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Volume LXIII No. 1 www.frenchcamp.org Spring 2018 In this Issue: Working it Out

McRae Hall Dedication

Double Blessings

Life Coaching

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One Fine Place for Working It Out by Sylvia Dickson

Some young people come to FCA with skills they have learned for survival. However, many of the skills needed to scrape by in their worlds are neither God honoring nor healthy. French Camp Academy is a safe place for them to work out new ways of handling conflict, forming healthy relationships, respecting authority, and Obstacles blocked the joy of walking with God. loving themselves and others. Man lost his purpose. Christ came to restore us to God and renew our purpose for living, of In our community, learning takes place in the which work is a part. classroom, at home, at play, and at work. The FCA work program is a unique program where Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the young people in grades 7–12 are mentored as Lord and not for men…(Colossians 3:23). they work after school in various areas. Through it, students learn a good work ethic, develop When a boarding student comes to FCA he skills for future careers, are instilled with a sense is told he will be on a work crew. No more headof value, and encouraged to serve others. ing home to play video games or watch television. After school, students head back to their The Lord God took the man and put him homes where they get a snack and change into in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. work or athletic clothes. Every student in sevAnd the Lord God commanded the man, sayenth through twelfth grades goes to sports pracing, “You may surely eat of every tree of the tice or work crew. garden…” (Genesis 2:15-16). Our culture defines work as a necessary evil to get what we want: material resources, power, respect, and happiness. From the beginning God planned for man to get pleasure and satisfaction from his work. Taking care of the plants and animals was rewarded by the freedom to eat from a variety of the plants and to enjoy time in a beautiful garden with God.

I think the FCA work program significantly contributes to positive character development in the lives of our students (mentor). From 3:30–5:00 each day, mentors pour into their teams. Students work in various areas such as landscape, equine care, hospitality, pottery, graphic design, maintenance, retail management, and food service. Several help our youngest students at their homes with homework and playtime alongside house parents.

time with an older man (mentor). Through the work program, students are introduced to staff members with whom they otherwise may never develop relationships. Seeing people work with grateful attitudes and servant spirits is one way FCA is changing hearts, developing character, and serving young people, families, and communities for the glory of God. I enjoy watching students learn new things and begin to implement them during work time (mentor). A student may be out of his comfort zone, but his mentor teaches the necessary skills. When a student shows competency, he is given some independence. Of course, some need to be taught the value of work as well as particular skills. …whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 4:10-11).

In the beginning, work was good, valuable, and glorified God. Patiently teaching, encouraging proficiency, rewarding excellence, and proper rest after a job well done are all part Man’s sin took away a great degree of that of the mentor’s responsibility. Modeling serpleasure, satisfaction, and freedom. Work beI enjoy building relationships with students vanthood by helping others expands the view came chores and the rewards became scarce. who may have not had the opportunity to spend of work beyond self. Students see that helping Continued on page 4


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The President’s Perspective: The Hardest Work Has Already Been Done When I was a young boy I remember hearing my parents up very early in the morning, before dawn, bustling about the house. My bedroom window looked out to our backyard where I would watch my dad’s truck lights flash and then hear the engine start. I watched his tail lights all the way to the back alley as he headed to work. Mom was up cooking, cleaning, and ironing before we both headed out the door to Bel-Air Elementary, where she taught for thirty years. This early morning routine continued each weekday without fanfare, and little comment about “work.” Yes, I had great examples of hard work while I was growing up. As I grew, I found chores of my own that gave me feelings of pride and a sense of accomplishment for my work. I also enjoyed having some money in the bank!

earned my money. The Bible tells us that the work of God accepting and loving us has already been done. Paul, writing to the Ephesians, says For it is by grace, through faith that we have been saved, this is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast. The fact is, the work required to put us in favor with God is a work we could never do, and God knows that. He also knows that apart from having a relationship with Him, we will perish. So God knows us and our deepest needs. He knows the ugliest things about each one of His children, our failings, our ill will toward each other, and sometimes toward Him. He does not allow those things to hinder His love toward us though, instead He gives us good news in Romans 5. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ (Jesus) died for the ungodly. God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners (law breakers), Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved by Him from the wrath of God.

The young people at French Camp Academy learn to share those same feelings. Many have not had hard work modeled, and some are anxious the first day they arrive at their work assignment. As time moves on, working alongside caring adults, the work becomes meaningful and many learn to enjoy it. Many have become tremendous workers that truly reflect God’s design of a “workman worthy of his hire.” Some employers have shared what a great work ethic French The Bible teaches that being able to have a loving Camp students have because of their time in the work relationship with God is a gift. It is not earned or deprogram. served. Through God’s loving grace (giving us what we do not deserve—love) and mercy (withholding While we val- what we do deserve—punishment), he offers all of us ue “hard work,” a saving, loving, relationship with Himself through his it can only take Son’s sacrifice on a cross. Not having to earn love, not us so far regard- having to invest “sweat equity” are things that, I admit, ing our relation- are hard for me to accept at times. It is true though, For ship to God. I God so loved the world he gave his only Son, that whosoused to believe ever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting that my genu- life. John 3:16. ine efforts of doing good things, So as we head out the door to our next work asright things, and signment, let us remember that the greatest work has not doing wrong already been done for us. Let us give Him thankful things helped my hearts and hands in return for His glory while our time relational stand- on earth remains. ing with Him. I used to think I could earn God’s approval and thus his love, just like I

A CA DE M Y One Fine Place

Mission Statement French Camp Academy, a Christ-centered home and school, exists to serve young people and families for the glory of God.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Thomas H. Bowen, Jr........................Jackson H. Donald Brock.........................Greenwood Dave Fair............................................Oxford Glenn Galey, Secretary...............Hattiesburg Toxey Hall III.....................................Canton G. Carey Hauenstein...........................Laurel Carson Hughes, Vice Chairman........Jackson Scott Kiewit........................................Laurel Lee Lampton.....................................Jackson John Lynch.................................Brookhaven Chuck McBride............................... Madison Brooks Mosley..................................Jackson Tommy Peaster, Vice Chairman............Flora Hugh Potts, Jr., Chairman............ Kosciusko


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others is one way to glorify God. I enjoy seeing students who were selfish and cause I’ve learned how to be a aimless begin to give freely of their time and energy to help others (mentor). good worker; I can be a better helper at home because I’ve Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he learned so much here. will not stand before obscure men ­(Proverbs 22:29). As each has received a I enjoy seeing students who are gift, use it to serve one anadrift learn to work and live with a other, as good stewards of sense of purpose (mentor). Setting God’s varied grace…(1Pegoals in life is a foreign concept to ter 4:10). some of our students. They have been focused on getting through the FCA gives young peoday, having something to eat, or tak- ple a safe place for working care of siblings because parents ing things out and learning are unable or unwilling to do so. Be- to see themselves in a new ing assigned a task can be daunting. light. The skills they learn However, with patience and insight, through the work program work mentors help them find joy in will benefit them in their completing it. When they step back future jobs and relationships. They learn a healthy self-respect as they and look at what they have done, value their gifts and talents. Above all, we pray and watch as God molds, they experience fulfillment and ex- hoping they find the highest purpose in life of serving others for God’s citement. I enjoy seeing students be- glory. ◆ ing able to step back at the end of the day and say “I did that!” (mentor). Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates (Proverbs 31:31). Although at first work time may seem boring, students soon learn the value of work. Here are a few comments we’ve heard: Being on a work crew at FCA has taught me many things; I’ve learned things about myself—what I like and what I don’t; I’ve learned new skills and improved others; when I complete a job I’m proud of what I did; it feels good for my mentor to say, “good job”; I can get a summer job be-

Working for our Future

French Camp Academy plans to be around for a long time! And we need your help. Including French Camp in your estate plan or will helps French Camp plan for its future. Need more information? To receive your Free Estate Planning Guide or addendum statement to include in your will, e-mail Lance Ragsdale at lragsdale@frenchcamp. org or call Lance at (662) 547-9464. ◆

JOIN OUR TEAM

Working at French Camp Academy is much more than a job...it's a life ministry! The staff and faculty make up a team that lives, works, worships, eats, and plays together with the students. Interested in joining our team? Find current employment opportunities at www.frenchcamp.org/contact#employment-panel ◆

Board Member: Toxey Hall, III Toxey Hall, III, has served on the French Camp Academy Board of Trustees since May 1984. He continues to serve on the Audit and Investment Committee. His other appointments have included Chairman of the Board, Vice Chairman, Chairman of the WFCA committee, Resource and Development committee, and Board Secretary.

He and his wife, Karon, live in Canton, MS and are members of First Presbyterian Church, where Toxey has served on the Session and taught Sunday School for around 40 years. Their daughter, Lisa, lives in Madison, MS.

FCA is truly blessed by Toxey Hall’s faithful service through the years. His commitment to French Toxey graduated from the University of Missis- Camp’s mission and growth has been a sustaining ensippi in 1962. From ’62–’64 he served in Korea as a couragement. ◆ U. S. Army Captain.


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Honor gifts show appreciation to a living person­–such as teachers, pastors, parents, etc., while helping students at FCA. To make an Honor Gift, you may use the form/envelope provided, designating the type of gift you are making. The honoree will be notified of your thoughtfulness. Amounts of gifts are never divulged.

