Slaughter Library/Legacy Foundation


Head Start Parents Graduate from ESS Program

Our community is saddened by the deaths of Lee Joe Reed, whose death was reported in last week’s column, and his son, Joseph, who was killed Monday in an automobile accident. Memorial services and celebrations of their lives were held Saturday at Union Grove M. B. Church with brother/uncle, Rev. Donald Reed, officiating and delivering their eulogies. Mrs. Joanne Pierce was the mistress of ceremony. Other program participants included Revs. Rodney Young, Chris Thompson, and Sheldon Thomas, who offered words of encouragement. Beautiful tribute songs were offered by Mesdames Bettye Moore and Bonnie Patrick. It was a beautiful and touching memorial and homegoing with loving expressions of love from family members.

Our hearts are heavy and ask that you join us in remembering this family in your prayers especially wife/mother, Mrs. Emma Merle Thomas Reed, and children/siblings, Sherryl, Deborah, Denita, Pamela, Kimberly, Charlotte, Penny, Greg, Kevin, Rodney, Julian, Brian, Jason, Gregory, and Zachary.

Our prayers are with the family of Mrs. Mary Barlow who transitioned Wednesday, May 2nd.  Our prayers are with her family, friends and co-workers at the Forest Head Start. Memorial arrangements are incomplete. Please remember her children in your prayers.

We are sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Earline Horne Barrett from Morton who transitioned Saturday, April 28th. A beautiful homegoing celebration was held Saturday at the Christian Banner U. M. Church with Pastor James House officiating and delivering the eulogy. Mrs. Rosie Barrett, daughter-in-law, was the mistress of ceremony. Ms. Angela Odom provided the musical tributes. Our prayers are with her children Clarence, John, Donny, Ronny, Randy, Mary, Henry, Robert, Vivian, Kenny, and Darrell; and her siblings, Juanita Horne and Clarence Deering. Please keep them in your prayers.

Please remember, in your prayers, the following readers:  Percy Parker (who is struggling with his health challenges), Mrs. Barbara Ormond (who is recuperating at home), Angel Martinez (who continues to remain positive), Al Beltran (who is gradually returning to his florist routine), Ronnie Thomas (who was at Mass Sunday), and Mrs. Dottie Spivey.

Congratulations to Scott County Head Start (Mississippi Action for Progress) parents who graduated from the Exploring Self Sufficiency (ESS) program Thursday and received diplomas and medals during the graduation ceremony.  Region III Administrator Geneva Burton was the mistress of ceremony. Mrs. Mable Jones presented the diplomas and medals of graduation. She was assisted by Forest Center Administrator Sheila Y. Brown and Midway Center Administrator Mable Odom. Head Start children serenaded their parents with “Hello” and ‘the Head Start Song.”

Graduates included Midway parents Sandra McClendon, Natha Mapp, Juanita Wilson, Deborah Harrison, Mickey Barnett, Felicia Griffin, Shaunta Chisolm, Lawanda McKee, Deborah Harvard, Montrice Campbell and Shirley Kincaid. Forest graduates included Ashley Gray, Linda Deering, Heidi Maldonada, Sherrell Gilbert, Phyllis Brown, Nelida Parra, Jose Mortero, Gabriela Uribe, Amanda Chunn, Rakethia Coleman, Sharnecqua Holifield, Andrea Slaughter, Floridalma Lopez-Felix, Yazmin Dominguez, Eric Brown, William Velasquez, LaQueta Thames, Jose Juarez, Shaquanda Larkin. Norali Gomez, Elizabeth Johnson, Erma Pace, Chris Kyzar, Rosa Lopez, Jessiva Rivera-Santiago and Dollye Hall.   

Congratulations also to parents who attended more than two sessions. Special congratulations to Legacy parent Gerlisa Rodriguez and SLRFL member Shirley Kincaid for their participation and support of their children/grandchildren and the Head Start program. Way to go graduates!!!!

The Scott County Relay for Life was held Friday, April 27th at Gaddis Park and prayer, welcome by Representative Tom Miles, and the Survivors’ Dinner kicked off the 2018 activities. Volunteers representing teams made their laps as the traditional start of the events.  The air was filled with delicious aroma of barbeque, fried fish and fries.

Slaughter Library Relay for Life Team celebrated 20 years of participation and in commemoration of that service. Representative Tom Miles presented a State of Mississippi Proclamation to the Team honoring their 20 years of community service, dedication and excellence. Mrs. Jo Taylor was also honored for her efforts in mentoring Team Captain Cynthia Slaughter Melton to begin the SLRFL in 1998. Longtime volunteer Bridget Watkins was also honored by SLRFL.

Thanks to all active team members for their years of service, namely Sheila Y. Brown, Faye Buckley, Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Amos Holifield, Kim Reed Johnson, Mary Johnson, Bettye Jones, Brenda Jones, Vincent Jones, Shirley Kincaid, Tillis Kincaid, Carolyn Macon, Barbara Ormond, Kathern Qualls, Connie Stewart, and Cynthia Slaughter Melton. Special thanks to members of the Scott County community for their assistance and support. Additional expressions of appreciation and raffle winners will be announced in next week’s column. 

We enjoyed celebrating the 92nd birthday of Mrs. Helen Harris on her May 1st day as well as May 2nd.  For two days, she was showered with love, gifts and other expressions of appreciation for her Christian virtues.  Happy birthday  “Mrs. Helen.”

Congratulations to former Legacy and Slaughter Library youth who successfully completed their college courses and were awarded degrees!  Cory Qualls received his BS in Engineering from MS State University, Latrevius (Trey) Pinkston and Javontae Spivey both received degrees from East Central Community College. Congratulations young scholars and we are so very proud of you!

Please mark your calendars for the Scott County Free Legal Clinic to be held Thursday, June 7th at the Scott County Courthouse. It is important that you sign up in advance and no later than May 25th.  Additional details will be provided in next week’s column.    Areas covered include Guardianships and Uncontested Divorces.

Health is Wealth and Historical Society members are reminded of the Mother’s Day Luncheon Thursday, May 10th at the Slaughter Library. There will be a special guest to share tips on safety and protection.

Stakeholders in the Legacy Save Our Youth through Community Action are remined of the May 14th noon Luncheon Work Session to be held at the Slaughter Library.

Answer to Quiz Teaser #447:  Mr. Albert Moore, retired businessman and community leader, served under the command of General Dwight D. Eisenhower while he served his country during World War II.

Quiz Teaser #448:  Who was the first principal of Morton’s Bettye Mae Jack High School?



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