Forest News

Happy Birthday:
Nov. 28:  Dr. Ed Stuart, Fred Owen Smith, Lance Shirley, Jean Watkins, Dewayne Wedgeworth, Brian Hollingsworth, Melissa Hellen
Nov. 29:  Debbie Burns, Gloria Daniels, Frank Dement, III, Prescilla Cooksey, Ricky Creel, Tonya Courtney, Jerry Haralson, Colin Smith, Tracy Holifield, Elese Ros
Nov. 30:  Janis Chambers Roberts, Betty Glaze, Lisa Bradford, D. W. Gunderson, Sandra K. Calvery, Lib Hill, Chris Fuller, Sheila Sanders, Carson Gray
Dec. 1:  Mrs. C. H. Watkins, Wiley Sanders, Stanley McDill, Jack E Lee, II, Rutz Hollingsworth, Lisa Lane  Langston, Lawanda McCaughn, Haley Ruth Gray.
Dec. 2:  Rita Waggoner, Alison Gaddis Taylor, Derral Clair, Cheryl Clair, Charles Lloyd Calvery, Leatha Lee, Margaret Crimm,  Gina Walters, Ferrell Stapp, Jean M. McCusker.
Dec. 3:  Renae Watkins, Bessie Barnette, Dianne R. Walker, Carl Cadden, Nell Stewart, Larry Duncan.
Dec. 4:  Kyle Wilkerson, Lawrence C. Sherman, Angie Anderson, Konnie Windham Norris, John Atkins, Dottie J. Pennington, Mike Henderson, Jennifer Ryan, Thomas Earl McTurner, Cody Harrell, Jeffrey Edwards, Hannah Thompson.
Dec. 5:  Rev. Mike Sahler, Melinda Burns, Joann Rutland, Pamela Anding, Jayne Gibbs, GeLaine M. Joachim, Amy Harrell, Elizabeth Armstrong, Geneva Jones, Johnathan Gatewood, Janet Harris Johnston, Rebekah Grace Fairley, Lane Langston, Nathan Nelson
Congratulations to the 2017 Citizens of the Year, Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Lee! There will be a reception honoring them at the Colbert Commons on November 30th from 3:30-5:00 pm.   Know you’ll want to make plans to attend.
Many of our readers will be interested in learning of the recent death of Herman L. McKenzie, Jr.  “Bub” died Saturday, November 18th at St. Dominics Hospital at the age of 87 following an extended illness. He is survived by his wife Loyce, son Kevin, a granddaughter and a great grandson as well as his sister Beverly Ashmore. Services were held on Tuesday at Galloway United Methodist Church with burial in Parkway Cemetery. Our thoughts continue to be with his family and many friends.
You won’t want to miss the joint Sunday, December 3rd Christmas Cantata hosted this year by the Forest United Methodist Church.
That day the church community will also be celebrating the Retirement from the FUMC of Nell Stewart, who has faithfully supported the work of the church for over 45 years. There will be a reception in her honor Sunday afternoon from 2:00-4:00 pm. in the Fellowship Hall. Her official retirement will become official at the end of December.
Recently learned that Norma Ruth  Lee’s cousin’s (Dr. John Ford) son is the lead trumpet player in Alabama’s “Million Dollar Band.”  If you follow any Alabama football, you might watch for band member, David Ford, as he has already been featured in performances several times.
Family fun at the Mayors Cup in Biloxi last weekend: Joe “Mitch” Mitchell won the Grandmasters, and was only two points away from the state  all time high for his division. and daughter Peri placed 3rd in her age group(13-18). Proud Momma also participated and Jennifer laughed that she was just happy to finish!  Congratulations to all three!
Thanksgiving guests at Irene Martin’s home included Steve, Karon, Russell, Mary and Tara Martin, Dave, Kathy, Jacob, Jessica, Gage, Rainy and Gabby Lee, Anne, Sains, Connor, and Logan Steptoe, Harperville; Belinda and Scott Barnes, Mendenhall; Don Rutland, Lindsay, Preston and Nolan  Stephens, Brandon.  celebrating Rainy Lee's sixth birthday was also a memorable part of the festivities!
Ben and Loren McKibbens visited with Ouida Mitchell on her birthday, last Monday. Both agreed she looked fantastic! Merrill Mitchell of Dolphin Island joined her mom for a birthday lunch at Westminster in Spanish Fort, Alabama. The McKibbens drove on to Birmingham where they met Missy and Loren Jane Roper, caravaning with them on Tuesday to North Carolina for Thanksgiving in Black Mountain and Charlotte.
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