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Mr. James H. Lacey, Jr. MARTIN, VERNON, Yazoo City, MS Ms. Jamie H. Bray MCMINN, MATT Ms. Martha Love MEHRLE, MIMI, Lambert, MS E. H. Anderson Charitable Trust MINCHER, LARRY, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Currie MOBLEY, WILLIAM A. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne R. Holimon, Jr. MURPHY, JEREMY, Millington, TN Ms. Donna M. Myers NEWMAN, HAZEL JEAN, McComb, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Dykes RETZLER, BOB AND BETSY, Dover, FL Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Simpson, III SIMPSON, BRYCE AND AMANDA, Spartanburg, SC Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Simpson, III SONES, BUDDY AND MARY ANN, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Nutt SOUTHERN EYE CENTER, Hattiesburg, MS Anonymous THOMPSON, DAN AND INGRID Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Carter, Jr. YOUNG, PEGGY, Lakeland, TN Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gookin

BOWEN, TOM, Madison, MS Mrs. Geraldine Metcalfe BRASWELL, DOROTHY, Greenwood, MS ALEXANDER, LINDA, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Mike Braswell Ms. Patricia Triplett BRELAND, JAMES, Cleveland, MS ALLEN, NORMAN PAUL, Maitland, FL Mrs. Billie Arthur Mrs. Polly Hope Allen BROCK, JR., DR. AND MRS. J. M., McComb, MS BARLOW, GERALD AND DIMPLE, Elkmont, AL Mr. and Mrs. L. Edward Griffin Mr. and Mrs. John Barlow BRYSON, DEBRA, Oxford, MS BARLOW, MR. AND MRS. JOHN, Clinton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith Mrs. Billie Lynn R. Arthur BULLARD, JIMMY, Fitzgerald, GA BLOODWORTH, MORRIS, Ocean Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson Mrs. Marjorie B. Tanner BUTTS, BEVERLY, Oxford, MS COLLINS, KERRY, Clinton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith Mr. and Mrs. John Barlow CAMPBELL, ALEXANDER, Anderson, SC DOUGLASS, MR. AND MRS. JAMES, Clinton, MS Dr. and Mrs. James Rice, Jr. Mrs. Billie Lynn R. Arthur CAMPBELL, MR. AND MRS. CHARLES, Flora, MS HAWK, LINDA, Flora, MS Mr. and Mrs. L. Edward Griffin Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Nutt CANNADA, PEGGY B., Madison, MS HEDRICK, CATHERINE, St. Louis, MO Mrs. Doris Blew Mr. Roy E. Smith, Jr. CAPLE FAMILY, Charlotte, NC HOFF, MARY, Brenham, TX Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lee Mr. and Mrs. Ray Stepan CARPENTER’S, Jackson, MS HOLLAND, ETHAN, Clarksdale, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles Furlow Ms. Sue S. Nowell CARR, JR., MR. AND MRS. JOHN B., Keswick, VA HOSKET, BRUCE AND KIM, French Camp, MS Mr. Sam Carr Mr. and Mrs. Timothy R. Bolding CARROLL HOOPER FAMILY JOHNSON, DON AND CATHERINE, Boonville, NC Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roberson, Jr. Kingsley Inc. CARSON, JOANN, Ringgold, MS LOVE, MARIE, Raymond, MS Mr. Thomas Carson ABLE, GREG AND DEVONA, Alexandria, LA Mrs. Marjorie B. Tanner CHAPMAN, BUCK AND PEGGY, Calhoun, LA Mrs. Delisa Bressler MCINTOSH, WILLIAM, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Troy Alford ADAMS, GARY AND LORENA, Holly Springs, MS Mrs. Frances Stringer CHESTNUT, AL AND BETSY, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Alan Hurdle MINCHER, LARRY, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Garland, III ADAMS, REV. AND MRS. EARL, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Wood CHRISTIAN, ALICE W., Daphne, AL Mr. and Mrs. John D. Holt MYERS, CATHY, Forest, MS Mr. Andrew Wash ALFORD, DAN AND JOAN, Tylertown, MS Mrs. Geri Bagley CLARK, SYBIL, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Troy Alford NUTT, BENNIE, Flora, MS Ms. Marge Knight ALFORD, SUE, Tylertown, MS Rev. and Mrs. Billy W. Stanford COGGIN, TIGER, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Troy Alford POLICE DEPT., JONESBORO, AR Mr. and Mrs. Charles Furlow ALLEN, JAMIE AND PAM, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Philip R. Faughn COLLEGE HILL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Oxford, MS Mrs. Martha G. Vance RODRIGUEZ, MARCUS, French Camp, MS Mrs. Rachel Martin ALLEN, MARIAN WINKIE, Belzoni, MS Ms. Kalista Vincent COLLINS, JIMMY AND ANN, Grenada, MS Mr. and Mrs. Nels Bergmark STANFORD, BILLY, Clinton, MS Mrs. Faye Trussell ALLEN, MR. AND MRS. JOHN MICHAEL, Terry, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Nutt COLLINS, MR. AND MRS. JAN, Flowood, MS Mrs. Polly Allen TAYLOR, DAVID AND KATHRYN, Lafayette, LA Ms. Beth Perry ALLEN, MR. AND MRS. NORMAN PAUL, Maitland, FL COOPER, IV, ROBERT F. Mr. and Mrs. John Barlow Mrs. Polly Allen WALDROP, JOHN & ESTHER, Wheaton, IL Dr. and Mrs. E. Haygood ALLEN, POLLY, Ethel, MS Mr. and Mrs. John Cary, Jr. COOPER, JEAN CHAPPELL, Shreveport, LA Mr. and Mrs. Michael Allen WILKINSON, WAYNE, LINDY & WELLSLEY, Clinton, MS Ms. Patricia Box ALLEN, RUTH, Huntsville, AL Mr. and Mrs. John Barlow CORLEY AND FAMILY, MR. AND MRS. STEPHEN, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Alexander Houston, TX ANDERSON, BOB AND GEORGIA, Jackson, MS Mrs. Ruth K. Nevels Mrs. Sara Bristow Lemon COWARD, MR. AND MRS. TOM, Jacksonville, FL ANDERSON, KIRK, KORTNEY, WHIT & MAC, Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. L. Edward Griffin ALLEN, GEORGIA L., Jacksonville, FL MS CRAIG’S, Ridgeland, MS Mrs. Polly Hope Allen Mrs. Sara Bristow Lemon Mr. and Mrs. Charles Furlow ALTER, JAMIE AND MELANIE, Frisco, TX ANDERSON, RYAN, KELLI, WILL, MILES & EVELYN, CRENSHAW, CARROLL AND ANN, Water Valley, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lanny F. McKay Knoxville, TN Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Crenshaw ARMSTRONG, JR., JOHNNY AND SARAH, Hazlehurst, Mrs. Sara Bristow Lemon CRENSHAW, DAVID, Petal, MS MS BAILEY, MR. AND MRS. COLLINS, Batesville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Crenshaw Judge and Mrs. Vernon R. Cotten Mr. James Seale CRENSHAW, ED AND LISA, Collegeville, PA BACAS, SOLON W., Excelsior, MN BALL, DR. AND MRS. GENE, Birmingham, AL Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Crenshaw Mrs. Athena B. Davies Mr. David May DALE, JR., DR. AND MRS. ROBERT, Tupelo, MS BRANNING, SR., JACK R., Vicksburg, MS BALL, HERBERT AND LAURA MAE BALL, Columbia, MS Mrs. Lanier H. McCullough Mr. and Mrs. James Earl Walker Mrs. Anna Porter DALME, JOHN RICHARD AND DONNA KAY, Arcadia, BROWNING, GREG, CARRIE, KATIE GRACE, EMALEE & Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Ball LA OLIVIA, French Camp, MS BARNETT, LACEY AND C. J., Southaven, MS Mr. Thomas Carson Mrs. Laurie Browning Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Barnett DALPIAZ, SHIRLEY BURT, JOEY AND JULIE, Starkville, MS BARRY, RAY AND CAROLYN, Spartanburg, SC Mrs. Renee Everett Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Carter, Jr. Mrs. Jean Jolly DANNA, MR. AND MRS. C. T., Rosedale, MS CANNADA, PEGGY B., Madison, MS BATUSCH, CAROLINE, Memphis, TN Mrs. Ruby Anne Kincade Mr. and Mrs. Greg Matheny Mr. and Mrs. William Coolidge, Jr. DAWSON, DR. AND MRS. JOHN, Brandon, MS CLARKE, DAVID BEALOR, JESSE AND CORDELIA, Lynn Haven, FL Mrs. Marsha Glover Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hawkins Mrs. Betty Anne Hays DEARMAN, GERRY AND ERNEST, Hendersonville, TN COTTINGHAM, BRYAN AND JULIE, Nashville, TN BEARD, MR. AND MRS. KEVIN AND NOAH, Porter, TX Mr. and Mrs. Troy Alford Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Simpson, III Mrs. Ruth K. Nevels DECOUX, DR. AND MRS. R. E., McComb, MS COTTINGHAM, JOE AND CLAUDIA, Nashville, TN BEIMER, MARTHA, Ballinger, TX Dr. and Mrs. E. J. Price, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Simpson, III Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tadlock DELISO, PETER AND NANCY, Oak Hill, VA DICKSON, TOM AND SYLVIA, Germantown,TN BELENCHIA, CINDY, Cleveland, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Craig Mr. Emery DeWitt Mrs. Paula Johnson DENDY, HOUSTON AND CRISS DUCKETT, IMOGENE, Columbus, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. Redditt Mr. and Mrs. Keith Chandler Mrs. Karon L. Scott BENNETT, JACK AND SHIRLEY, Carrollton, MS DOOLEY, COACH AND MRS. VINCENT J., Athens, GA FLYNT, JOE, CATHERINE & FAMILY, Diamondhead, MS Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Rayburn Mr. and Mrs. Karen Baldwin Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flynt BILLINGSLEA, BETTY, Pickens, MS DRAPER, EDDIE, Brentwood, TN FLYNT, MIKE, STEPHANIE & FAMILY, Brandon, MS Mrs. Laura Leathers Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. McBryde Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flynt BLOODWORTH, MORRIS AND SHELIA, Ocean Springs, DUNNAM, RICHARD EUGENE, Tupelo, MS GIANACAKES, MRS. P. J., Palm Harbor, FL MS Mrs. Vickie Gober Mrs. Athena B. Davies Mr. and Mrs. David Love Mr. and Mrs. Carson Hughes GILBERT, JERRY AND KAY, Canton, MS BOONE, KATE, Memphis, TN EARNEST, JACKIE AND ELEANOR, Calhoun City, MS Ms. Sue S. Nowell Mrs. Lynda Raiford Dr. Rose Strahan HOADLEY, MRS. D. W., Fairfax, VA BOUNDS, BRUCE AND GAIL, Water Valley, MS EAVES, PATRICIA, Canton, MS Mrs. Athena B. Davies Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Crenshaw Mrs. Peggy Cannada LACEY, DUDLEY, Dallas, TX

