Spearsville Happenings

Barbara Walton
May 19, 2011

You probably have guessed by now that I like to get my hands a little dirty digging in the dirt – in flowers and my little fence garden. This weekend was the beginning of payday, for I gathered four cucumbers, a tomato, romaine lettuce and some peppers – a wonderful salad just waiting to be picked. By next week the zucchini will be in full swing for they are just wrapped up in blooms; I can hardly wait. This story is being told by other gardeners with the same enthusiasm throughout this community – country life is great!!!

This weekend the graduating classes of 1943 and 1944 from Spearsville High School had their annual reunion. They met at the fellowship hall of Spearsville Baptist Church for a visit and snacks. The ’43 class had 8 attending plus their spouses; the ’44 class had 7 plus their spouses. After they had visited for an hour or so they went over to the Little Yellow House Pictorial Museum. Everyone enjoyed seeing pictures of people and places they once knew. They enjoyed a meal together at Hollis’ Seafood Restaurant in Downtown Spearsville. Who would’ve ever thought that we would have such a great place to eat in our little village?? Some things do change.

A week ago Sunday night our beautiful park was vandalized; the sign was torn down – the posts broken and the sign stolen. It is hard for me to believe that anyone who loves Spearsville, as we do, would do such a thing. Sheriff Buckley and his staff are really working every angle and we are hopeful that someone will come forward and give information so that an arrest can be made. Our young people had been enjoying playing volleyball on the weekends and this has just messed up a good thing – kids need something wholesome to do as a group and this seems to have been just the ticket. Someone out there knows who did this, I have no doubt. Let’s help the police so our kids can go back to having fun.

Fern and Coy Upshaw asked that we pray for their daughter-in-law, Sherry; she is in a deep sleep similar to a coma and has been for some time. Others that need our prayers are: Teresa Stone Bruno, who spent 2 or 3 days in the hospital last week, Pat Risinger who will be having surgery this week, John Rhodes, who had several kidney stones crushed last week and will have to go back to the hospital on Monday to have the others removed, and Michael Spears who was hospitalized for what appears to be a bad spider bite. Since he is a diabetic, it will be much harder for the infection to heal.

Ann and Charles Sones were back on their regular pew with a whole bunch of family; a daughter and granddaughter and their spouses, but the most important one, by far, was little great grandson, Colt. They sat right in front of me and Colt slept, peacefully, all through the sermon.

Sunday was Recognition Day for our graduating students from high school, Layne Lawson and Reese Barron; Haley Thomas graduated from kindergarten and came in wearing her cute little cap and gown. Bobby Walton was recognized for a 4.0 at South AR. Comm. College for the past year. Each person was presented a beautiful Bible. We are so proud of our kids and wish them much success in whatever path they take. Of course Haley has been our “Church Baby” since she was a week old and we just beamed when she came in – so grown up. Where have the years gone? The older I get the faster the years whiz by. It doesn’t seem like anytime since i was teaching Joe Barron, Reese’s father, in the 7th grade.

We missed Jennifer and Stanley Lenard Sunday; they were at 1st Baptist West Monroe for the dedication of their granddaughter, Brooks. Afterwards they enjoyed her first birthday party. In her absence Chris Canterberry led our music.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Cora Gray, who passed away on Monday quite suddenly. The funeral service was held on Sunday at Beech Grove Baptist Church in Spearsville. It made all of us sad to see her unfinished pottery in the ceramic shop; she will be truly missed at the dining site.

Thought for the Day

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small takes as if they were great and noble.” Helen Keller

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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