Our prayers are with the family of Mr. Jamal McBride, son of Mrs. Jackie McBride and the late Ananias McBride, Sr. He passed away September 26 and will be memorialized Saturday, October 8 at 1:00 a.m. at Sherman Hill UM Church. The public viewing will be Friday, October 7 from noon to 6 p.m. at Mapp Funeral Home. Please remember his family in your prayers, especially his mother and siblings Ananias McBride, Jr., Alsherea McBride, Corean McBride, Anaiasia McBride, Elisha Harden and Donna Beamon. Mapp Funeral Home has been entrusted with its final arrangements.
Please keep the family of the late Mrs. Lula Bell Donald in your prayers. She transitioned on September 19 and was memorialized on Tuesday, September 27 at Mt. Olive MB Church. The mistress of ceremonies was Sis. Latonia Lewis and other participants in the program were pastors Aaron Wilson and Travis Cox, ministers Moore, Danielle Robinson and Scottie Tyrone and Sis. Marie Pickett. Apostle Robert Johnson delivered his eulogy. Please remember his family in your prayers, especially his children. Holifield Funeral Home has been entrusted with its final arrangements.
We join other jazz lovers and fellow fans of the late Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, Jr. in paying tribute to his life and legacy. He died September 12 at the age of 87 in Chicago. He was a Grammy-winning pianist and keyboardist who had major pop success in the 1960s with “The ‘In’ Crowd” and was a pivotal figure in combining jazz with electronic music and other styles. . We also remember “Summer Breeze”, “Wade in the Water” and his album “Salongo” which will become pillars of what will end up being labeled “acid jazz”.
Our prayers continue to be with our readers facing health issues, namely Julian Parker, Lewis Joseph, Bonnie Russell Hodge, Don Bell, LaToya McClendon, Rev. Henry and Marquita Patrick, Gail Lee, Lucy V. Moore, Kitty Colbert, Sidney Ellis, Sammie Jean Webb, Anderson “Yellow” Stingley, Dorothy Mae Patrick Tigar, London Thompson, Melba Dixon, Mitch and Mary Nichols, Braxton Kelley, Scott Mangum , Lucille Flex, Laura Jackson, Roseann Lynn, Darryl McCurdy, Brandi Sharp, Beverly Hollingsworth, Eunice Slaughter, Viola Morgan, HT Smith, Jean Bates, Buddy Ellis, Tomi Reed Smith, Shirley Ratliff, Tommy Rankin and other readers facing health issues.
Members of Lynch Chapel UM enjoyed services on the first Sunday in October with the theme “Centered in the Love of Jesus”. Pastor Shirley Wilder challenged the members during her message. His referenced scripture was John 12:1-8. Following her message, she shared that she had recently spoken with member Bonnie Russell Hodge and said Mrs Hodge had indicated that she had been so blessed, appreciated the prayers and intended to speak to the members of the church with his special testimony.
Parishioners of St. Michael’s Catholic Church celebrated St. Michael’s Day in Gaddis Park with the father. Adolfo delivering a stimulating homily. He reminded us that he is a protector of each of us and of the Church. Then he commented on the gospel by raising this concern: how we so often act expecting a reward or at least a “thank you” even when we do things for free, we expect a thank you. But we forget that everything we have and are has been given to us – we owe everything we have for free. Over 400 parishioners celebrated at the park and all enjoyed the mass, the music, the fun and the variety of food. The three communities (Hispanic, English and Vietnamese) shared their special and indigenous cuisine, performed indigenous dances and enjoyed multicultural fun and hospitality.
Congratulations to James Meredith who was the first person of color to attend the University of MS (Ole MS) sixty years ago on October 2, 1962. Meredith was encouraged by the late Medgar Evers to attend the school after Evers was denied admission to law school. Meredith was honored at Saturday’s football game with a #62 football jersey indicating the year he started on campus. It was an interesting and historic occasion.
Congratulations to the University of MS (Ole Miss) Homecoming King, Kyle Gordon, son of Mrs. Gloria Hudson and the late Kendric Gordon, and nephew of Pamela Gordon. He escorted homecoming queen Eliza Peters. Kyle’s specialty is speech therapy and he is a self-taught photographer. We also salute Kyle for his practice of reading to children at Willie Price School.
During the month of October, we continued to recognize National Hispanic Month which began on September 15 and ends on October 15. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is recognized during the month of October. Other recognitions in October are National Be Nice Day (5th), National Do Something Nice Day (5th), National Forgiveness and Happiness Day (7th), Pastors Appreciation Day ( 9th), World Mental Health Day (10th) and Indigenous Peoples Day. . Additional acknowledgments will be shared in next week’s column.
Last month was National Suicide Prevention Month, but we encourage our readers to continue to be aware of the warning signs and symptoms that indicate someone may be struggling with suicidal thoughts. This sensitization should last throughout the year. In Mississippi, suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 24. This summer, the nationwide launch of 988 provides a new, easy-to-reach number for Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. For more information, call the Department of Mental Health Helpline at 1-877-210-8513 or visit the Mental Health Mississippi website at www.mentalhealthms.com. Special thanks to Wendy Bailey, Executive Director of the MS Department of Mental Health for sharing this information.
We enjoyed the performance of “Clue” at the New Stage Theater last month. It was based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn and was described as “A dinner with murder and blackmail on the menu”. The classic board game, Clue, has come to life; the play begins just before dinner on a dark, stormy night not far from Washington, DC, in 1954. The cast was wonderful and the suspense remained until the end.
Happy belated birthday to former Scott County Elections Commissioner coach Roy Pinkston, who celebrated his birthday Sept. 29 with family and friends. We appreciate the pro bono help this Legacy Changemaker provides. Happy Birthday Coach!!!
Congratulations to the MS State Bulldogs who beat the Texas A&M Aggies with a 42-24 victory on Saturday. The No. 11 University of MS (Ole Miss) Rebels picked up the win and beat No. 8 Kentucky with a 22-19 victory.
Happy birthday to babies born in the second week of October namely Kevin Battle, Charity Jones and Danny Cager (8), Bennie Faye Johnson (9), Alice York, Makeith Mack and Kyle Barnett (10), Raven Burks and Ruby Warnsely (11), Eric Guidry and Vivians Jack (12), and Chelsea Campbell, Crystal Ellis, Francis Richmond and Bobbie Sanders (14).
Answer to Quiz Teaser #689: Henry Slaughter, a graduate of Morehouse, is the first African-American resident of Scott County to retire as Regional Director of the IRS. He resides in Morton, with his wife Shirley, and is often seen riding his motorbike.
Quiz Teaser #690: Who is the first African American school nurse in Morton Public Schools?