“It’s hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.”
Our community expresses sympathy to the families of Lowell Paige Britton (11-12-32 to 6-28-19) – burial Old Friendship; Brenda Smith Bushnell (8-14-51 to 6-30-19); Patrick Mizgala (4-4-64 to 6-29-19) from Pinson; John Sidney Massengill (6-9-43 to 6-29-19), an Enville resident who played piano for pure joy. He was one of 12 children of David and Mary Henderson Massengill – burial Sweetlips; Betty Jane Hayre Evans (1-9-50 to 6-29-19) – Lake Hill Memorial; Martha Sue Clifford Connor (10-24-33 to 6-29-19), widow of Thomas (1927/2002) and grieving mother of son, Tommy Connor (1954/2019). Sue showed her style of making pies for friends while her beloved dog, Lucy, watched, too. She gave me 12 pies, since I gave her a quart jar of potted peaches. Sue enjoyed going to Jacks Creek Community Club meetings with Murdell Barker and me – burial at Unity; Glen Lee Wray ((10-14-39 to 6-30-19) from Pinson – Bear Creek; and Virginia Brown Dicus (11-20-39 to 6-30-19) - incomplete. Also, sympathy is expressed to Bobby Mullins of Henderson. His brother was born in Chester County but moved to Selmer - Nicky Mullins (11-26-44 to 6-27-19) – Clear Creek Cemetery.
Prayer is requested for Judy Davis; Sheila Cox – especially on Tuesday; and the family of Brent Hart of Savannah.
We remember Mary Faye Stanfill (7-5-17) who helped Mary Curtis and Roy Randolph find a permanent loving home.
Eddie Arnold has competition for bringing Chester County to public attention. Nineteen year-old blonde Abbie Bayless is third runner-up in Miss Tennessee pageant! She had 20 supporters in the Knoxville area (Google - misstn.org). Look for Abbie in the group wearing a Chester County royal blue short dress and a white off-the-shoulder gown at the end. I was told she looked like an angel performing “Up to the Mountain,” while raising her arms, which produced an angelic image with the attached cape.
Four great facts: (1) Oldest tree in the world – 4,768 year-old Methuselah in California; (2) oldest person in the world, Kane Tanaka in Japan at 116.146 years as of July 4; (3) happiest school in Tennessee – Jacks Creek Elementary – Abbie walked the halls; and (4) proudest great-granddaddy in Jacks Creek – Melbern Jones, whose side of the family gave Abbie her looks! Abbie just did not get her aunt Patsy Denton’s flaming red hair. Abbie’s immediate family are Amanda Bayless, Zach Beshires, Brian Bayless, Adilyn Bayless, Karen Shumate and Billy Shumate.
Six pageant tidbits: (1) Miss America 1945 - Bess Myerson was the first Jewish-American to win pageant; (2) Miss Tennessee 2019 - Brianna Mason was the first African-American to win pageant; (3) seventeen states have never won “Miss USA” title; (4) Mary Campbell is the only person to win “Miss America” twice - 1922 and 1923 with Norman Rockwell as one of the three judges; (5) “Miss Tennessee” went on to win “Miss USA” pageant twice - Barbara Walker in 1947 and Kellye Cash in 1987; and (6) a great loss for Madison County to lose Miss Tennessee pageant location in Jackson. Knoxville received a “Rocky Top” estimate of about $3.7 million and thousands of visitors.
Five history tidbits: (1) Aug. 10, 1776 – American Revolutionary War begins; (2) Patrick Henry during American Revolutionary War said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” (3) July 4, 1776 – 13 states involved in signing of U.S. Declaration of Independence; (4) July 4, 1826 – two signers of Declaration, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, died 50 years later; (5) July 4, 1895 - “American the Beautiful” was published. Five war tidbits: (1) July 1, 1916 – Battle of Somme. In 141 days 1.1 million were dead, missing in action or wounded; (2) July 4, 1942 – First American bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe; (3) July 4, 1942 – U.S. air offensive against Nazi-Germany begins; (4) July 4, 1944 – 1,100 U.S. guns fire Fourth of July salute at German lines in Normandy France; (5) July 4, 1944 – first Japanese suicide planes attack U.S. fleet near Iwo Jima, but U.S. raises “Ole Glory” on Feb. 23, 1945.
“We’ll say bye for now; and we love you.” – Harry Brown, WWII veteran.