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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 9:59 am

Possum Valley

Kay Craig Malan

Welcome, again, to the Possum Valley news. I hope life has been kind to you and I especially hope you've gotten some refreshing rain showers in your neck of the woods. Unfortunately, Malan Manor has received nothing but a few drops and some wind. The one good thing about it though is that the temps always cooled off considerably once the fronts moved through, which made it much nicer to get outside.

Bethel hosted VBS this past Saturday. We had about 11 young folks in attendance and about that many adults. I believe they all had a good time and I know for certain that seeds of faith were planted in their young minds. It was also really good to see Bro. Roy feeling well enough to join us for most of the day.

Join us this coming Sunday the 18th for Dr. Clint Eubanks Day. We will have regular services with a potluck lunch afterwards. We invite all friends, family and community members to help us in congratulating this young man and his accomplishments.

I attended a baby shower at the Crossett Public Library for my niece, Janet Holloway, who is expecting a daughter next month. She received several nice gifts. Little Karlie will not lack for cute clothes that's for sure.

Mattie is healing well. Between Dave and I we got her stitches removed.

Not much has been going on with birding this week. I still have the usual conclave of Cardinals blessing my feeders and birdbaths with their feathery presence. Mourning Doves, Brown Thrasher, Carolina Chickadee and Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are a constant presence, too. Speaking of Hummingbirds, I had heard there have been some sightings of Rufous Hummingbirds in Arkansas but they've not appeared at our nectar feeders yet. So, if you happen to see an orange colored hummer it just might be a Rufous. (And let me know if you do!)

That's it for this week. Until next time...put your concerns, your worries, your fears, your hopes, your dreams, your families and your relationships in God's hands.

Green Hill

Faye and May

We had another good service at the Baptist Church Sunday and Sunday evening.

Green Hill lost a very good friend and a very, very sweet lady over the weekend. It was Aunt Bessie Chambliss. She was loved by everybody that knew her. She will be missed.

Cindy McKinstry, of Little Rock, was in town this past weekend for a visit with her family.

Neta Pace and her cousin, Janice Mason, of Portland, spent from Wednesday-Saturday visiting family in Siloam Springs and Decatur.

Sally Pace smith, of Jonesboro, spent the weekend with her mother Leola Pace.

Cindy Mckinstry went to eat supper at Colleen and Perry Watkins' in Banks on Friday. Hardy and Liz McKnistry were present, along with numerous members of Liz's family.

All of Leola Pace's children and grandchildren, plus Kennan Wrench and Marcus Hays, of Warren, had Sunday Lunch with her.

On Saturday, Cindy McKinistry visited her uncle Jimmy Cockrell and brother and sister-in-law Tony and Jennifer McKinistry.

The Homer Pace families had Sunday dinner with Danny and Joy Lawson. Special guests were Bro. Chris Robbins and Bailey Barksdale.

Cindy McKinistry attended Pauline Baptist Church on Sunday to be present for her nephew, Alex Mckinistry's baptism. Those also present were Tony and Jennifer and Zac Mckinistry, Hardy and Liz McKinistry, and Dixie and Dennis White. After church they all went out to lunch together.

Homer and Gay attended a celebration honoring Mr. Glenn Hollis at Milo on Saturday. Mr. Hollis is a very good song writer.

Kennan Wrench is spending a week with his aunt Carolyn Pace and Mike.

Special guests at church on Sunday were Will and Brittney and baby. Brittney is the daughter of Alison and Eddie Barnes.

God bless!

Vinegar Hill

Mae Cavaness

"Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy," — Micah 7:18.

We had a beautiful Sunday School lesson on Sunday with the subject: "Worshipping in Jerusalem Again: Admitting Shortcomings." The text was taken form Nehemiah 9:2-7, 9-10, 30, and 36.

The All-Drew School Reunion was held August 8-11. Many who attended returned home and everyone had a joyous time from the parade on Thursday to the church service on Sunday at Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church, where Rev. Ashford is pastor. The serman was delivered by Willie E. Matthews.

Mr. Sandy Leonard was funeralized on Friday at Sixteenth M.B.C. and laid to rest in First Baptist Cemetery. Sorry I wrote Mr. Samuel Leonard in last week's news.

I was very happy to see Barbara Binns, of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. John Dean and family, of Little Rock, and Mrs. Birdie Mae Rogers, of Little Rock.

Mrs Lucille Prosper was funeralized on Saturday at Revival Center Church and laid to rest in Shady Grove Cemetery.

Happy birthday to Virgie Haynes on Aug. 6.

