Friday, July 5, 2019


Kathy Ann Buckner Tusinski, age 56, of Spring, Texas, received her heavenly reward, June 28, 2019, 12:55 a.m. at Northwest Houston Hospital in Houston, Texas.  Memorial services and a Celebration of life are planned for July 13, 2019, 11:00 a.m., at Cypress Fellowship, 16620 Cypress Rose Hill Road, Cypress, Texas, 77429.  Pastor Larry James officiating. Guests are invited to bring their favorite dish to the celebration, immediately following the service and share their favorite memories.  
     Kathy was born August 17, 1962 to James Allen and Ruby Lene (Harris) Buckner in Huntsville, Madison, Alabama. She graduated from Cy-Fair High School in 1980.  Continuing her education at Houston Community College. Having grown up in the South, living in Elkmont Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, and Texas throughout her childhood. Settling in Houston and the surrounding areas in her adult life. Kathy's heart was filled with joy in 1988 when her son Ben was born, she felt so very blessed. Her dreams were filled with all new possibilities. Later, she met the love of her life, Joseph Anthony Tusinski II in 1999, they were married on March 20, 2004 and shared an additional fifteen joyous, loving, tender, indestructible years together. Together, they became Godparents to Brendan and Tyler, a role in which Kathy was dedicated to. Joseph was Kathy's number one care provider during her times of surgeries and recoveries. She would have no other.

      First and foremost Kathy loved the Lord. She was a Sunday school teacher, an intercessor and a home group leader. If you ever met Kathy,  she has most likely prayed for you. This woman knew the power of prayer. She stood in the gap, Ezekiel 22:30. She is a warrior for the Lord. To the future Mrs. Ben Buckner, (her sons future wife) whomever you might be, know Kathy has been praying for you since 1987. One of her many passions was singing and worshiping the Lord. She loved sewing, playing board games, cooking, digging in the dirt and growing flowers & herbs. She filled her home with a wide variety of art and family photographs, including the “Wall of Ben", a wall, in every home she has lived, covered in pictures of the son she adored and was so proud of.  Kathy always made extra effort to spend time with the children, your children, my children, her nieces & nephews, her younger cousins, she would get right down in the floor and play with them, just as if she was a child.  She enjoyed invisible tea in a tiny cup, hammering wooden nails and coloring too. She loved to spoil them with gifts, toys and candy, trips to the beach, water park, zoo, circus or museum. In her younger days she attended rock concerts, her favorite was Kiss, the first of which she attended with her mother when she was 16, that is one Moma never forgot! Later in life Kathy replaced her concerts of rock with the symphony and theater.  She was a facilitator, a git'er dun kinda gal. "The Buck Stops Here" should have been a plaque on her desk. She had no fear, barring the Lord. She lived and loved large and had a heart as big as Texas. Kathy impacted so many lives, the ripple which shall be felt for generations to come.    

     Kathy was well accomplished in her career and worked for a multitude of companies in many positions throughout her lifetime. Elevating her position and capabilities with each one. In the early days she worked for Texas Instruments and Compact. Among the various positions and promotions were engineering checker and editor of technical documentation. She started out at BJ Services in the I.T. industry. She entered the oil and gas industry with Shell & BP Oil as a business annalist and project manager. She dealt with process improvement and measuring how well a business was running. She would analyze and improve the process to make them better and more profitable. A manager of financial decisions once requested Kathy solely, he wanted no other, because he knew her capabilities, attention to detail, ability to achieve, thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task, was exactly what the company needed. For Kathy, it wasn't about the numbers, it was about the people and how it affected their lives. Her personal goal was not to layoff people to save money but to improve and optimize the process to save money without layoffs. Her priority was the lives of strangers. Strangers that never knew she prayed for them and had their livelihoods as her utmost concern. Kathy said "I wanted to leave people better off than when I found them".  

