Forest News

Happy Birthday:

Jan 29:  Penny Phillips, Louise Autry, Eugene Carleton, Jimmy Joe Sims, Patsy Gardner, Jennifer Faye Waggoner, Kris Jones, Oliver Gatewood, Mitch Rogers, Chris Shaw, Lindsay E'Laine Hatch, Nicholas Graham, Tina Thomas.

Jan 30:  Bill Harrison, Bill Bishop, Norma Ruth Lee, Scott Shaefer, Linda McDonald Beard, Ronny Jones, Brenda Derrick King, Betty Lynn Logan, Billy F. Cummins, Crystal Woodard.

Jan 31:  Tim Mitchell, Margurette Chambers, Jeff Wright, Lambert Lane, Amy Youngblood Shipman, Vance Cox, Amy Smith, Paige Tadlock, Drew Kenna, Clint Wilkerson, Ann Roby, Mark Prewitt, Rhett Simmons, Lauren Gould.

February 1:  Rodney Smith, Tim Smith, Heath Warren, Craig Ramey, Evlyn Clair, Cecilia Michelle Wagner, Ian Henderson, Jeffrey Taylor, Steve Lew, Elizabeth Weems, Jennifer Waggoners Jordan.

Feb 2: B Scott Bishop, Sue Jones, Guy Lee Myers, Suzanne Warren, Chip Wade, Brandon Coulter, Nettie Welford, Zach Whittington.

Feb. 3:  Mitchell Sullivan, Lynda Harvey, Mrs. C.C. Graham, Stevie Woodson, Shar Lee Austin Swartzentruber, Mrs. Dovie Barber, Dora Williams, Hansel Hughes, Elan Lee Nagle, Beverly Ashmore, Norma Majure, John Anthony Worrell, William Bradford, Marilyn H. Moore, Mary Lynn Alexander.

Feb 4: Meg Jones, Rickey Wilkerson, Nicole Pope, Fabien Moore.

Forest made the national news several times last week, as we were in the path of severe weather, as it ripped through our state. Fortunately, although some areas of the city were without electricity for relatively short periods, no serious injuries were reported.  We are blessed.

Last Sunday was one of the sweetest days in Tennessee, as family and friends celebrated the baptism of Catherine Brady Threadgill. Great Uncle Scott Palmer of Forest, joined proud grandparents James and Carol Palmer Threadgill of Tupelo, and others, at the dedicatory service held in the beautiful Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Memphis. Happy parents are Will and Amy Yauger Threadgill  and big brother William, all of Memphis.  The christening was followed by a luncheon for family and close friends in the Threadgill home.  

Tommy and Gail Lee along with Noble and Paula Lee joined their sister Susie Lee Hederman and husband Zach and brother-in-law John Hassell at Local 463 for a pre-Christmas dinner.

Gayla Steed of Olive Branch spent the night last Thursday in the home of her parents, Barbara and Lamar Gatewood.

Scott Palmer enjoyed a weekend visit to Oxford before attending the infant baptism of his grand niece, Miss Catherine Brady Threadgill on Sunday.

Congratulations to new parents Luke and Amy Gatlin who welcomed their new daughter, Mary Ida-Nell Gatlin on Thursday, January 16.  Beaming grandparents are Roy and Valerie Fountain.

On Tuesday after attending her granddaughter Mollie Lee’s dance performance, Norma Ruth Lee left for New Albany to visit with her cousins and friends for several days  prior to attending a board meeting at Blue Mountain College.  She returned to Madison to see their grandson Tom’s Madison Central basketball game  and grandson Steven’s basketball game.

Sincere sympathy to the family of Suzelle Weems of Madison who died on January 10th after a year-long battle with leukemia. Suzelle was the daughter of Dr. Lamar and Nanette Weems and granddaughter of the late Bertha and Mack Weems of Forest.  A memorial service was held on the campus of Millsaps College on Wednesday and interment at Carr United Methodist Church on Thursday.

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Shirley Schmidt (McCormick), and extend sympathy to her family and friends.

Have you ever had an experience where you’ve written an email and can see the first few lines of the draft without opening it...yet when you do open it then the slate is wiped clean??!!!  Well, that’s exactly what happened to the column this week!  I’ve reconstructed it as best I could, but if your item is missing from the column, please let me know, so it will be included in next week’s edition.

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