News from the Silerton community of Chester County


Silerton may be small, but there is always something happening in our town.
A big shout out goes to Bill Mayfield for his recent volunteer work. Gail Mayfield shares, “Bill Mayfield, at his own expense, has sprayed roadsides throughout the town. His work, along with recent BEA spraying near their poles, will make our town neater. Thank you, Bill.” Gail Mayfield also updates us on town board news. “The town Board met Sunday to determine how expected funds from the State can be used to improve the park and our streets. Any street paving will be done when several private drives and the Baptist Church Cemetery drive will be paved.”
Mary Lynn Lambert bring us additional news:
“Our community extends condolences to Mitzi Hatch and family in the death of her father.
Samuel and Rachel Gaffney and son, Titus, from Vancleave Miss., visited with parents, Roger and Wanda King, and family. Titus is three weeks old, and this was his first trip to his grandparents.”
Hope that everyone will feel replenished after the long Labor Day weekend. Here are two quotes that capture the spirit of Labor Day:
“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” ? Martin Luther King, Jr.
“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage that we move on to better things.” — Theodore Roosevelt
Silerton has always been a special place to celebrate holidays. Bill Siler posted a wonderful article in the Facebook group Silerton-Photographs from the Past called, “Decoration Day: ‘Bound for the Promised Land.’” The article is written by Earl Willoughby, Jr. He describes his memories of making the annual pilgrimage from Dyersburg to Silerton to celebrate Decoration Day. He expressed that the “good natured ribbing and storytelling” was what he remembered most fondly. Willoughby said Decoration Day “bonded the old and young together.” Willoughby does a remarkable job describing the atmosphere and the bountiful picnics everyone brought. The author also shares some of his father’s earlier memories of Decoration Day in the 1930s. His father made the pilgrimage on a covered wagon and recalls everyone laying colorful wreaths and flowers on the graves. So much has changed, but the spirit of togetherness and the camaraderie he describes sound like the Silerton I know!