Slaughter Library/Legacy Foundation


We are sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Annie Earl Hornsby, native of Forest who was a graduate of Scott County Training School and a member of the SCTS/ETHHS/FHS Alumni Association. She transitioned at the home of her niece, Leann Crisp in North Carolina and was memorialized Friday, September 8th. Our prayers are with the family.

We are sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Lillie Bell Harris, who was memorialized Saturday, September 8th at Murray Temple Rebirth. Bishop Daniel Middleton officiated and delivered the eulogy. Missionary Katie Frazier was the mistress of order. Our prayers are with her family especially her children, Shirley (Jerry) Brantley, Edna (Joe) McKee, Lois Harris, and James Harris, and sisters Ella Odom, Melvie Herring and Clinese Roberts. Please keep her family in your prayers.

Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Dennis Bland, husband of Mrs. Patsy Strong Bland, who transitioned Friday, September 7th and will be memorialized this Saturday, September 15th at 11:00 at Greater Deliverance COGIC. Our prayers are also with his mother, Alice Bland Holifield. Holifield Funeral Home is in charge.

Please continue to remember our readers who are facing health challenges.

We hope all grandparents relaxed and enjoyed their grandchildren Sunday, September 9th.  James “Tre’ Burwell and his Nonnie celebrated at the MS Museum of Art enjoying the Jeffrey Gibson exhibit “Like a Hammer.”

We join members of the Lynch Chapel U.M. Church family in celebrating their new pastor, Rev. Shirley Jobe Wilder, who shared the message of Laying It Down, last Sunday during worship services. She opened the door and prepared the foundation for their Fall Revival which started Tuesday, September 4th and continued through Thursday.  Following her message, we enjoyed a delicious home cooked meal which was just in time for a day of rest before Labor Day.  Thanks to those who prepared the meal.

In addition to the wonderful messages, we enjoyed the display of talent from young church members who performed as “God Is Lit” Praise Dancers.  We applaud their coordinator, Ms. Debresha Qualls, for the excellent coordination.

Rev. Wilder, a native of Farmhaven in Madison County, is known for her straightforward messages and her beautiful musical voice. She is also the first female Pastor at Lynch Chapel. She served as the messenger for Lynch’s Fall Revival and issued spiritual challenges each night. Those in attendance voiced their approval and agreement with her messages. Her beautiful voice praised God in song and closed out her nightly messages. Her husband and Madison County church family were her special guests. Welcome Pastor Wilder!

Members of the Scott County Bar Association held their Pre-Labor Day Luncheon Meeting at Penn’s Steakhouse Tuesday, August 28th. During the meeting, they discussed upcoming plans for the Christmas Gala scheduled for December 18th. They received thanks and expressions of appreciation from students who received school supplies distributed at the Slaughter Library and Legacy Offices. They also received congratulatory messages from the MS Volunteer Lawyers Project and Chief Justice William Waller for their participation in the Free Legal Clinic held last June.  Members present included Todd Sorey, Noble Lee, Thomas Lee, Rick Clark, Shawn Harris, Chris Gomillion and Constance Slaughter-Harvey.

We enjoyed visiting with Forest native Dr. Sheldon Graves, Hawkins Class of 1966, who called and expressed his support of youth programs in our communities.  We appreciate the support and prayers of Dr. Graves and his wife, Dr. Patricia Graves, both of Germantown, TN.

We enjoyed having lunch with Ms. Bettye Anne Lovelady at Estelle’s Friday and appreciate her continued support of local activities involving our youth and senior citizens.  She is also a member of the Hawkins Class of 1966. Special thanks to her for her many years of support and prayers.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Rogers (nee Chelsea Campbell) who were united in holy matrimony Saturday, September 1st at the Greater Deliverance COGIC. The beautiful bride and handsome groom exchanged vows as Bishop Daniel Littleton officiated. Mr. and Mrs. Terry (Phylis) Campbell are Chelsea’s parents and Mrs. Sarah Rogers is Jerry’s mother. A social hour in the Mattie Helen Watts Hall followed the ceremony and the reception was held at the Forest Baptist Church. We enjoyed watching Mrs. Rogers grow up in our community and we take pride in her accomplishments! Congratulations to this young couple and we wish them well!

Legacy Mentoring Parents held their September meeting Sunday at the Slaughter Library and finalized plans for their Harvest Fundraiser where they will serve delicious barbeque chicken plates and have delectable home made cakes made by excellent cooks which will be raffled off.  There will also be a garage sale where prices will be the lowest ever. The date is Friday, September 28th and the event will be held at the Slaughter Block on Highway 80.

Stakeholders in Save Our Youth Through Community Action are reminded of their upcoming luncheon meeting this Monday, September 17th at the Slaughter Library. New stakeholders are welcomed.

Answer to Quiz Teaser # 460: Maurice D. Graham, MSN, RB, APRN, and FNP-BC, is a Scott County native and Sebastopol High School graduate. He serves as Howard University Nurse Practitioner and is the son of Mrs. Alma Jewel Reed and Mr. Gary Graham.

Quiz Teaser # 461: This late Morton resident is listed in Mississippi history as a United Methodist Minister, civil rights activist, Head Start founder, and a Tougaloo College graduate.  His widow still resides in Morton.  Who is he?