Slaughter Library/Legacy FoundationBy CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,
to community mentors and volunteers
Please continue to remember our readers who are facing health challenges as well as those who have recently lost loved ones. Our prayers are with them.
Legacy Mentoring Parents met Sunday, November 26th at the Slaughter Library to finalize plans for the remainder of the 2017-18 school term. Expressions of appreciation were voiced for persons who supported their Annual Harvest Bazaar and Sidewalk Sale.
They also shared their appreciation for the mentors who work with their daughters on a weekly basis at the Hawkins Middle School, namely, Mesdames Shonnette Kelley (5th grade girls), Dorothy Strong and Verna Myers (6th grade girls), and Constance Burwell and Dorothy Pinkston on substitute basis. Expressions of appreciation were also made for the Hawkins Middle School boys’ mentors, Andrew Crudup and Henry Slaughter. Special thanks to all mentors including Bound to Excel Andre’ Hollis, Jody Matheny, Elmer Lowery and Roy Lowery.
Hats off to MS State and Forest High School graduate Tamu Green of SR1 (Scientific Research) and Jackson State University graduate Donte Jones of Families First for investing in our community’s youth through enhancement programs and networking with the public-school system. Their investments are reaping dividends and for this, our community is grateful. Character education is as essential as academic education and these two energetic leaders, and their staffers, are very much appreciated. These are examples of saving our youth through community actions. Thanks!
Special thanks to Mrs. Beverly Youngblood for her contributions to the Legacy Book Cart Project Library in memory of her daughter, Valerie Youngblood who was one of the original Slaughter Scouts.
Rev. Henry Patrick and wife, Marquita, celebrated his 70th birthday at their home Sunday, November 26th. Those attending this birthday party, hosted by his son, Lester Patrick from TX, were grandchildren, Tony, Denise and Makayla Patrick, Marcus and Aundrea Lee and family, Patricia Patrick and Lakeisha and Lisa Lee from LA, Octavius Patrick from Newton, Darlene Spivey, Valerie Turner, Mahagony, Jeremy and Brittany Spivey and children, Breland, Braylen and Brielle, Annette McClendon, J. L. Patrick, and Kevin and Miracle Battle of Forest. Happy belated birthday Rev. Patrick and thanks for investing in our youth!
The SCTS/ETHHS Alumni Association Planning Meeting was held Sunday, November 26th at the Odessa Graves Building with Vice President Cynthia Melton presiding and welcoming members. Secretary Marquita Patrick read minutes of last meeting and Treasurer Carolyn Knowles provided the financial report. Douglas Barber provided the closing prayer. During the meeting, members revisited matters including date of reunion being Friday, July 13th through Sunday, July 15, 2018; theme is “Turning Back the Hands of Time to the 70’s;” and location being the E. T. Hawkins Middle School.
Friday night’s entertainment will be “One Man Band” of Hattiesburg. Other members present were Nettie Ware, Ernest Love and Minnie Holifield. The next meeting is the 4th Sunday in February, 2018 at the Odessa Graves Building. Thanks to Forest Housing Authority Director Maxie Rasco for use of the building.
Constance Slaughter-Harvey enjoyed spending the weekend at the home of Attorney/Philanthropist Victor and Mercedes McTeer in Greenville and especially enjoyed the retreat with young Delta lawyers. Constance and Tre’ Burwell were also in attendance and were special guests of her friend, Mrs. McTeer.
Our readers are reminded of the Annual Legacy/Slaughter Library Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Walk Monday, January 15th which will start at the Slaughter Library and Legacy Building Complex at 8:00 a.m. Cars, trucks and floats will be judged and winners will receive prizes and medals. Please mark your calendars to participate in this annual family and community event.
Concord M. B. Church family members invite readers to share Christmas joy during their Christmas Program to be held Sunday, December 17th. Additional details will follow.
Birthday greetings to babies born during the second week in December, namely, KaJarvis Amos (11), Robert Nelson (12), Amos Holifield (13), Phyllis Stephens (14), Chris Curry, Clarice Bell and Nancy Faulkner (16), Sister Beata Reiser and Raquel Hollingsworth (17), Tomeka Smith, James "Nick" Davis and James (Tre') Burwell (20), Chad Jones (21), Betty Laster and Victomasi Robinson (23), Christopher Ficklin and Verna Myers (24), William Brown (26), Rakethea Coleman (27), Stephanie York Rhodes and Andy Sistrunk (28), Susie Jackson Boyd, Carolyn Fuqua and Patsy Brady (30), and Bobbie Ringo (31).
Answer to Quiz Teaser # 433: Malcolm Marlo Perry, son of Ester Patrick Perry and the late Jordan Perry, was the first Scott County athlete to be drafted by the National Football League. Congratulations to Mrs. Charity Robinson and Ms. Louise Gray for the correct response.
Quiz Teaser # 434: Which Scott County United Methodist pastor was very active in the civil rights movement, and personally witnessed the debate between Senator John Stennis and Attorney General Robert Kennedy?