Eric L. Carter Memorial Foundation honors basketball scholars at banquet

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER- HARVEY,

Our prayers are with the family of the late Elbert Benton who transitioned Monday, October 1st.  Graveside services were held Saturday, October 6th. Please keep his family, especially his children, Elbert, Jr., Sammy, Mattie Helen, and Jerome, in your prayers.

A beautiful memorial service was held for Mother Rosie Lee Pace Saturday, October 6th at Union Grove M. B. Church where Rev. Robert Johnson officiated and delivered the eulogy.  Mrs. Ira Payton was the mistress of order and other program participants included Bonnie Patrick, Pastors Hines, Dear, Mann and Wright, Flozell Haralson and Christopher Wilson. Our prayers are with her family especially her children.

Please continue to remember, in your prayers, our readers who are facing health challenges, namely Albert Moore, Patty Reynolds, Berdie Harvey, Odessa “Tolley” Robinson, Jo Taylor, Graden Crimm, Idell Payton, Johnnie Louise Lamb, Roseann Lynn, and Gwendolyn Faye Lindsey.

Congratulations to Fredrick A. Harper, II of Morton and Keziah Wash of Forest, both of whom were honored Saturday afternoon at the Reach One on One.  They were presented $1,000 scholarships each by the Eric L. Carter Memorial Foundation. Frederick is the son of Fred and Cynthia Harper, and Keziah is the son of Tanya Wash who accepted the scholarship on his behalf. Mrs. Vonda Carter McClendon made the presentations on behalf of her brother, Greg Carter, who was unable to be present. The annual scholarships are presented to the most outstanding senior basketball players in Forest and Morton and academic performance is a major factor in the selection process. 

We enjoyed the Banquet Program where Rev. Anthony Robinson, St. John M. B. Church pastor, was the keynote speaker. He applauded the work of the honorees and reminded us that we should prefer a good reputation over riches and that life is about choices. It was a challenging and thought-provoking message. Other program participants included Rhonda Carter, Amorie Gray, Tammy Brown, Alderwoman Cynthia Melton and Rev. Louvene Robinson. Expressions of thanks were given to Alderman Harry and Dianne Robinson, Penn’s Catering, and attendees.  Kudos to Mrs. Nancy Gray and her daughter, Mrs. Barbara Carter, for their investments in our community.

St. Michael Catholic community parishioners gathered Sunday at Gaddis Park where Bishop Joseph Kopacz conducted Mass.  He was assisted by Father Roberto Mena. The celebration was well attended and each community, Hispanic, Vietnamese, African American and Anglo, presented talents and dances as well as provided delicious foods

Members of the W. L. Slaughter Subdivision Homeowners Association executive committee met Monday, October 1, 2018 at the Slaughter Library and finalized plans for the Subdivision’s December Potluck Celebration.  Commendations to Mrs. Rita Wash for the most beautiful yard in the Harvest Yard contest. Members officially welcomed three new homeowners, namely Ms. Debra Spivey, Mrs. Marie Abrams and Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Longmire. Details on the Potluck Celebration will be shared in this column at a later time.

We enjoyed visiting with former Slaughter Scout Vonda Carter McClendon who was home preparing for the Eric L. Carter Memorial Foundation Banquet. Vonda resides in Vensenville, IL and has been promoted to CSI-9 Patrol (Consumer Safety Inspector).  We are proud of her and appreciate her continued support of our community’s youth.

It was great seeing David Creel from Parkersburg, West Virginia who was visiting Forest friends and relatives.  He stopped by the Legacy Office to visit and to share empowerment tips.  He brought greetings from University of West Virginia at Parkersburg College President Chris Gilmer. We’re proud of both David and Chris!

We enjoyed the visit from Representative David Barria who stopped by the Courthouse enroute to Meridian for a campaign meeting.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Anti-Bullying Month. Please show your support by wearing pink for Breast Cancer, purple on October 18th for Domestic Violence Awareness and orange for Anti-Bullying. National Orange Day will be observed on October 24th and all those who are opposed to bullying should wear orange.   Let’s work to eradicate Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence, and Bullying!

October birthday greetings to babies born during the last 3 weeks of October, namely Crystal Ellis, Chelsea Campbell and Frances Richmond(14),   Louvene Robinson (15), Jackie Reed, Ray Walker and Viola Morgan (16), Amberly Young, Michael M. Robinson, and Mosie Wash (18), Adrienne Edwards (19), Boris Bradford and Ivory Youngblood (20), Mikella Daniels, Willie Perkins, Clarissa  Spivey and Kalyndezeyia Gray (21), James Perkins (22), Labriski Rayford (23), Wykersha Parrott (24), Joyce Rigsby (28), Whitney Patrick, Marcus Bland and Ann Brand Colbert (30), and Cindy Craft and Odessa Robinson (31).

Answer to Quiz Teaser # 464: Victoria Vivians, Indiana Fever Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) player, is a graduate of Scott Central and MS State University. She is the daughter of Deborah Peatry and John and Angela Vivians. We are so very proud of this Indiana Fever guard who continues to motivate us, especially our young girls!

Quiz Teaser # 465: In what year did the first E. T. Hawkins High School seniors graduate?