Our prayers continue to be with Mr. Jerry Smith who remains hospitalized at Rush Hospital in Meridian. Please remember him in your prayers. We also ask for prayers for Mrs. Lovie Bland who is recuperating at her son’s home in Forest; Mr. John Lee Evans who is recovering at home; former Grenada Mayor Diana Freelon Foster who is facing health challenges and remains hospitalized; and other readers who are also facing health challenges, namely Mesdames Fannie Bradford, Addie Russell, Estella Smith, Rosie Odom Harris, Flo Chambers, and Mary Nichols, Sister Camilla Hemann, Rep. Willie Bailey who is recuperating at home, John Lee Evans, Albert Moore, and Angel Martinez.
We enjoyed hearing from West Virginia University at Parkersburg President Chris Gilmer, Forest native and former Scott County Times columnist. He called to check on his friends and to congratulate Constance Slaughter-Harvey for her honor of being named one of Mississippi’s most influential women in the past century. The other nine included Fannie Lou Hamer, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Evelyn Gandy, Eudora Welty, Oseola McCarty, Leontyne Price, Fannye Cook, Margaret Walker Alexander, and Unita Blackwell.
We are so proud of Chris and applaud his contributions in the educational and humanitarian fields. He was one of the youngest customers at the Six Cees Superette in 1969, and has continued his support of the Slaughter Memorial Foundation and Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation. We appreciate his concern for our community during these challenging times.
It was great hearing from Dr. William Watson, Executive Director – Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Innovation – Evergreen Community College District. He is the son of the late Hubert and Helga Watson. We appreciate his concern for the health and welfare of our community residents during this health crisis.
Special thanks to Brown Insurance Agency for recently entering into a community assistance partnership with Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation. Mr. Rod Brown has also provided assistance as a mentoring consultant. For additional information and details on these services, please contact the Legacy office at 601-469-0990.
Congratulations to Legacy Reader Leaders who participate in the Legacy Connections and who have read more than 70 books collectively during the last week. They are James Burwell, III, (4th grade) Zikeya Gill (7th grade) and Kylah Smith (2nd). Way to go young Change Agents!
We salute and congratulate Mrs. Laura McDonald Walker on her recent retirement from Hawkins Middle School. Her presence and commitment to our students and our Legacy mentees will surely be missed. She will also be missed by the administration, faculty, and staff after 15 years of service. A native of Newton, she graduated from Newton High School, East Central Community College, and University of Southern Mississippi. Upon graduation, she taught in the Pascagoula School District for ten year and then returned home following her husband’s transfer.
Mrs. Walker is one of our community’s mentoring role models and has counselled and supported students during her tenure here in Forest. She served as a consultant to “Yes We Can Succeed Mentoring Program” sponsored by Alderwoman Cynthia Slaughter Melton in 2005, and she assisted in monitoring those students until their graduation. She has also served as a consultant and volunteer for the Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation’s In-School Mentoring Program for the past six years.
We wish her an enjoyable retirement as she looks forward to relaxing. Presently she is serving as a caretaker for her mother-in-law and enjoying time with her husband, Walter, who is retired as an Extension Agent, and children, daughter, Ashley who is following in her mother’s footsteps, and her son, Edward who is working in Newton. Special thanks to Mrs. Walker for caring about our children. Her reputation as a caring, humble, involved and dedicated educational servant, whose integrity is excellent, is well deserved.
Answer to Quiz Teaser #584: Congratulations to Mrs. Susie Boyd who provided eight of the Forest African American businesses that existed on or before 1970. She named Six Cees Superette, Holifield Funeral Home, Mapp Funeral Home, Sam’s Café, Star Café, Thames Barbershop, Turner’s Beauty Salon, and Albert Moore’s Cleaners. Other businesses were Moore’s Launderette, Maggie’s Beauty Salon, Burge’s Florist and Beauty Salon, Petro Burge’s Painting, and Six Cees General Store. If there are other businesses not included, please call 601-469-0990.
Quiz Teaser # 585: Which Hawkins High School Class, through their Alumni Organization, sponsored programs where guest speakers, among others, included the late Georgia Congressman Julian Bond, the late Gary, Indiana Mayor Richard Hatcher, and the late Fayette Mayor Charles Evers?