Saturday, February 14, 2009

Remembering Phyllis Harper

I grew up in Northeast Mississippi. The major daily newspaper in our area was the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (Tupelo). There was one column that I never wanted to miss. That was the column by Phyllis Harper who shared about her beloved Fawn Grove, a small Itawamba County community in which she lived. While I have long since forgotten the specific content of most of her columns, there is a fondness in my heart for the community of Fawn Grove because of Phyllis' writings. It was a sad day when her last column was published. Phyllis had a gift for evoking a real sense of place in her writing. Those of us who read her felt that we knew Fawn Grove almost as well as the towns in which we lived.

Her obituary can be found here. Readers of the paper are sharing their memories of Phyllis here.

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