Our prayers are with the family of Ms. Ruby Norwood who transitioned July 11th at Rush Hospital in Meridian. Holifield Funeral Home has been entrusted with her final arrangements.
A beautiful Celebration of Life was held Saturday, July 10th for Mrs. Vinnie Grace Futch-Evans at Reach One Teach One. Little Rock M. B. Church Pastor Sheldon Thomas officiated and delivered her eulogy, “I am Graced for this.” Her cousin, Dr. Rhonda Kelley, was the Mistress of Ceremony. Other program participants included Mrs. Tonya Cooks who performed two solos; Rev. James Clark who shared Scripture and Prayer; her brother-in-law Irvin Evans; and North Scott High School classmates, Alderwoman Cynthia Slaughter Melton; both of whom paid beautiful tributes to her. During her Celebration, it was noted that “Vinnie” means conquer, grace and favor. Our prayers continue to be with her family, especially, her husband of 53 years Arsell Evans, children Daniel Evans and Judy Evans-Williams, and brothers Sammie Lee Futch and Eddie Futch. Evans Memorial Funeral Home was entrusted with her final arrangements.
Mrs. Gloria Jean Miley received a beautiful Homegoing Celebration Saturday, July 10th at the Murray Temple Rebirth Church of God in Christ. Pastor Terry Frazier officiated, delivered her eulogy, and his wife, Mrs. Machell Frazier, served as mistress of ceremony. Other program participants included Minister Paul Dukes, Pastor Christopher Thompson, Missionary Katie Frazier, Ms. Kizzy Viverette, and Mr. Dewaun Walker. Our prayers are with her family, especially her children, Sherry (Myrt) Lyles and Milton Miley, brothers Charlie Pace and Ricky Pace, and sisters Missionary Peggy Johnson and Betty McClendon. Holifield Funeral Home was entrusted with final arrangements.
Our prayers continue to be with our readers who are facing health challenges, namely, Rubin Ruiz, Gail Lee, Michael Walden, Lamar Gatewood, Helen Harris, Lonnie “Squirrel” Broadfoot, London Thompson, Mae Jane Kimble, John Lee Evans, Kitty Colbert, Fannie Bradford, Mitchell and Mary Nichols, Linnie Kay Jones Lofton, Flo Chambers and daughter Renee McLemore, Emma Thomas Reed, Jeania Thomas Turner, Pauline Bryant, Don Bell, Eva Marie Rankin, and Helen Stowers.
Forest City Officials were sworn in by Justice Court Judge Bill Freeman Tuesday, July 6 in the City Hall Auditorium. Family and friends of officials were present and escorted officials as they recited their oaths of office. Mayor Nancy Chambers, along with her family, was the first official to be sworn in. Other officials reciting the oath of their office included Alderpersons Yolanda White, Harry Robinson, Cynthia Slaughter Melton, and Matt Alford; and Municipal Judge Chris Gomillion, City Attorney Evan Thompson, City Clerk Faye Johnston, Assist. Clerk/Mayor’s Administrative Assistant Rozanne Cross, Court Clerk Duston Beard, Police Chief Will Jones, Fire Chief Jason Tillman, and Election Commissioners Dorothy Pinkston, Shirley Turner, and Annette Veazy. Best wishes to these officials and we look forward to continuing to receive first class services.
We join others across the nation and globe in celebrating the accomplishment of Zaila Avant-garde who captured the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee held at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL Thursday, July 8th. Zaila correctly spelled the winning word, ‘Murraya’, which is a genus of tropical Asiatic and Austrian trees. By spelling this word, she became the first African American winner of the National Spelling Bee. We’re proud of Zaila and wish her well in her academic and basketball challenges.
We enjoyed hearing from Forest native Mari Adams (’64 Hawkins High and ’68 Tougaloo College graduate) who called to wish us well and to send regards to Hawkins High alumni and friends. She has retired and is living in Wake Forest, NC. We also appreciate hearing from longtime supporter Ronnie Massey who shared words of encouragement and appreciation.
Scott County Jackson State University (JSU) Alumni Chapter members met for their monthly meeting July 8th at Kat’s Kave. JSU tee shirts are still available for fundraising efforts. Please contact any JSU Chapter member for additional details.
St Michael Catholic Church parishioners celebrated Mass with Father Alexis officiating and delivering the homily. He announced the appointment of a new priest/pastor to the St Michael Community, Rev. Suarez Alfonso, who will arrive August 25th The homily stressed that we are meant to be God’s instruments; we are God’s children and we are meant to be holy. We are called to be disciples, missionaries, and instruments of God’s grace. As children of God, we are meant to be holy because we have the ocean of grace in our hands. Through us, God will cast out the demons of prejudice and bias that plaque our world, of selfishness and spitefulness so prominent in our political rivalries, of greed and dishonesty in many of our social interactions. Through us, God will heal our country, our world, and our Church of hatred, violence, and oppression.
Little Rock M. B. Church service was in-person and via YouTube. Devotion was done by Deacon Tony Sanders. Pastor Sheldon Thomas’ sermon theme was “Watching a Miracle While Waiting on a Miracle.” Scripture references were Psalm 23:5 and Mark 5:21-42. God is your personal provider. He keeps making provision after provision and he prepares us for every situation we face from day to day. Sometimes we have to press our way in order to get our need to God. We are to take our problems to the THRONE and not to the PHONE. We fail to recognize the authority and power of God when going through tough times. We have to put fear, lack, anxiety, and worry out of our minds when believing God for a miracle.
Happy birthday greetings to babies born between July 16th - 23rd , namely Eunice L. Slaughter and Randy Orozco (16), Patricia Holland and Jenifer Perez (17), Shirley McGowan, Lashanda Lay, Christopher Clark, and Makiya Denise Jones (18), Mattye Evans (19), Nytezika Pinkston, Nakisha Parker and Lori Triplett (20), Lekendra Burks, Ruthie Lay, Wykershia Patrick, Shalini Valdez, and Gerlisa Rodriguez (21), Octavia Kincaid and Veronika Garmon (22), and Jabria Buchanan (23).
Answer to Quiz Teaser #626: Henry Slaughter, a Morton resident, served as IRS Director of the Western Region in Utah. This Florida native graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, completed his Senior Executive Service, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Quiz Teaser #627: Which Scott County native graduated with honors from Morton High School and Tougaloo College, and returned home where she taught chemistry, physics, biology and other sciences for more than 32 years in the county’s public schools?