Terry Headlight News
Terry P. Johnson
This week in our town, we have two deaths to report, and these departed have been members of two of the old families from this part of the county. We send our heartfelt condolences to the living members of these two families. Following are the obituaries of Ervin Lewis and Glenn Yarbrough.
Ervin Morris Lewis (April 5, 1941 — January 1, 2024)
Ervin Morris Lewis passed away January 1, 2024 at Baptist Hospital in Jackson. He was born on April 5, 1941 to Thomas Lewis and Ollie Riley Lewis of Terry.
Mr. Lewis retired from the Railroad after 40 years. He was a farmer and cattleman and a member of the Cattlemen’s Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lewis; his 10 siblings; his wife, Bobbie Rhea Dunlap Lewis; and a daughter, Constance Lewis Jones.
Mr. Lewis is survived by his grandchildren, Ashton and Ambree Jones and numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.
His funeral service were held at Bethesda Baptist Church in Terry, January 4, 2024 at 11:00 a. m. with a visitation one hour prior to service. Interment followed the service at Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery.
Glenn Yarbrough (March 22, 1943 - January 6, 2024)
Glenn Yarbrough was born March 22, 1943. He was one of five siblings born to Clarence and Odessa Tadlock Yarbrough.
He had a great voice and won a singing contest in elementary school with his rendition of “Hey Good Looking.” He also led the singing at Mount Morgan Baptist Church for many years.
He was very active in sports and set a record in the high school putting the shot.
Glenn and his brother, “Bubba” loved football, and he was awarded a football scholarship to Hinds Junior College.
As a country boy from Terry his other love was hunting and fishing and he was lucky to gain employment with American Sportsman based in New Orleans. He took celebrities hunting especially to Colorado and Montana. One of his favorite trips was taking the American businessman and chef Tony Chachere fishing in Mexico. Later he worked for Con-Way Southern Express Trucking where he was awarded numerous awards for safety.
His heart was warmed later in life when he found that he was the father of one daughter, Samantha Cashio from California. The two of them found that they shared a passionate love for the New Orleans Saints.
Samantha and Glenn’s sisters, Barbara Yarbrough Blanton and Frances Yarbrough Temple, as well as his special nephews, Chris Ivy and Russell Yarbrough want to thank Tracey Smith, John Case and others in Terry for the care and compassion they have shown Glenn, especially during the last several years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Odessa Tadlock Yarbrough; sister, Dorothy Ann Yarbrough Rogers; brother, Clarence “Bubba” Yarbrough.
In Lieu of flowers, it is asked that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Terry.
Visitation was held on Monday from 5:00 p. m. - 7:00 p. m. at Stringer Family Funeral Home in Crystal Springs and on Tuesday from 1:00 p. m. - 2:00 p. m. at First Baptist Church of Terry. Services were 2:00 p. m. on Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Terry at 2:00 p. m. with burial at Terry Cemetery.
Please keep the names of the Lewis family, the Yarbrough family and Doris King in prayer.
It seems that many people from around Terry or with connections to Terry have been born in January. And, there was a Mississippi native son born in January also. And, January 6 will now be a day mentioned in the future history books.
Local birthdays include: Dec. 30- Justin Hicks; Jan. 2- Wilbert Charleston; Jan. 7- Eddie Jean Carr; Jan. 8- Paul Burleson; Jan. 14- Zakaya Summers, Lee Ward; Jan. 15- Rachel Whittington.
In addition, Dr. Jasmine Owens Chapman celebrated a birthday this week. I saw Dr. Chapman at the dedication at Terry High School on Monday, but I forgot to ask her on which day her birthday had fallen.
The late Miss-issippi-born singer and actor, Elvis Presley, was born in Lee County on January 8, 1935.
As mentioned extensively in last week’s column, January 5 was the final evening of the Christmas season, and January 6 began the Epiphany season. We remember the Magi and the gifts that they delivered. “Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And, having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.” (Matthew 2:11b-12)
January 6 marked the third anniversary of the day that thousands of people stormed the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D. C. It was the intent of many of the to overthrow our government and to overturn the manner in which our Constitution states the election of a new leader shall be performed. There was even a death resulting from this insurrection.