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EDWARDS, F. STEWART, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. John McIntyre, Jr. EDWARDS, STEWART AND REBECCA, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Louis Fuller EIDSON, CORA B., Jackson, MS Ms. Linda Chase ELLIS, HUNTER AND ELIZABETH, Booneville, MS Mrs. Hope C. Ellis FAVRE, REGGIE AND LINDA, Tylertown, MS Mr. and Mrs. Troy Alford FITSCHEN, REBECCA M., Memphis, TN Mrs. Betty T. Thompson FITZPATRICK, VAUGHAN, New Orleans, LA Mr. and Mrs. James Grantham FLANAGAN, MIKE AND CHARLOTTE, Brandon, MS Mrs. Martha G. Vance FOX, CECIL, Canton, MS Ms. Sandra Rasberry GALEY, GLENN, Hattiesburg, MS Judge and Mrs. Clyde Vinson GARNER, JASON, SAILI, ANDERSON, JACKSON, & SARA ADAMS, Birmingham, AL Mrs. Sara Bristow Lemon GILBERT, SCOTT, Huntsville, AL Mrs. Betty T. Thompson GRAVES, MR. AND MRS. FRED, Batesville, MS Mr. James Seale GREENE, JERRIE, Statesville, NC Ms. Lynn Wampler GRUCHY, PHILIP, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. William R. Crumpton HANS, JOE Mr. and Mrs. Frank Spires HARRIS, RICHARD AND CLARE, Lynnville, TN Mr. and Mrs. John Mason HARVEY, LUCIAN, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles Furlow HASH, CALEB, JANET, JOHN, Tahlequah, OK Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coleman HAWKINS, MR. AND MRS. BEN, Greenville, MS Mr. and Mrs. F. Ralph Owens, Jr. HEARD, COLONEL AND MRS. ALLAN, Ormond Beach, FL Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Heard HEFNER, BOB AND LAURA, Dallas, TX Mrs. Frances Peacock Ramsey HENRY, RALPH, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles Furlow HESS, PAUL AND MARISA, Memphis, TN Mr. Robert Seay HODGSON, MR. AND MRS. MIKE, Morris Chapel, TN Mr. and Mrs. L. Edward Griffin HOLLINGSWORTH, MR. AND MRS. MARK, McComb, MS Dr. and Mrs. E. J. Price, Jr. HOLTON, MRS. PERCY, Okolona, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Roberson, Jr. HORNE FAMILY, Pascagoula, MS Mr. William T. Harkey HOSKET, BEN AND JOY, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Bolding HUGHES, MR. AND MRS. ALLEN H., Memphis, TN Mr. and Mrs. William Coolidge, Jr. HUGHES, ROBBIE, Madison, MS Ms. Cindy Meehl HUMPHREYS, RICK, Memphis, TN Mrs. Betty T. Thompson JARRETT, MR. AND MRS. JAMES, Bloomfield, KY Mrs. Laura Leathers JERDEN, JIM AND SANDY, Brandon, MS Mrs. Martha G. Vance JESUS CHRIST Dr. and Mrs. James A. Megehee JOHNSON, DICK AND MARQUERITE, Tupelo, MS Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Smith JONES, JANICE, Carthage, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jack Alexander JONES, MACK AND MARIE, Purvis, MS Mrs. Katie Vaughn KEN STRINGER FAMILY Mrs. Frances Stringer KEULER, MIKE Mr. and Mrs. R. Bruce Thornton, Jr. KINCADE, RUBY ANNE, Clarksdale, MS Ms. Margaret Ross KING, ZULENE, Greenwood, MS Mrs. Bettye Jim Morgan KORNEGAY, CHACHI, Pleasant Garden, NC Kingsley Inc. LARY, ROSE MARY, Greenwood, MS Ms. Nicki Lary Mr. and Mrs. Bryant Lary

LAWHUN, LESLIE, Baton Rouge, LA Mrs. Ruth K. Nevels LEATHERS, ERIC AND HEATHER Mrs. Nilene Junker LEATHERS, MR. AND MRS. ROBERT, Kosciusko, MS Mrs. Laura Leathers LEATHERS, ROBERT, MEDERITH, ELI, CLAYTON & ABBY Mrs. Nilene Junker LEE, LISA, Brandon, MS Mrs. Lillie Rinehart LEONARD, CARL, Pelahatchie, MS Ms. Sue Nowell LEROY ROBERSON FAMILY Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roberson, Jr. LIPSCOMB, MR. AND MRS. BALFOUR, McComb, MS Dr. and Mrs. E. J. Price, Jr. LOVE, MR. AND MRS. DAVID, Raymond, MS Mrs. Marjorie Tanner MAGRUDER, MR. AND MRS. DAN, Ocean Springs, MS Dr. and Mrs. E. J. Price, Jr. MASON, NELL, Brandon, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Boyles MCCAIN, MATT AND GILL LARULTER, Cedar Crest, NM Mrs. Priscilla Metts MCCARTY, RALPH, Wiggins, MS Mr. W. H. Pettey, Sr. MCCORMICK, ANN, Memphis, TN Mrs. Lynda Raiford MCKENZIE, CARTEE AND NANCY, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Troy Alford MCPHILLIPS, FRANK AND LOUISE, Birmingham, AL Mr. and Mrs. Julian McPhillips, Jr. MCQUIRTER, JERRY, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lee McQuirter MESHAD, DR. AND MRS. MICHAEL W., Mobile, AL Mr. and Mrs. Karen Baldwin MESHAD, MR. AND MRS. JOHN W., Sarasota, FL Mr. and Mrs. Karen Baldwin MILLER, CAROLYN, Memphis, TN Mrs. Lynda Raiford MILLER, DON AND ANNA, McCool, MS Mrs. Emma Price MILNER, HENRY, Vaiden, MS The Clint & Ellen Ann Johnson Foundation MORGAN, DAN AND GLORIA, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Clinkscale MORGAN, THERESA, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Lott MOSES, STANLEY, D. Mrs. Nancy Moses MOUNGER, DWYN MECKLIN, Knoxville, TN Mrs. Betty Anne Hays MOUNGER, MALCOLM CHRISTIAN, Kentwood, LA Mrs. Betty Anne Hays MY CLIENTELE Dr. and Mrs. Doug Adams NANCY AND BILL ROGERS, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith NASH, MR. AND MRS. JIM , Brandon, MS Mr. and Mrs. L. Edward Griffin NEWSCOMB, DON AND EMILY, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith NIX, KATHERINE M., Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wilson NORMAN, PAULETTE, Batesville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Otis Tommy Marshall, Jr. O’BRIEN, KEVIN AND HANNAH, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. David Allen OGBURN, JOE AND JESSI, Shelby, NC Mrs. Betty Anne Hays OLIVER, MR. AND MRS. OWEN, Kosciusko, MS Mrs. Laura Leathers OSTENSON, PEGGY, Ridgeland, MS Ms. Ann Seale OSWALT, CHARLES H., Mathiston, MS Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Oswalt OSWALT, DR. JESSICA, SAM AND DAVE MATSON Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Oswalt OSWALT, RUTH ANN, Mathiston, MS Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Oswalt PEASTER, THOMAS G., Flora, MS Ms. Margaret Peaster PEEBLES, BILLY, Philadelphia, MS Mr. Johnny Peebles PEITZ, MR. AND MRS. GARY, Madison, MS Mrs. Laura Leathers PHILLIPS, MARY FAITH, French Camp, MS Mrs. Betty Yount Dr. Anita Cooper PIERCE AND FAMILY, MR. AND MRS. PAUL Mrs. Ruth K. Nevels PRICE, JULIA AND PHIL, Minneapolis, MN Mr. and Mrs. Gomer Wallace


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Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Crenshaw ROANE, ANNE D., Memphis, TN Mr. and Mrs. William Coolidge, Jr. ROBERTSON, MRS. DON AND MISS LEIGH ANN, Rosedale, MS Mrs. Ruby Anne Kincade ROGERS, WARREN AND MICHELE, Flowood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith RUCKERT, ERNIE AND GINNIE, Durham, NC Mr. John K. Roessner, III RUSS, RICHARD AND SUE, Ridgeland, MS Mrs. Virginia Campbell RUTLEDGE, CALVIN M. Ms. Sara A. Wickham RUTLEDGE, NANCY, Dalton, GA Mrs. Marilyn Head SAYLE, MR. AND MRS. IKE, Charleston, MS Mr. and Mrs. Carson Hughes SCOTT, MARY, Meridian, MS Mrs. Karon Scott SEGREST, DAVID AND JENNIFER, Jackson, MS Dr. and Mrs. James L. Shull SIMPSON, MATTHEW TATE, North Augusta, SC Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Smith SKELTON, MR. AND MRS. EMERY, Greenville, MS

Mr. and Mrs. F. Ralph Owens, Jr. SMALLWOOD, MR. AND MRS. BILL, Tupelo, MS Ms. Patricia Clark SMITH, ELIZABETH, Richland, MS Mr. and Mrs. David Love SMITH, MR. AND MRS. BRIGGS, Batesville, MS Mr. James Seale SOUTHERN EYE CENTER, Hattiesburg, MS Anonymous SPEAKS, REV. AND MRS. STEPHEN, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. John D. Holt STAGGERS, NETTIE, Josephine, AL Mr. and Mrs. Henry Russell STANFIELD, GORDON AND LESLIE, Gulfport, MS Mr. and Mrs. David O’Bryan STARRETT, JUDGE AND MRS. KEITH, McComb, MS Mr. and Mrs. L. Edward Griffin Dr. and Mrs. E. J. Price, Jr. STRAIN, DERWOOD AND POLLY, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Mike Braswell TALBOTT, DAVID AND VIANNE, Ballinger, TX Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tadlock TAYLOR, ROBERT AND MARTHA, The Woodlands, TX Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Bacon Ms. Jamie Hamilton

TAYLOR, MARTHA, The Woodlands, TX Mrs. Terri Nusz THE BONANNO FAMILY, Lewisberry, PA Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Williamson THE GEORGE BARRY FAMILY Col. and Mrs. Frank Gray THE KRISTI SLOAN FAMILY Mr. and Mrs. James Ellington THE MARTY ELLINGTON FAMILY Mr. and Mrs. James Ellington THE SAM BARRY FAMILY Col. and Mrs. Frank Gray THE TAMMYE SAXTON FAMILY Mr. and Mrs. James Ellington THE WILLIAM RUND FAMILY Mr. and Mrs. William Rund THOMAS, MR. AND MRS. TRIPP, Batesville, MS Mr. James Seale THOMPSON, MR. AND MRS. JACKIE, Brandon, MS Mrs. Marsha Glover TURNAGE, MICHEL, Brandon, MS Mrs. Lillie Rinehart TURNER, DR. AND MRS. RANDY, Memphis, TN Mr. and Mrs. William Coolidge, Jr. TURNER, JAY AND SHIRLEY, Oxford, MS

