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The Ken and Mary Brown Family This June, the Ken and Mary Brown family of Brown Bottling Group and Maggie Wade will be honored by Catholic Charities with the Samaritan Award for their contributions to the organization. CEO and president of Brown Bottling, Bill Brown, son of Ken and Mary, is humbled by the award, but he gives all the credit for the honor to his parents. The award is a representation of his parents’ hard work and devotion to their church and community, Brown said.



Moving Mountains in India James Maddirala, associate provost and an associate vice president at Jackson State University, founded the Mustard Seed Faith Foundation India (MSFFI) in March 2011 to help disadvantaged Indian children excel. Last October, MSFFI partnered with Bellwether Church and sent a team to visit the foundation’s six education centers in rural India, where first- through 10th-graders can learn math, science and English for free.

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Jackson is blessed with men and women of courage and vision who have labored in business and the professions and become beacons of success to their offspring. Their children have often worked in the family business before moving into partnership or ownership with grace and expertise. Parents with gifts for art or writing or for surgery or law have cultivated those same gifts they found in their children, who then took up the challenge to become the fulfillment of their parents’ great American Dream.

Debutante 47 2011 Presentation Ball

Twenty-three young ladies were formally introduced to society by the Debutante Club of Mississippi Inc., at its 2011 presentation November 25 at the Hilton Jackson, continuing a tradition that began in Jackson with the first debutante presentation reception and ball in 1933.

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Mary Frances York/ Cameron Norton Woodward Jennifer Nicole Lyles/ Brian Higdon Gray Virginia Callaway Smith/ Dallas Webster Younce


Engagement Party


Engagement Party

Rebecca Allison Atwood/ Brad Lee Jeffries

Katherine Lynn Barkett/ Adam Donothan Byrd Kaitlyn Christina Colson/ Dr. Jason William Vassar



Heartstrings Gala


Ignite the Night


GIVS Membership Party


UMMC Alumni Association


Bacchus Ball


Art for Heart


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The Woodland Hills home of Elise and Tommy Williams was the setting for an engagement celebration honoring Rachel Marie Paris and Billy Pritchett.

Food Wise Marlana Walters

Tennis Advantage Jenny Markow

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Engagement Party


Engagement Party

An engagement party was recently held in the home of Vicki and Tim Ellis whose son, Austin, will marry Julia Watt.

An engagement celebration was held in honor of Kate Parker and Peyton Bell at the home of Tell and Hal Flowers.


Patricia Diane Commarato/ Christopher Steven Taylor Virginia Dean Hammett/ Michael David Bowling



A celebration announcing the engagement of Olivia Ware and John Terenzio was held recently in the home of Sara and Bill Ray.

Leah Frances Jones/ Jonathan Douglas Eaton Leigh Capers Mitchell/ Jason Alan Craft



The 2012 Heartstrings Gala is an annual benefit for the McClean Fletcher Grief Center for Children.

The Mississippi Children’s Museum Partners hosted their second annual Ignite the Night party recently at the museum.

Goodwill Industries Volunteer Services held its annual membership party with “The Help” food stylist Lee Ann Flemming.

The UMMC Alumni Association honored the Legacy Medical Doctors this spring at the Country Club of Jackson.

The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi’s annual Bacchus Ball was held recently at the Country Club of Jackson.

The American Heart Association’s 34th annual Art for Heart was held earlier this year at the Country Club of Jackson.


Luke 14 Dinner


‘Cancer Unmasked’

The Luke 14 dinner was held recently at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson. The dinner was for parents and families with children suffering from disabilities.

The American Cancer Society’s ‘Cancer Unmasked’ Cancer League gala sponsors party was held recently at the home of Dr. George and Mary Elizabeth Smith.


Sub Deb Mother-Daughter Tea


Taste of the U


Taste of Madison County


Goodman and Buckley Art Reception

The Jackson Symphony League Sub Deb Mother-Daughter Tea was held recently in the home of Beth Brantley.

The 22nd annual Taste of the U was held recently at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Madison Middle School’s Taste of Madison County and $10,000 Drawdown was held recently at the school gymnasium.

Nunnery’s at Gallery 119 held a reception recently featuring new works by Charlie Buckley and Tommy Goodman.

Hope Gala The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Mississippi’s “2012 Hope Gala, A Whole New World” was held recently at the Country Club of Jackson.

“Tranquility” Art Show and Reception An art show ‘Tranquility’ and reception honoring Richard McKey, mixed media; and Casey Parsons, hot glass, was held recently at the Mississippi Library Commission.


GJCP Annual Meeting The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s 2011 annual meeting was held recently at the Jackson Convention Complex.

Your Bride’s Favorite Wish List The Bridal Registry Inside Batte Furniture and Interiors

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May 2012 Rachel Blaylock Anna ward Natalie Nelson Jenny Word Courtney Costello Brittany Jones Tara Davis Menton McGinnis Katherine Dobson Ashleigh Harb Angela Aldridge Alexandra Wilkes Lorin Napier Rachel Marie Paris Katie Watkins Stephanie Monsour

June 2012 Lee Wooley Blair Leake Maggie Morganfield Hannah Pittman Allison Atwood Paige Gordy Catherine Yerger Alex Lott Katherine Ross Emily Molpus Katherine Ross Claire Gremillion Katherine Barkett Madeline Moore Alyson Rossetti Brooke Mansfield Leigh Mitchell Madeline Ward Virginia Uhrin Lauren Host Courtney Lovelace Dea Hammett

Preston Wiley David Adcock Brad Skipper Earl Stubblefield Tommy Wright Jonathan Varney Bryan King Matthew Deweese Woods Drinkwater Gabe Roberts Colby Beem David Long Blake Oliver Billy Pritchett Beau Murphy Brian Holt

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July 2012 Olivia Ware Mary Chris Kellum Olivia Stubblefield Rebekah Blakeslee Kristen McBride Marjorie Garretson Catherine Hutchinson Sarah Cunningham Georgia Fyke Kate Parker Julia Watt Tyler Kellum Rachel Little

August 2012 Molly McNames Daniel Shumate Kristen Krouchick Jody Clark

Jordan Russell Ben Wunderlich Lee Parker Jay Hogg Brad Jeffries Adam Porter Brandon Mizell Cap White Rob Puckett Frank Tomlinson Rob Puckett Sanders Murphy III Adam Byrd John Duncan Bass Doug Ward Brandon Easterwood Jason Craft Randall Saxton Timbo Taylor Matt Stratton Whitt Simmons Michael Bowling

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John Terenzio Ryves Moore Brad McCay Josh Gregory Chaz Richardson Drew Lewis Bradford Walker Michael McMillin Andrew Nesbitt Peyton Bell Austin Ellis Blake Jeter Stephen Sims

Jamie Mallison Will Geary

September 2012 Laine Poole Trotter Flynn Lauren Green Cameron McVey Bonnie Grace Caroline Dees Elisha Blades Ashley Lee Elizabeth Cole Lauren Vanlandingham Mollie McCormick

Clif Egger Ryland Lucie Blan Newcomb Travis Sledge Matt Bailey J Lauderdale Zach Ring Patrick McDavid Dan Kitchens

October 2012 Meghan Alford Daniel Luter Abigail Sample

Will Etling

November 2012 Candace Shelton Charles Plunkett Montgomery Davis Ashley Nader

Steve Roach Andrew Stubbs

December 2012 Lauren Enstrom Jordan Cantrell Caroline Murphree

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Susan Deaver • Glenda Wadsworth • Anthony Warren • Jenny Markow Jenny Woodruff • Marlana Walters • Katie Eubanks • Judy Smith


Beth Buckley • Lonnie Kees • Christina Cannon • Chris Grillis • David Johnston Rachel Kabukala • Anthony Warren • Jenny Woodruff



Katy Agnew • Holly Dean • Amy Forsyth • Carly O’Bryant • Lauren Breazeale


GRAPHIC DESIGN Mary Margaret Thiel







Kathryn Becker and Kathryn Sams were photographed at High Cotton by Lonnie Kees for our Next Generation story.


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his June, the Ken and Mary Brown family of Brown

Bottling Group and Maggie Wade will be honored by Catholic Charities with the Samaritan Award for their contributions to

the organization. CEO and president of Brown Bottling, Bill Brown, son of Ken and Mary, is humbled by the award, but he gives all the credit for the honor to his parents. The award is a representation of his parents’ hard work and devotion to their church and community, Brown said. “It is very humbling to know that your work means that much to other people,” Bill Brown said. “We have always tried to do what we needed to do to help others, never seeking praise or reward for what we do. It is very moving to know how impactful that work has been. It motivates you to do more and will hopefully inspire others to get involved. This is truly an honor that represents how much work my parents have invested into the people and community that we love so much.”

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(Above) Three generations of family work at Brown Bottling Company. Ken and Bill Brown; (front) Allyn and Shelley Brown (Left) Ken and Mary Brown (Below) Leighton Davis, Allyn Brown, Katie Lewis, Bill Brown; (front) Maryanna, Rusty, Myers and Dru Davis, Gia the Dog, Alison and Malynn Brown, Shelley Brown-Floyd, Patrick Floyd


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theKen and Mary Brownfamily Loved and revered by many, the Brown family has been a cornerstone of the metro Jackson area for many years, always offering support and assistance to others when needed and maintaining a tradition of excellence in their business. The Brown name is synonymous with excellence in the soft drink industry worldwide and their commitment to community involvement. But to truly understand the Brown family history, you have to go back a few years and start the story from the beginning. It is a story rooted deep in hard work, strong faith, unbreakable family ties, and community devotion. The story of this successful soft drink family goes back to 1947 when Ken was working for another soft drink company in Chicago. Using the knowledge that he garnered from that job, Ken moved on to the Pepsi Cola Company in Chicago to work as the advertising manager for their division. Always working hard and learning everything about the business, Ken and two partners bought a struggling Pepsi Cola bottling company in Madison, Wis. Under Ken’s leadership, the business soon took off and excelled. In 1971, Ken Brown and his partners saw an opportunity in Mississippi and purchased the franchise rights for Pepsi products in 29 counties, ranging from Jackson to Hattiesburg. Ken Brown moved his family south, and as they say, the rest is history. Although there were a few rough years in the beginning, sales soon took off, and the Brown family became an incredible addition and institution for the Jackson area. In 1980, Bill Brown officially joined his father in the family business as vice president, but that position did not come without a lot of hard work and getting to know the business from top to bottom. To say that Bill knows the ins and outs of the soft drink business is a monumental understatement. Ever since Bill was a little boy, he had been working with his dad during summers and after school. He helped load trucks, worked the production line, stocked vending machines - you name it, he did it. During those experiences, Bill learned a lot about business and how to work well with others from his father. “I gained an immense amount of knowledge about business and the world in general from those times,” Bill said. “I learned how to relate to others. I learned a lot about helping people whether it was in the business or society, and I liked helping people mature and grow in the company. We also helped other businesses grow and mature, and I really enjoyed that. That is a really special feeling.” Working during those hot summer days and after school, Bill learned about every level of the soft drink industry - the kind of knowledge that can only come from someone who has been there and done that. Learning from a legend in the field of soft drinks has helped him relate to all of his employees. But, Brown Bottling Group does not see their employees merely as workers. They are called team members because that is how they are treated: as part of the Brown team or family. That was a major lesson that Ken Brown instilled in his son long ago. “I learned a lot from my father during those times. He taught me to

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treat people like family and the importance of really listening to your team members and everyone you work with,” Bill said. “He taught me the value of a dollar and a hard day’s work. From my dad, I really learned that a hard day’s work and making money go hand in hand. It’s not about just chasing the almighty dollar. You really need to focus on how you can help others out and your community with your business and the knowledge that you have obtained throughout your lifetime.” Although it seems that Bill was destined to take over the family business, it wasn’t always in his plans to follow in his father’s footsteps. When Bill went to Ole Miss, he majored in business administration with an emphasis on banking and finance with plans on working in accounting. “I decided that I didn’t really want to sit behind a desk all day,” he said with a laugh. “It was toward my last few years of college that I really decided that I wanted to work with my dad and learn more about the soft drink business. My dad and I had a lot of talks about me joining the business, and I knew that this was the best place for me. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.” When he first joined the business following graduation in 1980, he worked in office administration, sales, marketing, and just about every position available, learning more about the business side of the company. “I wouldn’t say those beginning days were easy. I had my own ideas about things, and my dad let me learn from my mistakes,” Bill said. “That was just part of the learning process. You can’t buy that kind experience or training of making your own mistakes and learning from them.” It wasn’t long before Bill moved up the corporate ladder in the company. In 1988, Ken Brown promoted his son to president of the company, and Bill continued to lead the company in the manner of excellence and class that had been the company’s mantra for years. In fact, one of the company’s slogans is “Do it up Brown,” meaning that Brown Bottling Group expects nothing but the best for its team members, business, and community.

