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Giving thanks: Area residents pause to count blessings
by Daily Corinthian staff
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Giving thanks for that which is most important, Crossroads area residents are pausing to count their many blessings amid the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday shopping season.

These are their thoughts to celebrate Thanksgiving Day and this special time of the year.

“I’m thankful for my friends and family. Both of my parents live in Corinth, and I have a brother who is only a few hours away. I’m also thankful for being able to live in one of the towns I grew up in. Having come back to Corinth, I’ve met plenty of new people but also have grown in my relationships with people I’ve known from years past. Even though it keeps me busy, I’m thankful for being involved in various areas of Corinth, whether it’s church, work, or community. We have a good sized town, I believe: too big to be boring, not big enough to be annoying.”

— Cody Daniel, 31,


“I’m thankful for God’s grace when I fall short. I’m thankful that I have Crohns Disease because the struggle has taught me to appreciate every moment and to take nothing for granted. I’m thankful that I’m blessed with loving family and friends. I’m thankful for 17 years as a teacher and all those children teaching me far more than I ever taught them. I am thankful for my daughter Abbie and my parents, C.B. & Pam Baldwin. I am especially thankful that Jeff loves me!”

— Holly Baldwin, 38,

Ramer, Tenn.

“I am thankful that I was planted in a family who had a deep faith in God and who taught me to have a servant heart. I am thankful the Lord led my husband and me to each other and for the children and grandchild we have been blessed with. I am also thankful for my extended family and the people the Lord has placed in my life who have greatly influenced me. I am ultimately thankful for God’s divine plan of salvation.”

— Jimmie Timbes,


“I am thankful for ... God’s grace and my salvation in 1998. My best friend and wife Lisa. My three boys – Josh, Jake and Jonah. My mom and dad still being with us. God has placed me in a position where I can speak into the lives of young people daily. I am one blessed dude!”

— Travis N. Smith Jr., 49, Kossuth

“Thankful for ... God’s unfailing love; God’s full salvation in Christ Jesus; a 50-year marriage to my teenage sweetheart and his devotion to his bride; children who are employed, who have had lasting marriages, who care for others more than themselves and are people of deep convictions; grandchildren who are employed, healthy have a sense of humor, walk in integrity; holding my six-month old great-grandson; and friendships built upon trust. It is good to be alive.”

— Cheryl Meints, 65,


“First and foremost, I am thankful for the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I am thankful for my family. Last and certainly not least, I am thankful to be living in the USA.”

— Sergio Warren, Rienzi

“Most often I’m thankful for my accomplishments or the good times bestowed me. However, this Thanksgiving I’m most grateful for the toughest of times that in the end reminds me who is in charge. My sentiment of, ‘It may not be your plan, but it’s God’s plan,’ humbles and strengthens every contentious wave that tries to pull me asunder. Those tough times also bring around warmhearted faces that reminds me everything’s going to be alright.”

— Zack Feazell, 31,


“This holiday season I want to express my thanks for: The eternal and unchanging promises of God — that I am His and He is mine, now and forever; my family, friends and co-workers who know how to share a laugh and who make my life so rich with joy; the way nature is breathtaking in all its beauty from the leaves exploding in color to the green that renews every spring.”

— State Sen. Rita

Potts-Parks, 53, Corinth

“I am thankful for God. His infinite wisdom continues to guide me. I am also thankful for family and friends. But I am most thankful to the men of my church for dedicating their time to mentor and provide an outlet to the young boys that may, otherwise, not be present.”

— Dale Leonard,

55, Rienzi

“I’m thankful for my family and great friends. I’m thankful to live in the kind of loving and giving community that Corinth is. I’m thankful to live in a city that has such high Christian values as we do here in Corinth.”

— Corinth Mayor

Tommy Irwin

“I am thankful for my healthy children, those rare days when my home does not smell like a fraternity house, slow cookers, dishwashers, fine china, coffee and more coffee, good burgers and even better beer, friendships - new and old, Caller ID, parents who were good examples, perfect cornbread and iron skillets, date nights sponsored by the previously mentioned parents (and a husband with whom I still want to have a date night), cats who earn their keep, great music, shiny cars, karma, and every good book I have ever read.”

— Molly Chambers Moore, 39, Selmer, Tenn.

“I am thankful for family, friends, health, the opportunity to work for an excellent banking organization, BancorpSouth, thankful to live in an area with very generous and compassionate people who love their neighbors and community, people who want to make Corinth a better place to live and work. I am also thankful for my church, First Presbyterian, and our members for the work to make our community a better place to live. I am also thankful for my retiring pastor, Dr. Don Elliott and his 31 years of service to our church.”

