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We are saddened by another death of a relative, friend, and former Norwood resident, Jimmie Bradshaw of Mountain Grove. He was born in Norwood and graduated at Norwood High School. He is my husband’s second cousin. He was also a good friend and worked 33 years for Town and Country grocery. It seems we give someone up every week. I guess that’s to be expected, we’re all getting closer everyday. We attended the visitation service Thursday evening. My, there was a large crowd. I talked to so many I hadn’t seen in years. I had to ask almost everyone I talked to who they were. I couldn’t see good enough to tell who they were.
I visited with Mr. and Mrs. Louis Pridemore, son of Theodore and wife, formerly of Norwood. Louis was asking if his dad didn’t have the first Norwood School bus, and he did. I rode it a few days when I was 12 and entering high school. I thought Norwood was BIG as I’d only gone to a one room school and always had a lady teacher.
I’d heard about how mean the superintendent and also principal was, and I was afraid of him. I asked my dad if I could quit and go back to the eighth grade, again. He didn’t care. He didn’t like us having to walk two miles to meet the bus. They only had one. So I went to Oak Forest and the teacher was a man, Raymond Hylton, and a strict one, but I liked it fine. When I became a senior I rode that bus again. It made two trips. Mr. Pridemore was a nice person and I don’t remember him having problems with any of his students on the bus.
The first year I taught at 17, Raymond was on that school board and helped hire me. Later I had his two daughters, Beverly and Pat, in school. When I got started about those days it’s hard to stop.
Last week was Retired Teachers Meeting. I couldn’t go. We had our meeting at the Mountain Grove Senior Citizen new building for the first time. They report a good meeting.
Velma Gray and Violet Hinote attended the M.G. Senior Citizens, Friday. They wanted to hear the singing of religious songs.
Victory Hill Church had the Gideons visit them last Sunday. The representatives were Mr. and Mrs. Shane Forrest and baby boy. The congregation enjoyed them. Several were missing. They were either sick or on a trip.
Joan Bradshaw took care of her son, Mark’s children, while his wife Stephanie and her mother Debbie Rich, made a business trip to Las Vegas last week. Joan said she really enjoyed Kali and Gunner.
I hear Glen and Judy Boykin recently left for a visit to Hawaii. Hope they enjoyed it.
It has been reported the singing at Full Gospel Church at Skyline was another success this month.
Travis Coatney returned to the hospital at Columbia the first of the month for more therapy. He is supposed to spend this weekend at home. He is slowly improving but takes time.
This evening Justin Chadwell, age 7, will celebrate his birthday with a family party. He’s the son of Christy and Dustin Chadwell. He has a baby sister, Kalie.
Betty Richardson hasn’t been feeling well.
My sister-in-law (the only one I have) isn’t doing too good. She and my brother live in Overland Park, Kansas. She is Bonnie (Filer) Ryan and graduated from Norwood High School. Remember her in your prayers.
Hoping we all have a good week ahead.