Four generations attend birthday

Published 9:30 am Friday, September 16, 2011

Four generations of a Franklin family attended a Sept. 10 birthday party for 1-year-old Caroline Whitehead.

Hosted at the Franklin home of Caroline’s grandmother and great-grandmother, Patricia Howell and Doris Hill, respectively, the party had a tea party theme. Scones and crumpets were served. Attendees were dressed up, and girls wore fascinator headpieces in their hair.

Caroline’s other great-grandmother, Marjorie Whitehead from the Village at Woods Edge in Franklin, also attended.

Caroline, who was born Sept. 3, 2010, is the daughter of Wendy and Ryan Whitehead of Black Creek Road, Franklin.

• The Newsoms High School Class of 1947 had somewhat of a reunion Saturday at Southampton Memorial Hospital.

Classmate Betty Worrell Darden was volunteering at the front desk and found out that her high school classmate Mary Nell Johnson Turner was a patient there. Classmate Louise Drake Pixley visited Mary, as well as classmate Josephine Futrell Sumner, who was visiting her husband.

Betty, Mary, Louise and Josephine graduated 64 years ago from a class of nine girls and one boy. Today, they are 81 and 82 years old.

Dorothy Bailey Gelhaus and Elizabeth Joyner Baldwin live in Franklin, while Anne Bryant Jordan resides in Boykins and Paige Bunn Prince in Stony Creek. Catherine Thorpe lives the farthest away in Baltimore. She attended the 60th class reunion in 2007.

Hugh A. Gray lives in Virginia Beach.

• Dawn Yurkas, a Franklin resident and Keller Williams Realtor, will be published in the upcoming “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayers.”

“Chicken Soup for the Soul” books are short-story anthologies written by everyday people from all walks of life. Each “Chicken Soup” book title represents the topics each short story will contain. There are numerous “Chicken Soup” books for every type of reader, including dog and cat lovers, pre-teens, writers, golfers and many more.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayers” will contain inspirational stories of when prayers were answered.

Dawn’s story is written in first person and portrays an event that transpired between her and a longtime friend several years ago. The release date for the book is Oct. 18 and copies can be pre-ordered in advance through Amazon or

• Jim Hart and his son, Will, spent last weekend at Richmond International Raceway.

As usual, Jim took a lot of photos.

GWEN ALBERS is managing editor of The Tidewater News. Her email address is