Local talent entertains at Farmers’ Market

By Terry Harpole

For the WPT


The people at Maben Farmers’ Market on July 27 were treated to a special treat: entertainment by two local people.

After the market had opened, Louis W. “Red” Williams came driving up on his riding mower, pulling a trailer loaded with his microphone, speaker, guitar and music stand.

Mr. Red had another friend, no stranger to the area, join him in singing and picking some good songs enjoyed by all present, William Buckner. Neither of these two are strangers to music, as anyone in the area knows.

Williams came back to the town of Maben years ago and operated a local trucking company while in business with his late mother, Mrs. Ottis Williams, and later owned and operated the Williams Big Star with his wife and children for many years.

Mr. Red and his late first wife, Mrs. Ruth, had long been a big part of Maben and all the activities going on there. Mr. Red used to get together with many friends in an old vacant building that was the business of the late Bill Boatman, and pick and sing along with them. These included Tommy Dodd, a world-renowned steel guitar player now living in Atlanta, and the late Adron Dodd, who owned the building at the time.

On any Friday night, Mr. Red can be found entertaining at Sparta Opry, and on Saturday night at Longview Opry west of Starkville on Highway 12.

Mr. Red and his present wife, Joann Skelton Williams, both enjoy going on many trips, getting with friends they have met, and picking and singing, in Missouri and Arkansas.

The other local talent, William Buckner, was surely no stranger to the people or to music. Buckner, son of the late Bill and Leverne Turner Buckner, and his younger brother and sister all grew up picking and singing together as the Buckner Family.

This was the first live entertainment the market has had this year, and everyone enjoyed the music.