Forest News

Happy Birthday:

July 10:  Bill Loper, Virgie Sanderson, Mrs. R. W. Harrison, Nova Henderson, Kent Parish, George Wallace, Jordan Fairley, Curtis Lehr, Amanda Long, Clark Evans, Lisa Sorey.

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.

Welcome Home to Mary Jo Walsh who returned to Forest last Friday after spending the past several weeks in Ocean Springs.  Mary Jo sustained a fall in March and has been recuperating in the home of her daughter, Kelly Leiden. 

Sincere sympathy to Allen Breland in the loss of his father, Greg Breland.  Mr. Breland died Tuesday at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg.  Funeral services were held at Collins Presbyterian Church on Saturday.  Marianna Breland of New York City and Jack Breland and his wife Megan arrived in Forest on Thursday to be with their family for the memorial for their grandfather.

Jean and Scott Palmer may have had a quiet 4th, but you might say it was the lull before the storm! On Sunday they headed to Oxford, and then Memphis to be with the Threadgill family for “Baby T2’s” arrival on  Monday.  All plans were still tentative at the time of printing, so stay tuned for more details on the new addition in next week’s edition!

Recent visitors of Irene Martin were cousins Briget Woods and Michael Jeffcoats, and Garon Barnes, of Hillsboro.

We know Martha Graham is glad to be back home and feeling much  better following her recent hospital stay.

Please continue to keep in your thoughts Leiah Gilbert Bridges, who will be on IV’s for at least another six weeks! Thank goodness the staph infection is treatable!

A group of friends recently gathered for lunch at Penn’s to celebrate Elizabeth Ann Lovett’s birthday.  Those who attended were Jean Palmer, Margaret Thompson, Patty and Cindy Reynolds, Billie O’Bannon, Beverly Rhodes and Norma Ruth Lee.

The Forest High School Class of 1963 celebrated another year of friendship with a casual “come and go” weekend in Forest June 21-22.  Mealtimes for the group were pre-arranged at several different restaurants, and hospitality among those staying at Holiday Inn. All dearly enjoyed some of the local “non” classmates stopping by to say hello.  The group thanked all for making them feel at home and welcomed back. The class enjoyed seeing the updated downtown area, including the parks, white lights and a new restaurant/bake shop.  Gaddis Park is something new and bright that most of the group visited for the first time.  Having a small class of only 42, they were especially saddened to have lost 14 members, but were very happy to have in attendance this year  a total of 22, including spouses. The 13 classmates who shared another year together were Becky Anderson Miller (Wayne) of Madison, Frances Buchanan Kieronski (Joe), from Meridian; Nannie Carol Buntin Harrison (and daughter Carol) of  Metter, Georgia; Linda Joyce Epting Minard, from St. Augustine, Florida; Boyd Gatlin (Leslie), of Starkville; Henry Glaze (Ruth) from Polkville; Beth Grey Chaney (Ken) of Decatur; Helen McDonald Lewis, from Mobile, Alabama; Rex Brookes Moore (Deborah), of Lena; Linda Faye McDonald Beard, from Cashers, North Carolina; Cornelia Nelson Leach, of Lawrence; Kaye Smith Hodges (Kelly) from Collierville, Tennessee, and Betty Tadlock Haney (Larry) of Brandon.

Ben and Loren Ormond McKibbens accompanied  grandson Steele Sims to the week long “Perfect Game” baseball tournament, beginning the last Friday in June in Hoover, Alabama, running through the first week in July.  Over one hundred teams participated from all over the country. The family enjoyed spending the week in Birmingham with Virginia and Woods Ormond McKibbens, Anne Grace and four week old Woods.

Piper Naudin of Lafayette, Louisiana, visited last week in the home of her grandparents, Gary and Nelda Risher. 

Lynn Lackey had remained in ICU for an extended period following surgery in Centennial Medical Center in Nashville after a stroke. After being released from the Tennessee hospital, she had a set back, landing her in ER, then  back in a room at Centennial.  At last report she had been moved back once again to ICU.  Lynn, you remain in the thoughts of many, as you continue your fight for recovery.

Attention FHS Bearcats:  When it gets this hot in The South, it begins to feel like Nabs and Coke Weekend, and it’s definitely almost here! The date is July 19 - 20 in our hometown of Forest. We hope you already have on your schedule Friday night’s weekend kick off with a dinner at Gatewood Gallery.  (The cost is $15 per person.)  Doors open at 6:00 PM. Reservations are required and can be made on the FHS Site or by contacting John Roby or Kaye Smith Hodges. Openings were still available when we checked last!!

There will be still more fun that night with “Concert in the Park,” a Forest Community Event, featuring Trey Jones (FHS ‘91) and his Luckenbach Willie Tribute Band. (Bring lawn chairs!) On Saturday the original Nabs Party  starts at 1:30 PM at Kats Kave. Admission is Free.  Just bring your own “Nabs and Cokes!”  Updated details continue to be available on FHS Reminiscing Site.  FYI...The Oak will be open for lunch on reunion Saturday, and the museum “Remember When” will also be open that day. Old friends appear from far and near. There are many loyal helpers, and this endeavor could not be successful without them. Hope you are planning to join the special reunion!!  

From the Forest Public Library, we learned about several important schedule changes this month, as well as some really exciting programs provided for various age groups!

Hope you remember that this week’s ‘2-Tuesday-2 Book Club’ will be on WEDNESDAY from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM in the Conference Room. (The 2-Tue-2 Book Club is scheduled for the second Wednesday only during July.) The meeting salutes the 50th anniversary of the first men on the moon. Read or review a book about the cosmos of space for this month’s book club, whether it’s the stars in our eyes, the moondust under our feet, or the universe yet to be explored! To the library and beyond...

Preschool Story Time is every Wednesday in July at 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM in the Forest Public Library Story Time Room. Bring your little ones for some galactic fun with stories, music, and a craft!

Something special is planned for adults, too!! Summer Library Lab, The Starry Night, is scheduled for Saturday, July 13 from  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM in the Forest Public Library Meeting Room. It’s a brush and brunch LIBRARY LAB as participants paint their own versions of Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting The Starry Night with a step-by-step acrylic painting tutorial. Registration is required to reserve an easel. A materials fee of $10.00 is required for a take-home canvas and painting supplies. Along with the summer brunch and painting class, enjoy scenes from Loving Vincent while our paintings dry.

Thanks so much for all of our readers who have contributed items for this weeks edition! Hope we continue to hear from you!  Please email your news to