News from the Hickory Corner Community of Chester County

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with Dot Patterson

Greetings from Hickory Corner!
My apologies for not writing an article last week. Without my readers in the community contributing news, it is hard to for me to write each week. Why don’t ya’ll surprise me and call me with news you would like to share? I’ll be here waiting.
I keep watching for the return of the hummingbirds but have only spotted one a few different times. I just do not understand where they are. I am going to buy a new feeder and see if that makes a difference. I am hoping they show up and stay awhile as I love to see them zooming around.
My son Greg and I attended Decoration Day at Cave Spring Church on May 14, and it was a very hot day in the 90s. It seems each year there are fewer people in attendance for the “dinner on the ground” under the trees. It is a good time for family to get together and to decorate the graves of our loved ones. Poppy Patterson would be happy to know his family is still gathering. Poppy’s family in attendance included Ann Morris, Ellna Roland, Barbara and Glenn Smith, Dot Patterson, Brenda Berryman, Pam Clayton, Donna McAllister, Ed Hodgkins, Greg Patterson, Susan Shinall and husband, Tony and Janya Roland, Valerie Smith Breault, Keith Smith, Stephanie Dodd and Stan Patterson. Stan as usual was laughing and full of fun all the time. He is so much like his dad, the late Ray Patterson.
My niece Donna Patterson McAllister and friend Ed Hodgkins from Pekin, Ill., came for Decoration Day. I had several nice visits with her and Ed while they were here. Each year they stay in the cabins at Chickasaw. Donna loves her Tennessee family.
JoAnn Clayton celebrated her birthday on May 17 with an outdoor party with about 60 family members attending. The weather was nice and the little ones enjoyed the inflatable slide. Wishing my friend many more happy birthdays.
Phillip and Judy Cranford report they were in Cookeville recently to attend their granddaughter Claire’s high school graduation. Claire will be attending Duke University in North Carolina in the fall. Congratulations, Claire! Also, they will be attending their grandson, Andrew’s high school graduation in Lexington, Ky. Congratulations, Andrew!
I spoke with Phillip Cranford, and he reports there will be a meeting at the HCC Center at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Plans will be discussed for a Homecoming. Please come out and support the center with your ideas. We need everyone’s support.
Once again, it is time to pay your membership dues for the HCC Center, which are payable in May each year. Dues are $25 and can be mailed to Sarah Holmes, 720 Holmes Rd. Henderson, TN 38340.
Sympathy to the family of June Smith who passed away on May 9, 2023. June was my first cousin, but we did not get to really know each other until much later in our lives. I enjoyed the time we had together. I certainly will miss our phone calls. June was a school teacher here in Chester County for over 40 years. I am sure her students have fond memories of her today. Her daughter, Anita, told me a cute story about a gift I had given to June. I gave her a throw one Christmas, and she took it along with her when she moved to Dyersburg. Anita said June named the throw “Dot,” and when she wanted it she would ask her to please get “Dot.” This story warmed my heart. At the funeral, I was able to visit with June’s sister, Betty Jo Record, from Texas. It has been years since I had seen and spoken to Betty Jo.
Please remember in prayer Ladelle Clark, Mildred Smith, Martha Autry, Ann Morrison, Bonice Martin, Peggy Whitman, Peggy Lard, Donna Lynch and Lonnie Morton. Continue to pray for each other, our country and our world. If you would like to add or remove a name from our prayer list, please call me. I do not like to add/remove a name without permission.
If you would like to rent the HCC Center for a special event, please call Nancy Patterson at 608-1159.
Please call me with tidbits and news at 989-3315. You can share vacations, birthdays, anniversaries, memories and much more. I look forward to hearing from you.
Make it a great week

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