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theKen and Mary Brownfamily Although Bill thought that working in the family business wasn’t in the cards for him originally, now he can’t imagine doing anything else. He knows that he has a fun product to promote and finds it a joy to come to work every day. Bill loves every aspect of his job, and it’s hard for him to pin down what he likes best about working in the soft drink industry. “I really love the competitive challenges and politics of business. It is also extremely satisfying to see our team members and community grow,” he said. “I love to help our customers and watch them excel and make a good business for themselves. You can’t beat being able to use your business to help others.” It is that benevolent and giving spirit that has made Brown Bottling Group and the Brown family such revered institutions for so many years. That is why the Brown family is being honored for their dedication to helping those in need, but Bill gives all the credit to his parents. It is from them that he learned the joy of helping out others. “My parents really taught me how to be considerate of others and to walk in the footsteps of others to see the world from their perspective,” Bill Brown said. “I have treasured those lessons immensely throughout my life. They have had a tremendous effect on me and my family.” Bill counts his parents and his older sisters, Nancy and Margaret, as being some of the greatest influences in his life. Mary and Ken were devoted Catholics who sought any opportunity to help out their fellow citizens. Mary served on the charter board of Catholic Charities for 50


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years. The Brown family was a constant fixture in the church and the community and active in many programs. Mary was active in the Ladies Circle, and Ken and his son were a major part of the Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs at the church. “Whenever the church doors opened, we were usually there,” Bill said. “My mom was a very strong-willed, independent woman, and I watched how she conducted herself in the church and the community. I learned a lot by watching how she treated others with compassion. From my parents I learned to always try to do the right thing, and you will be successful in anything. They always stressed strong family values and strong faith. They taught me that you are not entitled to any-

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thing in this life. You have to work to be a good person and treat others fairly. I have valued that upbringing so much throughout my life.” Bill Brown’s children, Shelley and Allyn, attended Catholic schools and have grown up in the church, learning those same values of faith from their family. “Faith has always been a major part of me. Certainly our business wouldn’t be here today if we didn’t have faith,” Shelley said. “There will always be rough roads ahead; no one ever said life would be easy but having faith in God will get you through it. You have to remember to pray and be strong. God is with you through the ups and downs.” Shelley works in sales and marketing at Brown Bottling Group and is active with community projects, such as Pepsi Pops and other programs, festivals, and organizations sponsored by the family company. Allyn is the district manager for Brown Vending Company, the family’s full-service vending company. Like their father, both Shelley and Allyn grew up working in the company on school breaks. Spring break often found Shelley answering the phone lines, and Allyn worked with his grandfather in the paint and sign shop during school breaks. “It is really special to have the next generation working with me in the company,” Bill said. “Family businesses are really unique institutions that can be a major part of the community. If you don’t invest in the people and the community, then you are doing a great disservice to the community and yourself.” The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra is just one of the many organizations that Brown Bottling Group sponsors. “The Brown family has understood the importance of an orchestra in our community for generations. Bill’s father was active on the MSO board, and Bill and his family are generous supporters of our work in engaging the community and state,” Michael Beattie, president of the MSO, said. “Their support has everything to do with our ability to present meaningful concerts and to have the incredible educational engagement programs that we sustain on a regular basis. They give this support - far more than just monetary - unstintingly and thoughtfully.” “I know my grandparents are smiling down because they laid the groundwork for what we do today,” Shelley said.

Each year we select individuals who have been a driving force in the community to receive the Samaritan Award for Catholic Charities. Not only have they been supporters of Catholic Charities and our 26 programs, but also of the community as a whole. Vicar general and chancellor of the Diocese of Jackson, Rev. Msgr. Elvin Sunds says that Mary Brown was a member on the initial advisory board of Catholic Charities during the early stages. Mrs. Brown was instrumental in the development of the present day board and the COA certification for Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities is still the only COA accredited social service agency in the state of Mississippi. Msgr. Sunds also stated that the Brown family has been instrumental in the community as a whole with so many charitable causes. Our community is very fortunate to have many wonderful families such as the Ken and Mary Brown family. The community is very fortunate to have Bill Brown and his family following in Ken and Mary Brown’s footsteps. Maggie Wade is well respected in the community for all that she has done, says Miriam Koury, development specialist from Catholic Charities . An establishment in the tri-county area is the best way to describe Maggie - not only as a WLBT newscaster, but also an outstanding community leader whose heart and concern are for the children of our community. She has been the master of ceremonies and a mainstay for our Journey of Hope Luncheon for more than seven years. JOH is Catholic Charities largest fund-raising event and this past February more than 800 people attended. Prior to that Maggie has supported Catholic Charities adoption services and gives of herself unselfishly. People come to see Maggie. This is why the Brown Family and Maggie Wade Dixon were chosen for this year’s Samaritan Award. The awards and presentation will be Friday, June 22, 2012 at the Country Club of Jackson starting at 6:30 p.m. All PHOTO BY BETH BUCKLEY

proceeds go to the children’s services programs at Catholic Charities. You can purchase tickets by calling Michael Thomas at 601-326-3714 or Miriam Koury at 601-326-375.

Shelley Brown-Floyd, Bill and Allyn Brown

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here once was a man named John. John couldn’t read. He dressed in a loin cloth. In the traditional Indian caste system he was an untouchable, or “dalit.” He had to wipe away his footprints with a leaf when he walked through upper-caste areas. But one day John met some missionaries. The missionaries led him to faith in Christ and urged him to go to school. So he did. This happened in the 19th century.


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Students at MSFFI learning centers study the Bible in addition to academics.

The Bellwether team ended their trip at the Taj Mahal. Top row (l to r): John Hugh Tate, Mark Heusel, Irwin Chebrolu. Bottom row (l to r): Kendall Poole, Christina Cannon, Tabor Weissenger, Tammy Haynes.


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Now John’s great-grandson, James Maddirala, is a fourth-generation Christian with three graduate degrees. Maddirala is associate provost and an associate vice president at Jackson State University. “If that can happen in my life because of a missionary...” Maddirala says. And the rest has been a natural reaction to the grace of God, as Maddirala founded the Mustard Seed Faith Foundation India (MSFFI) in March 2011 to help disadvantaged Indian children excel. Last October, MSFFI partnered with Bellwether Church and sent a team to visit the foundation’s six education centers in rural India, where first- through 10th-graders can learn math, science and English for free. Maddirala and his wife, Raaji, led the Bellwether team to the schools and surrounding areas to build relationships and assess the needs for future MSFFI outreaches. SIX BELLWETHER members joined the Maddiralas on the journey to Vijayawada, India. The Bellwether team included Lead Pastor John Hugh Tate, Christina Cannon, Mark Heusel, Kendall Poole, Tammy Haynes, and Tabor Weissenger. “The decision [to go to India] was made within days,” said Christina Cannon. “We had a unique team, divinely orchestrated. “A lot of people had reservations and fear. [But] Bellwether is very missionally minded. We were surprised and happy to see a team come together when at one time it was only an idea.” Vijayawada was home base for the group as they commuted a couple hours out to villages every day. Cannon said that when she went on mission trips in the past, “there was a lot of asking for things. But on this trip, the human touch and spirit was so profound.” Maddirala agreed. “They said, ‘Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Pray for us! Pray for us!’ They were eager to touch us and put our hands on their heads so we could pray for them. They were not wanting handouts, but blessings,” he said. “The girls [from Bellwether] did extremely well. They gelled into communities and were running into the crowd. That touched my heart. Even some men were reticent. It’s not easy.” Cannon said she and the other women on the team gravitated toward the children and focused

James and Raaji Maddirala

“We can’t change the world, but we can

CHANGE ONE LIFE at a time.” - James Maddirala

on showing love to everyone. “We [also] tried to enjoy the fashion, which is so beautiful there,” she said. “A couple of us, before we left, ordered tunics. We still stood out, but we weren’t obligated to look the same. “There are so many colors, and such contrast: You have the poorest of the poor, and it’s very dirty, but then you have these beautifully dressed women.” Maddirala said the contrast between poverty and wealth was huge. “You could see the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, all in a 360-degree turn,” he said. “There’s a strong middle-class in India, which is good for democracy, but … those pockets [with the old caste system] still exist in that country.” That’s why free education is so crucial. “The upper caste can go to [school] and pay bookoo bucks, but these people can’t even imagine going to those. They don’t have the money.” Lower-caste people can never move up in the caste system – even Maddirala, whose family had advanced educationally and economically, grew up as an untouchable – but they can get out of poverty through education.

“Kids would have to get full scholarships in order to attend university,” he said. “That’s a daunting challenge for us.” But at the MSFFI schools, “the hunger for learning is so strong – learning academics and about Christ,” Cannon said. Where access to the education centers is difficult, students walk up to three miles. “We want to get some kind of taxi. We’re thinking about that,” Maddirala said. “We have one math teacher for five of the six learning centers. He rides 10 kilometers between them on his motorcycle.” In addition to educational opportunities, the learning centers allow students to soak up prayer and Bible study. “It’s interesting to see the association between religion and literacy,” he said. “If you go far south in India, the Kerala state is 20 percent Christian and has 99 percent literacy. Thomas [the disciple of Christ] was there and evangelized that area.” MADDIRALA AND the Bellwether team formed lasting connections in India and saw

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Bellwether pastor John Hugh Tate with local Indian pastors.

(l to r): John Hugh Tate, Kendall Poole, Christina Cannon, Tammy Haynes and Tabor Weissenger at an MSFFI learning center.

many needs, both spiritual and physical. “Verusha, a girl at one of the learning centers, she must’ve said to me 25 times, ‘Pray for me every day. Pray for me every day,’ ” Cannon said.

We want to proclaim the gospel and provide amenities for them to design their lives around the gospel. We want to see some light in their eyes,” Maddirala said.

“I was humbled that she would ask me to pray for her.”

“We can’t change the world, but we can change one life at a time.”

It’s likely that the prayer lives of everyone who went on the trip have been changed, as they witnessed just how much remains to be done. In some remote areas, the people don’t know Jesus at all, Maddirala said. “They’ve never heard of the name.” Other villages are divided between Christians and Hindus, who don’t really fight but don’t really get along either. And public restrooms are awful in the cities and nearly nonexistent in the villages. “We have to reach out to this two-thirds world.


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To do this, MSFFI needs more church partners. “We get support from Bellwether and local Indian churches. But we need more. Any church could partner with us. We could really make a difference,” he said.

train pastors in a unique way. The pastors will be there every day. “We’ve not begun building churches at this point,” he added. “We’re taking baby steps to see how it grows. It’s an ambitious goal.” But MSFFI takes its name from a Scripture that says anyone can move mountains with faith in Christ – even faith as small as a mustard seed.

“The churches in Uganda have played a vital role in HIV/AIDS, and that rate has gone down.”

And Maddirala’s eyes twinkle with undaunted faith. As an “untouchable” boy, he would laugh when upper-caste children accidentally touched him and yelled for their mothers. He didn’t understand his social position.

In the meantime, “yes, we’re going back,” he said.

Now he understands the challenges faced by children in that position, but that’s not all he sees.

“Future trips will be very intensive. We’ll be working with children, walking with them and teaching them. We’ll work with the elderly and

He also sees mountains moving.

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Jackson is blessed with men and women of courage and vision who have labored in business and the professions and become beacons of success to their offspring. Their children have often worked in the family business before moving into partnership or ownership with grace and expertise. Parents with gifts for art or writing or for surgery or law have cultivated those same gifts they found in their children, who then took up the challenge to become the fulfillment of their parents' great American Dream. Here are a few of them.


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illy and Rita Martinson spent 50 years serving the metro area in the gardening industry. Since 2005 when they purchased Garden Works, son Allen and his wife Mimi host the full-scale garden center in Ridgeland.


Education. Madison-Ridgeland Academy, Mississippi State University with a degree in horticulture. Family. Wife Mimi, children Mia and Max. People would be surprised to learn. After college I worked in Holland in the tulip industry, in the French grape fields, and studied North African, Middle Eastern and Himalayan agricultural practices. I served two years in the Peace Corps growing papaya fruit as an alternative to bananas in Grenada in the Caribbean.

Greatest challenge. Mimi and I travel the world searching for inspiration and new things to introduce to our customers. We want to offer our customers the highest in retail inspiration and plant advice. My greatest pleasure. This business.

It is bursting with color. Color from flowers, from pottery hand made in Vietnam, from brightly painted buildings, paintings, local art, furniture. Our color even comes from brightly colored chickens and golden pheasants in our petting zoo. We have created a place that is nothing like anything in Mississippi.

David Noone



eville Camera was founded in 1977 by Randy Noone, son of professional photographer Frank Noone. It was one of the first one-hour photo processors in the Southeast. Helping people to capture and preserve memories was always its mission. It quickly became Mississippi’s largest photographic specialty store. The Noones continue to sell photographic equipment to professionals and amateurs alike. David Noone is general manager of the business.

