Crossett native to present book review at First Baptist Church


“The Southerner’s Handbook, A guide to Living the Good Life” by the editors of Garden & Gun, will be reviewed by Patsy Roberts of Crossett at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 26 in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St.

The book is divided into parts and will be reviewed as to topics thought to be the most enjoyable for the audience. Those topics that will be reviewed are Southernisms; Sweet Tea, A Love Story; Shades of the South; and The Church of the Southern Football. An introduction to the book and about the editors of Garden and Gun, specifically, David DiBenedetto, will be presented.

The Kentucky Derby section will include personal information when Roberts and her husband attended the Kentucky Derby as guests of their neighbors in Hopkinsville, Ky., and she will share pictures with the ladies wearing the hats that are a must at the derby.

Roberts is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Asa Harrison. She was born in Crossett and attended all 12 grades in the Crossett schools. She attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business education. She married the late Tom Roberts, an executive with J.C. Penny Co., and enjoyed traveling and teaching in the various schools where his work was located before retiring and returning home to Crossett.

Upon retirement, Roberts had completed 51 years, having taught in seven states — Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, New Jersey and Kentucky. She retired as instructional facilitator of literacy for Crossett schools, grades seven through 12. Presently she is serving as president of the Crossett Book Club, which originated through the founders of the Crossett Company. She is also president of the J.O.Y. Sunday School Class of Crossett First Baptist Church where where she is a member. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Crossett Public Library and is a member of Ashley County Retired Teachers and the Seven Friends Book Club.

Following the book review hand-crafted door prizes will be furnished by Anna Bess Westerfield and refreshments will be furnished by Friends of the First Baptist Library.

The public is invited to attend.