— Greg P. Kiddy, 49, Corinth

“I am thankful to believe in God who created all of us and the world we live in. He cared so much that he sent his son, Jesus, to live in our world and allow us to learn so much about God himself through the life of Jesus. God cared so much for us that he allowed Jesus to die on a cross as a sacrifice for our sins so we might have the opportunity to be with him in heaven. I am thankful for my large family and the love we share from my 92-year-old mother who lives in Blackland to the 4-month-old twin grand babies, Roma Clare and Rowland Craig, who live in Booneville. I am thankful for my church family at Oak Hill Baptist Church, my many close friends who I have worked with at PCEPA, all the wonderful people I have been able to serve through my work life.”

— Prentiss County Electric Power Association Manager Ronny Rowland, Booneville

“I am blessed with more than I deserve. I am thankful for my salvation and that Jesus would die for someone like me. I am thankful for my wife, my family, my friends, my coworkers, my church, my job and the freedom we have in America. I am thankful for the ones who have served or are serving our country. We owe so much to them. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.”

— Ben Tucker, 28, Corinth

“Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things we are thankful for. I am thankful for my family, husband, daughter, and Claire who make me smile each day. I am thankful for parents who did not tell me I was right and installed a good work ethic. I am thankful for the love and joy the rest of my family bring me. I am thankful for close friends and the best kids in the world at Michie School. Most of all, I am thankful for a loving and merciful God.”

— Lorrie Bodiford, 49, Michie, Tenn.

“First, I am thankful for my family, Sandy, Lane and Bill, Lee and Tara, our six handsome, gifted grandsons and precious pet Chrissy. These and my talented assistant, Laure Alexander, keep me going. My extended families and friends mean so much. It is a privilege to contribute to the preservation and continued development of this quintessential historic and yet progressive Mississippi town. I am thankful for the opportunities I have here and to work with so many wonderful people.”

— Rosemary Williams, 78, Corinth

“I am thankful all my family is well. I am thankful my grandson Kylin Wynn’s knee is healing. I am thankful for my four children, 12 grandchildren, and my first great-grandchild, Aria Thomas, born this year. I am thankful we have not had any problems after the election around here.”

— Rheba Campbell, 56, Ramer, Tenn.

“I am thankful for my job at Ramer School (K-2 reading/math intervention). I have the opportunity to share my love for learning with children daily. It excites me to see the joy and confidence of a successful child. I can provide a safe, respectful, loving, worry free, environment. A special place for children to happily interact. For this, I am very thankful.”

— Dru Broadway, Selmer, Tenn.

“I am thankful for God’s grace, a wonderful family, two beautiful daughters and the smartest little 2-year-old granddaughter the world will ever see. I am thankful to have found, Chuck, the love of my life and to be planning our wedding after nine years together. I am thankful for small town living, a job that I love and the wisdom that comes with age.”

— Donna Briggs, 49, Corinth

“I am thankful this year to have a job as a dental hygienist, along with the health and ability to work. There is nothing that feels better than knowing I spent my day working and doing what I love to do. Now my week is full, and so is my heart.”

— Rachel Burns, 23, Michie, Tenn.

“I am thankful for ... my salvation, my family, church family, friends, my job. It is a privilege to live and work in Alcorn County. At the bright young age of 50, yes 50, I realize more and more each day it’s not about the possessions that should make one happy, but friends. So to all the ones I cherish as my family and friends, I thank you.”

— Tina Bugg, Corinth

“I have much to be thankful for in my life. I am thankful for my family and their good health as well as a loving church family at Gaston Baptist Church. I am also so grateful for having a job that brings me joy daily. As the song says, “There’s a roof up above me. I’ve a good place to sleep. There’s food on my table, and shoes on my feet...” My blessings are plentiful, and for this, I am grateful to my Lord.”

— Kim Eubank, Booneville

“I am thankful to the Lord from whom all blessings are given. I have been blessed with the gift of salvation, a wonderful family, friends, church family and job. Life has its ups and downs, but happiness comes from these good things in my life and my gratefulness for them.”

— Jennifer Koon, 46, Booneville

“I’m thankful for God in my life and the direction I receive from him. I’m thankful for my wife and family, for always being supportive. I’m thankful for the people of Prentiss County who continue to have faith in my staff and me. I am blessed with an outstanding group of men and women who I serve alongside and could not do the job without their diligent efforts. I’m thankful to still have my “Mammaw” Jettie Pruitt, who at 94 is still a living example of what a Christian should be and how she has helped mold my life.”

