After suffering several years of drought, most people in Pontotoc County readily concede that God has been good, very good, to us this summer. Just this past week we have had two blessed rains that have brought us between four and five inches of much-needed moisture, and more is predicted for next week. All we can say is POL (Praise the Lord!). We won’t complain about having to mow the ever-growing grass; we’re too pleased at having farm ponds that are brim-full.
I had a pleasant surprise last Tuesday. I was in the Village Beauty Shop, and Nancy, the beautician, was doing her best to work major miracles in my behalf when Susan Abbott came from the office escorting a tall, broad-shouldered African-American gentleman. He stood in front of me, grinning from ear to ear, saying, “Do you know who I am?”
I looked sharply and responded, "I surely do! You’re Bill Green!"
I had good reason to remember this man, for he had been an excellent speech student for his last two years at Byng High School. I remembered him not only for his excellence in speech but also for his unfailing courtesy. We were active in competitive speech on a state level, so before each speech met, we always met at night to practice, practice, practice. When we were finished, the kids would scatter like so many chickens. I stayed to put away props or equipment and to lock several doors. Bill, unlike the others, would stick around to help, and he always made sure my car started. The amazing thing was that these activities took place 45 years ago.
I had known that Bill aspired to attend seminary and become a Church of Christ minister. I kept up with his whereabouts through the late Odell Hightower who was custodian at Byng High School and was a good friend of Bill’s family. I knew when Bill went as a missionary to Africa, and I remember on two occasions he came home on furlough and preached at the Hammond Heights Church of Christ. My husband, George, and I went there to hear him. I lost touch with him after I retired in 1993.