Thursday, April 2, 2009

Southern Crittenden County News: March 26, 2009

By Michelle Henderson and Matthew T. Patton

We extend our sincerest sympathies to the family of Luther Keith Shewcraft, 71, who died March 18. Keith was the elder son, and fifth child, of Luther Shewcraft and Oda Lee (Patton) Shewcraft. He was a loyal family man, a lover of music with a fine tenor voice, a great story teller, a great fondness for his horses and trail rides. He will be missed by many.

We also send our sympathies to the family of Helen Baldwin, 103, who died March 16 at Hilltop Nursing Home in Kuttawa.

Chase Matthews and his wife, Jennifer, recently made a trip to the Boston area to meet with representatives from Homes for Our Troops. The group is a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in 2004 that builds or modifies specially adapted homes for the most severely wounded soldiers returning home from combat with life-altering disabilities, at no cost to the veteran. They assist severely injured servicemen and women and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and then coordinating the process of building a new home or adapting an existing home for handicapped accessibility. The finished home is then given to the veteran. Chase was designated the benefactor of their next project in our area, and the group is now taking donations. For more information, visit (More information will also appear in a future article in this newspaper.)

Seven Springs had 74 in attendance for Sunday school, with several more arriving for worship services.

The Dycusburg Grocery had a standing room only crowd for music last weekend. If you get a chance, check out the little town’s gathering place. You’d be pleasantly surprised with the musical talent.

Jason Smith is flying into Nashville for a short visit with his mom and grandmother at the airport. He’ll fly back to Houston with his daughter, Lavinia.

Jeannie Griffin hosted a BBQ dinner at her home on Sunday night. We’re happy to report she is enjoying being back at work after a bout of illness.

The Dycusburg Community Group is planning a community yard sale soon. For more information, call Michelle at 988-2758.

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