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CLICK HERE TOFLASHBACKTo 1963 for a visit back to the 50s and 60s. Enjoy your visit.
Posted Tues., Jan. 23, 2007
Some of you are not fortunate enough to know what most of this is...
Close your eyes...And go back...
....Before the Internet or PC or the MAC......
....Before semi-automatics and crack....
....Before Playstation, SEGA, Super Nintendo, even before Atari...
....Before cell phones, CD's, DVD's, voicemail and e-mail....
I'm talkin' bout hide and seek at dusk
Red light, Green light
Red Rover....Red Rover..... Playing kickball & dodgeball until the first...no...second... no...third streetlight came on
Ring around the Rosie
Parents stood on the front porch and yelled (or whistled) for you to come home - no pagers or cell phones
Mother, may I?
Seeing shapes in the clouds
Endless summer days and hot summer nights (no A/C) with the windows open
The sound of crickets
Running through the sprinkler Happy Meals
Cereal boxes with that GREAT prize in the bottom
Cracker jacks with the same thing
Ice pops with 2 sticks you could break and share with a friend
Watchin' Sunday morning oldies (Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges)
Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos
Playing Dukes of Hazard
Catchin' lightning bugs in a jar
Your first day of school
Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses
Climbing trees Swinging as high as you could to try and reach the sky
Getting an Ice Cream off the Good Humor Truck
A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers
Jumpin' down the steps
Jumpin' on the bed
A 13" black and white TV in your room meant you were RICH
Runnin' till you were out of breath
Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt
Being tired from PLAYING
WORK: meant taking out the garbage or doing the dishes
Your first crush
Your first kiss (I mean the one that you kept your mouth CLOSED and your eyes OPEN
Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7UP" or hangman" in the classroom, Remember that?
Oh, I'm not finished yet....
Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer
So was a swig from the hose
Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars
Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school
Class Field Trips with soggy sandwiches
When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there
When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance; and another quarter a MIRACLE
When ANY parent could discipline ANY kid, or feed him, or use himto carry groceries...And nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it.
When your parents took you to McDonalds and you were COOL
When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared tothe fate that awaited you at home.Basically, we were in fear for our lives but it wasn't because ofdrive by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! And some ofus are still afraid of em!
Didn't that feel good? Just to go back and say, "Yeah, I rememberthat!"
Well, let's keep going!!
Let's go back to the time when...
Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo"
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!"
"Race issues" meant arguing about who ran the fastest.
Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "monopoly"
Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening
It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends.
Being old, referred to anyone over 20. (CRAP! I'm officially old!)
The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties.
Nobody was prettier than Mom
Scrapes and bruises were kissed by mom or grandma and made better
It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the "big people" rides at the amusement park.
Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true.
Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare"
Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.
The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team.
Water balloons were the ultimate, ultimate weapon.
Older siblings were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protector
If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!!
Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown up" life......I TRIPLE DOG DARE YA!!!!!!
Posted Mon., Mar. 5, 2007
Freeman's Barber Shop, a familiar landmark on Pantego Street has been demolished.
The Barber Shop was owned and operated by Chester D.
Freeman Sr for many years. Upon the retirement of
Mr. Freeman, the building was remodelled for use as a
Beauty Parlor and a two-room apartment. In recent years,
it was unoccupied.
This was the last of the landmark buildings in existence
on Pantego Street. The buildings housing Gibbs Grocery,
Mrs. Mag Gray's, Mr. John Thomas Whitaker's and
Hardy's Grocery have long been demolished. A Day
Care operated by the MidEast Commission of NC
is now located on the site of Gibbs Corner Grocery
and residential units are now located on some of the
other sites. The buildings that served as dance halls
have ceased to exist as well.
Have Fun (but no peeking!). If you forward to your friends, put your score in the box & let me know your score. Write your answers on a paper..........there are 20 questions...........
1. What builds strong bodies 12 ways? A. Flintstones vitamins B. The buttmaster C. Spaghetti D. Wonder Bread E. Orange Juice F. Milk G. Cod Liver Oil
2. Before he was Muhammed Ali, he was... A. Sugar Ray Robinson B. Roy Orbison C. Gene Autry D. Rudolph Valentino E. Fabian F. Mickey Mantle G. Cassius Clay
3. Pogo, the comic strip character said, 'We have met the enemy and... A. It's you B. He is us C. It's the Grinch D. He wasn't home E. He's really mean F. We quit G. He surrendered
4. Good night, David. A. Good night, Chet B. Sleep well C. Good Night, Irene D. Good Night, Gracie E. See you later, alligator F. Until tomorrow G. Good night, Steve
5. You'll wonder where the yellow went, A. When you use Tide B. When you lose your crayons C. When you clean your tub D. If you paint the room blue E. If you buy a soft water tank F. When you use Lady Clairol G. When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent
6. Before he was the Skipper's Little Buddy, Bob Denver was Dobie's friend, A. Stuart Whitman B. Randolph Scott C. Steve Reeves D. Maynard G. Krebbs E. Corky B. Dork F. Dave the Whale& nbsp; G. Zippy Zoo
7. Liar, liar... A. You're a liar B. Your nose is growing C. Pants on fire D. Join the choir E. Jump up higher F. On the wire G. I'm telling Mom
8. Meanwhile, back in Metropolis, Superman fights a never ending battle for truth, ustice and... A. Wheaties B. Lois Lane C. TV ratin gs D. World peace E. Red tights F. The American way G. News headlines
9 . Hey, kids, what time is it? A. It's time for Yogi Bear B. It's time to do your homework C. It's Howdy Doody Time D. It's Time for Romper Room E. It's bedtime F. The Mighty Mouse Hour G. Scoopy Doo Time
10. Lions and tigers and bears... A. Yikes B. Oh no C. Gee whiz D. I'm scared E. Oh My F. Help Help H. Let's run
11. Bob Dylan advised us never to trust anyone A. Over 40 B. Wearing a uniform C. Carrying a briefcase D. Over 30 E. You don't know F. Who says, 'Trust me' G. Who eats tofu
12. NFL quarterback who appeared in a television commercial wearing women's stockings. A. Troy Aikman B. Kenny Stabler C. Joe Namath D. Roger Stauback E. Joe Montana F. Steve Young G. John Elway
13. Brylcream... A. Smear it on B. You'll smell great C. Tame that cowlick D. Greaseball heaven E. It's a dream F. We're your team G. A little dab'll do ya
14. I found my thrill... A. In Blueberry muffins B. With my man, Bill C. Down at the mill D. Over the windowsill E. With thyme and dill F. Too late to enjoy G. On Blueberry Hill
15. Before Robin Williams, Peter Pan was played by A. Clark Gable B. Mary Martin C. Doris Day D. Errol Flynn E. Sally Fields F. Jim Carey G. Jay Leno
16. Name the Beatles A. John, Steve, George, Ringo B. John, Paul, George, Roscoe C. John, Paul, Stacey, Ringo D Jay, Paul, George, Ringo E. Lewis, Peter, George, Ringo F. Jason, Betty, Skipper, Hazel G. John, Paul, George, Ringo
17. I wonder, wonder, wonder, who A. Who ate the leftovers? B. Who did the laundry? C. Was it you? D. Who wrote the book of love? E. Who I am? F. Passed the test? G. Knocked on the door?
18. I'm strong to the finish A. Cause I eats my broccoli B. Cause I eats me spinach C. Cause I lift weights D. Cause I'm the hero E. And don't you forget it f. Cause Olive Oyl loves me g. To outlast Bruto
19. When it's least expected, you're elected, you're the star today... a. Smile, you're on Candid Camera b. Smile, you're on Star Search c. Smile, you won the lottery d. Smile, we're watching you e. Smil e, the world sees you f. Smile, you're a hit g. Smile, you're on TV
20. What do M & M's do? a. Make your tummy happy b. Melt in your mouth, not in your pocket c. Make you fat d. Melt your heart e. Make you popular f. Melt in your mouth, not in your hand g. Come in colors
Okay, now scroll down for the answers!
Okay, that's it. Here are the right answers. 1 d - Wonder Bread 2 g - Cassius Clay 3 b - He Is Us 4 a - Good night, Chet 5 g - When you brush your teeth with Pepsodent 6 d - Maynard G. Krebbs 7 c - Pants On Fire 8 f - The American Way 9 c - It's Howdy Doody Time 10 e - Oh My 11 d - Over 30 12 c - Joe Namath 13 g - A little dab'll do ya 14 g - On Blueberry Hill 15 b - Mary Martin 16 g - John, Paul, George , Ringo 17 d - Who wrote the book of Love 18 b - Cause I eats me spinach 19 a - Smile, 20 f - Melt In Your Mouth Not In Your Hand
It might help if you are over 60; this is no 'pushover'.
Posted Thurs., April 11, 2008
The following article appeared in the Washington Daily News
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
‘Little Eva’ gets a day in the spotlight
Grave marker unveiled in ‘The Loco-Motion’ singer’s honor
By GREG KATSKI
BELHAVEN — Eva “Little Eva” Boyd took center stage one last time as a head stone was unveiled at her grave site in Black Bottom Cemetery on Saturday afternoon.
The headstone, which includes the phrase “Singing with the Angels” and features an engraved train in honor of her number one hit, “The Loco-Motion,” was introduced to the public shortly after 1 p.m.
The unveiling of the headstone was preceded by a few thoughtful comments from Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal and an uplifting prayer and speech by Boyd’s brother, pastor Jimmy Boyd.
Situated at a lectern in front of Boyd’s grave, and the graves of other family members, Jimmy Boyd said the unveiling should serve as a “salute” to his sister.
“What we are here for is remembrance,” said Jimmy Boyd.
Jimmy Boyd said that his sister’s rise from small town girl to big city music star has often been misinterpreted by the media and public.
“I am one of the persons who really knew her life,” he said. “I can give you the facts.”
It was her brother, Jimmy Boyd, who “Little Eva” Boyd stayed with when she moved from Belhaven to the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Little Eva” Boyd took a “sleep-in” job working as a maid and babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin, where she caught her big break.
“Little Eva” Boyd told her brother Jimmy Boyd that she was walking around the house one day vacuuming the floor and singing when she caught King’s ear.
King and Goffin wrote the song “The Loco-Motion” for her, and soon she was on her way to stardom.
But Jimmy Boyd said his sister’s success would have never been possible without the support of their mother.
“There is always someone in the background to say something positive,” he said. “Without my mother ... standing there to support her, a lot of things wouldn’t have happened.”
With “Little Eva” Boyd’s daughters, sisters, brothers and family members looking on, Jimmy Boyd thanked the town for its effort in giving his sister a just grave site.
“I salute our dear sister,” he added.
Jimmy Boyd said it was God that ultimately saved his sister after years of hardships touring on the road. “Little Eva” Boyd eventually moved back to North Carolina from New York and settled down in the City of Kinston.
“The Lord spoke and said, ‘Come off the road; trust God,’” said Jimmy Boyd
“Little Eva” Boyd eventually became a bishop mother at Vision of Hope in Kinston, before succumbing to cervical cancer in 2003.
Her youngest daughter, Josetta Hines, still resides in Kinston. She has bright memories of her famous mother.
“I knew who she was, but she was still mom,” said Hines.
She called her mother’s grave marker “lovely” and “beautiful.”
Jimmy Boyd, who is a pastor at Deliverance Temple Church of God in Christ, said, “This is one of the greater things done for my sister. Something great can come of this.”
Posted Mon., Nov. 17, 2008
"We'll upload a picture of the headstone ASAP."
Picture uploaded on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008
Subject: FW: Rev Joseph Lowery's inaugaral benediction
on January 20, 2009 1:04 PM |
Transcript courtesy Federal News Service
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far along the way, thou who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray, lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee, lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee. Shadowed beneath thy hand may we forever stand -- true to thee, O God, and true to our native land.
We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we've shared this day. We pray now, O Lord, for your blessing upon thy servant, Barack Obama, the 44th president of these United States, his family and his administration. He has come to this high office at a low moment in the national and, indeed, the global fiscal climate. But because we know you got the whole world in your hand, we pray for not only our nation, but for the community of nations. Our faith does not shrink, though pressed by the flood of mortal ills.
For we know that, Lord, you're able and you're willing to work through faithful leadership to restore stability, mend our brokenness, heal our wounds and deliver us from the exploitation of the poor or the least of these and from favoritism toward the rich, the elite of these.
We thank you for the empowering of thy servant, our 44th president, to inspire our nation to believe that, yes, we can work together to achieve a more perfect union. And while we have sown the seeds of greed -- the wind of greed and corruption, and even as we reap the whirlwind of social and economic disruption, we seek forgiveness and we come in a spirit of unity and solidarity to commit our support to our president by our willingness to make sacrifices, to respect your creation, to turn to each other and not on each other.
And now, Lord, in the complex arena of human relations, help us to make choices on the side of love, not hate; on the side of inclusion, not exclusion; tolerance, not intolerance.
And as we leave this mountaintop, help us to hold on to the spirit of fellowship and the oneness of our family. Let us take that power back to our homes, our workplaces, our churches, our temples, our mosques, or wherever we seek your will.
Bless President Barack, First Lady Michelle. Look over our little, angelic Sasha and Malia.
We go now to walk together, children, pledging that we won't get weary in the difficult days ahead. We know you will not leave us alone, with your hands of power and your heart of love.
Help us then, now, Lord, to work for that day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, when tanks will be beaten into tractors, when every man and every woman shall sit under his or her own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid; when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around -- (laughter) -- when yellow will be mellow -- (laughter) -- when the red man can get ahead, man -- (laughter) -- and when white will embrace what is right.
Let all those who do justice and love mercy say amen.
REV. LOWERY: Say amen --
REV. LOWERY: -- and amen.
AUDIENCE: Amen! (Cheers, applause.)
Friday, March 20, 2009
Leon Purdith Williams
Mr. Leon Purdith Williams, 86, of 1603 Fayetteville St., Durham, died Sunday, March 15, 2009, at Durham Regional Hospital. His funeral service will be conducted Saturday, March 21, 2009, 12 o’clock at White Rock Baptist Church. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 12 o’clock, at White Rock Baptist Church, just prior to the service. The interment will follow in Beechwood Cemetery. There will be a public viewing at Burthey Funeral Chapel on Friday, March 20, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Mr. Williams is the son of the late Matthew D. and Addie H. Williams. He was born on September 2, 1922 in Whiteville, NC and relocated to Durham in 1933 with his family. The family joined White Rock Baptist Church which was then located at 600 Fayetteville St. A graduate of Hillside High School, Class of 1937, Leon received a Bachelor of Science degree; double major in Chemistry and Biology with a double minor in Mathematics and Physics from North Carolina College for Negroes (North Carolina Central University), Class of 1941. He continued his Post Graduate Studies at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, where he received a Masters Degree. He then began his teaching career as a science teacher at Little River High School.
In November of 1942, Mr. Williams entered the U.S. Army where he served in the European Combat Theater of Operations during World War II. He was honorably discharged in November, 1945. He resumed his career as a Teacher and an Assistant Principal in the Durham County Public School System at Little River High School and John A. Wilkinson and Carmel High Schools in Belhaven, NC. In 1982, he was selected as “North Carolina State Teacher of the Year.” Leon retired from the N.C. State Teacher System in 1983 after 40 years of outstanding and dedicated service.
