Old-timers gather at M&M to chew the fat
The members of this "Port Haywood parliament" talk about growing up together, about the work some of them still do, about politics and the problems of the day. Sometimes they just good-naturedly aggravate each other.
A.J. Hurst of Bavon, a commercial waterman, said he used to long for the day when he would be eligible for Social Security so he wouldn’t have to get up early and go to work, but he’s found that sitting back and relaxing all day "is a whole lot worse."
"All I’m doing is eating and sleeping," he said.
Tommy Owens of New Point, is a retired civil servant whose grandfather was a pound netter, while Grady Hudgins of Susan is partially retired from M&M, the building supply business he owns together with his son, Sterling.
Ronald Coles Burroughs of New Point spent most of his life working as a pound netter alongside his father, the late Walter Coles Burroughs. When the business dried up because of a problem getting workers, Ronald tried menhaden fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, but he didn’t like that, so he’s back home now, gill netting.