News from the Henderson Community of Chester County

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with Gloria Holiday

Greetings to the People of Chester County everywhere! For this is a new week and I give thanks to the Lord for being with you in your home, on your job or wherever you find time to read the paper. It is just great to be part of your life. For this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! I hope you are enjoying your life and family. I pray that you love yourself and take care of yourself. If your life is not going the way you think it should go, remember you have the power to turn it around to make it better even with the pandemic.
Well Valentine’s Day is Monday, Feb. 14, just in case you forgot; hope you will not end up in the “dog house” this year. Show the one that is special in your life just how special they are. You know you often hear me say, “Keep the honey in the moon.” I always refer this to ones who are married. Speaking of keeping the honey in the moon, there is a couple that will be celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary. Mr. John and Lillia Cawthon will celebrate on Tuesday, Feb. 22. It is a blessing to know you as a loving couple. You have been a pillar to the community and example for others to follow. Enjoy your life with each other. May the Lord bless them with many more years together. The City of Henderson says, “Congratulations and happy anniversary!”
On Feb 20, Mr. Bill Overway will celebrate his 85th birthday. I can remember the first time I met Mr. Bill; it was between 95-96 when he was working a Rexall Drug Store. He was such a kind person! Later, he worked at Piggly Wiggly as a bagger. He would make sure the items you purchased were placed in a bag very carefully. He and his wife raised their grandson, Alex. They are not a young couple anymore, but the Lord is taking care of them. Thank you for being the man of God that you are. You have been through a lot with your health, but the Lord has blessed you to celebrate another year! So enjoy your birthday, and we pray you will see many more!
Well, I do have some belated birthdays from a family member from the following loved ones in her life. Life is too short! You never know when the Lord will call them home. Ms. Amie Crooms wants her family to know she loves them very much! This is why I have given a shout-out to January birthdays in the past – Jamarius Croom, 29, Jan. 7; Zachary Wilson, 16, Jan. 7; Chris “CJ” Ross, Jr., 26, Jan. 8; Chris “Roc” Ross, 47, Jan. 9; Charleston O’neal Croom, 27, Jan. 25; Sierra Croom McNeal, 25, Jan. 26; Michael Joyner, 44, Jan. 27; Leasa Croom, 44, Jan. 28; and Alyssa Joyner, 25, Jan. 29. To the family of Ms. Amie, the City of Henderson says Happy Belated Birthday to you!
This year’s Annual Community Black History Program will be held at the Senior Citizen building located at 247 E Main St., Henderson, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 19. Due to COVID, they will be presenting a walk through on the history of Chester County, including schools, teaching staff and black owned businesses. If anyone has any memorabilia that they would like to set up or has history to share, please contact Lucy Wright, 662-689-1283, April Hollingsworth, 731-313-9150, or Amie Croom, 731-608-0776. Come one, come all! Let’s get involved!
The month of February is National African American/Black History Month. There is so much in history that we can learn from. There are many famous African Americans/Black men and women in our history. In the “Spot Light” this week is Ms. Jane Bolin; she was the first black woman to become judge in the United States (1932). She was also the first black woman to earn a law degree from Yale, the first black woman to pass the New York State bar exam and the first to join the city’s law department. Bolin worked to end segregation in child placement facilities and the assignment of probation officers based on race. She also helped create a racially integrated treatment center for delinquent boys. She is one who paved the way for so many down through history. Let’s never forget. The Chester County Library has many books on Black History; stop by and check out some. Also, it would be a great time to get a Library Card if you do not have one.
On our prayer list this week is our country and the President! Remember also to pray for our children, our teachers, our family, the sick and shut in and especially our men and women that are serving our country.
To the people of Henderson, remember to patronize with our local businesses here.
If you live in the City of Henderson and have news about your family, birthday, anniversary, announcements or things happening in the City, please call 989-1907 or 608-6132 and leave your message, or you may email me at

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