Mr. Williams participated in the Adult Education and Volunteer Community Service from 1982 to 2000. He was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the Doric Lodge F@A Masons, the Golden Eagles and the American Legion-Weaver McLean Post.
He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, the late Lillian Murphy Williams. Cherished memories of him will continually be in the hearts of his many students, friends and family.
Surviving are his brother, Major General (U.S. Army/Ret) Harvey D. Williams; his sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary E. Glenn Williams; one nephew and three nieces, who were more like his children, Mr. H. Dean Williams, Jr.; Ms. Karen Denise Williams, Ms. Mignon “Rose” Khargi (husband Thomas Fowler, daughter Hannah) and Ms. Joyce Lynne Williams. His greatest joy and favorite teaching position was as “Grandpop” to Mark Dean Williams the son of his niece Joyce. He was blessed in having one other nephew, the late Mark Erickson Williams. He is also survived by several loving cousins and a host of wonderful friends.
Arrangements by Burthey Funeral Service.
Corrections: Belhaven High School was omitted from the list of schools at which Mr. Williams taught. Carmel is a school that is located in Charlotte, NC. During the services, Gen. Williams was note corrections.
Viewing on Saturday will be from 11:00 AM - Noon and the funeral will begin immediately following. There was a conflict with other activities already scheduled at the Church. So, the services will be short. Burial will take place in the cemetery adjacent to the Church.
Posted Fri., Mar. 20, 2009
The Soul Food Pyramid
Soul food is more than just delicious African American dishes; it's a tradition.
The Soul Food Pyramid, developed by a group of dietitians at Hebni Nutrition
Inc, teaches African Americans to maintain a healthy diet while still consuming
DAVID HENDERSON, SR was born on June 3, 1924 to the late Caesar and Goldie Andrews Henderson in Enfield, NC. He was called home to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, June 12, 2009.
DAVID received his education at the W. C. Chance School. He served in the United States Navy. He earned a Bachelors' Degree from West Virginia State University and a Masters' Degree from North Carolina Central University. DAVID also furthered his studies at Temple and East Carolina Universities. He retired from the Beaufort County Schools where he taught Science and Physical Education at Belhaven High School and John A. Wilkinson High School.
DAVID was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Rosa Elizabeth Lee Henderson on July 3, 1949. Together they were blessed with a daughter, Rosa Marie Henderson Windley(Kenneth) and a son, David Henderson, Jr (Mary). DAVID was a devoted member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church serving in numerous capacities including Lay Reader and Senior Warden. He was a loyal member of numerous organizations including Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Golden Trowel Lodge #97, M.D. Towe #74, Holy Royal Arch Masons, Golden Crown #5, Royal Select Masters, Roanoke Consistory #248, Shadid Temple #233, King Solomon #14, Commandary Knights Templar, Heroines of the East Court #10, Southern Beauty #46, Order of the Eastern Star. DAVID was a member of the United Supreme Council 33rd Degree Masons, George B. Swanson Class of 1982.
Community service and volunteerism were important to DAVID. He served his communities in many ways including loyal service to the St. Dorcas Ministry, Beaufort County Meals on Wheels Program and Flanagan Funeral Home.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, David Irwin; three siblings, Nellie, Charles and Edith Henderson.
In addition to his children, he is survived by six grandchildren, Kimberly(Steven), Maureen, Verda, Gail, Kendra and Sheree, 15 great-grandchildren, a god-daughter, Romaine T. Harvey(WC); sister-in-law, Mary Bryant(David) and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Obituary Miss Arletha Winfield (Big Sis), lived a full and colorful life for 97 years. She was always on the go, making a difference in the lives of others. Thursday, June 18, 2009, Miss Winfield’s Lord and Savior Jesus Christ made a difference in her life by giving her a well deserved rest.
Miss Arletha was born on April, 18, 1912. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Effie Lacy Winfield. Her parents provided opportunities and encouragement which fostered a happy childhood coupled with a strong work ethics. She attended and graduated from the Beaufort County High School; she completed and graduated from the former Elizabeth CityTeachers College with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. Miss Winfield was retired. She was a lifelong member of the Woodstock Free Will Baptist Church. Her services included, Mother Board, Conference Worker, Sunday School Teacher, and Recording Secretary for more than fifty years.
Mother Winfield opened her home to many. She provided for several senior aged ladies in her home. She raised Eddie Winfield and his son, Eric; James (Cherry) Winfield, and Leon Miller plus many, many more.
She is survived by her two sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Gray and Mrs. Thelma Garnett of Washington, NC; seven nephews: Harold Winfield (Gloria), Bobby Swindell (Barbara), Carl Winfield(Phoebe), Eddie and Gregory Gamett, Jimmy Swindell (Johanna) of New York and Joel Swindell (Paulette) of. Hempstead, NY; four nieces: Hazel Tyler of South Carolina, Lillian Spencer (Wilbert) of New York, Jackie Swindell of Ft. Washington, MD and DianeDeans (Lynnwood) of Hempstead, NY; one sister-in-law, Ophelia Winfield of Belhaven, NC, and a host of nieces and nephews, and the many adults and children she taught in Bonnerton, Edwards, and Belhaven Public Schools.
She was proceeded in death by six sisters: Louise Burke, Lillian Roberson, Emma Winfield, Laura Winfield, Kate Winfield, Josephine Winfield; three brothers: James Winfield, Jessie Winfield, Burley Winfield.
The following is from the files of Phil Conner, BHS Class of 1967: www.crvmvet.org
Civil Rights Movement Veterans
"We who believe in freedom cannot rest," — Ella Baker
Civil Rights Movement Veterans
"We who believe in freedom cannot rest," — Ella Baker
This site is about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. We are veterans of the Southern Freedom Movement, and this is where we can tell the story of the Civil Rights Movement, in our own words, as we lived it.
During the recent session of the North Carolina State Legislature, an old graduation requirement was dropped. Between 1981 and 2009, all high school students were required to pass a Computer Competency Test and a High School Competency Test. If a student did not pass one or both, he/she received a Certificate of Attendance and were given opportunities to retake the tests. If they subsequently passed the tests, a high school diploma was granted.
Due to legislative action, this is no longer true and if you and/or a family member received a Certificate of Attendance, you may petition for a diploma by completing a specific form.
After the form has been completed and submitted, your petition will be considered and your high school transcript reviewed. If you met all other requirements for graduation, a diploma will be issued.
You may pick up a form at any local high school but the form must be submitted along with person identification and social security number to the Beaufort County School System or the System from which you would have graduated. A copy of the form can be downloated from the Beaufort County School's website(www.beaufort.k12.nc.us) along with other contact information.
There is a deadline before this opportunity will expire.
Today, we are proud to unveil our new NAACP Interactive Historical Timeline, which provides a dynamic look at our history as an organization and our role in the civil rights movement.
The Timeline, generously funded through a grant from the Verizon Foundation, is the only online resource of its kind, with archives of photos, video and film clips to bring history alive. Click here: http://www.naacphistory.org
Here are some of the many interactive features you can explore:
We trust that the NAACP Interactive Historical Timeline will provide a deeper
understanding of the people who sacrificed and triumphed to move civil rights
forward and build one nation versus one divided by race.
Please take a look around, explore, discover, and learn at the NAACP's Interactive Historical Timeline. Click here: http://www.naacphistory.org
On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, this is my annual tribute to our troops who have given their all for our freedoms. I know there are many on this list who don't agree with my views, but as the dad of a U.S. Marine, I have to express my humble appreciation for those who gave their life so we have the right to disagree with each other.
I know this coming Monday is not Memorial Day everywhere - as it is in the U.S. - but any day is a good day to honor those who have fought - and fallen - for our freedoms.
The Funnies will be silent Monday in honor of our fallen heroes.
P.S. The following true story is very similar to a HBO movie from last year called "Taking Chance" with Kevin Bacon. Based on a true story, it is a moving, poignant movie and highly recommended by me. It won an Emmy and Golden Globe...
TRUE STORY FROM AN AIRLINE PILOT
My lead flight attendant came to me and said, "We have an H.R. on this flight." (H.R. stands for human remains.)
"Are they military?" I asked.
"Yes," she answered.
"Is there an escort?" I asked.
"Yes, I already assigned him a seat."
"Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck. You can board him early," I said.
A short while later, a young army sergeant entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier. The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us.
"My soldier is on his way back to Virginia," he said.
I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughest job in the military and that I appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers. The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left the flight deck to find his seat.
We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure.
About 30 minutes into our flight I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin. "I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying is on board," she said. She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home. The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the soldier was in before we left. We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia.
The father of the soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane.
I could hear the desperation in the flight attendant's voice when she asked me if there was anything I could do.
"I'm on it," I said. I told her that I would get back to her.
Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form of e-mail like messages. I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight dispatcher directly on a secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher. I was in direct contact with the dispatcher. I explained the situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me.
Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent a text message asking for an update. I saved the return message from the dispatcher and the following is the text:
"Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is policy on this now and I had to check on a few things. Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft. The team will escort the family to the ramp and plane side. A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family. The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal where the remains can be seen on the ramp. It is a private area for the family only. When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home. Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans. Please pass our condolences on to the family. Thanks."
I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me, "You have no idea how much this will mean to them."
Things started getting busy for the descent, approach, and landing. After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area. The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told that all traffic was being held for us.
"There is a team in place to meet the aircraft," we were told.
It looked like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned the seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family from getting off the airplane. As we approached our gate, I asked the copilot to tell the ramp controller we were going to stop short of the gate to make an announcement to the passengers.
He did that and the ramp controller said, "Take your time."
I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public address button and said, "Ladies and gentleman, this is your captain speaking. I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement. We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect. His name is Private XXXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXXX is under your feet in the cargo hold. Escorting him today is Army Sergeant XXXXXXX. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you."
We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our shutdown procedures. A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see. I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.
When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands. Moments later more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft was clapping. Words of "God bless you," "I'm sorry, thank you, be proud," and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane. They were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved one.
Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier.
I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the sacrifices that so many of our men and women have made to ensure our freedom and safety in these United States of America.
[forwarded by JR Whitby]
A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for an amount up to and including their life.
Posted Fri., May 28, 2010
From the files of Joyce W. Moore
A keeper that may bring back memories or instruct.
This is Black American History at its best!!!Please share…
This was forwarded to me and I knew I had to share. Check it out when
you have time. This e-mail contains copies of theJet Magazine going all the
way back to1950.
Not only do you get the covers of all the issues of Jet Magazine, but
you can actually read the issues. Good tool for your children and
They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a
pot & then once a day it was
taken & sold to the tannery.......if you had to do this to survive you were
But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to
buy a pot......they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water
temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Here are some facts about the 1500s:
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May,
and they still smelled pretty good by June.. However, since they were
starting to smell . ..... . brides carried a bouquet of flowers to
the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had
the privilege of the nice clean
water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the
children. Last of all the babies. By
then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it.. Hence
the saying, "Don't throw the
baby out with the Bath water!"
Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath.
It was the only place for
animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs)
lived in the roof. When it
rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off
the roof.. Hence the saying
"It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a
real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up
your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the
top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence
the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get
slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on
floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more
thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside.
A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh
(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always
hung over the fire.. Every day
they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables
and did not get much meat. They
would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold
overnight and then start over the next
day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.
Hence the rhyme: Peas porridge
hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.
Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When
visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a
sign of wealth that a man could, "bring home the bacon." They would cut off
a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.
Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content
caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death
This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so,
tomatoes were considered poisonous.
Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the
loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.
Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes
knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road
would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.
They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family
would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up
Hence the custom of holding a wake.
England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places
to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a
bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these
coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside
and they realized they had been burying people alive... So they would tie a
string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through
the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the
graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus
someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.
And that's the truth....Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !
Posted Fri., May 28, 2010
Life is busy...lot's of clutter. That's why from time to time, We all
need to be reminded of what's most important.
I can say with conviction, that there's no better way than watching,
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The following article appeared in the Washington Daily News on Friday, June 25, 2010.
Wilson signs with the Packers
Belhaven native, and former East Carolina star, C.J. Wilson signed a four-year contract with the Green Bay Packers on Thursday. Wilson was selected in the seventh round by the Packers in this year’s NFL draft. (AP Photo)
Former ECU star inks four-year deal with Green Bay
By BRIAN HAINES, Sports Writer
Published: Friday, June 25, 2010 2:15 AM EDT
GREENVILLE — From steaming hot mini-camps to freezing cold first downs, C.J. Wilson has been through tons of long days pursing his passion of football.
On Thursday, all those years of hard work paid off as Wilson signed his first professional contract, a four-year deal, to play football for one of the NFL’s most storied franchises, the Green Bay Packers.
“I’m very excited and I’m very blessed, and I just want to thank God for giving me this opportunity to be here,” Wilson said. “Green Bay is a great organization, and a great team with great coaches and I just feel very blessed to be here.”
Wilson, a former Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and a cornerstone during East Carolina’s back-to-back conference championships the last two seasons, was taking by the Packers in the seventh round of this year’s NFL draft.
For the last four years, Wilson could be seen sporting his purple-and-gold No. 95 jersey every Saturday, but this season he will be wearing No. 98 on Sundays.
The No. 98 was given to him by the team, but the former Northside star didn’t mind the number change one bit saying, “It’s not the number that makes the player, it’s the player that makes the number.”
While the move from Greenville to Green Bay is great in distance, Wilson said there are some similarities. Though Green Bay is a pro-sports town, it is known to have a very collegiate atmosphere.
“Oh yeah, it feels a lot like Greenville. It’s a good feeling, you just have to experience it,” Wilson said. “It’s just like back home, I guess you could say. Everybody is close, and they love the Packers.”
The environment off the field may be similar to Greenville, but once the pads were put on Wilson said the feeling was a little different.
“It was a great experience to practice with the greats in the NFL,” Wilson said. “It’s surprising just how good these guys really are. You see them on TV and watch them all the time, but when you are right up close with them practicing it’s a lot different. Just to see a guy like (quarterback) Aaron Rogers is amazing; the level of talent is so high.”
Wilson, who was a 4-3 end with the Pirates, will be asked to play a 3-4 end in Green Bay. Wilson said the differences are vast.
“It’s a lot different,” Wilson said. “In college in the 4-3 we were asked to do a lot more attacking, in the 3-4 we have to do a lot more reading.”
The Packers’ rookie is doing his best to learn on the fly and said that the veterans have been helpful in the process.
“All the veterans have been very nice,” Wilson said. “(Linebacker) Clay Mathews was really nice and (NT) B.J. Raji has given me some great advice. ... It’s been a good experience so far.”
Wilson’s former teammate and New York draft pick P Matt Dodge signed with the Giants on Wednesday. However, former ECU DT Linval Joseph, the Giants’ No. 2 pick, is yet to come to terms with the team.
Posted Friday, June 25, 2010
Celebrating the Home Going of
Annie B. McCullough
Friday, July 9, 2010
Seating of the Guest
Hymn of Praise
Scripture......................Reginald McCullough Jr
Prayer.......................Missionary Shelia Abrams
Acknowledgement & Obituary....Keisha Peterson
Duet.........................Morris Harris & Cedric Garner
Eulogy........................Rev. Letaz Jowes
Annie B. McCullough was called home on July 6, 2010. Ann, as she was known by many, was a very inspirational person. Her accomplishments and her personality were all a part of what made her A. B. McCullough.
