Families give garden to Booneville church


Two families have been honored and made Booneville First United Methodist Church more attractive with the gift of an azalea garden. 

The garden, given by Dr. Billy and Genie Pounds and Ben T. and Gloria Smith, was presented on Dec. 10. The garden is next to the road in front of the church’s Education Building. 

Dr. Billy Pounds said the idea was sparked by a conversation he had with the Rev. Phillip Box, pastor at Booneville First UMC, about making the church grounds more attractive. Pounds said he talked to his brother-in-law, Ben T. Smith, and together they came up with the idea of an azalea garden with 160 plants – with a pinkish bloom named “Fashion.” 

The garden was given in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Seth Pounds and Mr. and Mrs. Ben C. Smith.  

“We present this garden to be consecrated to the glory of almighty God and for service in this church in loving memory of our parents,” Dr. Pounds said at the dedication ceremony. 

 “We accept this gift as a sacred trust and will guard and use it reverently in loving memory of Mr. and Mrs. Seth Pounds and Mr. and Mrs. Ben C. Smith,” Box said.