Our prayers are with the family of Mrs. Phyllis Nicholson who transpired last week. Graveside services were held Saturday, August 1st at Pleasant Hill in Morton. Please keep her family, especially her mother, Mrs. Juanita Tally Horne, in your prayers. W. F. Mapp Funeral Home was in charge.
We are sorry to learn of the transition of Mr. John Park and pray for the repose of his soul. Family visitation was Sunday and expressions of sympathy and prayers were shared. Graveside services were Tuesday at the Veterans’ Cemetery in Newton. Our prayers are with his family, especially his children, Kaye and John, Jr. We will miss John’s presence at St. Michael’s Mass. Ott & Lee Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Our prayers are with the family of Ms. Anita Wicker, a resident of Oakdale, who transitioned last week at Lackey Hospital. Please remember her family in your prayers. W. F. Mapp Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Our prayers are with the family of the late Mrs. Catherine Jones of Meridian and an Alcorn University graduate. She was the wife of Mr. Wilbur Jones, a resident of Meridian but born and reared in Forest. Graveside services are Friday, August 7th at 10:00 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Meridian.
Please join us in praying for our readers who are facing health challenges. Mrs. Estella Smith is residing at MS Care Center in Morton. Other readers continue to appreciate our prayers, namely, Mrs. Addie Russell, Mrs. Lovie Bland, Mrs. Faye Bland Holifield Gray, Mrs. Fannie Bradford, Mrs. Rosie Odom Harris, and Mrs. Flo Chambers.
The Scott County Chapter of JSU Alumni Association President Albert Wayne Gray provided the invocation for the JSU MS Regional Meeting on Saturday, July 25th from 9:30 until 3:30. Due to COVID-19, the meeting was held via zoom/teleconference. Dr. Mark Henderson, JSU Department of Speech and Theatre was the guest speaker. He addressed the theme “Building Capacity and Strengthening Bonds.” He referenced that it is important to know who we are and whose we are. Dr. Henderson spoke of the history of the church as a vital part of our history. We need an anchor to survive and we can be each other’s anchors. In closing, he said “I am who I am because of God and my Mama.”
Father Roberto Mena celebrated Mass with a touching homily encouraging St. Michael Catholic Church parishioners to show compassions to others and to share their blessings. He also prayed for the repose of the soul of parishioner John Park.
Lynch Chapel UM Church Pastor Shirley Wilder delivered, via YouTube, Sunday’s sermon, “Stand Firm on Promises of God.” Prior to the message, she opened with “Because of Who You Are,” and then requested that all follow CDC guidelines and be safe. Prayers were asked for all especially elected officials. She referenced the following: God is real and the truth — we can trust in His word; God’s word never changes; You can always stand because you are leaning on God; What do we do when we have done all we can? Suit up in the armor of God; If you are not wearing the armor of God, you are not properly dressed — Ralph Lauren will not suffice; Wear the shield of faith; Spend time with God and ask Him how to pray; and Whatever you need, ask, be specific, and stand with God. She closed with the song, “What Do You Do When You Have Done All You Can.” Following services, Communion was provided by Pastor Wilder via social distancing.
Little Rock M. B. Church Pastor Sheldon Thomas welcomed parishioners back into their sanctuary following 4½ months of absence due to the pandemic. Social distancing and other CDC safety measures were observed during this return to in-door worshipping. Following devotion and a song, “Victory Is Mine”, Pastor Thomas shared his theme, “I’m Straight Out of The Furnace, But I Gotta Keep My Cool.” Citing Daniel’s Meshach, Shadrach and Abednego, he referenced the following: God will walk you through the fire and flood and He’ll bring you out with no signs of your struggle; Take a stand for right and God will take us through what others can’t withstand; For people who are not happy to see you blessed, they don’t know what you have gone through in order to be blessed; When victories come into your lives, give God the praise then, not later; Check what’s eating you from within, not what you are eating, and keep your cool — avoid anger and let it go and let God; Anger leads to Danger, by adding the “D”; A good steak will make its own gravy; and Look to God to get out of an impossible situation. We look forward to hearing his message next Sunday
Congratulations to local attorney Constance Slaughter-Harvey who was featured on Channel 3 WLBT Thursday as she was honored by history-making MS Highway Patrolmen R. O. Williams, Lewis Younger, Jr., and Walter Crosby. These Patrolmen were the first African American patrolmen, and they honored Attorney Slaughter-Harvey for filing the 1970 lawsuit, Morrow v. Crisler which challenged the desegregated highway patrol and lead to their employment as patrolmen in 1972.
Five high school graduates and one junior college graduate were honored by Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation, Inc. with a $1,000 scholarship each. Receiving scholarships were Lake Valedictorian Myla Sanders (ECCC), Scott Central’s Jody Markee Matheny, Jr. (Hinds CC), Forest’s Tashara Beamon (ECCC), Morton’s Davaughn Spann (ECCC), Morton/Pearl’s JiKori James (Wallace State, AL), and PRCC’s Olivia Mosley (Stillman, AL). Additional details will follow next week. Congratulations to these youth who rank high in academics, community services, and leadership.
Happy birthday to Mrs. Ester Robison who celebrated her 100th birthday (July 29) at her Louin home with a Drive-By celebration with family and friends. She wore a ‘queen crown’ as she sat in a beautiful carriage and exercised social distancing.
Birthday social distancing hugs to babies born during August 6 through 13, namely Jonathan Thigpen, Tiffany Moman, Jajuan Moore, Julia Jenkins, and Tiffany Falkner (6), Rita Russell and Rachel Hayes (7), Berdie Harvey and Miquel Israel (8), Shareka Brown and Joy Major (9), Charles Brown (10), Constance Harvey Burwell, Michael Johnson, Raphael Nicks, Denise Owens, and Nikerri Nicks (11), Marcus Johnson (12), and Destiny Foster, Brandon Harris, Kathy Sanders, and Marquavious Bradford (13).
Answer to Quiz Teaser #579: Beat 5 Constable Herman Patrick became the first African American elected official in Scott County on November 4, 1975. Congratulations to Vera Kaye Thurman for the correct answer.
Quiz Teaser #580: Who is the first African American Alderwoman in Forest?