Ann was born on March 20, 1925 to the late Moye Barber and Mary B. Barber. Ann was preceded in death by husband, Corum McCullough. She is survived by two sons, Terrence and Reginald McCullough,both of the home and one step-son, Bernard McCullough, Raleigh, NC.
Ann was preceded in death by one brother, Willie Barber. She is also survived by one brother, Roy Barber, Norfolk, Va, 5 loving grandchildren, Keisha Peterson, Tera McCullough and Terance McCullough Jr, all of Raleigh, NC; Taishia Washington-Woods(Antonnio), Knightdale, NC and Reginald McCullough Jr, Wendell, NC; 10 great grandchildren, Mary Barber, sister in-law, and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. She was also preceded by Lucille Barber, sister in-law.
Ann graduated from the former Beaufort County High School in Pantego, NC and graduated from what was then North Carolina A&T College, Greensboro in 1945 with a BA degree. She furthered her education at Columbia University.
She began her teaching career at the former Belhaven High School where she served as a seventh grade teacher and taught typing, bookkeeping, economics and sociology. She also served as the advisor for the Classes of 1960 and 1964. She also served as advisor to the Class of 1968 for 3 years prior to being assigned the John A. Wilkinson High School prior to desegregation. She retired in1978 after a career that spanned 3 decades in the Belhaven Schools.
Ann was actively involved in many activities - secretary at the Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church(now First Baptist Church), Belhaven; Administrative Assistant for Dr. James Lawson; Voter Registrar; Precinct Captain for the Belhaven Democratic Precinct and member of the Southern Beauty Chapter, No. 44, OES, Belhaven.
"May the work I've done speak for me."
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;'
he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set
me high upon a rock!
Posted Mon., July 12, 2010
Rolling Thunder 2010 - A Soldier's Vigil
Semper Fi....It's a Marine thing....
3000 vets on motorcycles from across the USA paraded in D.C. the Sunday
before Memorial Day, while a solitary, saluting Marine greeted them out on
Constitution Avenue. The Marine stood at salute for 3 straight hours, while
the parade of roaring bikes kept on coming. It is held in remembrance of
those who've fallen in the military....the event (or the group) is called
Rolling Thunder. George Bush used to meet these bikers before they paraded.
The camera is on the Marine a lot...watch his struggles with his emotions,
and his struggles with holding that salute. The way he salutes is very
touching...his head lowered, his eyes down, in reverence for the fallen.
The NAACP is unified. We are multiracial. We take real, tangible steps to solve our nation's problems. And together, we are going to fight back against the hate, and keep moving our country forward to ensure a society free of discrimination.
Michelle Obama's speech was so special because of the audience she spoke to -- the energy of our supporters is helping turn her words into a reality. Take a moment to watch the first lady's speech and join our movement toward change.
Roslyn Brock, Chairman of the NAACP, gave the opening speech at the 101st Annual NAACP Convention. After hearing her speak, I can tell you firsthand that we are committed to making the year ahead one of change and progress for the NAACP and our community.
Already the shift is palpable. And in Chairman Brock's speech, she invited those who care about the future of our nation to join the NAACP to enact change we believe in, change we voted for, change we can actively participate in and, most importantly, change we know must happen.
Take a moment to watch the video of Roslyn Brock's speech and join the NAACP community as we move toward real, tangible progress:
But as we embrace this movement forward, we have to be aware of our shared history.
For those of you who could not be in the audience, listeners were reminded that the NAACP will continue to be crucial as long as structural racism and disparities exist in health, housing and education -- prohibiting individuals and families from the opportunity to succeed.
Watch the video of the Chairman's speech on the NAACP Convention Portal, and learn what it means to be part of a united front working toward success. Also, feel free to leave comments and join the Convention conversation.
From the files of E. Swindell Robinson, BHS Class of 1953
He's OUR President, isn't he?
Thought this was worth sharing. Regardless of your political party affiliation, this
is worth reading and definitely worth serious consideration.
As observed by a Canadian journalist ...America - He's your President for Goodness Sake
By William Thomas
Posted: Friday, October 1st, 2010
There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a Republican or Democrat, but the President of the United States. The oath of office was
taken, the wagons were circled around the country's borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.
Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.
Four days before President Obama's inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon your country in order to further your own narrow political views is selfish, sinister and a tad treasonous as well.
Subsequently, during his State of the Union address, which is pretty much a pep rally for America, an unknown congressional representative from South Carolina, later identified as Joe Wilson, stopped the show when he called the President of the United States a liar. The president
showed great restraint in ignoring this unprecedented insult and carried on with his speech. Speaker Nancy Pelosi was so stunned by the slur, she forgot to jump to her feet while clapping wildly, 30 or 40 times after that.
Last spring, President Obama took his wife Michelle to see a play in New York City and republicans attacked him over the cost of security for the excursion. The president can't take his wife out to dinner and a show without being scrutinized by the political opposition? As history
has proven, a president in a theatre without adequate security is a tragically bad idea.
Remember: "Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?"
At some point, the treatment of President Obama went from offensive to ugly and then to downright dangerous.
The health-care debate, which looked more like extreme fighting in a mud pit than a national dialogue, revealed a very vulgar side of America. President Obama's face appeared on protest signs white-faced and blood-mouthed in a satanic clown image. In other tasteless portrayals, people who disagreed with his position distorted his face to look like Hitler complete with mustache and swastika.
Odd, that burning the flag makes Americans crazy, but depicting the president as a clown and a maniacal fascist is accepted as part of the new rude America.
Maligning the image of the leader of the free world is one thing, putting the president's life in peril is quite another. More than once, men with guns were videotaped at the health-care rallies where the president spoke. Again, history shows that letting men with guns get within range of a president has not served America well in the past.
And still the 'birthers' are out there claiming Barack Obama was not born in the United States, although public documentation proves otherwise. Hawaii is definitely part of the United States, but the Panama Canal Zone where his electoral opponent Senator John McCain was born? Nobody's sure.
Last month, a 44-year-old woman in Buffalo was quite taken by President Obama when she met him in a chicken wing restaurant called Duff's. Did she say something about a pleasure and an honour to meet the man or utter encouraging words for the difficult job he is doing? No. Quote:
You're a hottie with a smokin' little body.Ã¢â,¬Â?
Lady, that was the President of the United States you were addressing, not one of the Jonas Brothers! He's your president for goodness sakes, not the guy driving the Zamboni at "Monster Trucks On Ice." Maybe next it'll be, "Take Your President To A Topless Bar Day".
In President Barack Obama, Americans have a charismatic leader with a good and honest heart. Unlike his predecessor, he's a very intelligent leader. And unlike that president's predecessor, he's a highly moral man.
In President Obama, Americans have the real deal, the whole package and a leader that citizens of almost every country around the world look to with great envy. Given the opportunity, Canadians would trade our leader, hell, most of our leaders for Obama in a heartbeat.
What America has in Obama is a head of state with vitality and insight and youth. Think about it, Barack Obama is a young Nelson Mandela. Mandela was the face of change and charity for all of Africa but he was too old to make it happen. The great things Obama might do for America and the world could go on for decades after he's out of office.
America, you know not what you have.
The man is being challenged unfairly, characterized with vulgarity and treated with the kind of deep disrespect to which no previous president was subjected. It's like the day after electing the first black man to be president, thereby electrifying the world with hope and joy, Americans sobered up and decided the bad old days were better.
President Obama may fail but it will not be a Richard Nixon default fraught with larceny and lies. President Obama, given a fair chance, will surely succeed but his triumph will never come with a Bill Clinton caveat "...if only he'd got control of that zipper."
Please. Give the man a fair, fighting chance. This incivility toward the leader who won over Americans and gave hope to billions of people around the world that their lives could be enhanced by his example, just naturally has to stop.
Believe me, when Americans drive by the White House and see a sign on the lawn that reads: "No shirt. No shoes. No service," l'll realize this new national rudeness has gone way, way too far.
OCTOBER 2010 SENIOR LIVING MAGAZINE VANCOUVER & LOWER MAINLAND
Posted Tues., Dec. 7, 2010
Memorial Day Was Invented By Black Folk
Check it out - www.newsone.com
Posted Wed., June 1, 2011
From the files of Peggy Spencer, BHS Class of 1968
President Obama chatted and provided a photographic
opportunity for the granddaughters of alumna Bertha G.
Baker, BHS Class of 1955.
The President originally originally met the twins when
he delivered a speech at their high school two years ago.
Robyn(left) is a sophomore at NCSU where the president
spoke on yesterday.
Ashlyn(right) is a sophomore at the UNC-CH and was
able to procure VIP seating for she and her sister.
Posted Thurs., Sept. 15, 2011
The following article appeared in the Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 issue of the Washington Daily News.
All current employees are being retained in current positions and with transferred longevity and are eligible for a very good benefits package.
This is a tremendous benefit to the medical and financial health of the community. It is anticipated that there will be an expansion of health care for citizens and a reduction in the need to travel to Greenville for appointments.
Financially, the Hospital has been operating at a loss for several years. As a small, rural hospital the financial burden was devastating.
Pungo inks deal
UHS takes control of second hospital in Beaufort County
In a ceremony marking the occasion Friday morning, officials from University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina signed an agreement with Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven, making it the second hospital in Beaufort County to come under UHS control in the last month.
Also on Friday, hospital officials announced the retirement of Ken Ragland, Pungo District Hospital chief executive officer, and the appointment of Beaufort Hospital President Harvey Case as president of the renamed University Health Systems – Pungo Hospital. Case, the former head of Duplin General Hospital, was named to head Beaufort Hospital in Washington following the takeover of its management by UHS on Sept. 1.
The agreement was described by Jay D. “Rocky” Jacobs, president of the Pungo District Hospital Board of Trustees, as the “third milestone” in the history of the hospital, a critical-access facility for 49 beds that serves the people of eastern Beaufort County and the Hyde County mainland.
He said Friday’s agreement follows only the hospital membership incorporation in 1947 and its opening two years later in importance.
“The legacy those people created with the opening of the hospital 62 years ago was to provide appropriate medical care to the people of Belhaven, eastern Beaufort County and mainland Hyde County and that has been a legacy this hospital has tried to fulfill in the years since,” Jacobs told the Daily News. “This agreement assures the continuation of appropriate medical services for the community, for that community in the future.”
Jacobs also said the agreement will preserve jobs and ensure that area doctors have a facility where they can practice medicine and address the health-care needs of the community.
The agreement with the Belhaven hospital brings to nine the number of hospitals in eastern North Carolina that are under the UHS umbrella – either through majority membership interests or management agreements – and is the second one signed by UHS with a Beaufort County hospital in the last two months. A lease/purchase agreement that turned over management of the hospital in Washington was effective earlier this month.
In addition to Pungo, hospitals now affiliated with UHS include Albemarle Health, Beaufort Hospital, Bertie Memorial Hospital, Chowan Hospital, Duplin General Hospital, Heritage Hospital, Outer Banks Hospital, Roanoke-Chowan Hospital and UHS Medical Center, formerly Pitt County Memorial Hospital.
An Aug. 25 vote by members of the Pungo District Hospital Corp. amended the private membership corporation’s bylaws allowing the hospital’s board of trustees to negotiate with UHS, clearing the way for Friday’s action.
That vote by the Belhaven-based organization came the same night the Beaufort County Board of Commissioners and the boards that oversee the operations of Beaufort Regional Health System approved an affiliation between BRHS and UHS.
But unlike the discussions about the future of the Washington hospital, which were protracted and often contentious and pitted one group of suitors against another, the discussions over the future of the Belhaven hospital were reported to be amiable.
“This could not have happened without the support of the hospital staff, the medical staff and the community,” Jacobs said. “They have all worked together over the last few months to make this agreement possible.”
Some aspects of the agreement between the Belhaven hospital, renamed University Health Systems – Pungo Hospital, and UHS are similar to the agreement between UHS and its hospital in Washington.
As with the Washington hospital, the Belhaven hospital will be a subsidiary of East Carolina Health, which oversees the operations of UHS-affiliated hospitals. A directors council will advise East Carolina Health on the operations of the hospital.
Most of the members of the Pungo District Hospital Board of Trustees will continue as members of the new entity’s directors council, Jacobs said.
And as with the Washington hospital, all of the Belhaven hospital’s employees were given the chance to continue their employment with UHS, Jacobs said.
But differences exist between the two agreements.
Because Pungo District Hospital was a private corporation, a third group, Pantego Creek LLC, was created to protect the interests of the former membership corporation.
Posted Sat., Oct. 1, 2011
Thank You, Veterans
Friday, November 11, 2011 is a national holiday honoring all who served in the U. S. Armed Forces.
"What Is a Veteran?"
(Attributed to a Marine Corps chaplain, Father Denis Edward O'Brian)
Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg--or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking.
What is a vet?
He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.
He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.
She--or he--is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang.
He is the POW who went away one person and came back another--or didn't come back at all.
He is the Quantico drill instructor that has never seen combat--but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs.
He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand.
He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by.
He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor die unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep.
He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket--palsied now and aggravatingly slow--who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.
He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being, a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.
He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest, greatest nation ever known.
So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say, "Thank you." That's all most people need, and in most cases, it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded.
Two little words that mean a lot: "THANK YOU."
It is the soldier,
not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier,
not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier,
not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
Let's remember them on this Veteran's Day observance.
There is a fund in NC in which money is placed after remaining unclaimed for several years. The money is often unclaimed due to undelivered refund and rebate checks from IRS, rental agencies and utilities companies. Quite often, the money is also proceeds from life insurance policies that is not claimed by beneficiaries who don't know that it exists.
To find out if you or some other family member has unclaimed money waiting for you, follow the link below.
If the money remains unclaimed, it is given to the schools.
Posted Mon., May 28, 2012
Updated Sat., June 16, 2012
If you are into researching your family history, the article below will be of help to you.
Belhaven is listed under the Pantego Township, ED(enumeration district) 15. I have scanned the listing and there are some familiar names.
Archives.com and U.S. National Archives make the 1940 census free to search.
Family history research is now easier than ever! Archives.com partnered with the U.S. National Archives to bring the 1940 census online today for the first time. Archives.com has built the website http://1940census.archives.gov allowing anyone to view and share 1940 census records for free!
This is the only website where the entire collection of 1940 census images will be available April 2nd. The pages of the census will provide a never-before-seen look into the lives of Americans, at this watershed moment in our history.
As the website that makes family history simple and affordable, Archives.com has built a unique set of tools to make finding your family in the census as simple as possible. Though the 1940 census is not yet searchable by-name, you can explore census maps, descriptions, and other finding-tools to help you locate your family.
To make the records even easier to search, Archives.com has partnered with the U.S. National Archives, FamilySearch, and findmypast, to sponsor the 1940 U.S. Census Community Project. We invite you to join this national service effort to create a free, by-name index for the 1940 census!
Today, the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act ensures hard-working, middle class families will get the security they deserve and protects every American from the worst insurance company abuses. The Court has issued a clear and final ruling on this law.
6.6 million young adults will still be able to stay on their family's plan until they're 26.
A major impact of the Court's decision is the 129 million people with pre-existing conditions and millions of middle class families who will have the security of affordable health coverage.
We should also remember that under today’s ruling, having health insurance is and will continue to be a choice. If you can’t afford insurance or you’re a small business that wants to provide affordable insurance to your employees, you’ll get tax credits that make coverage affordable. But if you can afford insurance and you choose not to purchase it, the taxpayers will no longer subsidize your care for free.
