Just Among Friends
A beautiful baby girl was joyfully welcomed by her parents, John and Whitten Jordan Langston on July 16, 2022. Tiny Miss Nan Phillips Langston weighed 6 pounds and 9 ounces. Both mother and baby are doing fine. Her Philadelphia grandparents are Terry and Susy Thomas Jordan. Congratulations!
An iconic Philadelphia business closed its doors forever on July 16 after 69 years of business in the city. Byars Furniture Company went out of business with a huge going-out-of-business sale. The company was established in 1953 and became a vital part of our community.
The Byars family operated the store and after her marriage to Tyler Rounsaville, Carly Byars Rounsaville joined the company. Under her direction, she expanded the furniture department to include accessories and rugs. We found it a great place to purchase appliances and furniture.
Carly Byars Rounsaville decided, after much prayerful consideration, that she wanted to stay at home with her two small children, Tinsley and Ty, because she did not want to miss any of their childhood moments due to work. She was managing the store with the help of her employees and Mama Neda. Her retirement from working every day gives her more precious time to spend with them.
Best wishes to everyone at Byars Furniture in their future endeavors.
The final set of Spectacular Class Champions in the 2022 Don Conicelli Memorial Derby presented by Mars Equestrian was crowned recently.
Circuit Champion in the Youth Boxing 13 & Under was Taylor Allen riding Shinen Metallic Cat. Taylor is a talented rider who has competed and won many events in the circuit. She is a student at Leake Academy and her parents are Shane and Janet Yates Allen of Philadelphia. Congratulations!
Dr. Kent and Mitzi Brown Stribling celebrated their 40th Wedding anniversary with a memorable trip to Canada. They visited many fascinating places and saw all kinds of remarkable sights.
One day they took a glacier tour riding in a special vehicle called the "Ice Explorer" which looked like a large bus with huge tires for gripping snow and ice. They actually walked on a glacier! The scenery was spectacular and the temperature was so, so cold.
Another day they saw a mother bear and her two cubs, a moose, and the biggest elk Mitzi had ever seen. A black bear crossed in front of their bus on the highway and a bald eagle was perched in a tree. The wildlife was amazing.
They visited lakes which were absolutely beautiful with the calm water of the lakes reflecting the sky and shore like a mirror. There were waterfalls tumbling down the sides of steep mountains and snow capped peaks rising into the sky everywhere they went. A train ride from Jasper, Alberta, Canada, to Vancouver, Canada with an overnight stay in Kamaloos, British Columbia served tasty food as they rode.. The train ride took them into tunnels carved through the mountain with beautiful views of waterfalls, scenery, eating and more eating. They met many interesting people from all over the world as they traveled which made it such an adventure. This was certainly a memorable anniversary gift! They arrived home worn out, but it was worth every minute.
Congratulations to the Neshoba Central Kindergarten students who scored highest in the state on the "Kindergarten Readiness Assessment" for the 2021-2022 school year!
Guess who is going to the Fair this year, Mary Moseley Pickering! She went to her clinic appointment on Thursday and everything looked great. She got all of her treatments and is cleared to go fairing this year. It has been almost a year of treatments for her leukemia and she has fought like a warrior. Her happy parents, Blake and Jessica Long Pickering, and brother, Jackson, are thrilled to be together as a family. On another sweet note, her hair is growing back. What great news!
The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson Campus, held a "White Coat" ceremony for Occupational Therapy doctoral students recently. Among those students receiving a white coat was Mary Grace Rea.
She has a bachelor's degree from Auburn University and is a graduate of John Caroll Catholic High School. She has completed her first year of Occupational Therapy studies and is so excited to receive her White Coat. Her parents are John and Kim Kilpatrick Rea. Congratulations!
It's always such a special occasion when Wendell and Florine Holmes, Sr. have their Louisiana grandchildren come to spend time with them in their home. The Louisiana children came on July 8 and stayed until the 16th. Their local cousins also came to play and it made a lively group in the Holmes household.
The children had fun playing at Imagination Fun Station in the park, running in the rain at the park during an unexpected shower and picking some of their grandfather's vegetables from his garden. A trip to Lake T-O-Khata was taken by all six grandchildren and their grandparents where they had fun feeding the Canada geese in the lake among other things. It was a very entertaining event for the children. At the end of their visit, they were looking forward to the next time!
Congratulations to Ronald and Lisa Parsons who celebrated 40 years of marriage on July 16. They enjoy visiting their children and grandchildren and having them in their home. Best wishes for many more years together!