Forest News

Happy Birthday:

AUG. 8: Cory Sherman Stewart, Tom Walker, Jason Credille, Douglas Courtney, Sallie Tarrer Pace, Phil Moss, Paul Smith, Pat Harrison, Allie Rue Gardner, Becky Hawkins, Elvie Crimm, Patsy Dennis, Sean Franklin, Brenda Johnson, Bill Jackson, Billy Dwane Alexander.

AUG. 9: Scott Palmer, Paul Bridges, Jackie Elliott, Stan Mitchell, Johnnie Harrell, Ray Johnson, Bill Hawkins, Deanne Cooper, Charles Cooper, Pat Rhodes Podiva, Katie Crisler Madden, Randy May, Donald Chambers, Veatrice Nanney

Aug. 10: Linda Epting, Bobbi Eure, Mechelle Parks, Janet Driskell, Susan Reams Rogers, Ray Parish, Lyle Tate, Joan Calvery, Corrie Leigh Mitchell, Hilary Elizabeth Gaddis, John L. Black, Kendra Jones, Chris Strebeck, Tripp Gaddis, Theresa Benton, Beth Renfroe, Taylor Brooke Pearce, Alana Garey.

Aug. 11:  Billy Smith, Pam Idom, Sheree Tadlock Baggett, Cathy Taylor, Carol Taylor, Mike Hydrick, Sherry Lang, Jennifer Frances Smith, Nicole Lee.

Aug. 12:  Johnny Boutwell, Hazel Golden, Leisa Stephens, Becky Wall DeLappe, John Henry Mathis, Leah Faith Simpson, Patsy Richards, Lee Jeffery Kaseman, Ralph Harris III, Ann Freeman.

Aug. 13:  Kristine Stuart, Bill Thompson, Jo Ann Lucas Rhodes, Ketra Cooksey, Blake Rushing, R. Glenn Cummins, Glenda Godfrey, Ronnie W. Foreman, Gareth Henry, Whitney Lee.

Aug. 14: Ray Stiltner, Elaine Johnson, Charles Madison, Bob Lindley, Waldo Pryor, Jr., Wanda Cole, Richard Lee, Rae Walls Harrell, Tiffany Jones, Deanna Adams, Kammie Lee, Jake Wilbourne

After stops in Atlanta for grandson Tom III’s Baseball Tournaments, the Judge Tom Lee Family attended the Mississippi Bar Convention held in Sandestin, Florida. They were especially proud of  Forest native Mississippi College Law School Dean Pat Bennett who was installed as President of the Mississippi Bar. In addition Constance Slaughter-Harvey was honored with the very coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. Forest is proud of these remarkable ladies who have brought outstanding attention to their hometown. Congratulations!!

Mitzi Breland returned home on Thursday after spending five days in New York City visiting her daughter Marianna.

Barbara and Lamar Gatewood went to Olive Branch on Wednesday and enjoyed several days there in the home of Gayla and Shane Steed.

Big news for the Brumfield family!!  As of August 7th, Robin and Zoe Brumfield became formally Rankin county residents, as their lovely Forest home has sold. After nearly 30 years in Scott County, the couple has relocated to the Reservoir area in Brandon, moving closer to their two sons, Dr. Justin Brumfield, Chiropractor, and Michael Brumfield. With no family ties to Forest anymore, they decided to move to Rankin County to also be closer to Zoe’s sister and brother in law. The Brumfields both continue to stay busy: Zoe plays her bagpipes for numerous weddings, funerals, memorials and other special events (recently a bagpipe demonstration at a local library), and Robin continues to supply church pulpits in the surrounding area churches, write his ministry blog, as well as travel throughout the area with his photography club. Their next big trip this October will include Williamsburg, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., and of course, the changing of the fall colors throughout the Northeast. You can continue to follow them on their prospective websites, and for news and updates. They both travel to Forest regularly for friend visits, doctor and dentist visits, and of course, for their favorite tacos at Tortilleria Y Taqueria La Fe!!!

Several members of the Forest High School Class of 1955 recently enjoyed a delightful, although short-notice gathering. They enjoyed a lively lunch together, followed by a “catch-up” session where they shared news of families and experiences, and recalled memorable events from their time together at FHS. Those present were Eugenia Carleton Baucum of Wiggins, Franz Epting of Gainesville, Florida, Charles Hall of Forest, Bill Jones of Pulaski, Johnnie Mae Herron Jones  of Taylorsville, Sylvia Howell Krebs, of Douglasville, Georgia, Bill Lovett of Forest, Bobbie Jones Marshall of Hattiesburg, Vi Tarrer Matlin of Avila Beach, California, and Glinda Smith of Forest. Needless to say, a good time was had by all!

The FHS Class of ‘65 always enjoys getting together to catch-up!! Members attending the recent Nabs and Coke Party were Mike McCrory and Elaine; Gene Delcomyn and Betty; Chuck Wade and Judy; Becky McDonald Hawkins and Bill; Sammy Blossom, Danny Paul Chambers,  Martha Williams Henry, and Jim Thompson. The group especially enjoyed visiting with and hearing updates from recently retired Danny Chambers, who was attending his first Nabs and Coke Reunion!!  After the Kats Kave party, the class continued their visit at the home of Martha Williams Henry.

Vi Matlin traveled from San Luis Obispo, California, arriving in Forest last Thursday.  Following the gathering with high school classmates (FHS Class of 1955) and many other area friends, Vi departed on Sunday for Knoxville where she was looking forward to a stay in the home of her sister, Sallie and Joe Pace.  Before coming to Forest, Vi had been in Senatobia  where she visited her sister Martha May Tarrer who continues to be a resident of the Baddour Center.

After a good report from her foot surgeon, Mary Jo Walsh and chauffeur Irene Martin had a lovely brunch at Another Broken Egg, a popular restaurant in Madison.

Called to our recent attention was the passing of another FHS Bearcat, Noble Elbon Johnston of Pearl, who passed away August 1. His funeral was last Saturday in Brandon. Elbon leaves behind his wife, Mary Harrison Johnston of Pearl; son, Brian and Alana Johnston and grandson, Myles Johnston of Brandon; two siblings, and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.

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