Forest News

Happy Birthday:

June 6 Mary Lynn Bagley, Jim Halford, Keith Boutwell, Nelson Tadlock, Sharon Elliot, Kathy Myers, Isham G. Cooper, Len Leakey, Brenda McCaughn, Paige Thompson

June 7 Karen Russell Martin, Lisa Dennis Walters, Betty Shirley, Teresa Lynn Robertson, Tim Sumrall, Jackie Upton, Sue Warren, Stacey Lee, Lisa Harrell, Lauren Leann Harris, Jason Hawthorne

June 8 Shirley Vance, Chester Harris, Grace Cole, Larry Aycock, Gary Robinson, Keith Cabe, Lola Johnson, Lee Edward Tadlock, Corey Belt, Sonya H. Sanders, Matthew Mulvehill

June 9 Fay M. Power, Harry Upton, Karen Lynn Bailey, Jonnie McMurphy, Paul Baker, Tony Fortenbery, Rebecca Hatch, Benita Murphy, Sue Fox, Brent Johnston Lindley, John Mangum, Pearle Rowe, Will Clarke

June 10 Barbara Bishop, Doris Greer, Cherry Barnes Jenkins, Emma Hawkins, Cheryl Hatch Parkes, Gordan Toudt, Jr., Jon Beryl Deal, Walter Beeland, Jr., William Thomas, Kristie Webb, Jodi Phillps

June 11 Barney Stevens, Carolyn Fountain, Carol Ramey, Sandra Mitchell, Jane Tullos, Johnny Phillips, Aida U. Bondurant, Christie Bishop, Jerry Thomas, Joe Rigby, Lee Pope, Max Harvey, Leslie Williams

June 12  Carolyn Guyse, James Sanderson, Mike Sbmith, Charlotte Jones, June Windham, Sonny Gibbs, Rowanna Pope, Lisa Colbert, Ronnie Risher, Todd Bryan Christopher, Kristi Heflin, Rusty Risher, Kimberly Faye Webb, Brandon Chambers

June 13 Rusty Healy, Robin Risher, Dorris Nanny, Robbi Doherty, Joshua Benjamin Harris

June 14 Nan Elise Jacob, Donny McCrory, Rosemary Hopkins, Denise Shaw, Bitsey Halford Buegel, Janis Leaf, Roger Guyse, Susan Strebeck, Benjamin Steele Sims, Mark Harrell

This week we say goodbye to the Trey Harper family, as they move from the Forest Parsonage.  We thank you for all you have added to our community.  Bro. Trey’s last Sunday as pastor of the Forest United Methodist Church is June 10.

Congratulations to former FHS grad, Rev. Robert and Martha Hays, on their fiftieth wedding anniversary celebrated this month.  Long time residents will also remember his late parents,  Ben and Martha Hays. Mrs. Hays was a beloved English (and choral music!) teacher at Forest High for many of us.

Congratulations are also in order for Dink and Edna Gibson, who recently celebrated their 62nd Wedding Anniversary! What great contributions this couple continues to make to the life of Forest!

Judge Tom and Norma Ruth Lee have  just returned from the Fifth Circuit Conference in Austin, Texas. They especially enjoyed the Mississippi Federal Judges’ dinner held at the Willie Nelson Recording Studio. Their lawyer  guest was James Tucker and wife Jeanne, who’s daughter, Lisa, is married to Willie's nephew, Reed, and they run the studio.  A finalist from Amerlcan Idol entertained and the surprise near the end of the program was Tray Jones (from Forest!!) who received  an ovation for his rendition of "On The Road Again" with his great Willie Nelson sound.

Merridy Sims, along with sons Steele, Spence, Trice, and Tyke, joined her parents in Forest over the long holiday weekend, while Ben and Loren Ormond McKibbens were deeply immersed in much local history, while working at what has been the family home/headquarters for generations. This challenging time was indeed an opportunity to further explore family history!  Some segments of our family settled in Hillsboro, before Forest was a community/county seat.  Some early family in Forest built homes near the railroad. Others chose property along the main road (which later became Highway 80). 

We reflected on the memories passed down to us on the early days of the Bienville Lumber Company and its transition into what is now the Bienville National Forest. We recalled the many stories of people and events that have taken place in the homes and yards of both sets of grandparents through the years.  We had our own Memorial Day tribute, after discovering a World War II large paperback pictorial, published by The Scott County Times in November, 1944, picturing hundreds of Scott County men and women, listing their families and telling how and where most served.  So many were familiar names — and faces!  We are thankful for all who have served, and are grateful for their service. Riding around our fair city, and especially out to the cemetery Memorial Day weekend, we saw what had to be over 200 American flags flying, honoring our veterans past and present, and bringing tears of appreciation to so many of us.  Our VFW post is to be commended for reminding us of the sacrifices made by so many so that we can have the freedom we enjoy.

Lamar and Barbara Gatewoods had company over the holiday weekend.  Their daughter  Alicia, her husband Mike and daughter Micah of Tallahassee, and a Florida friend, arrived Friday for the long weekend.

Michael Brumfield  surprised his mom with a trip home from Virginia, for Mother’s Day. He was able to stay a few days after that. Table 100 in Flowood was the location of the family dinner on May 13th, where Zoe and Robin and Michael were joined by son Justin, for a nice Mother’s Day meal.

Our hearts were saddened to learn of the passing last week of another special lady of Forest, DeEtte Jones, who although born in Louisiana, was proud of the fact that she had lived in Forest for the past 80 years. She is survived by her two sons, Tom and Jamie Jones of Memphis, Tennessee and John and Susan Jones of Holly Springs, and three grandchildren. “Tump” was preceded in death by her husband, Powell Jones; her parents, J.T. and Mary T. Henley Robertson; and one sister, Mary Lee Mayo. Her services at the Forest Methodist Church were held last Wednesday.

Circle your calendar! The Book Club will meet Wednesday, June 13 at 2:00 at the library.  New members are welcome, so come and join the fun.  Call 601-469-1481 for more information.

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