Slaughter Library/Legacy Foundation

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,

Legacy’s Save Our Youth Forums Kick Off at Bettye Mae Jack

We are sorry to learn of the death of Mr. Willie George Gammage Johnson, local carpenter, who passed Tuesday, November 7th in Jackson shortly after surgery. A beautiful memorial service was held Saturday, November 11th at New Bethel M. B. Church with Rev. Larry Reed, Sr., officiating and delivering the eulogy.  Mrs. Susie Boyd was the mistress of ceremony and other program participants included Revs. Willie Ray Pinkston, Willie Robinson, and DeWayne Gammage, and special tributes from his bother Michael Gammage and niece Shawanda Alfred.   Our prayers are with his family especially his children, Lorenzo, Reggie and Siedah. Evans Memorial Funeral Home was in charge.
We are sorry to learn of the death of Dr. Daniel Gambrell who transitioned Wednesday, November 8th in Houston, TX where he resided with his daughter. Family hour and graveside services were held Friday, November 10th at Highland Park Cemetery in Hattiesburg. Dr. Gambrell served the Forest and Scott County communities  for more than 15 years from his medical office across from Lackey Memorial Hospital until his health caused him to retire. We applaud the services of Dr. Gambrell to our community and our prayers are with his family.
We are sorry to learn of the death of Rev. Nathaniel Robinson, former pastor at New Bethel M. B. Church (for 38 years) and Moderator of Third New Hope District. He passed Friday, November 10th and memorial arrangements are incomplete. Our prayers are with his family.
We are sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. Ernestine Johnson Jones who passed Friday, November 10th .  Memorial services are scheduled for Wednesday, November 15th at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Carmel M. B. Church.  Ott & Lee is in charge of arrangements. Our prayers are with her family, especially her children.  
Special thanks to those persons supporting the Legacy Mentoring Parents Harvest Bazaar and Sidewalk Sale.  Community support is very much appreciated and special thanks to those parents and volunteers who made this venture a success.  The homemade baked goods sold before they could be displayed and special thanks to those who cooked these delicious goodies.  Another fundraiser involving baked goods, chicken and fish plates is scheduled during the first two weeks in December.  Additional details will follow.  Thanks again!!!!!
Please continue to remember our readers who are facing health challenges, and add Ms. Odesssa Robertson in your prayers as she recuperates at the home of her niece, Patricia Walker.
We enjoyed visiting with Legacy board member Marlo Perry, former Buffalo Bills professional, who was home visiting his mother, Mrs. Ester Perry and family, and school mates at Jackson State University during homecoming.  While here, he joined the Health Is Wealth and Historical Society luncheon at the Slaughter Library.  He also spoke with Legacy Hawkins 7th grade Male Mentees Monday, November 6th and encouraged them to put forth their best foot at all times.  Later, he  spoke to the entire 8th grade class and encouraged them to start now building their portfolios.  We appreciate his investment in our youth!  Perry is director of the Buffalo, NY Upward Bound and Mentoring Program. We salute him!
Congratulations to Forest natives Patricia Watkins Bennett and Constance Slaughter-Harvey on their recent honors by the Metro Jackson Black Women Lawyers Association (MJBWLA) Thursday, October 18th during their First Annual Soiree held at Bravo’s in Highland Village in Jackson.
Morton students, teachers and administrators at Bettye Mae Jack Middle School participated in the Legacy’s Save Our Youth Through Community Action School Forum which focused on Students and Law Enforcement Officers. Participating in the forum were Mentors Shonnette Kelley, Andrew Crudup, Elmer Lowery, Roy Lowery, and Roosevelt State Park Manager Andre’ Hollis;  Police Chiefs Will Jones (Forest) and Nicky Crapps (Morton); School Attendance Officer Octavia Kincaid; and Constance Slaughter-Harvey who moderated the forum.  She was introduced by BMJ principal Miles Porter. Superintendent Tony Magee was also on the panel. Student interaction was extremely positive and the questions were right on point.  Forum panel participants received a rousing ovation.
Prior to the forum, panelists were treated to a delicious feast prepared by Mr. Christian. We suggested he open a restaurant to assist in educational budget cuts.  Thanks to Principal Porter and Mr. Christian for a delectable meal and great hospitality!!!
Carolyn Knowles and daughter, Heather Darby, participated in the Michael Rubenstein Kidney Walk last Saturday in Jackson and Heather made it to the Winner’s Circle.  Congratulations!
November birthdays Tyesha Smith, Keilan Ware, Kaeon Robinson and Lavetta Van Buren (21), Marquita Patrick (23), James W. Crudup (24), Dorothy Mae Jones and Brett Hollingsworth (25), Louella McConnell and Emmitt Melvin (26),  Rev. Henry Patrick and Ephraim Ringo (27), and Dr. Selika Sweet, Hallie Milsap and Francis Patrick (30).
Answer to Quiz Teaser #430  :  Mr. Robert C. Johnson, a graduate of Sherman Hill High School, was the first African American to serve as U. S. Postmaster in Scott County.
Quiz Teaser #431:  Who was the first African American physician to establish a practice here in Forest?
 

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