Forest News

Happy Birthday:

July 11  Tobe Ivy Jr., Ronda Jones Henderson, Maurice Westberry, Mrs. John McGee, Lanay S. Russum, Ann Stringer Land, Haley Chance, Lee Pope, Lee Kurkendall

July 12  Mae Toudt, Steven Dean Windham, Rodney Jones, Steve Cox, Anna Lora McMurphy, Kimberly McDill Harrell, Lillian Clair Montgomery

July 13  Mike Glaze, Billy McClenahan, John Emmons, Andy Graham, Michael Courtney, Diane Schaefer, Joline Creel, Hez Hollingsworth, Jessica Brown, Jonathan Federick, Ronald Chambers

July 14  Stephen Smith, R. L. Guyse, Patsy Burkes Bradford, Mike Clark, Charlie Bruner, Robert Boykin, A. V. Windham, Jr., Olan Crout, Mrs Robert Logan, Karen Paige Parkes, Linda Gatewood, Hardy McCormick, Cameron Whatley, Hunter Harrell, Tyler McCaughn

July 15  Missy Grafton, James Hendry, Nell N. Rester, Debbie Crout, Joe Lee Mitchell, Tommy Tucker, Milton Creel, Sophia Smith Daldine, Jessie Pope Russell, Greggina Tadlock, Casey Lancaster, Kim Tew, Bobby Craig, Jr., Austin Howard

July 16  Burnham Westberry, Mrs. Mary E. Adair, Jennifer Graham, Dr. Randy Eason, Peggy Weeks, Gary David Mart, Timothy Andrew Gatewood, Gary Nelson, Davis Andrew Barnes

July 17  Nancy Shaw, Bobby McAuliffe, Ricky Crimm, Lynda Hamm, Charles Belt, Gary Mart, Johnnie Brittain, Amber Elkins

Congratulations to Jan Risher, who is having a collection of her columns published this fall by the University of Louisiana Lafayette Press!  Jan is an FHS grad, and the very talented daughter of Gary and Nelda Risher.  Many of you will remember the fascinating columns Jan wrote for this paper, years ago, when she spent some time abroad.

Remember this week’s deadline for  reservations for the big Bearcat Friday night reunion dinner!!! Signing up for the meal MUST be completed by this Friday, the 13th of July!  Please sign up on the FHS Reminiscing Site (You can find that on Google!) or by contacting Kaye Hodges 901-481-0001 or John Roby 601-613-5615.

Reunion time is almost here!!!  Forest’s eighth annual “Nabs and Coke Party” is July 20-21 in Forest, commencing with the 6:00 p.m. dinner on Friday night at Gatewood Gallery (Reservations required). Following the dinner, all the reunion group is invited to gather at Downtown Park where popular Duck Gumbo will again entertain. On Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. Jimmy Shaw opens to visitors his museum, “Remember When.”  The Oak is opening for lunch for those who want to get a bite to eat before heading at 1:30 p.m. to the “original” Nabs Party at Kats Kave.   Hope you’ll  join the fun, organized by friends of the Forest High School Reminiscing Site.

We Iook forward to returning each year to celebrate our roots and reminisce over experiences we had, growing up in this amazing town.

Tom and Margaret Burns have relished an extended stay on the Florida coast, enjoying the sun and white sand beach.

The class of 1958 will celebrate its 60th reunion on Saturday, July 21st. The gathering will convene at 10:30 a.m. at Penn’s Restaurant in Forest for a time of fellowship, food and sharing. A number of former classmates plan to eat lunch there before adjourning to join other FHS alum at the Kat’s Kave for the Nabs & Coke gathering at 1:30. Helping spread the word to former class members we have been unable to reach, will be greatly appreciated. For further information please contact Rhett Mitchell at 601-812-9401 or at

Heard an interesting story about Joyce Lathem, who had health problems for several weeks and had difficulty getting a diagnosis.  Finally she was told she had inner ear trouble and was told to go to physical therapy. To her surprise this therapy worked and she is now much better. She reports that she never expected physical therapy could be used to treat inner ear problems. Glad you’re so much better, Joyce! Thanks for sharing, and perhaps helping others in the process.

The Forest High School 50th Reunion for the Class Of 1968 will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 10:30 am at The Oak, 1039 Hwy 35 South, in Forest.  Following their class reunion gathering, they will join the “Nabs and Coke” Party at 1:30 p.m., held annually at the Kats Kave. Please encourage class members you know to attend this celebration.

Proud of Brittney Watkins, a member of East Central Community College’s Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda.  This group received top honors at the organization’s National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

Book Club will meet at the library Wednesday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. New members and guests are welcome. 

Please send your news for next week’s Forest column to our email address, We’re sure other exciting reunions will be held, but we have not received your information. Perhaps you’ll take time to let us know the names and states of those attending.  We look forward to your contributions!