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Community supper brings back fond memories

Seventeen people enjoyed the monthly community supper at Petrey Community Center last Saturday night.

Those in attendance were Lawrence and Margaret Petrey and their daughter Patsy Jeffcoat from Montgomery; George and Myrtle Wingard; Roy and Pat Mills from Patsburg; Edward and Irene Fowler from Patsburg; Bobby and Sue Beasley; Curtis and Nancy Petrey; Maynard and Valera Rolling; Valeta Spradley and Iris Wilkerson.

The food was outstanding, as usual.

The highlight of the evening was sharing memories rekindled by the 1953 yearbook of the Petrey School that Iris Wilkerson brought for everyone to thumb through. It was interesting to read the history of Petrey School. The school was originally located at Helicon, eight miles north of Petrey. Then it was moved to the Old Smith Chapel Church, presently the site of the Petrey Cemetery, before its location in the building, which is now the Petrey Community Center.

Shown in the 1953 Petrey School yearbook were 52 students in six grades with three teachers.

Oleta Petrey, mother of Fire Chief Tommy Petrey, was the principal, as well as a teacher. Ora Lee Lawrence, mother of Faye Trotter, was a substitute teacher. The other teacher was Ethel Davis.

Ed Wilkerson, son of Iris Wilkerson, and James Green who still lives in Petrey, were two of the students whose pictures were easily recognized. Edward Fowler, who started school in 1938 and went through the six grades of Petrey School, remembered Susie Petrey, mother of Curtis Petrey, as another principal during his time there.

The fellowship at the community supper proved to be even better than the delicious food, as the people lingered and reminisced about the "good ole days," including life in Patsburg.

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The Petrey Town Council met on Jan 4.

They are actively pursuing two major projects for the town, a lighted walking trail with playground and a storm shelter. Doni Ingram, Director of Crenshaw County Economic and Industrial Development Authority, is researching grants for both projects.

Council member, Laura Petrey, was commissioned by the Council to provide a collage of historical pictures of Petrey to be displayed at the Community Center.

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Pat and Roy Mills' two grandsons, Morgan and Trae Sullivant of Brewton, spent six days with them in Patsburg during Christmas.

Pat said that Amy Mills, their daughter-in-law, and Chloe, their granddaughter, were both in the emergency room a week apart. Thankfully, Amy and Chloe are doing fine now.

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Faye Trotter spent several days with her daughter, Elizabeth Trotter, in Dothan last week.

They are beginning to plan Elizabeth's upcoming spring wedding.

Nancy Petrey went with Edna Ruth Norsworthy and Gloria Hughes to the home of Janice Bell in Elba last Thursday for their monthly prayer meeting. Marlene Willis was also in attendance. They enjoyed belated Christmas presents, refreshments, singing and group prayer.

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Iris Wilkerson, Valeta Spradley, Curtis and Nancy Petrey went to Mossy Grove Restaurant in Troy last Thursday night to celebrate Curtis' belated birthday.

Iris celebrated another birthday that of her daughter-in-law, Karen Watts, last Friday. Husband Randy, Karen and Iris went to Zaxby's in Troy for a fun evening.

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Valeta Spradley attended the 50th wedding anniversary celebration for Mr. And Mrs. L. D. Eiland, Jr. at New Harmony Baptist Church on Saturday.

Patsy Jeffcoat stayed overnight with her parents, Lawrence and Margaret Petrey, after attending the Community Supper on Saturday night. Husband Kline was at National Guard camp.

The Northeast Crenshaw Volunteer Fire Department met last Saturday for training on the new brush truck that has been equipped for their use.

The department thanks Sheriff Charles West and the Sheriff's Department, which donated the truck.

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If you have any comments, suggestions or information you would like to submit to this

column, call Mrs. Petrey at

335-6700.