By Betty Shearer
I have the best story from the Ole Miss/State Game over the weekend. Just fell into my lap.
Seems Billy Rotenberry and grandson, Jake, were invited to ride with the Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper who escorted the State Team into Oxford and the Ole Miss campus. When this entourage turned onto Manning Way, the windows of the highway patrol car went down and out the window went the cow bells.
Billy reported that thousands of State fans there to meet the team went wild, and looked astounded. The ringing of the bells was sanctioned. Bill says it is probably the only time cow bells have been rung on Manning Way. This was possible because Billy and Jake were riding with Billy’s son-in-law, a long-time state trooper, who is a graduate of Ole Miss.
He has this job each year, because he knows the campus. Even though he is a true-blue Ole Miss fan, he honors his father-in-law’s loyalty to State.
I ask who won the game. Billy responded, “Now Betty, do you think I’d be wearing this State cap if they had not won?” You can see I’m really into football. I would have known all about the game had I gone to mom’s on Sunday.
The Community-wide Thanksgiving Service, held at Woodland Hills Baptist Church Thursday night, was well attended. This was an excellent service, with the message delivered by Rev. Barry Dickerson, pastor of First United Methodist Church. In Bro. Barry’s preliminary remarks, he shared that he and his wife were usually in Hattiesburg with their children on Thanksgiving Eve, so he was not familiar with the service. He said that his being the preacher on this night brought their children for a visit in the Valley. He went on to tell this cute story. It seems that the father called his son and said, “Your mother and I have lived together for over 45 years and we’re just sick of each other—we’re getting a divorce. I don’t want to talk about it any more so call your sister and tell her.”
The son immediately called his sister, giving her the details as his father had stated.
Sister says, “Get a plane ticket, I’ll do the same and I will call our parents and urge them not to do anything until we get there.”
After the daughter talked to dad, he turned to his wife, and with a grin, says, “Well, the children are coming for Thanksgiving this year and they’re paying for their own tickets.”
Bro. Barry kept us laughing throughout his sermon, which was very timely –expressing thanksgiving to God for all his goodness. He’s an excellent preacher – was glad that I finally got to hear him.
The music was under the direction of Patti Goodwin, who always does a good job. Sammie Cobern played the piano and Barbara Warren was at the organ. Our choir presented the special music and we got lots of compliments. Even at this holiday time,about two-thirds of the choir was present—Cindy and Ronnie Dickey drove back from their vacation in Florida to sing.
A generous offering was received for Compassion Ministries.
I was to help serve at the Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, but due to serious sinus problems, I begged off. I did make a couple of cakes and went down early that morning to deliver them. They seemed to have an ample staff, so I didn’t feel to bad about not being able to help. Report was that they served lots of folks and had plenty of food. This is a valuable service to the community each year.
I went over to Moms for Thanksgiving dinner – at her house I was close enough to the tissue box to catch the dripping nose and running eyes. First three days of last week were not good.I didn’t feel bad, just couldn’t breath for drowning. I did not sleep for three nights, so on Thursday night, when I’d finally dried up a little, I went to sleep and slept 12 hours – unheard of for me. Jim called middle of the morning Friday, wanted to know how I was. I told him that I’d decided to stay home by myself all day and just do nothing. He knows we usually shop big-time on this day and I think he was wondering if he needed to fly home to make sure I was okay.
Got the reports of the “Black Friday” shopping from Carolyn and Bo. Seems they were in the Bateville Wal-Mart long before midnight, filled their shopping baskets and got in line. They stayed in line for over four hours. Now I would have just put it back on the shelf and paid full price later—my time is worth more than that. Bo said they did have a fight that require police being called. Jimmie watched on TV as the Memphis folks lined up to get the bargains. She said that even with the rain and cold, people were in line very early in the evening and were there for many hours. Said that one family had a set up much like an Ole Miss tailgating party, with tent, tables, chairs, coolers, etc. and reported they were having fun. Not my kind of fun.
Jimmie and I, along with Carolyn and Misty, if they’re up for more shopping, will probably go this weekend. We usually make a trip down to McCarty’s Pottery, then shop Cleveland and Grenada. Then we’ll have to make the south Memphis stores and maybe over to Oxford and then on to Tupelo. I’m sure there will still be some bargains available.
The Community Band Concert Sunday afternoon was excellent. I’m sorry for the over 500 folks that could have heard this program, but didn’t bother to come out (our auditorium seats 600). It’s a shame that these musicians work so hard on a program and then very few folks attend. We do have a gem in this group and if it’s not supported I’m afraid it will cease. I really enjoyed it and everyone else there – and I talked to most of them – did also. Thanks band for this wonderful beginning of the Christmas season.
This Saturday the Christmas season celebration will continue with the annual Christmas parade. It begins at one o’clock at First Baptist Church. Entries include many floats, marching units, and other things.
Along with the parade, the day’s activities will include the Lions Pancake breakfast from 6:30 to 9 in the Depot Building. Also in this building at noon will be a catfish lunch to benefit Fast Pitch Softball. Proceeds from this will be matched by Woodmen of America, and will be used to complete the softball field (restrooms, concession stand, and dressing rooms). Beginning at 11 a.m. the Tri-Lakes Fairground Association will serve grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, cold drinks, and hot chocolate next to the bandstand.
This promises to be a big day in the Valley so come on out and enjoy it.
Congratulations to long-time friend, Doris Cox, on being chosen grand marshal for the parade this year—they couldn’t have picked a more deserving person.