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Volume LXV No.4 www.frenchcamp.org WINTER 2020 In this Issue: A Home for Hurting Hearts

Using Horses to Build Faith

Homecoming 2020

A Message to Churches

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A Home for Hurting Hearts While we have called Mississippi home for the last 11½ years, my husband, Joe, and I have called Michigan home for most of our lives. So we are a long way from the place we grew up. The first few years we lived here, when we talked about visiting our Michigan families for the holidays we would say, “we are going home.” Our children have grown up here in Mississippi so to them, this has always been home, but for me, it’s hard for my heart to let go of Michigan. I get homesick in the fall; the colors in Michigan are so beautiful; and what I really miss are our trips to the cider mill. Cider mills have big apple orchards where you go pick a bag full of apples. After you have your apples, you get on a hay wagon to pick your pumpkin, and then for the grand finale, you go to the big barn where they are making fresh-squeezed apple cider and hot cinnamon sugar doughnuts fresh off the fryer. They are so delicious they melt in your mouth! My first year here, when I realized I would not be enjoying those wonderful sights, smells, and tastes of my favorite fall activity, it made me feel very sad and empty inside. I try to remember that feeling when my girls walk into Heidelberg Home for the first time—away from the things they are used to, away from their routines and traditions, away from what they know—whether what they know is safe or unsafe, they are walking into the unknown with different routines and expectations at French Camp. I can’t control the difficulty of the transition from the home they know to the home they stay in while they are here, but I can try to smooth the bumpy waters of uncertainty by the way they experience our home. I enjoy watching all the home decorating shows that frequent the airwaves. The hunt for the “forever” home, purchasing a “fixer-upper” and making it look fresh off the cover of a magazine, all of it, I love all of it! The designers on these shows all have different styles, but I have noticed two common things they ask their homeowners; what do you want your home to communicate and what do you use your home for? Our home was recently the happy recipient of a living room makeover. As I was thinking about our own space getting a facelift, I took some time to ponder these two questions. Our living room serves many functions; it is a tutoring center, a beauty shop, a movie theatre, a game room, and most recently with COVID-19, a church. We laugh, cry, have conflict, resolve conflict, encourage, and talk about Jesus. These are a lot of functions for one space! As I walk the halls of Heidelberg Home, I think about all the former houseparents who have boldly and confidently gone before me, the Titus 2 women who have “lived in a way that honors God.” They taught me what it looks like “to live wisely and do good.” These women lived out what “home” really is, and how to love the girls who live here in practical and spiritual ways.

When I thought about what I wanted Heidelberg Home, my home, to communicate I knew first and foremost, when the girls cross the threshold of the front door, I want them to let out a sigh of relief because they feel safe, known, and loved. I want it to feel like giving a hug. This will not take the homesickness or pain away, but it will sure feel comforting as we walk through it together. If the walls inside our home could talk, what I really want them to communicate is a story of connection, a story of Jesus being lived out daily, a story of hurting hearts feeling like they are “home.” Joe and Mitzi Watkins are in their 12th year as parents in Heidelberg Home. Joe teaches high school math courses and coaches the cross country and track teams while Mitzi is the primary house parent for the young ladies of Heidelberg. They have two children, Ayden and Kinley.


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The President’s Perspective:

French Camp TODAY

A Darkness that Reveals a Light

French Camp TODAY (USPS 210-100) is published quarterly in March, June, September and December each year by French Camp Academy, a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Periodical postage paid at Hattiesburg, MS and all additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to French Camp TODAY, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745-9703.

All of us by now have either been directly or indirectly affected by the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19. The world has responded in many ways in how to mitigate through the virus. Conflicting reports about its impact are all too common. To be honest, it is hard to know what to believe. Yet one thing holds true no matter where you come from—the world in which we live has changed. This pandemic has revealed some things that otherwise may never have been seen.

