In honor of their service and sacrifice, three United States military veterans recently received Quilts of Valor in a ceremony at Shadow Lawn Baptist Church in Eight Mile. Two of the men were in the Vietnam War and one served his country during WWII.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a story about these men for the Call News. But not everyone sees the Call, so I am including a much-shorter article about them in this community blog, joannemcknight.com.
Two of the men, Jerry Lamar Anderson Sr. and Carlton Dwight "Jimmy" Robertson, served in Vietnam. The third, Raymond G. McCrary is a veteran of WWII.
Anderson, a native of Andalusia, attended Vigor High School. He joined the US Army in 1965 and saw action in Pleiku during the Vietnam War. For his valor, he received several medals and awards, including Expert Rifleman, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Bronze Service Star and the National Defense Service Medal. He was discharged in 1968. As a civilian, Jerry was employed at Scott Paper’s Kimberly-Clark Division. He and his wife Karen have two children and six grandchildren.
Carlton Dwight "Jimmy" Robertson was born in Philadelphia, MS. In Mobile County, he attended Peter Joe Hamilton Elementary School and K J Clark Middle School, both in Chickasaw, and Vigor High School. As a soldier in the US Army, Jimmy served in combat in ChuLai, DaNang and Ashaw Valley, and was awarded numerous combat ribbons: the Army Accommodation Medal, Marksman, a V Bronze Star (which he has yet to receive), a Purple Heart and the 101st Airborne Rifle Wreath. Back home, he has been in the Mobile County Sheriff’s Posse for 33 years. He and his wife Judy have two daughters, two granddaughters and two grandsons.
Raymond G. McCrary was born August 3, 1922 in Whistler and attended Whistler Elementary and then Murphy High School. He 20 years old when he entered into active service at the Naval Construction Training Center in Norfolk, VA. McCrary became a member of the Naval Construction Battalion Force of the United States Navy, the Seabees, and served at many locations and with many Navy and Marine units, including the 53rd NCB, 3rd Battalion, 18th Marine Strategic Missile Defense Forward Naval Forces and Naval Construction Training Center in Davisville, Rhode Island.
Mr. McCrary has many stories to tell about his years in military service. For instance, how some in his unit were sent to Tinian where they built some of the longest runways in the world to accommodate the Superfortress B-29 bombers. McCrary said that he distinctly remembers the noise that hundreds of those aircraft made while circling until all formations were complete.
Twelve hundred B-29’s were on Tinian, including the Enola Gay. McCrary's biography reads that his unit helped with the bomb-bay modification on the Enola Gay to make room for the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Honshu, Japan August 6, 1945 at 8:16 a.m.
As a civilian, McCrary worked as a truck mechanic and a plant manager.. He and his late wife DeLois raised three daughters and one son (deceased.)
The three Quilts of Valor given at Shadow Lawn Baptist were made by members of the Azalea City Quilters Guild, Stars Over Mobile Chapter. Quilters Bonnie Johnson and Peggy Stone presented the quilts and their husbands, Ron Johnson and Jimmy Stone, wrapped each recipient in a tangible token of appreciation that unequivocally says, "Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor."
The Reader's Choice Book Club meets Tuesday, June 19, 1 p.m. at West Regional Branch, 5555 Grelot Road. This month’s topic of discussion is "Camino Island" by John Grisham. For more information, call 251-208-7097.
Bellingrath Gardens & Home is presenting "Garden Trends 2018: Creating Outdoor Living Spaces" on Wednesday, July 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Exterior Designer Catherine Arensberg of “simple.honest.design” is passionate about designing luxurious spaces on real life budgets. She will show you how to create outdoor living spaces that are natural extensions of your home’s interior design and reflect how you and your family live. The session is free for members and $13 for non-members; reservations are requested.
On May 30th, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., a Community Resource Fair and Family Day is being held at the Community Center, 11610 Highway 90. Also on that day, a Super Hero Fun Run is scheduled at Sunny South Raceway behind the Center. So, get your costume ready (or not) plan to make a few laps around the Raceway.
Seniors at Connie Hudson Center can enjoy the music of First Baptist Church Montgomery on June 13, 11 a.m., Room C.
Seniors at Connie Hudson Senior Center have an Aloha Hawaiian Dance on June 22, 3-5 p.m. Admission is $2.
The Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Queen's Pageant was held Saturday, April 28th, at the Odd Fellows Lodge. The Queen in the 17-18 year old group, which will be the new Overall Grand Bay Watermelon Festival Queen for the 2018 Grand Bay Watermelon Festival, is Sara Jane Shearer. Other Queens in the age categories are as follows: 10-12 years - Breanna Gale Houle; 7-9 years - Lola Grace Fields; and 4-6 years - Carleigh Hatcher.
The winners of the Prettiest categories are these: Prettiest Hair - Lola Grace Fields; Prettiest Eyes - Jaydn Gill; and Prettiest Smile - Harleigh Connick.
