Readers are encouraged to continue Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and service

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER- HARVEY,

Our prayers are with the family of the late Rev. Edward Hightower who transitioned Sunday morning at the University Medical Center. Rev. Hightower served as pastor of the Mt. Moriah M. B. Church for almost twenty years.  He was a community advocate and minister for several churches in the Jackson and surrounding area. Please keep his family in your prayers.  Memorial arrangements are incomplete.

Memorial services are scheduled for Ms. Celeste McDonald April 13th at 11:00 at the Cedar Grove M. B. Church.  Holifield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please keep her family in your prayers.

Our prayers are with Mrs. Johnnie Louise Lamb who is in critical care at the University Medical Center in Jackson, and Mr. Johnny “Red” Thomas who is also at the University Medical Center in critical care. Please keep them in your prayers.             

We enjoyed the Jackson State University Banquet Friday April 5th at the Forest Services Center where Forest Alderwoman Cynthia Melton was the program guide.  President Maxine Odom Gilmore introduced the guest speaker, JeJuan Gray, JSU National Southwest Vice President. He recognized and thanked his mother, Mrs. Janifer Gray, and other local supporters.  Other program participants were Mayor Nancy Chambers, Ester Perry, Elder Melvin Moore, Chineta Perry, Ruth Anderson, Lisa Darby, Rosie Kersh, and Rev. Walter Patrick. The JSU Scott County Singers (Mesdames Ester Perry and Georgia Faye Patrick) provided the singing and they were accompanied by Rev. Walter Patrick. Representative Tom Miles presented special awards to Jacksonian Alumni members for their dedicated services. Among those receiving resolutions were Mrs. Annie Owens, former Chapter secretary; Mrs. Ester Perry for years of volunteerism and service, and Chapter president Maxine Odom Gilmore for her leadership of the Chapter. 

The Legacy/MS Legal Service Seminar was most informative and specific tips were shared regarding lead poisoning, housing and renting information, as well as legal rights of tenants.  Special thanks to Constance Burwell of the OLIVIA Group for coordinating the event and to Sam Buchanan and MS Legal Services staff. Door prize winners were Sophia Rodreguiz, Mesdames Mary Lofton and Paulene Bryant. 

Congratulations to Beth Wedgeworth on completing her journey and becoming a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)!  We are so very proud of Beth and wish her well in her practice.  Beth, the daughter of Mrs. Beverly Hollingsworth and the late Principal Gerald Hollingsworth,  is married to Doug Wedgeworth, and is the mother of Holly and Josh. She received her degree from South University in Savannah, GA on December 5, 2018. Way to go!!!

Congratulations to Malek McNair for his hard work as a member (#10) of the Sacred Heart Crusaders Baseball Team!  We were delighted to see his photos in the 2019 Baseball Preview of the Pine Belt Sports Magazine. He is the son of Tomeka and Milaka McNair of Hattiesburg, and the grandson of Amos and Minnie Holifield, and Levi and the late Linda McNair.   We understand that Malek continues to remain on the Principal’s List.  Way to go Malek!

Our readers are invited to attend the Kingdom Culture Conference to be held April 11-13th at the Strong Tower, 1270 Highway 13 in Morton. The conference starts Thursday at 7 p.m. and continues from 9:30 Friday morning until 8:00 p.m.  Saturday’s session starts at 9:30 and concludes at 12:00 noon. Featured speakers are Dave Chamberlin, Lane Busbee, Gerald Simmons, Paulette Butler, Brent Lewis, Jack Giles, M. R. Reagan, J. T. Strong, and Randell Simms. Readers are invited to fellowship and share the conference messages.

We enjoyed the 50th (Golden) Class Reunion of the North Scott High School Class of 1969 celebration held Saturday, April 6th at the Forest Community Center.  Additional details will follow in next week’s column.

Our readers are invited to attend Spring Revival Services at Mt. Olive M. B. Church which starts this Sunday at 6:00 and continues Monday through Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. For additional details, please contact Mrs. Ester Perry at 601-775-3622.

Our readers are invited to attend the Scott County Chapter of Alcorn State University’s Annual Banquet Friday, April 19th at 7 p.m. at Roosevelt State Park.  Guest speaker is Football Coach Fred McNair, 2018 SWAC Coach of the Year.

Birthday greetings to April babies born during the last two weeks in April, namely, Brienna Payton and Vonda Carter McClendon (17) Charles Moncrief (18), Tynrabba Bailey, Devon Trest, Tenisha Murrell and Calvin Harris (19)  Lendell McEntee, Billi Reed, and Tony Chance (21), Shilina Pinkston and Rachel Triplett (22), Jane Morgan, Amaris Ringo, Todd and NeNe Pinkston, Ruthie Couch, Hershayla Parker, Harrison Smith,  and Goline Reed (23), Christian McDowell, Aaron Barnett, Mary Johnson Battle (29), and Diane Patrick and Reginald Reed (30).

Answer to Quiz Teaser # 482:  Mr. Wilbert Jones, son of the late Mrs. Maude Jones and the late Mr. Wilbert Jones, was the first African American Scott County native to serve in the MS State Legislature.  He represented the East Central area including Meridian.

Quiz Teaser # 483: Who was the first African American medical practitioner doctor) in Scott County?