with Dot Patterson
Greetings from Hickory Corner!
I hope you all are enjoying the summer like weather and are staying cool.
I have company again. My son Greg is here visiting from Illinois. We shopped for flowers and came home and planted them. It is always a little cheerier with flowers around my patio. Greg also put up a new American flag on my flagpole. He has been busy with some other chores, too.
We attended Decoration Day at Cave Springs Church this past Sunday, which was also Mother’s Day. Bro. Ronnie Geary preached to a full house. Music was provided by the Masters Quartet. Afterwards, many families enjoyed “dinner on the grounds” outside, and the weather was beautiful. It seems the crowd gets a little smaller each year. As I looked over the crowd, I wondered who would not be here next year. This is a day to decorate the graves and remember deceased family members and friends, but it is also time to visit the living. Greg was able to visit with quite a few of his kinfolk as the Patterson clan had a good turnout. My niece Donna Patterson McAllister and friend Ed Hodgkins traveled from Pekin, Ill. Donna is the daughter of the late Charles and Doris Patterson. Stan Patterson, son of the late Ray and MaryJo Patterson, kept us all entertained and laughing. Ellna Patterson Roland always makes sure that flowers are on the graves of kinfolk who longer have family here. This year, she placed flowers on 28 graves. Bless her heart.
My memories of decoration day as a young child was going to Pisgah church and having “dinner on the grounds.” There would be a big tub of lemonade with a block of ice in it and tables filled with lots of good food. Banana pudding and coconut cake were very popular back then, and I remember stalks of bananas sitting at the end of the table. My grandparents John Henry and Ellen Greene lived down the road from Pisgah church, and every now and then, my sister Mildred and I would walk around three miles and spend the weekend with our grandpa and granny. Aren’t memories precious?
Country singer, songwriter and piano player Mickey Gilley, age 86, passed away May 7. He sure could play the piano, and I bet you remember some of his hits, such as “Stand By Me,” “Don’t All The Girls Get Prettier At Closing Time” and “Room Full of Roses.”
Remember in prayer Arlin Porter, Richy Butler, Ladelle Clark, Mildred Smith, Martha Autry, Ann Morrison, Bonice Martin, Peggy Whitman, Peggy Lard, William and Eddie Luttrell and Donna Lynch. Continue to pray for each other, our country and our world. If you would like to add or remove a name from the prayer list, please call me.
Sympathy and prayers go out to the family of Rory Travis Jones, Sr. who passed away on May 6.
If you would like to rent the HCC Center for your special event, please call Nancy Patterson at 608-1159.
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Make it a great week!