Original Legacy supporter, Mrs. Henrietta Horton, celebrates 104th birthday

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER- HARVEY,

Our hearts are saddened by the death of Ms. Valerie Lynn Smith, daughter of Mrs. Lois Smith and the late Herman Smith. Valerie transitioned Tuesday, October 9th at the University Medical Center.  We will miss Val’s special nods and gentle smile.  She was a member of the Slaughter-Harvey Law Firm for many years and was a financial and computer wizard. Memorial services were held Saturday, October 13th at Kingdom Hall in Forest where the discourse and prayers were shared by Brothers Darryl Reeves, Flodie Gregory and Billy Brewer. Our prayers are with her family, especially her mother, and friends.  Mapp Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Please continue to remember our readers, in your prayers, who are facing health challenges and who have requested prayer, namely, Mr. Albert Moore who remains hospitalized at the University Medical Center and is being pampered by his wife, Mrs. Lucy Moore; Mrs. Patty Reynolds who is recuperating at home and receiving therapy which is accompanied by her strong determination to return to daily activities; Fireman Anthony Bailey who is improving after a motorcycle accident several weeks ago;  Ms. Gwendolyn Faye Lindsey, who continues to receive treatments; Mrs. Shawanda Matheny who is being pampered by her husband, Jody Matheny, while hospitalized at St. Dominic , and other readers experiencing  health challenges.

Legacy Mentors’ Appreciation Luncheon was held Monday, October 1st at the Slaughter Library. Special tributes were presented to veteran mentors Mesdames Dorothy Strong, Shonnette Kelley, Andrew Crudup, Henry Slaughter and Constance Slaughter-Harvey. Tributes and expressions of appreciation were given to first year mentors Mesdames Marquita Patrick, Barbara Dawson and Bonnie Stowers. These mentors provide services to Hawkins Middle School students, boys and girls, in grades 5, 6 and 7th. Providing mentoring services to Scott Central 6th and 7th graders are Mesdames Shirley Sykes (Slaughter) and Constance Slaughter-Harvey. Mentors enjoyed special treats and a delicious home-cooked meal. Also sharing in this celebration were Election Commissioner Roy Pinkston, Victoria Cox, Louise Washington, Dorothy Pinkston, and Juana Evelin Ferragut. Special thanks and appreciation to Alderwoman Cynthia Melton, Mrs. Rita Wash, and Constance Burwell of the OLIVIA Group. 

We enjoyed visiting with Je’Juan Gray, a graduate of Forest High School (2004) and Jackson State University (2009), who was home with a group of students for the JSU High School Day on September 29th. He is currently residing in Dallas, TX and serves as Vice President of the Southwest Region of JSU National Alumni Association, Inc. His parents are the late John Wesley Gray and Janifer Odom Gray. Congratulations to Je’Juan!  It is so refreshing to share good news about our future leaders. 

It was a pleasant surprise to be greeted by Mrs. Henrietta (Ma Henrietta) Horton Sunday morning at Christ the King Catholic Church in Jackson. She was attending Mass with her daughter, Mrs. Barbara Longmire, and grandchildren Tammy and Taylor.  This was a special Sunday because Mama Henrietta chose a place of worship to celebrate and thank God for being on this earth for 104 years!! She is a Forest native  and with her husband’s  assistance, raised seven children, all of whom attended and graduated from high school here and went on to earn additional degrees. They are continuing her legacy of helping others.  Barbara is the oldest, followed by Joseph, Willie, Syble Rule, Timothy, Sandria Bingham (deceased), and Leonard.   

Following her retirement, Mrs. Horton was the joy of the Forest Senior Feeding Site located at the Forest Services Center.  When she relocated to Clinton, she became the most popular student at the Baptist Adult Day Care Center in Clinton, where she loves games and bingo.  She remains the star student. James “Tre’” Burwell and Nonnie enjoyed spending this birthday time with “Mama Henrietta.” Happy belated Birthday Mama Henrietta!!!!

The Cluster Club held its October meeting Tuesday, October 9th at the MS Extension Center.  Those attending the meeting were President Connie Stewart, Desaree Bradford, Carolyn Macon, Mary Lofton, Ester Perry, and Dorothy Strong.  Refreshments were provided by Alderwoman Cynthia Melton.  Club members are preparing for holiday projects and festivities. We appreciate their investment in our community!

We enjoyed the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner at Bedford Convalescent Home in Newton and especially enjoyed the hospitality, music and food. The Thursday night event featured a special program where volunteers enjoyed a special prayer program and singing.  Among those participating in this appreciation program were Legacy’s representatives Dorothy Pinkston and Constance Slaughter-Harvey. Thanks to Kalyn Byrd, Activities Director, for the invitation.

In addition to October being Breast Cancer Awareness, Domestic Abuse Awareness, Anti-Bullying Awareness, it is also National Head Start Awareness Month and National Appreciation Month.

Please join us in celebrating National Head Start Awareness Month by attending the Forest Community Head Start Program Tuesday, October 23rd at 9:30 at the Forest Community Center.

Answer to Quiz Teaser 465:  The first class of seniors at E. T. Hawkins High School graduated in May, 1953.  Congratulations to Mrs. Eloise White who provided the correct answer!

Quiz Teaser # 466:  Who was the fastest female track star at Alcorn and represented the United States at the International Olympics. She also ran with a heart of commitment and love for the Head Start children in Scott County.