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Hitesburg News for April 4, 2013 / April 04, 2013
By Beth Ralston

Sunday, call to worship was “My Tribute” by the choir at Hitesburg Baptist Church. The Reverend Mike Riley read the announcements and welcomed everyone. Hymn was “He Lives.” Children’s sermon, which was lead by Sharon Kinsey, was concerning Benjamin’s treasure box that included a donkey, which represents Jesus riding into Jerusalem victorious, coins which represent the money that Judas had to pay, praying hands, which represent the fact that Jesus went into the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed and other various items. The children collected change from throughout the congregation for the March Loose Change project which will go toward the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Prayer time ended with a prayer from the Deacon of the Week, Andy Loftis. Hymn was “Christ Arose.” Choir special was “Nailing My Sins to His Cross.” Everyone fellowshipped with one another while Deborah Pulliam, pianist/organist, played a couple of verses. Tammy Lloyd sang a solo entitled “One Earthly Reason.” The Rev. Riley, speaking as Thomas, brought the sermon entitiled “From Doubt to Devotion.” Scripture came from John 20:24-31 and Hebrews 11:1. Hymn was “Because He Lives.” Visitors at HBC Sunday included Scot and Robin McAlexander, Ellen McAlexander, one of the McAlexander’s friends, Christie Newton, Nate Newton, Tyler Newton, Cale Newton, Chad and Joni Crain, Evelyn Wade, Ethan Riley, Kailyn Riley, Matt Hastings and Matt’s friend.

Stephanie Neal, Kensley Neal, and Kate Neal, along with Taylor Clary, enjoyed a day of fun last week at South Hill Bounce and Bowl. Michael and Stephanie Neal, Kensley, and Kate enjoyed dinner with the Seamster family and friends at the home of Hank and Sue Terry over the weekend. The kids, as well as the adults, enjoyed an Easter Egg hunt while there. Michael, Stephanie, Kensley, and Kate were recent dinner guests of Sam and Pat Fisher. To celebrate Easter Sunday, they were lunch guests of Steve and Vicky Wilkins and dinner guests of Cathy Craft of South Hill.

Thursday, Roosevelt Stone visited Thomas Bailey. Saturday, Margaret Humphries visited him. Sunday, Mark Lamberts, Jimmy Sanford, Curtis Hudson and Catherine Smith visited Mr. Bailey.

Johnny and Martha Szynklewski visited Mrs. Alice Bowen during the week. Melvin and Hollis Bowen visited her over the weekend. Mr. and Mrs. Bowen also visited their son, Greg, after their visit with Alice.

Friday, A.C. Stone visited Abraham Tillotson. Also Friday, Mr. Tillotson visited Thomas Bailey. Sunday, Abraham went to Bob and Deborah Puckett’s and enjoyed lunch with them as well as Jon Puckett, David Puckett and Hattie Leah Puckett.

Friday, Vicki Overby and Annie Sue Overby visited Beth Ralston.

Friday evening, Sidney Stone celebrated her birthday with a party at the Outer Limits skating rink in Roxboro, NC. There were a lot of her friends and family there to help her celebrate. After the party, Wes Elliott, Emma Elliott, Haley Ellixson and Haley Thames spent the night with Miss Stone for a sleep over. Judy Stone had a cookout and Easter egg hunt Saturday. Linda Morris, Dale Morris, Kyle Morris, Stevie and Ginger Morris, Sally Newby, Jennifer Anderson, Gracie Anderson, Gale Anderson, Eli Anderson, and Desi Anderson, all from North Carolina, attended. Judy had lunch for her family Sunday. Trevor and Sandra Weary, Josh Stone, Tim and Paula Stone, Lindsey Stone and Sidney were there.

Saturday, Ruth Overby attended the wedding of David Riley and Julie Riley at HBC. Mrs. Overby went to the Easter sunrise service and breakfast Sunday at HBC as well. Leslie Overby, Delores Hamlett, Rocki Hamlett and a couple of their friends visited Ruth throughout the week. Connie Cranfill visited her Saturday.

Harold and Sally Thompson hosted a 91st birthday party for Lucille Thompson Saturday. Those attending included Elaine Hunt, Sam and Sydney Cash, Ruby Thompson, Mary Thompson, and her friend Larry from Richmond, Jesse and Tammy Roberts, Sarah Grace Roberts, Andrew Roberts, Wayne and Vickey Thompson, Cecil and Hazel Thompson, Joey Thompson, Presley Wayne Thompson, Alec Thompson, Bonita Baylous, Cole Culley, Hayden Culley, Presley Thompson, Presley and Heather Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Elliott, Erica Elliott, Taylor Elliott, Christian Willis, Layne and Laura Arrington, Parker Arrington, Justin Thompson, Mason Brody Owen and Kenneth and Diana Compton. They all enjoyed cake and ice cream to celebrate the day. Sunday, Dean and Ann had Erica, Taylor, Norma Elliott, Christian Willis, Layne, Laura and Parker for Easter lunch at their home. That afternoon, Norma also visited with Tommy and Elizabeth Elliott and all their kids and grandchildren.

Sunday morning, there was a wonderful Easter sunrise service at HBC. Those there included some from Hitesburg, the Aarons Creek community, the North Fork community and the Nelson community.

Easter lunch guests of Ronnie and Deborah Pulliam were Scot and Robin McAlexander, Ellen McAlexander, Graham McAlexander, Dennis and Kelly Ballance, Grayson Ballance and Harper Ballance.

Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Cranfill had a family Easter lunch at their home. Those enjoying the food and fellowship with the Cranfills included Ruth Overby, Delores Hamlett, Rocki Hamlett, Whitney Cranfill, Aubrey Cranfill, Erin Cranfill, Nathan Wade, Evelyn Wade, Beth Ralston and a couple of others.

Remember the sick, lost and those who have lost loved ones including the Smith Murray family and the Reverend E.U. Hoover family. Remember our great country, HBC, hospital and nursing home patients, the lost, people serving on mission, Hitesburg Revival April 14-17 and each other as well. Also, remember our troops including Mariah Johns Adkins, Timmy Wilkinson, Brian Seate, Forest Clark and Dan Elliott, BIRTHDAYS: Muriel Williams.

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