Given today’s ruling, it’s now time to focus on implementing this law in a smart and non-bureaucratic way that works for the middle class.
As we’ve said, the Court has issued a clear and final ruling on this law. The last thing Congress should do is refight old political battles and start over on health care by repealing basic protections that provide security for the middle class. The President refuses to go back to the way things were.
Right now, Congress needs to work together to focus on the economy and creating jobs. Right now in congress, what’s at stake is how--at this make or break moment for the middle class--we break through Washington gridlock to move our country forward. Right now in Congress, what’s at stake is our chance to seize this moment to build an economy not from the top-down, but one based on a strong and secure middle class. We need to create secure middle class jobs and an economy built to last where hard work and responsibility are rewarded, everybody gets a fair shot, pays their fair share, and plays by the same set of rules.
Right now, Congress should act on the President’s concrete plans to create an economy built to last by reducing the deficit in a balanced way and investing in education, clean energy, innovation, and infrastructure. It’s time for folks in Washington to work together on behalf of the American people.
Please check back periodically for additional information on today’s decision.
President Barack Obama delivers remarks regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” in the East Room of the White House, June 28, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Uploaded Thurs., June 28, 2012
From the files of Christine Davis:
Bless the Suthunuhs!
Southerners know their summer weather report: Humidity Humidity Humidity -------------------------Southerners know their vacation spots: The beach The rivuh The crick --------Southerners know everybody's first name: Honey Darlin'
Southerners know the movies that speak to their hearts: Fried Green Tomatoes Driving Miss Daisy Steel Magnolias Gone With The Wind -----------Southerners know their religions: Bapdiss Methdiss Football --------------Southerners know their cities dripping with Southern charm: Chawl'stn S'vanah Foat Wuth N'awlins Addlanna ---------------Southerners know their elegant gentlemen: Men in uniform Men in tuxedos Rhett Butler -----------------Southern girls know their prime real estate: The Mall The Country Club The Beauty Salon --------------Southern girls know the 3 deadly sins: Having bad hair and nails Having bad manners Cooking bad food ----------Only a Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit, and that you don't "HAVE" them, you "PITCH" them. _____ Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up "a mess." _____ Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of "yonder." _____ Only a Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is, as in: "Going to town, be back directly." _____ Even Southern babies know that "Gimme some sugar" is not a request for the white, granular, sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table. _____ All Southerners know exactly when "by and by" is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well. _____ Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor's trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin'! _____ Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between "right near" and "a right far piece." They also know that"just down the road" can be 1 mile or 20. _____ Only a Southerner both knows and understands the difference between a redneck, a good ol' boy, and po' white trash. _____ No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn. _____ A Southerner knows that "fixin" can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb. _____ Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines, ... and when we're "in line,"... we talk to everybody! _____ Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they're related, even if only by marriage. _____ Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them. _____ Every Southerner knows that tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food; that scrambled eggs just ain't right without Tabasco , and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food. _____ When you hear someone say, "Well, I caught myself lookin'," you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner! _____ Only true Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk." Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it -- we do not like our tea unsweetened. "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk. _____ And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say,"Bless her sweet little heart"... and go your own way. _____ To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your Southernness: Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and call me in the morning. Bless your little heart! _____ And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff....bless your hearts, I hear they're fixin' to have classes on Southernness as a second language! _____ Southern girls know men may come and go, but friends are fah-evah ! There ain't no magazine named "Northern Living" for good reason. There ain't nobody interested in livin' up north, nobody would buy the magazine!
The famed letter written by an ex-slave in response to his former master's request that he return to the plantation, soon after the end of the Civil War. Different versions of the letter bear various spellings of the writer's name.
Posted Mon., July 16, 2012
From the files of Mrs. C. Davis
If you can put this puzzle together, say goodbye to Alzheimer's!-no prob...
As we older people get older still we all need to be concerned with Alzheimer's disease. This puzzle is easy to put together if you are not affected by Alzheimer's disease, but impossible to do for someone with the disease. Give it a try. If this puzzle is particularly difficult for you then your physician can offer you additional testing to check for Alzheimer's. There have been some very remarkable new discoveries over the last year or two - electrical stimulation of the brain seems the most promising along with other new drugs.
The Weatherman's Hymn..........There Shall Be Showers of Blessing
The Contractor's Hymn..........The Church's One Foundation
The Tailor's Hymn..............Holy, Holy, Holy
The Golfer's Hymn..............There is A Green Hill Far Away
The Politician's Hymn..........Standing on the Promises
The Optometrist's Hymn.........Open My Eyes That I Might See
The IRS Agent's Hymn...........I Surrender All
The Gossip's Hymn..............Pass It On
The Electrician's Hymn.........Send the Light
The Shopper's Hymn.............Sweet By and By
The Realtor's Hymn.............I've Got A Mansion Just Over the Hilltop
The Pilot's Hymn...............I'll Fly Away
The Paramedic's Hymn...........Revive Us Again
The Judge's Hymn...............Almost Persuaded
The Psychiatrist's Hymn........Just a Little Talk With Jesus
The Architect's Hymn...........How Firm A Foundation
The Credit Card Telemarketer's Hymn.....A Charge To Keep I Have
The Zookeeper's Hymn...........All Creatures of Our God & King
The Postal Worker's Hymn.......So Send I You
The Waiter's Hymn..............Fill My Cup, Lord
The Gardener's Hymn............Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming
The Lifeguard's Hymn...........Rescue the Perishing
The Criminal's Hymn............Search Me, O God
The Baker's Hymn...............When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
The Shoe Repairer's Hymn.......It Is Well With My Soul
The Travel Agent's Hymn........Anywhere With Jesus
The Geologist's Hymn...........Rock of Ages
The Hematologist's Hymn........Are You Washed in the Blood?
The Mens' Wear Clerk's Hymn....Blest Be the Tie
The Umpire's Hymn..............I Need No Other Argument
The Librarian's Hymn...........Whispering Hope
Psalm 147:1: "Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
PRAYER: Eternal God, thanking you for giving us a new song of praise to sing unto you. We honor and worship you with the fruit of our lips which is our praise to you this day. Amen.
Selected from God@Work newsletter. God@Work is a ministry of St Mark's United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd., Lincoln Nebraska 68520 U.S.A.
Posted Sat., July 28, 2012
A Quiz for People Who Know Everything
1. There’s one sport in which neither the spectators nor the
participants know the score or the leader until the contest
ends. What is it?
2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving
3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their
own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must
be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial
4. At noon and midnight the hour and minute hands are
exactly coincident with each other. How many other times
between noon and midnight do the hour and minute hands
5. What is the only sport in which the ball is always in
the possession of the team on defense, and the offensive
team can score without touching the ball?
6. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
7. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a
real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe,
and the bottle is genuine; it hasn’t been cut in any way.
How did the pear get inside the bottle?
8. Only three words in standard English begin with the
letters “dw.” They are all common. Name two of them.
9. There are fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar.
Can you name half of them?
10. Where are the lakes that are referred to in the “Los
11. There are seven ways a baseball player can legally
reach first base without getting a hit. Taking a base on
balls — a walk — is one way. Name the other six.
12. It’s the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold
frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but
fresh. What is it?
13. How is it possible for a pitcher to make four or more
strikeouts in one inning?
14. Name six or more things that you can wear on your feet,
that begin with the letter “s.”
** ANSWERS TO QUIZ **
2. Niagara Falls. The rim is worn down about 2 and a half
feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water
that rush over it every minute.
3. Asparagus and rhubarb.
4. Ten times (not eleven, as most people seem to think, if
you do not believe it, try it with your watch, it is only
7. The pear grew inside the bottle. The bottles are placed
over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place
on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the whole
growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped
off at the stems.
8. Dwarf, dwell, and dwindle.
9. Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen,
apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation
marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.
10. In Minnesota. The team was originally known as the
Minneapolis Lakers, and kept the name when they moved
11. Batter hit by a pitch; passed ball; catcher
interference; catcher drops third strike; fielder’s choice;
and being designated as a pinch runner.
13. If the catcher drops a called third strike, and doesn’t
throw the batter out at first base, the runner is safe.
14. Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis,
snowshoes, stockings, and so on.
The Rev. Dr. William Barber, II
Charge to the 103rd Annual Convention of the NAACP
July 11, 2012
Posted Thurs., Aug. 9, 2012
Be sure to check this website from the files of Alex Dawson, BHS Class of 1961 -
Posted Thurs., August 16, 2012
DO YOU REMEMBER SOME OF THESE...
5 cents for a bottle of coke from the machine
$1.00 for the best 6 hamburgers
8 cents for a pound for butter
25 cents for a quart of strawberries
20 cents for a ham salad sandwich
6 cents for a pound of cabbage
15 cents for 5 pounds of onions
35 cents for a 10 lb bag of potatoes
4 cents for a can of carnation milk
10 cents for a loaf of bread
20 cents for 2 heads of lettuce
30 cents for a box of ritz crackers
10 cents for a can of tomato soup
45 cents for a pound of american cheese
30 cents for 2 pounds of apples
20 cents for 2 pounds of bananas
95 cents for a pound of porterhouse steak
40 cents for a pound of chicken breasts
50 cents for a pound of sirloin steak
30 cents for a pound of bacon
60 cents for a pound of T bone steak
35 cents for a pound of chuck roast
35 cents for 1 pound of coffee
30 cents for 3 cans of creamed corn
40 cents for a dozen of eggs
5 cents for a box of jiffy mix
15 cents for a box of shreaded wheat
25 cents for 3 cans of pork and beans
Just a pair of tire chains
would get you through the deep snow
12 cents for (1) gallon of gasoline
In 1950 a new house cost $8,450.00
In 1950 the average cost
of a new car was $1,510.00
If you remember some of these,
you know these were the good old days...
The 50's was the best years
and nothing tasted better than
Mom and Grandma's home cooking!
Posted Thurs., August 16, 2012
Courtesy of Alex Dawson:
Mitt Romney could win. Don't believe it?
Well, you're not alone. Most people don't understand that the GOP has an incredibly upsetting plan in place to put Mitt Romney in the White House—a plan that, frankly, is working.
This video spells it out for you—a three pronged GOP strategy that includes a little-known, shocking, and racist strategy designed to help Romney win. Watching and sharing it might be the most important thing you do to defeat Romney in this election.
Please click here, watch "REVEALED: The GOP Strategy", and share this with your family and friends.
When I vote, I'm thinking about an America with universal access to healthcare, without the practices of mass incarceration, and an end to racial profiling. I also want to see an increase in access to education so we can end economic disparity.
I'm sure you have your own reasons, and we'd love to hear them. After finding out what drives NAACP supporters to vote, we'll send you the graphic so you can share it with your family and friends.
I know an America with every NAACP supporter voting would be a wonderful place. Share your thoughts so we can complete our graphic today:
From The Files of Delores M. Flynn, BHS Class of 1968
WE MUST SHOW UP
If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now. The right to vote is not just a constitutional matter but a right borne out of struggle, out of sacrifice and a gift from the God. 2600 years ago God had his prophet say to every nation you must do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before your God. 2000 years ago he had his Son say that the least of these must be at the center of public policy. Think for a moment where we are now here today...
236 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence,
176 years since Texas revolted because they wanted to keep their slaves,
163 years since Harriet Tubman escaped slavery,
149 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation,
147 years since the end of the Civil war,
118 years since the riots of Wilmington North Carolina to stop black political power,
108 years since the riots in Springfield Illinois,
68 years since Smith v. Allwright opened up primaries for black people,
68 years since Primus King was denied the right to vote in Georgia in a primary,
46 years after Barbara Jordan was the first African American to sit in the Texas Senate,
48 years since Fannie Lou Hamer said there comes a time when you get sick and tired of being sick and tired.
51 years since Dr. King said to the AFL CIO that the only voting platform that could transform America would be for blacks, poor whites and Latinos to learn how to work together,
49 years since the murder of Medgar Evers,
49 years since the March on Washington,
49 years since the bombing of four girls in a Birmingham church,
48 years since the signing of the Civil Rights Act,
47 years since Bloody Sunday,
47 years since the Voting Rights act,
47 years since Malcolm X was killed,
44 years since students at South Carolina State were massacred,
44 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King,
44 years since the signing of the Fair Housing Act,
43 years since conservatives dismantled the Office of Economic Opportunity,
43 years since my parents fought to integrate public schools,
3 years since Barack whose name means Praise the Lord was sworn in to be President of these United States.
1 year since Troy Davis was murdered by the state,
4 months and 11 days since the shooting of Trayvon Martin,
4 months since the secret documents revealed by the National Organization on Marriage that they started the same sex marriage fight not for moral reasons but to split the black and LGBT community in order to defeat President Obama.
We have been through too much and seen too much and fought for too much. If we ever needed to vote.......we need to vote right now!
Not only have we been through too much, there's still too much to fight for...
27.4% of African Americans in poverty. 12 million children red, yellow, black and white in poverty
27 million Americans unemployed, 14% of African Americans unemployed. 49 million Americans uninsured. 1 out of every 5 African Americans uninsured. 1 million African Americans incarcerated.
Politicians can say "elect me and I'll take your healthcare"
"elect me and I'll take your voting rights"
"elect me and I'll take your social security"
"elect me and I'll re=segregate your public schools"
"elect me and I'll ignore your poverty" ….and still get votes!
Here we are 22 million African Americans eligible to vote and yet 8 million didn't vote
1% of the population controls 42% of the wealth. 10% of the population controls 93% of the wealth.
Banks get bailouts from loans with our money with no interest and the banks turn around and lend us our money back with interest. These are critical times and we need to vote now.
I don't know if Republicans are going to show up. I don't know if Democrats are going to show up but the sons and daughters of slaves we better “the hell” show up!
Our parents did more with less than we have today
with less they beat slavery
with less they beat Jim Crow
with less they beat lynching
with less they beat the KKK
with less, Harriet Tubman got 500 slaves out of slavery
she didn't have email
she didn't have text Facebook……..she didn't have [???]
We must do more with more so from now until November email everybody you know. Tell them to show up.
Text everybody, tell them to show up. MySpace everybody, tell them to show up. Tell your friends on Facebook to show up. Call everybody you know and tell them to show up.
When we do what we are supposed to do, God will show up. God will bless our efforts. He always has and He always will. When we work our faith, there are miracles and movements.
Faith without works is destitute and devoid, but faith with works is dynamic and can change a destiny.
Whenever we work our faith, God shows up.
When Moses stretched out his rod, God showed up, the wind came down and the Red Sea opened up
Pharaoh was brought down when they marched around Jericho, God showed up, walls fell down.
When David threw the rock, God showed up, Goliath came down.
When Daniel went in the lions' den, God showed up, the lions calmed down.
When Esther went to see the King, God showed up and evil plans were turned around.
When a woman touched the hem of his garment, God showed up blood disease slowed down.
When a boy gave the lord fish and five loaves of bread, God showed up and a buffet came down
When Jesus went to the cross God showed up, Satan's kingdom was torn down. Early Sunday morning resurrection happened and the angels had a holy ghost throw down.
When Thurgood Marshall went to the Supreme Court and America's segregation was brought down.
When Rosa Parks sat down, God showed up, Jim Crow had to step down.
