Saturday, April 17, 2010

Christiansen Comments Hinds County Gazette April 15 2010

Good morning, what delightful days we have been experiencing of late…cool mornings, breezy warm afternoons…it is hard to stay in the house…I would take my computer out to the front porch and write, but the pollen, heaviest in we have experienced years, is falling….it so heavy…I am afraid it might my clog the keys up on the computer…..The front porch floor is yellow from all of the dropped pollen…quite the color of summer squash.

Friday evening, I went with friends, to the latest and regretfully, the last play for the Clinton Brick Street Players…. until the find another home….Mississippi College bought the old school, they are now using. They are searching for another location. No luck so far….

Merry Ellen Stockwell, a friend of mine, is in this production, she plays the part of the old lady, Merry Ellen in real life is a very attractive red head. But, I must say, she is very believable in her role as “mama“, costumed out in a grey wig, pink quilted robe, and bedroom shoes.

The play “The Watch They Keep” by Judy H Tucker a Mississippi playwright, is about an old woman who is in the latter stages of Alzheimer’s, and how her children are dealing with it. And the second act they are coping with death of their mother.

The premise of the play, adult, middle aged children dealing with their parents is so timely. They will be performing “The Watch they Keep” again this Friday and Saturday. April 16 and 17.

Saturday morning, I went to Raymond to participate in the Friends of Raymond, Park Day. It was an historic day for this organization….they installed ten, of 22 cannons that will ultimately be placed on the battlefield As I understand it, when all twenty two cannons are placed, Raymond’s Civil War battlefield will be the only one in the nation with it’s full complement of cannons.

It was fascinating to watch the men place the cast iron cannons…They used a backhoe to place the cannons ….you all, I have just about decided after years of observation…there in not much ,a team, of determined men can’t do if they have backhoe. And do it with precision!

The cannons were to be placed on three concrete pads, 2 for the wheels and one for the hitch. The three pads were not big, maybe a foot wide and 2 foot long. The cannons, full sized, constructed entirely of cast iron, were attached by chain and straps to the bucket of backhoe…were lifted off a flatbed trailer, and placed on the pads. You know it had to be done meticulously and gently …in order not to drop the cannon or crack the concrete… while placing the big guns

The men used hand signals to communicate….some of the moves were quite diminutive…at one point I saw a young man, hold up an arm, and using his pointy finger and thumb, he signified a move to the operator….and there was not but about an inch in the gap between the fingers….the move was executed with faultless accuracy and the cannon lower softly into position.

I have come to believe men from the time they are born they know how to speak “Backhoe” because all of this was accomplished…not by professionals …but by a rag tag team of doctors, lawyers, teachers, professors, college students etc. With a retired general, Parker Hill, directing the order of placement and a banker….Dick Kilby, he was operating the backhoe.

Over 50 volunteers came to work Park Day…. Much was accomplished besides10 cannons being placed, the walking trail was spiffed up….lots of weed eating and brush trimming took place….One cannon did get painted…before the work day ended.

This park is a jewel in Hinds county, Mississippi and the nation… do not have to be a Civil War enthusiast to appreciate the park…and it’s contribution economically and Historically to Hinds County.

call if you need me.

Knocky Askew died Friday April 16 2010

Mr. knocky will be missed by all who knew him.
Knocky overseeing the work "Cemetery Day" 2006.
Knocky had a passion for the cemetery and it's up keep...

Sidney Knox Askew, Jr.

Sidney Knox "Knocky" Askew, Jr., 84, died April 16, 2010 at his home in Edwards.

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 18, 2010 at Wright & Ferguson Clinton from 4-6pm. The Funeral Service will be Monday, April 19, 2010 at Edwards Presbyterian Church at 11am with Visitation held one hour prior to the Service. Interment will follow at Edwards Cemetery.

Mr. Askew was a lifelong resident of Edwards. He graduated from Edwards High School and attended Hinds Jr. College. He was a Veteran of WWII, serving in the Air Force. Upon leaving the Military, he became a self-employed cattleman and merchant.

Knocky was a lifelong member of the Edwards Presbyterian Church where he served as both a Deacon and Elder. He had the honor to serve as Caretaker of the Edwards Cemetery and he was a former Mayor of Edwards. He also served as State Director for the Mississippi Good Sams Club.

Knocky was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved people and enjoyed numerous friends from all walks of life. He never met a stranger and he will be truly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alline Luster Askew and Sidney Knox Askew, Sr.

Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Roma Hubbard Askew; children, Sidney Knox "Sid" Askew III of Raymond, Jo Askew Blasingame of Edwards, and Daniel Hubbard Askew of Edwards. He is also survived by his grandchildren, JJ Worrell Bonner, David Exum Worrell, Blair Blasingame Thomas, Ginny Askew Odom, Anna Askew Butler, and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas Luster Askew of Greenwood.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to the Edwards Cemetery (PO Box 596 Edwards, MS 39066) or the Edwards Presbyterian Church (PO Box 347 Edwards, MS 39066).

Pallbearers: David Worrell, Johnny Hubbard, Pete Hubbard, Pat Hubbard, Tim Hubbard, Monty Montgomery, Jeff Montgomery, Bill Montgomery, Mike Ratliff

Friday, April 2, 2010

Mary Jo Sabinson

Mary Jo Sabinson... on the right. I took this picture last Easter....

Mary Joe Sabinson, 70, died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at her residence.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 3, 2010, at 2:00 pm from the Chapel of Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home Raymond, MS. Visitation will be from 12 noon until 2:00 pm Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Edwards Cemetery.

Mrs. Sabinson was a native of Vernon, Alabama. She moved to Edwards, MS in 2005 from Columbus, MS. She was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church, in Columbus but attended Edwards Baptist Church. She was a life member of the V.F.W. Post 4272, Bolton Edwards Garden Club, Edwards Friendship Club and the Katie-Did Red Hats in Columbus, MS.

Survivors include her son, Thomas Dean Noblin (Dale), Ashville, AL.; daughters, Dr. Lena Noblin and Vi Noblin, both of Edwards; grandchildren, Tommy Lee, Tifanie, Tyler and Skylar; and great-granddaughter, McKenzie Noblin.

Memorials may be made to the Edwards Baptist Church Charity Fund.
 Published in Clarion Ledger on April 2, 2010 e-mail print
This picture I took this morning of Mary Jo's grave being opened
The man digging the grave told me his name is Tang.