July 28: Chuck Ueltschey, Denise Derrick, Tom Halford, Eddie Henderson, Cindy Busbea, Patty Allen, Brook Gordin, Stanley Roberts, Pam Rogers, Casey Sharp, Lance Downing, Lizzie Coats, Chris Risher.
July 29: Stella Hutchinson, Nannie Carol Booth, George Gray Townsend III, Gwen Dukes, Nichole Crimm, Mary Adele Austin, Ben Kenna, Michelle Crimm, Kay Howard, Addison Brooke Mahoney.
July 30: Brenda B. Wolf, Tommy Parker, Gene Tabor, Sherry Harris, Kimberly Martin, Kimberly Edmonds, Melanie Cleveland Pinter, Dusty McCaughn.
July 31: Aaron Baker, Barbara Lynn Carpenter, Harlan Crimm, Dina Courtney, Mary Wiggins, Larry Jones, Steve Dukes, Ann Garner, Mickey Perkins, Eugenia Watson, Sherri Fairley, Helen Webb, Jo McCaughn, Kelly Smith, Frankie Richard Daldine.
Aug. 1: Joan Crimm, Rob Parish, Jayne Ray, Glen Crotwell, Joyce Smith, Gwen Long.
Aug. 2: Nicky Revette, Ray Moore, Corey Watkins, Jeffrey McGee, Steven Gibbs, Todd Burns, Kim Wilkerson, Ashley Elizabeth Webb, Emily Strong, Mike Sharp, Mary Anderson, Lisa Wilkerson.
Aug. 3: Perry Dubard, James Goss, Louise S. Daherty, Kim Eure, Vi Tarrer Matlin, Kay Eure, Mike Smith, Mary Frances Townsend, Nan Tabor, Timothy William Pace, Stacy Smith, Joey Rigby.
It’s not too early to mark your calendars and make plans to attend the Forest High School Nabs & Coke reunion scheduled for Saturday, October 2nd. This year’s event will be somewhat different, because of Covid restrictions, but as of now the gathering is planned at Kats Kave that afternoon. Stay tuned for further details or go to the FHS Reminiscing website for current update.
Heard recently from a member of one of our old Forest families, Dea Irby, reminding me — and us all — how much has happened since high school! First, I think we’ve mentioned before, her cookbook, which was published in 2011. She has been published in two editions of Chicken Soup for the Soul....And one was about being a Girl Scout in Forest! How many of us can relate to that??!!! Dea encourages us all to watch her TEDx talk.
Dea reminded me of her 16 moves in her 46 years of marriage, producing eight children and 18 grandchildren! Their youngest child, daughter Melea, and oldest grandchild, Ethan, are both in college! She always loves “visiting her roots” in Forest and still enjoys interacting with her many Mississippi friends. If anyone’s club or organization is in need of a talented speaker, check it out!! Bet Dea would be happy to do a program down our way. Spread the word!!
We were happy to learn that Lamar Gatewood was discharged from Baptist Hospital in Jackson after having spent the better part of three weeks there undergoing testing and treatment. Daughter Alicia Joyner of Tallahassee returned to her home on Saturday after being with her folks for a good part of the hospitalization. Daughter Gayla Steed and her husband Shane arrived on Monday for a visit. Lamar’s sister, Larie Allen of Lexington, KY, arrived on Tuesday for a four-night stay. We are so glad you’re home, Lamar, and hope for successful treatments and improvement in the days ahead.
Sincere sympathy to the family of Keith Jones who died last Sunday at home following an extended illness. Services were held on Tuesday from Forest Baptist Church. Our thoughts are with Keith’s wife Sandra, their children Kevin and Libby and their families during this difficult time.
Edna Gibson has been back in the St. Dominic Hospital. She is doing a little better at last report and was expecting to be released to the swing-bed in Morton. Looking for news of a full recovery very soon, Edna!
So so sorry to learn of the passing of James Rushing, who had fractured his spine in a fall last week. He was a patient at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Our prayers go out to his precious wife, Selma, and three children, Dianne Rushing Walker and husband Gene, and sons, Wally Rushing and his wife Angie, and Dr. Richard Rushing and his wife Paula; 14 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother John, and his wife Jobyna, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service and visitation was held on Monday at Forest Baptist Church. His grandsons served as pallbearers.
One more detailed item came in that I want to share about Irene Martin’s lovely birthday celebration. Computer challenges had blocked some of the more recent items of interest shared by readers. This individual wrote that the many who attended the recent concert featuring Irene Martin on the occasion of Irene’s 85th birthday were treated to a delightful and entertaining afternoon. The program, held at Forest Presbyterian Church and sponsored by Forest Community Arts, featured a variety of musical styles from “Bach to Rock.” Attendees were especially amazed at Irene’s performance of “Fantaisie-Impromptu” by Chopin, by memory. Congratulations Irene on this milestone birthday, and we look forward to the concert celebrating your 90th!!
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