If we vote the tea party will be voted down. Every time we put our faith and our works together evil is shut down and God shows up!
What's in your hands? Use what you got—God will give you what you need!
If we ever needed to vote we need to vote right now!"and God will show up!
We had an excellent voter turnout in November 2008, let's do it again!
Posted Mon., Sept. 3, 2012
This article appeared in the News & Observer which is published in Raleigh on September 2, 2012.
As a child, Palestine Small suffered extreme neglect and abuse at the hands of her family, including being shot by one relative and being fed alcohol from the age of 9 to help her tolerate regular beatings. An addict by her early teens, Palestine was in the judicial system by her late teens, often homeless, and sometimes suicidal. Finally, Triangle Residential Options For Substance Abusers (TROSA) helped change her life. Today, she is sober, part of a prison ministry, and a mentor to college students. Palestine will use her GSK Opportunity Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to study religion and sociology. Eventually, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree and devote her life to helping addicts turn their lives from defeat to victory.
DURHAM -- Palestine Small’s past has a lot of low points – from being taken from her mentally ill mother at the age of 5 to enduring beatings at the hands of her aunt to a long history of drug addiction and violence.
But at 46, she sees a future full of high points.
With the help of Durham’s TROSA substance abuse program, Small has beaten addiction and plans to devote her life to helping others. Already, she has started working with women at TROSA and volunteering in prisons and with people who have HIV.
Later this month, Small will start as a full-time student at UNC-Chapel Hill with the help of a GlaxoSmithKline Opportunity Scholarship. She already earned her associate degree from Durham Technical Community College and plans to earn a master’s degree and work to help other drug addicts recover.
It’s an amazing transformation for the woman who radiated confidence from behind the podium at GlaxoSmithKline’s Research Triangle Park offices, where she received the award in July. Small stood tall and spoke eloquently about her hopes to inspire others with her story.
“My life is proof that your past doesn’t have to decide your future,” Small said at the ceremony for this year’s four scholarship recipients, who received up to $20,000 each. “I didn’t have a very good start in life, but I intend to blaze a trail on my road to glory.”
Sandra Alger, director of women’s programs at TROSA, remembers Smalls first days at the program, when she cried every day, but then went on to work her way up to head chef in the kitchen and earned mostly A’s in her college classes.
Alger says Small’s turnaround stands out in a 25-year career in which she’s witnessed many success stories.
“She is so single-minded,” says Alger, who counseled Small throughout her stay at TROSA and remains a friend. “She came in more broken than most; she had never had a life, really. But she wanted to get a life, and she never looked back.”
Traumatic early start
Small (whose first name is pronounced Pal-es-teen’) was born in Virginia and spent much of her youth in the North Carolina town of Belhaven, near the coast in Beaufort County. Her mother was a paranoid schizophrenic, and her father was an alcoholic long-distance truck driver who was often absent.
When authorities realized her mother was unable to care for her and her older sister, Small was placed in foster care, and her mother went to a mental institution. Eventually, the girls were adopted by their aunt, from whom they endured regular beatings and cruelty.
Small says her aunt would shoot and kill the birds in their yard as a warning, to show what might happen to the girls if they were to tell their social worker of the beatings. Once, Small says, her aunt forced her to dig a hole in the backyard that was to be her grave.
Small says her uncle started giving her capfuls of vodka when she was 9 to help her tolerate the beatings – the start of a long history of substance abuse.
When their aunt died, the girls were sent to live with their grandmother, who was 85 at the time. Small says her grandmother was a kinder caretaker. But she was also frustrated with her inability to control her granddaughters, who by then were defiant and unruly.
When Small was 14, her grandmother shot her in the buttocks after she attacked her sister with a cinder block during a fight over a portable stereo.
After that incident, Small was sent to live with her father, whom she didn’t recall ever meeting before then, even though he lived only a few miles away.
Small says his home was a haven of drugs and alcohol; she resumed drinking and experimented with drugs there. She didn’t go to school, and she was expected to take care of herself. Soon, her father sent her to live with a man he said was her brother, who sexually abused her.
She ran away and moved around Belhaven for years, staying with various friends and boyfriends and going through homeless spells.
At one point, Small says, she was raped, beaten on the head, and left outside her father’s home. He simply told her to take a bath and leave.
A few years later, after being held at gunpoint by a man whom she tried to rob, she resolved to change her life. It was 2001, and she was nearly 40, addicted to crack cocaine, and working as a prostitute.
Change didn’t come easily. Her first step was to look for a real job, but she was still struggling with her addictions – unable to pass drug tests even when she was capable of working – and she had little experience.
She heard about the free, live-in program offered by Durham’s TROSA (Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers) as she was discharged from another mental health facility, and she was accepted into the program.
“My drug dealer and my boyfriend told me I was joining a cult and that they might kill me,” she says of her decision to move to Durham to enter the program. “But I didn’t feel like I had a lot to lose.”
Small stayed at TROSA four years, nearly twice the normal stay, and credits the program’s staff members, many of whom are recovering addicts themselves, with helping her escape addiction and heal her mind and heart.
“They gave me time to stop and think,” she says, “to go back to that 9-year-old girl and deal with those emotions that I had never allowed myself to deal with.”
She worked at several jobs there and then entered the organization’s scholar program, earning her associate degree at Durham Tech, where she now works as a student counselor.
She started at UNC-CH in the summer and will attend classes full-time this fall. She’s living in an on-campus apartment in Chapel Hill.
“I wanted to have that whole college experience,” she says.
The Opportunity Scholarship is given to students who have overcome adversity to find success. Small has “faced experiences most of us cannot imagine,” says Nancy Pekarek, vice president for communications at GlaxoSmithKline. Yet she has also “discovered the powerful combination of inner strength, commitment and having a dream.”
Small hopes to earn a master’s degree in either public health or social work. She’s not sure exactly what path she’ll take, but she hopes to work on creating solutions that will help the many drug addicts who never see the success she found at TROSA.
“I want to take all of that pain and turn it into power for other people,” she says.
Posted Tues., Sept. 4, 2012
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/08/04/2245990/from-addiction-to-college-a-life.html#storylink=cpy
From the files of Clareace W. Lane, BHS Class of 1957
129 years - FREDERICK DOUGLASS ON THE COLORED MAN
This really is profound -- These words ring true 129 years later... pass it on
Many people wonder why Republican legislators are so unrelenting on President Obama. Frederick Douglass gave us the answer many years ago. How prophetic!
“Though the colored man is no longer subject to barter and sale, he is surrounded by an adverse settlement which fetters all his movements. In his downward course he meets with no resistance, but his course upward is resented and resisted at every step of his progress. If he comes in ignorance, rags and wretchedness he conforms to the popular belief of his character, and in that character he is welcome; but if he shall come as a gentleman, a scholar and a statesman, he is hailed as a contradiction to the national faith concerning his race, and his coming is resented as impudence. In one case he may provoke contempt and derision, but in the other he is an affront to pride and provokes malice.”
September 25, 1883
Posted Fri., Sept. 14, 2012
NC 'move over' law expands to roadside work crews
Raleigh, N.C. — Starting Monday, drivers on North Carolina roads must change lanes or slow down to avoid any roadside utility or maintenance crews bearing flashing amber lights, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Violators could face a fine of up to $250.
Under the state's newly expanded "move over" law, drivers must move over one lane when two or more lanes are available in each direction to make way for emergency responders, tow trucks, NCDOT incident management assistance patrols, and now, roadside work crews. On roads with only one traffic lane in each direction, drivers must slow down and be prepared to stop.
The General Assembly passed the initial move-over requirements in 2001 and voted in June to expand them to include any work crew with flashing amber lights.
Below is a transcription of President Barack Obama's speech in Chicago after his re-election Tuesday night, as transcribed by Roll Call.
"Thank you so much. Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an American family and we rise or fall together as one nation and as one people. Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come. I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time. By the way, we have to fix that. Whether you pounded the pavement or picked up the phone, whether you held an Obama sign or a Romney sign, you made your voice heard and you made a difference. I just spoke with Gov. Romney and I congratulated him and Paul Ryan on a hard-fought campaign. We may have battled fiercely, but it's only because we love this country deeply and we care so strongly about its future. From George to Lenore to their son Mitt, the Romney family has chosen to give back to America through public service and that is the legacy that we honor and applaud tonight. In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Gov. Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward. I want to thank my friend and partner of the last four years, America's happy warrior, the best vice president anybody could ever hope for, Joe Biden. And I wouldn't be the man I am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago. Let me say this publicly: Michelle, I have never loved you more. I have never been prouder to watch the rest of America fall in love with you, too, as our nation's first lady. Sasha and Malia, before our very eyes you're growing up to become two strong, smart beautiful young women, just like your mom. And I'm so proud of you guys. But I will say that for now one dog's probably enough. To the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics. The best. The best ever. Some of you were new this time around, and some of you have been at my side since the very beginning. But all of you are family. No matter what you do or where you go from here, you will carry the memory of the history we made together and you will have the lifelong appreciation of a grateful president. Thank you for believing all the way, through every hill, through every valley. You lifted me up the whole way and I will always be grateful for everything that you've done and all the incredible work that you put in. I know that political campaigns can sometimes seem small, even silly. And that provides plenty of fodder for the cynics that tell us that politics is nothing more than a contest of egos or the domain of special interests. But if you ever get the chance to talk to folks who turned out at our rallies and crowded along a rope line in a high school gym, or saw folks working late in a campaign office in some tiny county far away from home, you'll discover something else. You'll hear the determination in the voice of a young field organizer who's working his way through college and wants to make sure every child has that same opportunity. You'll hear the pride in the voice of a volunteer who's going door to door because her brother was finally hired when the local auto plant added another shift. You'll hear the deep patriotism in the voice of a military spouse who's working the phones late at night to make sure that no one who fights for this country ever has to fight for a job or a roof over their head when they come home. That's why we do this. That's what politics can be. That's why elections matter. It's not small, it's big. It's important. Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated. We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy.
That won't change after tonight, and it shouldn't. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty. We can never forget that as we speak people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today. But despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for America's future. We want our kids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers. A country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology and discovery and innovation, with all the good jobs and new businesses that follow. We want our children to live in an America that isn't burdened by debt, that isn't weakened by inequality, that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. We want to pass on a country that's safe and respected and admired around the world, a nation that is defended by the strongest military on earth and the best troops this -- this world has ever known. But also a country that moves with confidence beyond this time of war, to shape a peace that is built on the promise of freedom and dignity for every human being. We believe in a generous America, in a compassionate America, in a tolerant America, open to the dreams of an immigrant's daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag. To the young boy on the south side of Chicago who sees a life beyond the nearest street corner. To the furniture worker's child in North Carolina who wants to become a doctor or a scientist, an engineer or an entrepreneur, a diplomat or even a president -- that's the future we hope for. That's the vision we share. That's where we need to go -- forward. That's where we need to go. Now, we will disagree, sometimes fiercely, about how to get there. As it has for more than two centuries, progress will come in fits and starts. It's not always a straight line. It's not always a smooth path. By itself, the recognition that we have common hopes and dreams won't end all the gridlock or solve all our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward. But that common bond is where we must begin. Our economy is recovering. A decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over. And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you, and you've made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead. Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual. You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system. Freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We've got more work to do. But that doesn't mean your work is done. The role of citizen in our democracy does not end with your vote. America's never been about what can be done for us. It's about what can be done by us together through the hard and frustrating, but necessary work of self-government. That's the principle we were founded on. This country has more wealth than any nation, but that's not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military in history, but that's not what makes us strong. Our university, our culture are all the envy of the world, but that's not what keeps the world coming to our shores. What makes America exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth. The belief that our destiny is shared; that this country only works when we accept certain obligations to one another and to future generations. The freedom which so many Americans have fought for and died for come with responsibilities as well as rights. And among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism. That's what makes America great. I am hopeful tonight because I've seen the spirit at work in America. I've seen it in the family business whose owners would rather cut their own pay than lay off their neighbors, and in the workers who would rather cut back their hours than see a friend lose a job. I've seen it in the soldiers who reenlist after losing a limb and in those SEALs who charged up the stairs into darkness and danger because they knew there was a buddy behind them watching their back. I've seen it on the shores of New Jersey and New York, where leaders from every party and level of government have swept aside their differences to help a community rebuild from the wreckage of a terrible storm. And I saw just the other day, in Mentor, Ohio, where a father told the story of his 8-year-old daughter, whose long battle with leukemia nearly cost their family everything had it not been for health care reform passing just a few months before the insurance company was about to stop paying for her care. I had an opportunity to not just talk to the father, but meet this incredible daughter of his. And when he spoke to the crowd listening to that father's story, every parent in that room had tears in their eyes, because we knew that little girl could be our own. And I know that every American wants her future to be just as bright. That's who we are. That's the country I'm so proud to lead as your president. And tonight, despite all the hardship we've been through, despite all the frustrations of Washington, I've never been more hopeful about our future. I have never been more hopeful about America. And I ask you to sustain that hope. I'm not talking about blind optimism, the kind of hope that just ignores the enormity of the tasks ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. I'm not talking about the wishful idealism that allows us to just sit on the sidelines or shirk from a fight. I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting. America, I believe we can build on the progress we've made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you're willing to work hard, it doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn't matter whether you're black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you're willing to try. I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We're not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.
And together with your help and God's grace we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth. Thank you, America. God bless you. God bless these United States." -- President Barack Obama
Posted Wed., Nov. 7, 2012
History of Veteran’s Day
Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. Some schools are closed on Veterans Day, while others do not close, but choose to mark the occasion with special assemblies or other activities.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be "filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory". There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11am.
In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving. The Congress also requested that the president should "issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples."
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved on May 13, 1938, which made November 11 in each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans". Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.
In 1968 the Uniforms Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) made an attempt to move Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October. The bill took effect in 1971. However, this caused a lot of confusion as many states disagreed with this decision and continued to hold Veterans Day activities on November 11. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which stated that Veterans Day would again be observed on November 11 from 1978 onwards. Veterans Day is still observed on November 11.
Posted Thurs., Nov. 8, 2012
Happy Veteran's Day to all who served!
Veteran’s Day Prayer
Today we honor our veterans,
worthy men and women
who gave their best
when they were called upon
to serve and protect their country.
We pray that you will bless them, Lord,
for their unselfish service
in the continual struggle
to preserve our freedoms, our safety,
and our country’s heritage, for all of us.
Bless them abundantly
for the hardships they faced,
for the sacrifices they made
for their many different contributions
to America’s victories
over tyranny and oppression.
We respect them, we thank them,
we honor them, we are proud of them,
and we pray that you will watch over
these special people
and bless them with peace and happiness.
In Jesus’ name we pray; Amen.
By Joanna Fuchs
Posted Thurs., Nov. 8, 2012
The St. Reddick MB Church hosted a Pre-Veterans' Day Luncheon on Saturday, November 10th, in honor of veterans within the church family and in the immediate area.
Participating in the program were Pastor James W. Harris, Jeff Windley, Valery Fonville, Carolyn Satchell, Lynnette Davis and Cynthia Heath. Musical entertainment was provided by the Church's Youth Department.
Certificates and gifts were presented to each veteran.
Lunch was prepared and served by Marian Ward, Mary Nimons and Sonya Jones.
Warren Allen, an assistant Veteran's Service Officer, presented an overview of the services and benefits available to veterans, their spouses and survivors.
