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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:09 am

Possum Valley

Kay Craig Malan

The Fall birding season has begun! I have seen some Northern Flickers about. I saw an American Kestrel on my way home from work Friday. The first White-throated Sparrow of the season showed up at my feeders Saturday morning. I heard a Belted Kingfisher rattling down at the pond and managed to get close enough to snap a few shots. After he flew away I went in and sat on the pond bank to enjoy the quiet of the early morning. I had my nose up in the trees, as usual, and when I looked down again there was a deer just clearing the trees on the pond bank. It wasn’t expecting to see me and I wasn’t expecting to see it. We both got startled and the deer ran off, huffing and snorting, because I had ruined its morning routine. I also saw several other birds frolicking in the trees overhead; Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Blue Jays, Downy Woodpecker and Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

I have some sad news. My walking buddy, CoCo, passed away last week. Bless her heart, she had gotten along in years and had lots of gray around the muzzle so I guess it was time. But, I’m sure gonna miss her when I go on my walks. She loved taking a dip in the pond and the creek. Her litter-mate, Pedro, died earlier this year and we buried CoCo near him. Now that it’s cooler, hopefully, little Mattie will feel more like tagging along again.

Connie, Kagan and Macy went to Searcy for a doubly-fun birthday party for Josh and Stephanie’s daughters, Cadence and Emmi.

Bethel enjoyed a wonderful worship service. Bro. Kevin presented an inspiring message from the entire third chapter of Exodus to remind us that God can and will reveal Himself to us in ways we never thought possible.

Sunday afternoon, I joined Jason, Leigha and Bo on a trip to the Old Milo Farm Pumpkin Patch. Boy, was it crowded but we had fun and Bo picked out a nice sized pumpkin. Later, they came over and Bo helped me water the flowers and the birds, feed the birds and pick a few vegetables from the garden.

Jerline and Leo McCarty attended the Fountain Hill School reunion.

One reminder before I go, Possum Valley Fun Day is Saturday Oct. 26. Come and join us for a day filled with food, fun, music and fellowship. Oh, and don’t forget the possum races....B.Y.O.P! See ya’ll there.


Jana Wright

Sorry I missed last week’s news. It was really hectic last week. My dad, Robert Owens, had to have surgery. It was a crazy week.

I wish this week I had more good news to share. Unfortunately the last couple of weeks have been filled with loss. Ms. Mary Lasiter’s brother, Billy Doss, passed away suddenly. One of my mom’s dear cousins also passed away suddenly. Clyde Beard will be greatly missed by many. He was always happy and did not meet a stranger. Just last week at our family reunion, he wanted me to announce that he was retiring at the end of this month after 50 years in the parts business. He was so proud. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Billy’s family and with Ms. Sharon Beard and her family.  Also, as most of you know, Mr. James Reaves passed away October 8th. At the visitation I had a chance to talk to Rhonda Kohnen and her family, Kevin, Clay, and Kyle and with Keith Reaves and his family, Hilary, Graham, and Ellen. I also talked with Uncle Son Brewster, Debra Burt, Lou Reaves, Wanda Reaves, Max Fuqua, Lisa Schmidt, Mr. S.T. and David Roark.

Mrs. Mary Lasiter shared some news. She writes, “Our hearts were saddened this week by the unexpected death of my brother Billy Doss of Green Hill who passed away Monday from a massive heart attack. I think every family member said the same thing, “I thought he would out live all of us.”  He will be greatly missed.

My brother Shannon Doss and his wife Joyce of Dallas, Texas, stayed with us. Others visiting us this week were Debra Doss, of Plano, Texas, Dayna Parker, of New York, N.Y., Clifford Doss, of Royse City, Texas, Patricia Kulbeth, Debra Burt, Eloise Hayes, of Wilmar, Irma Jean Trantham, of Monticello, Carole and Owen Rushing, of Calmer, and Dale Johns, of Cabot. If I left anyone out I apologize. I also talked on the phone with several of my nieces and nephews who were not able to attend the funeral as well as Benny and Nancy. A special thanks to those who brought food. It was really appreciated and enjoyed. Also thanks for the flowers. Thank you to the Warren Fire Department who brought the truck to the funeral that Billy used to drive. He worked there for 29 years. Also a special thanks to the Green Hill United Methodist Church for the wonderful meal they provided after the funeral. He was buried with military honors for his service in the Marines during the Korean War. All four of his sons and their families were there. They came from Illinois, Texas, and Georgia. Almost all of his grandchildren were able to attend as well as a good portion of his nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great, great nieces and nephews, a number of cousins as well as his church family and a host of friends. The family appreciated everything that was done for them.

Get well wishes to Robert Owens who had surgery in Little Rock this week.”

On the good side of the news, the Tucker family, Jeff, Sheena, Amanda, and Jeremy had a relaxing vacation on a cruise. It looked like they had a blast.

