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My favorite tradition: Lincoln County locals share their most cherished Thanksgiving rituals

Peter Griffin

“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is having family come together that you haven’t seen in a long time. I like getting to catch up with everybody. This year, my wife and I will be spending Thanksgiving with some friends of ours. My favorite Thanksgiving food is pumpkin pie, because my grandmother used to make me one when I was a kid.”

Peter Griffin, 37, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy

Chassidy Furr

“Sweet potato casserole is my favorite Thanksgiving tradition. It reminds me of my grandmother and my mother.”

Chassidy Furr, 45, Sales clerk at Expectations Maternity Shop

LaToya Berry

“I just like getting with my family. We all usually cook something, eat and laugh. My favorite Thanksgiving food is chitterlings. First of all, you’ve got to clean them, and they stink to high heaven while they’re cooking. But, once they’re done, they’re really good.”

LaToya Berry, 41, Lincoln-Lawrence-Franklin Regional Library staff

Brandon Brown

“We don’t have many big traditions aside from just hanging out with family. It’s my mom, step-dad, sister, my nieces, nephew, and me. Also, my favorite Thanksgiving food is sweet potato pie.”

Brandon Brown, 28, youth pastor at First Assembly of God Church

Donna Wallace

“I just love spending time with family. We usually have my brother, my sister, and their kids. My mother’s not here anymore, so it’s just my daddy. I usually do the cooking, but, this year, my brother’s doing it.”

Donna Wallace, 47, cashier at Janie’s Pastry Shop

Kathy Franck

“My favorite tradition is to get in the car, drive to Starkville and go to the Mississippi State – Ole Miss game. I go with my parents, my sister, and my children. We all go and tailgate. It’s so much fun.”

Kathy Franck, 49, owner of Castles Ladies Apparel

Troy Douglas

“Our Thanksgiving tradition is doing Black Friday shopping. We’ve done it for the past eight years. It started off with about eight of us, and it’s dwindled down over the years. We’re not as hard core as we once were.”

Troy Douglas, 37, sales manager at Gregg Office Machine Co. Inc.