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Yesterday's Tennessee


Marie B. Young

From the clippings of the late Elsie Johnson. This is a column which appeared in the Lexington Progress. Church schedules included as part of the column have been omitted.

January 5, 1961

Services for P. Wilson (Son) Easley, widely-known and highly respected citizen of Henderson County were Thursday afternoon at Key s Chapel Methodist Church with Rev. J. A. Parker officiating. Burial was in the Cooper s Grove cemetery with Parham Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Easley died Monday at Lexington-Henderson Co. Hospital. He had been ill for several years.

He was a great church worker and singer. He was a Methodist and steward.

He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Allie Kizer of Champaign, Ill., Mrs. Remel Roberson of Cleveland, Ohio; seven brothers, Leo Easley of Paducah, Ky., Clarence Easley of Kewanne, Ill., B. B. Easley of Champaign, Ill., Rev. M. L. Easley of Jackson, Webster Easley of Lexington, D. C. Easley of Cleveland, Ohio and Luco Fasley of Memphis; two ssters, Mrs. Vera Williams of Lexington and Mrs. Dera Hudson of Chicago, Ill. and a grandson, Clevonga Williams of Lexington.

Services for Sam Priddy a widely known citizen of Henderson Co. were Sundlay at Cooper s Grove Methodist Church with Rev. Douglas Blalark officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with Parham Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Priddy died Friday morning in the home of his son, Virgil Priddy on Highway 220 after a long illness.

He leaves a son, Virgil Priddy of Lexington a; daughter, Mrs. Esther Carver of Lexington; three brothers, Bud Priddy, Charlie Pniddy both of Lexington and Lonnie Priddy of Peoria, Ill., three sisters, Mrs. Dottie Diggs of Lexington, Mrs. Lisia Rowey and Mrs. Rhea Hardin both of Henderson; 18 grandchildren. 30 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild.

Those attending the turkey dinner given by The Royal Ladies Better Improvement Club at Jackson Friday night were Mrs. Addie Harmon, Mrs. Jessie B. Trice, Mrs. Mary J. Wadley and Mrs. Sheldom Teague. A wonderful and enjoyable time was reported.

Mrs. Elsie Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Willard Buck and son, Anthony Buck visited Mrs. Buck s mother, Mrs. Letha Sparks of Savannah on last Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Lee Crutchfield of Chicago have returned after spending several days with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Crutchfield.

Mrs. Willie Sue Jackson and daughter, Deborah Ann Jackson and Mrs. Eddie Mae Wilson of Chicago have returned after visiting their mother, Mrs. Anna Lee Kirby and sister, Mrs. Catherine Ross.

January 12, 1961

Mrs. Jessie B. Trice is spending several weeks in Memphis with her niece, Mrs. Ruby Lee Beaty.

Mrs. Essie Ellis is a patient at Conger Hospital.

Miss Thelma Hart has undergone surgery at Lexington-Henderson Co. Hospital.

Jesse Jones of Jackson was brought here Saturday afternoon for burial at the Lexington cemetery.

Mr. Jones has several relatives here including his great-aunt, Mrs. Lizzie White and cousin Matthew White.

The Rev. W. M. Smith filled his regular appointment at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church Sunday morning and preached a soul stirring message using for his subject "The Cross of Christ." The choir doing some wonderful singing under the direction of Mrs. Nettle Mae White.

Mrs. Martha Donnell and children, Rader Donnell, Rev. Jimmie Donnell, Floyd Donnell, Grapple Lee Donnell and a friend Leroy Yarbrough have returned from Patrick, Florida after being the house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Waymon N. Carver and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas K. Donnell during the holidays.

Mrs. Donnell reported having visited many interesting and wonderful sights on their trip, but they especially, enjoyed the Christmas party on the beach.

Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Harmon and family have returned from Fort Myers, Fla. after spending the Christmas holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Hughes.

February 23, 1961

The Men of Good Will Club gave away $30 certificate trade in groceries from Camp's Super Market daring the basketball game at Montgomery School gymnasium Friday night.

Mrs. Mary Halton winner of the first prize of $20. in groceries and Clyde Young, winner of the second prize $10, in groceries. Mrs. Halton and Mr. Young express their thanks and appreciation to the club.

Mrs. Agnes Donnell and daughter, Alfreda Donnell, are patients at Conger Hospital.

Vird Doyle has returned from Jackson General Hospital and is convalescing at his home on Derryberry St.

The pulpit at the St. Paul Baptist Church was filled by the Rev. R. C. Jefries of Memphis Sunday morning due to the illness of the minister, Rev. J. L. Burkley.

Rev. Jefries preached a timely and forceful sermon using for his theme "Study to Show Thyself Approved."

In the afternoon the church worshipped with Lewis Chapel Methodist Church with Rev. Webster Easley Jr. doing some wonderful preaching and using for his theme "God is Able." The St. Paul Baptist choir under the direction of Mrs. Ollie S. Pearson did some very fine singing.

Negro History Week was observed at Montgomery High School Friday with a very timely and wonderful program by the students.

Several schools were represented in the NFA meeting Saturday at Montgomery High School.

The following students of Montgomery won recognition were: first place in the tool contest, George Campbell, third place in the log cutting contest, Grapple Lee Donnell and fourth place in the quartet singing, Benny Jean Cathey, James Earl Kizer, Arthur Williams and James Hines.

C. H. Carver, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Carver, is at home after serving two years in the army in Korea.

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