Just Among Friends
Congratulations to Bill and Regina Dungan who celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on September 2. They are former longtime residents of Philadelphia who now reside in St. Catherine's Village in Madison.
Regina is a Philadelphia girl who was a former Miss Neshoba County. Bill grew up in Port Gibson, Mississippi. He was a new graduate of MSU when he met Regina in Jackson where she was working. One of his former college roommates introduced them. They were married at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in the Tucker community in 1956.
Bill's job with Standard Oil of New York took them to Tallahassee where he did research on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico and helped design safe oil platforms in the Gulf. Bill was promoted to the headquarters in New York City which led to a big decision. They decided to move back to Philadelphia because they did not want to raise their three children in the City. Bill put his MBA to work as the manager of two major factories in Philadelphia. He eventually established his own oil business which he enjoyed until his retirement.
They are enjoying their new home. Bill likes to play bridge and played with a group before the pandemic.
A precious princess made her grand entrance into the world on August 31, 2021. Her parents are Blake and Dees Posey Rome of Flowood. She weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces of pure sweetness. She has been named Kinsey Grace Rome. Dees and Blake are totally smitten with her! Her sister Emmie has been practicing her big sister skills with family members so she is ready to meet Kinsey. Philadelphia grandparents are Dr. Rudy and Lisa Posey. Congratulations!
Emily Berry has completed her Navy Basic Training, passed her 12 hour final exam and is now a Sailor! Her parents, Brian and Lydia Whitaker Berry, are beyond proud of her. She graduated on Friday, September 3, 2021 from the Naval Station, Great Lakes, Illinois, which is the home of the only United States Navy Bootcamp.
It is a tradition for Navy families attending graduation ceremonies to hang an anchor on their hotel room door before going to graduation. Lydia and Brian Berry had a very special anchor which was made by Kim Mills Kilpatrick. It was a large blue anchor with the words, USS ENTERPRISE on a bar across the top, and her name, Berry, in red, white, and blue letters with stars on the blue B & E and white stripes across the red R's and Y in the center. PIR93.21 was printed in white down the body of the anchor with SHIP 10 on one prong and DIV386 on the other.
Brian and Lydia Berry were present for graduation and all of the accompanying activities in which Emily took part. Congratulations!
Neshoba County School District selected Pam Gilmer Dillard as Middle School Teacher of the Month for August. She received a certificate and a gift card from Main Street Junction. Mrs. Dillard is a member of the 6th grade ELA Team. Congratulations!
Comeback Coolers is a community philanthropy based in Ocean Springs which provides support and aid to those in need at a very difficult time of recovery and rebuilding following a devastating storm event. The mission for September is Hurricane IDA.
The First Baptist Church little preschool babies decorated coolers and filled them with sports drinks, sparkling ice, baby wipes and other listed items. Food is not included on the list. The children decorated their coolers and wrote letters to put inside each one. They prayed over the coolers after they closed them. They are learning from experience how to think of those in need and spread God's love.
The program also fills pails for the lineman with drinks and salty individually packaged snacks. The gifts bring joy and hope to those who are exhausted and have been through such unbelievable hardship and sadness. There are hundreds of people who have packing parties to fill coolers. What an amazing project for these little children. Thank you to each one and their teachers.