Slaughter Library/Legacy Foundation

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,

Legacy honors

Ja’lacey James as 2018 W.L. Slaughter Awardee

                             

Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Jerry F. Haralson who transitioned May 15th. A beautiful memorial celebration of life was held Thursday, May 17th at Wolf’s Funeral Home Chapel in Lake. Jerry was remembered as a unique man who loved life.  According to his pastor, who delivered his eulogy, Jerry loved being with people and he loved his wife Margie. Brother Dale Rogers, who officiated, referenced that Mr. Haralson was breathing the celestial air of heaven. The memorial musical tributes were outstanding. Please keep his family, especially Mrs. Margie Haralson, and his siblings Hugh, Bill, Debbie and Zola, in your prayers.

Our prayers are with the family of Mrs. Dorothy “Dottie” Moore who transitioned Tuesday, May 15th in Meridian. Her memorial was held Saturday, May 19th at New Mount Calvary. Please remember her family in your prayers.

Our prayers are with the family of Billy Carl Townsend who transitioned May 10th at St. Dominic Hospital. His life was celebrated Saturday, May 19th at Union Grove Baptist Church with Rev. John Ford officiating. Ms. Portia Simon was the mistress of ceremony and other program participants included Mrs. Louella McConnell and Pastor Rochelle Wright. Please remember his family in your prayers especially his wife, Mrs. Shirley Patrick Townsend, and their children, Carla Wash, Felicia Hilton and Trinika Townsend.

Our prayers are with the family of Christopher (Chris) Howard Allen Clark who transitioned May 11th. Memorial services were held Monday, May 14th at the Ott and Lee Funeral Home Chapel where Revs. Earl Clark, Marty Wilson and Tal Vardaman officiated. Our prayers are with his family especially his parents, Dr. Howard and Mrs. Jackie Clark, and siblings.  Please keep them in your prayers.    

We are sorry to learn of the death of former Coahoma County supervisor, Eddie “Smitty” Smith who transitioned Monday, May 14th at his home. Please remember his family in your prayers.

The homegoing celebration for Mrs. Betty Patrick was beautiful and a great tribute to the “Forest Lady of Flowers.” Mrs. Patrick was remembered as a beautiful flower in God’s garden.  Her pastor, Rev. Trey Harper, referenced her love for God, nature, flowers and people as we celebrated her living. Our prayers continue to be with her family especially her daughter, Vonda Tullos and grandson.

Please continue to remember those who are facing health challenges. We especially ask that you remember Mr. Percy Parker in your prayers as he continues to keep the faith during his health challenges.

Stakeholders in Save Our Youth through Community Action (SOYTCA) met Monday, May 14th at the Slaughter Library and enjoyed a healthy lunch as they discussed their agenda items designed to save our youth.  Stakeholders present were Andrew Crudup, Roy Pinkston, Matasha Harper, Henry Slaughter, Danny Handford, Darlene King, Elmer Lowery, Andre’ Hollis, Jody Matheny, Roy Lowery, Dorothy Pinkston, Louise Washington and Constance Slaughter-Harvey.  During the meeting, they continued to address effective mechanisms to save our youth with special emphasis on summer activities while students are on summer vacation. Readers who want to offer suggestions are invited to contact any of the stakeholders mentioned above.  Collectively, we can and must save our children and youth.

Congratulations to Mr. Andrew Crudup on his recent honor and recognition by the Hawkins Middle School family during the May 17th Teacher Spotlight and Appreciation Recognition.  Mr. Crudup, along with Mr. Henry Slaughter, volunteers as Legacy In-School Mentors for 5th and 6th grade boys.  Hawkins Principal Marcus Holbert thanked Mr. Crudup for going above and beyond the mentoring role, and volunteering to provide additional services as needed. Congratulations Mr. Crudup for your unselfish investments in the lives of our community’s youth!!!

Congratulations to Forest High School seniors Ja’lacey James, Garet Jones and Maite Coronado.  Ms. James was the winner of a $500.00 scholarship as the recipient of the 2018 W. L. Slaughter Academic/Athletic Award. This Award is given to the senior who maintains good grades (above 3.0), excels in sports (basketball and track) of good moral character, and hard working and determined. She is the daughter of Mrs. Sharonda Hudson James and Antonia James and the granddaughter of Mrs. Susie Jackson-Boyd and Leon Hudson.

Mr. Garet Jones was the recipient of the 2018 Olivia Kelley Slaughter Essay Contest and was credited with having good writing skills and a knack for sharing his inner feelings.  The second place winner was Maite Coronado

and she was also credited with having similar talents.  Both received expense checks for books and college supplies.  Congratulations to all recipients of the Legacy honors.

Legacy Mentoring Parents met Sunday, May 20th at the Slaughter Library with Ms. Lori Triplett presiding.  Following a review of the school year and the progress of their children, members continued to finalize plans for the summer and their summer fundraiser who will be held Friday, June 8th at the Slaughter Block.  They also initiated plans for the 2018-2019  school year.  Mentors Andrew Crudup, Henry and Shirley Sykes-Slaughter, and Constance Slaughter-Harvey shared reports regard mentees’ progress,

Among those parents attending and participating were Lori Triplett, Rex Watts, Bettie Robinson, Lakeshia Fulton, Elizabeth Garcia, Lesha Harper, Keanna Harris, James Harris, Louise Washington, Vivian Davis, Yolanda Mayers, Derek Davis, Tonya Davis and Conception Garcia. 

Happy June birthday greetings to June babies born during the first 12 days of June, namely, Evelyn Lewis and Kevin Reynolds, (1), Zachery Reed, and Sandy Wash,(5), Malek McNair and Cortay Ragland (6), Ike Crudup, Laderrick Scott and April Robinson (9) Dorothy Pinkston and Joe Nickson (11), Idelle Payton and James Watkins (12).

Answer to Quiz Teaser # 449:  Mr. McKinley Kincaid was the first African American principal of Morton Elementary School. He is a retired educator after having served as athletic director, coach, and instructor.     Congratulations to Mrs. Stephanie Rhodes who was the first to provide the correct answer.

Quiz Teaser # 450: Who was the first principal of Sherman Hill High School?