Wow! What a beautiful weekend this past weekend was! Saturday I got to spend time with my family, Landon, Jerry, Dana, and Sandy. We started the day out at AETN’s Family Day, which by the way was pretty good. After that Sandy, Landon and I went to EcoFest and didn’t leave there until after 3 p.m. It was pretty neat. Landon loved the sandbox the best. Sandy loved making rag dolls. Then we went to eat pizza and home we went! Landon stayed all night and went home Sunday.
Please keep the following in your prayers, Larry Griffith, Betty Griffith, Sandy Dowdy (as she prepares for a procedure again for her heart), the young man from Vilonia that was injured in the football game at Wynne Friday night, Wilma Stevenson, Frankie Dee Battles, all those that are suffering from cancer, Mr. Hall who is at the Veterans hospital in the same ward as Larry Griffith, for the youngest son of the Church of Christ preacher who will have test at Children’s this week. And any one else that has lost a loved one or has been sick. We all know that prayers do work. My friend Sue Clay who has injured her knee hope it gets well soon. She thinks she is wonder woman!
Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter Sandy Jo Dowdy who can you believe it will be 39 on Sept. 23. She will celebrate with friends and family on Sept. 21 at Larry’s Pizza at lunch time. Believe me she doesn’t let you forget her birthday is coming up. And they said she would not live long boy have we proved them wrong!
Also happy birthday to the following, some of these are late too, Sherry McPherson, Dian Remus, Chasitity Barton, Johnny Pooh Clay, and if you have someone you want recognized on their birthday just let me know.
Have a great week and good luck to all that has entered something in the Faulkner County Fair! Come out and support them and show your Spirit for the Fair! Be safe and don’t drink and drive send news to email@example.com.
We were blessed when the Lord sent us a rain one afternoon last week with 1 1/4 inches. That was enough to make the grass turn green again, and the temperature has gotten cooler. We are thankful for that too. I’m also thankful we still have our well water to water the garden with, and not use the city water, or we couldn’t water as freely.
Ray visited Mr. Burlie Thomas on Middle Road in Conway, one day last week. Burlie is 96 years old and still drives to the senior citizens every day and very active in all the activities. Burlie and his wife, Mae (deceased), have been close friends of ours many, many years.
Our great-granddaughter, McKinley McKissack of Conway spent last Friday night with us. Saturday another great-granddaughter, Paige Ponder, came and the 6 1/2 year old girls got to spend the day with us also Saturday. There are only two days difference in their ages, and they enjoyed playing together.
Ronnie and Janie McGaha attended “Grandparents Day” celebration with their grandson, Max McGaha, last Friday at Roberts Elementary in Little Rock.
Jim and Sandy Stephens and daughter Riley of Russellville visited Sandy’s mother, Bobi Hendrickson, recently and took her to CARTI for her treatment.
A report on our sick — Earnestine Newberry is still not able to attend church. We wish her a speedy recovery. Also Brenda Firestone is feeling some better, but still has a long way to go. Marian McGinty was supposed to have had back surgery yesterday. We pray she has a good recovery. Sunny Earnhart is doing better now. Betty Applegate says she is “about the same,” she suffered from a bad fall years ago. Sandra Cardin still has health problems. Eldene Duran isn’t doing well. Please keep praying for these dear people.
Rosa Lee and Robert McElroy attended a wedding, recently for Tosha Bewie and Asa Harvey at McGintytown Church. Asa is a grandson of Calvin and Edith Robinson.
Dan and Maxine Strain of Rosebud visited us last Monday afternoon. Their daughter, Mary Beth of Searcy brought them down, since they don’t drive anymore. Dan is 89 years old and Maxine is 88. They have been married 71 years. That’s a long time! We have been close friends for many years.
There will be a community yard sale today starting at 7 a.m. featuring “The Bass Road yard sale mom” at the Holland City Park. Also a community fish fry this afternoon from 4-6 p.m. $10 per plate. Fried catfish filets, French fries, cole slaw, hushpuppies, dessert. Proceeds to benefit Holland Fire Department and Parks and Rec.
Entertainment provided by Shade Tree Jammers. Come join the fun!
Have a safe week. God is so good!
The Centerville community lost one of its own this week and I am including a reprint of the article published last November celebrating her life. The funeral for Mrs. Stella Blythe Halsey was held Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Centerville United Methodist Church and there was sure a crowd. Mrs. Halsey was born at Centerville on Nov. 30, 1912. This centenarian school teacher, a daughter of M.T. and Hester Glover Blythe, is a descendant of pioneer families in north central Faulkner County. She attended Centerville Methodist Church, and she attended a forerunner of this church before it was formed in 1916.
Her husband was the late E.M. Halsey, and she is the mother of Eddie Carolyn and Larry. She had seven siblings all of whom are deceased. For the last few years, she has been a resident of Greenbrier Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Remarkable is a word used to describe many facets of Mrs. Halsey’s life, and no list we could compile would do justice to those facets. That she joins a tiny fraction of people who live so long is awesome. When she was born, the population of the United States was less than 100 million, and she has seen it more than triple. Average life expectancy when she was born was approximately 50 years, and she has seen that increase by 60 percent. The National Debt in those days was less than $3 billion, and she has seen that increase close to 7,000 times. She was born two or three score years before antibiotics, there was no Federal Reserve, no FDIC, virtually no income tax, and William Howard Taft was president.
“Miss Stella,” as she is known by many, could remember her grandmother, Rebecca, who was born in 1842 in Alabama. Rebecca’s first husband died during the Civil War (thought killed in the Battle of Shiloh), and she then (in 1865) married Miss Stella’s grandfather, G.W. Blythe, a Confederate soldier who also served in the Union Army after his unit was captured.
Miss Stella and her husband, parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents (along with hundreds of other relatives) are buried in McNew Cemetery, which was founded by her great-grandfather in 1858.
I would like to send a special thanks to Dr. Ben McNew for putting this information together in honor of Miss Stella. His knowledge is always appreciated. If you have news for the Centerville Community, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.