Shuqualak indigenous, St. Jude Dream Household winner tours home

TUPELO, Skip. (AP) — When Mary Greer at last laid eyes on it, the 2020 St. Jude Desire Home was past anything she could have predicted.

“Well, this is my Christmas existing,” Greer mentioned.

The 2020 Tupelo St. Jude Dream Property Giveaway winner toured the house with husband, Henry Greer, and family members Mary Good and Russell Clever Sr.

The aspiration residence, positioned in Dunbarton Oaks and designed by Legacy Building, characteristics an estimated 3,100 square ft and is valued at about $450,000. The home has four bedrooms, three-and-a-50 % bogs, a whole visitor suite upstairs and a learn suite with spa-like bathtub, standalone shower and a double wander entry stroll-in closet.

As they toured the sprawling residence, the relatives admired specifics these types of as a hearth that was visible equally inside and outside, archways, a a few-automobile garage with a washer and dryer, an open chef’s kitchen with a large heart island and walk-in pantry, and stairs that mild up as they stroll upstairs.

“You could not check with for a far better searching property, and a excellent spot and everything,” Greer stated.


She informed her spouse how they “would get shed in (their) personal house” if they lived there. Later, as she was admiring the kitchen’s dishwasher, she jokingly informed her partner that he “won’t have to clean dishes no additional.”

“All I can say is thank the Lord for all the things, due to the fact it’s a blessing,” she claimed.

In many strategies, winning the dwelling felt like a desire for the Greers. The retired AT&T communications technician was born and elevated in Shuqualak, a little town in Noxubee County with a inhabitants of less than 500 folks. Greer reported the dwelling was “outrageously wonderful,” but was happiest about the range of youngsters who were being served by the St. Jude Dream Residence Giveaway and the a variety of fundraisers all around it.

“They will need the enable, and I’m so happy they obtained it,” Greer explained. “It’s just like a Xmas current for the little ones at St. Jude and us.”

Mark Simpson, owner of Legacy Development, claimed this was the fourth aspiration house his company has accomplished. It took nearly seven months to build the home, with COVID-19 slowing down the time it took to get elements.

“This year, with anything going on, it was a minor more durable than the previous a long time, but I constantly believe that tricky to me and hard to my household is not genuinely tough to what the family members at St. Jude are likely by means of,” Simpson explained.

On the other hand, the community nevertheless came collectively to total the property for St. Jude, Simpson explained. Just about every St. Jude home is mostly constructed with donated labor and elements. This calendar year was no diverse, even with the pandemic.

The St. Jude Dream Household Giveaway, just one of the greatest one-occasion fundraisers for the Memphis-primarily based St. Jude Children’s Exploration Clinic, raises proceeds to ensure households by no means receive bills from St. Jude for cure, travel, housing or food items.

To date, the Tupelo market place has lifted in excess of $7 million for St. Jude.

“To be in a position to increase (cash) for St. Jude is always, that type of outweighs the problems of development,” Simpson stated.

Greer reported she was thankful for the function Simpson and his crew did to develop the residence. She programs to go back household and talk with her relatives about what they will do with the property.

What ever transpires to the household, its current owner hopes the St. Jude Desire Giveaway can carry on to assist St. Jude with its mission.