Pages from the past: Update on St. Stephen’s

By CHARLOTTE BUCHANAN COLUMNIST,

100 YEARS AGO,

NOVEMBER 1919

Birth announcement: Born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cargill on November 4, a fine baby boy. Mother and child are doing finely, and it is believed that the father will return to normal in a few days

W. W. Gresham and Gordon L. Lyon made a short business trip to Memphis the first of the week.

Major Arthur Clark left Friday for Minneapolis as a delegate to the national Convention of the American Legion.

50 YEARS AGO,

NOVEMBER 1969

SCOUTING NEWS; Girl Scout Troop 253 met at the First Presbyterian Church. Leaders were Mrs. George Rice, Mrs. Sledge Allen and Mrs. Henry Paris. Three Patrol Leaders were elected, Katherine Allen, Rose Lee Leigh and Holly Martin.

Inverness Cub Scouts, Den I and Den III met with Scoutmaster R. L. Maxwell at the Inverness Methodist Church. Den Chief Mike Anderson led the group in the pledge to the flag.

BIRTHDAY PARTY: Sylvia Simmons was honored by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Simmons with a supper party for her 12th birthday. Guests included Kim Williams, Pamela Murtaugh, Grace Ann Fisackerly, Donna Pittman, Gail Willis, Patricia Pittman, Marilyn Hall, Marian Johnson, Betty Barrett Robertson, Janice Kilby, Lisa Schwartz and Pam Buchanan.

SUNFLOWER NEWS BY MARY ALICE WOFFORD: Though it might tarnish my image, I confess that in a slack moment, I consented to accompany the Dear Boy to a football game Saturday night. Our return home was pure joy until we got to Tutwiler and that Dear Boy relayed the news that our gas tank was empty. Oh, Joy!

25 YEARS AGO,

NOVEMBER 1994

FRONT PAGE ARTICLE: Indianola is reeling from the murder of Indianola police officer Larry King. Coroner Doug Card said King was killed by a 9-mm pistol bullet. Chief of Police Malone said that Officer King was in the process of routinely checking out the Indianola Country Club between 5:00 and6:00 that morning and apparently came upon a burglary attempt.

The youth of several Indianola churches will go on a food scavenger hunt for the benefit of the Interfaith Food Pantry. Shown in a photograph mapping out areas to be canvassed are Scott Noble, Evan Pugh, Jackie Jenkins and Trey Yant.

THANK YOU

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Please let us take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the wonderful living memorial for our parents, Freda and Morris Lewis, Jr. The children’s library in their honor will provide learning opportunities for the children of Sunflower County for many years to come. Signed Julia Lewis Miller and Morris Lewis, III.

Indianola’s St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will celebrate their 100th anniversary this Sunday. The church was founded in 1904. The Planning Committee is composed of Lynn Baker, Mary Ann Allen, Walton Gresham, Laura Gresham, Ellen Clayton, Jimmy Clayton and Lucy Fisher.

UPDATE ON ST. STEPHEN’S

EPISCOPALCHURCH

The small St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church is located on Gresham Street. At its helm is The Rev. Giulianna  Gray. Though the church does not have a large congregation or physical facilities, they are big on community service. Through the leadership of The Rev. Gray as the Parish Priest, the church has made great strides in mission work abroad and at home. Each year, the parishioners participate in a shoe ministry. Hundreds of new shoes are sorted and packed to be given to people in need who are served by the Honduras Medical Mission.

The Episcopal Women of the Church are very involved with helping others such as conducting games at Indywood and gifts for foster children at Christmas.

Recently, the church had a project to enhance their entrance. According to a recent church newsletter, the entrance will be more functional, safe for its members and beautiful.

The extended roof will provide protection from the rain and railings will provide safety.

The members have long been known for their caring and supportive attitude to others.

In addition, St. Stephen’s is steeped in the history of Indianola. One member, Witt Van Cleve, son of Mr. and Mr. Seldon Van Cleve often serves as an acolyte.

He is a sixth-generation parishioner as his ancestors were some of the founding fathers of St. Stephen’s, the Early/Baker families.

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