Local congregations celebrate their pastors’ anniversaries

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,

Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Junior Mack Burkes who transitioned Friday, February 7th in Starkville. Mr. Burkes, the son of Mrs. Hattie Hughes and brother of Albert Allen, was a graduate of E. T. Hawkins (class of 1965) and  Alcorn University (1969) where he was a member of the track team. Please remember his family especially wife, Mrs. Ossie Boyd Burkes, and their sons, in your prayers. Memorial arrangements are incomplete.

On Sunday, February 9th at Little Rock Baptist Church, beautiful tributes and expressions of love, admiration, and respect were shared during the Home Going Celebration for former Forest Police Chief Theoplis Hayes. He was also remembered as a Forest icon, police captain, veteran, bus driver, mentor and other contributions. His son, Rev. Sheldon Thomas, officiated and delivered his father’s eulogy, “A Routine Traffic Stop.”

Constance Slaughter Harvey was the program guide and other program participants were Revs. Reece Turner, Charles Bell, Jessie Sanders, Shirley Wilder, and Bobby Viverette, Mayor Nancy Chambers, Officer Joe Nelson, Coroner Van Thames, Forest Bus Manager Vincent Jones, and Highway Patrolman Michael Holifield. Resolutions from Representative Darry Porter, District 98, and Little Rock Church, were presented to Mrs. Berniece Hayes. Beautiful spiritual music was performed by the Little Rock Choir with the audience joining in the praise.

We are sorry to learn of the transition of former Clarion Ledger columnist and former Tougaloo and JSU communications director, Eric Stringfellow who transitioned at his Texas home.  At the time of his transition, he was director of communications/mass communications professor at Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, TX.  Memorial services are 11:30 this Thursday at New Horizon Church in Jackson. Our prayers are with his family.

Our prayers are with the family of Mrs. Lavern Johnson Brown, a graduate of Sherman Hill High School. Mrs. Brown was a native of Scott County and resided in Las Vegas for many years. Her memorial is Saturday, February 15th in Las Vegas.  Please remember her family especially her sons.

Our prayers continue to be with our readers who are facing health challenges. Please remember, in your prayers, Mrs. Bessie Walker of Morton while she is hospitalized at Select Hospital in Jackson and Mr. John Lee Evans who was  rushed back to Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. 

During their Wednesday Luncheon, Forest Rotarians enjoyed the presentation from Dr. Matthew Bentley of the Main Street Medical Clinic – Opioid Dependency Treatment. The presentation was most informative and enlightening. He was the guest of Ms. Nicole Kennedy.

Pastor Eddie and Mrs. Bobbie Adams were honored, with much love and appreciation, by the St. Peter M. B. Church family Sunday, February 9th. Rev. Eric Jones delivered the Anniversary Message and commended Pastor Adams for his example and leadership. The anniversary theme was “Celebrating the Laborer Who Works.” Ms. Charlene Youngblood was the mistress of ceremony. Other program participants included Sisters Lillie Mays, Kathlean Futch, Willie Ealy, LaWanda Ealy, Bettye Brandon and Latasha Jones, and Master Isaiah Hunt. It was a beautiful tribute and a delicious meal was served in the Fellowship Hall.  Congratulations Rev. Eddie and Mrs. Bobbie for your pastoral leadership and your commitment to our community!

Rev. Sheldon and Mrs. Regina Thompson were showered with love and appreciation during their 10th Year Pastor Anniversary held at Little Rock M. B. Church, Sunday, January 26th. Mr. Reggie and Mrs. Michelle Odom were the master and mistress of program. Other program participants were Maurice and Shamekis Longmire, and Mattye Evans. The theme of the event was “2020 New Mind, New Me.” Rev. John T, Evans (Sunny Hill M. B. Church) was the morning messenger, and Rev. Bobby Viverett (Pleasant Grove M. B.) delivered the afternoon message. Both pastors addressed the theme. Congratulations Pastor and Mrs. Thompson for your effective leadership at Little Rock M. B. Church for the past 10 years and we applaud your leadership!

Pastor Ralph and Mrs. Sharmelitta James celebrated their 2nd Pastoral Anniversary Sunday, January 26th at Mt. Moriah M. B. Church and were warmly honored and appreciated by their church members and guests.  Rev. Anthony Robinson, Pastor of St. John M. B. Church in Newton was the guest speaker. Program participants were Andrew Crudup, Roy Lowery, Anthony Pickens, Ruthie Harper, Annette Mack, Aubriana Lowery, Stephanie Robinson, Elmer and Debra Lowery. Beautiful music was provided by the Mt. Moriah Choir and the St. John’s Choir. We join the Mt. Moriah Church family in applauding the leadership of Pastor James.  Congratulations Pastor and Mrs. James for your investment in our communities and your support of our youth!

Happy birthday greetings to babies born during the third week in February, namely, Jimmie Butler (15), Temarius Gill, Ashley Lyle-May, and Heather Knowles Darby (16), Alexis Gore and Renee Reyes (17), Suky Montoya, Desmond Tower, Thomas Colbert, Sheena Evans Derrick and Jessie Morgan (18), Gabriela Salas and Jessie Sanders (19), Javen Marshall and Letonia Johnson (20), and Kristina Steele, Latrevious Pinkston, Garnetta Harrison, and Chase Norman (21).

Legacy Health Is Wealth and Historical Society members will participate in a special Valentine Luncheon to be held Thursday, February 13th at noon at the Slaughter Memorial Library.

Answer to Black History Quiz Teaser # 2020-1: During the March against Fear in June, 1966, the expression/declaration of “Black Power” was expressed and it went global. Congratulations to Mrs. Charity Robinson for the correct response.

Black History Quiz Teaser # 2020-2: Which MS town is the oldest United States all Black municipality, a/k/a “Jewel of the Delta.”