Veterans who attended the luncheon are pictured below:
Row 1: Elder Albert Russell, Golet Holloway Sr and Elmer Windley
Row 2: John Jones, Alvin Chenault, Calvin Coviel, Rev. James W. Harris, Barbara Boyd-Williams and Charlie Weston
Row 3: Will Satchell, Kerry Williams and Warren Allen
O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
-Samuel F. Pugh
Help Me Thanksgiving Day Prayer
O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the huyngry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help/
By word and deed,
those who cry out fror what we take for granted.
Atlanta-based rapper Shawty Lo has 11 children by ten women, a girlfriend the same age as his oldest daughters, and — if Oxygen Media executives have their way — a provocative new reality show that they hope women of color will flock to this spring.
According to Oxygen's parent company NBC Universal, the show — tentatively titled All My Babies' Mamas — will chronicle Shawty Lo's attempts to "split his affection multiple ways while trying to create order" in navigating the "dysfunction" of his "drama-filled," "unique 'modern' family."1
Leaked online footage from the pilot showing Shawty Lo struggling to name his children — and one mother rebranding each woman with nicknames like "Fighter Baby Mama," "Shady Baby Mama," "Baby Mama from Hell" and "Wanna-Be-Bougie Baby Mama" — drew immediate criticism from Black people across the country.2 Despite the backlash, network executives remain intent on moving forward with the reality project.
Join ColorOfChange.org in calling on Oxygen Media and its advertisers to put an end to this dehumanizing reality show.Media corporations have built a profit model around pushing increasingly inflammatory images of Black folks, our families and communities.3 By taking action today, you can help us prevent All My Babies' Mamas from gaining traction before it even airs — and send a powerful message to the broader entertainment industry that we deserve better.
When Oprah Winfrey and former Nickelodeon executive Geraldine Laybourne launched the Oxygen cable network in 2000, "the company [aspired] to be a strong advocate for women."4 But since its purchase by NBC Universal in 2007, Oxygen has steadily increased its stable of cheaply-produced reality television programming that exploits women, children and now Shawty Lo's "unconventional" family.5,6
We already know that only a narrow range of Black characters or personalities ever makes it onto America's television screens. When combined with the overwhelmingly negative representations of Black Americans we see on the daily news, shows like All My Babies' Mamas reinforce ugly stereotypes about Black men and women — that we're hypersexual, combative and unfit to parent our children.7,8 In addition to reducing self-esteem, a number of studies confirm that these distorted portrayals can lead non-Black audiences to hold onto problematic perceptions of Black folks that have dangerous real-world consequences: Black people experience "less attention from doctors, harsher sentencing by judges, lower likelihood of being hired or admitted to school, lower odds of getting loans, and a higher likelihood of being shot by police."9
ColorOfChange has a long track record of holding corporations and media figures accountable for race-baiting speech and for trafficking in harmful racial stereotypes. Today it's critical that we begin a broader conversation about the demonstrated impact of dehumanizing media portrayals in our everyday lives. The creators of All My Babies' Mamas claim that their show is "daring." But Oxygen has shown that its decision to invest in and promote inaccurate and harmful perceptions of Black families is business as usual — and it has to stop.
Though many alumni have served in the United States Armed Forces, we do not have a formal directory of all who have served. Many served with distinction and we would like to recognize them in some way. We welcome your suggestions as to a fitting and proper manner in which we can honor these brave men and women from our community.
Your help is desperately needed in compiling a directory of all alumni and other Afro Americans who lived in Belhaven and have served in the US Armed Forces. Please find attached a form that is being used to gather this information. If you have served and/or members of your family have served and would like to be listed in the Directory, please complete the form and return to me at the address listed above. Please complete as much of this information as you like even if you only want to submit your name but I do hope that you will share more than that. I am also asking that you share this form with former schoolmates as well and encourage them to submit their listing.
There is no deadline for submission of information at this time but one will be announced at a later date. It is hoped that the response will be such that we can have a printed document by Veteran's Day 2013 which will be shared with all who are listed in the Directory.
For those veterans who are deceased, if we can get a name, we can get additional information if their discharge papers were filed with the county's Register of Deeds' office.
Thank you in advance for your support of this worthwhile project and hope to see you during our 51st homecoming celebration.
This morning, President Obama talked about the tragedy in Newtown, which happened 104 days ago, and brought a room to silence with a simple point:
"The entire country was shocked," he said. "And the entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different. Shame on us if we've forgotten. I haven't forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we've forgotten."
He was in the East Room, standing with a group of mothers who have lost children to gun violence. He was pushing Congress to act on common-sense steps to help protect our kids by reducing that kind of violence. Measures like eliminating background check loopholes that an overwhelming majority of Americans support.
"Right now, 90 percent of Americans -- 90 percent -- support background checks that will keep criminals and people who have been found to be a danger to themselves or others from buying a gun. More than 80 percent of Republicans agree. More than 80 percent of gun owners agree. Think about that. How often do 90 percent of Americans agree on anything?"
"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me. But it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important." --The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Wall Street Journal, November 13, 1962
I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL AND WAS READING FAST UNTIL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER READING SLOWER AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD. THIS EMAIL IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING. MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK.
You know. . . time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
But, here it is... the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.
But, here it is...my friends are retired and getting grey...they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me...but, I see the great change...Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!
And so...now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that when it's over on this earth...it’s over. A new adventure will begin!
Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done...things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime.
So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!
"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one.
LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY!
Remember "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. LIVE HAPPY IN 2013!
LASTLY, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN, YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE SO - ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.
Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!
Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
You forget names.... But it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!
You realize you're never going to be really good at anything.... especially golf.
The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.
You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".
You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ???
Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.
You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
What used to be freckles are now liver spots. Everybody whispers.
You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear.
But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!
Stay well, "OLD FRIEND!" Send this on to other "Old Friends!" and let them laugh in AGREEMENT!!!
It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.
Posted Tues., April 23, 2013
Belhaven Alumni Club
Post Office Box 121
Belhaven, NC 2810
May 10, 2013
Greetings Fellow Alumni,
Though many alumni have served in the United States Armed Forces, a formal directory of all who have served does not exist. Many served with distinction and we would like to recognize them in some way. We welcome your suggestions as to a fitting and proper manner in which we can honor these brave men and women from our community.
Your help is desperately needed in compiling a directory of all alumni and other Afro Americans who lived in Belhaven and served or is currently serving in the US Armed Forces. Please find attached a form that is being used to gather this information. If you have served and/or members of your family have served and would like to be listed in the Directory, please complete the form and return to me at the address listed above.
Please complete as much of this information as you like even if you only want to submit your name but I do hope that you will share more than your name. I am also asking that you share this form with former schoolmates and family members as well and encourage them to submit their listing. Please mail the completed form to C. Heath, PO Box 121, Belhaven, NC 27810 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
There is no deadline for submission of information at this time but one will be announced at a later date. It is hoped that the response will be such that we can have a printed document by Veteran's Day 2013 which will be shared with all who are listed in the Directory.
For those veterans who are deceased, if we can get a name, we can get additional information if their discharge papers were filed with the county's Register of Deeds' office.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact any member of the Belhaven Alumni Club. Thank you in advance for your support of this worthwhile project.
(Ms) Cynthia M. Heath
Veterans of the United States Armed Forces Directory
Alumni Class Year
Branch of Military Service
Years of Service
Rank at Discharge
Military Awards, Citations and Recognitions
Tours of Duty
Civilian Awards, Citations and Recognitions
Posted Tues., May 21,2013
From the files of Denise W. Barnes.........
"Not Over Until the Lord Says So" by DeBorah Worrell Woods(JAW Class of 1972).
Juneteenth celebrations commenced this weekend and continue through out next. Learn more about the history of the Texas celebration from TheRoot.com.
Posted Mon., June 17, 2013
Birmingham was ground zero in the fight against segregationist laws and captured national attention in 1963. Other cities facing similar civil rights issues were also taking note by staging demonstrations of their own like the City of New Orleans.
The City of Birmingham is commemorating these cities with the Civil Rights Traveling Exhibition, the Movement that Changed the World. The Civil Rights Traveling Exhibition will be on display at the 2013 ESSENCE Festival, located in the pre-function area outside of the Great Hall. This exhibition is designed to enlighten and educate the public of the many contributions made in 1963 and impacting civil rights legislation over several decades.
Take a trip to Birmingham, AL from September 11-15, 2013 for the City of Birmingham Empowerment Week; a week long commemoration and dialogue on civil and human rights. Birmingham impacted the nation's consciousness as the tide began changing toward more inclusiveness. Visit 50yearsforward.com for more information. #50yearsforward
Posted Sun., June 23, 2013
We all remember things Mama's sayings about different things. These sayings have been around since the beginning of time, and much to their chagrin, mama's children have found themselves repeating them to their children, grandchildren and any children in their care.
The sayings that have been included were found floating in cyberspace. The URL was
Don't forget! We are still collecting info for the Directory of Veterans. A form for use in submitting information can be found above. Please help us to make this an inclusive directory.
Posted Sun., August. 11, 2013
I regret to inform you that the Clock of Life for Ronald(Ronnie Bee) Fonville, BHS Class of 1966, stopped just before midnight on Thurs., August 15. Details will be posted as they become available.
Posted Fri., August 16, 2013
Services will be held on Thursday, August 22, at the St. Reddick Missionary Baptist Church, 2:00 PM
Updated Mon., Aug. 19, 2013
Posted Fri., Sept. 20, 2013
Wow! Our website has had more than 70,000 visitors. Thank you for continuing to visit. Please leave a message if you so desire on our guest page. We will begin posting info about homecoming after the first of the year.
By the way, we are still soliciting listings for our Veterans' Directory. If you have not submitted your info, it's not too late. Please help by encouraging your former classmates and family members to submit their info.
The multi-specialty clinic is scheduled to be built behind the Food Lion Shopping Center. The land has been purchased. The hospital doors will have been permanently locked by April 1, 2014. The fate of the building has not been decided.
As of Thursday, Jan. 30, we are still trapped in our homes due to the "blizzard" that occurred on Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. The roads are still covered with snow and are icy. School has been closed since Wednesday and will be closed on tomorrow(Friday).
Within the next two weeks, we will begin releasing information about Homecoming 2014, our 52nd consecutive year.
Congratulations to Mrs. Alma Whitaker on the recent celebration of the 85th anniversary of her birth. The celebration was hosted by her grandchildren and their families.
Posted Thurs., Jan. 30, 2014
Theme for Black History Month 2014: Civil Rights in America
But say Little Eva and many people, especially Baby Boomers, know exactly whom you are talking about.
Little Eva will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on Oct. 16 in the Gem Theater in Kannapolis. Eva Narcissus Boyd, born in Belhaven on June 29, 1943, is best known for her No. 1 pop hit “The Loco-Motion” in September 1962. She died in Kinston from complications related to cervical cancer on April 10, 2003.
She is buried in a cemetery in Belhaven.
At an early age, she moved to the Brighton Beach area of New York at an early age. She was a babysitter for hit songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin. They had a role in her recording “The Loco-Motion.”
The song has appeared in the American Top Five pop-hits chart three times, in 1963 by Little Eva, in 1974 by Grand Funk Railroad (No. 1) and in 1988 by Kylie Minogue (No. 3). The song is part of the dance-song genre, in which a song provides directions to do a dance specific to the song. Little Eva had some moderate success after “The Loco-Motion,” most notably with “Let’s Turkey Trot.”
In a 1987 interview with the Washington Daily News for an article concerning the 25th anniversary of “The Loco-Motion” rising to No. 1 on the pop charts, the Belhaven native said she did not “locomote anymore.” She was referring to her career decision to put aside pop music and focus on gospel music after her popularity waned.
After national publicity about her plight in the late 1980s — she was holding down a minimum-wage job as a waitress in Kinston and had received welfare while living in South Carolina before she moved to Kinston — she returned to performing for a brief time with some of her music peers on the oldies circuit. In her latter years, she was involved with a ministry.
On Nov. 8, 2008, Belhaven unveiled the new headstone marking her grave in Black Bottom Cemetery to kick off the effort to restore the historically black cemetery. Before then, her grave was marked with rusty tin marker. Quincy Edgerton made the new grave marker.
Posted Tues., March 4, 2014 - A photo of Little Eva's headstone appears elsewhere on this page.
For veterans of the US Armed Forces living in North Carolina: The Department of Motor Vehicles has begun issuing stickers that can be added to your driver's license indicating that you are a veteran which will entitle you to discounts and special savings from various merchants. You will need to provide a copy of your discharge paper to verify your status when applying at DMV.
Posted Sat., March 8, 2014
Congratulations Hattie L. Gardner, BHS Class of 1960, who has been selected as a Ford Freedom Unsung Hero by the Ford Motor Company in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments!
The Ford Motor Company and the local Ford Freedom Unsung partner, NAACP ACT-SO, has expressed appreciation to Hattie for all that she has done for the Alaska community.
Ford Freedom Unsungsalutes and honors those who have positively impacted communities and whose achievements serve to enlighten and inspire others. Awards are presented to individuals in the areas of community, education, military and youth. There is one award category for an outstanding organization.
Hattie was selected as an education honoree. Honorees in each category are selected based on outstanding accomplishment including unique and valiant acts that positively impact lives in their immediate or widespread community. Honoree’s actions affect many and impart triumphant outcomes.
Posted Sunday, May 13, 2014
If you missed the live streaming of Maya Angelou's funeral on Saturday, try this link to view a replay -
Pantego Creek declines to participate in Vidant Pungo Hospital change of control
Published 6:01pm Monday, June 16, 2014 - Washington Daily News
From Sumrell Sugg Attorneys at Law on behalf of Pantego Creek LLC
June 16, 2014. After many months of discussion and debate, Pantego Creek, LLC has notified Vidant Health and the Town of Belhaven that Pantego Creek will not agree to amend the contract signed in February by Vidant and Pantego regarding the ownership of the Vidant Pungo Hospital campus. Pantego is the organization created in 2011 to oversee Vidant’s assumption of control of the hospital, which was previously independently operated by a local non-profit corporation.
In February of 2014, and in response to Vidant’s planned closure of the hospital, Pantego and Vidant agreed that upon the closure of the hospital, Vidant would transfer the hospital’s real estate to Pantego, in accordance with the original 2011 agreement giving Vidant control of the hospital. Pantego and Vidant also agreed that Vidant would construct and operate a new multi-specialty clinic serving the citizens of Belhaven, eastern Beaufort County and western Hyde County, in order to provide for the continuing provision of healthcare services to residents of these areas. These actions were taken by Pantego after an overwhelming vote of Pantego’s membership in favor of Vidant’s proposed new multi-specialty clinic and against reacquiring and operating the hospital.
Although Pantego had previously accepted a request by the Town to Vidant to postpone the closing of the hospital from April 1 to July 1 so that the Town could make arrangements to assume control of the hospital on July 1, Vidant has indicated that it would close the hospital effective July 1 if the Town is unable to assume the operation of the hospital on that date. Now, the proposed amendment to the February agreement represents a request for an additional six months, or until December 31, 2014, for the Town to make arrangements to reopen the hospital. In addition, the requested amendment would have potentially altered other very important terms of the agreement reached in February.
