April 28: Mrs. N. C. Mann, Becky Burkes, Clyde Lindsey Vanessa Rutland, Jo Ann Anding, Sonny Watkins, Pearl Lushina, Ryan Coulter, James Johnston, Ken Pinter.
April 29: Kay Chadwick Drevyanko, Mart Hamilton, Lessie Thrasher, Carrie Dumas, Buddy Wilkerson, J. L. Boykin, Mrs. George Odom, Stacy Monk, Lance Rutland, Scott Hill, Andy Godfrey, Benjamin Rushing, Becky Windham, Joanna Johnston, Kaitlin Aleshea Smith, Lydia Henderson.
April 30: Jay Jay Epting Prestridge, John Harrison, Joyce Clair, Bobby Sessions, Gaybie Fortinberry, Kim Parks, Cora Etheridge, Boyd Harris, Jimmy King, Brent Barton.
May 1: Keith Eure, Myrna Boyles, Mack Ryan, Robin Michelle Stringer, Rodney Reid, Mrs. W. A. Pogue, Ranee Hollingsworth, Helen Harris, John Edwin Lee II, Jake Nester, Elaine Ros.
May 2: Margaret Ann Prophitt, Emilee Jane Tadlock.
May 3: Teresa Hughes, Glenn Robinson, Ron Allen, Lisa Mitchell, Peggy Kihn, Doris Brown, Kale Brown, Ken Austin, Jonathon Richardson, Benton Harris, Anna Morgan Baker.
May 4: Janice Johnson, Larry Risher, Tonda Sawyer, Maggie Lee Driskell, Nanette Graham, Rosemary Latham, Amanda Pope, Marianna Breland, Natalie Duncan Johnston.
Kaye Hodges of Collierville, Tennessee, arrived in Forest on Tuesday to be with her sister, Glinda Smith, who underwent knee replacement surgery at St. Dominics Hospital in Jackson on Wednesday. Wishing Glinda a speedy recuperation!
Sending many prayers and positive thoughts to Gail Lee who will begin undergoing treatment this week for some serious health issues. We are thinking of you Gail.
In the world of sports, it is certainly interesting to have many avenues available to keep up with activities on all levels of play. The Madison Central High School baseball team has been ranked number ONE in the NATION and has received lots of recognition and a huge following. Tom Stewart Lee III, oldest son of Stewart and Heather Lee, is a member of that team. Grandparents Judge Tom and Norma Ruth Lee enjoy every minute of cheering for them. Congratulatons, Tom III and the MCHS Championship Team!!
Circle May 16 on your calendar!! Word has it that Julio Naudin of Lafayette, Louisiana, is scheduled to have an art show at Barbara Gatewood’s Gallery from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. on Sunday. This is something you really won’t want to miss!! He is gearing up for the launch of his solo show in Forest called “The Town.” It will be a collection of new paintings Julio has been working on, which captures much of life in a small-town Mississippi. (We are hoping that Forest native Jan Risher Naudin will have some of her books available, as well!)
Mark S. Davis had a great time with talented Forest band students at the East Central Community College Honor Band Clinic. Students attending were Jacivi Najera, Yesenia Morales, Bella Burks, Gina Garcia, Jatziri Mondragon, Tiara Moore Christian, Jenny Gabriel Morales, Bryan Roldan, Brian Felix Vasquez, Jared Herrera, Oliver Higginbotham, Kayani Qualls, Casey Pastor Aguilar and Keilly Marroquin. A big thanks to Zach Langley and Mandi Quinn for hosting an outstanding event.
Our best wishes for a speedy recovery goes to Lamar Gatewood, who has been in Baptist Hospital in Jackson. He had three stents put in on Friday, and will go back later for the valve procedure. Thinking of you Lamar (and Barbara!)
Scott Palmer accompanied his mother Jean to Oxford last Friday and then on to Memphis Saturday to celebrate the fourth birthday of William James Threadgill, IV. Hard to believe this adorable young man has grown up so quickly. Happy Birthday, William!! Also joining in the celebration were William’s grandparents, Carol and James Threadgill of Tupelo and Charlie Threadgill of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Jean and Scott returned to Forest late Saturday.
Congratulations to Laurie Lee, who has decided to retire, afer 40 years in nursing. After being off work for three months, following a total knee replacement surgery, Laurie says she realized it was kind of nice to move at a slower pace! Enjoy your retirement!
Another retirement of note is that of Laurel native Tom McKibbens, who with his wife (Dr. Donna Edwards McKibbens, formerly of Jackson) and daughter, Katherine, has announced their move into Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community in June. They are in the midst of downsizing and Briarwood hopes to have their independent cottage ready by June the first. Briarwood was begun as a ministry of First Baptist Church in Worchester, Massachusetts, where Tom was pastor. We still remember Tom as a center for Archie Manning when they played together at Ole Miss.
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