— Prentiss County Sheriff Randy M. Tolar, Booneville

“Family is everything to me. I would like to thank God first and foremost because he has blessed me with my wife, Lacey, and our three beautiful children. I’m also thankful for my father, Ronnie, and the late Mary Chappell for raising me and my brother (Marquez Chappell) up right. Lastly, I’m thankful for my mother-in-law (Kristy Hopkins) who has a love for her daughters and grandchildren like no other.”

— Logan Chappell, 27, Guys, Tenn.

“I’m thankful for my friends. God has blessed me with some beautiful souls who I call friends and family. They inspire me, teach me and love me, and I can’t imagine life without some of those people by my side.”

— Nicole Stoppa, 29, Selmer, Tenn.

“I am thankful for God, family, friends and my job. First of all, God for the amazing people He has placed in my life. The family and friends who support me, uplift me and bring happiness to my life. And a job that gives me the ability to work with people who have dedicated their lives to help protect and serve our community.”

— Prentiss County E-911 Dispatcher Melissa Hamlin, Booneville

“I am thankful this Nov. 24, and every day before it and every day after it, for my salvation. I was saved June 13, 2001, at the age of 35 and fully remember 35 years of not being saved. The biggest blessing of my life for sure, Jesus is everything.”

— Lee Ann Ragan, 50, Selmer, Tenn.

“I am thankful Jesus, my Lord and savior, my family which includes my husband, Chas, my children, Jessie, 21; Nick, 14; Nate, 12; Remington, 5; and Christine, 2, my parents, my sister, my in-laws and my church.”

— Kara Kirk, 34, Eastview, Tenn.

“Because of caring people in Corinth, the Easom Foundation has been able to provide services that help to improve the community. I am thankful for the many volunteers, contributors and board members who have made this possible. I am also thankful to have three living siblings, a daughter and three grandchildren who are in good health.”

— Samuel Crayton, 68, Memphis

“I’m thankful for so many things, but mostly God; without him I am nothing. God allows me to get up every morning; I have a husband who loves me and a son who I adore. Every day we are alive and able to see another birthday come and go, we should be thankful. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful, but being thankful should be expressed everyday to Him who gives us life.”

— Anjanette Ratliff, Corinth

“The Lord has richly blessed me. I have so many things to be thankful for, but many times, I find myself taking my blessings for granted. I appreciate having been born in the United States and growing up in such a great community where friends, families and neighbors make our city and county a wonderful place to live and raise our families. For me, Booneville is absolutely the best place to live. I am thankful for the Lord, who is always there for me. I’m thankful for my parents and my upbringing. Even though they are no longer with us, I have so many wonderful memories of them and growing up in a Christian home. I’m thankful for my husband, my four children, my daughter-in-law, my son-in-law, my seven grandchildren, my church and church family, and for the many other family members and friends whom I dearly love. During this holiday season and time of thanksgiving, I want to take time to stop and be thankful and in the days ahead, become more thankful and conscientious of my many blessings.”

— Trudy Featherston, Booneville

“I am thankful to be in a state of peaceful happiness. Grateful to have God in my life, the love and support of family and friends. A few years ago, a change in lifestyle introduced me to freedom from worry and guilt. At present, I am thankful to be learning new tap dance steps for a family Christmas Eve routine with my great-nephew and great-niece. Life is good.”

— Anne Holtsford, 70, Iuka

“I am most thankful for the love and support of my family — my son Cole and husband Mike, along with my mother Oneta and all of our extended family members. I would not have made it through these last few hectic years without their love, support and encouragement as I went back to school full-time while also working full-time. Mike took over all matters of household stuff — shopping, cooking, washing dishes — all while also working full-time.”

— Dee Hare, 43, Corinth

“There’s a whole lot of things I’m thankful for. I’m thankful for my family and my American Legion family. We all work as a team. While organizations have drama from time to time, there’s very little of that. Everybody I work with are great people.”

— Bobby McDaniel, 68, Five Point

“I am thankful for my mother (Leah) and daddy (Monroe), who taught me how to live a Christian life and helped me through my teenage life. I’m thankful for God who gave his son who died on the cross so we could have a good life. Thankful for our country that we have freedom and can live a Christian life. Thankful for the military forces that protect us that we may live in peace. Thankful for my family who support me in all I do — my wife Connie, son Jeff and his wife Pat, three grandchildren, Haley and husband Justin, and grandsons Bryson and Jonathan, and great-grandson, Hunter. I am thankful for the many opportunities that I had in the military, and work places, and many civic organizations to serve 63 years getting to meet many friends as I traveled. I am thankful for a good, healthy life, the prayers that were sent for me while I was treated for cancer that is now in remission. I am thankful to my church family at Booneville Church of Christ who helps me in time of need. I’m thankful for the City of Booneville and Prentiss County, the leaders, and it being a good place for us to live. And above all, I’m thankful to God that we can still live a good life.”

