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Monday, February 28, 2011

Balfour, Davis, and Gartley Families of Madison County, MS

One of my readers, Bill Hays, contacted me several months ago about a post I had written on Cemeteries of Dancing Rabbit Creek about Mound Bluff Cemetery in Madison County. In his email, Mr. Hays thanked me for posting photos of the old cemetery in which a number of his ancestors are buried.  According to my contact, many of those buried in the cemetery once lived in an area of Madison County that was referred to as the "Vernon Neighborhood," families that had migrated from Wilkinson County, Mississippi and from Bayou Sarah, Louisiana.  Mr. Hays explained that his great-great-grandfather, William Lovett Balfour and his wife, Elizabeth Davis Gartley Balfour are among those buried in the cemetery, as well as other members of the Balfour, Davis, and Gartley families who were part of the migration.  Proudly, he also related that he was in the process of replacing his great-great-grandparents' demolished grave marker with a "flat plaque."

Recently, Mr. Hays recontacted me and included photos of himself and his cousins from Woodville, Mississippi and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when the "flat plaque" was placed on the gravesite of William Lovett and his wife, Elizabeth Davis Gartley.  Interestingly, Dr. William Lovett Gartley was a Founder and President of the Board of Trustees of Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.  A photo of the plaque can be viewed on my other blog, Cemeteries of Dancing Rabbit Creek.

In the weeks ahead, look for posts here about members of these three families and the area known as the "Vernon Neighborhood."

Friday, January 14, 2011

"Gary Walters Delta Dreamin'" - Scenes of the Mississippi Delta

Published by Quail Ridge Press
“The most beautiful things on Earth cannot be seen nor touched, but are felt in the heart,” says Gary Walters, a Jackson resident who is also a well-known watercolor artist.

I first met Gary Walters when we were in junior high school, where he was already a talented and promising young artist.  Ironically, our junior high art teacher was a man named Louis Walsh, with whom Gary would later study at Hinds Junior College. A Christian artist, Gary has been married for over 40 years to the former Joan Douglas, with whom he has four grown children.  One of their sons, Jacob, is a well-known Mississippi artist, too.  After receiving a Bachelor and a Masters degree from Mississippi College, where he studied with Dr. Sam GoreGary taught at the Clinton, Mississippi school, as well as at Mississippi State University, Hinds Community College, and Belhaven University.  Over the past 35 years, Gary has also taught numerous workshops and has had many one man shows featuring his watercolor works that exhibit unique color and light.  

Known as Mississippi’s premier watercolor artist, Gary's works are included in public and private collections throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. He has also received several noteworthy awards for his artistic labors of love, including being named in 1993 as Art Alumnus of the Year at Mississippi College.  In 2009, Gary was recognized by the Mississippi Senate for bringing honor to the state through his painting and his book, “Gary Walters Delta Dreamin'" published in October 2008 by Quail Ridge Press.  Just last year, on September 11, 2010, Gary was honored by the Deer Park (TX) Education Foundation, when he was inducted into the Felton F. Waggoner Hall of Fame.

"Gary Walters Delta Dreamin'" includes scenes from the Mississippi Delta that feature the characteristic color and light that make his art work so unique. To someone like me who has roots in the Mississippi Delta, the scenes depicted in the book bring back many memories of my childhood in a place where our lives were so dependent on nature and hard work.  For those who are less familiar with the Delta, its history and its culture, Gary’s art work provides beautiful visual insight into a way of life that previously could only be experienced.

To view the galleries of Gary Walters and his son, Jacob Walters, click here. Gary can also be found on Facebook, and an interview conducted by Walt Grayson of WLBT television in JacksonMississippi can be viewed below.