Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Jadarius Burgess who was killed in an automobile accident October 6th. He was a 2021 graduate of Newton High School and was employed at Unipress. Memorial services were held Saturday, October 9th at Union Grove M. B. Church. Special prayers for his mother, Ms. Rosie Gena’ Burgess. W. F. Mapp Funeral Home was entrusted with his final arrangements.
Our prayers are with the family of Mrs. Sherelondia ‘Sherry’ Young Parker who transitioned September 30th. A beautiful memorial was held Saturday, October 9th at New Hope Church of God in Christ. Pastor J. J. Thompson officiated and delivered her eulogy. Rev. Smith Butler, Elder Arther Kennedy, and Demarius Brown were program participants. Special prayers for her husband, Percy Parker, Jr., their sons, Percy Parker,III (Jodie) and Landis Parker (Annalese), and granddaughter Piper. Please keep her family in your prayers. Her final arrangements were entrusted to Holifield Funeral Home.
We are sorry to learn of the transition of Mrs. Daisy White Boyd, widow of Dr. Newtie Boyd, of Morton. Mrs. Boyd, an Alcorn State University alumna, was an educator in the Morton School District for more than twenty years. She was dedicated to her profession and continued to assist in educating students following her retirement. Please keep her family in your prayers.
Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Walter Bobbitt who transitioned September 28th. Graveside and Interment Services were held October 9th at Sylvester U. M. Church Cemetery. Pastor E. J. Shepard officiated and delivered Words of Encouragement. Please remember his family, especially his children, in your prayers, namely, Tony (Dorothy), Bridgette, Sheryl Spivey, Bernard (Tiffany), Charlean Moore, and McKenzie (Sandi) Patrick. Final arrangements were entrusted to Evans Memorial Funeral Home.
We are sorry to learn of the transition of Mr. Cecil Lyles who transitioned October 8th. Please keep his family in your prayers. Holifield Funeral Home has been entrusted with his final arrangements.
Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Robert “Bob” Shepard of Lena who transitioned October 8th. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Evans Memorial Funeral Home.
Please keep the family of Mrs. Mary McKinney of Forest in your prayers. She transitioned October 9th. Evans Memorial Funeral Home has been entrusted with her final arrangements.
Our prayers are with Ms. Ruby Hill and family in the September 5th death of Davona Darail Reed. Memorial services were held October 8th at Greater Antioch M. B. Church in Jackson where Pastor Clyde Tate officiated and delivered his eulogy. Please keep his family in your prayers.
Our prayers are with Mrs. Bonnie Russell Hodge who is experiencing health challenges and she and her family have requested your prayers. Other readers facing health challenges are Julian Parker, LaToya McClendon, Eddie Evans, Gail Lee, Flo Chambers, Tommy Joe Wash, Mary and Mitch Nichols, John Lee Evans, Lamar Gatewood, London Thompson, Greta Terry, Carolyn Amerson, Betty Jones, Pee Wee Jones, Mae Jane Kimble, Elaine Thomas, Emma Reed, Jenia Turner, Don Bell, and other readers who are experiencing health challenges.
St. Michael Catholic Church parishioners observed the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time and enjoyed Fr. Adolfo’s homily. Scripture references were Mark 10:17-30. His message focused on the question, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said that we all have asked that question, and he reminded us that we cannot achieve salvation on our own, but we should beg for God’s mercy and be docile to his inspirations by allowing Him to work in us. That is the way He helps us achieve our goals. Prayer is essential. Trust in God instead of our possessions. If we follow God here on earth, we will follow Him to heaven.
Members of the St. Peter Baptist Church family observed, under the leadership of Rev. Mayes, Breast Cancer Awareness Month Sunday by wearing pink and praying for a cure and end to breast cancer. The ladies and men were stunning in their pink. Thanks to Mrs. Bobbie Adams, widow of Rev. Eddie Adams, past pastor of St. Peter, for the invitation. Let’s join in this pray and work to eradicate breast cancer.
Little Rock M. B. Church parishioners enjoyed last Sunday’s service via YouTube. The sermon’s theme, by Pastor Sheldon Thomas, was, “I Rest My Case.” The scripture referenced was Hebrews 4:10. We must learn to rest in God. Rest is completion. In the Old Testament, on the seventh day, God rested, not as being tired, but as having completed creation. Then in the New Testament, Jesus said, “It is finished.” He had completed his homework that he had been sent to do. We must take the action of a lawyer when he is done presenting, “I rest my case.” The lawyer is then done talking about that case. As we enter the rest of God, forgiveness, repentance, healing, and unity come.
Sunday service at Little Rock M. B. Church was via YouTube and the sermon theme was, “Let God Take the Wheel.” The scriptures referenced were Psalm 37:23 and Proverbs 16:9. Pastor Thomas advised that when God orders our steps, they are not just to be linear steps, but also steps of elevation. Many times we are content with making lateral moves when God wants us to move higher and higher. It is urgent that we learn to master the situations in our lives rather than the situations mastering us because our greatest disappointments may turn out to be God’s greatest appointments in our lives. God orders our STEPS. He also orders our STOPS.
We enjoyed visiting with Mrs. Ruby Patrick Warnsley as she was running errands. She sent her love and best wishes to our readers.
`We enjoyed visiting with MS Today staffers, Molly Minta and Nigel Dent, who were in Forest on an assignment for their newspaper. Minta is the staff reporter for higher education and Dent is the audience reporter. They were impressed with our city and citizens.
Scott County JSU Alumni Chapter met October 7th at the Forest Community Center. President Albert Gray invited anyone interested in joining the local chapter to contact any Chapter member. Members discussed future fundraising projects, and members attending, in person, were Rosie Anderson, Robert and Martha Kincaid, Annie Owens, Bonnie Stowers, Janet Williams, Yolanda White, and Cynthia Slaughter Melton.
Please note that the JSU/Alcorn/Valley Christmas Gala has been cancelled for this year due to COVID. The universities’ alumni look forward to 2022 Christmas Gala.
Happy birthday greetings to babies born between October 19th – 24th, namely, Mykeria Hayes, Hannah Henry, and Adrienne Edwards (19), Boris Bradford and Ivory Youngblood (20), Mikella Daniels, Judge Willie Perkins, and Kalyndezeyia Gray (21), James Perkins (22), Labriski Rayford (23), and Wykersha Parrott (24).
Answer to National Hispanic Month Quiz Teaser # 639: Houston, TX has the largest percentage of Latinos/Hispanics in the United States. Congratulations to Mr. Ronny Barrett who provided the correct response.
National Hispanic Heritage Month # 640: In what year was the National Hispanic Heritage Week officially observed, and which President proclaimed the Week?