Holiday visits reported all around the city

Happy Birthday:

Dec. 11: Lonnie Waltman, Jeff Grafton, Mike Beard, Cheryl Ann Jones, Mandy Jones, Mrs. E. E. May, Bonnie Harvey, Ruthie Fulcher, Mrs. W. D. McCann, Miriam Stewert, Carrie Ann Parkes, Lindsey Chance, Mark Millsaps, Becky Harrell, Pequita Duncan, Crystal Stone.

Dec. 12: Cindy Watkins, Mrs. W. B. Spence, Lauren Blackley, Jim Lackey, Jr., Debbie Moss, Jan Dukes, George Warriner, Iris King, Donna Hunt, Jenny Ros, Eric Adkins, Jean Cox.

Dec. 13: Alicia Eure, Casey Chambers, Carol McDill, Ruby McDill, Ann Nanney Boyette, Kristy Walsh Sessums, Kay Harrison, David Webb, Melanie Roberts, Paul Valentine, Sara Elizabeth Lowrey, Sara Grace Hunter.

Dec. 14: Kelly Ball, Linda Smith Warren, Laura Lewis, George Thrash, Joni Gunderson, Thomas Warren, Jill Rigby, Andy Wedgeworth, Marie Epting.

Dec. 15:  Ann Putman, J. P. Stewart, Betty Watkins, Stephanie Huff, William B. Huggins, Bill Payne, Freddy Phillips, Lora Watkins, Tracey  Gaddis Crawford, Becky Beard.

Dec. 16:  Susan Stegall  Warren, David R. Beard, Ruby Fountain, Felicia Colquitt, Peggy Gainey, Ann Myers, Mary S. Weber, Jennifer Lackey Cook, Samantha Wolf, Randy Emmons, Sherry Hurtt, Scott Karnatz.

Dec. 17: Adell Risher, Joel Henderson, Janis Meador Hardin, Johnny Wilson Gunn, Sr., Mark McGee, Rich Hill, John Lee, Christi Walker, Brooke Bagley Worthy, Jennifer Brown, Blanche Parks, Beth Anderson, Carol Durr, Melanie Hatch, Jonathan Sawyer.

Dr. Austin Howard of Houston, Texas, arrived last Wednesday for a Thanksgiving visit in the home of his parents, Dr. Archie and Kay Howard.

Dr. Jimmy and Sharon Hollingsworth were in Starkville for Thanksgiving at the home of their daughter, Abby. Joining them for lunch were Jimbo, Connie, and Kaylyn Harvey. That evening they all attended the Egg Bowl and cheered the MSU Bulldogs into a victory over Ole Miss.

Barbara and Lamar Gatewood enjoyed spending several days last week over the Thanksgiving holiday in the home of their daughter Gayla and Shane Steed and family in Olive Branch. They were joined by daughter Alicia and Mike Joyner of Tallahassee, Florida, and their daughters, Aubrey and Micah.

On Saturday after Thanksgiving, Ray and Bobbie Ezelle hosted a holiday dinner at their cabin in Stratton. Those attending were Troy and Anita Nettles;  Jacob and Jessica Lee, Gage,  Rainey Grace, and Gabby;  Wes and Ashley Harrison, Benjamin and Caroline;  Kristen Grace Lee; Jimmy and Sharon Hollingsworth, Abby Hollingsworth; Alan and Merri Ezelle, Madeline and Ethan;  Mary Lang; Freddie and Betty Ezelle; Sue Garvin; Lucas and Kelli Poole and Katie Rae.  Everyone enjoyed a great meal and fellowship.

Congratulations to Piper Naudin of Lafayette, Louisiana, granddaughter of Gary and Nelda Risher, who just earned her way into Louisiana State University Ogden Honors College!  So happy about this news! Way to go, Piper.

While on a trip to South Carolina, Sister Pat Clemens of the Excel Community Learning Center in Morton, visited former Forest resident Roseanne Lynn at Bella Vista in Asheville, North Carolina, Friday after Thanksgiving. They enjoyed a wonderful afternoon, reminiscing about their special times together and their mutual friends.

My heart was heavy to learn one of our very strong supporters and special friends passed away last week, following an extended illness. We extend our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Beverly Bracken Rhodes, who died early Thanksgiving morning at Lackey Hospital.  Services for the Newton native were held on Sunday at Ott & Lee Chapel with burial at Eastern Cemetery.  Beverly, preceded in death by her husband, Fred “Dusty” Rhodes, leaves a lifetime legacy of learning that impacted many students in Morton and Forest. Among those who spoke at her memorial service were former students Michael Gibson, Rob Hill and Trey Jones. She will be missed.

What a lovely Christmas Cantata was performed last Sunday morning to a large audience at the Forest Methodist Church with the  beautiful voices of the combined choirs of the Forest Baptist Church and the Forest United Methodist Church. COME AND SEE, GO AND TELL:  GOOD NEWS OF THE SAVIOR‘S BIRTH was filled with many of your favorite Christmas songs and enjoyed by all.

Local friends were sad to learn of the passing of Don Gleason of Oxford, who had battled colon cancer since March.  He passed away peacefully late last Monday night. You won’t be surprised to know he donated his body to a memorial service is to be held in a few weeks. We extend our deepest sympathy to family and friends.

Thank you to those who sent news for the column this week. Hope to hear from you and many more next week! Please send your Forest items to We want to hear from you!


Mr. Douglas Linwood Nabors was born in Birmingham, Alabama, Monday, December 30, 1940. He passed... READ MORE