Mr. and Mrs. Al Ray VAUGHAN, TISH Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Ferguson VENABLE, MR. AND MRS. MAC, Charleston, MS Mr. and Mrs. Carson Hughes VENABLE, MR. AND MRS. ROBBIE, Oakland, MS Mr. and Mrs. Carson Hughes WARE, REV. AND MRS. BRISTER, Brandon, MS Mrs. Marlene Liddell WEMYSS, WENDY, Chesterfield, VA Dr. and Mrs. Vander Warner, Jr. WEXLER, SUZANNE, Memphis, TN Mrs. Lynda Raiford WILLIFORD, ED AND SALLIE, Brookhaven, MS Mr. and Mrs. Clay Lewis WILLIFORD, ED, Brookhaven, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Alan Williams WORLEY, JOY, Clinton, MS Rev. and Mrs. Billy W. Stanford YATES, DR. AND MRS. ALLEN, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Longstreet Minor III

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e strive to answer memorials and notify relatives as quickly and accurately as possible after they are received. When you send in a memorial, please include the name of the deceased, the complete address of the person you wish notified and your complete address. Important: IF YOU DO NOT INCLUDE A NAME and ADDRESS OF A RELATIVE OR FRIEND OF THE DECEASED, WE WILL BE UNABLE TO NOTIFY ANYONE OF YOUR GIFT. Follow the same procedure for honor gifts. (A blank form and envelope appear in this issue.)

October ALLEN, SAM, Ethel, MS Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Quayle ANDOL, MILDRED Mr. and Mrs. Joe E. Carden ANGLE, STUART, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Graham ARNOLD, ANNIE LAURIE ALLEN, Tupelo, MS Mr. and Mrs. Gene Clement BELL, FORD, Nashville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Sims BITTERMAN, CLIFFORD J., Lakeland, FL Etha J. Bitterman Revocable Living Trust BLACK, HARVEY, McCool, MS State Farm Insurance, Kosciusko, MS BLACK, WARREN, Winona, MS Miss Glenda Louise Black BLOSSMAN, JOHN R., Ocean Springs, MS Mrs. Denise Doyle BOSTWICK, DOUGLAS L., Mandeville, LA Mrs. Judy Bostwick BOYKIN, DEE Mr. and Mrs. Ronald M. Craft BRANNAN, JOHN B. Dr. and Mrs. Carl D. Brannan BROWN, L. W., Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jim McGarr BRYANT, RAY MARVIN Ms. Sandra N. Gullo BYERS, LEE LOGAN Mr. and Mrs. George G. Byers CAGLE, JENNIFER, Kosciusko, MS Mrs. Jean Cochran Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins COGGINS, HUBERT AND SADIE Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record COOK, MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM, Jackson, MS Miss Helen Elizabeth Cook CRAFT, MARJORIE Mr. and Mrs. Ronald M. Craft CUMMINS, A. C. Mrs. Faye Burns CUTTS, BROOXIE, Cleveland, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Nutt DONALD, JR., JERRY Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Donald DOTSON, A. CLYDE, Winona, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Caffey DOUCET, JR., MR. AND MRS. HOSEA J. Mr. Gregory J. Doucet DRAKE, ELAINE, Canton, MS Mr. Robert Smith EADY, WILLE BELL, Crystal Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. Marshall B. Eady EARLY, JANIS CAROLYN BOWEN Mr. and Mrs. George L. Blackledge EDWARDS, ELIZABETH COOK, Kosciusko, MS Ms. Deidra Stokes Mr. and Mrs. R. Frank Carmazzi Mrs. Hope C. Ellis Mary Thornton Bible Class, Kosciusko, MS

Class of 1947, Kosciusko High School Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Williford Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins Raymond James and Associates, Inc., St. Petersburg, FL Mr. and Mrs. Bruce H. Johnson, Jr. Mrs. Marjorie Price Lampkin EIDSON, OUIDA JOYCE Mr. and Mrs. John D. Eidson ENOCHS, IDDO L., McComb, MS Mrs. Mattie Rials Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rollins FARR, LINDA LEFOLDT, Jackson, MS Ms. Jean T. Brewer FERGUSON, JR., HOWARD TAFT, Baton Rouge, LA Mr. and Mrs. James W. Crook FISHER, JR., JIMMY S. Mr. and Mrs. Festus Earl Simkins GAMMILL, STEWART, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Wirt A. Yerger, Jr. GARRETT, JOY, Hamilton, TX First Pres. Traveler’s Sunday School Class, Tuscumbia, AL GEORGE, FREDDIE, Kosciusko, MS State Farm Insurance, Kosciusko, MS GIFFIN, PATSY DARLING WILLIAMS Mrs. Mary Corkern GORDON, GAYE Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Morgan GRAEBER, CHARLES AND GUENDALINE, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence C. Graeber HALL, MAY ASHLEY Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. HAMILTON, MR. AND MRS. SONNY, Petal, MS Mrs. Frances Stringer HARDING, JACK, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Donnie D. Riley Mrs. Ann B. Thomas HEAD, ROBERT B., Starkville, MS Mrs. Marilyn Head HENNING, BARNEY, Winona, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jerry C. Nix HERRING, P. F. Dr. and Mrs. John H. Herring HILL, ARRIE REID, Fullerton, CA Mrs. Janel Getchell HINES, YVONNE B., Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. James W. Crook HOUSE, SUSAN RUTH, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Dale Shearer Mr. and Mrs. Coles Wilkins HUCKABEE, ETHAN Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins HUSSEY, KENNETH RAY Mrs. Mary Payne Hairald IUPE, JEAN Mr. and Mrs. Toxey Hall, III JARRETT, BOB Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Newton JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Beth Jenkins JOHNSON, AGNES, Madison, MS

Mrs. Debra Hilson JOHNSON, MARGARET, Clarksdale, MS Mr. Marion Leath Johnson JOHNSON, MARY ANN State Farm Insurance, Kosciusko, MS JONES, ANN MCCULLY, Richton, MS Mrs. Sarah W. Otte KRICHBAUM, JAMES, Terry, MS Dixie Limited Partnership KYLE, WELDON, McCool, MS Mr. and Mrs. Don McLaughlin LACKEY, DOROTHY C. Mr. and Mrs. Larry J. Bleakney, Jr. MASON, D. C., Silas, AL Mrs. Mary H. Bonner MCCAIN, ALI, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. James W. Crook MILLS, HAYES, Weir, MS Mrs. Annie K. Melton MISIOLEK, LEAH, Tuscaloosa, AL Mr. and Mrs. Larry Pierson MITCHEL, WILLIE JIM, DeKalb, MS Mrs. Dorothy Hilton MOORE, GLADYS, Gulfport, MS Ms. Marcia Embt MOORE, HELEN MINOR, Memphis, TN Mr. and Mrs. Gus B. Denton Mr. and Mrs. James Longstreet Minor, III MOTT, MILLIE, Cordova, TN Mr. and Mrs. Don McLaughlin MULLANEY, KATHERINE Mr. Jim Van Doorne MURRY, DORIS DULANEY The Graeber Family PARK, FRANCES ELIZABETH Mr. and Mrs. Charles Seagler PATTERSON, ROBERT, Carrollton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Patridge PATTERSON, SAM, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Quayle PIERCE, CLYDE, West Point, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Morgan PONTIUS, WILLIAM F., Ocean Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Porter POWELL, JAMES HENRY, Duck Hill, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Harris, Jr. PRIMOS, TRUETT SCOTT, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Frank Biggs Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. RAY, GAIL FORSYTHE, Hernando, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gookin RECORD, BILL AND EDNA Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record REED, CARL, Natchez, MS Mrs. Eloise Reed RESCH, SUZANNE COX Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Resch RICHARDS, EDWARD A., Courtland, MS Mrs. Judy Bostwick ROBERTS, FRANCES LUCAS, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wydra Dr. and Mrs. James M. Baird Miss Helen Elizabeth Cook

Mr. and Mrs. Ward Faulk Mrs. Susan Garraway Anderson Mrs. Cynthia M. Snowden Mrs. Virginia R. Campbell Mr. and Mrs. James L. Roberson, Jr. Ms. Linda Rushing Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. SANDERS, BENJAMIN H. Mrs. Sherry Berthelot SELF, ESTHER DARLENE MITCHELL Mr. and Mrs. Alvin A. Loewenberg, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins SKELTON, JANE DOOLITTLE LANDRUM State Bank & Trust Company, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Anson Bob Chunn Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Patridge Mrs. Juanita G. Fanning SKYE, NAN State Farm Insurance, Kosciusko, MS SMATHERS, GUERRANT, Raymond, MS Wynndale Presbyterian Church SMATHERS, ROY Ms. Donna Ray SMITH, SR., ROY E., Virginia Beach, VA Mr. Roy E. Smith, Jr. SPARKS, ESTHER, Florence, MS Mr. and Mrs. Edgar M. Long SPIVEY, JR., JOHN MILLER Mr. and Mrs. James W. Crook STAGGS, MARTY W., Judsonia, AR Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flynt STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens STEWART, SALLY, French Camp, MS Mr. Randy Stewart Mr. Lou Stewart Mrs. Ann Stewart Deininger Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Gene Henderson, Jr. STONE, LEILA WERLEIN, Vicksburg, MS Dr. and Mrs. William Boyce Craig Mr. Bill Thompson Mr. G. Raymond Lenow Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Fleming, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Atwood Mrs. Elizabeth W. Carr Mr. and Mrs. Jim Barnette Tohill Mr. and Mrs. J. Mack Varner Mr. and Mrs. Mike Chaney Mr. and Mrs. Charles David Cleland Mrs. Martha Ann May Klaus Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Williford Mr. and Mrs. James Longstreet Minor, III Ms. Linda Hill Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Finkelberg STRAIN, CHARLES Mrs. Connie Strain SWAIN, WALTER B., Leland, MS Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner, III THOMPSON, PHOEBE, Huntsville, AL Mrs. Phoebe Horton TINGLE, KATHERINE COX Mr. and Mrs. Jack Alexander TORKELSON, FRANCIS, Pensacola, FL

