Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Devarius Ragsdale who was killed in an automobile accident early Sunday morning. He was the grandson of Mrs. Bettie Ragdale Robinson. Additional details will be provided later. Please keep his family in your prayers.
We are sorry to learn of the transition of Mrs. Louise Moore who passed at her home Sunday. Memorial arrangements are incomplete. Evans Memorial Funeral Home is in charge. Please keep her family in your prayers.
We are sorry to learn of the transition of Mr. J. C. Jones, a native of Forest and the son of the late Mrs. Maude Jones and the late Mr. Wilbur Jones. He passed at his home in Las Vegas. Please keep his family in your prayers, especially his wife, Mrs. Ada Walden Jones, sister, Shirley and brother, Wilbur.
Our prayers are with the family of Mrs. Glady Montero who transitioned Saturday at her home in the Forest Housing Authority’s Senior Unit. Please keep them in your prayers.
Please continue to offer prayers for our readers who are facing health challenges, namely Mrs. Addie Russell; Mr. Lewis Lyles who is recuperating at home, Mrs. Fannie Bradford, Mrs. Rosie Odom Harris, Mrs. Flo Chambers, Mrs. Kitty Colbert, Mrs. Mary Nichols and Mr. Mitchell Nichols, Mr. John Lee Evans, and Mrs. Cora Odom.
Congratulations to Lake High School seniors and to the Lake High School administration for a beautiful outdoors Commencement where the speaker was Principal Victor Gilstrap. It was an impressive conclusion to their high school challenges.
Congratulations to these young seniors on their recent graduation from high school; Jalacey James (Forest High School); and Lauren Addy (Newton High School).
Congratulations to Ariana Wells and William Harris on the birth of their handsome son, King Harris, born May 4th. Grandparents are Sharonda James and Jerry Wells, and Beverly Gammage and William Harris.
We enjoyed Sunday Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church during outdoor and car services. Pastor Roberto Mena welcomed parishioners to celebrate the Holy Trinity Sunday services. He concluded with this message — “May the Father, Son and Holy Spirit flow through us to those most in need of God’s simple and saving love.”
Following Mass, we enjoyed services at Lynch Chapel, via teleconference where Rev. Shirley Wilder delivered her message entitled, “Power of the Tongue.” Prior to her sermon, she sang “You can depend on God to see you through.” She referenced the following concerns: Keep on praying and don’t give up; Encourage one another; You will never win unless you draw your power from God; Keep God at the forefront; and Is it time to start loving and stop hating? She concluded her sermon by singing, “All to Jesus I Surrender.” We’re looking forward to next week’s message.
Our next service was via YouTube with members of the Little Rock M. B. Church family where Rev. Sheldon Thomas addressed the subject, “Chaos or Community.” He referenced that Chaos or Community was the title of one of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s books and that it was appropriate for today’s challenges. During his sermon, he referenced the following concerns: Time and death are not prejudiced; Put aside differences and look for solutions; Jesus is the answer to chaos; Tear down the walls of ‘isms’; God has a plan for our lives; Nobody ever won a race running in the wrong direction; Parents should get their children headed in the right direction; Forgiveness is a constant process; and Unity creates community — when all come together for revival. In closing, he challenged us to move into community and reconcile our differences. We hope this challenge is accepted by all readers.
Kudos to Mrs. Bonnie Floyd (Stowers), who is a Legacy In-School Mentor, and members of St. Mark M. B. Church in Lake for their volunteer services to our communities by working as Gleaners with the Society of St. Andrews. To date, they have provided dairy products, fruit, vegetables and meats. The Society of St. Andrew operates a volunteer-driven Gleaning Network that includes volunteers who save fresh produce every year and use it to feed hungry people across Mississippi and Arkansas. For additional information, please contact Program Coordinator Tim Bradford at 769-233-0887. These community services designed to alleviate hunger are vital to our youth who no longer have access to school breakfast, lunches, and snack. Thanks to Mrs. Floyd, St Mark members, Gleaners and the Society of St. Andrew.
Additional Kudos to volunteers working with Saturday’s Food Drive under the leadership of the Barrett Brothers (Ronny, Donny, and John). Beat 1 Supervisor Jackie Bradford provided assistance by operating the forklift and Officer Joe Nelson directed pick-up traffic. Mrs. Delora Nelson and her committee coordinated the actual pickup process at Concord M. B. Church. Assisting in the coordination were Beat 2 Election Commissioner Carolyn Knowles, Evangelist Crystal Moffett, Legacy Change Agents/Mentors Coach Todrick Pinkston, Trey Pinkston, Andrew Crudup, David Hilton and Vanessa Hilton. More than 1,760 boxes of meat were distributed to local church representatives for their members. Legacy officials requested from the Barrett Brother assistance for community residents who were not necessarily covered by the church rolls which included some residents in the Slaughter Subdivision, Forest Housing Authority, Oakdale, and Hispanic residents with special emphasis on families who were affected by the ICR raids.
Kudos to the Crudup Ward Activity Center for its Food Drive last week where local churches received food for their members. Hats off to Mrs. Annie Lowery, Mr. Andrew Crudup, and volunteers for their contributions to feed our citizens.
Legacy salutes all entities that work under the umbrella of providing for those who are in need during this pandemic. Special thanks to volunteers who worked to distribute meats and vegetables to the elderly and other community residents. Appreciation to the Department of Agriculture that provided foods during the Legacy Food Distribution Drive during the first week in May and thanks to Ms. Arnedral “Nee Nee” Pinkston for her assistance.
Happy Birthday to Mrs. Janet Nicks Williams, Forest Housing Authority Executive Director, who will celebrate her special day this Thursday!
Happy Birthday to babies born June 14th through June 19th. Ruth Weems, Latoya Gray, and Ja’Mya Henry (14), Alejandra Lopez (15), Tim Ringo, Ashley Dawn Rhodes, Caelyn Funches, and Akayla Wilson (16), Marcus Johnson, Jr. (17), Latoya McClendon, D'Angelo Shepherd, Shirley Macon, Makiya Jones, and Constance Slaughter-Harvey (18), and Felisha Temple (19).
Answer to Quiz Teaser # 570: The late Mrs. Bertha Smith Stowers retired as Forest High School Librarian and following retirement, she was appointed and elected to the Scott County School Board.
Quiz Teaser # 571: Who was Scott County’s first native African American veterinarian?