The youth at Gethsemane M.B.C. traveled to Wild River Country on Saturday and Adyra Cavaness and Damarion Davis accompanied them. They said that they had a lot of fun.

Mae Cavaness' sister-in-law, Mrs. Bobbie Lambert passed. Mae said that they were very close.

Sorry that Rev. James Bealer is in the hospital. We are hoping that he will be well soon.

I am happy that Mrs. Daniels is at home and doing much better.

Hope everyone has a blessed week!


Ivanell Handley

Prayers and get well wishes for Helen Franklin and Lois Washington and others that may be sick and shut-in.

Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Findely and Mr. and Mrs. Willie Jones for thinking about Floyd and me on our 48th wedding anniversary. The Findleys sent us a beautiful card and Mrs. Jones called. It is always nice to be remembered.

Floyd and I spent a few days in Sherwood last week. While there we received calls from our sister-in-law, Joyce Handley, of Texas, who was in Pine Bluff with her children and grandchildren. My sister, Shirley Tabs, called from Toledo, Ohio. Darnell J. Handley called and said he was in Springfield, Tenn.

Vernie Childress and Patricia Staple visited with us Saturday evening. We had a nice visit.

Pastor Terrance Stewart and the Promise Land church family were guests at the St. Peter's Rock Church in Dumas Sunday morning. Pastor Stewart's message was taken from John 1:5-7 and 2:6. His thought was, "In step with God." I am sorry that I missed it but Floyd and I went to the Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church in Monticello, where Rev. Ashford is the pastor and Willie E. Matthews was the guest speaker for the Drew Schools Reunion service. Matthews' thought was "What does the Bible say about it?" It was great word that was well preached. Floyd and I didn't see any of our out-of-town classmates but we chatted with Joe Lee Woods. Floyd and Joe John's son chatted. They were stationed together in Germany back in 1965. Barbara and I also had a conversation. She said that she reads my news. Sorry Barbara that I forgot your last name. Also, I almost forgot that the Drew School Choir did a great job.

Felton and Sadie Handley called and checked on us in the evening.

Tonya Leonard visited her aunt Vern Sunday evening.

Happy birthday to Courtney Harris, Aug. 13, Natisha Wilson, Aug. 13, Jessie Dashazer, Aug. 18, John Porter Frankiln, Aug. 19, Shirley Tabb, Aug. 19, Matilda Jordan, Aug. 20, and Reggie Wilson, Aug. 20.

Happy anniversary to Darius and Gloria Warren, Aug. 13, and Reggie and Marilyn Wilson, Aug. 16.

Thought for the week: When you open your Bible, ask the author to open your heart.


Chris Riley

For the bereaved, sick and shut-in: God did not promise to leave us comfortable, but he will never leave us comfortless.

J.B. Ridgell's, of Hot Springs, formerly of Drew County, wife passed away on Saturday. Bobbie Cavaness Lambert, of Monticello, also passed away after a lengthy illness.

The annual Drew Reunion that was held this past weekend was a blast—Old acquaintances, Auld Lang Syne, and etc. The events were well attended and well put together. Thanks to all who helped make this event a success. Some of the attendees of the worship service Sunday at Morning Star M.B.C. included my classmate, William "Bull" Matthew and his wife, Exie L. Darrough, and Welton Green's sisters. There were also others whose name I didn't get.

Denisha Manning, daughter of Rev. Floyd and Becky Daniels, spent the weekend with her parents. She also attended the Drew School Reunion with her mom on Friday.

I am sorry to hear of the passing of Parnell Miles, of Kansas City, Kan., formerly of Wilmar. John Wesley "Buster" Johnson traveled to Kansas for the last rites.

Homegoing services for Bobbie Lambert will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Pilgrim Rest A.M.E. Church under the direction of Christian Brothers Funeral Home.

Pastor Buffington preached a powerful sermon Sunday. His text was taken from Jeremiah 3:9-11.

I was glad to have my sister Liz attend with me. she attended the Drew School Reunion and attended church services at Morning Star M.B.C.

In the afternoon I traveled to Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church for their homecoming celebration. Minister James Green, pastor of Fudge Chapel in White, was the guest speaker with selections from Hunters Chapel and Fudge Chapel. The service was good and the food was very plentiful.

After service I visited with my cousin, Linda "Polly" Ridgell and her family. Their son, Michael and his son, of Pine Bluff, and daughter, Mechelle and family, of Denver, Colo., were visiting their parents. We had a good visit reminicing.