Mr. Thomas Scott Carson TRUSSELL, SARA SUE, Kosciusko, MS Class of 1954, Ackerman High School Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins Ms. Rebecca Ham TYLER, CAROLYN Treesap Medical Center VANZYVERDEN, PAUL, Meridian, MS Dr. and Mrs. Dan Hank Singley, Jr. WALDROP, MAX L., Aiken, SC Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson Waldrop Miss Mary A. Waldrop Mr. and Mrs. John Savage, III WALDROP, NANCY ANN, Aiken, SC Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson Waldrop Miss Mary A. Waldrop WARREN, ED Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner, III WEISBERGER, A. J. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner, III WELLS, WILLIAM T., The Woodlands, TX Ms. Sandra N. Gullo WHEELESS, WAYLON, Ethel, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins WIGGERS, ROSS,Oxford, MS Mr. Julian B. Watson, Jr. WILLIAMS, LORING, French Camp MS Mr. and Mrs. David V. Williams WILLIFORD, III, WILLIAM BROWN, Palm Springs, CA Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Sorensen Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. O’Ferrall, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John R. Bise, IV WRIGHT, SARAH BATES Mr. and Mrs. David Campbell Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Griffin WRIGHT, W. W. Central High 49ers, Jackson, MS YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Yates

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ANDERSON, ANN, Gulfport, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. ANTONOW, WALT, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith BAGGOT, FRANCES EDYK Dr. Janet Smith BAKER, JENNETTE Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barlow BARBEE, ILA AMANDA TURNER, Charlotte, NC Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Snook BARRETT, MINNA ATWOOD Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Converse BENVENUTTI, PETE, Bay Saint Louis, MS Mr. and Mrs. Donnie D. Riley BITTERMAN, CLIFFORD J., Lakeland, FL Etha J. Bitterman Revocable Living Trust BLACKWELL, BILL Mrs. Maxine Nelson Turner Mrs. Kim Blackwell BOARDMAN, JOE, Gulfport, MS Mr. and Mrs. Donnie D. Riley


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Selby and Richard McRae Hall Dedication There was a spirit of celebration in the air upon the dedication of McRae Hall in December, the newest facility at French Camp Academy. A generous gift from the Selby and Richard McRae Foundation allowed French Camp to renew an existing building into a state-of-the-art middle school academic facility. Now, seventh and eighth grade students can continue their learning with Christian adults utilizing the best resources within their grasp to take young people to the next level. Represented at the dedication from the foundation were Richard McRae, Jr. and Renée Holm. ◆

(Left to Right) Holman Edwards (FCA student), Charles Irby, Kate Irby, Stewart Edwards, Dabney Edwards (FCA student), and Rebecca Edwards

Junior High Chorus Performing at Dedication Anne Katherine Ragsdale, Director

(Left to Right) Todd Marion (FCA Vice President of Finance), Rusty McKnight (FCA Principal), Vaughan McRae (Selby and Richard McRae Foundation), and Stewart Edwards (FCA President)

Doubling Our Blessings Courtney Collins has come full circle; from once being a member of a student work crew to now leading her own work crew as Manager of Double Blessings Thrift Store. As a former student, Courtney enjoyed being part of a Christian community so when she married her husband Craig, who serves as the pianist at French Camp Baptist Church, it was only natural to inquire about positions available to her on campus. Working alongside a work crew allows our staff the opportunity Even though it has been challenging for her to step into an adult role to spend time connecting with students on a personal level. Recently at FCA, Courtney has made several innovative improvements at Double Courtney was asked by a student to Blessings including a new computer system, attend a mother/daughter event as operating an eBay store for donated items, and a mentor. She has a unique connecsocial media advertising. Recently she coordition with the students to be able to nated with Kosciusko Walmart to receive a dotalk with them about their current nation of round clothing racks and three days struggles and they know she’s been of volunteer labor. While the makeover isn’t in their shoes. complete, store items are organized and visible making shopping pleasant. Courtney glows when talking about the work crew. “The best part Courtney isn’t the only one adjusting to a of my day is when the work crew comes new role. Cindy Cox was Courtney’s dorm parin each afternoon. Getting to know the ent while she was a student and is now her sukids and learning them as individuals pervisor at Double Blessings. “She’s grown in her is very rewarding. The Lord has prodecision-making ability and she’s growing daily in vided me an opportunity to become a her walk with the Lord,” Cindy said fondly. role model for students.” ◆


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Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity. —Psalm 133:1

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Athletes Prepare for Spring Sports

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Panther Nation

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Junior High Lady Panthers

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High School Lady Panthers

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Life Coaching at FCA A new program was rolled out in early AuThe new program gust of 2017 spear-headed by Reni Bumpas, seems to be paying off acan FCA house parent who is joyfully gifted as cording to an early survey an administrator, writer, and communicator. at the end of the semester. Trained adults are paired with students who can invest time and energy to accomplish a defini- • One student said she’s applying for a scholartive purpose. ship that requires a resume, and she had no Many young people coming out of broken idea how to prepare family situations need an extra measure of grace one, and had been and guidance to help build a future plan for their agonizing over it. At life. If mentoring by loving, wise adults doesn’t just the right time, occur, then often teenagers move through early Dr. Jeré Littlejohn adulthood floundering with very little direccame in and taught tion. Staff were trained in the summer of 2017 on that, and now she with new tools needed to walk students down a feels great about it. career path. The program was launched in August with our senior class. • One student said it’s gotten her more focused, that she’d been avoiding planning, and that the Career Report was particularly helpful in that regard.

• Many students reported that the life coaching had been “very helpful,” that it was “good having someone to track,” that coaches were “good role models,” and that “they would have been behind had it not been for the coaches and assignments.”

• One student said she would have been behind on the college visits if not for them being required, and she went on to say how the deadlines were good for her and helped her.

Life Coaching at FCA teaches students how to design a resume’ of experiences, learn more about their unique personality traits, develop a “life purpose statement,” shadow adults at work, and much more.

• Several students remarked about how they appreciated being able to talk about both personal stuff and getting encouragement and guidance for their future and for life.

As you think about the young people at French Camp Academy, please pray for the Life Coaching program. Pray that God will use these vital relationships to provide the God-given guidance and resources needed for our young people to make the right choices moving forward in life. ◆

FCA Students Winners of Stock Market Competition Most people consult their financial advisors for investing tips and strategies. Now you might find the top advisors at your local school. Students from French Camp Academy's Finance Class were named Region Four second and third place winners in the fall high school division of the Mississippi Stock Market Game (SMG). The simulation enables teams of students to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in the stock market over a 14-week period. Winners are determined on the percentage return above or below S&P 500 growth. The French Camp second place team had a return of (2.1%), and grew their portfolio to $102,340.23. The third place team had a return of (2.7%), and grew their portfolio to $101,790.47. The SMG is an online education program used in thousands of classrooms nationwide to help teach math, social studies, business, economics, and language skills. Students in grades four through twelve participate in teams and manage a simulated investment portfolio during the school year. Teachers report that math scores increase when the SMG is used in the classroom. ◆

Second-place Winners

Third-Place Winners

Pictured from left to right: Toby Perkins, Zakkariyya Gladney, Jennifer Witt

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French Camp’s Work Program: What Students and Alumni Say By Sylvia Dickson

Here at French Camp Academy, we make the lessons of work an intentional part of our school. We want work and its lessons to shape who our students become. We recently surveyed students and alumni and we’d like to share how they talk and think about the importance and value of their work experiences: • Work helped me mature. My supervisor talked and acted to help me. Students build relationships with positive, influential mentors. Learning the care and feeding of a horse may not be as fun as saddling up and riding, but it instills a sense of service and concern for others.

• Work taught me leadership. Learning a skill well, developing the trust of a supervisor, being intuitive and responsible builds a reputation for leadership that transfers to other areas.

• Learning to be on time and doing a job well was good • Work is good and rewarding. A for me. Students learn to sense of accomplishment builds be punctual, stay focused confidence and contentment. to the task at hand, and Knowing your work on a new to go beyond the basics, stone wall that not only prevents whether they are cleaning erosion but enhances the landtoilets or editing photoscape, brings a sense of fulfillgraphs. ment. • Work was challenging. At first I failed, but now I succeed. Perseverance is hard. In an era of quick fixes and fast solutions, the concept of continually training to overcome challenges is mostly left on the athletic field. Listening and learning from others, repeating a task, and redoing it until something is right is an important life skill.

• Work is not just for me, but to serve others. An important lesson is that we live in community and through work we serve others. Having a servant’s attitude will be a valuable asset no matter what someone does in his/her life.

Work brings a sense of accomplishment, opens career paths, and develops leadership that will translate into confidence, service, and a healthy contentment with life. Alumni carry and refer to French Camp work lessons throughout their lives. ◆

Charitable Giving Tax Law Modifications New tax law changes could be working to give you opportunities to help French Camp Academy. The most significant tax reform in decades took effect on January 1st, and it has numerous implications on giving to organizations like French Camp Academy. Two ways to give to French Camp that you may want to consider: • Give appreciated assets. Giving appreciated assets held for more than one year, such as publicly traded stocks, allows you to receive a charitable tax deduction for the

full value of the asset and eliminate capital gains taxes. • Give through your IRA. The Charitable IRA Rollover (also known as a Qualified Charitable Distribution, or QCD) is still available for givers who are subject to a required minimum distribution, but now it will be even more enticing to givers who are age 70½. If you qualify for this, you can opt to distribute up to $100,000 annually from your IRA directly to charity and have the distribution count towards your required minimum distribution. The

qualified charitable deduction is reported as non-taxable income on your federal tax return. While tax incentives aren’t the primary reason for our generosity, it is important that we’re wise stewards of the resources that God has entrusted to us. If you need information on how to transfer stock or to give through your IRA, please give Lance Ragsdale a call at (662) 5479464 or email at lragsdale@frenchcamp.org. ◆


