News from the Silerton Community of Chester County

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with Mary Lynn Lambert

Silerton Baptist Church will return to regular services on Sunday, July 5. Breakfast will again be served at 9 a.m. before Sunday School at 10 a.m.
Piney Grove Baptist Church will start back having Sunday night services at 6 p.m. July 5.
Just a note to let you know: I will no longer be writing the Silerton news. Melea Beshires will be taking over the news. A big shout out to all residents, family and friends who assisted me by sharing memories. I could never name all the people who called with encouragement and compliments on the Silerton news. Your calls were very much appreciated. One for instance, Jimmy Ruth, who is in his eighth decade, called from the Covington Nursing Home where he currently resides to ask for a friend’s telephone number. I was able to share with his friends here in Silerton about his call. Calls like that is what keeps us connected.
The Silerton community made the decision not to have the July 4th fireworks show. This tradition has been a part of Silerton for years. Gwen (Butler) Lindley shared her memories of the barbeques that were enjoyed before the big baseball game that occurred in the afternoon. Her writing will refresh many memories I am sure. Gwen entitles her memories, “July 4th during the 1960s and 1970s.” She writes, “The community barbeque was an example of community support and attendance for the Silerton baseball team. Sherman Wilson and I would buy and bring out from Memphis 15 pork shoulders, canned drinks and fireworks. Men from the community would have hickory logs to burn to cook the pork. Ossie B. Wilson would move the ashes underneath the rack on which the shoulders rested, cooking slowly from dark to morning. Ossie B. made his own sauce that he called ‘Dope’ to ‘mop’ all the shoulders throughout the night. Fireworks were fired off on July 3 and July 4. Different people from the community made slaw from the cabbages grown in their gardens. Barbeque sandwiches and barbeque by the pound were sold. After lunch, the ball game started. Sometimes there were two games. After a long, hot, exciting and exhausting day came the cleanup process, especially clearing up the pit in preparation for the next year.” Wishing everyone a happy holiday as you celebrate our nation’s freedom.
Larry and Anita traveled to Murfreesboro to attend their grandson’s graduation party on Saturday, June 20. Their son, Joey, also traveled with them. Anita writes, “Because of the Covid, only four tickets were issued per family, so we attended a celebration of Harrison’s graduation with other family members and friends at his home. Decorations focused on Blackman High’s colors, navy and orange.
I did candy bowls and burrito bowls for each guest. There was a congratulations cake served with tea and lemonade. Harrison played saxophone for four years. Also, he played Ultimate Frisbee for four years. He graduated Cum Laude with honors and with the work ethic distinction. He will attend Tennessee Tech and major in mechanical engineering with a vehicle engineering concentration. The graduation ceremony was streamed on YouTube so Nana, Boompa and Uncle Joe watched from our recliners.”
Asking you to call Melea and share your news and memories so we all can stay connected.

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