Although this is a Miller Grove news column, I can’t help but mention the death of one of Country Music’s greatest pioneers, George Jones. Whether you like country music or not, I think everyone would have to admit that George influenced many, many people across the span of his 50-plus years of churning out
some of the most heartfelt music the industry has ever heard. Unparalleled in versatility, Jones could sing a song that would make you want to smile and clap your hands (like “The One I Loved Back Then-The Corvette Song”), then sing something that would make you feel nostalgic (like “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”), or even make a tear come to your eye (like “He Stopped Loving Her Today”).
My grandmother once said, “I remember when George Jones started singing. The first time I heard him sing I knew he was going to be a hit and make it big.” And, she was right. Despite the turmoil in his marriage to Tammy Wynette and his drug use and alcoholism, he later turned his life around (with help of wife Nancy) and continued touring and still had many hits to climb to the top of the country charts. In short, “The Possum” definitely left his mark on this world and will be missed by many friends and fans across the globe.
As recent deaths go, Mrs. Ann Berryhill passed away last week. I do not believe that there will be any funeral arrangements. She lived in our community, just across from J.W. and Kristi Burnett on FM 2653; down the road from me.
I was so very sorry to hear about the passing of Geneva Basye on April. 24. She passed away at her residence between Miller Grove and Cumby. Geneva was born Geneva Rae Long in the Palestine Community of Hopkins County, the only daughter of Freddie J. Long and Willie (Vick) Long. She married Edmond Bayard Basye on Dec. 25, 1953, in Dallas. I visited with Mrs. Basye several times and she was always very complimentary to me about my news column and very sweet to talk to. Funeral services were held Monday, April 29, at First Baptist Church, where she was a member. Interment followed in the Long Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Ed Basye; daughter Cindy Robison; son Alan Basye; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; and only brother, Alfred Long. My condolences go out to Mr. Basye and their entire family.
Sunday after church, I ran to the funeral home for a moment and then went out to Carriage House Manor. I had a nice visit with my cousin, Vallie (Ferguson) McElvy. While I was there her granddaughter, Jana McElvy, came in and then Johnny and Mary Lynn Ferguson came waltzing in. We all had a nice visit and enjoyed each other’s company.
One last reminder that Miller Grove Cemetery’s Memorial Day is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4. Anyone with connections to the cemetery is welcome to come.
Happy birthday this week to Fred Moseley on Apr. 28; Natalie (Darrow) Moore, Dwayne Wren and Darren Renshaw on Apr. 29; Leah Fouse, Aaron Baylus and Billy Wren on May 2; and Johnny Burns and Ray Sparks on May 3. And yes, my birthday is also May 2. I hate to even mention that I will turn three decades old on Thursday. But, I can honestly say that if I never have another birthday, I know that the Lord has blessed me in so many ways over these past 30 years.
Happy 58th anniversary to my cousins, Jack and Louise (Brand) Smith of Brashear on Apr. 30.
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