Greetings –

We did it! Our Burton 10th family event was a huge success in every way. On Friday we gathered at Munford Elementary for a fun night of Family Feud. Of course, there was cheating!

On Saturday we gathered at Meeman Shelby Forest in a lovely cabin for family karaoke, some more Family Feud, Soul Train line dancing and, of course, our menu for the fete was from The Bald Butcher in Covington – very good eats!

On Sunday, service was at God’s Grace Gospel Church where we – the siblings and our spouses – filled up the choir stand with songs of praise. Pastor O. Pearl Andrews conducted.

Minister Michael J. Andrews brought the message from Eph. 4:21-31, “Are you prepareing?” We will meet again in October 2019 in memory of our mother, Josephine.

The Jolly Corteria Club  of Jamestown is selling tickets at $1 each for two chances at our Thanksgiving grocery box, which will be the week of Thanksgiving. See president LaRue Albritton or any member for your tickets; call 901-644-5886.

Remember our veterans this Nov. 11. My late husband, CWO2 (Ret.) Willie LeNoir Tate Sr., served 25 years with pride. Our late father, Clarence Nehemiah Burton, served four years in the Army, also with pride.

We are in prayer for Ruth Alston, Lela Cook Mason, Julie Cook Alston, Mary Burton, Christine Armstrong, Connie Brown, Rudolph Boykins, Jessie Lawson, Terrance “T” Sherrill, Gigi Baker, Doris DeBerry, Marie Burton Powell Ivery and family, Carl Gaskins, Mary Ballard, Sam Gray Jr., Cortez Lee, Leslie Lee Sr., Joshua and Crystle Tate and son Samson, Nadine Dickerson and family, Rev. and Mrs. W. E. Gatlin and family, Judy Sherfield and Rhonda Gail Heaston McLin and family.

Congratulations to Mr. Antron Sherfield who completed another course in food preparation and is now a master chef. He is the husband of Erica Merrit Sherfield and the father of Aziah; they live in Covington. His mother is Judy Sherfield and mother-in-law is Celia Burton Lake, both of Covington.

Min. Michael Andrews turned 18 years old on Oct. 25. The family celebrated him over the weekend with a lovely cake and singing “Happy Birthday!” He will be a student next spring at UT Martin, the alma mater of his parents, Min. Romel and Pastor O. Pearl Andrews of Atoka and his aunt, Kimel Hodges and uncles, Jeremiah and David Burton.

Happy birthday to Timothy E. Burton Sr. on Nov. 5, Maxine Carpenter on Nov. 10 and Chris Ivey on Oct. 29.

This is all for this week. Remember, “Happiness begins with a warm heart that’s loving and with a smile that lights up a room!”

Until next time.

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email​