of yourself will only be experienced in relationship to Him. Do not let fleeting pleasures or a pandemic sway you from this truth. It is times like these that we can finally SEE the beauty of God’s heart for us. Take time today to reflect on how our uncertain days have impacted you spiritually. Have you gravitated toward indulgence, busyness, or isolation? My prayer for you today is that you will know God’s love and kindness. May His vision for Not Our Plan Living at French Camp, we have been blessed to see your life draw you to Him today. May you rest in the so many of our staff and students quickly and ably ad- assurance that one day He will make all things new. just to protect each other. When it would be easy to “sit down” or be somewhat paralyzed by uncertainty, our team has “stood up” to the call and task of mitigating the illness. A new school schedule, dining hall practices, along with cleaning and sanitation protocols campus wide have all contributed to making French Camp the best we can be. Our students have emMy Dwelling Place braced that looking out for one another and our staff is the right and selfless thing to do. While we have My dwelling place is God Most High experienced a few isolated cases, we give God thanks, My refuge and my fortress that at this writing, all have recovered or are on their When plague and pestilence draw nigh way to recovery. I’m hidden in His Presence When terrors fall and arrows fly Peter Reid, our orientation speaker this summer, reHis shield will be my safety lated several key truths that we can experience during When stones across my pathway lie such an ordeal as COVID-19. He shared that in orOn angels’ wings I’m carried der for “light” to be seen, there must first be darkness. This truth has been clear to me in how well our peoMy dwelling place is God Most High ple have responded and loved each other during such A present help in danger uncertainty. Instead of grumbling and complaining I rest secure in love’s pure light about the situation, they have looked for opportuniBeneath my Master’s favor ties. Now I am not saying that we have all responded He freed me from the fowler’s snare great all of the time, but our baseline response has been Where sin and shame had bound me such an encouragement. Deceived I’d made my refuge there Till fearless He came for me

We are Weak but HE is Strong

One of the discoveries is that we are weak! Yes, one of the greatest gifts is to fully know just how utterly dependent we are on God. When planning, strategizing, funding, and policy-making will not make COVID go away, we are faced with the truth that God really is in charge. The following is a humbling and true statement, “The reality is that we are weak people who have a strong Savior who works through our weaknesses all the time.” In his latest book, Waiting for Heaven, Larry Crabb states, “Let Gospel truth burn deeply in a desperate, humbled soul. Only at your ugliest will you most clearly see God’s beauty….” Friend, God loves you. You never have, nor never will earn or deserve His love. You are His special creation, made in His image, and your greatest expression

Wonderful, powerful My hope and my defender Mighty God, Emmanuel My dwelling place forever My dwelling place is God Most High I’ll never seek another For I am His and He is mine My heart He’ll keep forever I know the Name on Whom I call He promises to answer With life he satisfies my soul And crowns me with His pleasure www.gettymusic.com/mydwellingplace

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French Camp Academy One Fine Place French Camp, MS 39745-9703 662-547-6482 or 662-547-9464 www.frenchcamp.org BOARD OF TRUSTEES Sharkey Burke..................................Brandon Scott Castleman..................... Ocean Springs 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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Jordan’s Journey to French Camp Academy How did you learn about French Camp Academy? When I was 14 years old and in the 8th grade, I came to school at French Camp Academy as a residential student. It was kind of a tough time. I lived with my mom previously and had just gotten out of her house. My mom was on a lot of drugs and she was an alcoholic, so most of the time I was left at the house alone. I learned how to fend for myself at a young age. I remember coming home and her not being there, because she worked a 4:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. job. And she wasn’t there when I woke up in the mornings. She would leave work and go hang out with her friends. I was just by myself. I turned to drugs and alcohol. That was all I knew. She was my influence; she was what I had.

What do you like about French Camp? Spiritually it is the people, or God’s Church. Each person at FCA has brought something valuable to the table. It is exactly what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12. We are the body composed of many parts. It is a blessing to have seen that lived out. God has used so many people in my life and to help me spiritually. I am sure God will use me, if he has not already, to speak to others as well.

My cousin came here before I did and told me about French Camp. I came the summer before my 8th grade year and really fell in love with If you could summarize in your own words, what would you say? everything that French Camp was. French Camp is such a special place. Once you have learned the routine and you lean into that, you want to be here. You take what French Camp What has it been like living in a student home? While at FCA, I offers and you run with it. You are given the opportunity of learning sohave had 4 sets of house parents with each having different parenting cial interaction. You are put here not by your parents, not by your guardstyles. It was a blessing to have been exposed to different ways of teach- ians, but by God. And He has done so many amazing things through me ing and essentially “raising” us. It has been especially sweet to have that and through other people for me, and French Camp. motherly and fatherly love come from those who are not your real family. I have loved having the opportunity to have been loved by these wonderFrench Camp is a loving, huge home full of friends and family that ful people. you are never going to forget. Ever. And that’s why I love French Camp. What about academically? All the teachers are great. They really love their job, and you can tell. A lot of students look at our teachers as mentors. One of the great things about our teachers is they are so intentional. They are encouraging and caring, and they really give and feed into your life spiritually. They want to spend time with you. They want to be there for you and that is something that is unique about French Camp. And that speaks volumes.