However, Pantego determined that amending the February agreement with Vidant in order to facilitate the transfer of the hospital’s control to the Town was not in the best interest of its members and the community at large as under certain circumstances the transfer could result in the termination of Vidant’s obligation to construct and operate the new clinic. Furthermore, Pantego continues to have strong doubts regarding the long-term viability of the hospital’s ability, as reorganized, to deliver healthcare services and to provide for the needs of local residents.
Posted Tues., June 17, 2014
Please remember Barbara Sims and her family in prayer. She and her family have suffered a tragic loss. See details at www.newsday.com/longisland/suffolk/monica-peterman
Posted Tues., June 17, 2014
Time has stopped for George Swindell, the son of the late Joseph and Lillie Swindell. George attended BHS for a few years before moving to NY to live with an aunt and graduated from high school in NY.
He returned home a few years ago and was residing in Wynn View diagonal to the hospital. No details are available at this time.
George was brother to Lavondus, , Jimmy, Annie Mae and Jeannie. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers and one sister - Anthony, Harry Lee and Joe and Gwen.
Posted Tues., July 29, 2014
Time stopped for the former Barbara Tine Crandall, Class of 1951, a few weeks ago. No details are available.
Posted Mon., Aug. 11, 2014
Time has stopped for Johnnie Hogan, BHS Class of '67.
He was brother to Beulah, Celestine, Levon, Josephine, Fannie, Bill, Thelma, Albretha, Lutisha(Doll).
Posted Sun., Aug. 24, 2014
Andrew ” Mullet” Sheppard Gray, 71, a native of Belhaven(attended BHS during elementary grades) died Friday, September 26, 2014 at his residence, 903 Green Park Terrace. His funeral service is 1:00 PM, Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Mt. Zion Holy Church. Burial will be at Woodstock FWB Church, Belhaven. Viewing hours are Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM at Oscar’s Mortuary, Inc., New Bern.
Posted Thurs., Oct. 2, 2014
This article appeared on the WITNTV station's website
Plans for Vidant Health to open a new $4-million dollar health clinic in Belhaven have stalled but the health care provider was hoping to get them rolling again.
Back in September, the town of Belhaven denied proposed building plans and revoked the building permit for the facility.
At a meeting Wednesday night, a lawyer from Vidant came to appeal the revocation of the building permit.
However, things never really got off the ground as the board of adjustment went back and forth with an the attorney for and decided to table the appeal for a later date.
There was some confusion on whether the board of adjustment was to hear an appeal from Vidant Health, or if the board was to decide to issue a special use permit.
Board of adjustment member Steve Carawan said, "The board of adjustment has been asked to do a specific job which is to look at and interpret a request for a rezoning. The representatives from Vidant have a different take on it."
The building permit was issued by the town's building inspector in August. It was revoked a month later after the town's planning board determined the property did not comply with zoning regulations.
According to the planning board, the land is zoned as residential-agricultural, which would prohibit the construction of a health clinic.
However, Vidant believes the kind of zoning required for what they say is a multispecialty facility is not regulated within the town's zoning code.
Vidant Health's attorney declined to be interviewed on camera, but a representative from the company said they're disappointed they could not move forward.
The board has agreed to meet with Vidant again at 7:00 p.m. on November 5th in the Belhaven Civic Center. That meeting is open to the public.
Time stopped for Tim Peele, JAW Class of 1985, on Monday, Oct. 20, 2015. Services were held on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2015.
Posted Mon., Oct. 27, 2015
Time has stopped for Zelda Davis, NHS Class of 1991. She was preceded by her brother approximately 4 months ago. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Time stopped today for Mrs. Addie Clark, a former teacher at Belhaven Elementary, Pantego Junior High and Belhaven Junior High School.
Posted Sat., Jan. 17, 2015
Time stopped on Tuesday, Jan. 20, for Solomon Adams, JAW Class of 1969(the first class to graduate after desegregation). You may remember that Sol was seriously injured in a fire a few years ago.
Lora Weston was funeralized January 3rd.
Posted Thurs., Jan. 22, 2015.
Time stopped for Winifred "Little Momma" B. Collins in the early morning hours of today. She had been battling a chronic illness for some time.
Please keep the family in your prayers.
Details will be posted as they become available.
Posted Wed., Feb. 4, 2015
Good News: Oscar Weston has been released from the hospital. He has resumed his daily activities with the exception of driving. His speech has returned and has been living with his daughter since his discharge.
Winifred(Little Momma) will be funeralized on Sunday afternoon, White Plains Church;
Time has stopped for Linda Nelson, stand-out ball player at JAW. No details at this time.
Posted Fri., Feb. 13, 2015
The clock of life for the former Stephanie Winfield stopped this afternoon. She was the daughter of the late Gladys Hill Winfield and George Winfield.
No details at this time.
Please keep the family in prayer.
Posted Fri., Feb. 20, 2015
JESSE JAMES ROGERS
Feb. 19, 2015
Mr. Jesse James Rogers, 70, of 320 West Pantego Street, Belhaven, NC died February 19, 2015. Funeral service will be held on Saturday February 28, 2015 2pm at White Plains Church Ministries Inc in Belhaven, NC. Burial will follow in Northside Cemetery.
Mr. Rogers was in the New York District Council of Carpenters and was also in the Navy.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria S. Rogers of the home. His mother, Gracie Mae Battle of Belhaven, NC. Three sons, Mark Swindell Green (Gloria) of Oxhill, MD, Roger Gray of Beaufort, SC and Raymon Gray of New York. One daughter, Jessica Rogers of Belhaven, NC. Three brothers, Harold Toppin of Greenville, NC, Donald Frankie Rogers of MD, and Jerry Hairston of Baltimore, MD. Seven sisters, Elanora Stewart of Wayne, NJ, Norma Jeannie Singletary of NJ, Doreen Minor of Baltimore, MD, Mary Lee Singletary of Farmville, NC, Clara Mae Rogers of Norfolk, VA, Carolyn Jones of Belhaven, NC and Tracy Hick of High Point, NC. A host of grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Viewing will be held Saturday February 28, 2015 from 12-2pm at the church.
Services for the former Stephanie Winfield will be held on Sunday, 1:00 PM, Wilkinson Center.
Posted Wed., Feb. 25, 2015
Queen Taylor, JAW Class of 1979, will be funeralized on Sunday. The clock of life for her stopped on Sunday, March 1, 2015. She was residing in Washington, NC.
Posted Fri., March 6, 2015
Time has stopped for Hattie Spencer Slade.
Posted Tues., April 14, 2015
Time has stopped for Jesse King, Class of 1952.
Posted Fri., May 8, 2015
Merry Godley, JAW Class of 1986, was involved in a fatal accident today. WITNTV reported that the throttle on her motorcycle was not working properly. The accident happened in Plymouth. I spoke with Merry during the Alumni Festival on Saturday and she was helping to "man" a booth for her class. She was assisting in coordinating plans for a class reunion to be held in June 2015.
Jesse King was funeralized this past week-end.
We are in the process of finalizing an order for bricks if you would like to purchase one.
Posted Tues., May 12, 2015
Time stopped today for alumna Matlaine Moore Keech.
Posted Wed., May 27, 2015
Time has stopped for the former Helen Credle, class of 1980. She was the daughter of Frank and Janie Abrams Credle.
No details are available at this time.
Posted Thurs., June 4, 2015
Time stopped tonight for Willie Bell Ambrose, Class of 1952.
Willie B. Ambrose was the former Willie Bell Windley and was the widow of Frank Ambrose. She was the mother of Frankie, Rennie, Steve and Regina(Gina) Ambrose. She passed after a brief illness and was living with her daughter, Gina, in Kernersville, NC.
She was also a founding member of the Belhaven Alumni Club and served as secretary for more than 25 years.
As soon as details become available for her service, they will be posted on the Club's website.
Posted Wed., June 10, 2015
Updated Thurs., June 11, 2015
Posted on Facebook...
Heaven gained another solider in God's army on July 4, 2015. Deacon Gary Baldwin has made his transition from this earthly tabernacle to his brand new body in glory. He was a true man of God, faithful servant, loving husband, and a true friend.
Home going Services will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 1:00PM at Harvest Time Evangelistic Outreach In Chocowinity NC.
Please keep the Baldwin family & Harvest Time Church family in your prayers.
Posted Wed., July 8, 2015
Time stopped for Mrs. Cora Moore Powell, a former BHS teacher. She and her husband were living in Williamston with one of his relatives. They moved there recently after losing their home in a fire. Mrs. Powell had only one child, a son, who predeceased her. No details on services but will post as soon as they become available.
Posted Thurs., July 9, 2015
It is with heaviness of heart that I inform you that time has stopped for two of the original BHS alumnae:
the former Annie Mae Swindell, sister to Levandus, Jeannie, Gloria and Jimmy as well the late Harry Lee, George, Joseph and Anthony Swindell, who will be funeralized on today;
Julia M. Ward, my mother as well as Johnnie, Willie, Charlotte and Preston, at 1:22 AM today.
Posted Sat., July 25, 2015
Mrs. Julia Mae Heath Ward will be funeralized on Thursday, July 30, at 1:00 PM, at the St. Reddick Missionary Baptist Church. She was one of the 14 young ladies who comprised the first 12th grade class at BHS and has been an ardent supporter of the Belhaven Alumni Club throughout the years.
Posted Tues., July 28, 2015
Time has stopped for Linwood(NOT IRA)McCloud, BHS Class of 1955 on Friday morning and for Carey Alexander, JAW Class of 1980 today.
Posted Sat., Aug. 8, 2015
Updated Thurs., Aug. 20, 2015
Time has stopped for Martha Lucille Hodges May, Class of 1963. Services are tentatively scheduled for Saturday.
This restaurant is owned by Melvin Simmons who has been our cater for the homecoming banquet for the past 7 years. Melvin grew up in Belhaven. He is the
son of David and Argentina Freeman who still live in Belhaven.
Posted Tues., Sept. 8, 2015
Time has stopped for Matthew Jennette, Sr, BHS alumnus. No details available at this time.
Posted Sun., Sept. 13, 2015
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I hope your week is off to a good start despite having to move your clocks ahead during the past week-end.
I regret to inform you that time stopped suddenly for Dr. Charles Boyette on last night. Details are sketchy. If you have kept up with "What's happening around town", you easily recall that Dr. Boyette served as mayor of Belhaven for several decades and had lots of political connections that resulted in our Town receiving lots of grants and new programs as they became available. He was mayor during the onslaught of Hurricane Floyd and spearheaded the acquisition of grants from FEMA that resulted in the elevation of more than 400 houses and 20+ replacement homes for citizens.
Most recently, he has been working to reopen the hospital
Dr. Boyette was a very good patron of the Belhaven Alumni Club without solicitation. He contributed annually to the scholarship fund, allowed use of his antique fire engine as a parade entry and was always available to assist in any way that he could.
Please keep the family in prayer.
Plans are coming together nicely for homecoming though we had a late start in planning. We hope to see you May 6 -8 when all roads lead to Belhaven. Keep checking our website for updates - www.belhavenhighschoolalumni.com
Posted Mon., March 14, 2016
Time has stopped for the former Deborah J. Worrell, the daughter of the late Bishop Richard and Zuradia Worrell. She was the sister of Clareace, Kareen, Alex, Denise, Rachel, Angel, Dale, Kimmet(deceased), Chris, Evangeline and Termite. She was a member of the Class of 1972.
Time also stopped last night for Brenda Smith, class of 1966 and the daughter of Beatrice Smith and the late Earl Smith. She was sister to Joe & Ricky(both deceased), Vernalette, Bernadette, Oscar and Gail. She had one son, Michael. She was a resident of River Trace Nursing Home in Washington,NC.
Services will be held on Saturday, May 21, 10:00 AM, at the First Baptist Church on Railroad Street.
No other details available at this time.
Posted Sunday, May 15, 2016
The funeral for Mrs. Deborah Jean Worrell Woods will take place on Sunday in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Condolences in the form of flowers can be sent to Serenity Autry Funeral Home, 140 North Memphis Street, Holly Springs, Mississippi, 38635. On behalf of the Worrell/Woods Family, thank you for all the love, concern, and most of all your prayers.
Updated Thurs., May 19, 2016
A couple of weeks ago, time stopped for Jesse Skinner, class of '68.
Posted Thurs., June 9, 2016
Services for Joe Mann, Class of 1960, will be held on June 18, at 11:00 with viewing at 10:00 AM, at Gospel Tabernacle Church, 421 Fulton St., Burlington, NC
Blackwell Funeral Home, 292 Rauhut St., Burlington, NC is serving the family.
Posted Tues., June 14, 2016
Belhaven was once afloat on Friday & Saturday. The stores in the downtown area were flooded. Many of our streets were impassable throughout Friday and mid-day on Saturday. The wedding for fellow alumni was still held as planned, at the Wilkinson Center. There was a funeral at St. Reddick on Saturday around the same hour. Sunday was ok but water was still standing in a few low lying spots.
Time has stopped for 2 fellow alumni - Fredrick Wilkinson(JAW Class of 1979) and the former Ernestine Mann( BHS Class of 1962). Fred's funeral is planned for Saturday, 1:00 PM, Holly Grove Church in the Sidney area. There is no information available about final services for Ernestine whose brother, Joe, was funeralized just before Homecoming 2016.
Please keep both families in your prayers.
Posted Wed., Sept. 7, 2016
Ms Delphine Credle, JAW Class of 1975 was funeralized on today.
Please keep the family in prayer.
Posted on Sat., Nov. 26, 2016
A decision has been reached on the disposition of the Pungo District Hospital building. See www.the washingtondailynews.com, www.witntv.com and www.wnct.com for the latest breaking news.
Posted Wed., Dec. 28, 2016
Time stopped for Mrs. Helen Dudley Burrus on Saturday, Jan. 29, in Durham, NC where she was living with her daughter, Denise. In addition to Denise, she was mother to Celestine, Sammy, Evon(deceased), Richard(deceased), Larry, James Earl and Janet. She was mother in kind to Edvita, Cheryl Ann, George, Terry, Jerry, Gruver and Mildred Lucille.
Miss Helen was also a former member of the Belhaven Alumni Club and church mother at the First Baptist Church.
Services are being planned for Sunday, Feb. 2, at the First Baptist Church.
Please remember the family when you pray.
Posted Mon., Jan. 30, 2017
Time stopped for Frankie Harris on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 around 9:00 PM.
More details at a later date.
Posted Wed., February 9, 2017
Belhaven has a new mayor! Ricky Credle was elected mayor last week and the oath of office is scheduled to be administered during the council’s meeting on the second Monday in December. Ricky was one of 5 candidates vying for the office and as mayor-elect, he is the first Afro-American to win the seat.
There is a lot of work to be done and he will need your prayers, words of wisdom and support for the next 2 years.
The Belhaven Alumni Club is in need of a few good members. Recruitment has begun and will culminate in a Get-Acquainted Meeting on Saturday, January 13th. Recruitment flyers will be distributed during the months of December and early January. More details will be forthcoming.
A Belated Thank You for your service to fellow alumni who are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces. Because of your bravery, we live in the land of the free. Hopefully, you did take advantage of some of the free offers that were available for this year’s Veterans’ Day Observance. Plans to publish a directory of Veterans is still a goal. There are many who have served but have not shared a listing of their military service nor given permission to include them in our publication. If you have not submitted your listing, please do so at your earliest convenience and feel free to encourage other fellow alumni to do so.