Education. Madison-Ridgeland Academy. Degree from Mississippi State University in finance. Family. Wife, Elizabeth (Leisje) Noone, children, Myers Noone (son age 4), Liam Noone (son, age 1), plus one more surprise due in October! Why David came into the business. I believe photography is in my blood. My grandfather was a professional photographer, my father started Deville Camera. Rarely in my childhood were there no cameras around. I loved coming to the business when I was young. My father always made it a family atmosphere there, and it just felt like home.

First paying job. In my childhood, I cut grass with a friend of mine.

That was my first job ever. I worked here at Deville Camera ‘most every summer though. After college, I took a job at John Hancock in Memphis thinking I wanted to live somewhere else for a while. But once Leisje and I decided to get married, we knew we wanted to live back home to raise a family.

Greatest life challenge. My greatest challenge in life is definitely par-

enthood. There is nothing more challenging and rewarding than raising and shepherding children.

People would be surprised to know. I consider myself a pretty quiet guy. I love to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy cooking out and traveling when I can. My heros. My hero is Jesus. I strive to make my life a reflection of his in my marriage, family, profession, and friendships.

I look up to a lot of people for different things. For this business, I look to my dad and value his opinion. Do we see eye to eye always? No, but he has been in the industry for a long time and has witnessed a lot of changes, innovations, and fads. He has always instilled into everyone here about great customer service, and that is our founding principle. In our industry, there are several visionaries that I listen to, watch, and value their advice.

Future goals. There are too many to mention. I would like to see the business expand into other parts of the Jackson metro area.

I would also like to get more people to share their images. Too many people just take photos never to be seen again. They are

hiding in their memory card or computer. One day they will be gone, either by computers crashing or losing memory cards, etc. There are so many ways to share your memories in new creative ways.

My greatest pleasure in the past year. The birth of our second

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reen Oak Garden Center and Florist was started in 1960 by William K. Martinson. His daughter Karen and her husband currently own and operate this full service florist, garden center, gift shop, and landscaping service at 5009 Old Canton Rd.

Education. Madison-Ridgeland Academy (cheerleader), Arizona State University, graduate of Mississippi State University in horticulture (like daddy).

Family. Husband, Maur McKie (I bought him in Bachelor Bid), children Eric, Carley, and Nic. Major turning points in life. Having children and buying Green Oak from my par-

ents. Both were extremely happy and pleasant experiences. Working with Maur has strengthened our relationship. We brought the kids to work often, and they grew up working summers there, much like I did growing up.

For fun.

I like to swim, love to take the boat out, eat out with friends, especially my sister and her husband, love to camp and travel.

My greatest challenge.

Picking the right school for the children. I wanted a school close to work, with a phonics-based program, one that went from kindergarten through high school, with prep for good colleges. Jackson Academy was that school.

A great pleasure for me. Designing landscape projects. Designing with interior plants and enhancing with color plants brings joy to me and my clients.

People would be surprised to know. I used to be very shy; talking in front of a group would terrify me. To overcome that fear I made myself perform those functions every chance I got. I now give presentations on gardening topics and thoroughly enjoy myself.



ilson & Wilson Irrigation. Phil Wilson began working for T. McClure Irrigation as a high school student. Thirty years ago he took ownership of the business, which is now one of the most successful irrigation companies in the metro area. Son Taylor has joined the business, located at 2610 Lakeland Dr., as vice president.

Education. Northwest Rankin High School, University of Mississippi with a degree in managerial finance in 2002. Family. Wife, Kay, son Hayden and daughter Hannah. For fun. Marsh fishing in Louisiana and Ole Miss football games. My hero is my dad. Working with him on a daily basis, I am continually learning how to handle the nuances of running a business effectively and ethically. My greatest pleasure in the past year. Our business success. Wilson & Wilson has been awarded several out-of-state contracts in Alabama and Florida as well as some high-profile in-state projects like the new Jackson Federal Courthouse. Unmet goal. I would like to expand our business footprint to other areas throughout the Southeast. june 2012



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teve Scott opened Great Scott in 1986. Great Scott was recently recognized as one of the top 50 men's specialty stores by national publications, Daily News Record and Esquire's Big Black Book. Son Wright Scott joined his dad in the business in 2002 as a salesman. Specializing in management information systems, Wright has brought Great Scott into the 21st century.

Education. Jackson Academy, University of Mississippi with degree in operations management and marketing. Family. Wife, Gloria Simpson, children, William Wright and Gloria Helen. My hero is my dad. I look up to my father. He has turned Great Scott into one of the best stores in the country by his positive attitude and 50 years of experience in the clothing business. Every day I am reminded of what a privilege it is to be able to work for him. Success. I am constantly studying those who have been successful and try to implement for myself the traits that have led to their success. Regardless of the industry, you can learn a lot from those who have overcome adversity to achieve the goals they have set in life. For fun. When I am not working or being a parent, I like to focus on maintaining my health. I enjoy playing tennis, riding mountain bikes and working out in the gym. People might be surprised to learn. I enjoy playing chess. My high school chemistry professor introduced me to the game and talked me into becoming a member of the chess team. We learned to play with a clock and played blitz chess. I look forward to teaching the game to my children.



ourty years ago, Jimmy Fowler purchased this prestigious landmark retail destination. Fowler's grandson, Guy Boyll III, as vice president of operations, and his father, Guy Boyll II, carry on the Highland Village tradition of quality and personal attention.

Education. Jackson Academy, Mississippi State University (cum laude), Mississippi School of Banking. Family. Wife, Lana Barton Boyll, children, Fowler Frances, Barton Lee and Kate Wydham. Turning point in my life. Meeting Lana 16 years ago, getting married, and being blessed with three healthy children has helped me focus on the impact we can have on others. More importantly I realize all that God has blessed me with. Greatest life challenge. Overcoming the death of my best friend in high school and the death of my mother right after college. Volunteer work. I see volunteering as a way I can give back to the community that has helped make our business a success. I am on the board of directors for Goodwill Industries of Mississippi Inc., Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, and Clifton Plantation, and previously on Junior Achievement of Mississippi board. I am also active in Young Business Leaders of Jackson and Century Club Charities. Success. My father taught me that your "honesty and integrity define who you are as a person," and my grandfather always said "attitude is everything." Each day when you wake up, it is up to you to decide whether this is going to be a good day or a bad day. 42

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rimos Restaurant opened in 1929 as Primos Bakery by Angelo "Pop" Primos and Mildred Primos located at 236 East Capitol St. Today, with full service restaurants at 2323 Lakeland Dr. in Flowood and 515 Lake Harbour Dr. in Ridgeland, Pop's grandson Don Primos, now owner/operator of Primos CafĂŠs, keeps the family business alive and thriving.


Graduated Jackson Prep, Mississippi State, degree in business


Family. Wife, Virginia Phillips Primos; children, Mary Claire and Paige Primos. Greatest professional challenge. Our greatest challenge was clos-

ing Primos Northgate and developing a new business from scratch. We wanted to keep our loyal following in Jackson, and at the same time encourage new people to join us. Faithful employees and close friends encouraged us during the transition. With a lot of prayer and planning, Virginia and I pushed through the challenges and have been blessed with the outcome.

For fun. My wife says I'm a workaholic, but I also love to fish for speckled trout and redfish in the Louisiana marshes. I enjoy spending family time on the bay in Biloxi, and playing with my border collie Lucy.

Success. In college I went to work with my grandfather, my father, uncles and aunts who worked extremely hard and long hours. From them I learned about success. Being in this business personally for 34+ years, I believe that the combination of faith in your God and the time and talents of great employees is the true recipe for success.

My greatest pleasure in the past year. My daughter, Mary Claire, moving back to Jackson to become a part of Primos CafĂŠ.



his family-owned and operated real estate company was founded by Elaine Nix in 1977, who was joined in the business by her son-in-law Bill a few years later. Now Nix-Tann is the largest real estate company in Jackson with 40 agents. Walker Tann, Elaine's grandson and Bill's son, is on board as vice president and Designated Broker.

Education. Jackson Prep (Most Athletic), Mississippi State University Family. Wife Candace (also employed at Nix-Tann), dog Simon. Turning point in my life. When I chose to be in the family business and stay in Mississippi. I was thinking of working in Washington D.C., having interned for Senator Trent Lott, or attending law school. One year in real estate made me realize this is what makes me happy.

My greatest challenge. Working with family! Having my parents and my wife all in the same building at one time! It has taken a little time for it to gel, but surprisingly, it has been a relatively smooth situation. We feel blessed to be able to work side by side. For fun. I like to golf, run, work in the yard. My heroes. My parents. Even though they always worked extremely hard,

they were at every ball game and event I can remember.

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his is a great shop for stylish clothes in town where mothers and daughters can shop together. Established by Kathryn Becker in 1974, Kathryn Sams joined her mother at the shop in 1982 as manager. Sams is now co-owner with her mother, and they work and buy together.

Education. Graduated from Jackson Prep, where she was a cheerleader and Miss Jackson Prep; B.A. in fashion merchandising, Ole Miss, 1980, where she was a cheerleader, Chi Omega, and Miss Ole Miss. Family.

Married to Dr. Lee Sams, an internal medicine physician. Children: Becker, Sarah, and


Youthful ambition.

I planned on having children and being a stay-at-home mom. That was my dream, but I feel lucky that it didn't turn out that way.

My first job. Being a runner for the law firm of Watkins and Eager. My greatest challenge. Losing my job when we were first married and Lee was starting

med school. The company downsized and closed the Jackson office where I was the purchasing agent. I was scared. Shortly after that my mom's manager informed her that she was moving to California, and mom offered me the job. That was 1982, and I've been here ever since.

What most people don't know. I am an avid gardener. I especially love hydrangeas. I have many hydrangeas in my yard, of all colors. I prefer blue, but I am taken with the new white one called "Limelight." Every year when the hydrangeas are in full bloom I have a party. I invite perhaps 100 people just to come over and see my beautiful hydrangeas.

Future goals. I really don't have any unmet goals. I am not overly ambitious. I am quite content with my life. I have three great kids, a wonderful husband, and a job I love.

The persons I most admire. My parents who instilled in me a strong work ethic, val-

ues and taught me great life lessons.



on of Darden North, a respected obstetrician/gynecologist in Jackson, and his wife, Sally, William North was drawn to a surgical specialty, one in which he could help correct birth defects, traumatic injury, as well as provide cosmetic options to patients of both sexes. Today he is a plastic surgery resident at University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center in Lexington, Ky.


Jackson Prep 2003, University of Mississippi 2007 (graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude), University of Mississippi Medical Center 2011.

Family. Unmarried. For fun. I hunt, fish, and run with my six-year-old Lab, Bandit. My hero. My father. My goal. To be a well-respected board certified reconstructive and cosmetic plas-

tic surgeon serving patients' needs in the Southeast.

Success. My father taught me that diligence and drive as well as seizing on every opportunity develop strength of character and maximize learning and development of skills.

My greatest pleasure in the past year. Calling up a wild turkey and watching him strut down a long dirt road heading in my direction. 44

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eters Real Estate and Investments. With more than 25 years experience in the commercial real estate business, Mike Peters, owner of Fondren Corners, has been called by Jack Criss in an article in the April/May 2006 issue of Mississippi Capitalist, "a shrewd, sharp businessman" who "almost singlehandedly" changed Fondren with his vision for Fondren Corners. In 2004 son Sam joined the business as vice president of sales and leasing.

