Members of the MS Central State Troopers coalition gather at the Legacy/Slaughter Library

Our prayers are with the family of Mrs. Christine Ousley Gore who made the transition on Thursday November 11th. Memorial services were held on Monday, November 15 at the WF Mapp Funeral Home Chapel. Please keep his family, especially his children, in your prayers.

Our prayers are with the Debra Patrick family in their loss. Ms. Patrick transitioned on November 10 at UMMC. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 20. Please remember his family in your prayers, especially his children, Kedra, Temikia, Natasha, Candace and Vanzosha, and his sisters, Leria, Jeanette, Mary and Barbara. Mrs. Patrick is remembered as a loving and caring mother who never met a stranger. Evans Memorial Funeral Home has been entrusted with its final arrangements.

Our prayers are with the family of Mrs. Yvonne Simpson Wallace who transitioned Nov. 9 to Jackson. Memorial services were held on Monday, November 15 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral. Please keep her family, especially her husband, former Rep. Tom Wallace, and her children in your prayers.

We are sorry to learn of Mrs. Janice LaJune Jackson-Vails’ transition. Our prayers are extended to his family. A graduate of Tougaloo College, student activist and member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, she was a member of the now famous Tougaloo Nine. She and eight other Tougaloo students organized and participated in sit-ins at segregated public institutions in Jackson, MS. Upon her recent death, she was a retired Associate Dean of the University of MO’s College of Arts and Sciences. Our prayers are with his family, especially his daughter, Gbassa (Elvis) Santana.

Our prayers continue to be with our readers who are dealing with health issues, especially Bonnie Russell Hodge, LaToya McClendon, Tommie Joe Wash, Julian Parker, Gail Lee, Fannie Bradford, Lamar Gatewood, Mitch and Mary Nichols, Flo Chambers , Mae Jane Kimble, John Lee Evans, Minister Helen Reed Aikens, Anthony “Pee Wee” Jones, Elaine Thomas, London Thompson and other readers dealing with health issues.

Belated birthday greetings to Mrs. Belsy Ruiz who celebrated her special day on November 13 with her family including her husband Ruben, children and grandchildren. They celebrated in Jackson with all the frills.

Members of the MS Central State Troopers Coalition held their quarterly meeting at the Legacy/Slaughter Library on Wednesday, November 10. They received a county welcome through Board of Supervisors Chair Jackie Bradford, welcoming remarks from Morton Mayor Gerald Keeton, a law enforcement welcome from Forest Police Chief Will Jones and welcoming remarks from Ward Alderman I Yolanda White, in the ward whose event took place.

Constance Slaughter-Harvey, who was counsel in the Morrow v. Crisler, greeted the soldiers on behalf of Legacy and the Slaughter Library. Former Private Richard O. (RO) Williams, one of the first three African Americans to graduate and complete the Highway Patrol Training Academy in 1972, presided over the welcoming portion of the event. Also in attendance were retired soldiers Walter Crosby and Lewis Younger who were the other two African American soldiers who graduated from the Academy. These three soldiers received a standing ovation for their bravery and leadership. We join in the applause and greetings of these three former MS Highway Safety Patrolmen, a/k/a, MS State Troopers.

After the welcome session, the Cavalier conducted business, under the guidance of former MCSTC President James Gunter, in the library’s boardroom. At the end of their meeting, they were treated to a delicious homemade feast prepared by Legacy volunteers Nytezia Donald, Wanda Pinkston, Arnedral Pinkston, Betty Jo Laster, Adrena Pinkston and Mary Clark. Thanks to these ladies and other volunteers, Roy Pinkston, James “Tre” Burwell, Dorothy Pinkston and Andrew Crudup. Welcome and appreciation legacy bags were provided courtesy of Save Our Youth shareholders through Community Action. The Coalition has a standing invitation to return to Forest and Scott County.

Prof. Adolfo Suarez Pasillas shared a beautiful homily with the parishioners of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. He encouraged us to beware of people who predict the day of Jesus’ return. No one but our Father knows the time and place of Jesus’ return. He also reminded us that we need not be afraid of Jesus Christ and that we must live as Christians. If we do, then we should be happy when Jesus comes back to earth. He referred to Matthew 24:8, Mark 13:8 and John 16:21. In our lives there may be terrible suffering, but in the end there is absolute happiness. Both Daniel and Jesus seek to encourage us to remain faithful even in the face of torment, for new life can spring from such suffering. Suffering is a reality in every life. How do we support it? Does it break us? Or do we come out of it new people, more sensitive and more understanding?

Reverend Sheldon Thomas, pastor of Little Rock MB Church, delivered his sermon titled “Your breakthrough is determined by your build”. His scriptures referenced were 1 Chronicles 14:8-11 and Philippians 4:6. In life, we must build our breakthrough as David did. He defeated a bear, a lion, a giant named Goliath, and then an army. David always sought God in these cases. We should always make room for all that we believe and believe God is doing in our lives. We have to make room in our schedule, our heart, our mind, our marriage, our home, our finances, our work, etc. If you make room for God, He will fill it for you. Don’t worry about it, pray about it and thank God about it. We learn to trust God’s process, because you cannot progress without process! The breakthrough is gradual and then sudden. Your breakthrough is on the way!!

The Scott County Alumni Section of Alcorn State University (ASU) recently held its scholarship fundraiser. Their special thanks to local businesses for funding a raffle that helped achieve their goal. Supporting companies were Citizens Bank, Vowell’s Marketplace, Walmart, Tri-County Insurance/Representative Tom Miles and Bailey Education Group. The draw for the scholarship fund tickets took place at their regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 9 at the Forest Services Center. The raffle winners were: 1st place $200 cash was Tynisha McDonald; 2nd place $100 cash was Kim Patrick; 3rd place Vowell’s $50 gift card was Michael Williams; and 4th place in the $50 Walmart gift card was Step Granderson. Thank you all for purchasing tickets and helping local alumni to promote and contribute to the development of our youth. The chapter officers are President Charles Longmire, Vice Presidents Marcus Holbert and Wayne Kincaid, Secretary Nettie Ware, Treasurer Linda Youngblood, Assistant Secretary Peggy Sanders, Chaplain Greg Nicks, and Past President Reverend Johnny Qualls. Thanks also to Mattye Evans who helped lead the promotion of the Scholarship Fund. The next scheduled meeting is Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Forest Service Center.

Well done and congratulations to Jackson State University for hosting the Football Eastern Division Conference (SWAC). They defeated Southern University (Baton Rouge) on Saturday with a score of 21 to 17! Path to follow!!

Happy birthday to babies born between November 20 and Thanksgiving, namely Tyesha Smith, Keilan Ware and Lavetta Van Buren (21), Marquita Patrick and Abraham Perez (23) and Brett Hollingsworth and Jacendic Nicks (25).

Answer to Quiz Teaser #644: Mr. Albert Moore, owner of a laundry/cleaner, and Mr. Anderson Robinson, logger/plumber and father of 12 children, were both veterans of the Second World War. We salute them and other veterans! Thanks to Ms. Susie Boyd for providing the correct answer. The Legacy Interview Collection contains recordings and interviews with these men.

Quiz Teaser #645: What did these men have in common? NC Eiland, WL Slaughter, John Kennedy, Jordan Perry, William Brown, Carl Lucas, McKinley Kincaid and Marvin Morgan.

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