Slaughter Library/Legacy FoundationBy CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,
Head Start Awareness
Our prayers are with the family of Mrs. Laverne Spencer who transitioned Tuesday, October 31st and was memorialized Sunday, November 5th at Holifield Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Sheldon Thomas officiated and delivered the eulogy. Mrs. Susie Jackson was the mistress of ceremony and Ms. Charlene Youngblood also participated on the program. Mrs. Spencer retired from health home nursing in 2003. Please remember her family, especially her children, Nelson Moore, Lillian Bobbitt, Eddie Spencer and grandchildren, in your prayers.
The Forest community was well represented at the Homegoing Celebration for former Hawkins Middle School educator Kay Francis Morris Harper which was held Tuesday, October 31st at Anderson U. M. Church in Jackson. Rev. Joe May officiated and was assisted by Rev. Domini Henry. Program participants included Mrs. Harper’s sorority sisters, Dr. Laurie Smith Lawson and Constance Slaughter-Harvey. The Anderson U. M. Church choir blessed her life with sweet and beautiful melodies. Soror Harper was remembered Monday night at the Smith Mortuary Family Room during the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Omega Omega ceremony. We will surely miss Mrs. Kay Francis Morris Harper and our prayers are with her family especially her children and grandchildren.
Mr. Lenal Gray, former logger and timber man, was remembered Monday, October 30 at Green Grove U. M. Church with Rev. Dino Terrell officiating and Rev. Sheldon Thomas delivering the eulogy. Mrs. Bonnie Floyd Stowers was the program guide. Other program participants included Rev. Michael Gibson, Rev. Bobby McClendon, Mrs. Rita Parker, John Anderson, Roger Jones, and niece Ms. Rhonda Carter. Our prayers are with his family and please remember them in your prayers.
Please continue to remember our readers who are facing health challenges. It was good hearing from Mrs. Bonnie Russell Hodges who advised she was feeling better and again thanked readers for prayers.
We enjoyed the Annual Ushers’ Day Program held October 22nd at Concord M. B. Church where Rev. Henry Patrick is the pastor. Participants included Dorothy Pinkston, who introduced master/mistress of ceremony, Michael Walden and Gloria Crump. DaTodrick Pinkston introduced the Rev. Sheldon Thomas, who was the guest speaker. Other participants included Chris Macon, Mesdames Connie Stewart, Mosie Wash, Gerlisa Rodriguez, Tammy Johnson, Lisa Darby, Carolyn Macon and Rena Rodriguez. The message was challenging and most inspirational. The home cooked meal was delicious and the hospitality was great.
Local citizens, including parents, volunteers and elected/ appointed officials, joined the Forest Community Head Start family Tuesday, October 24th to participate in the celebration of the Head Start Awareness Program where the theme was “Revisiting the Mission, Building Momentum, Achieving Sustained Success.” Program participants included Program Guide Alicia Holder, and students Journee’ McBride, Kh’Niyah Holifielde, Johana Perez-Gomez, Amonds Johnson, Jacob Gomez, Lucas Gomez-Perez, Daniel Alonzo-Gregoria, Miquel Sebastina-Dia, JaKedrick Patrick, Omarrius Hill, Joshua McGee, Jeremy Lloyd, Braden Evans, Shamiya Johnson, Ava Patrick, Lydia Ducksworth, India Heard, Jakaynn Jones, Errius Brown, London Wilkins, Christopher Kyzar, Arkala Robinson, Madison Finderson, Aubry Davis, Daila Spivey, Cayden Jones, Iker Montoya-Martinez and Kirkland Carr.
Proclamations were presented to local city officials by JaZyria Coleman and Alderwoman Cynthia Melton accepted for Forest; Ariana Reese presented resolution to Morton Mayor Gerald Keeton; and Nayomi McClendon and Da’rira Dozier presented to Sebastopol and Lake whose officials were not present. Both Melton and Keeton expressed appreciation for the Head Start investment in our children. Other officials present were Circuit Clerk Becky Gray, Supervisor Jackie Bradford, Forest School officials Louvene Robinson and Phylis Campbell. Mesdames Sharon Grant and Maria Montalvan also participated in the celebration. Center Administrator Sheila Y. Brown thanked all in attendance and expressed appreciation for community support.
Our readers are reminded of the Concord M. B. Church invitation to participate in their Anniversary Memorial Services to be held this Saturday at noon at the Church, the Anniversary Banquet to be held Saturday, November 11th at Reach One on One, and the Anniversary Program Sunday, November 12th at 3:00 at the Church.
Legacy Mentoring Parents met Sunday, November 5th at the Slaughter Library to finalize plans for their upcoming Annual Harvest Bazaar and Side Walk Sale to be held this Friday and Saturday starting at 7 a.m. each morning. Cakes, pies, cookies, cupcakes, pickles, and other foods will be available in addition to linen, jewelry, furniture, clothes, furnishings, bath items, and other bargains. The proceeds will be used for Girls Mentoring Summer Trip Project.
Birthday greetings to babies born November 11th – 19th, namely, Demarcus Pol, Sherrie Spivey, Michelle Odom and Jami Johnson,(11), Brycen Smith and Tiarra Futch (12), Justin Mapp, Angela Moore, Teresa Walton, Benny McCurdy, and Stella Smith (14), Keilan Ragland (15) Keyidra Jones, Ronald Burks, and Kaneisha Hunt, (17), Brittany McClendon and Brian Major (19). Enjoy your special day!
Answer to Quiz Teaser # 429: Mr. Anderson Robinson is the World War II Air Force veteran father of 12 children. He still enjoys reflecting on his contributions at his Trenton Road in Forest.
Quiz Teaser # 430: Who was the first African American U. S. Postmaster in Scott County and from which Scott County school did he graduate?