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Readers Observe Lent and Prepare for Easter Season


We are saddened by the death of 21-year-old Willie Andrew Jones, Jr., who was found hanging from a tree Thursday, February 8th.  Memorial arrangements are incomplete.  Our prayers are with his family, especially his parents Tammy Townsend and Willie Jones, Sr.

Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Elmer Lorenzo Pinkston who transitioned Valentine’s Day.  A beautiful memorial service was held Saturday, February 17th at Greater Deliverance COGIC with Prophet Nathan Pinkston officiating and delivering the eulogy.  Lady Lael Pinkston was the mistress of ceremony.  Other program participants included Ministers James Tucker and James Pinkston, and Elder Willie Ray Pinkston. 

Please remember his family in your prayers especially his parents, Jeffie (William) Mayers and Albert (Shirley) Pinkston, and daughter, Quanita (Leonard) Mitchell.  Holifield Funeral Home handled arrangements.

We are sorry to learn of the death of Sammie Ratliff who was a former member of the Forest Head Start family for many years.  A Tougaloo College graduate, Mr. Ratliff passed January 28th. He was memorialized Saturday, February 3rd at Westhaven Memorial in Jackson where Rev. M. J. Williams delivered the eulogy. Please remember his family in your prayers.

Please continue to remember our readers in your prayers.  Good to know that Mrs. Flo Chambers is recuperating at home.

Scott County Relay for Life Planning Committee met Thursday, February 15th at the Bancorp Bank Conference Room.  Members discussed the 2018 Relay event and worked on confirming the date which will be announced in next week’s column.  Members agreed on Disney as the team theme.  Volunteers present were Renee Harrell, Catherine Morgan, Tyson representative Stephanie Seymour, and Slaughter Library Relay for Life Team Captain Cynthia Slaughter Melton. Additional details will be forthcoming.

Members of the Legacy Health Is Wealth/Historical Society enjoyed their Valentine/Lenten/ Luncheon held Tuesday, February 13th at the Slaughter Memorial Library.  Marlo Perry, who was home visiting his mother, was the Valentine surprise and provided prayer.  While here, he met with other Legacy board members and volunteers. 

Other members present were Mesdames Rita Parker, Carolyn Knowles, Ester Perry, Bobbie Hollins, Bobbie Ringo, Dorothy Pinkston and Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Andrew Crudup, Henry Slaughter and Roy Pinkston.

St. Michael Catholic Church parishioners celebrated Mass with two new leaders, Father Roberto Mena and Deacon Edwin Santos, who shared the message regarding fasting, praying and almsgiving.  Our readers are invited to worship with the St. Michael Catholic community.

Legacy mentoring program participants enjoyed their celebration of Valentine, Mardi Gras, and Lent and received appreciation goody bags. Among those celebrating were mentors Mesdames Dorothy Strong and Shonnette Kelley, Andrew Crudup and Henry Slaughter, and female mentees DeRiyah Mayers, Myashia Myers, Veonshay Harper, Jacqueline Williams, Satiya Johnson, Jontaesha Ormond, Nevaeh Jackson, Jonesia Woodfox, Mikayla Holifield, Maryah Ealy (6th graders) and Tiffany Alonzo, Shaniya Brown, Nyah Davis, Janya Dillon, Heidi Garcia, Mykeris Hayes, Sierra Marbuary, Tierra Marbuary, Zamiah Patrick, Akili Rankin, Ariel Smith, Akerya Canady and Alexia Smith (5th graders).  Male mentees included Logan Henry, Taylor Jenkins, Cole Reid, Carlos Mata, and Justin Guy (6th graders) and Bryan Felix  Vasquez, Adam Shoemaker, Jacob Wicker, Jose Lopez, David Hilton, Cornelius Maurice Sanders, and Jabarius Traylor (5th graders).

Constance Slaughter-Harvey was the keynote speaker for the Arkansas Rotary Foundation Banquet (District 6150) which was held at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was introduced by PDG Bob Warner who, along with his wife Mary Ellen, was her escort.

While in Little Rock, she spoke to the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service students and was introduced by Dean Skip Rutherford. She and Mrs. Dorothy Pinkston, who was her guest, also toured the Clinton Presidential Library along with District Governor Nancy Leonhardt.  The Library tour is highly recommended and the Nelson Mandela exhibit was on tour, and it was incredible! 

Answer to Quiz Teaser Black History Month 2018-2:  The late Ronald McNair, American physicist and NASA astronaut, died (January 28, 1986) during the launch of Space Shuttle Challenger where he was serving as one of three mission specialists. He was the second African American in space. Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr., PHD, aerospace engineer, retired Air Force officer and fighter pilot, was the first African American in space.  Dr. McNair was the second and first to die in the line of duty. He was a fifth-degree black belt (karate) and mastered the saxophone.  He and his wife, Cheryl, had a son Reginald and daughter Joy. 

Black History Month Quiz Teaser #2018-3: Who was the first African American Mississippi Gubernatorial Chief of Staff?