The Yalobusha Historical Society held its regular monthly meeting Dec. 16 in the former Presbyterian Church in Coffeeville. There were 32 members and guests attending. Dot Criss (assisted by Opal) did a splendid job of decorating the entire building, as usual.
The program began with the beautiful song “What a Wonderful World” done by Tommy Christopher on the saxophone and Sonny Hubbard on the keyboard.
Program Chairman Opal Wright welcomed everyone and introduced the entertainers, our “Society Songbird,” Jackie Weibley and her accompanist, “Sonny” Hubbard. Jackie introduced Tommy, a newcomer to the Society meetings. Tommy and Sonny were both in the band when they were in High School in Grenada, and have recently begun performing together. Tommy sang along with Jackie on some of the songs, and he and Sonny did some more instrumentals.
Julia Fernandez read the biblical Christmas story. Opal read a very appropriate story Christmas Love” and spoke the opening prayer. Treasurer Pat Brooks reminded everyone that membership dues of $20.00 are due January 1. The YHS address is: P. O. Box 258, Coffeeville, MS 38922. Publication of the Society’s quarterly, THE PIONEER, is resuming, and will be mailed to all members. Pat then asked Dave Hovey to come to the front. She presented him a Certificate of Appreciation from the Society for his commitment and support of the Society. He has done all kinds of work, especially since the Society was given the former Masonic Lodge building, which is now our Library. (a work in progress) You name it, he’s done it – painting, plumbing, electrical, carpentry. He is still working on the majestic old pipe organ, between his many other activities. We are indeed grateful to Dave, and to the other faithful volunteers who help at our headquarters, any time that they are needed.
Jackie’s first song was the whimsical “Santa Looks a Lot Like My Daddy, followed by “C is for the Christ Child.” Other songs were “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “Joyland, Toyland,” “Silver Bells” and several others. Oh, yes, she didn’t forget that crowd-pleaser, “Jingle Bell Rock”!! The program concluded with Sonny and Tommy’s rendition of one of the most beautiful and best-loved songs of the season, “White Christmas.” Those who were not present really missed a good program, and the Society is very grateful to Jackie, Sonny and Tommy for making this meeting a very special one. We look forward to hearing you again next year!!
Following the program, everyone gathered in the fellowship hall to enjoy all the holiday delicacies the ladies had prepared.
The January program will be brought by Rita Green, of the Miss. Extension Service office in Grenada. She will speak on “Identity Theft: How To Protect Yourself.” The public is invited to all Society meetings.
(This writer was unable to attend, but, thanks to Thelma Roberts and Jimmie and Francine Pinnix, I got the attendance list and a tape of the program. I am much obliged to them!!)
ATTENDING: Tom and Alma Moorman, Thelma Roberts, Jimmie and Francine Pinnix, Dick and Jackie Weibley, Sonny Hubbard, Tommy Christopher, Julia Fernandez, Carl Vick, Dave and Emma Hovey, Dr. Sidney Bondurant, Kay F. Rodick, Lucia Holloway, Mary Ann Wood, Lena Jones, Ida Mae Jones, Kay McCulley, Alma Brandon, Lawrence and Bettie Litten, Granville Vaughn, Opal Wright, Pat Brooks, Joy Herron, Dot Criss, James Person, Molly Koonce, Tom Cox and Sue Fly.