Education. Jackson Academy and University of Mississippi. Family. Wife, Courtney Chinn Peters, new baby born in November 2011. My greatest pleasure in the past year. The day my wife and I found out that we were having out first child. Major turning point in his life. My wedding day. Family and friends supporting my wife and me gave me so much faith and hope for the future. I never felt my life meant more than on that day

Unmet goal. I hope to take over and run the family business with my brother Mitch one day. For fun. Soccer, golf, running, anything outdoors. I coach the boys and girls soccer teams at Jackson Academy. Success. My father taught me that hard work and determination will get me far in life, whether in sports or school or in my spiritual life. He pushed me to work

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2011 Debutante Presentation Ball

Twenty-three young ladies were formally introduced to society by the Debutante Club of Mississippi Inc., at its 2011 presentation November 25 at the Hilton Jackson, continuing a tradition that began in Jackson with the first debutante presentation reception and ball in 1933. The debutantes of 2011 are: Katherine Anita Alexander, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bruce Alexander, presented by her father, escorted by Austin Bruce Alexander; Ann Avery Burrell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Luse Burrell Jr., presented by her father, escorted by Garrett Lee Zwahlen; Caroline Elizabeth Campbell, daughter of

Mr. and Mrs. John Burdette Campbell, presented by her father, escorted by John Gordon Campbell; Madison Elizabeth Coburn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Michael Coburn, presented by her father, escorted by Houston Rogers Keyes; Emily Anne Cole, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hughes Cole Jr., presented by her father, escorted by Zachary Aaron Ring; Rachel Barton Crim, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Lee Crim Jr., presented by her father, escorted by William Lee Crim III; Katharine Halpin DeRossette, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Quinn DeRossette, presented by her father, escorted by Daniel

Paul DeRossette; Also, Laura Walton Fenelon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brian Thomas Fenelon, presented by her father, escorted by Brian Patterson Fenelon; Catherine Taylor Gex, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Joseph Gex IV, presented by her father, escorted by Walter Joseph Gex V; Lee Morgan Gunn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Lee Gunn, presented by her father, escorted by Paul Jackson Gunn; Ashley Lauren Haltom, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joiner Mack Haltom III, presented by her father, escorted by Stephen Grey Haltom; Elizabeth Gray Henry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George

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Mark Henry Sr., presented by her father; escorted by George Mark Henry Jr.; Caroline Derivaux Kemp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Kemp III, presented by her father, escorted by Riley Burnett Collins III; Ann Francis Leech, daughter of Mr. William Hollis Leech Sr., and Mrs. Wesla Sullivan Leech, presented by her father, escorted by William Hollis Leech Jr.; Courtney Claire Little, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Nelson Kent Little, presented by her father, escorted by Wade Paxton Little; Also, Lauren Marie McMillin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Lee McMillin, presented by her father, escorted by Gregory David McMillin; Madeleine Byrne Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Wayne Miller, presented by her father, escorted by Montgomery Stewart Miller; Regan Crawford Reardon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ian McNeill Cross and Mr. and Mrs. Rory Campbell Reardon, presented by Mr. Cross, escorted by Elliott Frank Thomas III; Mary Frances Stephens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lawrence Stephens, presented by her father, escorted by Joseph Neal Stephens; Ashley Victoria Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Anderson Thomas Jr., presented by her father, escorted by




William Anderson Thomas III; Rachel Annette Vise, daughter of Annette Fortman Vise and the late Dr. William Michael Vise, presented and escorted by James Wilbourn Vise; Julia Hall Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Richard Wright, presented by her father, escorted by Ethan Porter Veazey; and Karan Lorraine York, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Snyder York III, presented by her father, escorted by John Harrison York. Free-standing floral arrangements filled with calla lilies, Casablanca lilies, delphiniums, dendrobian orchids, white Eskimo and light pink roses, white hydrangeas, and Italian Ruscus greenery were used to create a garden setting for the presentation stage. At the head of the garden was an archway entwined with pink babies breath and adorned with three wreaths, also made with pink babies breath. Ligustrum trees stood at both sides of the arch, adding greenery to the scene. When a debutante’s name was announced, she entered the ballroom walking under the arch to the front of the stage where she was met by her presenter who escorted her around the ballroom, presenting her to the gathering of family and friends. As they circled the ballroom, Master

of Ceremonies Wilson Stribling added information about the debutante’s family and school activities. Each debutante carried a bouquet of pink roses tied with a pale green silk taffeta ribbon. After all the debutantes had been presented, the group re-entered the ballroom and the ceremony ended with the debutantes and their presenters standing in front of the section where the debutante’s family was seated. Music was provided by Charles Scott. Following the presentation, the Debutante Club of Mississippi hosted a reception for the debutantes and their guests. Later in the evening, they returned to the ballroom for dinner and dancing. In keeping with an established tradition, the first dance was reserved for the debutante and her presenter. The second dance was for the debutante and her escort. Guests joined the debutantes on the dance floor during the third dance and dancing continued until midnight to the music of Class Reunion. The party season for the debutantes began in mid-December with luncheons, dinners, open houses, dances, and other parties hosted by their families throughout the Christmas holiday.

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Dennis Wayne Miller, Joseph Lawrence Stephens, William Anderson Thomas Jr., James Wilbourn Vise, Frank Snyder York III; (front) Madeleine Byrne Miller, Mary Frances Stephens, Ashley Victoria Thomas, Rachel Annette Vise, Karan Lorraine York

Jack Luse Burrell Jr., Charles Hughes Cole Jr., Timothy Quinn DeRossette, Ian Neill Cross; (front) Ann Avery Burrell, Emily Anne Cole, Katharine Halpin DeRossette, Regan Crawford Reardon

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John Burdette Campbell, William Lee Crim Jr., Brian Thomas Fenelon, William Richard Wright; (front) Caroline Elizabeth Campbell, Rachel Barton Crim, Laura Walton Fenelon, Julia Hall Wright

Debutantes with their mothers and grandmothers who are former Debutante Club of Mississippi debutantes (from left, back) Rachel Barton Crim, Kelley Walton Fenelon, Laura Walton Fenelon, Julia Hall Wright, Caroline Elizabeth Campbell, Kate Lawrence Bethany Campbell; (front) Sarah Ruth (Sallie) Lloyd Crim, Frances Patterson Walton, Sarah Price Wright, Lorraine Crockett Smith Bethany 50

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Mothers who are former debutantes and their 2012 debutante daughters (from left, back) Sarah Virginia Wilkerson Burrell, Lucille (Lucy) Lynch Halpin DeRossette, Melissa Lea Deterly Cross; (front) Ann Avery Burrell, Katharine Halpin DeRossette, Regan Crawford Reardon

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verything I know about wine I learned in college. It’s true and there was no bar involved. While my friends were taking elective courses on basket weaving or making up for changing their major every semester, I saved three of my 18 elective hours for something really good. When I became aware that “wine appreciation” was a legitimate college accredited course, I was willing to wait until I was of legal age and a junior to schedule my elective hours. The flaw in all of the planning with my elective selection was underestimating my Baptist parent’s enthusiasm about my curriculum choice. Once I was officially enrolled in the class, I knew that I had to inform my parents about this exciting “culinary” experience that Mississippi State offered students. As I rehearsed for the call to my dad, my thought was to lead with “… Jesus drank wine.” Then I remembered, it didn’t work as my reasoning in high school – so, I thought it best to defer to


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the MSU college catalog for supporting documentation. I called my daddy and to the best of my recollection our conversation went as it would with any father and daughter, something like thisDaughter: Hi, Daddy. I have good news. I just finished my schedule and I got all of the classes I wanted. Father: Good, what will you be taking? Daughter: microeconomics, principles of marketing, business statistics, organizational communications, legal environment of business, and wine appreciation. Father: What was the last one – wire transformation? Is that a finance course? Daughter: No - Wine Appreciation FNH3113 – a three hour lecture exploring the principles of wine identification, evaluation and service with emphasis on the wines of Europe and the United States. Father: You’re kidding.

Daughter: I bet I make an A. Father: That’s what I’m afraid of. Our discussion continued with references to “this is not what he was paying for me to take at college,” but in the end he agreed that it was probably more useful in my career aspirations than making baskets. Thank goodness my daddy had the forethought to let the wine class round out my semester, as I have personally witnessed people push the wine list away as if it were the check because they fear picking the wrong wine to go with the entrée or embarrassing themselves by not being able to pronounce the variety of grape. Luckily, I do not have such fears – at least not of the wine list. While I might have enrolled in the class because it sounded like fun, I actually learned a lot. The amount of information covered in the class was overwhelming. Our sessions would begin with a discussion of our reading assignment as the class did require a


textbook. Our textbook, “Exploring Wine: The Culinary Institute of America’s Complete Guide to Wines of the World,” was 699 pages of wine information overload. To this day my college textbook is on the shelf with my “good cookbooks,” and I do reference it from time to time. We had written tests, blind tastings and food pairings – not to mention that we covered all of the material while tasting wine. Our class covered the basics of wine as well as expanding our palate for different types of wine combinations.

Wine Basics: There are two types of wine: 1. Sparkling - with bubbles (only wines from the Champagne region of France should be referred to as champagne); 2. Still – without bubbles. The flavors of wine are immeasurable and can range from sweet to dry; low alcohol content to fortified (wines that have added alcohol such as port or sherry); and aromatized (wines that have added flavoring such as vermouths). Making wine is really simple because it is nothing more than fermented fruit juice. Grapes are pressed to release the juice that becomes wine when the sugar is converted into alcohol by activation of yeast (yeast occurring naturally from the skin of the grapes or added by the wine maker). Sugar + yeast = alcohol + carbon dioxide As the fermentation occurs, carbon dioxide is released and the alcohol remains, producing a still wine. If the carbon dioxide is not removed,

the result is a sparkling wine. The processes vary in wine production, and wines may be stored in stainless vats or oak barrels prior to bottling. The variation continues in the shape and color of the wine bottles. The dark color and shape of the wine bottle are all factors in preserving the taste of wine prior to consumption. Heat and light are enemies of wine. Wine should be stored at a temperature of 55° and out of florescent light. Do not store wine above your refrigerator. Wine is meant to be enjoyed and after the wine has been selected, the stemware is of the utmost importance in wine presentation. When selecting a glass, the thinner the better. If I could take a Riedel wine glass to a restaurant and not look like a total snob (or worse that I have a drinking problem) I would. Riedel has a specific glass for every variety of grape. I recommend the Vinum Extreme series. These glasses can make a $10 bottle of wine taste like it cost five times as much. The glasses run about $35 per stem and are worth every penny. There are many varieties of grapes, and over the summer we will explore the three broad ranges of wine: blush (rosé), white and red. We will begin our journey with blush wines as they are often the most overlooked and underestimated. Zinfandel, cabernet, grenache, malbec, merlot, sangiovese, syrah and pinot noir are the most common red grape varieties used to produce blush wines. One of the most surprising facts I learned in class was that not all rosé wines

taste like white zinfandel. The color may indicate that the taste is sweet, but looks can be deceiving. Rosés are excellent when paired with a number of foods and you may be surprised by how well a blush wine can complement a dish. If you have never tried a rosé wine, or thought they all taste like your Aunt Sue’s white zinfandel - here is your homework assignment: • Try onion rings with a sparkling rosé. Sparkling wines are light and effervescent, which make them the perfect companion to fried dishes. • Try salmon with a French rosé. All French wines are labeled by region of origin, so the variety of grape will differ as will the intensity of flavor. • Try barbecue ribs with a malbec rosé. Malbec pairs well with spicy Mexican, Cajun, Indian or Italian fare and matches well with tomato-based sauces. Rule of thumb when selecting wine: keep like things together. This may mean progressing from a light wine with appetizers to a heavier wine with your entrée. One variety of wine may not be suitable for an entire meal as the complexity of dishes evolve. Don’t be afraid to try something new. I may have discovered a taste for wine in college, but my appreciation for wine is ever expanding. Join me as we sample new wines this summer. Who knows, dinner might be a little sweeter with a rosé in your glass.

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he Mississippi Tennis Association is proud to announce that the recipients of the 2012 educational scholarships are Natalie Payne and Phillip Qu, both of Ridgeland. Now in its 12th year, the program awards a scholarship each year to a deserving young man and woman based on their accomplishments in the classroom, on the tennis court, and in the community. Natalie is the daughter of Drs. John and Aena Payne of Ridgeland. She is in the 2012 graduating class at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. In addition to maintaining a high scholastic average, Natalie has been active in the National Honor Society, the French Club, the Harry Potter Club, the literary magazine, and the prom committee. She attended MSMS Governor’s School in the summer of 2011 and received a grant to study language and art in France in 2010. Her extracurricular activities include various forms of art, creative writing, and playing the piano. She has served as a volunteer at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, and she worked as a camp counselor at John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, as well as volunteering for special events at both her school and her church. Tennis became a major part of Natalie’s life in the sixth grade, and since that time she has practiced regularly, played in numerous tournaments, and spent

her summers training at tennis camps. She has been a part of the St. Andrew’s tennis team that has won the state championship for the past five years, winning the 3A state championship in singles three times and the girls doubles title once. She has participated in USTA junior development programs and tournaments throughout Mississippi and the Southern section, her highest MTA ranking being number two. Natalie plans to attend the University of Mississippi this fall pursuing a career in graphic design and/or international relations. Phillip, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Guangzhi Qu, is also a senior at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, where he is a National Merit Scholarship finalist and an AP scholar with distinction. He has also recently been selected as a semifinalist in the Presidential Scholars program, which honors 550 high school seniors selected from throughout the United States. While maintaining his high scholastic average, he has also participated in numerous clubs and school activities, including the Cum Laude Society, the National Honor Society, and the Student Admission Team. He participated in a medical mission trip to Honduras and is a regular volunteer at Stewpot Ministry in Jackson. Phillip began playing tennis as an eight-year-old and has trained very hard to become an outstanding player. As a member of the St. Andrew’s tennis team,

he won the state singles title four times, leading his team to the state championship in each of those years. Based on his tournament participation, he currently holds an MTA ranking of number two in the boys 18 division. Through his volunteerism, Phillip has discovered a passion for helping people, which has motivated him to seek a medical degree at Emory University in Atlanta in the fall. The Tri County CTA recently sponsored a Tennis Night in America at Parham Bridges Tennis Center. Children from the area were invited to come and play some tennis, participate in tennis games and watch an exhibition match between local junior players Helena and Phillip Qu against Tori Roberts and Matthew McMullan. Local WAPT weatherman David Hartman was the referee for this match. Before the feature match, local 10 and under juniors Mathis Billman and Juliett French entertained the crowd with a match on the 60’ courts. Summer is here. There are tennis activities all over the city for juniors and adults. Please don’t let the heat scare you away; there are plenty of leagues that have play in the evenings. For all of your tennis needs, you can go to or on Facebook; USTA Mississippi.

