Forest News

Happy Birthday:
Nov. 15:  Debbie Thweatt, Lindell Tucker, Elsie Cooksey, Shawn Gunderson, Deborah Gordon Moorehead, Terri Lloyd, Joshua Hawkins, Beth Bell, June Karnatz, Anna Lee Fairley
Nov. 16:  Parker Dykes, Sue Jones, Nancy Measelles, Tommy Jones, Bill Anderson, Marjorie White, Carrie L. Boykin Rogers, Mike Irvin, Paula Patterson
Nov. 17:  Dot Killen, Tommy Miller, Robert Hays, Karie Ann McGee, Danielle Joachim, Kenn Mapp, Mary Stevens, Betty Sones, Dale McDonald, Erica Wilkerson Stone, Joey Phillips, Lydia Putnam, Russell Paul Martin, Suzanne McKay, Diane Fortenberry, Mike Beatty
Nov. 18 Ted Burns, Phyllis Reynolds Dilley, Craig Pryor, Geraldine Wolf, Shirley Beaver, Wendy Williamson, Andy Frechette, Mary Jane Simmons, John H. Jones, Zoe Brumfield.
Nov. 19:  Merridy McKibbens Sims, Pat Eubanks, Charlotte Harrison Cochran, Lee Dukes, Donna Lynn Gibbs, Larry Ingle, Anastasia Griffin, Donna Boykin, Linda Roberts.
Nov. 20:  Jo Taylor, LuAnn Sessions Gould, Amy Lushina, Ouida Mitchell, Bill Blackwell, Patricia McTurner, Stephen P. Smith, Gerald Tillman, Dr. Doug Woods, Sue Wedgeworth, Patrick Cleveland.
Nov. 21: Hamilton Stevens, Nina W. Cooper, Evelyn Woods, Bob Bowman, Kathy Ray, Loren McKibbens, Pamela Susan Waggoner, Mary Ruth Wilkerson, Stacy Shaw Harrison, Jeff Catalina, Jeanette Thompson Bustin, Tyler Sawyer
You won’t want to miss the Sunday book signing for Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters’ latest collaboration, A Mississippi Palate: Heritage Cuisine and Watercolors of Home!  You will surely want one of these lovely autographed books under your Christmas tree! The Sunday, November 19 event is from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Colbert Commons, 301 S. Main Street.  Thanks to the sponsors, Forest Community Arts and Forest Downtown Development Association, for making this event possible!!
Gary and Nelda Risher have been enjoying a Mississippi College sponsored “Fall Foliage Tour,” stopping at The Grand Ole Opry In Nashville, Tennessee, visiting the Kentucky Horse Park and the Dan Darby Thoroughbred Horse Stables, and touring Noah’s Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum, also in Kentucky.
During Tom and Margaret Burns’ recent weekend trip to San Diego, they attended the wedding of their dear friends Bubba and Evie Mae Semon’s son, Zachary Semon and his bride, Megan Miller. They were also able to be with their daughter-in-law, Sara Burns, and the three enjoyed sight seeing together.
Gene and Dianne Walker traveled to Starkville for the MSU/UMASS game last weekend. Daughter Christy Cofer and her children, Grace and Thomas, of Birmingham, Alabama, spent Friday night with them.  Grace, Christy and Gene attended the game Saturday, while Thomas and Dianne enjoyed the day at the motorhome.
Irene, Steve, Karon, Mary and Tara Martin attended the wedding Saturday of Lauren Noel and Devin Lowell at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.  Parking, and riding the train was a novel but clever way to gather guests.  Lauren Noel Lowell is the granddaughter of the late George and Alice Noel of Harperville.
Last week Jimmy and Sharon Hollingsworth were in Chicago, Illinois, for Jimmy to attend a council meeting at the American Dental Association headquarters, where he represents Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. They returned  to Starkville on Friday night, and attended the Delta Gamma Sorority Parents’ Date Night and the Mississippi State University football game on Saturday. 
Morgan Madden and Gary Risher visited with Lee Stegall, the son of former Forest residents, Roby and Ellen Stegall, in Hattiesburg last Sunday. The three Bearcats enjoyed reliving football days at Forest High School.  We continue to keep Lee in our thoughts.
Congratulations to Anita and Troy Nettles, who recently welcomed their first grandson!!  Hope to soon hear more news about this one!
Marianna Fountain was entertained with a lovely bridal tea hosted in the home of Karen Blossom this past Sunday.
Donna and Ricky Hunt spent the last weekend of October in Destin having a wonderful time. They are now gearing up for more travel and especially focusing on February when a new grandchild is expected!!
Our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Vander Sones, who had been a member of First Baptist Church of Forest for 53 years.
About two weeks ago, Zoe Brumfield played her bagpipes for the East Mississippi Grey’s Grave Marker dedication for Cpl. Silas Warren, Great-grandfather to Bruce Warren. This event was one of many dedication services for which she has played, including Antioch Church, Forest. Then, on November 10th, she played a Veterans Day ceremony in Meridian at Alliant Health Services, where they presented a touching patriotic program for all the patients. Then she travelled to Gulfport for the weekend to attend the Celtic Music Festival and Highland Games, held at the Harrison County Fairgrounds complex. After playing a private funeral in Byram, she rounded out the month with two performances at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Jackson, playing “Highland Cathedral,” and “Amazing Grace.”
Thanks so much to all who sent items for the column this week! Hope you’ll continue to do so. Please join and send in your holiday news next week to We want to hear from you!