Happy September! Can you believe that we’re gearing up for Fall already?

As a young girl growing up in rural Tennessee, it was forever coming! Time moved slowly when you were a kid. Now, before we get done with one season, we’re already well in to the next! Time long ago may have been slow, but only, “If I could turn back time.”

Now for our news:

A happy surprise celebration was held last Friday at Olympic Steak House (Millington) for Mildred Reed Sherrill, now of Covington.

Andre and Keisha Sherrill, Mildred’s only son and his wife, came in from Los Angeles Wednesday morning and flew back out early Saturday morning. They truly gave their mother a lovely surprise gift of themselves. Mildred also has a daughter, Robin Sherill, of Los Angeles, who was unable to attend.

More than 40 family members helped celebrate another milestone birthday for Mildred: cousins, nephews and nieces from Memphis, Cordova, Atoka, Covington and, of course, Jamestown. Special guests, besides her children, were sisters-in-law Irene Trent and Gloria Sherrill Farrow, brother-in-law Floyd White Sr., and cousin Leon Jones. Also present were pastors in the family: Kevin King of New Hope Burlison, Pearl Andrews of God’s Grace Gospel Church, Jamestown, with husband, Minister Romel Andrews, and their son, Minister Michael Andrews.

There was a lot of love shown to Mildred, along with a lovely white and blue cake sporting her photo of her in her twenties. The cake was delicious! Her birthday was on the 31st.

The “Saint,” St. Mark Methodist Baptist on Wilkinsville Road, closed out their awesome men and women’s month last Sunday with a spirit-filled service, followed by a lovely dinner with all the trimmings. Pastor and First Lady Allen Redwell were besides themselves with praise!

Our prayers are with the Draine family, formerly of Jamestown, on the sudden death of their youngest brother, Rickey, who passed last week in Memphis. Services were conducted Tuesday morning, the 4th, in the Jefferson Chapel in Millington. A special thanks to Pastor Preston and Rev. Reginia (his wife) for, as always, another job well done. Rickey’s brothers Carl and Robert Draine, and sisters Evelyn Vergis and Gwen Richardson, we hold all of your family and friends in our prayers. A sister in Virginia, Juanita McClendon, and a brother, Elder George (Diann) Draine of Dalton, Ga., were not able to attend, but their love was present, as always.

Happy birthday to Cory Ephenger (Aug. 20), Rev. Stan Miller, Sr. (Aug. 25), Mildred Sherrill (30th) and Kelly Reed (30th). In early September: Alex Hall (2nd), Chelsha and Kelsha Burton (3rd), and Judy Sherfield (3rd).

Please keep in prayers Ruth Alston, Rudolph Boykins, Connie Brown, Christine Armstong Brown, Juanita Ford, Terrance “T” Sherrill, Doris King, Jessie Lawson, Theron Alston, Eric White, Cortez Lee, Mary Burton, Mary Ballard, Carl Gaskin, Fletcher and Nadine Dickerson Sr., Pastor and Mrs. W. E. Gatlin, Doris DeBerry, Samuel Gray, Jr., Judy Sherfield and Rhonda Gail Heaston-McLin and family.

This is all for now, remember: “A trip is often planned, but spur of the moment can turn into an adventure.”

Until next week.

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