One is for Ben Day, a young man who was killed in action in the waning days of World War I. He’s the young man whose body was brought back to Hopkins County via train and spent the night in the Hopkins County Courthouse before being taken by wagon to its final resting place.
I’m also always drawn to the gravesite of Ervin Crabtree, who was killed in action in World War II. Ervin, newly married to a young lady from Reilly Springs, was a “wet-behind-the-ears farmboy” who went to serve his country like so many others and never made it back home. He gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country’s freedom.
I visited Tuesday with Vera Harrington, who reported enjoying the beautiful weather. She indicated that she’d had time to get out and do some of the things she needed doing and enjoy the cool temperatures and warm sunshine.
Vera had a nice visit with Mary and the girls, as they came for the weekend and spent time on the farm in Reilly Springs. “I really hated to see them go back,” said Vera. “We’d all had so much fun, laughing and enjoying all the things here in Reilly Springs, but work and school meant they had to return to Waxahachie.”
Congratulations are in order for Trey Hinton, who won Grand Champion honors in the Hopkins County Hay Show. He and Wayne IV were on hand to accept the honors at the Professional Ag Workers Breakfast last Thursday.
Marilee Fishere expressed her sorrow at the loss of her high school friend, Lynn McKinney Reynolds. Marilee, Chad Cable and Nita Gouge Brewer all attended the funeral last Saturday.
Then on Sunday, Marilee, Ethel Winton and Ima Asher attended a birthday party for Mrs. Wilma Brice and had an enjoyable time visiting with friends and wishing Wilma a happy birthday.
The Fisher family is busy processing deer and hogs. They’re making summer sausage and cutting meat and are available “around the clock.” J.R., Vanessa, Blake and Kendra are all involved, along with Fred Fisher and his grandson Drew Cross. So if you kill that big buck, you know where to take it.
Joyce McDonald and Ruth Fisher are making plans for a trip to Branson, Mo., so Fred may have to eat some of that sausage while they’re gone.
Residents in Reilly Springs awoke Saturday to everything being covered in frost. It was a beautiful morning, but just a little bit cool, and that about stopped the yard mowing and the cutting of hay in our community for the season.
Poeple in Reilly Springs, along with others in Hopkins County, were saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Malcolm Wright, who passed away on Sunday. Malcolm was a frequent visitor to this community and made a remarkable difference in this life. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and family members.
Our own Karman Holland was one of the presenters in this year’s annual Extension Service Holiday Program, held Monday afternoon and evening in the Southwest Dairy Museum to usher in the holidays. She demonstrated a number of ways to use natural “gatherings” from your yard, the woods, and the countryside in decorating your home for the holidays. The Christmas program was well attended with a number of crafts, recipes and gift-giving ideas for the holidays.
Until next week, continue to remember our troops, who defend our freedoms and ask for them an extra measure of safety and safe trip home. Pray for love in our hearts, harmony in our community, and peace in our land. God bless Reilly Springs, Hopkins County, and America.
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