Local Pastors Celebrate Anniversaries and Installation Services

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,

We are sorry to learn of the death of young Tykey Bland who transitioned Thursday, January 24.  He was a 2017 graduate of Scott Central. Our prayers are with his family especially his mother, Mrs. Patsy Bland. Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 2nd at Greater Deliverance COGIC at 11:00 a.m.  Please keep his family in your prayers.

We are sorry to learn of the transition of Mrs. Tommie Sue Watson Clark who passed Sunday, January 27th at Lackey Hospital. Mrs. Clark was a retired educator and a graduate of E. T. Hawkins High School and Jackson State University.  Our prayers are with her family especially her husband, George and her daughter Tawana.  Memorial arrangements are incomplete. Please keep her family in your prayers.

Our prayers are with the family of Mrs. Mary Alice Moman who transitioned Wednesday, January 23rd at her home in Tougaloo. Memorial services are Friday, February 1st at Tougaloo College’s Woodworth Chapel at 11:00 a. m.  Mrs. Moman and her late husband Howard “Sonny” Moman were classmates and in-laws of the late W. L. and Olivia Kelley Slaughter. Please remember her children, Richard and Brenda Morehead, in your prayers.

Please remember, in your prayers, the family of Mrs. Odie Hayes, widow of the late principal Emmit Hayes. Memorial services are set for this Saturday at New Hope M. B. Church in Jackson. Our prayers are with her children especially her daughter Carolyn (Cleopus) Amerson.

Please continue to remember our readers who are facing health challenges, namely, Mrs. Flo Chambers, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell (Mary) Nichols, Mrs. Dorothy Jones, Mr. Albert Moore, and others who are under the weather.

We enjoyed visiting with former Forest City Clerk, Mrs. Patsy McDill. She is a special person who dedicated her professional life to the city as Clerk under several administrations. 

Special thanks to Loras students who travelled from Sioux City, IA to volunteer with the Excel family in working with Morton students. We enjoyed extending an official welcome to Scott County Tuesday night and sharing ‘welcome goody bags.’   Students spending several days volunteering in Morton were Abby Oldham, Lily Horst, Kelsey Callahan, Michael Rundle, Christina Fox, Isabel Hernandez, Meredith Recker, JoAnna Dillon and Amber Mataczzynski.

Rev. Marvin McLaurin once again drew thunderous applauses from  those in attendance at the Excel Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This marks the third year that Rev. McLaurin has inspired attendees. Loras students recited portions of speeches from Dr. King, Mrs. Fannie Hamer, and others. Mayor Keeton provided the welcome, Rev. Willie Jones provided scripture, Rev. Melvin Moore provided prayer, Rev. Sylvester McKee shared musical thoughts and Randy Grant provided beautiful spiritual music. Special thanks to Mistress of Ceremony Pauline Bryant, Sisters Eileen and Pat, Marie Harmon and Diane Herring.

We enjoyed the Ninth Year Anniversary of Pastor Sheldon and Regina Thomas held at the Little Rock M. B. Church on Sunday, January 27th. The theme, “A Pastor Guided by Love”, was reflected in the message by speaker Rev. James Carson, pastor of Mt. Hope M. B. Church. Sho’4 Real Ministries Choir members reflected much love and appreciation for the honoree. Jimmy Robinson was the program guide and Ms. Mattye Evans provided the welcome and occasion. Other program participants included Mr. and Mrs. Vernard Murrell, Mrs. Dorothy Brown, and Mrs. Eddie Mae Carson.  Pastor Thomas and wife, Mrs. Regina Thomas thanked the church members, guests and community for their unwavering support over the past 9 years.  Following the program, a delicious meal was served in the reception room.

Pastor William J. Flowers of the New Friendship M. B. Church in Walnut Grove was installed during Pastoral Installation Service Sunday, January 27th. Pastor Anthony Robinson of St. John Baptist Church of Newton was the guest speaker.  Other pastors participating in this service, where the theme was “A Charge to Keep I Have”, were Pastors Dewayne Bloodsaw, Larry Weathers, A. D. Lewis, Willie E. Jones, James Mosley, Henry Patrick, and Dr. Bernard Mitchell. Music was provided by the choirs from Saint John and New Friendship.  A delicious meal was enjoyed in the Truelight Community Center.

Pastor Ralph James of the Mt. Moriah M. B. Church celebrated his First Anniversary as pastor and was honored by his church members and community Sunday, January 27th.  Rev. Arthur Sutton of Progressive M. B. Church in Jackson was the guest speaker and he addressed the theme “Here I Am.” Mrs. Pamela Bank was the mistress of ceremony.  Other program participants were Mr. and Mrs. Elmer (Debra) Lowery, Mesdames Jackie Evans, Courtni Sutton, and Clotee Lee.  Music was provided by the Mt. Moriah Choir. Pastor Ralph and Mrs. Sharmelitta James expressed appreciation for the love, support and appreciation program. A delicious meal was enjoyed by all at the Fellowship Hall.

Happy birthday greetings to February babies who are gearing up to celebrate their special day during the first week, namely, Shelia Youngblood Brown (1), Clara Harper Jaynes and Roy Lowery (2), Sophia Clark (6),  and Jasmine Gray (7).

The St. Michael Martha and Mary Ministry will meet the first Tuesday in February (5th) at 6:00 at the Parish Hall. 

Stakeholders in Legacy’s SAVE OUR YOUTH THROUGH COMMUNITY ACTION (SOYTCA) will meet Monday, February 4th at Slaughter Library.

Answer to Quiz Teaser # 480:   Slaughter Library/Legacy  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Walk Marshals include Girl Scout Troop # 3205, Datodrick Pinkston, Robert and Martha Kincaid, Jerry Smith, Forest Sanitation Workers, Charles Warnsley, Donny and Ronny Barrett, Revs. Joe Dyer, Ludrick Cameron and Henry Patrick, Eddie Graffee and Paul Hughes, Ester Perry, Rita Parker, Susie Hudson, Rev. Willie Thigpen, Martha Reed and Barbara Ormond.

Quiz Teaser # 481: Which Scott County centenarian, who recently transitioned, encouraged all to “take the high road, when enemies take the low road?” This was her message in life and with her Green Grove U. M. Church family.