     She is preceded in death by her father; brothers Ricky Lynn & Charles Glynn Norman and James Henry Marlow Buckner; grandparents James Henry Preston & Florence Edith (Preston) Buckner and William Newton & Clara Alice (Solomon) Harris. She leaves behind her husband, Joseph Tusinski; son Benjamin Buckner of Houston; mother, Ruby Buckner of Cypress, Texas; siblings Valeria & Desmond Shelton of Hazel Green, Alabama, Deedee & Ronnie Wilburn of Toney, Alabama, Jenny Buckner of Cypress, Texas, Jim & Kelli Buckner of Prospect, Tennessee; Godsons Brendan Douglas and Tyler Tucker of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana; grand-puppy Lulu; 19 beloved nieces & nephews Chris Norman, Mandy(Norman) Amerson, both of Athens, Alabama, Shannon(Buckner) Curry & husband Patrick, of Cypress, Texas, Jacob Ratley, of Toney, Alabama, Alaina (Buckner) Horton & husband Patrick, of La Grange, Texas, Jamie (Buckner) Smullen & husband Scott, of Boston, Massachusetts, Natalie (Justice) Giles & husband Robin, of Nashville, Tennessee, Callie Walker, of Madison, Alabama, Caleb Justice, of Hazel Green, Alabama, K.K. (Shelton) Edwards, of Hazel Green, Alabama, Jasmine Shelton, of Madison, Alabama, Ronnie Shelton II, of Ryland, Alabama, Danielle McKnight, of Madison, Alabama, Jared Buckner, Levi Sides, both of Cypress, Texas, Daylee, Camryn, Dallas & Marley Buckner, all four of Prospect, Tennessee; 12 grand-nieces & nephews: Alexis Ratley, of Minot, North Dakota, Conner Norman, Clint and Eliza Amerson, all three of Athens, Alabama, Tanner Barnes, Beaux Curry, both of Cypress, Texas, Brayden & Collin Horton, both of La Grange, Texas, Avalynn & Kylynn Smullen, both of Boston, Massachusetts, Kadence Furr & Addy Armstrong both of Madison, Alabama; Uncle Shorty Harris & wife Aunt Dot of Elkmont, Alabama; Aunt Nancy (Buckner) Roland Valdez of Magnolia, Texas and a multitude of other family & friends.

Sunday, June 16, 2019


It doesn't matter if you are married or single, everyone needs a date night, a time to court, sitting under the stars and listening to great country music.  It's free and all you need to bring is the lawn chair. We will have Sweet Sue Band from Rogersville with us on Friday night starting around 6 pm until about 10 pm. Craft venders will be here at 4 pm until after the music ends.

This weekend The Smokin' Box will be doing plates (meat, homemade baked beans, and homemade slaw), jumbo sandwiches with chips and nachos with bbq or brisket with jalapeƱos and warm cheese. There will be BBQ, Brisket, and smoked Cajun sausage. C & C Eats and Treats are coming from Florence and Snow Biz shaved ice. Our Mary Jane Hobbs will be doing Snow Cones and Cotton Candy. All of this will be available Friday evening and Saturday, You can find them at the Smoking Railroad Street BBQ Cookoff Downtown Elkmont AL. Come out and enjoy music and some really good food. Things get rolling about 6  pm.

Sunday, June 9, 2019


This is the general set weekly calendar. Hill Spirit has moved so there will be no more updates until someone else steps in.  If you are interested in keeping the Elkmont Weekly Calendar current, contact


*Open 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m; lunch served at 11 a.m. 
*Billiards, Games, TV and more *Country Music @ 6:30 pm 
*All ages invited to listen or participate 
*Musicians and dancers come on out and join the fun. 
*Open 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m; lunch served at 11 a.m.
*Exercise class, dominoes, TV, and Rook, 8 a.m
*Shopping Trip


*Open 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m; lunch served at 11 a.m.
*Dominoes, TV, and Rook, 8 a.m

*Open 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m; lunch
 served at 11 a.m.
*Dominoes, TV, and Games, 8 a.m

*Open 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m; lunch
 served at 11 a.m.
*Dominoes, TV, and Games, 8 a.m

*There is always something going on in Elkmont.  Drop in and visit with us.