Grand Bay Watermelon Festival chair, Patty Tripp, sends Congratulations to all the contestants and Thank You's to Jodi Arnett, who made the decorations, to Judi Miller Poiroux for collecting applications, securing judges and acting as emcee for the program and to all who volunteered to make the event a success.
The Grand Bay Community Breakfast, sponsored by Citizens for a Better Grand Bay, was Saturday, May 26, 9 a.m. at the Community Center, 11610 Highway 90 W. The breakfast is always the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays and when the facility is rented. Everyone is welcome and a donation of at least $8 is requested.
A nice crowd enjoyed the most recent, dining on a large and varied breakfast bar and omelets made to order. CBGB president Aleta Boudreaux gave a report of events on the agenda in the next month or two including the upcoming Children's Summer Program, which begins June 7th, a food handlers' class on June 11. Patty Tripp gave a report on the Annual Grand Bay Watermelon Festival July 4th.
Among those who enjoyed the breakfast and conversation are those pictured.
EVENT FULL: Fun Friday Crafts at the Museum, hosted by USA Archaeology Museum, is scheduled for Friday, Friday, June 15, 10-11 a.m. at the museum, 6052 USA Drive South, Mobile.
***This event filled up quickly and is now closed for registration***
*Advance registration required!* Stop by the Archaeology Museum on Friday, June 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. and make your own Mississippian gorget necklace out of terra cotta air-dry clay and seashells! This event is ideal for children of all ages. Admission to the event and the museum is free.
An RSVP to this event page does not count as registration. Parents or guardians must remain with their children through the duration of the program.
On Saturday night, June 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Chickasaw Senior Citizens can plan on a Country and Gospel Music Outing Night out at the Mobile Country Music Association in Chickasaw. Admission fee is $5. Call 251-452-6464 for transportation.
Members of the Tristan de Luna Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will be at the Local History and Genealogy Division from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. to assist people with their questions and research for documentation concerning their ancestors. For more information, call 251-208-7093.
Kids' Days In Bienville Square, 150 Dauphin Street, begin Thursday, June 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and the remaining Thursdays, same time: June 14, June 21, June 28. Kids' Days are sponsored by the City of Mobile.
Chickasaw High School Annual Freedom Run 5K is Saturday, May 26, 7:30-11 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street
Chickasaw High School Annual Freedom Run 5K is Saturday, May 26, 7:30-11 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street, Chickasaw.
The Freedom Run is a Certified 5K course that winds along the quiet streets of Chickasaw.; One mile course loops out and back from the Chickasaw Civic Center.
Awards will be presented in various categories and age groups. Pre-register by mail, in person at McCoy Outdoor, Run-N-Tri, or Fleet Feet in Mobile or Running Wild in Fairhope. Or online http://chickasawfreedomrun2018.eventbrite.com/
Cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children aged 12 or younger. Post Race Party- Award Ceremonies will be held at the West side of the Civic Center. Fruit and beverages (water) will be provided for race participants. There will be Door Prizes- Drawings after the awards and person must be present to win.
Ebony Moments Book Club, "a book discussion designed to increase the awareness of African-American authors, both past and present, and to promote the love of reading for all" meets Thursday, June 14, 6 p.m. at West Regional Branch, 5555 Grelot Road. The topic of discussion is "Foolish" by Anna Black. For more information, contact Betty Kidd at 251-470-7766
ART TALK: do it exchange conversation with Mobile Museum of Art curator Elizabet Elliott and Pike School of Art Director and do it curator Calvin Phelps.
The two will discuss their two different versions of the exhibition, the role contemporary art plays in the Deep South, and the toils of post-object art. The event is Thursday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.; MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive.
June 13 is Kids Gulf Discovery Day at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Children of all ages (and their parents) will learn about the wildlife and ecology of the Gulf Coast--A Fowl River cruise is offered, BUT there's limited space and reservations are req
Bellingrath Gardens & Home has one very special Wonderful Wednesday, and it's an event not to be missed.
June 13 is Kids Gulf Discovery Day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during which children of all ages (and their parents) will enjoy learning about the wildlife and ecology of the Gulf Coast from a variety of environmental organizations.
The Environmental Studies Center will bring their Raptor Road Show to the Great Lawn to engage and educate guests about the wonders of native birds of prey. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab will offer presentations with their Touch Tables in the Magnolia Room.
Visitors may also take a guided cruise along the beautiful Fowl River, courtesy of WildNative Delta Safaris. Space is limited and reservations are required for the cruises, so be sure to make your reservations early. Cruise times are 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The cruise fees are $9 for adults and $6 for ages 0-12.
Bellingrath Gardens and Home is operated by the Bellingrath Gardens and Home Foundation, a charitable, not-for-profit organization. Bellingrath Gardens and Home is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the 65-acre garden and estate home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath. For more information, visit bellingrath.org or call 251.973.2217.