keep playing - to the best of their abilities, in a setting that fosters a positive and healthy outlook for mature life.
Boarding two charter buses on Friday, Nov. 1 for a "Mystery Trip," over 55 members were told, "This unique trip will bring about some odd findings. Explore the rich and vibrant culture signifying a first for Mississippi. Visit a MS landmark featured in National Geographic Magazine."
Kay had arranged tours of Dirt Road Pottery at Edinburg, the new Cultural Museum at Pearl River Welcome Center, and the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Historical Museum.
Lunch at Peggy's, followed by tours of The Cole House and Bobbie and Rickie Hitt's home on Historical Holland Avenue, and a stroll around The Square.
The day's planned activities included visiting Williams Brothers and the Neshoba County Fairground.
We extend congratulations to the Junior High cheerleaders at Leake Academy who won first place in their division at State Cheerleader Competition held Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Clyde Muse Center in Pearl.
Their win represents months of practice, sweat and tears on the part of the girls and their coach, Cristal James.
The winning group includes Sadie Fulton, Adrienne Sisson, Morgan Moore, Reagan Harris, Brooke Rawson, Lauren McNeil, Emily Rhea, Samantha West, Grace Ann Weber, Carsen James, Meg Thomas, Anna Kate Blair, Savannah Jones, Bailey Wiskus, and Sadie Ogletree.
The M&M's (Mature and Moderns) at First United Methodist Church met for a potluck luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Betty Mooney and Mary Marshall served as hostesses.
Laura Bryan played songs of blessings softly on the piano as guests and members gathered and enjoyed lunch.
Shirley Cox was surprised and pleased when the group joined in singing, "Happy Birthday to Shirley."
Ray B. Marshall led in reciting The Pledge of Allegiance, after which the Reverend Fred Britton offered a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.
The Men's Quartet, composed of Patt Fiedler, Andrew Windham, Larry Mills and Kenny Hillman, accompanied by Laura on the piano, sang "There Will Be Showers of Blessings," setting the mood for the guest speaker, Dr. Bill Molpus, who spoke on his favorite topic, "Blessed to be a Blessing."
Members and guests present were Terri and Tommy McCarver of Brandon, Shirley and Tom Cox, Joyce Hardy, Virginia West, Bobbie Holley, Marvelle Bolinger, Hazel Allen, Sara Hutcheson, Jan Williamson, Sarah McKay, Brenda Matthews, Rachel Evans, Jean Marshall, Bill Molpus, Ray B. and Mary Marshall, Babs Kirkland, Kay Salter, Pat Woodrick, Betty Mooney, Patt Fiedler, Andrew Windham, Larry Mills, Kenny Hillman, Laura Bryan, Fred Britton, Jo Lynn Parker, and June Mitchell.
M&M will meet again on Dec. 3 at 11:30 a.m. with Janice Williamson and Jo Lynn Parker as hostesses. Frankie Harpole will share her presentation of "The Jesse Tree," a study of the lineage of Jesus.
This Turnip Green Casserole received rave tasting reviews at M&M.
It comes from favorite recipes of the late Pat Parker, mother of Laura Bailey.
2 cans chopped turnip greens
2 teaspoons sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup mayonnaise
4 tablespoons wine vinegar
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
bread crumbs, plain or seasoned (optional)
Blend all but crumbs. Spoon into lightly oiled 9-inch square dish, or larger. Top with crumbs. Bake 1 hour at 350-degrees. Serves 12-16.