Also, Amanda Stafford had a late birthday present: her sister-in-law, Crystal Wood, took her to see Bon Jovi in Little Rock. They had a great time as well.

Happy late anniversary to Scott and Shelley Temple. They celebrated 25 years together. I wish you many more.

Best wishes to Kacie Hancock and Josh Cingolani. They are to be wed this coming Saturday. I wish them many happy years together.

Happy late birthday to Shirley Burks and Sandra Combs. Happy birthday to my nephew, Jakob Bayliss, and Georgia Barnett. Both of them have a birthday October 26. Happy birthday to Ashley Temple, Ricky West, Tori Vanhorn, Brandi Gilliam, Tim Hunter, Yancy Box, Monica Linely, Traci Barnett, Kimberly Caldwell, and Lisa Schmidt. I hope you all have happy birthdays!

My Uncle Don and Aunt Tina West came down from Pennsylvania for a visit. They came out to visit us Sunday afternoon along with Becca Harlow. Their daughter, Shanda Mihok was down last year for our West family reunion.

Until next week, hold your loved ones close and live each day to the fullest. Call 224-3383, e-mail, or post on the Barkada Community page on Facebook.


Chris Riley

Thanks be to God for another week of bringing you the surrounding news.

I spent this past week in Little Rock, Mabelvale and Bryant with my children and enjoyed a wonderful time. We attended the state fair and worship service at I.H.P.W.M.

This past Friday, I attended the homegoing celebration of a very dear and sweet lady Annette Vincent Smith, who worked in the photo lab at Walmart. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. To know her was to love her. The family can take comfort in knowing your loved one had made preparations to meet the King.

We also send condolences and prayers to the Billy Doss’ family in his sudden demise. I have known this family for quite sometime. Mary and Carol, I’ll say this, Hold your heads up, look to the hills from whence cometh your help and knowing that all of our help comes from the Lord. He is our refuge, our strong tower, and he will not leave you comfortless if you trust and have faith in him for he is only a prayer away.

Congratulations to my great nephew, Imani Riley, in your success in football. I know your granny, mother and all the rest of the family is proud of you. Keep up the good work and always keep God in all your endeavors and he will take you to the highest of heights. Stay humble. Love you—Aunt Chris.

Happy belated birthday wishes to Imani’s mother, Tina Lashedda Riley, of Texas, on Oct. 8, and Robert L. Gardner on Oct. 15. Also to Willie L. Riley, of Detroit, Mich., and Khamin “K-9” Riley, of Mabelvale on Oct. 15 and to Kevionna L. Riley, Oct. 17.

I attended a pizza party on Oct. 15 in Bryant honoring “K-9”.

Erma J. Jones accompanied me to Annette Smith’s homegoing service at Mt. Pleasant Campground. Barbara L. Owens and daughter “T” and granddaughter, of Little Rock, also attended the last rites of their cousin.

The Women’s Conference A.M.E. will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 26 at Mt. Olive in Lacey. Be there for a blessing. The Daniels sisters will do the musical ministry and there will be nine speakers. Each will give a synopsis of a “Fruit of the Spirit,” which is the theme of this year’s event. Come and be blessed. Sister Linda Simpson is chairperson and Bro. Jessie Washington is pastor. I am one of the scheduled speakers.

Joyce Allen Steen celebrated her 80th birthday Oct. 16. Happy birthday Joyce.

I was so glad to see our beautiful, and smiling, lady “Mu-Dea”  Carrie Courtney at church Sunday as her daughter Dorothy Courtney Davis, of Warren, brought her. She resides with her daughter who is a member of Bethel A.M.E. 

The Southeast District Congress will convene Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the East Side First Baptist Church on Winchester Road where James Simpson is pastor. The Moderator is Dr. Larry D. Alexander and Barbara Webb is president of the Women’s Auxiliary. Make plans to attend this session.

I attended the Annual Youth Day Program at McGehee Chapel Sunday evening, where G.L. Sanders is pastor. Minister Solom Phifer was the guest speaker. I didn’t know my little great niece and nephew were active in the church. Mason “Mae Mae” sings in the youth choir and Justin plays the drums. They were surprised to see me and so was their mother. It was a beautiful service and a delicious meal was served in the fellowship hall.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Floyd Spencer Jr. of Fountain Hill, whose last rites were held Saturday at the Church of Christ.

Get well wishes and prayers to Brenda Ollison Binns, who is in the Baptist Hospital as of this writing and to all who are sick and shut-in. 

While in Bryant I talked to Shirley Robertson Clanton and I asked her, ‘was that you that I saw on the T.V. commercial and she said yes.’

Now, until we meet again by paper and pen, remember that people don’t plan to fail; they fail to plan.


Ivanell Handley

Belated birthday wishes to Matilida Jordan, Derrick Franklin, Mrs. Mable Rhodes and Callen Hardin.

Congratulations to Regenia Handley. She made the Proven Vocalist list at the Little Rock A.F.B. She was also awarded the National Anthem Quarter Award. Regenia will chant the anthem on Oct. 24.

