Forest News

Happy Birthday:
Dec.13  Alicia Eure, Casey Chambers, Carol McDill, Ruby McDill, Ann Nanney Boyette, Kristy Walsh Sessums, Kay Harrison, David Webb, Melanie Roberts, Paul Valentine, Sara Elizabeth Lowrey, Sara Grace Hunter
Dec.14  Kelly Ball, Linda Smith Warren, Laura Lewis, George Thrash, Joni Gunderson, Thomas Warren, Jill Rigby, Andy Wedgeworth, Marie Epting
Dec.15  Ann Putman, J. P. Stewart, Betty Watkins, Stephanie Huff, William B. Huggins, Bill Payne, Freddy Phillips, Lora Watkins, Tracey Gaddis Crawford, Becky Beard
Dec.16  Susan Stegall Warren, David R. Beard, Ruby Fountain, Felicia Colquitt, Peggy Gainey, Ann Myers, Mary S. Weber, Jennifer Lackey Cook, Samantha Wolf, Randy Emmons, Sherry Hurtt, Scott Karnatz
Dec.17  Adell Risher, Joel Henderson, Janis Meador Hardin, Johnny Wilson Gunn, Sr., Mark McGee, Rich Hill, John Lee, Christi Walker, Brooke Bagley Worthy, Jennifer Brown, Blanche Parks, Beth Anderson, Carol Durr, Melanie Hatch, Jonathan Sawyer.
Dec.18 Joe Robert Wilkerson, Glen Burkes, Cheri McCormick, Gary McGee, Marianna Renfroe, G. B. Shirley, Christopher Ricks, Sherry Hurtt, Abby Christina Austin, Garrett Lang, Alana Rogers
Dec.19  Renea Hurdle, Irma Moore, Bobbie Johnson, Mrs. A. E. Cole, David Parker, Valerie Fountain, Debbie Gilmer, Amy Strong, Jesse Austin
The Forest Area Chamber of Commerce is to be commended for sponsoring a very successful and enjoyable Christmas parade.  Parade chairman Jean Cox did an excellent job of seeing that every detail of the evening was perfection, including the weather! Congratulations to Red Division first place winner Community Bank for its outstanding float and to Green Division winner Forest High School Beta Club for its first place entry.  Grand Marshals Tommy and Gail Lee, 2017 Forest Citizens of the Year, were featured in the parade lineup.
Jimmy and Sharon Hollingsworth were in Starkville for Thanksgiving with their daughter Abby, who is a senior at  Mississippi State University.  Abby hosted a lovely Thanksgiving lunch at her house.  Enjoying the occasion with them were Jimbo and Connie Harvey of Lake and their daughter Kaylyn, a sophomore at MSU.
Donna Hunt flew to Rochester, Minnesota last weekend to surprise her daughter Leslie Gunn by attending her baby shower.  And surprise it was!!  She  enjoyed a short but fun weekend with Leslie and her husband Jordan. Special memories!!
Former Forest residents Iva Dee Bondurant and Doris Mowrey of Ridgeland, their sister Ann Rector of Morton, and their cousin Lynda Sue Fairley Hughes of Pontotoc enjoyed attending the wedding of John Thomas Bondurant and Liza Cope.  The wedding and reception took place at the historic Thompson Bed and Breakfast in Leland. The couple was especially delighted that Iva Dee, age 101, and Doris, age 96, could be in attendance.  Iva Dee had recently been released from the hospital after having pneumonia, but she made a remarkable effort to be present. To sum up the occasion in Maybeth’s term, “a good time was had by all!”
Several have expressed their delight at the blessings received from the recent Cantata, jointly presented by the Baptist and Methodist churches. The entire service received rave reviews!  Congratulations for a superb performance!
Rhett Mitchell spent last Tuesday night in the Point Clear, Alabama, home of Ben and Loren McKibbens. They were joined for his birthday celebration dinner at the Lakewood Club by Terry and Merridy McKibbens Sims, Steele, Spence, Trice and Tyke, Ralph and Elizabeth Jennings and Judy Sims.
Sylvia and Ed Kreb have enjoyed an extended visit in Forest, spending time with many area friends. They are dividing their holidays between Forest and Douglasville, Georgia.
The Ricky Hunt family recently returned from their Thanksgiving holiday trip to Big Cedar in Branson, Missouri.  If you want to create family memories, take note!
Ricky and Donna were joined by their daughter, Lauren and Jonathan Lunati with their two little girls, Emma (21 months) and Adeline (3 months).  Geoffrey invited Mallory Moore to join the family holiday. All enjoyed a Sunday brunch at the restaurant Osage at Top of the Rock. Geoffrey and Mallory toured the Native American museum there, saw the lights at Silver Dollar City, and dined on the Branson Belle. The family especially enjoyed the drive through the lights at Shepherd of the Hills, playing games as a family, including putt putt golf (on property), and arranging a family bowling tournament at the new Fun Mountain at Big Cedar.  The  Thanksgiving highlight was lunch at Arnie’s Barn, an actual old Pennsylvania barn that was from Arnold Palmer’s family.
So sorry to hear that Billie O’Bannon has been in the hospital. Billie, we’re thinking of you, and hope you’re better soon!
Lamar and Barbara Gatewood went to Tallahassee, Florida on Sunday to be with their daughter Alicia Joyner, who recently underwent knee-replacement surgery.  They returned to Forest on Thursday.
Robin and Zoe Brumfield traveled to New York City recently with a tour group, through Community Bank, enjoying four fun-filled days of sight-seeing. The trip began with an exciting dinner at Ellen’s Stardust Cafe, where the wait staff performed songs as the group ate supper. The city bus tour/walking tour included memorable stops at the new Freedom Tower, September 9/11 Memorial site, Financial Center at Wall Street, going up to the 86th floor of the Empire State building, lunch in Little Italy, an evening at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway, for the musical, “Wicked,” and a steak dinner at Ted’s Montana Grill. The tour travelled to lower Manhattan, for a four hour harbor cruise along the Hudson, visiting Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, South Street Seaport, the Brooklyn Bridge, the United Nations, and the Chrysler building.  A trip highlight and New York City Christmas tradition was The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes! The last day the tour headed to Rockefeller Plaza to ice skate — and they didn’t fall once!! Climaxing the adventure was the Radio City Music Hall behind the stage tour, where they had the opportunity to visit with one of the Rockettes. The Brumfields flew home so they could get some rest!!!  It was a great trip and they highly recommend it for future travels.
Unfortunately, Zoe’s mom passed that night, Sunday, Dec. 3, but says “the Lord waited until they returned from their trip to take her on home to Him.”
Our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Ruth Fussner Marty, who passed away last  Sunday, following some years at the Lackey Convalescent Center.
She leaves behind two daughters, Sybil and Robert Cheesman and  Zoe and Robin Brumfield, four grandchildren, Brian S. Cheesman, Justin T. Brumfield, Heather Cheesman Warner (Dusty) and Michael C. Brumfield.
Mrs. Marty recently celebrated her 102nd birthday, and was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, E. J. Marty.  She was an avid symphonic music lover, and long time educator, receiving both bachelor and masters degrees. Most notable, however, were the many love-filled years she created for those close to her.
Visitation and chapel service in Ridgeland will follow at a later date.
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