The Mississippi Book Festival attracted locals

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,

A beautiful homegoing celebration was held for Rev. Reginald “Reggie” Terrell Pinkston Monday, August 12th at Concord M. B. Church.  Pastor Rev. Henry Patrick officiated and delivered the eulogy, Constance Slaughter-Harvey was the mistress of order. Other program participants were Rev. Sheldon Thomas, Rev. Ava Harvey, Elder Thompson, Rev. Vernada Pinkston, Mrs. Rosie Kersh, Rev. Kevin Battle, Mayor Nancy Chambers, Mrs. Carolyn Knowles, Dewaun Walker; Lamar Viverette, and other classmates. Our prayers continue to be with his family especially his parents Mrs. Dorothy Pinkston and Coach Roy (Joanne) Pinkston and children.

Our prayers are with Mrs. Susie Ickom and family in the loss of her mother, Mrs. Virgie Lee Butler. She was memorialized Saturday, August 17th at Little Rock M. B. Church.  Pastor Sheldon Thomas officiated and delivered the eulogy.  Mrs. Cynthia Harper was the mistress of order.  Other program participants included Revs. Nicholson and Butler.  Gale Johnson and R. C. Williams provided musical selections.  Please keep her daughter and family in your prayers.

Please continue to remember our readers who are facing health challenges especially Mr. Oliver Moore who is hospitalized, Raymond Mabry who is undergoing treatment, Mr. and Mrs. Albert (Lucy) Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell (Mary) Nichols, Mrs. Flo Chambers, Sisters Maria and Obdulah, and Mrs. Victoria Gray.

Happy belated birthday greetings to Ebonee Leverette, Deputy Circuit Clerk, who celebrated her August 5th birthday by preparing for the First Primary election returns.  Our best wishes for many many more birthdays!

Special thanks to persons and organizations that continue to provide support to the families of the immigrants arrested during the recent Immigration Sweep.  Please continue to remember them in your prayers, especially the young children. We appreciate the concern expressed by the Homeland Security House Chairman Congressman Bennie Thompson who visited families at Trinity Mission and St. Michael Catholic Church.

During the August 3rd birthday celebration for Mrs. Addie Mae Gray Russell, the food was blessed by Oliver Hodge and Mr. Oliver Moore provided a beautiful solo.  We look forward to the 2020 celebration of # 94.

The Homemakers Cluster Club met Tuesday, August 13th at the MS Extension Office.  Vice President Carolyn Macon presided, and members discussed projects and upcoming events.  The group set a tentative date for their sidewalk sale for October 5th at the Slaughter Block on Highway 80 East.  More details will be provided.  Mary Lofton was hostess for the August meeting. She provided  refreshments of cake and ice cream. In addition to Mesdames Macon and Lofton, other club members attending were Dorothy Strong, Desaree Bradford, Cynthia Melton and Connie Wash.

Forest Head Start celebrated with a Welcome Back Reception for students, parents and staffers. It was a fun time and all enjoyed the fun Friday, August 16th.  Welcome back students and staffers. Center Administrator Sheila Y. Brown and staff thank all who attended and those parents whose children are members of the Forest Head Start family.

We enjoyed visiting with Mrs. Naomi Williams at the MS Care Center Saturday, August 17th.  We also enjoyed the church services provided by Rev. Allen Cooks and music and songs by his wife, Mrs. Tammy Cooks, and son, Stephon.   We look forward to Saturday services.

Readers are reminded that some primary elections have not ended.  The 2nd Primary for both the Democratic and Republican primaries will be held Tuesday, August 27th. 

We enjoyed the Mississippi Book Festival held at the State Capitol Saturday, August 17th from 9:00 until 5:00. This literary festival attracted thousands of citizens from all over the state, country and world. More than 150 authors were on hand and many autographed their books. Book, books and more books were available in addition to delicious food, bargains, politicians, fellowship and fun.  We especially enjoyed hearing United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who shared her perspectives at Galloway Church Chamber; and author Angie Thomas whose best seller “The Hate U Give” was followed by “On the Come Up” released in February of this year.  Ms. Thomas, a Jackson native, is a graduate of Belhaven University. We are looking forward to the 6th Anniversary of the Mississippi Book Festival, a/k/a, Literary Lawn Party.

Constance, James and James (Tre’) Burwell enjoyed celebrating her birthday by traveling to Tuskegee where they toured the Tuskegee Airmen’s Museum and Tuskegee Institute. They travelled to Columbus, GA where they enjoyed spending time with Forest native, Beverly Jo White Robinson.  They then returned to Montgomery where they toured Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice. While there, they visited Forest native, Timothy “Tim” Horton who was celebrating his birthday with friends. Happy belated birthday Tim!!

Happy birthday greetings to babies born during the last three weeks of August, namely, Sandra Bates, Shirley Townsend (16), Jamarius Moore, Jatateous Washington (17), Linda Russell (18), Shanedral Pinkston (20), Chris Gilmer (21), Christina Ealy, Angel Laster, Janya Dillon (22), Kelly Ellis, Shanod Ringo, Dock Rhodes, Aquarius Lindsey (23), Jomiski Lindsey, Patsy Nicholson (24), Hanah Gatlin (25),  Shirley Holloway, Ja’Zyoha Hunter, Jamari Hughes (27), Willie Ealy (28), Marquisius Bland, Jacqueline Cajas, Kaylen Harrison (29), and Michael Robinson, Phoebe Liner (31).

Answer to Quiz Teaser #500:  The Roy and Dorothy Pinkston family contributed two coaches (Roy and Datodrick) in Forest; one in TN and GA (Antarral (Todd); and more than 10 basketball players in Forest (Reggie, Sonya, Dorlissa, LaWanda. Arnedral (NeNee), Antarral (Todd), Datodrick, Latrevious (Tre), Latarral, Shilina, Antonia, Lawaneca and Ardrena.)

Quiz Teaser # 501: Who was the first African American physician in Scott County?