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2003, September
Sally Jolly Kelley
Sally reviewed books for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and her column, The Book Shelf, appeared in The Wynne(Arkansas)Progress. Her poems appeared in Voices International, Delta Review and Massachuetts Review, Flowers of Stone was her first published book. Sally was born in Van Fleet, Mississippi but lived in Parkin, Arkansas after she married and until her death. She was married to Harry Leroy Kelley and had two sons, Brian and Harry Lee.

John Grisham, author, lived in Parkin for a short period during this decade. He was born on 8 February 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. As a young man, he wanted to become a professional baseball player, but found he wasnít cut out for the major leagues. He majored in accounting at Mississippi State and then graduated from law school in 1981. He practiced law until 1983 when he was elected to the state House of Representatives where he served until 1990. He began writing suspense novels in 1987 when he finished A Time to Kill, finally published in 1988. He began another book immediately that he entitled, The Firm. It became a runaway success with film rights sold to Paramount Pictures. From that time on, his works have all been bestsellers with seven made into movies. There are over 60 million of his books in print. Some of his other novels are The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament and The Brethren. Grisham lives with his family in Mississippi and Virginia. On a personal note, his love of baseball continues He serves as a local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.

early to mid 1900's
A photo of Mrs. Mary Hoskins and Mrs. Mary Delashment in the telephone office in Parkin
Submitted by C. Buras

Bette Greene was born in Memphis, Tennessee on June 28, 1934. She married Donal Sumner Greene June 13, 1959. They have two children, Carla and Jordan Joshua. The Greenes live in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Greene grew up in the small town of Parkin, Arkansas where she learned what it meant to be different. She was a Jewish girl growing up in the deprived south during the great depression and World War II. She writes about the struggles of children to be different against seemingly overwhelming odds. She has written many books and one book "Summer of My German Solider" became a movie for Hallmark.

This page is for perpetual written accounts of historical events that have occurred in the city. Anyone who feels they have pertinent information may submit it. This includes all people in or out of Parkin and could involve any interested adults or children with events or items that are of interest. Items may be submitted for publication on this page where they will remain as part of a historical archive for the city. Items of interest may include noteworthy events, special events of historical importance, information about area growth that pertains to the history of the city, and other pertinent notes. We hope to establish a large data base of information about the history of each city. Historical Societies are encouraged to open their own page on Key to the City for more extensive historical information.

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