Community celebrates life and legacy of Alderman/Coach James ‘Bo’ Clark

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER- HARVEY,

Our community is saddened by the death of Forest Alderman and Coach James “Bo” Clark who passed last Tuesday morning at the G. V. Montgomery Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Jackson. A beautiful memorial was held celebrating his life Sunday, June 2nd at the Forest Elementary School Auditorium where family, co-workers, former students and athletes, Alcornites, Sigmas, Zetas and others paid their final respects.  Lynch Chapel U. M. Church Pastor, Rev. Shirley Wilder, officiated and delivered his eulogy. 

Forest native, Dr. Sheldon Graves of Germantown, TN was the master of ceremony and remembered Alderman Clark as a “Coach” for so many.  Former Clark student Joseph “Joe” Tucker shared musical tributes which added much to this wonderful celebration of life.  Alcornite Rev. Johnny Qualls provided prayer and scripture. Former student and Little Rock pastor, Rev. Sheldon Thomas, provided words of wisdom and comfort.  Charles Longmire, former student and present FMSD board member, read acknowledgments. 

Remarks were shared by Forest Mayor Nancy Chambers who recalled special memories with Clark in government as alderman, educational co-worker, and as a friend. Matthew “Matt” Thomas represented the Alcorn State National Alumni Association and shared memories of his life-long friendship with Clark.

A resolution was presented from the Alcorn University family, along with several other resolutions. The eulogy was delivered by Clark’s pastor, Rev. Shirley Wilder who  remembered “the young man” as a Christian leader who loved his God, his wife (the late Pearl Clark), his church and the city and citizens of Forest.

Alderman and Coach Bo Clark will be remembered by those who knew and loved him. His  life and legacy added much to our town. Please keep his family in your prayers and special prayers for his nephew/son Vincent Solomon and wife Linda Solomon.

Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Johnny “Red” Thomas who transitioned Saturday, June 1st at the University Medical Center. Memorial services are set for Saturday, June 8th at 11:00 a.m. at Lynch Chapel U. M. Church.  W. F. Mapp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

We are sorry to learn of the death of Willie B. Spivey, Jr. who transitioned Monday, May 20th and was memorialized Saturday, June 1st at Mapp Funeral Home.  Rev. Billy Wayne Moore officiated and delivered the eulogy. Ms. Darlene Bland was the mistress of order and other program participants included Cassandra Ealy and Beverly Ware.   Please remember his family in your prayers, especially his wife, Hattie Ree Spivey and his mother Essie Spivey.

Our prayers are with Mrs. Patsy Qualls Brady and her family in the loss of her daughter, Trevor Camille Brady of Wilton, New York. Trevor was the granddaughter of the late Mr. Clell and Mrs. Lottie B. Qualls. Memorial services are incomplete.  Please keep the family in your prayers.

We are sorry to learn of the death of former Mayersville Mayor, Unita Blackwell, who became the first African American female mayor in Mississippi in 1976.  Mayor Blackwell transitioned in Biloxi and was memorialized Thursday, May 23rd at Tougaloo College’s Woodworth Chapel.  Her leadership in the civil rights movement caused her to become an advisor to U. S. presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Clinton.  Please keep her family in your prayers.

Please remember in your prayers the family of the late Marlon Hudson of Jonesboro, GA who transpired Tuesday, May 28th.  A beautiful memorial was held June 1st where family and friends expressed their love. Marlon was married to Linda Slaughter Marlon and our prayers are with her and their children.

Our prayers continue to be with our readers who are facing health challenges including O. T. Denham of Gary, IL, Mary and Mitchell Nichols, Flo Chambers, Angel Martinez, Sisters Maria Eugenia and Obdulia Olivar, Albert Moore, Dorothy Patrick Tigar, and others similarly situated.

St. Michael Catholic Community celebrated Mass and a Farewell Reception for Father Norbert Sunday, May 26th at Crudup Ward Center. It was a special event and very well attended. We extend our very best to Father Norbert and wish him well.

It was good seeing John Park at St. Michael Catholic Church Mass and we continue to offer prayer for him as he continues therapy.  We enjoyed seeing Mrs. Pam Puckett Jones at Mass and pray that she continues to heal. 

Scott County Bar Association members met Thursday at Penn’s Santa Fe to conduct business and to plan for community outreach programs. Members present were Chris Gomillion, Rick Clark, Todd Sorey, Norman Brown, Evan Thompson, Hez Hollingsworth, Tanya Carl, Tyler McCaughn, and Constance Slaughter-Harvey.

Special birthday greetings to June babies born between June 6th and June 14th,  namely Ike Crudup, Cameron Mapp (8) Laderrick Scott, Jadarius Vivians, and April Robinson (9), JaMaria Derrick, Thao Mi Pham, and Irene Washington (10), Dorothy Pinkston and Joe Nickson (11), Idelle Payton and James Watkins (12), and Ruth Weems, Latoya Gray, and Ja’Mya Henry (14)

Answer to Quiz Teaser #489:  The late Morton Alderman Willie C. Warnsley was a brick mason and a member of the B&S Spiritual Gospel Singers. Congratulations to Mrs. Charity Jones Robinson for providing the correct answers to the last four quiz teasers.

Quiz Teaser #490:  Dressed in purple and gold when he was sworn in September, 1981, he was the second African American Alderman in Forest.  Who was he?

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