Slaughter Legacy Honored

Forest Alderman W. L. and Mrs. Olivia Kelley Slaughter Honored (Posthumously) by Jackson Tougaloo Alumni Club

Family, co-workers, associates and friends of the late Alderman W. L. Slaughter and Mrs. Olivia Kelley Slaughter paid tribute to them Tuesday, December 26 at the Jackson Hilton, County Line Road.  Alderman Slaughter was Forest’s first African American Alderman; principal and coach as well as athletic conference commissioner and NAACP president.  Mrs. Slaughter was a poet, librarian, educator, Citizen of the Year, and Scott County Times columnist. Together they opened and operated the Six Cees Superette.

This Slaughter Legacy was highlighted and the Six Cees (Slaughter daughters) were honored, including Dr. Cheryl Ellis, Attorney Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Charlotte Moman, Alderwoman Cynthia Melton, Dr. Clarice Bell and Carolyn Fuqua.

Ellis, Slaughter-Harvey, Moman and Melton attended Tougaloo College as did three of their grandchildren, Attorney Teselyn Funches, Constance Olivia Burwell, and Attorney Jenny Moman.  The special event was well attended especially in light of the cold rainy weather and Scott County was well represented.

Tougaloo College representatives President Beverly Hogan and Alumni Director Doris Bridgeman expressed appreciation to the Slaughter legacy for continued support of the College.  Alumni Chapter President James Smith and Coordinator Carolyn White thanked the Slaughter family for their support of the Chapter’s efforts to raise scholarship funds in memory of their parents. Daughters Slaughter-Harvey and Moman expressed appreciation on behalf of the Slaughter Legacy.

Among those locals attending were Morton Mayor Gerald Keeton and Alderwoman Oneida Hollis-Laster, Forest Election Commissioner Dorothy Pinkston, County Democratic Vice Chair Carolyn Knowles, Susie Jackson Boyd, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Slaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer (Debra) Lowery, Andrew Crudup, Stephanie Rhodes and daughters Amy and Ashley, Mr. and Mrs. Ronny (Rosie) Barrett, Barbara Horton Longmire and Willie Horton, Bettye Anne Lovelady, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin (Bonnie Russell) Hodge, Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. James (Constance Olivia) Burwell, II and James, III, and  Mr. and Mrs. Reginald (Teselyn Melton) Funches and Caelyn and Courtney.

Locals supporting through ad tributes were City of Forest Mayor and Alderpersons, Sheriff Mike (Nicole and Marygrace) Lee, Circuit Clerk Becky (Billy) Gray, Alderman James Bo Clark, Henrietta Horton family, Bennie and Cordelia Harris family, Arnold and Lucille Lovelady family, William and Lillian Gray family, Eugene and Addie Russell family, Percy Rogers and Mattie Helen Williams family,

Concord M. B. Church, Marquita Crudup Patrick (Slaughter Glue Poem), The Scott County Times, Committee for a Progressive Scott County, Slaughter Subdivision Homeowners Association, Election Commissioner Roy Pinkston and family, School Board Member Greg Nicks, Forest Election Commissioner Dorothy Pinkston and family, Rita Parker, Bank of Forest, Community Bank, Dr. Marshall Longmire, Dr. John Paul and Mrs. Boo Lee, Dick Molpus,

Slaughter Library Relay for Life Team, Evany Gray, MAP Head Start Alumni Association, Scott Palmer Insurance, East Central Tougaloo Alumni Chapter, Nu Pi Zeta of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Hawkins Class of 1966, Evans Memorial Funeral Home, Melvin and Bonnie Hodge, Representative Tom Miles, Edgar and Josephine Douglas, Dr. Chris Gilmer, Sid and Leilani Salter, James, Rev. J. F. McRee, James, Constance and James, III Burwell, Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation, Inc., Slaughter-Harvey Law Firm, and The OLIVIA Group,

Congratulations to the W. L. and Olivia Kelley Slaughter Legacy! Photos and program may be viewed at Legacy Education and Community Empowerment Foundation, Inc. Facebook pages.