Massey News

Memories of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Sun., Dec. 7 of 1941 as told by Kay Farrer. My family lived across from McKendree Cemetery and South east of the Church area. The church was a white frame, large and high one room building. I was in Sunday School there on that Sunday and church and we had gone home to eat fried chicken dinner. We had white leghorn chickens, a few hogs and seven milk cows at the time. My Mother and Daddy, Rachel and Price Bryant and Grandmother, Bertha Minter Anders ran the Country Store there on the property facing the Falkville West Pike, now Hwy 55 West. I was in the first grade at Massey School just West of our store and the church. We were still eating and my Uncle called with the instructions to turn on the radio’ that Pearl Harbor Naval Base in Honolulu, Hawaii, had been bombed by the Japanese. Daddy cried and called more relatives. He knew it was worse than we were hearing yet and that many of our family and friends would have to fight. President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a famous speech about the “day of Infamy” on Dec. 8. Gabriel Heater was my folks favorite newsman. Our radio was a huge 1930’s type. Massey School students sold war bonds. My class won a trip in the fourth grade for selling bonds. Hoyd Anders drove us to Hatfield Lake to swim and picnic on his big truck. My teachers during the war were Mary Woodruff, Sue Holland, Gladys Howse and Evelyn Morris Fowler. Everyone who had enough property planted huge gardens that were called “Victory Gardens.” Sugar and gas were rationed. We had little books of stamps to get those items. I still have the sugar stamp book I got at the last part of the war. Our letters to and from my Uncle John Bryant were copied and censored. He was in North Africa, Sicily and Italy in the army. The Germans Italians surrendered early in 1945 and the Japanese in Sept. It seemed that Pearl Harbor was a continuing nightmare, even though there was a peace settlement. I never forgot that Dec. Sun. when the news first got to us. F.D.R.s death upset us but Harry Truman was a great president. I want to thank Kay Bryant Farrer for sharing her memories with our Hartselle Enquirer Readers.

Corinth West Baptist Men’s group and Women’s group enjoyed breakfast on Sun. morning, Dec. 4 at 10:00 a.m. Gayle Miller brought sausage balls, puff pastry with filling, squares of fruit pastry and one group with cream cheese, a fruit tray, three flavors of juice and coffee by Patti Condo. Gayle Miller gave the women’s devotional on “Gratitude” and she also led the Morning Prayer. The women planned the Senior Citizen’s Day lunch. It will be a traditional Christmas meal on Tue., Dec. 20. The Christmas program for morning worship will be Sun., Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m. A soup and sandwich lunch will be served afterward. The unit drew names for Secret Pals for 2017 and elected new officers, President, Jessie Emerson and Vice President, Kamee Morgan.

Our thoughts and prayers go out this week for Bob Wise at Mount Royal Towers Health Care Facility in Homewood. You may contact Bob as Robert Wise and also Charlotte at their Homewood home address.

The Falkville United Methodist Church Members had their Hanging of the Greens and Chrismon Tree Ceremony on Tue. night, Jan. 30 . The Children carried the symbolic ornaments for the trees and adults did the Hanging of the Greens. On Sun., Dec. 4, they enjoyed the monthly potluck lunch following morning worship service by Dr. John Russell.

Shanda Garner and Gayle Miller were in charge of the Corinth West Baptist Women’s Christmas supper and party. Dana Henslee won the ugly Christmas Sweater contest with her foxy jeweled reindeer sweater. The group enjoyed Bingo and prizes. Others attending were Shirley Pope, Anita Reid, Ruth Felong, Belinda Ricks, Judy Davis, GayNell Wilhite, Patti Condo, Davon Shedd, Patricia Echols, Kamee Morgan, Jessie Emerson, Christie Guthrie and Donna Smithson.

Patricia Shirer’s study of “Gideon” is being used by Lynn Hogan for her discussion group on Wednesday nights at McKendree United Methodist Church. Members and visitors enjoy a potluck supper and the study video and comments. The scripture for Gideon is found in Judges.

Christian love and heartfelt sympathy goes out this week for the family of Louise Duncan Hammon Edwards of Lebanon Community. Many knew Louise from family activities, Lebanon Baptist Church and then the Hammon family. In later years, Louise was a caregiver for the sick. Those patients would practically fight over Louise because she was such a good cook. She was also cheerful and witty and will certainly be missed.

McKendree United Methodist Church hosted a Community supper at 5:30 p.m. with lasagna, salad, garlic bread and rolls, pecan pie, pumpkin squares and tea. Tina Summerford was in charge of the meal. Afterward, Noah Battles led the prayer and music service. Brother Mike Vest led the pledge and serenity service. Another pledge was also presented using the Beatitudes. Lynn Hogan, Tammy Vest and Brother Mike Vest conducted the group sessions at 7:30 p.m.

 

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