Vernie Childress and Ivanell attended the annual meeting and dinner at the Drew County Fairgrounds at 6 p.m. Oct. 7.

I had out patient surgery on Oct. 11 at Baptist and I received calls from Toad Jackson, Felton and Sadie Handley, Zeophie Lowe, Mary Mitchell, Pat Glennon, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Daniels, Pastor and Sister Jessie Washington, Vernie and Anglia Childress. Maybe I should stop even though I know I have missed someone. I do thank everyone for every act of kindness you sent my way. Prayers for the sick and shut-in including, Bessie Block, Dorothy Jordan, Billy Hunter, Renee Wade, Simone Smith, Elvin Daniel and any others.

Prayers for Joe Lee Miller last Monday, Carolyn King, Lashonda Miller and daughter, Alexia Miller, Calvin Miller and Irene Miller.

Carolyn King and her classmates met in Wal-mart in Benton and they chatted.

Thanks to Carolyn for checking on me. She stopped by on Saturday and said that she attended the homegoing service of Floyd Spencer at the Church of Christ in Fountain Hill, with Bro. Jamie Rochelle officiating. Carolyn brought the program for me to see since I wasn’t able to go. Prayers for the Spencer and Vincent families and all others that have lost a loved one.

Belated wedding anniversary to Jack and Marilyn Suber on Oct. 9. Also, belated birthday wishes to Charlie Horace Miller on Oct. 9.

Pastor Jessie Washington and his wife visited with Floyd and I Sunday after church.

Mary Junior and I attended Sunday morning services at Mt. Pleasant A.M.C. in Longview, Sis. Cindy Robinson is pastor. Her message was taken from St. Luke 5:1, 12-15; with the subject “Clean me up”. It was a very inspiring message.

Mary Franklin and Natisha and baby visited Vernie Childress.

Women’s Conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. October 26, at Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church in Lacey, where Jessie Washington is pastor.

Thought for the week: As long as you want anything very much, especially if you want it more than God, it is an idol.

Vinegar Hill

Mae Cavaness

Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore; — Psalms 105:4.

I accompanied Matilda Jordan to church at Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Church Campground on Sunday, where Rev. Scoggins is pastor. We had a beautiful Sunday school lesson with the subject, “Sibling Rivalry” taken from Genesis 21:13-14., 17-21; 26:2-5, 12 and 13. The lesson was well taught by Annette Swift and a delicious snack was served.

Rev. Scoggins’ sermon was taken from Daniel 5:1-24. His subject was “A hand from nowhere: what does it take.” The sermon was very well accepted.

Mrs. Annette Smith was funeralized Oct. 18 at Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Church and laid to rest there in the cemetery.

I was sorry to hear that Brenda Binns is in the hospital in Little Rock. I hope that she will be well again very soon.

Mr. Floyd Spencer Jr. was funeralized Oct. 19 at the Church of Christ Church in Fountain Hill and laid to rest in Lacey Cemetery.

Happy birthday to Rev. Scroggins, pastor at Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Church on Oct. 20. I hope that he had a blessed day.

The pre-school children of Drew Central went to the pumpkin patch in Milo Oct. 18. It was a fun-filled day.

Mrs. Grace Washington is a patient at Drew Memorial Hospital and our prayers are with her.

I was very sorry to hear that one of my classmates, James Ridgell, was very sick. James currently lives in Detroit, Mich.

Have a blessed week.

Green Hill

Faye and May

Well, I am writing this week’s news Monday morning sitting in the hospital with my husband, Don Wiggans. His defibrillator went off Saturday evening and they are checking and seeing what caused it.

We have had two deaths involving Green Hill. Billy Doss passed away last week. He was a very good man. They held his funeral at Green Hill on Saturday. He had a lot of relatives from other states present. We were so proud to see his brother, Shannon Doss, from Texas. Our prayers are with all of the family.

The other death was Opal Scogin. We have been friends for many years. She was a great lady and a great mother. Her funeral was at Green Hill also. She was a relative to Duwayne Pennington of Green Hill. Our prayers are with her family.

Gay Young and Joy Lawson attended the Arkansas State Singing Convention in Hope over the weekend. Homer Pace was not able to go though. Neta had heart surgery last week so he felt like he needed to stay at home with her.  She is doing fine but not able to do much yet.

It was good to see Vernon Scogin home for Opal Scogin’s funeral along with Merle and Al, from Mississippi, and many other of her family members and friends.

Sharon Wrentz and Carolyn Pace Sanders spent two weeks in Branson, Mo.

Billy Hickman made a trip last week to Little Rock for a visit with his doctor. He is still steering around and, Bill, we are all proud of you and love you. Sue Hickman made the trip with him.

Kirk Barnes, of Harrison, spent the weekend with his parents, Eddie and Alison Barnes.

All of the nurses have been so nice to Don during his stay in the hospital. Thanks to all of you!

God Bless all of you.

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