2012 MTA Scholarship recipient Natalie Payne

2012 MTA Scholarship recipient Phillip Qu

Local WAPT weatherman David Hartman and junior mom Melaine Billman wait for the exhibition match.

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Chole Vizier, Emily Welch and Selah Christian enjoying their sno-cones.

David Hartman with brother and sister mixed doubles team, Phillip and Helena Qu.

Waiting for popcorn are (back) Callie Billman; (middle) Elena Roberts, Haley Brooks: (front) Juliett Finch, Mathis Billman and Emma Roberts.

Kay Troxler, local CTA volunteer, on court with juniors Lailaa Bashir, Caroline Tanner, Vitor Silva and Rasul Bashir.

Chole Vizier poses for a picture while enjoying her sno-cone.

CTA volunteer Jake Smith helps junior James Irwin with his strokes.

Julia Catherine Sumrall shows it really doesn’t matter how you hold your racket, as long as you make contact with the ball.

Mathis Billman and Emma Roberts waiting to play a little tennis.

Mathis Billman and Juliett Finch during their match on the 60’ court at Bridges.

Matthew McMullan and Tori Roberts warm up before the feature exhibition match.

Sisters Maya and Jalia Coins take a quick break while playing on court games.

Brother and sister, Rasul and Lailaa Bashir on the courts during Tennis Night in America.

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E Please type, double space, your article in story format. No forms are used by the Sun. All write-ups should be submitted by the first day of the month for the following month’s publication. Please include photos. At least one photo will be featured with each wedding and engagement announcement. More will be used as space permits. If a stamped, self-addressed envelope is enclosed, every effort will be made to return photos. Please include a daytime phone number on all releases. Payment is due with submission. Wedding announcements are $150 and are full page. Engagement announcements are a half page for $90. Mail to Northside Sun Magazine, P.O. Box 16709, Jackson, 39236; or e-mail to Deliveries are also accepted at our office at 246 Briarwood Dr. For more information,

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Mary Frances York & Cameron Norton Woodward AUGUST 27, 2011 THE FARM AT THE OLD EDWARDS INN • HIGHLANDS, N.C.


ary Frances York and Cameron Norton Woodward were united in marriage August 27, 2011, at The Farm at The Old Edwards Inn, Highlands, N.C. The double ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Jeff Davis. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hansell Norwood York III. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Hansell Norwood York Jr. and the late Mr. York of Baytown, Texas, and the late Jane Nelms Lansford of Georgetown, Texas, and the late Rev. Dr. Myers Blondon Curtis of Houston, Texas. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Heyward Lamar Woodward Jr. of Buckhead, Ga. He is the grandson of Grace Evelyn Norton and the late Alva Arthur Norton Jr. of Buckhead, and Mr. and Mrs. James T. Williams of Greensboro, Ga., and the late Heyward Lamar Woodward. Escorted by her father, the bride wore an ivory designer strapless A-line gown of silk organza with a draped wrap bodice and draped skirt. Her cathedral length veil was trimmed in matching organza. She carried a bouquet of white peonies, roses, and hydrangeas. Matron of honor was her sister, Shannon Blanks. Bridesmaids were Allie Chappell Cobb, Sara Curle, Kathryn Elizabeth Holland, Allison Marie Landry, Lauren Ashley Moore, Bethany Ann Tudor, and Darah Morgan Walton. They wore coordinating gowns of pewter chiffon and carried bouquets of French blue hydrangeas. The bridegroom’s brother, Corey Lamar Woodward, was best man. Groomsmen were Miguel Angel Cossio, David Cochran Dick, Matthew Hutchison, John Wesley Jones, Rete Rivers Odom, Jason Francis Williams, and Carter Austin Woodward. Ushers were David James Blanks, Carmine Antonio Francesco DeGisi, Brian J. Miller and William McComb. The Scripture reader was Elizabeth Stratton Odom, and the program attendant was Haley Nethery Aldridge. Nuptial music was provided by the Mary Daniels String Quartet. Following the outdoor ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception on the grounds of the Old Edwards Farm with dining and dancing to the music of Fourteen Karat Gold. On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Ruka’s Table, Highlands, N.C. A wedding day brunch was hosted by friends of the bride’s parents from Memphis and Jackson, and a bridesmaids luncheon and leisure day was hosted by friends from Jackson. After a wedding trip to Costa Rica, the couple lives in Madison, Ga.

Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Norton Woodward

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Jennifer Nicole Lyles & Brian Higdon Gray OCTOBER 1, 2011 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH • GRENADA, MISSISSIPPI


Mr. and Mrs. Brian Higdon Gray


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ennifer Nicole Lyles and Brian Higdon Gray were united in marriage at 4 p.m. October 1, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Grenada. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Lee Lyles Jr. of Grenada. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lois Melvin Knight and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Lee Lyles, all of Meridian. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shelton Gray II of Madison. He is the grandson of Reba Stuart Higdon of Byram, the late Ford Barlow Higdon, the late Dorothy Smith Higdon, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Robert Gray, all of Jackson. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Huey Dedmon, the bride’s childhood minister, and the Rev. Thomas Robinson, the bridegroom’s fraternity brother. The congregation observed the couple’s first communion together during the Christ-centered ceremony. Nuptial music was presented by Cindy Dugan, organist and pianist; and Jenna Nassar, vocalist. Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a full A-line gown in antique ivory with a sweetheart neckline and a pleated, shimmery satin bodice. The gown featured alabaster and ivory lace and was embellished with pewter floral petal accents gathered at the side waist above a billowing tulle skirt and cathedral-length train. The train was bordered with delicate scalloped edging. Her up-do was accented by an embellished headpiece that complemented her dress. The bride’s jewelry consisted of a diamond cross necklace given to her by the bridegroom on the eve of the wedding. The bride carried a hand tied bouquet of lime light green hydrangea and orange unique roses accented with hypericum berries and salal leaves. Tucked in the bouquet were sprigs of rosemary for remembrance. The bouquet was French braided with satin ribbon. In family tradition, the bride carried her paternal grandmother’s antique lavaliere wrapped around the stem of her bouquet. Matron of honor was Rebecca Rouse Alexander. Bridesmaids were Kellie Ann Rushing, cousin of the bride; Kathryn John Satcher; Danielle Lacy Stagg; Sugi Willard Wiltcher; Lauren Elizabeth Poss; and Kirby Deanna Nelson. They wore olive green one-shoulder gowns of taffeta adorned with flowers on the shoulder. They carried hand-tied French bouquets of lime light green hydrangea and orange unique roses, an accent to their gowns. Flower girl was Ashby Rose Robinson, who wore an ankle-length white dress accented with crocheted lace and white satin ribbon and carried a basket of orange unique rose petals. The bridegroom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were Matthew Shelton Gray, brother of the bridegroom; Carl Stephen Bozeman, cousin of the bridegroom; Preston Hampton Gough III; William Gerard Ulmer; John Scott Magee; and Jonathan Leo Schemmel. Ushers were Jefferson Allan King, and Ross Conner King, cousins of the bridegroom; and Matthew Kyle Rushing, cousin of the bride. The bride’s proxy was Martha Grace Gray. Registrant and program attendants were Caroline King, Emily Bush and Mallory Harrison. Robin Grubb was wedding director. Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at First and Green. Guests were greeted by a local four-piece ensemble and enjoyed a dinner buffet catered by Mississippi Cookin’. The bride’s cake was a four-tiered buttercream cake. The bridegroom’s chocolate filled cake displayed his initials. Reception greeters were friends of the bride’s parents: Caroline Mayhan, Wayne and Patricia Roberts, and Deborah Windham. On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at First and Green. A slideshow of the couple, prepared by the bridegroom’s mother, was shown at the conclusion of the dinner. A bridal brunch was held the day of the wedding at the home of Robin and Bonnie Rouse of Gore Springs. Co-hostesses were Bonnie Rouse and Rebecca Alexander. A groomsmen’s luncheon was hosted by the bridegroom’s aunts on the day of the wedding at the Perry Creek Golf and Racquet Club in Grenada. Hostesses were Cindy Pitesa and Nancy King. Following a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple is at home in Jackson, where the bride is field publications editor at Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company, and the bridegroom is a staff accountant at Harper, Raines, Knight and Company, P.A.




Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Webster Younce

irginia Callaway Smith and Dallas Webster Younce were married November 5, 2011, at the home of the bride’s grandmother, Mrs. Robert L. McCommon Jr. of Macon, Ga., where the bride’s parents and many other members of the family had been married. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Boone Smith III of Macon. The bridegroom is the son of Theresa Overstreet Younce of Jackson and Dr. Dale Richard Younce Sr. of Mobile. Dr. Younce and the Rev. Harriette Simmons officiated the ceremony. Escorted by her father, the bride wore a designer fluted column gown of duchess satin with a diagonally draped bodice and a detachable draped train. She wore a diamond brooch that had belonged to her paternal grandmother, the late Mrs. George B. Smith Jr., and carried a hand-tied bouquet of lilies of the valley. The bride’s sister-in-law, Amanda Rodman Smith of Macon, was matron of honor. Samantha Lazarus Levin and Lydon Friedrich Vonnegut, both of New York, were bridesmaids. They wore knee-length dresses of blue shantung featuring sleeveless draped bodices and carried bouquets of white roses and greenery tied with white satin ribbon. Flower girls were the bridegroom’s nieces, Elisabeth Grace, Emma Catherine, and Evie Alice Younce of Opp, Ala., and Marley Rebecca Williams of Mobile. They wore matching dresses of white dupioni silk banded at the hem and tied at the waist with blue silk. They wore circlets of white roses in their hair and carried silver baskets of white rose petals. Greeters were Alice Williamson Denton of Cleveland, Marnie Elizabeth Hanel of Portland, Dr. Aakanksha Haider Pande of Washington, D.C., and Margaret Younce Williams of Mobile. The bridegroom’s brother, Dale Richard Younce Jr. of Jackson, was best man. Groomsmen were George Boone Smith IV of Macon, Ga., and Dr. James William Sutherland of Jackson. Ushers were Scott Thomas Crosby and Stephen Robert Shaffer of New York; Philip Cade Newman of London, England; Matthew Robert Rose of Charlottesville, Va.; and William Robert Younce of Gulf Breeze, Fla. William George McCommon of Atlanta was the acolyte. Edward Eikner of Macon was the pianist. A reception was held on the grounds of the McCommon home where a large tent was set up for the buffet supper featuring a wide variety of Southern favorites including pecan pralines made on-site. The wedding party and guests danced to the music of a local band featuring a Big Band sound. On the eve of the wedding the bridegroom’s parents and aunts entertained the wedding party and the out-of-town guests at a dinner of barbeque and bluegrass music in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Frank Kelly. Other events during the week were a cocktail buffet at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Tred Shurling, a bridesmaid’s luncheon at the Hay House in downtown Macon hosted by the bride’s aunts, and a wedding day brunch at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Maxwell for out-oftown guests. The couple was honored by postnuptial parties in Jackson in the homes of Dr. and Mrs. Lee Owen and the Rev. and Mrs. Bebo Elkin. After a wedding trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Younces live in New York where they are both editors.

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Leah Frances Jones & Jonathan Douglas Eaton


JULY 28, 2012

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH • JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI r. and Mrs. Jamie Wallace Jones of Madison announce the engagement of their daughter, Leah Frances Jones, to Jonathan Douglas Eaton of Starkville, formerly of Nashville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Trudy Wand, the late Clifford Wand, and the late Berry Reuben Givens, all of Brookhaven, and the late James Wallace Jones and Billie Sue Jones of Monticello. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Carl Eaton of Nashville. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eaton of Richmond, Va., and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Lancaster and the late Beth Lancaster of Greer, S.C. Miss Jones is a 2009 graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. She is a junior political science major at Mississippi College and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University in 2013. Eaton is a 2005 graduate of Hume-Fogg Academic High School. At Mississippi State University, he earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s in statistics. He is an instructor in the math department at State. The couple will exchange vows at First Baptist Church, Jackson, July 28 at 6 p.m. Leah Frances Jones, Jonathan Douglas Eaton

Leigh Capers Mitchell & Jason Alan Craft


JUNE 16, 2012

ST. ANDREW’S CATHEDRAL • JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI r. and Mrs. Stuart Carlton Mitchell announce the engagement of their daughter, Leigh Capers Mitchell, to Jason Alan Craft, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Alan Craft of Canton.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Lee Howard Trapp of Monticello, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Otis Mitchell of Jackson. The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Craft of Tallullah, La., and Martha McDaniel and the late Mitchell McDaniel of Gilbert, La. Miss Mitchell is a 2002 graduate of Jackson Academy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Mississippi State University. She teaches third grade at Canton Elementary. Craft is a 2004 graduate of Madison Ridgeland Academy and a 2010 graduate of Mississippi State University, where he recieved a bachelor’s degree in agriculture engineering technology and business. He is a partner with Craft Farms Enterprise in Madison County. The couple will exchange vows June 16 at St. Andrew’s Cathedral. A reception will follow at The South. After a wedding trip to the Florida Keys, the couple will make their home in Madison.