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BRANDON, MR. AND MRS. C. H., Gulfport, MS Mr. and Mrs. William D. Hays BRANNING, TALMAGE AND HELEN, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Earl Walker BRINKLEY, PEGGY A., Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Erwin C. Ward Mrs. Grace Hull BURNEY, LOUIS DALE Mr. and Mrs. Dick Burney BURROW, BILL, Germantown, TN Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dial BURT, ROBERT D., Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. CAMPBELL, LELA DELL, Terry, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jim McGarr CARSON, BENNIE RAY, Brewer Community, MS Carnathan Law Office, Tupelo, MS CHANEY, CHARLIE Mr. and Mrs. Ricky L. Bane CHILDS, BILLIE LYN Mr. and Mrs. Bill Richards CLARK, ELIZABETH ANN Ms. Carolyn Best Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Cato Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Curran CLARK, LIBBY Mrs. Grace Hull CLARK, LURLI K., Anquilla, MS Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Kilgore COGGINS, HUBERT AND SADIE Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record CRAWFORD, KIRBY AND JEAN, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith CURRIE FAMILY, J. H., Meridian, MS Mrs. Rachel C. Martin DAVIES, DAN, Rockledge, FL Mrs. Athena B. Davies DEWEASE, JAMES Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Pete Stone DONALD, ELIZABETH K. Mrs. Deborah M. Kimbrough DOWNING, NEELY H. Mr. and Mrs. Neely Downing EDWARDS, ELIZABETH COOK, Kosciusko, MS Ms. Rebecca Purcell ELLIOT, LAKE, Oxford MS Mrs. Linda Norwood ENOCHS, IDDO L., McComb, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ted Purtell FAIR, IMOGENE CANEY, Birmingham, AL Mr. and Mrs. Toxey Hall, III Ms. Jo Inman Mrs. Anne B. Harpole Mrs. Mavis R. Draper Mr. and Mrs. Bill Viehman Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bell Mrs. Linda K. Dunnaway Rev. James Albert and Mrs. Ellen White Turner Revocable Trust Mrs. Joanne Lear FERRISS, PHILIP REED, Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Grace Hull Mr. and Mrs. D. Pat McGowan Mr. and Mrs. John F. Phillips, III FULLER, NATALIE Mr. and Mrs. R. James Young GILMORE, FRANK, Florence, MS Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Quayle GORDON, GAYE Woodland Drive Friends and Neighbors, Carthage, MS GORDON, VIRGINIA Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson GRESHAM, ANN HOPKINS The Graeber Family Mrs. Mary Kathryn McDowell GRIFFIN, HENRY Carnathan Law Office, Tupelo, MS HALL, MAY ASHLEY Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Furlow HARDING, BOBBIE Ms. Marcia Embt HAVENS, MARTHA NELL RUSSELL, Calhoun City, MS Mrs. Mary Payne Hairald HENDRIX, JEAN, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ricky L. Bane Ms. Sheryl Fox HIGHTOWER, DOROTHY TURNAGE, Oak Ridge, TN Dr. J. Robert Hightower HILL, ARRIE REID, Fullerton, CA Mrs. Janel Getchell HILL, JOHN EDDIE, Charlotte, NC Mrs. Nina R. Hill HITT, BILLY, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith HOUSE, SUSAN RUTH, Hattiesburg, MS Ms. Mary Preston Hays Dubberly and John

INGRAM, JO NELL, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Petermann JENKINS, MARIANNE CHUNN, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Leonard C. Bolton, Jr. Ms. Jane Hinkle JENKINS, PEGGY JOY DODD, Eupora, MS Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Kristine E. Owen Mrs. Beth Jenkins JO AND SHELBY Mr. J. Thomas Littlejohn JOHNSON, AGNES, Madison, MS Mrs. Betty A. Hays JONES, CRAIG Mrs. Annie K. Melton KELLY, JOHN, Metairie, LA Mr. and Mrs. Frank Biggs LANDRUM, KATHARINE SCOTT Mr. and Mrs. David Smith LOGAN, BETTY SUE, Tchula, MS Ms. Doris T. Ellison Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Harris, Jr. LOGAN, RUBY N. Mrs. Melissa Pesce Thompson Coburn, Saint Louis, MO MACNEALY, RICHARD K. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. MARTIN, LUZELLE, Yazoo City, MS Ms. Jamie H. Bray Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Peaster MCCARTY, ROWENA WILLIS, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Michael McCarty MCDUFFIE, DOROTHY Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson MCINTYRE, KEITH, Louise, MS Mrs. Shirley Peeples MCKAY, III, JAMES JOSEPH, Sharon, MS Mr. and Mrs. John H. Alston Mr. Rayford Poole MCMILLIN, VICTORIA Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Hall Mrs. Lynn Barr MCMINN, M. D., Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. N. Pat Autry Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Stubbs Tabor Drugs, Louisville, MS MCMULLEN, VIOLET, Madison, MS Mr. Julian B. Watson, Jr. MEENA, VIC, Clarksdale, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. McBride, Jr. MENETRE, ELLEN Mrs. Mary Ellen Edwards MITCHELL, JR., CHARLES G., Lexington, KY Mrs. Elizabeth M. Mitchell MOORE, GLADYS, Gulfport, MS Mr. and Mrs. Don Moore MOORE, HELEN MINOR, Memphis, TN Mrs. Geri Graeber Pitts MORETON, JAMES AND ELIZABETH, Brookhaven, MS James and Elizabeth Moreton MURRY, DORIS DULANEY Mrs. Linda Norwood Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith PHILLIPS, AMY WRIGHT Mr. and Mrs. Bill Richards PRESLEY, JOHN RHETT, Madison, MS Mrs. Debra Mason PRIMOS, TRUETT SCOTT, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. McBride, Jr. Mrs. Virginia R. Campbell PURSER, ELMA WEEKS, Crystal Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. Frank Biggs RECORD, BILL AND EDNA Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record RESCH, SUZANNE COX Mr. and Mrs. Stephen J. Resch RIKARD, SHERRI, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith ROBERTS, FRANCES LUCAS, Madison, MS Ms. Sue McKnight Mr. and Mrs. Bardie Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Steve M. Edwards ROSAMOND, R. L. Mr. Woollard Ozell Rosamond ROSS, ELISABETH, Isola, MS Mr. Emmitt Fred Ross RUSCOE, BETTY, Leland, MS Coach Harper Davis RUTLEDGE, BRENDA, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Quayle SELF, ESTHER DARLENE MITCHELL Mrs. Mary Ann Stevens SHANKSWALL, MARIE Dr. and Mrs. Tom Dewey SIKES, ELIZABETH Mrs. Barbara Marshall SOUTHERN, JR., CHARLES BAXTER, St. Louis, MO Mrs. Geri Graeber Pitts

SPARKS, ELEANOR Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson STACY, CHERYL L., Ackerman, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine Mr. and Mrs. James Al Owen Mrs. Martha C. Stark STAFFORD, NEIL, Winona, MS Vaiden Class of 1954 Mr. and Mrs. Jerry C. Nix STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens STOKES, JUDY, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bob Robinson STONE, LEILA WERLEIN, Vicksburg, MS Ms. Meta Klaus Mr. and Mrs. Steve M. Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Ed Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Pete Stone Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Gouras STROUP, JEAN ISABELLA FINDLAY Mr. and Mrs. Richard Johnson TAPSCOTT, WILLIAM, Nettleton, MS Mrs. Mary Payne Hairald TARTT, WILMA CORLEY Mr. and Mrs. Tommy McCoy TAYLOR, BRICK TOM Mrs. Virginia R. Campbell THOMPSON, PHOEBE, Huntsville, AL Mrs. Phoebe Horton TOTTEN, CAROLINE MENETRE Mrs. Mary Ellen Edwards TRUSSELL, SALLYE WILLIS Mr. and Mrs. Michael McCarty TURNER, HUGH ELLA, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flynt VICENTE, BARBARA Ms. Marcia Embt WALDROP, MAX L., Aiken, SC Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson Waldrop Miss Mary A. Waldrop WALDROP, NANCY ANN, Aiken, SC Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson Waldrop Miss Mary A. Waldrop WALKER, IRA NELL DAVIS, Magee, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Peaster WALL, MARIE Mrs. Christine W. Garrett WALLACE, H. W., Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Webb Jr. WALLACE, JACK, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Homer Dolph Bryan WEBB, TAYLOR, Leland, MS Mr. William C. Keady, Jr. WIDEMAN, MARIE SMITH Southern Funeral Homes, Inc. WILLIAMS, KENITH RAY, Shannon, MS Carnathan Law Office, Tupelo, MS WILLIAMS, WAYNE, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Peaster WILLIFORD, III, WILLIAM BROWN, Palm Springs, CA Dr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Chestnut Mr. David C. McNair Mr. and Mrs. Toxey Hall, III Mrs. Virginia R. Campbell Mr. and Mrs. John Armstrong, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Bowen, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John Crawford WINTER, MARGARET, Pearl, MS Mr. and Mrs. Larry W. Dykes

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ADAMS, ARTHUR, Atlanta, GA Mr. and Mrs. D. Austin Simmons ADAMS, WAYNE Mr. and Mrs. D. Austin Simmons AGNES, EMMETTE, AUBREY, GLADYS Mr. and Mrs. Don Whitmire ALEXANDER, RICK Mrs. Gingia Yerger ALLRED, WILLIAM WALLACE, Collins, MS Mr. and Mrs. Edward Waller Dr. and Mrs. James Day Mrs. Joanne Allred ANDERSON, FRANK AND MARY, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. David Arnold ANDERSON, KIMBERLY Mrs. Catherine Anderson ARRINGTON, JIMMY AND ALAN Mrs. Gale Arrington ARTHUR, LAMAR AND JIMMY, Clinton, MS Mrs. Billie Arthur ASKEW, SIDNEY KNOX, Edwards, MS Mrs. Jo Blasingame BABIN, SR., MICHAEL OVIDE, River Ridge, LA Mr. Julian Watson Jr. BAGLEY, WAYNE, Forest, MS Mrs. Geri Bagley BAGWELL, CARL Mrs. Jane Estes

