Pages from the past: The legacy of Joyce Hull

By CHARLOTTE BUCHANAN COLUMNIST,

100 YEARS AGO,

DECEMBER 1919

LOCAL AND PERSONAL John Hough, who has been attending college in Florida has returned home.

F. A. Price of Inverness was carried to Greenville this week on account of serious illness but is somewhat better now.

The Baptist Ladies gave a miscellaneous shower in honor of Miss Bessie Horton last Thursday in the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Gresham.

EDITORIAL NOTE BY J. A. RICHRDSON: Christmas at Ben Fried’s. Of all the stores in Indianola that have prepared for the people to purchase Christmas articles, there is none so splendidly equipped as Ben Fried’s.

50 YEARS AGO,

DECEMBER 1969

SCHOOL NEWS: Among Mississippi High School students attending the National Merit Finalists session at the University of Mississippi are Terryl Kimbrell and Jane C. Taylor of Indianola.

AROUND THE TOWN BY JAYNE JOHNSON:  The Ladies Altar Society of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church met in the home of Mrs. C. J. Bianca. Pink Poinsettias decorated the reception area. Mrs. Tom Sanders, president, presided.

INVERNESS NEWS:  A charter member and past president of the Inverness Rotary Club has passed on. Fred Jones was a highly respected public servant and a good man.

25 YEARS AGO,

DECEMBER 1994

SCHOOL NEWS; The Indianola Academy Choral Music Department has been busy making deliveries of poinsettias they sold for their fundraiser. Shown in a photo are Brooks Roberts, Tara Clark, Nathan Poe, Tiffany Scott, Alaina Scroggins, Angela Boyles and Hall Roberts.

NEWS BY DAVID RUSHING: Somebody is stealing lots of reindeer. As if breaking into homes and autos wasn’t enough, the lighted outdoor decorative type are being stolen. An eyewitness spotted a man running with one under each arm.

Santa Claus will be the star attraction this Saturday at Indianola’s Christmas parade according to Chip Morgan, president of the Indianola Chamber of Commerce. The Grand Marshall will be John McPherson, Indianola’s Citizen of the Year.

15 YEARS AGO,

DECEMBER 2004

The Twentieth Century Club honored Joyce Hull for her service. She was president 50 years ago. Her daughters Marsha Tindall and Linda Arant reenacted the Yearbook of 1954 and members dressed in hat and gloves reminiscent of that year.

Kathy Lott, a teacher at Carver Elementary School is depicted in a photograph helping her student Alisha Stigler hang ornaments on the tree in the lobby of the Sunflower County Courthouse. It is a tradition that schools decorate the tree each year.

IN MEMORY OF JOYCE BURTON HULL

Joyce Burton Hull was a lifelong resident of Indianola except for the time she spent in college at Belhaven where she was President of the Student Body. During her years at Indianola High School she was an honor student and star athlete. She set state track records in the 50-yard dash. Her daughter Linda Hull Arant followed in her footsteps as a state track star. Both were tragically killed in a car accident on December 26, 2015.

The congenial lady was known as one of Indianola’s most beloved citizens. She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the choir and taught Sunday School for decades. Proof of the respect and love that citizens held for her was the well-attended 90th birthday celebration for her at The Crown on January 17, 2014.

Joyce was an avid tennis and bridge player. Perhaps, she was best known for her exuberance and zest for living. In her later years, her bridge friends meant so much to her. One group would gather on New Year’s Eve for a celebration with Joyce as the ringleader. After enjoying a dinner and bridge together, at the stroke of midnight Joyce insisted they light sparklers and go outside and yell “Happy New Year” to the top of their lungs. She once said, “We probably would have been arrested for disturbing the peace had not Ann Sessums been the wife of Jack Sessums, the Sheriff.

Rest on Joyce Burton Hull, there is no doubt that you will always be remembered by so many people in the Mississippi Dela.

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