Danville News for June 29

Gracie Penn remembered by her family and many friends

Gracie Yates Hogan Penn is remembered this week by her family and many friends who loved her. Mrs. Penn passed away June 16, 2016 at Summerford Nursing Home. She was known and loved by so many as Gracie Mae. Her teacakes were much in demand, and she was very generous in sharing them. Her visits, food and cards for the sick and shut-ins were appreciated. She encouraged Round Top Church members to send birthday and other cards and to always be thoughtful. Gracie’s other food items that were enjoyed by friends and family included chicken, potato and onion dumplings, pumpkin log and fried and baked okra. Gracie began cleaning houses with Edna Lois Hardin and Modena Hardin and later cleaned on her own for Robert and Gail Peck, Dr. Will and Pat Crouch and the Kimbroughs, as well as others. She was losing her eyesight because of macular degeneration and retired from her job and stopped driving. She organized and prepared a lot of food for church and community meals. Everyone enjoyed her duets with Vivian Summerford at special programs and church. “Whispering Hope” was a favorite.

Gracie attended elementary and some junior high grades at the Pleasant View School on top of the Cook and Buggarboo Mountain roads. J. D. Light was one of her teachers there. He later taught many in the area at Falkville High School, Cotaco High School and he retired from Brewer High School. Mr. Light spoke fondly of Gracie and her schoolmates. One of her stepsons, Tom Penn commented that Gracie cooked a wonderful Christmas dinner each year for her children and stepchildren and their families. All ages will feel the loss of a special person.

The members of Shady Grove Baptist Church expresses Christian love and heartfelt sympathy to David Self, Stanley Self and family in the death of their first cousin, Carlos “Junior” Wilbanks and also Shirley and Dale Bibb and family in the death of her aunt, Johnnie Doris Long.

On Sunday morning at Fairview-the Grace Place, a group of members who had been on a Mission trip to Guatemala, told about their experiences. Also the men from Fairview, who attended the Gridiron Conference in Birmingham spoke to those in attendance at the service. The conference was held at the Jefferson Civic Center June 17-18. Christian speakers included Tony Evans, evangelist, Jim Kelly, athlete, Rick Burgess, radio talk show and Phil Waldrop, evangelist. Those who attended reported on outstanding messages and the blessings they received. Fathers in the congregation were recognized at the morning service.

The Emmanuel Mennonite Church at Massey had visitors Sun., June 19 at the 9:30 a.m. service. Sylvan and Mrs. Yoder and baby from Rutherford, Tenn. and also David and Sue Hollingsworth visited the Mennonite Church for their morning service.

Raymond and Mattie Yoder went to Germany Sun., May 29, and returned Fri., June 17. Raymond had surgery at a German hospital and his walking has improved. That is a praise report from the Yoders.

Rev. Sam and Arline Nisly went to Lancaster, Penn. on June 9, and took a load of material for Christian Aid Ministry to build an addition to a warehouse. This building will be shipped to the Ukraine in former U.S.S.R. The Nislys went on Belleville, Penn. for Bible Land Tour Reunion.

Joseph Miller and family of El Salvador visited Brother Sam and Arline Nisly, Wanita Nisly, Wayne and Sharon Nisly June 20-21. Mrs. Miller is Brother Sam’s niece. Mike and Gloria Hershberger visited the Nisly’s June 22-26. Gloria is the Nisly’s daughter. They live in Newcomer Town, Ohio.

Relatives of the late George and Kitty Daves Andrews, held a weekend reunion June 17- 18. Jimmy Andrews, son of the late Reed Andrews of Corinth, planned the events and directed the activities. On Friday night at 7 p.m., family members and guests ate at the All Steak restaurant in Cullman and Saturday everyone enjoyed an old time picnic, barbecue and games at Fox Farm. George Andrews was a Cullman County Commissioner and Kitty was a homemaker and a wonderful cook and mother. Nancy Wilson, daughter of the late Frances Andrews Wilson traveled a long distance to attend the reunion. She lives in Vero Beach, Fla.

Area residents of Morgan, Cullman and Winston Counties remember the late Frances Wilson as director of Nurses at Hartselle Hospital. Later, she was the Hartselle School Nurse until she retired. She then moved to Vero Beach to live with Nancy until her passing in 2007. The family home was between Mt. Vernon and Upshaw communities, where the Andrews were originally from. They are both interred in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. The family appreciated the chance to get together and plan more reunions.

The members of Shady Grove Baptist Church remember in loving memory this week, Lillie Bell Dobbins from June 3, 1909 – Nov. 23-2000, Johnnie Hill from June 16.1921 -Oct. 26, 2007, Ann Haynes from June 25, 1915 – July 29, 2005, Docia Collins from June 12, 1916 – Sept. 26, 2010, Jared “J-Mo” Moore from June 20, 1990 to July 30, 2011 and Bluitt Wallace from June 28, 1920 – March 28, 2000.

Thirty-seven women from local and area communities and counties attended the women’s conference at Corinth West Baptist Church on Sat., June 18. Their theme was “Flying High With Prayers” and the scripture was from Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious about nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Dana Henslee of the Corinth women’s group thanks all those who helped with planning and those presenting the music and program, the sound system, printing programs, gifts, door prizes and meals. Everyone felt richly blessed by the event. Twenty one area residents and members enjoyed attending the senior citizens lunch and Bingo at Corinth West Baptist Church Tues., June 21, at 11 a.m. Tony Smithson gave the devotional on two rules to live by. The first one: Love God with all your heart and soul and mind. If we get that under control as well as rule two: Love thy neighbor as thyself. A person will not have to worry so about other scriptures. David Shedd grilled hotdogs and hamburgers and others brought sides and many delicious desserts. David Cook prayed for the sick and injured and asked for the blessing of the meal. JoAnn Thompson called the four bingo games. GayNell Wilhite was still recovering from knee surgery. Patti Condo and Tim Shedd carried meals to the sick and shut-ins after the event. The next senior citizen day will be Tues., July 19, at 11 a.m.

The Falkville Summer Reading Program for July will be on Thursdays at 2 p.m. called “Ready, Set, Read.” July 7 will be about reading and checking out books and the speaker will be Ryan Sullivan, a track and field star. On July 14, the Dawson family will present a skit on reading. July 21, the Marshall Space Flight Center personnel will talk about astronauts reading and other space station activities. July 27, children will turn in reading records and a local minister will speak; pizza and drinks will be offered afterward.

 

 

Falkville

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Hartselle

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Hartselle

Hartselle students chosen to attend Girls State

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Fallen Morgan County officers remembered, families honored  

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Hartselle drops Game 1 to Hillcrest, needs two wins for state title

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Despite title loss, Hartselle thankful for state experience 

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Hartselle baseball legend dies

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ALDOT patching area of Thompson Road tomorrow, Thursday

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Hartselle

New Crestline Elementary School welcomes students

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Hartselle industry closing, affecting more than 150 jobs  

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Habitat for Humanity applications for homeownership available June 3 

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State seeking death penalty for Fort Payne woman accused of pushing victim off cliff

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Pilot of ultralight dies in Hartselle plane crash

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Hartselle

Hartselle students to attend Boys State

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High scorers: 42 Hartselle students a part of ACT 30 plus club

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Hartselle projects budget surplus based on midyear numbers 

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Planned Hartselle library already piquing interest 

Brewer

Students use practical life skills at Morgan County 4-H competition

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After 13 years underground, the cicadas are coming 

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