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Church began at 8:30 Christmas morning, with some Christmas carols from the congregation.
Brother Dennis read scripture fitting the communion service we had instead of regular church. This was a very holy service which was enjoyed by all present. After fellowship we were dismissed for the day. We appreciate those who got up extra early to show reverence to our Lord and Savior and celebrate the birth of the Christ child.
The church sang Happy Birthday for Kay Hutchison last Sunday.
Freeda Richards is doing better following her bout with double pneumonia. She spent Christmas with son, Keith, and family. Karl Richards and family will be coming to visit on Wednesday of this week. Lenore Burton and Betty Jenkins visited Freeda, Monday. Freeda was able to attend the Christmas program at Crosspoint Church, where great-grandson, Zach, was a participant.
Bessie Hall’s family gathered in her home for their regular Christmas eve supper and gift exchange. Those present were Floyd and Bonita Winingham, Tom and Jewell Elliott, James and Tammy Elliott, Ashley Elliott, Shaun and LeAnna Elliott, MaKayla and Logan, Lisa Johnson and Jesse, Tim and Lindsey Hall, Hunter and Lauren, J.C. Hall and Vickey Burnett. Bessie was able to make a trip into town one day last week. She also enjoyed a visit with her sister, Lucy, in Alabama.
Lloyd and Ruth Shumate had family in and out on Christmas day. Coming by that day was Rick, Theresa, her daughter, Ginny, Dennis, and some of her great-grandchildren.
Thursday evening, Wes and Pat Smith took Martin and Mary Ann Hathcock out to eat at a restaurant in the Norwood area. Saturday night the Hathcocks enjoyed Christmas at Jim and Jo Hathcocks with Brandon and Summer and children and Liz and children. On Christmas day, Ronda took her parents to Martin’s sisters, Pernie and Dennis Adams, for dinner. Others present were Trellis and Wanda Hathcock, son, Marvin and Heather Hathcock. Glad to hear Eleazar Soto made the trip back from Mexico, safe and sound. Wes, Pat and Charlee Smith visited the Hathcocks, Monday, as did Don and Evelyn Bryan.
Don and Evelyn Bryan were hosts for their families on Christmas day. Those able to attend were Mike, Cindy and Rachel, Ozark, Ken, Laynee and Colby, Manhatten, Ks., Tyra and Gage, Jacksonville, Fl., Jason and Brandi, Sparta.
Clifford and Imogene Madewell had their son and wife, Eddie and Becky Madewell, Mansfield, as their guests on Christmas eve.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Bryan visited Harold and Kay Hutchison, Saturday evening last week. Jim and Maxine Lund also visited the Hutchisons.
Mr. and Mrs. Danny Clements, Morgan and Dylan, brought lunch on Christmas day and visited with Harold and Kay Hutchison.
Ronnie and Pat Lansdown had Doug and Kristi Lansdown, Jadon and Kayley, David and Casey Guerin and Bradlyn with them on Saturday for their Christmas. Patrick and Jill O’Neal were suffering with the flu and unable to attend, however, they were able to make it on Tuesday and will be joining the rest of the family at Myrl’s for a fish fry.
Myrl Cox had her family for Christmas day dinner and gift exchange: Paul Cox, Ronnie and Pat Lansdown, Jeanne Cox, Joy Davis and children, Jackie Acton and children. In the afternoon Ronnie and Pat joined the Lansdown family at a local church for a time of visiting.
Floyd and Bonita Winingham arrived in Ava to spend the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Elliott and other relatives. Others visiting with the Wininghams were James and Tammy Elliott, Ashley Elliott, Shaun and LeAnna Elliott, MaKayla and Logan. The Wininghams returned to their Nebraska home Tuesday morning.