Saturday, June 1, 2019


Smoking Railroad Street Barbeque Cook-Off

Backyard Division




Judges Application

Alabama BBQ Trail Events Calendar

Looking for vendors for our upcoming BBQ Cookoff June 29 & 30 in Elkmont Al. Food and Craft vendors if you are interested, please contact Susan Pylant. You can facebook message her, call 256-732-4493 or email for more information. There is NO CHARGE to set up.  

If there are any music groups; country, bluegrass or 50-60's groups interested in showcasing your talented musicians and have an open date, please contact Susan Pylant. 

It's not too late! There's still time to enter the 2019 Elkmont Lions Club Smokin' Railroad Street BBQ Cook-Off. Contact Larry Pylant or Susan Legg Pylant to register.

Monday, May 27, 2019


Memorial DayMonday is Memorial Day - a national holiday; a time to be with family and friends, have backyard BBQs, the end of a long weekend.  However, Memorial Day means so much more.  It is a day set apart as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day where the graves of Civil War soldiers were cared for and decorated with flowers.  The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from "Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day", which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II and became an occasion for honoring those who had died in all America’s wars. It was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967.

The traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead,and not just those fallen in service to our country.  
However, today we will reflect on honoring those who made the supreme sacrifice during their service. "greater love thath not man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" John 15:13

Honoring the dead:
First, know who they are and what they fought for.  Take responsibility to learn the true history of this county, not the agenda driven, politically correct history that is now the official version.  Read original documents, read sources that contain actual deeds and words.  You wouldn't replace the scriptures with someone's interpretation of the Holy Word so you should not replace the inspiring lives and actions contained in  journals, letters and the founding documents of this country either. 
Honor what our soldiers and founding fathers fought, sacrificed and died for by learning what makes this land, this people  and country exceptional.  None of these are common and we are not just like every other land and nation.   The Lord has watched over this land for thousands of years and righteous people have been brought here to allow His work to continue.  
As Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address reminds us that: "It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.  It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us that from these honored deed we take increased devotion to the the cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom."
Learn that the founding fathers were almost to a man, men of great faith and love of God.  They knew His hand was in the creating of this nation.  Again, read their words and find out the depth of their devotion to their country and Lord.  Many of them sacrificed all they had and loved to accomplish this great work. 
Learn that this land can only retained by a righteous people and from a righteous people spring servicemen and women that  serve with integrity and truth.

Honor the dead by learning and embracing correct principles and allowing those principles to guide your actions.  They fought and died for you to have the opportunity to choose what path your life will take.  

Don't surrender your God given freedoms and the responsibility to be self-reliant by giving others the responsibility to make the decisions for you and the illusion of comfort.  Those who left their families and lost their lives to protect this country and the freedom of their countrymen didn't do it because they wanted others to take care of them and that their lives would be free of responsibilities.

Enjoy today; many died so you could do so. However,  please take advantage of the "National Moment of Remembrance” at 3:00 p.m. “to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many to provide freedom for all.”

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


The Spring Krusher Bike Race route goes through the Elkmont community so be on the look out for all the bike riders.  If you need to be somewhere the morning of May 4, give yourself extra time so you won't be in a rush when you meet these dedicated riders.  Remember to share the road and be careful when you pass them.




Sunday, April 28, 2019


It’s crazy to realize that it has already been 10 whole years since we bid Elkmont High School adieu. Over the years, we’ve collectively grown, been married, had children, re-located, re-invented ourselves, and become the adults we are today. Let us take the time to reconnect over food, drink, music, and games.

The Elkmont High School 2009 Class will be having its 10 year reunion in the Biergarten at Straight to Ale on Saturday August 3rd 2019 from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Straight to Ale’s address is 2610 Clinton Avenue West, Huntsville, AL 35805. It is a part of the Campus 805 facility.

To attend, please purchase a ticket through our event page on Eventbrite and on Facebook. Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 21th at 12:00pm CT. Tickets will be available for purchase through end of day Wednesday, July 17th. The venue has requested a finalized guest list be made weeks in advance, so no tickets will be available for purchase at the door. Tickets will be sold exclusively through Eventbrite and Facebook.

