Community celebrates life and legacy of 100-year-old Mrs. Nancy Lee Gray


We are sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Elaine Taylor, mother of retired banker George (Jo) Taylor. She died at her home in Decatur.  Milling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Please keep her family in your prayers.

Our community was saddened with  the transition of Mrs. Nancy Lee Gray who departed this world on December 28th at Lackey Hospital with her daughter, Mrs. Bobbie Carter, at her bedside. Mrs. Gray was a historian who, at the age of 100, could remember her service on the Scott County Grand Jury and the specific seat where she sat.  Her beautiful home going celebration was held for Mrs. Gray Friday, January 4th at Green Grove U.M. Church with Pastor Dino Terrell officiating and delivering the eulogy. Her granddaughter Rhonda Carter was the mistress of ceremony.  Other program participants included her granddaughters Vonda McClendon, Dr. Enzie Briskey, Jennifer Sanders, and grandson Coach Greg Carter, John Rufus Anderson, Constance Slaughter-Harvey, and Rev. and Mrs. Johnny Sims.  Mrs. Gray was remembered as a peacemaker in all walks of her life and a loving and compassionate beautiful lady.  Our prayers are with her family especially her children, Bobbie Carter, Lois Briskey and James (Chery) Carter.

Our prayers are with the family of Dr. Patricia Burt Brown of Clarksdale.  She  transitioned Saturday and memorial services are Saturday, January 12th in Clarksdale. Please keep her family in your prayers.

Memorial services were held for Dr. Otrie Hickerson-Smith, wife of Dr. Robert Smith of Jackson. During the December 27th homegoing at Jackson’s Cade Chapel M. B. Church, she was remembered as a pioneer having served as the first female and first African American psychiatrist in Mississippi and one of the very few in the south.  While she was an accomplished physician, her real passion and pride were in “her roles as mother, wife, servant of the Lord and God’s little children.” Our prayers are with her husband, children and other family members.

Dr. Marshall “Doc” Lee Longmire’s memorial home going was a great tribute to his life and legacy.  The December 29th program was held at the Forest Elementary School and Dr. Sheldon Graves was the Master of Ceremonies. Rev. Rochelle Wright delivered the eulogy and other program participants were Revs. Henry Patrick and Sheldon Thomas, Jerry Smith, Rev. Johnny Qualls, Dr. Roosevelt Gentry, Charles Longmire, and Attorney Gerald Munford. Musical expressions were provided by Dr. Longmire’s mentees performing as “The Impalas” and the Union Grove M. B. Church Choir. Our prayers continue to be with his family especially his wife, Mrs. Barbara Horton Longmire, daughter Tamera, and grandson Taylor Lee. 

It was good visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Kermit (Vivian Lyles) Harness who were home visiting family, friends and former students. Mr. Harness was former Hawkins High School Band Director and Mrs. Harness was English instructor at North Scott Attendance Center.  They send their best wishes for a peaceful and enjoyable new year!

Please continue to remember our readers who are facing health challenges in your prayers, namely, Odessa “Tooley” Roberts who is recuperating at home; Mitchell and Mary Nichols, Simona Solis, Beatrice Parker Washington, R. C. Williams, and others.

We enjoyed the swearing in ceremony at the Leake County Courthouse where newly elected Carthage municipal officials received their oaths from Justice Court Judge Ruby Graham.  Mayor Mary Wilder-Vivians became the first African American mayor of Carthage.  Miracle Madlock, daughter of former councilman Frank Madlock, and former Scott County DHS employee, recited her oath as Carthage Alderwoman. Congratulations to Carthage Mayor and Board of Alderpersons!

Congratulations to Chancellor Robert Logan who was sworn in Friday, January 4th at the Newton County Courthouse.  MS Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller administered the oath.  Chancellor Logan expressed his appreciation to citizens and pledged his fair and impartial administration of his court. Scott County attorneys joined Newton and Jasper County attorneys and other supporters in applauding Chancellor Logan.

Birthday greetings to January babies born during the first two weeks, namely, Willie Nelson, Delois Burks, Sandra Robinson, and John Hughes, Jr.,  (1), Wanda Pinkston and R. C. Williams (2), Leesa Davis, Katie Patrick, Kim Patrick, Bianca Thomas and Kobely Clarke (4), Jeremy Bogan, Mary Ann Brown, Vanessa Norman, and Leslie Murrell (7), Jean Palmer, Natasha Battle, Jasean Battle, (8), Patsy Bland and Lisa Darby (9), Liakefya Alexander and Mae Bell Hayes (10), Sariah Ringo, and George Watkins (11), Chris Evans  and Greg Burks (12), Michael Holifield and Maurice Harkless (14), Kimberly Johnson (15), Sid Salter, and Samuel Barnes, (16).

Please mark your calendars for Monday, January 21st to join us for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Walk which is sponsored by the W. L. and O. K. Slaughter Foundation and the Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation, Inc.  This annual event will start promptly at 8:00 at the Slaughter Library.  Gloves, Hats or Scarves will be given to the first 50 youth, and refreshments will be provided following the Walk.  Former Walk Marshalls will be recognized and awarded expressions of appreciation. We look forward to your participation and support.  Additional details will follow.

Answer to Quiz Teaser # 477:  Dr. Marshall Lee Longmire graduated from Hawkins High School and later returned as Science teacher at Hawkins High School.  A loyal Alcornite, Dr. Longmire taught for more than 30 years at his alma mater’s rival, Jackson State University,

Quiz Teaser # 478: Which Forest High School graduate excelled in football and basketball and played football at USM. He later became wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. Who is he?



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