Hello readers, I'm back home. I thank all of you for your patience during my time away from my desk.
As you know, I've been helping my brother-in-law, David Ivey, with our sister Marie, who sustained a nasty fall in June. She's been pretty bad off from the onset, however, now she's still not out of the woods from her fall. It'll be a while before that'll happen, her doctors are sure that she'll be on the up and up very soon. David retired now in order to be at home to help her complete her healing process. Please keep them in your thoughts and in your prayers.
So much has happened while I was away. We've lost several dear friends and family over these past weeks. These families are in our prayers for their recent loses: Isiah Davidson (who lost his wife Dorothy), the Teamer family, the Foster family, the Hopper family, and the Harber family (Katerene of Jamestown).
Katerene was very special to me, I called her "TT." She was 90 years young, very beautiful and a strong community activist as well as a devoted wife (of the late James Harber), and a loving mother, grandmother, great as well as great-great-grandmother. Sister to Leslie and Iv Lee of East St. Louis, Ill.
Her home-going services were held on Saturday, Aug. 2 at St. Stephens Baptist in Covington. The Rev. O. Pearl Andrews, pastor of God's Grace Gospel Church in Jamestown, officiated. Bright Hill's choir sang beautifully and her pastor, Gary Sanders, also of Bright Hill, read from the Old Testament scripture. The Rev. Romel Andrews of Elam Baptist Church in Ripley, read from the New Testament and North Star's Rev. Steven Miller Sr. had words of comfort for the family. A loved repast was held for the family at Bright Hill following the burial at Dickens Cemetery in Jamestown. Let us keep Jerome and Gloria, Addie and Danny Johnson, Sarah and Charles Lyons, Georgia Ruth and James Jordan, and all of their families, including Ken Irving and his lovely wife and children from Georgia in prayer. Ken played football several years ago in the NFL. He married Katerine's granddaughter, Liddie, who is her son Danny's daughter. A special thanks to Barlow Funeral Home, St. Stephens and Pastor L. McGarity, Rev. O. Pearl Andrews, GGGC, Rev. Gary Andrews, her church family, Rev. G. Sanders and Bright Hill.
Happy birthday to Barry Sherrill, Jack Armstrong, Maya Mosley, Adrian Nathaniel, Nellie Bell, Jerol Burton, Gwen Cook, Fran Young, Fon Hunter Jr., Pam Cobbs (had fun on the Bahama cruise), Daisha Evans, Janet Mosley, Mary Burton , Kenneth Irvin, Celia Lake, Brenda Bounds and Carl Burton Sr. Mamie Andrews, JaCinta Jones and Ethel White Hayes.
On our sick and prayer list, Ruth Alston, Bobbie Bennett, Rudolph Boykins, Eugene Baker, Mary Ballard, Minister Pink Sherrill Jr., Ruth Griffin, and Marie Powell Ivey, also for Saul Clark.
Dollie Boykins of Covington was July's hostess in the Jolly Corteria Club; a lovely repast was enjoyed by all of the ladies.
Congratulations to Jessie Cooke, who will be baptized this Sunday after a.m. service at God's Grace Gospel Church of Jamestown, Pastor O. Pearl Andrews will officiate. The public is invited. Services begin at 9 a.m.
This is all for now. Remember, "Don't ask for an easier life, ask instead to be a much stronger person!" Watch out for our children, it's another school year!
Until next time.