BAILEY, BOBBIE H., Collins, MS Mr. Jack Bailey BARBEE, ILA AMANDA TURNER, Charlotte, NC Ms. Josephine Morrison Mrs. Carol Francisco Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Donald Mr. Michael Turner BARHAM, MR. AND MRS. W. C. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barham BARRENTINE, JANIE C., Greenwood, MS Mrs. Helen Tenhet and Terrye Layne BARRETT, MINNA WINTERS ATWOOD Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Schweigert Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Atwood BASS, III, JOHN MORGAN Mr. John Wise Jr. BASS, III, JOHNNY ALLAN BASS Mrs. Janet Decker BELL, VERLIN AND SUDIE Mr. Marvin Bell BETHEA, JR., WILLIAM D. AND ANNE Mr. and Mrs. Dolan Self, Jr. BEUTIN, TERRY, French Camp, MS Ms. Delores Wolf BIGGERS, JAMES D. Mr. and Mrs. Wirt Yerger, III BISHOP, JUDITH EVANS, Gulfport, MS Mrs. Ann Miller BLACK, WARREN, Winona, MS Mrs. Martha G. Vance Mr. and Mrs. Danny Collier, Jr. BLACKWELL, BILL, Escatawpa, MS Mrs. Kim Blackwell BLASINGAME, WILLIAM OWEN, Edwards, MS Mrs. Jo Blasingame BLOSSMAN, JOHN R., Ocean Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brodowicz BODNAR, PATRICE, Petal, MS Mr. and Mrs. Craig Kimes BOWMAN, TILLIE Mr. and Mrs. Steve McLaurin BRAZZELL, SR., KEN, Rock Hill, SC Mrs. Athena Davies BRINTNALL, PHIL AND LUCILLE, Bryson City, NC Mr. and Mrs. James B. Swan BROOMFIELD, BRUCE, French Camp, MS Ms. Delores Wolf BUFKIN, THOMAS JOSEPH Mrs. Gingia Yerger BUFORD, TOMMY, Sallis, MS Mr. and Mrs. Doug King BURCHFIELD, MARY Mrs. Virginia Vowell BURFORD, BILL AND MILDRED Mr. Fleet Lassetter BURKART, NEWELL Mr. and Mrs. James Payne BURKE, DUDLEY CAMPBELL, Ruleville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Stansel, Jr. BURNETT, JERRY GLEN Ms. Stacy Burnett BUSH, ROY W., Marion, LA Mrs. Gloria Bush BYERS, SR., LEE LOGAN Mr. and Mrs. George Byers CADE, BETH, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Freedman CAGLE, JENNIFER, Kosciusko, MS State Farm Insurance Mr. and Mrs. Doug King CAIN, DICK State Farm Insurance CAIN, MR. AND MRS. L. O. Mrs. Helen Tenhet and Terrye Layne CALLICUTT, DAN Mr. and Mrs. Charles McKinley CALVERT, JEAN, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Donald CAMPBELL, COOPER Mr. and Mrs. Mike Taylor CAMPBELL, LOIS J. Dr. and Mrs. George Gillespie III CAMPBELL, VOLLIE F., Terry, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jim McGarr CANNON, BETTYE M., Pearl, MS Mr. and Mrs. T. Wells CARR, MIKE Mrs. Mary Carr CARROLL, NETTIE LIVINGSTON Mr. and Mrs. Phil Wilson CARSON, BROWNIE ADAMS, Kosciusko, MS Mr. Thomas Carson CARSON, THOMAS GORDON, Kosciusko, MS Mr. Thomas Carson Mr. and Mrs. Stanley E. Conly CARTER, JOHN Mr. and Mrs. Tom Howells CATHINGS, JAMES B. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowen, Jr.

CERAMI, FLORENCE, Colonia, NJ Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Graeber CHADWICK, SUE Mrs. Florence King CHAMPNEY, EDWARD, Hattiesburg, MS Ms. Marcia Embt CHANEY, CHARLES, Louisville, MS Dr. and Mrs. Danny Dickey CHILDERS, BRAD, Counce, TN Mrs. Geri Pitts CLARK, ELIZABETH ANN Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mitchener, Jr. Dr. Gay and Rick Tompkins Mrs. Faye Allbritton Mrs. Ann W. Gaudet Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carson, Jr. Dr. William S. Cook, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William Carroll Cotton Incorporated Mr. and Mrs. James Crook CLARK, MADELINE Mr. Victor Clark CLINTON, II, WILLIAM R. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowen, Jr. COGGINS, HUBERT AND SADIE Mr. and Mrs. Frank Record COLE, WAYNE Mr. Albert Shurlds COLLINS, ALFORD, Canton, MI Mr. and Mrs. Reinhard Spittka COLLINS, JOE, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Mike Nipper CONLY, SHIRLEY AND ETOYLE, Ringgold, LA Mr. Thomas Carson COOK, JOHNNY Mrs. Patsy Ann Cook COPE, MR. AND MRS. DELOACH The Clint & Ellen Ann Johnson Foundation CURTIS, MR. AND MRS. ELMER, Winona, MS Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Heard Mrs. Margie Johnson DACUS, MARTHA B., Wilmington, DE Mr. William Dacus Jr. DAVIS, ALLAN L., Pearl, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles King, II DAVIS, BOBBY JOE, Pearl, MS Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Blackledge DAVIS, CLINT, Petal, MS Mr. and Mrs. Craig Kimes DIAL, ANNE B., Clinton, MS Mr. John Dial, III DILLARD, ROY, Thaxton, MS Mrs. Polly Allen DONALD, ELIZABETH KIMBROUGH Mr. and Mrs. David Donald DONALD, JR., JERRY Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Donald DOOLITLLE, EARL PRYOR, Eupora, MS Mr. and Mrs. Don Boone DOSTER, MARGARET Mr. and Mrs. Edward Williford DOWNING, JAMES WILLIAM Mr. Fitz Morgan, III DRAPER, VERMELLE, Foley, AL Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. McBryde DUGAN, JOHN MARCUS, Brandon, MS Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Anderson DUNBAR, ANN HAND, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles King, II Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowen, Jr. DUNBAR, JACK Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowen, Jr. DUNLAP, DON Mrs. Goree’ D. Robins DUNLAP, FRANSAN Mr.and Mrs. Dave DiBlasi EDWARDS, ELIZABETH COOK, Kosciusko, MS Mr. Louis Wittenberg EIDSON, OUIDA JOYCE Ms. Linda Chase ENOCHS, IDDO L., McComb, MS The Frost Foundation ERICKSON, IMOGENE ALLEN, Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Martha W. Hogue Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Graeber EVERETT, CURTIS Mrs. Martha G. Vance FAHNESTOCK JR., JOHN, Ocean Springs, MS Mrs. Marion Fahnestock FAIR, IMOGENE CANEY, Birmingham, AL Mr. and Mrs. Pruitt Calvert, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James Longstreet Minor, III Mrs. Allison Chambliss Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Donald Mr. and Mrs. John Boydstun Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Wittjen Mrs. Frances Pearson Buckhead Rotary Foundation Mr. E. Jeff Justis


14 • French Camp TODAY • SPRING 2018 Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Boone FALASCA, ANTHONY, Wilmington, DE Mr. and Mrs. Doug King FELDMAN, KATHERINE Mr. and Mrs. Richard Grantham Mr. and Mrs. Paul Grantham FERGUSON, MRS. G. WARREN Dr. Alvin Brent, Jr. FERNANDEZ, FRANK, Coffeeville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Danny Holland FERRISS, PHILIP REED, Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Jane Gordon Mr. and Mrs. James Crook FORD, DOROTHY SUE WATKINS Mr. Bobby Eavenson Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Norris Mr. and Mrs. Richard Watkins FOX, JOHN, Houston, MS Mrs. Mabel Crawford FREDERICKS, RAVI Ms. Helen Derryberry GAINES, WAYNE GLEN, Winona, MS Mrs. Joyce Armstrong GARRAWAY, MARY ANNA, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. T. Calvin Wells GARRETT, JUDY Mrs. Christine Garrett GARRETT, TOM Mrs. Christine Garrett GILLESPIE, EMMA HORNE Mr. and Mrs. William Gillespie, Sr. GOBER, GEORGE, Saltillo, MS Mrs. Vickie Gober GOLDING, MARIE Mr. Pat Golding GORDON, GAYE Mr. G. Gordon GOWAN, JOSIE Forest Grove Pres. WIC, PCA GRAY, MARION, Edgemont, SD Mr. and Mrs. Jim McGarr GREEN, CHARLES, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Donald Milner GREENLEE, WARRENE BLACK, Kilmichael, MS Mr. J. Lane Greenlee GUNN, GEORGE, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. T. Calvin Wells HABGOOD, RUSSELL AND AUDREA, North Aurora, IL Mr. Houston Jones, Jr. HAMMOND, WILLIAM, Jackson, MS Mrs. Mary Stebbins HARRIS, CARL, Jackson, MS Rev. and Mrs. Billy W. Stanford HAZARD, JR., MARK GORDON, West Point, MS Mr. and Mrs. T. Calvin Wells HEARD, MRS. MARTIN The Clint & Ellen Ann Johnson Foundation HEATON, JR., WILLIAM CLIFF Mr. and Mrs. Doug King HEAVENER, SMITH, Tupelo, MS Mrs. Jean Jolly HESTER, MARGARET Mr. Leslie Hester HEWES, THOMAS F. Mr. and Mrs. John Heath HILL, MAURICE, Tupelo, MS Mrs. Mary Hill HOBGOOD, RUSSELL AND AUDREA Mrs. Mary Edith Butler HODGES, DIANE, Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Bane HOLMES, ROMA JEAN WALDRON Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kemp HOLMES, WENDELL AND LEOLA Mr. and Mrs. Ottis Davis HOLSTON, SHIRLEY S. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Harris HORNE, II, WILLIAM ARMSTRONG Mrs. Polly Wright HOWARD, ELIZABETH SUE TOLBERT Mr. Robert Sumrall T.C.I. Sales, Inc. HUDSON, JIM, Sallis, MS Mr. and Mrs. Allen Warrington State Farm Insurance HUNT, THERRELL, Ackerman, MS Mrs. Annie Melton HUNTER, MARILYNN, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowen, Jr. JACKSON, SALLY, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Mark Jackson JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Kristine E. Owen Mrs. Beth Jenkins JENT, MONA, Westmoreland, TN Mrs. Janice Chesser Sonja Parish Gola Gilliland Linda Chesser

