Slaughter Library/Legacy Foundation

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,

 

Community sends farewell tributes to Mrs. Sammie Rigsby

Our community is saddened by the death of parent/teacher advocate Mrs. Sammie Rigsby who transitioned Thursday, February 1st. Mrs. Sammie, as she was affectionally called, was the first Hawkins High School PTA president and continued to make her mark in the educational field.  Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 10th,  at 11:00 at her church, Lynch Chapel U. M.  Public viewing is Friday at 11:00 and family hour is 6-7 p.m. at Mapp Funeral Home.  Please keep her family, especially her children, Jeriece, Joyce and Eddie James, in your prayers.

Our prayers are with Miracle Battle and family with the loss of her father, Ivory Lee Holmes, who transitioned January 20th.  Memorial services were held Saturday, February 3rd at Mapp Funeral Home. Rev. George Macon officiated and delivered the eulogy.  Program participants were Somer Moore, Barbara Pinkston, Derrick Loper, Brenda McCullum and Rev. Melvin Moore.  Please keep his family in your prayers.

We are sorry to learn of the death of Forest native, Roy Lee Thomas (E. T. Hawkins High School class of 1957) who passed January 31st at his home in Glens Fall, NY.  Our prayers are with his family, especially his wife, Altemese, and children, Rev. Sandra Riley, Michael Thomas and Mark (Ines) and siblings, Bernice Hayes, Gladys Harris, Emma Reed, Johnny, Albert, Henry, Gina Turner, Deroy, Jr., Carolyn and Delores Nelson. Please keep his family in your prayers.

Beautiful memorial services were held for Mesdames Maude Jones, Geneva Sims and Mary Ella Battle.

 Rev. Lee E. Crosby officiated and delivered the eulogy for 105-year-old Mrs. Sims at Galilee M. B. Church Wednesday, January 31st. Program participants included Marvia Roberson, Revs. Allen Cook and Walter Patrick, Woodrow Cox, Sr., Clark Cox and Solomon Union Singing Convention. Among her many gifts were sewing, gardening and quilting.  Our prayers continue to be with her family. 

Rev. Sheldon Thomas officiated and delivered the eulogy for 102-year-old Mrs. Maude Dessie Holifield Jones at Little Rock M. B. Church.  Program participants included Linda Simpson, R. C. Williams, Revs. Jessie Sanders and Jimmie Sanders, and Greg Nicks. An avid gardener for many years, she had a passion for planting and raising crops which she shared with others. Our prayers continue to be with her family.

Mrs. Battle’s memorial was held at Greater Deliverance COGIC Saturday February 3rd with Minister Vernada Pinkston officiating and delivering the eulogy.  Program participants included Kim Watts and Ramona Singleton. Mrs. Battle was always full of joy and greeted us with a smile. Our prayers are with her children, Mavis Johnson, Bobby (Melissa) Lewis, Michael (Tonya) Lewis, Samuel and Gary Battle.                 

Please continue to remember our readers who are still facing health challenges. Mrs. Flo Chambers continues to receive therapy at MS Care Center; Mrs. Beverly Hollingsworth is recuperating at home; Angel Martinez, Ray Walker, Denise Jones, Nancy Hughes, Lorenzo Pinkston, Bobby Joe Pinkston, Dorothy Buckley Hayes, Laura Jackson, Barbara Nicks, Abraham Buckley, and others.

Slaughter Library Relay for Life Team Captain Cynthia Melton reports that the team’s tentative theme is “20 Years: Celebrating, Honoring and Remembering since 1998.” She also reports that the official date for the Scott County Relay for Life has not been determined and that details will be published as they become available.  Team member recognitions will be published and fundraisers will be announced.  She thanks the community for 20 years of support.

Scott County Democrats joined other Democrats at the Hamer-Winter Banquet where the guest speaker was newly elected U. S. Senator Doug Jones from Alabama. Representing Scott County were Ralph and Henrietta Peterson, Comadell Williams, Robert Jennings, Jackie and Dorothy Bradford, Carolyn Knowles, Bingham Moncrief, and Representative Tom Miles. Forest native Rev. Rob Hill brought the invocation.  It was a wonderful event and the hospitality was great!

Members of the SCT/ETHHS Alumni Association are reminded of the Planning Meeting to be held Sunday, February 11th at 4:00 at the Odessa Graves Building.

The Concord M. B. Church family invites our readers to their Annual Black History Program Sunday, February 25th at 1:00.  Rev. Henry Patrick is the pastor.

February babies celebrating their special days for the remaining weeks include Andrae Ward and Shirley Harper (8), Tyailieka “Tye” Lay, Abdu Clark and Carolyn Macon  (9), Antonia Pinkston and Patrina Massey (10), Daviyah Mayers (11), Teselyn Melton Funches (12), Keyara Bunkley, Ralph Johnson and Mercedes Bloodsaw (13), Evany Gray (14), Myoshia Myers and Jimmy Butler (15), Heather Knowles Darby (16), Alexis Gore and Renee Reyes (17), Thomas Colbert, Sheena Evans and Jessie Morgan (18), Letonia Johnson (20), Latrevius “Tre” Pinkston (21), Maryah Ealy (24), Betty Jones, Dorothy Buckley, Richard Stingley, Loretta Brown, Brian Kimble, and Alexus Rasco (28).

Answer to Quiz Teaser # 442: Herman Patrick was the first African American Scott County office holder when he was elected Beat 5 Constable on November 4, 1975. He transitioned January 23, 2018.

Black History Quiz Teaser 2018-1 – Which native Mississippian is the second African American woman neurosurgeon?