Midway News

By DELIE SHEPARD,

Fireworks display was great

Midway M. B. Church Family and all others in the community enjoyed a fun filled night of fireworks celebrating Independence Day. Those who provided the entertainment of producing the many colors and spectacular aspirations of fireworks were: Tom Wilson, D’Arcy Stowers and Greg Nicks. Patty Odom was the procurer of the fireworks. Everyone had a wonderful time.

Pam Harper Banks siblings, children and grandchildren, with her parents L. J. Harper and Sarah Harper celebrated their family reunion last week at Roosevelt State Park. Pam said it was wonderful, just a lot of work.

Christine Black had a stroke and is now in Methodist Rehabilitation Center in Jackson, MS.  Her son Charlie “Sonny” Black and his wife Daphne of Chicago spent last week in Jackson visiting with her. Her sister Linda Ealy Rowe and her husband Louis of St. Petersburg, Florida also spent the week in Jackson with her.  Brandy Myers Lyles her foster daughter has been a trooper by her side.

Maude Williams is supposed to be coming home on July 10.  Wishing her much success in her ability to return home.

Nathalie Shepard arranged a great 4th of July Celebration on the Hill. All the grandchildren were there as well as all of the children.  A water bounce house was provided and the grandchildren had a ball, mostly staying wet. Xhavier was like a fish in water, sliding out of hands and down the slide.

Midway M. B. Church is participating in the Crudup Ward summer Feeding Program.  Meals will be served daily, 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm.  Every child is welcome to come and participate in the program.

Bishop Henry C. Odom is in the hospital as told to me by his sister Majorie Odom Washington.

Katie Mae Odom Kincaid is also in the hospital. 

Sympathy to the Harper family in the passing of James “Jimmy” Harper. His arrangements are incomplete at my press deadline. Mapp Funeral Home is entrusted with his arrangements.

He was my principal for all the years he was at Hawkins Middle School. He was usually the first person at the school in the morning.  It was really an eye opener for me to retire and teach at other schools and find out the principal was not the first educator on campus.

He taught a lot by example.  He was never to administrative that he could not or would not help take care of whatever needed to be done to enhance the building.  He was a good father and treated the students as if they were his children. 

I met a man at an Elections conference from Clarksdale.  We talked about people, some he knew from here.  He told me that Jimmy Harper would come to Clarksdale every two-weeks and cut the grass for his daughter. 

If you went to Walmart he and some of his cronies would be sitting on the south bench entertaining all who came in.  He had several buddies that would sit with him, Willie Rogers Johnson, Bill Ward, Roy Smith and others.  When he was not at Walmart he would be on the outside bench at Vowells.  He would keep up with community news

Sympathy to the Amos and Denham Families in the passing of Marie Denham Amos.  She was eulogized on last Saturday at Mt. Zion M. B. Church in Conehatta.  The pastor Rev. Jermain Jones delivered the eulogy.  Ruby Wynn was the Mistress of Ceremony.  Her interment was in the church cemetery.  Mapp Funeral was entrusted with her arrangements. 

Sympathy to the Lovelady Family in the passing os Alnard Lovelady.  His services were held last Saturday at the Army National Guard Building, Forest.  Rev. Shelton Thomas delivered the eulogy.  His interment was in Lovelady Cemetery. 

Sympathy to the Mitchell Family in the passing of Samuel Mitchell. He was eulogized on last Monday. Mapp Funeral Home was entrusted with his arrangements.

Sympathy to the Sturrup Family in the passing of Mike Sturrup.  Mike was my neighbor in Burnham Town. He lived off down in the woods off Burnham Road.  Mike was a friendly and social person.  Mike’s company had put the siding on my house 20 years ago.  He would hunt, and bring me game.  He would also come by and have a meal at my table. 

Sympathy to the Davis Family in the passing of George Davis. His services are incomplete at my deadline.  Mapp Funeral Home is entrusted with his arrangements.

Sympathy to the Smith Family in the passing of Edward Smith.  His services were last Saturday at Lone Pine M. B. Church, Lena, MS.  His interment was in the church cemetery.  Holifield Funeral Home was entrusted with his arrangements.

Sympathy to the Gatewood Family in the passing of Charles Gatewood.  His services are incomplete at my deadline. Holifield Funeral Home is entrusted with his arrangements.

Sympathy to the Hawkins Family in the passing of Rodney Dewayne Hawkins.  His services were held last Saturday at Greater Deliverance Church of God in Christ, Old 21 Highway. Evans Memorial funeral Home was entrusted with his  arrangements.

Our Care Facilities: Deacon Oliver Holifield and Johnny “Shug” Owens – Newton (presently in the hospital), Jerome Banks - Forest, and Juanita Banks – Brandon.

Remember with your prayers all our sick and shut ins. George Beamon, Percy Shepard, Charles A. McClendon, Lonnie Johnson, Verneda “Ollie” McClendon, Willie Rogers Johnson, Cora Odom Peavy, Vernita Whittington, Maggie “Hannah” Smith, Nettie Kennedy, Linda Parrott, Versherica Ficklin, Chanell McBeath, Mattie Holifield, Addie Zell Harris, Sarah Harper, Shawanda Matheny, Billy Strong, Travis Ward, Wesley Lewis, David Parrott, and Fredia Ward Gales