Spearsville Happenings

Barbara Walton
June 4, 2009

Computers are amazing things and handy to have around; however, mine went on the blink last week, or so I thought. It turned out to be a human error, mine; the telephone line had simply become disconnected where it was coupled together and easily fixed.

Jolie Pepper Harrison received her B. S. from La Tech last week and did this while working on her job as a physical therapist. That has taken lots of dedication, to say nothing of the energy. Out hat is off to her; we say “congratulations” and we wish her much success as she advances in her chosen field.

Oda Rockett spent a week in Houston with her great grandson, Geoffrey, and his big sister Reagan. The proud parents are Lindsey and Geoff Wentzel, and the grandmother is Marilyn Burgess, who lives near by; Marilyn enjoy’s being able to spend lots of time with them. Little ones are a blessing from God; may He always protect them.

Wilbur and Nell Upshaw just got back from vacation just in time for all that gardening and jelly-making. They went to Arlington, TX to visit her daughter and son-in-law; then on to New Mexico where her father is buried. Nell said they had a good time but the time was just too short – maybe next time when Wilbur has had more time when Wilbur has had more time to recover from that tumble he took last fall, from the deer stand.

Sunday night was the Fifth Sunday Singing when the area churches have a get-together and just sing-no preaching. It’s a good time to enjoy old friends, music and of course, good food. We especially enjoyed seeing and visiting with Doris and Billy Henderson. I encouraged Billy to visit with the Clements since he is a nephew of the Dudley’s and might be able to give lots of information Denise and Tim need to get this beautiful old home on the National Register. If any of you readers have any Dr. Dudley stories, or were delivered into this world by him let us know for Denise needs this kind of info.

Sunday was a day of recognition of the senior members of the church. Bro. James gave each of us an audio of the New Testament; afterwards, the message was brought by Adam Willett, the son of Beverly Stone Willett and her husband Frank. The proud grandmother is Ann Stone-Heard. Adam did such a good job and had all his immediate family there to support him. We look forward to hearing him again after he finishes the seminary training in Louisville, KY. May God continue to bless him as he moves forward in service to God.

Denise and Tim are enjoying showing off their new home in Spearsville with off their new home in Spearsville with family and friends. Last week they had a special visit from Tim’s nephew Anthony and his wife Allison and daughter, Amelia. They had not seen Anthony for four years as he is in service and has had two tours in Iraq. Other guests later in the week were Katie and Chase Perry and Ms. Lisa Gary.

Mary Gene Rhodes was happy to report that little Logan, who had the open heart surgery, is home from the hospital and is doing well. Granddaughter, Michelle, had her thyroid removed, as well as three of the parathyroid glands. She is a music teacher and we are just hoping that her voice has not been affected. Michelle is very optimistic and is recovering nicely. Our prayers continue to be with this family and the extended family.

Marie Rockett was given a surprise birthday party by her co-workers at the Tri-Ward Hospital last week. On Saturday she had a little get-together with close friends, Oda Rockett and Patsy Saunders. Marie’s daughter Tammy and her friend, Ted Johnston, from Ruston, came for a visit and church on Sunday. Happy Birthday, Marie!!!

Sharon and Dale Liner visited Floy and Billy Rea on Saturday. He continues to go back to the doctors in Shreveport but this was the first time he has visited Floy since the liver transplant. God will performs miracles and Dale is certainly living proof of that. We give God all the praise and glory for giving Dale and Sharon this new life. God has been so good to us.

Thought for the Day

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter, sorrow and sun without rain, but he did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the day. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.



Barbara Walton is a resident of Spearsville and has had a column in the Bernice Banner for several years. She writes about the People and Happenings of Spearsville.





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