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Rebecca Allison Atwood & Brad Lee Jeffries


JUNE 2, 2012


Brad Lee Jeffries, Rebecca Allison Atwood

r. and Mrs. Ward William Van Skiver and Mr. and Mrs. William David Atwood announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Allison Atwood, to Brad Lee Jeffries of Starkville. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Almon Lamar Hataway, Mrs. Giddeon Wells Atwood, and the late Mr. Atwood of Kosciusko. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Keith Jeffries of Starkville. He is the great-grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Yates Oswalt of Mathiston, and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Carl Jeffries of Ackerman. Miss Atwood is a 1998 graduate of Madison Ridgeland Academy and a 2002 graduate of Samford University, where she was graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and French. She was graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2010 with a master’s in marriage and family therapy and counseling and will graduate in May from RTS with a master’s in biblical studies. She is pursuing licensure as a professional counselor with Hopewell Counseling Inc. Jeffries is a 2009 graduate of Mississippi State University, where he received a bachelor’s of architecture degree. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves for six years and serves as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force/Air Guard as a civil engineer. Jeffries is also an intern architect with Dale Partners Architects. The couple will exchange vows under the trees at the Van Skiver’s family farm in Gluckstadt, June 2. Afterward, the couple will live in the Belhaven area.

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Patricia Diane Commarato & Christopher Steven Taylor


JULY 7, 2012


r. and Mrs. Eric Commarato announce the engagement of their daughter, Patricia Diane Commarato, to Christopher Steven Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Benson of Horn Lake. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Langston of Tupelo and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Commarato of Picayune. The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Benson of Bruceton, Tenn. Miss Commarato is a 2006 graduate of Jackson Academy. She received a bachelor’s degree of accountancy from Mississippi State University in 2010 where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. In 2011, she earned a master’s of taxation from Mississippi State University. She lives in Memphis, where she is a tax associate for Ernst and Young LLP. Taylor is a 2006 graduate of Horn Lake High School. He received a bachelor’s degree of accountancy from Mississippi State University in 2010. In 2011, he earned a master’s in professional accountancy from Mississippi State University. He is an audit associate with KPMG LLP in Memphis. The couple will exchange vows July 7 at Chapel of Memories, Mississippi State University. A reception will follow at Starkville’s historic Hotel Chester. Christopher Steven Taylor, Patricia Diane Commarato

Virginia Dean Hammett & Michael David Bowling


JUNE 30, 2012


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r. and Mrs. Harold Pinkney Hammett Jr. of Lexington announce the engagement of their daughter, Virginia Dean Hammett, to Michael David Bowling, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Lemly Bowling of Ridgeland. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Evelyn Arquette Forney of San Antonio, the late William Harry Forney Sr. of Houston, Texas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harold Pinkney Hammett Sr. of Lexington. The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of Mrs. Robert Hartwell Bowling of Madison and the late Mr. Bowling, the late Judith Lemly Bowling of Jackson, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter William Carroll of Nashville. Miss Hammett is a 1998 graduate of Central Holmes Academy. She attended the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She was graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and in 2003 with a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction. She is a fourth-grade teacher at Madison Ridgeland Academy. Bowling is a 2002 graduate of Jackson Preparatory School. He attended Mississippi State University, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was graduated in 2006 magna cum laude, receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is the owner of Complete Lawn Service in Jackson. The couple will exchange vows June 30 at First Presbyterian Church. Following the wedding the couple will live in Jackson.

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Katherine Lynn Barkett & Adam Donothan Byrd JUNE 16, 2012



r. Linda Barkett and Michael Barkett announce the engagement of their daughter, Katherine Lynn Barkett, to Adam Donothan Byrd, son of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Raymond Byrd. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Loraine Simpson of Gulfport the late Jimmy Simpson and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Barkett of Shreveport. The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Jackson of Covington, La., and Mr. and Mrs. John Shamburger of Lumberton. Miss Barkett is a 2006 graduate of Jackson Preparatory School. She received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism in 2011 from the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She also served as captain of the Ole Miss Diamond Girls and was crowned Miss University in 2011. Miss Barkett is a staffing supervisor for TempStaff. Byrd is a 2005 honors graduate of Florence High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Mississippi State University in 2009, where he was an active member in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and MSU Alumni Delegates. He was also president of the MSU men’s club soccer team. Byrd is pursuing a doctoral degree in dental medicine from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry. The couple will exchange vows June 16 at 6 p.m. at Lakeland Presbyterian Church with Dr. Steve Jussely officiating. A reception will follow at the Jackson Yacht Club. Adam Donothan Byrd, Katherine Lynn Barkett

Kaitlyn Christina Colson & Dr. Jason William Vassar


JUNE 9, 2012


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r. and Mrs. Robert Ellis Colson of Brandon announce the engagement of their daughter, Kaitlyn Christina Colson, to Dr. Jason William Vassar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew William Vassar of Pontotoc. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Betty June Colson and the late John Ellis Colson of Butler, Ala., and Audrey Patricia Teer of Meridian and Thurman Teer of Louisiana. The prospective bridegroom is the grandson of Ramona Boxx and the late Douglas Boxx of Baldwyn, and Dora Jean Vassar and the late John William Vassar of Booneville. A 2005 honor graduate of Northwest Rankin High School, Miss Colson was graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication. At State, she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Mu fraternity, where she served as president. She is associated with the Mississippi Republican Party as director of member relations. A 2003 honor graduate of Pontotoc High School, Vassar was graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. At Ole Miss, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and Phi Beta Kappa and was a student videographer for the Ole Miss football team. After graduation, he attended the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry where he received his D.M.D. degree in 2011. He is an advanced general dentistry resident at UMC and will attend the University of Tennessee in the fall to pursue a master’s in orthodontics. The couple will exchange vows June 9 at Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church. Following the ceremony, a reception will be held at River Hills Club. The couple will live in Memphis.

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Olivia Ware and John Terenzio engagement party

John Terenzio, Olivia and Sarah Hensley Ware, Cathy and Bob Bullock

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Olivia Ware, Emily and Catherine Thomas

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A celebration announcing the engagement of Olivia Ware and John Terenzio was held recently in the home of Sara and Bill Ray. The couple will be married July 7 in Sonoma, Calif. Co-hosts and hostesses were Deborah and Sidney Allen, Alice Amacker, Claire and Rhesa Barksdale, Machelle and P.G. Bernheim, Kathy and Henry Burkhalter, Vivian and Tom Calhoun, Debbie and Dan Cole, Teresa and Bruce Deer, Phyllis and Clinton Doby, Marilyn and David

Sara Ray, Phyllis Doby

Dzielak, Leigh and Jim Eley, Bill Gartin, Grace and Will Henley, Sandra and Matt Holleman, Kathy and Bill Lampton, Barbara and Andrew Mallinson, Dawn and Ken McCarley, Margaret McLarty, Betsy and George Ritter, Jane and Bill Smith, Lynn and Gaines Sturdivant, Martha and Jim Thomas, Barbara and Mike Wallace, Joanne and Curtis Wilson, Keely and Troy Wagener, and Katherine and Ralph Wells. Shown are scenes from the party.

Teresa Deer, Deborah Allen, Dawn McCarley

Sharon, John and Kyra Terenzio, Olivia Ware, JoJo, John and Denise Terenzio

John Terenzio, Olivia Ware, Sara and Bill Ray

John Terenzio, Olivia Ware, Whitney-Lehr and Chris Flynn

Leigh and Caroline Eley, Lynn Sturdivant, Mary Ann Fontaine

Carroll and Rob Stockett, Creighton and Mary Beth Hardy

Barbara Mallinson, Kathy and Henry Burkhalter

PG Bernheim, Coy and Kelly Neal

Christi Hardy, George and Cynthia Norfleet

Ramelle Forman, Martha Thomas, Curtis Wilson

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Rachel Marie Paris and Billy Pritchett engagement party

Lee, Lisa and Rachel Marie Paris, Billy Pritchett, Mary Scott Shepard, Tommy and Elise Williams

Billy Pritchett, Rachel Marie Paris

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The Woodland Hills home of Elise and Tommy Williams was the setting for an engagement celebration honoring Rachel Marie Paris and Billy Pritchett. Miss Paris is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Henry Paris II. Pritchett is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Goodwin Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Manley Pritchett II, all of Nashville. The couple wed May 26 in Oxford. Co-hosts and hostesses included Rhonda and Mark Baird, Betty and Bill Brown, Grace and John Buchanan, Tara and Charles Cannada, Dotte Cates, Janie and Arthur Davis, Mary and Tom Dunbar, Gena and Jerry Everitt, Pat and Craig Flowers, Renee and Mayo Flynt, Pam and Jeff Glover, Becky and Herb Ivison, Phoebe and Stephen

Meredith Monsour, George May, Leslie Waring

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Kruger, Buttons and David Marchetti; Also, Sally and Len Martin, Cathy and George May, Charlotte and Richard McNeel, Nora Frances and Vaughan McRae, Cissye and Billy Mounger, Lori and Chris Newcomb, Deborah and Walter Newman, Alice and Mark Nicholas, Sally and Darden North; Also, Janie and Joe Purvis, Joanna and Joe Roberts, Lisa and David Rotolo, Mary Scott and Tommy Shepherd, Jane Shields, Pat and Mike Stevens, Doug and Ernie Strahan, Ginger and Mike Tramel, Pam and Jon Turner, Tricia and Carson Walker, Linda and Charles Waterloo, and Donna and Hubert Worley.

Lynn Fitch, Larry Rowlett

Henry and Rose Paris

Ginger and Mike Tramel, Mike Stevens, Carson Walker, Rhonda and John Mark Baird, Richard McNeel, Len Martin, Lisa and David Rotolo, Joe and Janie Purvis; (third row) Doug and Ernie Strahan, Tricia Walker, Charlotte McNeel, Sally Martin, Jane Shields, Grace Buchanan, Renee Flynt, Betty Brown, Donna Worley, Phoebe Kruger; (second row) Tommy and Mary Scott Shepherd, Elise and Tommy Williams, Sally and Darden North, Pat Sevens, Alice and Mark Nicholas; (front) Billy Pritchett and Rachel Marie Paris

Larkin Carter, David Dogan, Cynthia Carter, Linda and John Marchetti

Marie and Jeff Rickels

Hugh and Donna Trussell, Lee Paris, Angela and Barry Cannada

Henry Paris, Billy Pritchett, Rachel Marie, Lisa and Vivian Paris

Charlie and Anne Marion, Ginny Emmerich

Frank York, Jimmy Turner, Karan York, Betty and Bill Brown

Mary Ball and Greg Markow

Barry Cannada, Elise Williams, Gail and John England

Paul and Perrie Calhoun

Joe and Angela Stephens

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Harper Stone, Deanna Stephenson, June Stone, Susan and Ed Lawler

Nan Randall, Ginny Lloyd

Ferris Brown, Larry Peeples, Briggs Hopson

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Elizabeth Jack, Leslie Waring, Meredith Monsour, Rachel Marie and Vivian Paris, Sarah Rose Buchanan, Brittni Wrentmore, Grace Sturdivant

Hall and Carole Bailey, Betse and John Parsons

Irma Buchanan, Rachel Causey, Rivers Mounger

Bardin, Nina and Gay Redditt

Kellye and Wilson Montjoy

Perrie Calhoun, Jane Shields

Martin Millette, Laura McCalop, Leslie Waring, Meredith Monsour



Julia Watt and Austin Ellis engagement party

Leon, Reed, Tim, Boots and Austin Ellis, Julia Watt, Vicki and Peyton Ellis

engagement party Julia Watt, Austin Ellis

Gloria Montgomery, Jimmy Hays, Mollie VanDevender

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An engagement party was recently held in the home of Vicki and Tim Ellis whose son, Austin, will marry Julia Watt. Co-hosts and hostesses were Annelle Primos Barnette, Valerie and Mike Box, Lanita and Mike Campbell, Leah and John Cook, Cathy and Tom Crockett, Kathryn and Keith Davis, Peggy and Larry Goldstein, Lynn and Jim Grenfell, Loicka and Heyward Hodges, Jane and Ken Jones, Lee and Bob Malouf, Pam and Barry Smith, Ingrid and

Annelle Primos, Jimmy Blackwood

Tim Taylor, Mollie and Billy VanDevender, Joanne and Curtis Wilson, Jim Blackwood, Kathy and Henry Burkhalter, Cissy and Mike Carter, Beth and David Crasto, Shari and Mark Culver, Ruth Conway Fly, Lewis Graeber, Jimmy Hays, Patty and Matt Jensen, Barbara and Andy Mallinson, Gloria and Sidney Montgomery, Paula and Thad Strange, Monica and Tom Underwood, Frances and Billy Ware, Robin and Richard Wise, and Donna and Hubert Worley.