I realize that an insurrection is in the eyes of the beholders (many of whom were at home watching these horrible events on the television channels). But, we must remember that the outcome of the 2024 Presidential election could possibly bring about the same or worse results, and this may depend on who the winners and losers of the popular and electoral votes in November.
The only good insurrections are the silent ones. The orders of Herod the King were defied by these Wise Kings. They brought gifts to the stable and asked for nothing in return. Soon after they left by another road, legend says that Herod died. Theirs was an insurrecton that refused a throne and did attempt to seize it.
May we all enthrone peace and give up power to the better leaders who will hold it with respect and order.
The readings for the second Sunday of the Epiphany season are: First Samuel 3:3b-10, 19 (The Lord calls Samuel.), Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-10 (a prayer of commitment to follow the will of the Lord), First Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20 (Paul reminds the Corinthians that their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.) and John 1:35-42.
In the Gospel reading, John the Baptizer gives testimony about his relative Jesus and His identification of Jesus as the Lamb of God. The first followers of Jesus sought Him because of the testimony and witness of John.
For those who heard John identify Jesus as “the Lamb of God” probably recalled key themes from the Old Testament which allude to the paschal lamb which was offered as sacrifice when God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. They may have also recalled that the prophet Isaiah had once described Jesus as a suffering servant.
That Jesus asked the question about what they were looking. I am sure that the Magi were also asked this along their journey to the Christ Child.
Here is a hymn by the hymn-writer Charles Wesley, a member of the famed Wesley family, who began our beloved Methodist Church.
“Lamb of God, we follow Thee, Willing as Thou art to be, Joyful in Thy steps to go, Suffering for Thy sake below.
Taking up our daily cross, Called to shame, and pain, and loss, Well contented to sustain
All the rage of cruel man.
“Who Thy lovely pattern knows, Cannot force with force oppose, They that to Thy fold belong
Dare not render wrong for wrong.
Bruised by the oppressor’s hand, Evil they will ne’er withstand,
All that follow Thee are meek, Taught to turn the other cheek.
“Jesu, in Thy gracious power, Lo! we meet the fiery hour, Calm, dispassionate, resigned,
Armed with all Thy patient mind.
After Thee with joy we come, Sheep before our shearers dumb,
Answering not one angry word, True disciples of our Lord.
“Suffering here we threaten not, Innocent in word and thought,
Harmless as a wounded dove, Hatred we repay with love.
Turn, almighty as Thou art, Turn our persecutors’ heart, Let them to our faith be given,
Let us meet our foes in Heaven.”
Above, I mentioned that the new section of Terry High School had been dedicated on Monday. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon. Speakers included Dr. Robert Sanders (the new superintendent), Michelle Ray (assistant superintendent), Mr. Matthew Scott (the school’s principal), members of the Hinds County School board, the three Terry Alders who were present, Senator David Blount, Representative Fabian Nelson, Ralph Jackson (from BankPlus), architect G. G. Ferguson and Dr. Jasmine Chapman (from the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center).
Medically underserved Mississippians in need of free dental treatment are invited to apply for services available during Dental Mission Week at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry.
Dental Mission Week, set for Jan. 29-Feb. 1, 2024, seeks to raise awareness of issues related to access to dental care and to provide free dental care for vulnerable populations that include uninsured minor children and adults—including military veterans.
Free services provided are cleanings, extractions, fillings, root canals for front teeth only, oral cancer screening and oral hygiene education. Those selected for treatment will be contacted by the School of Dentistry to schedule an appointment.
In addition to providing necessary care to Mississippians, Dental Mission Week supports dental education in the School of Dentistry. Students learn how to become servant leaders in their communities, and they gain valuable hands-on experience, not just in dental procedures, but in making their patients feel welcome and comfortable.
“Dental Mission Week is just one way the School of Dentistry can express its compassion for life, love and humanity for others,” said Melody Longino, the school’s manager of ambulatory operations and Dental Mission Week coordinator. The application deadline is Jan. 12. Hopefully, this column will be read before that deadline.
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