Forest Head Start celebrates National Head Start Awareness Month

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER- HARVEY,

Our community is saddened by the death of Mrs. Pauline Boyd of Morton who transpired Saturday, November 3rd.  Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, November 10th at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Carmel M. B. Church in Morton. Please keep her family in your prayers.

A beautiful memorial service was held for Ms. Gwendolyn Faye Lindsey, a 1979 graduate of Forest High School, Saturday, November 3rd at Concord M. B. Church with Rev. Henry Patrick officiating and delivering the eulogy. Program participants included M. C. Susie Jackson-Boyd and Minister Andre Ware who provided scripture and prayer. Tributes were also shared from friends. Our prayers are with her family especially her mother, Mrs. Josephine Lindsey, and siblings.

We are sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Marzella Brown who was memorialized Saturday, November 3rd at Holifield Funeral Chapel where her niece Mrs. Deon Evans was the mistress of ceremony. Rev. Edward Brown officiated and delivered the eulogy. Other program participants included Oscar Black, Summer Moore and Rita Parker. Our prayers are with her family.  

A beautiful memorial was held for Mr. Henry Haralson Saturday at Union Grove with Rev. Rochelle Wright presiding and officiating.  Our prayers are with his family especially his children, Jackie Donald, Calvin Haralson, Felix Haralson and April Azogini.

We are sorry to learn of the transition of retired Judge Woodrow Wilson Brand of Houston, MS. He was memorialized Saturday, November 3rd in Houston. Our prayers are with his family and special prayers for his sister, Mrs. Ann Brand (Thomas) Colbert, of Flowood.

Please remember Mrs. Barbara Ormand in your prayers as she faces serious health challenges at St. Dominic Hospital, and Mrs. Beatrice Parker Washington who is at Lackey Hospital. Our prayers continue to be with readers recuperating at home namely Mr. Albert Moore, Julian Parker, Mrs. Shawanda Matheny, Mrs. Donnie Hughes and Mr. Anderson Robinson. 

We enjoyed Friends and Family Day at Church of Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith where Bishop Billy C. Williams, Sr. was the guest speaker. His remarks were stimulating and packed with spiritual references and practical applications. Christa Hunt was the mistress of ceremony. Other participants were Sisters Betty Hunt, Roma Robinson, Nicedriana Gray, Shameka Macon, and Shalonda Nash. Their youth choir performed several moving and spiritually laced songs. We enjoyed the program, the great hospitality and the delicious dinner! Special thanks to Sister Bettie Robinson for extending the invitation to share this special day! Commendations to Bishop Williams and his Church Family for its investments in our youth!

Kudos to the Forest Community Head Start family for the wonderful Head Start Awareness Program held Thursday, October 23rd where the theme was “Cultivating Communities, Preparing Families, and Educating Young Minds.” Student program participants were Errius Brown, Yessy Thomas, Jonathan Thigpen, Adona Perez, Sebastin Perez, Nicholas Smith, Bryson Nelson, Tyler Patrick, Nero Hendrix, Josiah Bradford, Rotravious Ware, Conner Stephens, Kh’Niya Holifield, JaKalynn Joness, Dakota Ellis, Steliah Holder, Jacob Hayes, Annabelle Donald, Serenity Green, Addison Smith, Da’Ziya Washington, A’Niyah Miley, Miya Burkes, Jeremiah Rpssom, Brezyia Smith, Ethan Patrick and Paityn Jones.  Adult participants were Mesdames Shaquana Larkin, Patsy Bland, Sharon Grant, Maria Montalvan and Center Director Sheila Y. Brown.

Expressions of appreciation were presented to local mayors and Scott County Head Start pioneers Henry Odom, Vernard Murrell, Mesdames Pecolia Cox-Morris, Willie Benford, Margaret Bates and Mary Lofton. Special thanks to the Forest Head Start family for continuing to provide quality education and care for these young students who represent the diversity of our nation.  Thanks Forest Head Start family!

Congratulations to Rev. Sheldon Thomas and members of the Little Rock M. B. Church for such an excellent Sports Evangelism Day held Sunday, November 4th with the “Blessing of the Teams.” Students, athletes, cheerleaders, faculty and administrators from all area schools and universities were invited and more than 350 persons were in attendance. In addition to the blessings and prayers for all invitees, Rev. Thomas shared an inspirational message wherein he advised youth to be fruitful and productive, and to work to upgrade their lives and themselves. The message resonated with the youth who were vocally responsive to his challenges.  All youth received colorful stress sports balls.

Emcees for this Sports Evangelism Day were Scott Central’s Vanessa Norman and Forest’s  Shonda Ross. The Little Rock Combined Choirs provided beautiful music and local coaches were recognized and thanked. County Superintendent McGee provided words of encouragement and prayer. Following the pastor’s message, we enjoyed a delicious and home cooked meal in the Fellowship Hall. What a blessing to have such outpouring  support for our youth. Thank you Pastor Thomas, and the entire Little Rock family!

Happy 90th birthday to Mrs. Lucille Patrick who celebrated her special day Saturday, November 3rd at the Forest Services Center with family and friends. We join others in sending birthday wishes and hugs.

Our readers are invited to attend the Pastor Appreciation Program at Mt. Hebron Primitive Baptist Church, Sunday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m.  Guest speaker will be Rev. Sheldon Thomas of Little Rock. The program will honor Pastor/Elder Floyd and Mrs. Louella McConnell for their 25 years of dedicated service to Mt. Hebron.

Happy Birthday greetings to November babies born during the first 2 weeks, namely, Willie Haralson and Mikenia Ickom (1), James “Bo” Clark (2), Elizabeth Hampton (3), Walter Crudup, Joseph Futch, and Larry Murrell (4), Makalya Crosby (5), Mildred Guyse (6), Dequan Moore and William Ware (7), Evelyn Hampton, Maude Jones and Kendra Morgan (8), Maliaka Holified McNair and Kadevyan Cager (9), Tambria Ware, Jo Taylor, Rev. Johnnie Murrell, and Brittany Miller (10), Demarcus Pol, Sherrie Spivey, Michelle Odom and Jami Johnson,(11), Brycen Smith and Tiarra Futch (12), Justin Mapp, Angela Moore, Teresa Walton, Benny McCurdy, and Stella Smith (14).

Answer to Quiz Teaser #468:  Bettye Parker Smith, former Hawkins High School instructor, was provost of Dillard University and Tougaloo College. She taught English at Hawkins from 1961-1963.

Quiz Teaser #469: Who were the first African American aldermen in Scott County? Hint: They were from Forest and Morton.