Ann and Mercer Lee

Lee and Martha Watt, Austin Ellis, Julia and Rhetta Watt, Carra Taylor, Gray Watt

Carra Taylor, Julia, Rhetta and Martha Watt

Anna and Jimmy Nix

Bob Malouf, Thad Strange, Mark Culver

Herb and Becky Ivison, Tim Ellis

Barbara Mallison, Valerie Box, Monica Underwood, Beth Crasto, Lynn Grenfell, Jane Jones

Barry Smith, Leon Ellis, Mike Box, Tom Payne

Tim Lyons, Judy and Mitchell Malouf

Phoebe Kruger, Victoria Lott

Judy Cutler, Ann Davis

Paul and Kerry Parker

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Rhetta, Gray, Julia and Lee Watt

Jennifer Payne, Valerie Box, Pam Smith

Laurel Lackey, Frances and Billy Ware


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Lee and Gray Watt, Brittney Orr, Boots, Leon, Peyton, Reed and Tim Ellis; (front) Carra Taylor, Rhetta Watt, Austin Ellis, Julia Watt, Vicki Ellis, Martha Watt

Andrew Gowdey, Morghan Giddings, Cowan Conway

Jim and Lynn Grenfell, Billy and Mollie VanDevender

Brittney Orr, Marita Walton, Bailey Grenshaw

Ruth Fly, Barbara Mallinson



Kate Parker and Peyton Bell engagement party

Jordan and David Bell, Kate Parker, Peyton, Susie and David Bell Jr.

engagement party Kate Parker, Peyton Bell

Colette and Kate Parker, Susie Bell

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An engagement celebration was held in honor of Kate Parker and Peyton Bell at the home of Tell and Hal Flowers. Co-hosts and hostesses were Kathryn Brannan, Ann and Mike Dulske, Amy and Harold Head, Beth Perry and Ben Jackson, Leigh and Mike Kirtley, Scottye and

Meredith Parker, John Jordan

Bob Lee; Also, Judy and Carl Menist, Holly and Alan Peeples, Beth Petterson, Susan and Jim Pettis, Emily and Fred Smith, Marguerite and John Travis, and Anne and Bobby Yates. Shown are scenes from the party.

Ryan Jones, Elise Parker

Scottye Lee, Emily Dunbar Smith, Anne and Bobby Yates, Kathryn Brannon, Beth Peterson, Carl and Judy Menist, Tell and Hal Flowers, Holly and Alan Peeples, Leigh Kirtley, Beth Perry and Ben Jackson, Marguerite Travis, Harold Head

Meredith, Miriam, Colette and Kate Parker, Peyton Bell, Clay and Elise Parker

Maggie and Brad Ingram

Rebecca Lee, AJ Landrum, Taylor Triplett

Martha and Dave Sauve

John Jordan, Meredith Parker, Peyton Bell, Kate Parker, Elise Parker, Ryan Jones

Glenn and Ginny Parker, Ginnie and Glynn Ingram

Judy Menist, Mary Reid Munford, Beth Peterson

Peter Mittwede, Kimie Smith

Julie Crosland, Miriam Parker

Jeanette and Pope Kelly

Clay Parker, Gingia and Swan Yerger june 2012


Lynn and Bev Evans, Holly Peeples, Bobby and Ann Yates

Tell and Hal Flowers

Bruce and Sue Senter

John and Marguerite Travis, Julie and Craig Crosland

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Meredith, Miriam, Elise, Clay, Colette and Kate Parker, Peyton, Susie, David, Jordan and David Bell Jr.

Jim and Catherine Pettis

Sarah Robinson, Betsy Peterson, Rebecca Vance

Leigh Kirtley, Colette Parker

Gene Parker, Alisa Leggett

Connie and Bryan Lantrip

Mindy and Bill Tew

Susan Buttross, Robert Riddell

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HEARTSTRINGS GALA The 2012 Heartstrings Gala, an annual benefit for the McClean Fletcher Grief Center for Children, a nonprofit organization and service of Hospice Ministries, was held at the home of Gene and Linda Barrett. Deb Coleman, Valerie and Jonathan Cohen

Mark and Lynn Hoseman

David and Margaret Scott, Susan O’Mara Larry and Holly Klaas, Cynthia and Hugh Parker

John Fletcher, Whitney Quick, Sally Fletcher, Vanessa Sandifer Scottie Russ, David and Dana Traxler

Naomi and Bob Ridgway, Carol McKinnon

Scott and Karma Williams David and Cathey Russell

Bonnie Wiggers, Sandra Hubbard

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HEARTSTRINGS GALA Matt and Ashley Cordua Stafford

Bo Bourne, Holley and Don Noblitt

Kurt and Dianne Metzner

Jamie and Katy Houston, Mike McRee, Susan Frazier

Barry and Jane Burks, Kristen and Lee Nations

Linda Barrett, Mary Ann Lefoldt, Isabele Cordua, Paige Stowe

Bryant and Ann Christopher Trotter, Paul and Leila Lanning, Marie and Reed Hill Ken and Deloris Barlow

Jennifer Rodgers, Henry Michel

Spencer Beard, Emmie King

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IGNITE THE NIGHT The Mississippi Children’s Museum Partners hosted their second annual Ignite the Night party recently at the museum. The event featured 1920s era jazz music, circus entertainment, and a silent auction. Participants were encouraged to dress in ’20s attire.

Jim Wilkerson, Kelly Joyner

Lynn Pearson, Stacey and Johnny Donaldson

Anna Burnett, Charley Frye, Karen Turnage

Lori Garrott, Whitney Gilchrist, Eddie Outlaw, Kim McLemore, Karen Hearn

Misty and Joe Scalia, Sherry and Royce Boyer, Paula and Malcolm Kemp Gary and Becky Conley

Stephanie and Mark Garriga

Kimberly and Stephen Sims Robert and Molly Walker


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Charlotte Estess, Kelly Joyner, Vickie Snypes

Vanessa and Jonathan Stark

IGNITE THE NIGHT Doug Minor, Leslie Kennedy

Pamela Leonard, Nicole Bradshaw, Patricia Rucker

Elizabeth and Jason Fowler Charley Frye, Chavanne and Jay McDonald, Betty Wong

Scott and Marcie Robertson, E.J. and Alicen Blanchard

Charlotte and Jeff Estess, Mendy and Jimmie Valentine

Frances McCain, Lucy Mazzaferro, Jona and Jimmy Keeton David and Lyn McMillan, Rachel and John Ravenstein

Thomas Holman, Abby Wiggins, Laura Arcuri, Lydia Moore, Brooke Edwards june 2012


IGNITE THE NIGHT Jeff Good, Jim Wilkerson, Debbie Good

Luke and Alison Abney

John and Susan Garrard

Leigh and Andrew Grady, Doug Minor, Chris Shaw


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Jessie Deer, Kaitie Wagner

Warren Kennedy, Nona Bell

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GIVS MEMBERSHIP PARTY Goodwill Industries Volunteer Services held its annual membership party with “The Help” food stylist Lee Ann Flemming recently at the home of Harper and June Stone.

Robin Browning, Susan Mayfield

Jackie Petrus, Hope Bynum, Libby Kendall

Kelly Haber, Marianne Wilson, Carol Winniford

Bettye Sullivan, Gray Wiggers, Sally Carmichael, Dot Taylor

Dot Taylor, Virginia Shackleford, Elizabeth Dean, Cynthia Thomas, Donna Russell Scottie Russ, Linda Futris, Betty Sauer

Nell Wall, Sandra Holman, Holly Buchanan

Gray Wiggers, June Stone Diane Studdard, Jay Shands, Pam Cirilli

Jackie Petrus, Paula Kemp, Allison Fisackerly 92

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Rita Johnson, Gail Collins

GIVS MEMBERSHIP PARTY Robyn Farber, Lee Ann Flemming, Maggi Lampton

Carolyn Jefferson, Lee Ann Flemming

Martha Grace Gray, Jennifer Holifield

Missy Webb, Mary Kelly Farrish, Cathy Russell, Libby Kendall

Chris Blount, Marsha Dieckman, Tobi Miller, Sharee Lucius


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UMMC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION The UMMC Alumni Association honored the Legacy Medical Doctors this spring at the Country Club of Jackson. Alumni celebrated their 50th year graduation from UMMC. Michelle and Rusty Field, Jay Ferguson

Barbara and Bill Cook

Nancy Burrow, Shirley and Frank Schmidt

Debbie and Henry Laws, Ginger and Dennis Daniels

George and Martha Ball, Henry and Catherine Mills Ann and Jerry Gulledge, John and Dianne Marascalco

Weba Ferguson, Judy and Gene Wood, Frank Bowen

Elmer and Rosemary Nix


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Miriam Ethridge, Louise Wise

Skip Wise, Jimmy Keeton

UMMC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Stacy Davidson, Brenda McIntyre, Ralph Brock

Betty Griffin, Mary Cobb

Jo and Bernard Patrick

Bill and Janie McQuinn, Jim and Roberta Barnett

Donna Singleton, Christine Mitchell, Shannon Woolsey, Ginger Daniels, Mimi Seto, Geoff Mitchell

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BACCHUS BALL The Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi’s annual Bacchus Ball was held recently at the Country Club of Jackson. The theme was “Come get your slice of the Big Easy.” Proceeds will support Camp Kandu, the foundation’s biannual camp for children and their families.

Jan and Dave Miller, Norma Ferrill

Mary Fortune, David and Rebecca Miller

Jim and Laverne Finley

Becky and Joe Brister, Lana and Guy Boyll

Claude and Karis Harbarger, Sister Mary Trinita, Becky Lowe Tammy and Jimmy White

Kim Allen, Kent Bollaert


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Malinda Prather, Amelia Warnock

Floice Beevers, Conrad Martin

Ricky and Angela Rives

Lisa and Christian Koch

BACCHUS BALL Kathy Eure, Tom Papa

Bewey Bowden, Ann Williams

Leslie Turner, Brooke Warnock

TJ Harvey, Meg and Andrew Lake, Rick Adams

Steve Janzen, Tyrone and Timothea James, Shannon and James Warnock Katy Vaughan, Gary Barbati

Jack and Risa Moriarity

Keith Clair, Leigh Jones

Leesa and Silas McCharen

Jayce and Stephanie Powell

DeFord and Amy Walker

Dana and Warren Herring

Andrea and Kyle Lewis

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BACCHUS BALL Glenda and John Proctor

Janae and Richard Sims

Jessica and Josh Swain

Becky and Chris Waterer, Joy Kate Waterer, Daniel Gilmer

Sarah Lambert, Taylor Kilgore, Meg Lake, Sidney Ferris, Joy Ryan, Rebecca Hall, Katy Vaughan Mark Maxwell, Cathy Joyner


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Vanessa and John Pettey Sandifer

Julie and Chet Shermer

Warren and Gennie Jones

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ART FOR HEART The American Heart Association’s 34th annual Art for Heart was held earlier this year at the Country Club of Jackson.

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Alice and Phillip Burnett

Laurie Hickson-Smith, Mary Elizabeth Smith, Helen Ridgway

Angela Gargrell, Robyn Perkins

Lawrence and Jan Farrington, David Trigiani, Byran and Jane Anna Barksdale

Phillip Burnett, Johnathan Taylor, Ives Pearingen, Mark McMillin, Angus Harper, David Dulske; (front) Merideth Blanchard, Isabella Auchus, Lorna Harkey, Jessie Smith, Claire Sykes Alexander Lee and Cameron Lampton

Chevonne and Jay McDonald, Anna Burnett

Lester Senter Wilson, Tommy Weems, Wylly Stirling Michelle Alexander, Michelle Colon


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Price and Laurel Donahoo, Carmen Keys

Alison and Louis Harkey

ART FOR HEART Carol and Steve Holly

Tammy White, Kimberly Zoog

Elizabeth Upchurch, Susan Weir

Bill and Kathleen Hill Deidra and Fred Bell

Jenny and Jeff Almand

Geraldine Sledge, Delinna Pickering, Valda Miller, Haley Sledge

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HOPE GALA The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Mississippi’s “2012 Hope Gala, A Whole New World” was held recently at the Country Club of Jackson. The Mississippi Chapter of JDRF gala honorees were Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Host.