— Adrian Edge, Booneville

“I am thankful for Father God, whose heart is full of compassion, mercy and loving kindness. I am thankful for my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, my h elper. The dearest ones on earth are my precious family members who are a huge blessing and joy. I am grateful. Thank you, Lord.”

— Martha Jobe, 69, Corinth

“I’m thankful for my wife and children. I’m thankful to live in a country where we are free to worship Jesus. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve the greatest county in the state of Mississippi.”

— Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell, 37, Kossuth

“I am thankful to have been born in the greatest country in the world; a country blessed by God. I’m thankful to be a Christian. I am thankful for a wonderful wife, two fine boys, their wives, and six beautiful grandchildren.”

— Terry Cartwright, 69, Corinth

“I am thankful for my children. Their health, personalities, kindness, gentleness, dependance and independence. I’m thankful for their minds and their dedication to grow. And even more thankful I am not only a witness to their greatness and development, but a role in it as well. I am thankful for a significant other who appreciates me, believes in me — and never stops inspiring me to be a better person.”

— Katie Shay Melvin, 32, Corinth

“I’m thankful for true friends. They are few and far in-between. I am thankful for the military and police who protect this country, and I am thankful for the opportunity to live in a free country. But, most of all, I am thankful for my family who supports me in everything I do. I would be nothing without them and my beautiful baby girl, Maddie Green.”

— Matthew Green, 32, Jumpertown

“2016 has been a challenging year for Amy and me. We have experienced a career change, loss of my grandfather and the loss of a dear family friend. But our children are healthy, our community and schools are safe and God’s grace is sufficient.”

— Brett Marlar, 42, Kossuth

“I believe I am most thankful for my God, my family, my country and our veterans who protected us in the past and the present and will protect us in the future.”

— Carlean Parker, 58, Hurricane Creek

“I’m very thankful for our country. I’m very optimistic about the future of our country and very grateful for my family. I’m looking forward to a bright future, and I’m so thankful for my family.”

— Larry Mangus, 75, Corinth

“I’m thankful for my family, thankful for my health. Thankful for my place of employment and having a job where I can work for a decent living and provide. I’m thankful for our country. My wonderful wife, I couldn’t ask for anyone better.”

— Mike Davis, 54, Dennis

“Thanksgiving is special to me because it is an opportunity for immediate and extended family to come together for food and fellowship without the hassle of gifts. More importantly, it allows me a special opportunity each year to express gratitude and appreciation to my wife and soulmate, Jean; my two sons, Randy and Torrey, who live in Hampton, Vir. and Campbell, Ca. respectively, their wives, Lauren and Sarah; and my three-year-old granddaughter, Zoë, who is the center of everything.”

— Attorney Randolph Walker, 68, Corinth

“I’m thankful for my family, my church family and the beauty of nature. We’re very thankful for a bountiful harvest on our farm.”

— Marie Spain, 79, Osborne Creek

“I’m thankful to be living and for my salvation. Thankful for all the blessings I’ve received. For good health and life. I’ve had to want very little in my lifetime, and I’m very thankful for that. I’m thankful for a good job and thankful for my friends and family who surround me.”

— Willie Walker, Corinth

“I am thankful for things both great and small – for the blessings of a loving family and the comfort of a kitty in my lap, for food in the pantry and gas in the car, for access to medical care when I’m sick and technology that allows me to stay connected to others, for the gifts of faith, wisdom and laughter, and for the joy of making music.”

— Bobbi Campbell, 57, Corinth

“I am thankful for God, health, family and friends and thankful that God loves us and is merciful to us.”

— Prentiss County Circuit Clerk Mike Kelley, Booneville

“I’m thankful to be an American and especially thankful to those who have fought and died for our freedom. I’m thankful to live and work in Corinth and for my clients who entrust their financial matters to me. I’m very grateful for Godly parents. Most of all, I’m thankful for God’s grace and salvation in Jesus Christ.”

— Zeb Taylor, 26, Corinth

“I am thankful for my family, my friends and my health. I am thankful for our school, staff, faculty, students and parents. We have great parents.”

— Pickwick Southside School

Principal Jennifer Burks

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