Each ticket is $25.00 and covers your meal, along with 2 drink tickets, as well as a commemorative koozie. Food will be catered by Ale’s Kitchen, and drink tickets can be used towards draft beer and basic mixed drinks. A cash bar will also be set up in the Biergarten for those who wish to partake.

Each member of the Elkmont Class of 2009 is welcome to bring 1 guest for the evening. Each guest must also have a ticket to gain admission. Guests must be at least 21 years old. Please don’t bring children to this event. Upon arrival there will be a check-in station for members and guests to pick up their name tags and koozies. Your name must be on the list to be granted admission.

If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQs on the Eventbrite page. If the FAQs do not address your question, please message the Elkmont High School 2009 Class Reunion Facebook page, or email your question to, and someone will address your question in a timely manner. It has been quite a while since many of us have connected, and I look forward to seeing each of you there on August 3rd.


Lee Patterson


There is always a teacher or teachers that we always look back on and smile. This teacher wrote me this note on the 1st essay we wrote in senior English. I remember reading it and starting to believe in my abilities. I may not have done or ever do great things with my writings but that day I fell in love with it. She gave me a love for writing with just a few comments. Writing and running are my outlets. Sorry but Facebook has given me a captive audience!! Teachers make a difference in our lives! Also educators take note ....personal messages inspire!! Thank you Martha Eubanks aka Mrs. Morrow!!! Always be one of my favorites!!! 


The Elkmont area is a beautiful place to ride your bike. . One event that takes advantage of our Elkmont roads is the Spring Krusher Bike Ride on May 4.  It starts at Elkmont High School @ 8 am. This is a fundraiser ride for family services.

Join us for the 5th annual Spring Krusher, a cycling tour featuring scenic rolling hills around Limestone County!  The 31 mile Krusher route is perfect for anyone wanting to sample what Limestone County has to offer in road cycling. 
Come join us for this tour of Limestone County and the surrounding areas, with some of the best cycling in the Southeast, featuring a brand new route for 2019, taking all riders right past the Kreme Delite, where it all got started. Make plans to join us now! from 3 different distances: 31, ~64 and ~100 miles. Each course will be challenging but manageable! Low traffic. Post ride food and the now famous build your own ice cream sundae bar!

Proceeds from this ride benefit the counseling program at Family Services Center, Inc.  The counseling program provides affordable, professional mental health counseling to residents of Madison County and the surrounding areas.  For more information regarding counseling and other services offered by Family Services Center, please visit our website at


Elkmont High School  –  25630 Evans Ave, Elkmont, AL 3562

Here are the links to the routes. Please note, that the routes may change slightly prior to ride date as road conditions or rest stop placement dictates.  These links will have the most up-to-date information; however, if you preview it in March, please know that it may have slight variations by May!

30 mile short course -

Metric Century -

Full Century -


May 4 – Ride Day  Elkmont HighSchool  25630 Evans Ave, Elkmont, Alabama 35620

  • Ride Start: 8:00
  • ***Please note, if you are planning on doing the 34 mile route, the start time will be 9:00! This is due to a conflict with the city of Athens – some of their roads will be closed until 10:00 for a 5K. The start of the Century will still be at 8:00 with the Metric rolling out as soon as the Century riders have left the school.
  • Showers available after the ride
  • Lunch – pasta, green salad, fresh fruit, and of course the sundae bar! Unlimited ice cream from Blue Bell! All kinds of dry toppings like Oreo Cookies and Butterfinger by Steak and Shake and Cold Stone Creamery, plus plenty of flavored syrups from Zen BeriGoing to be one heck of a sundae bar!!


Each year Boss Hill held his community goat and chicken stew that drew 1500 people a year. The colas were iced down in a trough. The goat, chicken and beef stews were heated in waist-high black kettles while men stirred them with something akin to a boat paddle. Political signs sprouted like dandelions along a roadside. It was the place to be the first Wednesday in May for more than 30 years. After Hill's death, Greg and Marcus Hobbs decided to continue the tradition of their uncle.