Virginia and Jack Burrell

Olivia, Jerry and Lauren Host

Olivia Host, Elizabeth Mehrle, Kayla Williams

Anna Kathryn Russell, Natalie and Glenda Proctor, Maggie McCrory, Sallie Kaye Streeter Shelley and Bryan Carter

Anna Peoples, Amanda Johnson, Mollie Keys

Jordan and Chase Bryan, Gabe and Ashley Baldwin

John Tucker Mitchell, McKenzie Burns, Julie Sosbbee

Carolyn Grace Fincher, Judy Grafton, Alice Jean Hawkins

Sue Allen and Granville Tate, Becky Vaughn-Furlow

Andy and Karen Taggart

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HOPE GALA Karleigh and Katelin Keeton

Donna and Art Leis

Stuart and Beth Kellogg, Stephanie Maxwell, Perna Roberson, Darren and Sharon Dedo

Jill and David Gates

Laurel and John Ditto, Valerie and Scott Linn Clancy and Royd Walker

Will McNamara, Ashely Belew, Jamie McNamara

Joey and Cathy Havens Michelle and Robert Alexander, Aileen and David Thomas


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Sam, Elinor and Samantha Morris

Gloria and Tom Crews

HOPE GALA Amy and Charlie Knighton, Burney and Peyton Hutchinson

Marsha Cannon, Minor and Virginia Buchanan, Tim Cannon, Betty and John Allin

Misty Scalia, Anna Peters, Margie Vanmeter, Shelly Carter

Harry and Deery Walker, Beverly and Bill Painter Tori Parker, Alex Martin

Lee Hawkins, Melanie Grafton

Crystal Apostle, Maryann Jacobson

Elizabeth Keckler, Ellen Leake

Elizabeth and Adam Keckler, Linda Tighman

Meg and Wendy Muths

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“TRANQUILITY” ART SHOW AND RECEPTION An art show ‘Tranquility’ and reception honoring Richard McKey, mixed media; and Casey Parsons, hot glass, was held recently at the Mississippi Library Commission. Wine and appetizers were served. Brenda Gale, Jean Whitehead

V.A. Patterson, Richard McKey

Mary Jane Moak, Barry Whitfield Veronica Dunning, Gloria Washington

Julie Hendrick, Cindy Hatten Smith

Bonita and Cameron Seals

Greg and Jennifer Schulmeier

Jean Whitehead, Tom and Margaret Joynt

Kirk and Sandy Nelson, Sharman Smith

Kira Cummings, Ethel Dunn

Amy Parsons, Gus Smith, Casey Parsons

Sharman Smith, Harriet Kuykendall, Ethel Dunn

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LUKE 14 DINNER The Luke 14 dinner was held recently at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson. The dinner was sponsored by Joni and Friends Jackson and was for parents and families with children suffering from disabilities. Parents are treated to a meal and program, while their children are taken care of by volunteers as part of the dinner’s respite program.

David and Chelcie Wilbanks

Wayne Traylor, Kelli and James Holston

Sarah Boswell, Al Chestnut, Jeri Herring

Ginny Traylor, Rebecca Phelps, Amy Dotson, Martie Kwasny, Myra Penn, Debbie Morris, Sam Clark; (front) Tracy Traylor, Andrew Seago

Melissa Pierce, Angela Carter, Jeanne Russ; (front) Ken and Evans Haynes, Rod Russ

Kendall and Lisa Aldy

Grace and Mason Greene

Martie Kwasny, Livingston Harper, Myra Penn

Sarah and Eddie Carlisle

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Jennifer Moore, Beth Barham

LUKE 14 DINNER Chad and Karen Golden

Ron and Robin Byrd

Ruby Crowder, Steven and Elizabeth Bryant Mandy, Nate, Paul and Ben Rogers, Cindy and Ken Weaver

Shay and Kenny Williamson, Shelia Jackson, Lauren and Dwight Young, Matt Trusty

John and Missy Graef

Angela Morrison, Simpson Tillman, Zack Owens, Kelly Dotson

Dale Frazier, Thomas Leggett; (front) Gloria Frazier, Karen Leggett Laura and Peter Boswell, Wendy, Richard, Aaron and Justin Heuer, Sarah Boswell

Becky Ayala, Stephanie Kelley, Mike Tullos; (front) Kelli Tucker, Pat Burton, Dolly Tullos june 2012



Aimee and Richard Pride, Amy and Kelly Dotson, Rebecca Phelps

Kenny Knight, June and Bobby Pickle, James and Kelli Holston

Claire and Michael Langley, Stacy Riley, Jean Bobo

Rachel Carte, Tonya Fritz, Sandra Carter, Tim Carter, Sam Clark, Carolyn Jantz

Victor and Kristi Huffstatler, Rachel and Trey Unglesby

Keith Ball, Jack and Janice Laws; (front) Margaret Snow, Melissa Hause, Susie Cook

Amy Dotson, Pam Phillips, Kelly Dotson, Linda Phillips

Aimee and Richard Pride, Kevin and Tye Burnham


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‘CANCER UNMASKED’ The American Cancer Society’s ‘Cancer Unmasked’ Cancer League gala sponsors party was held recently at the home of Dr. George and Mary Elizabeth Smith. The party was the opportunity to recognize sponsors of the event. Rita Cockrell, Amanda Patton

Sloane Tyner, Archie and Sandy Norton

Claude and Karis Harbarger Sharon Martin, Bobby Graham, Sandy Norton, Judy Rankin

John and Patty Zupko

George and Mary Elizabeth Smith, Judy and Joe Rankin

Bob and Marilyn Croft

Mechale and David Mayfield Lynda and Eric Balfour

BJ and Kurt Rademacher

Bryan McDonald, Jackie Clanton

George and Ginny Williams june 2012


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SUB DEB MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEA The Jackson Symphony League Sub Deb Mother-Daughter Tea was held recently in the home of Beth Brantley. Sub-Debs are the daughters of members of the Jackson Symphony League, a support group for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Winnie Smith, Kimberly Thornton, Lizzie Montgomery

Alexis Brantley, Hayden Coleman, Julianna Woodward

Gena Barron, Barron Killens

Madeleine Griffin, Kelli DeFoe, Peyton Walker, Carly Causy

Stephanie and Hilary Jones, Tara and Rita Hosey

Penny and Jessica Corn

Charlette and Kelsey Oswalt

Wendy and Julia Putt Claire and Olivia Robinson, Margaret Milner

Joan Marie Kaye, Sarah McLean and Lorna Doone Archer 110

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Mary Paxton and Maribeth Gibson


Susanne Blalock, Rita Hancock, Robin Morton

Lynette McBrayer, Penni Davis, Gail Chancellor, Christy Jesuit

Donna and Zoe Barfoot

Blair Newcomb, Meg and Kathleen Gordon, Kelsey Oswalt Olivia and Charlotte Barcellona, Searcy Fox

Madeline Webb, Julianna and Lou Ann Woodward

Laura Coleman, Mary Taylor Tina and Melissa Rogers, Hannah and Monie Weeks

Gabriela Giamalua, Barron Killens

Dawn Gnam, Faira Bishop

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Laurie DeFoe, Ann Pray

Summer Johnson, Jamie Liby Kay Robinson, Renee Crawford, Kelly Griffin, Rachel Causy

Cara Lee Crawford, Julia Putt, Cille Taylor

Beth Brantley, Cherri Porter

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TASTE OF THE U The 22nd annual Taste of the U, a cooking competition among employees at the University of Mississippi Medical Center that also raises funds to support special projects, was held recently at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. Ivory Bogan, Mart McMullan, Caroline Crisler

Cathy and Mark Reed

Jeff Good, Jill Connor Browne, Derek Emerson

John Wood, Scott and Karma Williams, Trevor Walters, Johnny Donaldson

Caroline Scott, Jack Nowell, Scott Bates, Laura Walters

Peggy Majure, Lisa Garrison, Kay McRee

Nikki Hutson, Peggy Smith, Lief McDonald

Lisa and Tommy Darnell Erin Barham, Mary McElroy

Andrea and Ed Swiatto, Erica Dillon

Amanda Alliston, Jen Hospodor june 2012


TASTE OF THE U Sarah Foster, Alicia Mattern

Tim and Kelly Irby

Cathie Bardin, Dan McInnis Mark Smothers, Brenda and David Putt, Brenda and David Powe

Raven Ladner, Armand Scurfield

Amy, Avery and John Parker Hornback, Kerry Kokaisen


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Ella Schneider, Bev Evans, Kathryn Schneider, Lynn Evans

Mark and Joanne Olson

Laura Hodge, Tom Fortner, Amanda Alliston

Kevin and Grace Fuller

Rhonda and Al Conerly

TASTE OF THE U W. Darnell Heath, David Case

Michelle and Barbara Allen

Genesis and Kevin Varnell, Neva Eklund, Summer, Zymirah and Keasalyn Varnell

Melissa Neville, Tommy Weems

Jessica Green, Natalie Gaught

Patrice Guilfoyle, Dorothy Singleton Derrick and Corrie Dyess

Elizabeth Nicols, Denae Bradley

John and Pam Turner Scott and Becky Bates

Howard and Susan Jones

Jenny Mitchell, Laurilyn Fortner

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TASTE OF MADISON COUNTY Madison Middle School’s Taste of Madison County and $10,000 Drawdown was held recently at the school gymnasium.

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Paige Brummett, Susanne Blalock

Wendy and Tommy Kendall, Randy Walsh, Julie and Kevin Humphreys

Lynette Williams, Lisa Hodges

Michelle Smith, Shannon James


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Leatha and Scott Phillips, Janet Milstead

Janie Jarvis, Hank and Susie Bounds

J.D. and Lisa Carmichael, Chad and Kristin Hammons

Johnny and JoJo Herring

Jan Entrekin, Ashley and Wheeler Parker

Jennifer Wilson, Tamyne Armour

Matt and Marcia Smith

TASTE OF MADISON COUNTY Pam Carroll, Marcia Barrow

Ginger and Don Gober

Kristin and Chad Hammons Amy and Joel Smith, Ken and Karen Jones

Leslie and Keith Dale; (front) Tina and Brown Sanford, Tomeka and Scott Bayliss

Danelle McKinnis, Rhonda Boles

Candice and Joyce Clark

Abbey Wallace, Rachel Browning

Debra and Chad Stokes

Eric and Angel Leach

Robin and Chuck Stewart

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GOODMAN AND BUCKLEY ART RECEPTION Nunnery’s at Gallery 119 held a reception recently featuring new works by Charlie Buckley and Tommy Goodman.

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Mike Nunnery, Teressa Gardner, George Malvaney

Perry Richardson, Bob and Olivia Thompson

Sam Lane, Lucy Mazzaferro August, Tommy and Jessie Goodman, Joanne and Henry Lyle

Sally Jones, Nancy Clarkson, Tommy Weems, Melissa Neville

Melissa Neville, Matt Harkey, Susan Frazier

Toni Cooley, David Malone

Frank, Warwick, Ivy and Ivy Alley Jessie and August Goodman, Meg Harris

Deanna and Adair Blackledge

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Jennifer Turner, Jenny Woodruff

GJCP ANNUAL MEETING The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership’s 2011 annual meeting was held recently at the Jackson Convention Complex. The event featured Gov. Phil Bryant and Mac Holladay, president of Market Street Consultants out of Atlanta. Holladay gave members an update on the development of the metro area’s 10-year long-range community plan.

L. Sherie Dean, Cynthia Caine

Chris Carmichael, Fran Flood

Ouida Watson, Pam McGee, Vanda Crowe, Paul Bowers

Mayo Flynt, Gov. Phil Bryant, Mac Holladay, Paul Moak Cynthia Caine, Debi Green

Michael Booker, Rosemary Cargin, Jim Finley

Hunter Arnold, Elisha Blades, D.I. Smith

Cynthia Buchanan, Lindsay Buford

Cindy Cobb, Keith Clair 120

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David and Judy Dickson

GJCP ANNUAL MEETING Emily Ray, Linda Brune, John Gomez

Elizabeth Smith, Rosemary Maxey

Jeff Good, Alan Walters

Bill Brown, Hal Williams, Noel Daniels, Kevin Carter

Duane Dewey, Barry Planch, George Gune, Gretchen Ware

Debi Green, Jennifer Turner, Cynthia Caine, Lynda Raines, Lewis Slater, Niki Lowery, Nicole McNamee

Lanet McCrary, Carolyn Harrison, Derrel Palmer, Willie Robbins Duane O’Neill, Paul Moak, Mac Holladay

Shirley Tucker, Michael Thomas, Olivia McNeal

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