Slaughter Library/Legacy Foundation

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,

Spirit of Sharing Program draws community support and participation

Our hearts are saddened by the death of Mr. Wilbert Beamon who passed Friday, January 12th. Our prayers are with his family, especially his wife, Mrs. Barbara Holifield Beamon, and children.  Memorial arrangements are incomplete.

Please continue to remember our readers who are under the weather, including Mrs. Beverly Hollingsworth who was transferred from UMMC to Lackey, and Mrs. Flo Chamber who was transferred from Baptist to Morton Care Center. We also remember Ray Walker, Mrs. Betty Holifield Mosley of Cleveland and Mrs. Beatrice Parker Washington.

We advise our readers to be careful in this weather since there appears to be an epidemic of flu and strep throat.  I appreciate the many calls and expressions of concern as I recover and thank you for your prayers.

Happy Founders Day to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated members who celebrated 105 years January 13th.  Sympathy to the sorors with the transition of two founders the day before, namely Frankie Freeman and Mona Bailey. 

Dr. Michael Patell, MSU Music Professor, wife, Sophie Kershaw and son, Trevor, entertained members and visitors at Lynch Chapel U. M. Church with beautiful music during the Classical Christmas Concert December 16th. Following the Concert, all enjoyed a delicious meal and warm hospitality.  Thanks to the Pastor Parish Relations Committee for donations and services during the luncheon, namely, Phylis Harper, Barbara Gray, Wilard Gray, Calvin Horton and Lawanda Parker.  Thanks also to the ladies for their help and assistance during the luncheon, namely Debra Fountain, Pearl Holifield, Mary and Breania Payton, Ramonda Patrick, Bernice Hayes, Minnie Williams and Minnie Holifield.  Thanks to Amos Holifield and Tonya Gray. Special thanks to Rita Wash of New Bethel for her famous delicious cabbage dish.  Cynthia Melton was the coordinator and Rev. Tony Ashford is the pastor.

Alcornites and guests danced and fellowshipped under the colored lights at the Forest Services Center Friday, December 22nd and it appears all in attendance enjoyed the festivities. More than 45 Alcornites and guests were in attendance and they dined and danced until the lights went out.  Charles Longmire was the coordinator and his committee members were Debra Crudup Lowery, Syretta Derricks, Vincent Solmon, Nettie Ware, Peggy Sanders and Patty Ward Odom.  It was a wonderful night of fun!!

Special Kudos to Channel 11 – WTOK anchorwoman Andrea Kersh Williams for coordination of the Second Annual Spirit of Sharing (S-O-S) program held Saturday, January 13th at Roosevelt State Park’s Livingston Auditorium.  It was an impressive turnout with many churches sharing their musical talents and donating non-perishable food and/or toiletry items. These items will be divided among the entities involved to distribute to those in need.

This year, there was an added feature thanks to Kia of Meridian.  A 2017 Kia was donated to a most deserving person who was nominated by Fresenius in Forest and selected by a panel of judges.  The recipient was Mr. Randy McClendon of Morton. He is a dialysis patient and did not have a car which meant he left home walking to the Forest center.  The car will be officially presented this Thursday, January 18th at the Kia of Meridian dealership at 10:00 a.m.

Program participants included Representative Tom Miles, Rhonda Rae, author of “Boost” from Quitman, Representatives from MS Rehabilitation Services, MS Department of Human Services and Multi-County Community Service Agency, and Marva McKinley from the MS Mass Choir who wowed the crowd when she sang “God Is Keeping Me.”  The mass choir performed beautiful and harmonious music and consisted of singers from local churches of all denominations!

Special thanks to Andrea Kersh Williams, WTOK-Channel 11, Kia of Meridian, Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation, Representative Tom Miles, Senator Terry Burton, The OLIVIA Group, Mapp Funeral Home, and Community Bank for sponsorships and donations. Thanks Mrs. Kersh-Williams for your investment in our youth! We appreciate our sponsors!!!!

The St. Michael Catholic Community paid tribute to Mrs. Flo Chambers and Pastor Joseph Dyer Sunday at the Crudup Ward Activity Center. This special retirement event will be highlighted in next week’s column. 

Congratulations to Mrs. Juanita Talley Grisle for winning first place in the W. L. Slaughter Subdivision Christmas Yard Decoration Contest.  Members of the Slaughter Subdivision Homeowners Association met Monday, January 8th to present the award and to conduct business.  President Carl Lamb presided with the following members present: Mae Lizzie Jones, Claudine Bell, Timothy Bricklee, Lena Glenn, Rita Wash, and Barbara Gray.  The next meeting is Monday, February 5th at 5:30 at the Slaughter Library.

Answer to Quiz Teaser #439:  Ashley Rhodes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dock (Stephanie) Rhodes is an American Airlines Computer Engineer and continues to provide assistance to Scott County youth.

Quiz Teaser #440:  Which Hawkins High School Class continues to invest in our community by supporting educational and community endeavors?  This class was also responsible for inviting national and state leaders such as Julian Bond, to address graduating seniors and their families.