JOBLIN, SANDRA LAWSON Rev. and Mrs. Kevin Franklin JOHNSON, JACK, French Camp, MS Ms. Delores Wolf JOHNSON, SHAW Mr. and Mrs. John Barnes JONES, SARA VIRGINIA, Tchula, MS Mrs. Nora Maloy JOORFETZ, COLTON, Jackson, MS Mr. Julian Watson Jr. JORDAN, NONI Mr. and Mrs. Doug King KAY, LINDA Mrs. Modena Martin Ms. Cherry Lee KEITH, LYNN State Farm Insurance KIMBALL, MARGARET ADAMS Mr. and Mrs. D. Austin Simmons Mrs. Rebecca Leffler Mrs. Kelli Simmons Ratton KIMBROUGH, III, JOHN M., Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. David Donald KING, JR., A. S., Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Beverley King KING, JUANITA TENNANT Mr. and Mrs. John Tennant KIRKPATRICK, JR., THOMAS Mr. Norman A. Mott, Jr. LARY, MICHAEL R. Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Lary Jr. LEACH, DAVID G., Pensacola, FL Mr. and Mrs. Tom Howells LIDDON, JR., MR. AND MRS. J. F., Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. William Carroll LINK, NORA LEE MILLER, Bentonia, MS Mrs. Nora Maloy LINK, WILLIAM MARTIN, Bentonia, MS Mrs. Nora Maloy LITTLE, LYNETTE Mrs. Bonnie Black LOFTIS, JR., JOHN, Conyers, GA Mr. John Loftis, Sr. LOGAN, BETTYE SUE, Tchula, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey W. James Mr. and Mrs. Wirt Hayes LONG, III, LAWRENCE W. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowen, Jr. LOTT, KARAN, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Stansel, Jr. MACNEALY, SHIRLEY ANN Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowen, Jr. MANSELL, JOYCE Forest Grove Pres. WIC, PCA MANSOUR, DORIS, Greenville, MS Mr. Marshall D. Mansour MARBERRY, MARDELL A., Memphis, TN Mrs. Geri Pitts MARSHALL, MR. AND MRS. ROBERT YATES Mr. and Mrs. William Gillespie, Sr. MATHIEU, BRANTLEY Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Herring MATTOX, STANNY S. AND GLORIA Mr. and Mrs. Ben Wessman MAY, MORRIS, McCool, MS Mr. and Mrs. Paul Meade MCCASKILL, LYNN, Indianola, MS Miss Cindy Davis MCDONNELL, BARBARA Mr. and Mrs. Doug King MCMINN, M. D., Louisville, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. Terrell Bell Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Donald MCMULLAN, SR., PAUL, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ed Morgan MCPHAIL, PATRICIA DYER Mrs. Linda Giles MCRIGHT, LILA LEE, Greenville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey W. James MEASELLS, JOHN AND JEAN Mrs. Brenda Dowdle MEENA, SR., VICTOR H., Clarksdale, MS Mr. and Mrs. T. Wells Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowen, Jr. MEYER, NAOMI BARR Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Brown MIDDLETON, MARTHA CARSON Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kemp MILLER, BETTY, Montgomery, AL Mr. Michael Miller MILLER, PEGGY REID, Ackerman, MS Mrs. Martha Ann May Klaus MILNER, DON AND EUGENIA Mr. and Mrs. Donald Milner MITCHELL, JR., CHARLES G., Lexington, KY Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell MOHAMED, ANNELLE, Belzoni, MS Mr. Julian Watson, Jr. MOORE, JERRELL, Carthage, MS Forest Grove Pres. WIC, PCA

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UPSHAW, KEN, Canton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Graeber VANTREASE JR., DAVID Mr. David Vantrease, Sr. Ms. Irene Vantrease WALDROP, MAX L., Aiken, SC Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson Waldrop Miss Mary A. Waldrop Mr. Robert Walker, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Lake W. Waldrop WALDROP, NANCY ANN, Aiken, SC Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson Waldrop Miss Mary A. Waldrop WATKINS, DUNCAN AND RUBY Mr. and Mrs. Ed Morgan WATSON, JOAN, Meridian, MS Mrs. Martha G. Vance WEATHERLY, ANN PENN, Gulfport, MS Mrs. Nora Maloy WEATHERSBY, MARC Mrs. Dorothy M. Weathersby WEATHERSBY, WILLIAM M. Mrs. Dorothy M. Weathersby WEEKS, LYDIA GRACE Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kemp WELCH, MR. AND MRS. L. L. Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Marty Carr WELFORD, KATHERINE Mrs. Percy Holton WEST, RACHEL Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine WETHINGTON, PATRICK, Saint Louis, MO Mr. Thomas Carson WHITE, JR., SAMUEL HARVEY Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowen, Jr. WILKES, ROY, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. T. Calvin Wells WILKINSON, JAMES Mrs. Anita Wilkinson WILLIAMS, JR., MR. AND MRS. JOHN C., Houston, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lanny Wilson WILLIAMS, SANDRA S. Mr. Marvin Bell WILLIS, ELWARD S., Slaughter, LA Forest Grove Pres. WIC, PCA WILSON, VENCIL AND HELEN JANE Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wilson WITHERS, PAULINE ADAMS Mr. and Mrs. D. Austin Simmons WOOD, VERL HUE, Tupelo, MS Mr. and Mrs. Mabry W. Linn WOOTEN, JESSE D. Mrs. Lucy W. Turnbull YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT Mr. and Mrs. Donald Yates YATES, PATRICIA SCOBEY Mr. and Mrs. Max S. Yates YORK, MR. AND MRS. RICE, Ridgeland, MS Mrs. Elizabeth Lawson

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Please call Lance at (662) 547-6482 to let us know if you can help out with any of these: Maintenance • Pickup trucks, suburbans, mini-vans, sedans • UTV’s – such as Kawasaki mule, John Deere Gator, or Polaris • Street sweeper/rotating broom – motorized or PTO type • Small flatbed utility trailers (flat-bed type trailer) • 16’ Dual axle flatbed trailer with no sides • 15 +/- feet wide “Bat Wing” style bush hog • Gas powered chainsaws, blowers, hedge trimmers

Janitorial • Floor burnishers

Horse Program Equipment • 20’ – 24’ slant load gooseneck horse trailer – ideally would hold 4 or 5 horses • Four wheel drive tractor for arena dirt work


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French Camp Academy Alumni News Where Are They Now?

Katie Taylor Landry A Life of Joy by Sylvia Dickson

Katie Taylor Landry (FCA 1956) was 13½ years old when she came to French Camp Academy. She and her father traveled from Honduras to see this Christian boarding school that had been recommended by a friend. Her father, originally from Minnesota, was working in Honduras with a food company. Because there was no high school in her town, Katie would need to go to a board- Katie with her second grandchild, Maxwell Gassner ing school. And, because her parents were Christians, they wanted a Christian boarding school. Sam Patterson greeted them on the FCA campus, answered their questions, and assured them FCA was a safe, Christ-centered, school and home where young people could grow. When her father returned to Honduras, he was certain that FCA was the right place for Katie. Eventually, two of Katie’s sisters, Alma and Betty, attended FCA.

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Katie became a Christian at French Camp. She said, French Camp prepared me for eternity. After graduating, she attended nursing school but realized her gifts were in a different area. She went to clerical school, eventually becoming a medical secretary. Katie’s life has had many challenges. When her first husband died, she turned to Sam Patterson for guidance and prayer. Seven years later she married Dwayne Landry. She has one son, William Arlie, from her first marriage, and two daughters, Allison and Kimberly, from her second. She also has 4 grandchildren.

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Katie lives near Covington, LA, in the small town of Abita Springs. Her church family at Covington Presbyterian Church helps keep her focused on Christ and serving others. Through the 22 years she has been there—just a skosh of her life—she has been active in her church serving on many committees. Active in the community, she also has volunteered in the hospital and as a reading instructor for second graders. Life has not been easy all the time, but God is always good, she stated. Katie goes to church, meets friends for lunch, loves Bible study groups, and reads Christian novels. Each day is filled with God’s goodness. From Honduras to French Camp to Abita Springs, God continues to order her days by His grace, for her good, and for His glory. ◆

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Karina Cookies: Nine Years Later By Erin Ulerich

Just recently, the young people at French Camp Academy experienced a Mission’s Conference hosted by French Camp Presbyterian Church. The theme of the conference was “You Have Written and Redeemed My Story.” A young lady named Karina spoke at this conference sharing her story and a vision for her life. The article below shows God’s powerful hand through a young French Camp student and a used-to-be orphan from the Ukraine adopted by a former FCA graduate. When Anderson, as a 4 year old, heard about Karina’s adoption, he Paul and Jeanette Nasekos, wanted to help in a big way, right the adoptive grandparents of away. “We need to give them a lot Karina, served as house parof money!” he announced. And I ents from 1987-1997. Their son, would have loved to have the abil- Matthew Nasekos, the adopted ity to write a check to cover the father of Karina, graduated from entire cost. But now, looking back FCA in 1991. on the journey nine years later, I’m so thankful we didn’t have the means to do that. I’m thankful the Nasekos family didn’t have it, either, because through their need for support, others were able to take part in their journey. The Nasekos family have a strong connection to French Camp Academy. Stories connected along the way and many people, like our family, were able to clearly see God work through this adoption process.

Because her adoption process involved so many people, there has been a beautiful ripple effect. Other children have been adopted, orphan ministries have been strengthened and supported, and along the way stories have been connected in ways only God could have designed.

And the story isn’t over. Karina is now 22, enjoys working with children, and senses God calling her back to Ukraine to work with orphans. She would be going back as a Nasekos daughter, but also as a daughter of the King. She would be going back as a young woman who has experienced the love of a family and the love of Jesus. She wants to share the It made sense that a kid could sell cookies. He Gospel, and share hope with children who are where she once was. was very precocious and endearing and the cookies were filled with ingredients like peanut butter, Through this journey, God answered prayers. He provided every single M&Ms, and chocolate chips. But Anderson didn’t detail. He brought Karina home through the generosity, obedience, and sit down and calculate exactly how many cookies, willingness of many people. It was Him. He gets the glory. at 50 cents per cookie, it would take to accomplish this task. He was only 4, after all, and This incredible story began with one family’s obedience to God’s call not good at math yet. to adopt, the simple faith of a child, and a delicious cookie. It is a story only God could weave, a story that has changed many lives, a story that He simply responded to a need and let showcases God’s provision, power, and love. A story of God’s grace. ◆ God handle the outcome. The need of a little girl named Karina was tucked away French Camp Academy’s Support Ministries in a government run orphanage across the world. Anderson didn’t look at the plight of orphans as a whole and get overwhelmed. www.CampoftheRisingSon.com www.RainwaterObservatory.org He saw the little 662-547-6169 girl God placed directly in our path. The 662-547-7283 one God used to make us aware of the tremendous need of orphans. The one God used to show us that He really does put the Bed & Breakfast lonely in families.

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