FBC Senior Adult Ministry tours Southeast Arkansas


On a recent late summer day, with a cool front ready to push into the state, the Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) from First Baptist Church made its way to Pickens and Dumas for a day of fun, frivolity, and good old-fashioned Baptist fellowship.

The first stop was at Pickens, which is about 3 miles south of Dumas, and the home of Pickens Restaurant and Commissary. The town/plantation of Pickens was founded by Reuben Adophus Pickens around 1801 at what was known as Walnut Lake. The Pickens Restaurant serves southern/soul food and prides itself on its plate lunches, burgers, fries and onion rings and the very best chocolate pie the group ever tasted.

After leaving the restaurant, with appetites satisfied, the next stop was an old favorite, Miller’s Mud Mill, located in the Brookhaven Shopping Center just off U.S. 65. The group was greeted by Gail Miller, owner and artisan, who gave the seniors a tour of her Dumas studio. Miller produces some of the most sought-after, handmade pottery, in the South. She started making pottery as a hobby 30 years ago. Each piece is a work of art and her studio is a must-see destination for travelers throughout the region. While there, Pat Crain found some lovely trivets that she intends to give as Christmas gifts, and Jeanette McGrew found a vase to match a platter that she bought from Miller earlier.

The Dumas Main Street is listed as a commercial historic district by the National Register of Historic Places. Along Main Street, you will find many interesting businesses. Ain’t That Funky specializes in yard art, clothes, and what not. There, Jimmie Lee Nichols was delighted to find some unique candle-snuffers that she intends to give to her daughters.

William’s Flowers and Gifts, also on Main Street, is chock-full of all kinds of interesting gifts — beautiful fall wreathes, silks/botanicals, crystal, frames, home decor, candy bouquets, yard art, and a large back room with Christmas decorations and many decorated Christmas trees. McGrew found an African violet and a piece of yard art — a brass rain gauge with a blue bird on top.

By this time, the group was having a snack attack and they decided to stop at Meador Pharmacy, also a historical point in Dumas. Meador Pharmacy has been operating continuously since 1917 and features an old-fashioned soda fountain. The fountain staff was almost overwhelmed when the seniors trooped in to order ice cream, chocolate sodas and fountain cokes. After satisfying their thirsts, the seniors were ready to head home.

Those making the trip were James House, the volunteer driver, McGrew, the organizer of the trips, Ann Adair, Marie Arnold and her guest, Grace McKnight, Audrey Borecky, Betty Craig, Crain, Sara Cromer, Ruth Henry and Nichols.