By Terry Harpole
For the WPT
The old expression “The best is yet to come” might have been the expression of many people in the Maben area, including the members of the board of Maben Memorial Garden, after the first memorial ever held for the cemetery.
The cemetery board decided to hold a memorial for this cemetery each first Sunday in June, and with the cooperation of Maben Methodist Church, which offered to not hold services on that day and host the memorial, and help and cooperation from many others the first memorial for the cemetery was held.
The annual memorial was June 2 for Maben Memorial Garden with a large crowd in attendance.
Many people from many other towns, and even other states, came to the event, visiting families, decorating graves and remembering the people buried there.
Sherry Williams Moultrie, now living in Georgia, daughter of Louis “Red” Williams, longtime owner of Williams’ Big Star in Maben, presented the “reflections” in the morning’s service.
The Rev. Randle Poss, who was pastor of Maben First Baptist Church for more than 30 years and is now pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Choctaw County, brought the morning’s message, which was the second time he has done that.
Moultrie and Poss both talked about the time when Moultrie was a small girl growing up in Maben, and Poss about when he moved to Maben 50 years ago.
They both talked about the many people they knew and met, some of whom are buried in the Maben Cemetery, some of whom were business people and others teachers, and about how they enjoyed knowing them, and about their influence and inspiration.
After the morning service, a covered-dish lunch was held in the fellowship hall, with many bringing food made with their favorite recipes.
The board of Maben Memorial Garden and the people in the area are now looking to and planning for next year.