Plans for Homecoming 2018, our 56th year have been initiated and will be uploaded onto our website very shortly. Our website is still www.belhavenhighschoolalumni.com .
We are still soliciting purchases for bricks to surround the BHS monument which was dedicated in 2015. We need additional bricks to complete a partial row and to add additional bricks so that they form a square around the monument. Currently, we have a rectangular shape which means that some of the four sides are uneven in the number of rows. We have 7 bricks that have been purchased but to avoid a shipping cost, we need at least 3 more bricks to be purchased. We have hoping that those persons who received a scholarship will purchase a brick.
Posted Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
Time has stopped for
Timothy B. Moore who will be funeralized on Monday, January 15, 2018. He was the son of Cathy Moore and Lane Moore.
Inez Li'l Bit Crandall who was funeralized on Saturday, December 30, 2017. She was the daughter of Forest and Frances Crandall and sister to Rena, Joyce, Mary, Faye, Nelson, Ed and William. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters.
George R. Ebron, Jr who was a member of the class of '48 and the former principal of Belhaven Elementary School. He and his wife, Helen, were residing in Winston-Salem with their son, Tony. For the past few years, they alternated residency with Tony and their daughter, Sherri, who lives in Roanoke, Virginia. He had been in declining health for several years. Details to be announced at a later date.
Posted Sun., Jan. 14, 2018
Time has stopped for Walter Lee Spencer Jr of Edison New Jeresy He was class of 1969
Sisters Jacqueline (Charles) Moore, Dianne Hopkins, Elva (Dwight) Spruill and brother Japhonza (Demetrius) Clark. Further information will follow.
Time also stopped for Melvin Ward, Class of 1968. Services will be held in New York and will be announced when info becomes available.
Please keep both families in prayer.
Posted Thurs., Feb. 8, 2018
Time stopped earlier tonight for Della Bell Greene, Class of 1961.
Posted Thurs., Feb. 8, 2018
Service for Walter Spencer Jr.
Friday February 16, 2018 @ 12 Noon
Cathedral International Baptist Church
277 Madison Ave
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
Services for Della Greene
Saturday, February 17, 2018 @1:00 PM
St. Reddick Missionary Baptist Church
584 Pamlico Street
Belhaven, NC 27810
Posted Tues., Feb. 13, 2018
Services for Albert Baker, a loyal patron of the Belhaven Alumni Club, will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the St. Reddick Church.
Please keep his wife, alumna Bertha G. Baker, and family in prayer as this will be their 3rd loss since the week of Thanksgiving.
Time has stopped for Harold Chadwick, brother of Frances, Esther, Annie, Leo and Cora.
Time has stopped for Thurman Clark, the son of the late Johnnie (Bunk) Clark, Class of 1958, and Marie Clark, a member of the NY Alumni Club.
Please keep these families in your prayers.
Posted Mon., Feb. 26, 2018
Home Going Service for Thurman Clark will be held on Sat., March 3,2018 -
Wake: 9:00 AM Funeral: 10:00 AM
Crowe's Funeral Home, 107 - 44 Sutphin Blvd, Jamaica, NY
Graveside Service, Belhaven, Tuesday, March 6, 2:00 PM, Northside Cemetery
Updated Thur., March 1, 2018
Local residents named to ECU College of Nursing Hall of Fame
ECU News Services Sunday, May 20, 2018
Seven local residents were recently honored for their outstanding contributions to the field of nursing.
Daphne Brewington, Beth Bryant, Patricia Crane, Phyllis DeAntonio, Mark Hand, Janet Joyner and Ann Schreier were inducted into the East Carolina University College of Nursing’s Hall of Fame. The award recognizes exceptional nurse leaders in education, administration, research and practice while raising funds for merit-based student nursing scholarships. Sandra Manning received the honor posthumously.
“This Hall of Fame not only recognizes our outstanding leaders, but is another way to give back to future generations of nurses,” said Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing.
Brewington earned her associate degree in nursing from Beaufort County Community College and her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from ECU. She has worked in a variety of roles at Vidant Medical Center for 33 years, including as staff nurse, nurse manager for the neurosurgical/trauma unit and educational nurse specialist. She currently serves as the administrator for nursing professional practice, development and clinical education, and as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Nursing.
Posted Sun., May 20, 2018
Please note that Daphne is the daughter of the Late Lillie M. Holloway and Mike Holloway. She is a 1980 graduate of the former John A. Wilkinson High School.
Time stopped for Vincent Spencer, BHS Class of 1962, shortly after the beginning of today. He was the youngest sibling to J. C., Bruce and Willie. One of his sisters was a member of the first senior class at Belhaven High School when it opened in the Fall of 1946.
Posted Mon., June 4, 2018
Services for Mr. James Clark, Sat., June 30, St. Paul Church; viewing on Friday, June 29, New Beginnings Funeral Home in Washington
He was the father of Ronnie, Mary Ann, Teresa, Janice, Modestine, Tony and Jamie.
Time stopped for Betty Midgette, Class of 1963, on Sunday, June 17th. She was the daughter of Rev. Harvey and Hilda Midgette who preceded her in death. She was also predeceased by siblings Harvey Midgette Jr , Ossie Lee, Samuel(Bo Pete), Gloria(Bunny) and Annie Midgette and Arlease Spencer. No other details are available at this time.
Time has stopped for James Weston, BHS Class of 1967 and brother of Oscar, David, Betty, Mabel and Delores Weston. There was at least one other sibling - an older brother who did not attend Belhaven High School.
Services for Barbara Boyd Williams will be held on Wednesday, June 27, noon, Wilkinson Center. She lived with Mrs. Caroline Hooten and attended Belhaven High for a very brief period of time. She was a member of the last graduating class at Beaufort County High School in Pantego. She was serving as a member of the Beaufort County Board of Education at the time of her death.
Please keep these families in prayer.
Posted Tues., June 26, 2018
Updated Wed., June 27, 2018
Time stopped for Lavon Hogans, Class of 1955, the son of the late Hubert & Esther Hogans. He was brother to Beulah, Bill, Thelma, Fannie, Lutisha(Doll) and Carl. He was predeceased by Bobby, Johnnie Lee, Celestine Hogan and Joesphine Tyler and a sister-in-kind, Jackie Reaves.
Services were held on Sunday, July 8th, in Virginia.
Note Correction in Lavon's Name. Apology to the family.
Time stopped today for Marian P. Godle, Class of 1957 and the daughter of the late Addie D. Whitaker. She was the mother of Greta Davis who briefly attended Belhaven High School and sister to Gwen Whitaker Harkley.
No other details are available at this time.
Posted Sun., July 8, 2018
Arnold Bernard Jones Jan 22, 1951 - Jul 12, 2018
Arnold Bernard Jones of Raleigh, NC, departed this life on Thursday, July 12, 2018.
Visitation: 11:00AM - 12:00PM, Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Lea Funeral Home Chapel, 2500 Poole Road, Raleigh
Funeral Service: 12:00PM, Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Chapel.
Interment: Carolina Biblical Garden, Garner, NC
Survivors: Wife , Linda Faye Jones; Daughters, Veatrice L. Tyson, Michelle Wright; Son, Malik Jones; Mother, Sophia Spencer; Sisters, Debra Flores, Evon Spencer; Brothers, Terry McCullen, Vincent Spencer (deceased), Reginald McCullough (deceased); Four Grandchildren
Posted Mon., July 16, 2018
Time stopped for Alan Harris around 1:10 AM after a lingering illness.
Additional info will be posted as it becomes available.
Posted Sat., July 21, 2018
Memorial Services will be held on Sat., Aug. 4, 1:00 PM at the St. Reddick Church
Updated Fri., July 27, 2018
Time stopped for Mary Holloway, Class of 1958 on Tues., July 25 after a lingering illness. Services will be held on TWed., Aug. 31, 1:00 PM, St. Reddick Church.
Posted Fri., July 27, 2018
Time stopped on July 22, 2018 for Robert Brown, aka Sonny. He was a member of the Class of 1953. Services were held in NY on August 2, 2018. He was the father of Ella Peterson Roman and the late Rodney Peterson
Time stopped early this morning for Rose Henderson Windley, Class of 1970. She was the wife of Kenneth Windley, Class of 1969 and the mother of 2 daughters, Kim W. Manning, Class of 1989, and Kendra W. Paiz, Class of 1995. She was also the daughter of the late David Henderson and Rosa Henderson. Mr. Henderson was an 8th grade teacher and coach at Belhaven High and science teacher at Wilkinson High. He was also the author of the BHS alma mater. Mrs. Henderson was the manager of the cafeteria at Belhaven High for many years. She was also sister to the late David Pee Wee Henderson.
PostedThurs., August 16, 2018
Additional losses in the alumni family:
Lentula Gorham Credle
Posted Thurs., Sept. 20, 2018
Today is Veterans Day and tomorrow our nation will observe Veterans Day. We want to share with you a special prayer we came across written by Debbie McDaniel on CrossWalk.
We encourage you to take a few minutes today to read this prayer aloud with your family as we remember and thank God for the incredible service and sacrifice of our veterans.
We thank you for the freedom you have given to us, and for the price that was paid by Christ so that we could live free. We remember today. The cost of it all. The great sacrifice for freedom.
We thank you for the brave who have fought, and continue to fight, so courageously for our nation. We ask for your covering and blessing over them and their families. We pray that you would be gracious and encircle them with your peace. We pray for your great favor and goodness to be evident in their lives.
Please be with the men and women in uniform, who serve our communities and nation every single day. We ask that you provide your protection, that you would be their guiding force who leads the way, and their rear guard who keeps them safe from behind. We ask that you would draw them to yourself amidst the dangers they face in a dark world, for you are the Truth, you are the Way, you are the Light.
When the voice of hate rises up against them, we ask that you would silence it. When the plans of the enemy rise up to cause them to stumble, we ask that you would thwart it. When the forces of evil rise up to strike them down, we ask that you would stop it. Lord, we know how powerful you are, all have heard of your Great Name, and we ask that you would indeed be the wind beneath their wings, the power behind their efforts, the heart behind their service, as they are on the front lines against evil in our world today.
Help them to walk wisely. To stay covered in your armor. Give them godly discernment. Make them constantly aware of what lurks close by. Help them to be men and women of prayer, realizing that this is where their greatest help comes from. Help them to stay united and strong, bold and resolute, determined and unwavering.
Lord bless all those who wear the uniform, who serve our cities, our nation, our people. Bless their families. Bless those they love. Give them your great favor, this day, and every day.
Thank you that in our nation today, we are free to worship. We are free to pray. We are free to read your Word. We are free to speak. We are free to share. For this, we are incredibly grateful. Yet, we understand how quickly these freedoms can be taken away. Give us an increased awareness of the spiritual battle we're in. Help us to stand strong in you and for your purposes.
Thank you that as believers, we can be assured, you never leave us, and you are with us always, in this life, and the next.
In the Powerful Name of Jesus,
United. We Stand.
Posted Sun., Nov. 11, 2018
Today, November 11, 2018, commemorates the 100th anniversary for the end of World War I. Bells throughout the nation were to ring at 11:00 AM in acknowledgment of this day.
Please find below a listing of restaurants who are offering free meals to veterans(active and retired) on today Please verify participation of your choice from this list by calling before you arrive. Most wil require aa military ID and possibly a code.
Veterans Day Free Meals 2018
A List of Veterans Day Free Meals and Other Veterans Day Freebies for 2018
BY STACY FISHER
Mrs. Priscilla Windley, club musician for several years will be funeralized on Saturday, January 5, 11:00 AM, Holly Grove. She was the mother of Delores and 2 sons whose names have not been confirmed.
Time stopped for the husband of alumna Rose Ebron Beamon, BHS Class of 1949. Arrangements have not been announced.
Time stopped on last night(Wednesday, Jan. 2) for Oscar Smith, the son of Mrs Bea Smith and the late Earl Smith. He is survived by 3 sisters - Vernalette, Bernadette and Gail and predeceased by 3 siblings - Ricky, Michael and Brenda. Arrangements have not been announced.
Posted Thurs., Jan. 3, 2019
Time stopped this afternoon for James Herman Oneal aka Boogie. He was the husband of the late Charlotte Spencer and son of the late Enoch and Ada Oneal. He was also predeceased by 2 brothers - Enoch and Ada and 2 sisters - Dorothy O. Jiles and Lula Oneal.
He is survived by children - James Herman, Rocky, Vickie and Anita - one brother, Donald and a sister - Clara Dills.
Please keep the family in prayer.
Details to be announced at a later date.
Updated Thurs., Jan. 3, 2019
Services for Elmer Windley were held on Sat., Dec. 15, at Holly Grove Church of Christ. He is survived by Leatha, his wife of 60 years, 2 sons - Tony and Jeffrey and 2 daughters - Valery and Carol. He was preceded in death by one son, Willie.
Elmer and Leatha were 2 of the founding members of the Belhaven Alumni Club.
Services for the former Rachel Worrell were held in Georgia on Saturday, Jan. 5. She was the daughter of the Bishop Richard and Zurdia Worrell and the sister of Clareace, Kareen, Alex, Denise, Angel, Dale and William(Termite), Chris and Evangeline. He was also predeceased by one sister, Deborah, and one brother, Kim.
James Herman(Boogie) Oneal was also predeceased by his brother, Willie Lee. Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2:00 PM, White Plains Church.
Services for Oscar Smith will be held on Saturday, 11:00 AM, First Baptist Church, Belhaven.
Services for Barbara Ann Davis will be held on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2:00 PM, at White Plains Church. She was the daughter of the late Jayhue and Anna Davis. She is survived by sisters Mary, Paula and Anna. She was predeceased by3 siblings - Viola, James Clarend(Pumpkin) and Selma Lee.
Please keep these families in prayer.
Posted Wed., Jan. 9, 2018
Services were held for Barbara Jane Riddick Spencer on Saturday, Feb. 2. She was the wife of James Bro Spencer and the sister of Henry Bubba Riddick, class of 1961.
Others who have transitioned since June 2018:
Lena Mae Gillium
Vincent Spencer, '62
Barbara Ann Davis
Services were held for Barbara Jane Riddick Spencer on Saturday, Feb. 2. She was the wife of James Bro Spencer and the sister of Henry Bubba Riddick, class of 1961.
Others who have transitioned since Homecoming 2018:
Elaine Davis Jones,’ 55
Vincent L. Spencer, ‘62
Barrbara Boyd Williams
Bettie Jane Midgette, ‘63
Bernard Jones McCollough
Marion Godley Wilson, ‘55
Alan Harris, ‘79
Antoinette Griffin Brown, 55
Mary Holloway, ‘58
Sonny Brown, ‘’54
Lentula Gorham Credle
Lena Mae Gilliium
William Herman Oneal
Priscilla Windley, club musician
Barbara Jane Riddick Spencer
Posted Sun., Feb. 3, 2019
Time stopped for Ella Louise Midgette Phillips, Class of 1956, on Friday, Feb. 8 in Riverhead, NY.. Graveside services were held on Tues., Feb. 13.
She was the daughter of the late Rev. Harvey and Hilda Midgette. She was predeceased by siblings - Arlease, Harvey Jr, Ossie Lee, BoPete(Samuel), Gloria and Bettie. She is survived by one sibling - Willie Lee and children.
Posted Wed., Feb. 13, 2019
Graveside services were held on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019.