Then I was on to the home of the late Bobbie Lambert, where I visited with Tammy and sister in an act of condolence.

I attended the homegoing service for Sandy Leornard on Friday at the 16th Section M.B.C. There was a more than capacity crowd and we continue to pray for his family.

Happy birthday to Janice Burks, Aug. 19, and in memory of our beloved Debbie Burks, Aug. 17.

Happy anniversary to Kevin and Lisa Riley, Aug. 17.

Get well and recovery wishes to my dear friend, Helen Franklin, who is recovering from surgery. "God bless."

Prayers for John W. Block, brother of our associate minister at Morning Star M.B.C., Mr. Ervin Block.

Get well wishes to Mae Ashford, who is recovering from knee surgery.

Erma J. Jones and Louis Ridgell, of Corpus Christi, Texas, attended the homecoming service at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Sunday evening. Louis was here for the school reunion.

The 30th pastoral anniversary of Rev. and Mrs. Rex Williams will be held August 17-18 at the United Pentecostal Church, located on Highway 278 in Monnitcello. Minister Dennis Anderson will be the guest speaker Aug. 17 and dinner will be served. At 10 a.m. Minister Rodney Thompson, of Dumas, Texas, will be the guest speaker and lunch will be served. At 2 p.m., Jimmy Holland will be the guest speaker. Everyone is invited and welcome to attend.

Liz and I visited Ms. Bessie Orr Sunday afternoon.

The Southeast District Association meetings will be held August 21-23 at Mt. Zion Baptist in Hamburg, where Minister W.R. Taylor is pastor. At 6 p.m. Thursday night, President Barbara Webb will deliver the annual address and is asking that all ladies of the district to wear white with red accessories. At 6 p.m. on Friday, Moderator Larry D. Alexander will bring his address/sermon. Be there!

Now until we meet again by paper and pen, remember to be an original is to be yourself.


Jana Wright

I am sure looking forward to these 80 degree temperatures that are on the way! We are lucky to have these temps in August. I am ready for late September or October so I can feel the chill in the air in the morning!

Mr. Ralph Calhoun wanted me to share some news with everyone. The Wilmar All School Reunion will be Friday, August 30, 2013, at the building behind Union Bank Express on 425 North (formerly Journey Church). It will be held at 6 p.m. until whenever. The format will be meet and greet with a potluck dinner. Drinks will be provided. There will not be any Saturday activities so everyone can enjoy their weekend holiday. Contact Ralph Calhoun at 573-429-7807 or Barbara Beatty at 870-820-9307 for more information.

Prayers going out to Mrs. Jobeth and Mr. Gerald Calhoun on some health issues they have been having. Also for Sylvia Kulbeth as she recovers from knee surgery.

Ms. Mary Lasiter sent me a bit of news. Kim Stiles Bolding and son Carson, of Bentonville, visited them Saturday afternoon. Kim spent a lot of time at their house when she and Nancy were growing up. It was so good to see them. Thanks Ms. Mary!

Congratulations to Jeff and Jeremy Tucker on their 1st and 2nd place finishes at Warren Speedway!

Betty Grafton had a chance to visit by phone with a former classmate, Mary Leggett Murphy. They both enjoyed catching up on each other's lives.

Jeff Meeks said he catches my column every week. Thanks for reading!

Happy birthday and late birthday to some August folks: Mr. John  Wood, who turned 78, Addison Cole Stafford turned 5, Mrs. Jane Meeks, Lamar Hunter, Eric Burris, Rachel Barnett, Carrie Teague, Dave Knight, Monica Lee, Vaughn Causey, my cousin, Ryan Watts, and last but definitely not least, my sweet mother-in-law, Kay Ozment. I hope you all have great birthdays! They will be holding a 93rd birthday party for Mr. Dave at the VFW in Monticello on the 18th if you would like to stop by and wish him happy birthday. No gifts please.

We had a birthday gathering at our house for Ethan Gilliam Sunday afternoon. Those attending were Brad and Brittany Sears; J.J., Koby, and Jakob Bayliss; Bill and Kelly Gilliam, Dustin Barnett, and Maggie and Rachel Barnett, and Robert and Faye Owens.

Don Martin and his granddaughter, Jaela, visited with us Saturday evening. He checked on Creola Reynolds while he was there. He and Jaela were on their way to the races in Warren. They were hoping to see Roger Martin race. I also talked with Barbara Martin on the phone Saturday.

Sure hope I did not forget any news this week. Please call 224-3383 or e-mail or post on the Barkada Community page on Facebook. That would REALLY be nice.

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