Mary Frances Grisham of Marietta is “90 and Fabulous,” and that was the theme of her 90th birthday. She was honored on Saturday, June 1 at a fete at the Woodstock home of her son and daughter-in-law, David and Lisa Grisham. The party was also hosted by her son and daughter-in-law Mike and Debbie Grisham. Her son, Jeff, traveled from Texas to attend and was a surprise guest. Other guests included her grandchildren, Brandon, Tyler and Jack and her brother, Thomas Champion, other dear friends and family members and some friends from her former Addison Heights neighborhood.

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While on choir tour in New York City, Carlton Kell, Jr. was asked to entertain with the skyline in the background. Among the songs he sang were Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” and “Easy,” since he was on the Hudson River.

He is the son of Sheri and Judge Tain Kell and the grandson of Carol Kell.

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In August of 2018, actor Chester Gregory graced the stage of Marietta’s New Theatre In The Square. Due to popular demand, Gregory is bringing back the music of Jackie Wilson as the star of “The Eve of Jackie.”

For two nights only, June 14 and June 15, evening performances will take place at 8 p.m. Gregory first portrayed Jackie Wilson in the Black Ensemble Theatre’s “The Jackie Wilson Story.” He has also received accolades for portraying Berry Gordy in “Motown: The Musical,” in addition to appearing in the Broadway classics “Sister Act,” “Dreamgirls,” “Hairspray” and “Tarzan.”

In the play, Gregory, an actor and singer, performs the music of Jackie Wilson’s final performance before he collapsed onstage in 1984. Featuring songs such as “Lonely Teardrops” and “Your Love Keeps Lifting Me” this is a performance not to be missed.

“I am just in awe that I have been asked to take on this iconic role once again,” Gregory said. “It gives me joy to help Jackie Wilson’s music live on.”

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She has written for the MDJ since October 2000. Send Sally news at Call Sally at 404-713-7318.


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