Dylan Dickey, FCA Class of 2014: “Faith is the basis of French Camp. When we wake up in the morning, we have devotions. We commit our day to the Lord. Throughout our day we go to our classes and at the beginning of class, most teachers start the class with prayer.”

See Jordon's full video at frenchcamp.org/churches or use this QR code. Jordan is a senior at French Camp Academy making plans to join the Navy after graduation. To see and hear Jordan’s full testimony of God’s grace, scan the barcode or go to www.frenchcamp.org.


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A Message to Churches

Join our Cornerstone Community of monthly donors bringing hope, help, and healing to young people needing opportunities.

Gary Maze, FCA Director of Operations

One of the great privileges of being in ministry at French Camp is being able to speak to churches and to share the story of how God has faithfully redeemed and changed the lives of students and families. Churches have served French Camp well. But the story for me, looking in, is that French Camp has served the churches beautifully as well. At the core mission, French Camp Academy provides help for families in trouble. Churches are full of people, families, individuals who need some help with their families, with their children.

The Cornerstone Community is a passionate and determined group of monthly givers on a mission to turn the tide of today’s youth culture. People like you, from all over the United States, are giving every month at any level they can to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to disenfranchised young people.

I hear pastors all the time telling me stories of how families were really redeemed through the faithful ministry of French Camp. And that relationship, because it’s kingdom-minded and mission-focused, has been such an encouragement to so many churches. There are so many opportunities for French Camp to intersect with churches. I love the fact that we can share the many stories—what God has done through French Camp and French Camp’s faithfulness over the years. The beautiful stories of redemption and encouragement. Also, in service to churches, we love to speak to churches and their congregations about the great work at French Camp. What a pleasure to speak highly about the things God has done faithfully the last 140 years in the lives of students, families, churches, communities, French Camp faculty and staff, the Board, and the people who historically have served and given. It’s ultimately for the praise and the glory, or, as our mission statement says, “It’s for the glory of God.”

Giving monthly is about aggressively communicating God’s truth, showing Christ-like compassion, and changing the way today’s youth think and respond to their world. These are not passive monthly donations, but support every campus home full of youngsters, undergird solid Christian education, mold a productive work ethic, and help fan faith that speaks biblically into today’s culture. Becoming a Cornerstone Community monthly member is simple! • Your monthly gift is automatically applied to your credit card or bank account. You can adjust the amount at any time. • You will receive a tax receipt for your cumulative annual contribution at the end of each fiscal year. • Call 662-547-6484 for more information or go to frenchcamp.org to set up a monthly giving plan.

In 40 years of ministry, I’ve never been any place where it was any more loving, any more mission-focused, any more wonderful, prayerful, thoughtful, graceful, fun, and hard-working. It is an incredible experience. To schedule someone to speak at your church, call Lance Ragsdale at 662-547-6482 or visit frenchcamp.org/churches. Rev. Gary Maze is a sought-out speaker, church consultant, adjunct professor, mentor to pastors, and now serves as Director of Operations providing leadership in different areas on the FCA campus.

Board Member: Dave Fair Dave Fair has been a friend of French Camp Academy for many years. In 1999 he began serving on the FCA Board of Trustees and is Chairman of the Plant and Property Committee. Dave has a degree in Forest Technology from the University of Mississippi. He also served our country in the U. S. Navy for four years.

plish its mission—taking much personal time to tour, inspect, and encourage all of us. He and his wife Anne live in Oxford, MS where they are members of Oxford-University United Methodist Church. They have three children: Allison Chambliss, Deck, and Drew Fair and five grandchildren.

Dave and Anne carry on a family legacy of friendship with FCA, following in the footsteps of his parents, Davis and Gen Fair of Louisville, Dave goes the extra mile to ensure French MS. The staff and students of FCA are grateful for the Fair family’s Camp Academy has all it needs to accom- continuing support and Dave’s service on the Board of Trustees. v


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Using Horses to Build Faith Horses and young people go together! Children are fascinated by their size and enjoy meandering down wooded campus trails riding horses with their friends and mentors. However, horses provide so much more than fun. At French Camp, we see horses as tools to teach young people about faith in Christ and living life with each other. If you ever watch a horse interact with other horses, you’ll notice the different behaviors it uses to communicate. Joe Richards, the FCA Equine Director, says, “Horses are a great tool to talk to students about how we choose to treat each other with respect, love, and kindness.” The relationship a student or trainer develops with a horse through trust, correcting, and teaching has some similarities to how Christ came into our world and into our lives. Christ enters our life and slowly draws us closer to Him by reminding us of His great love and gives His Spirit to conform each one of us into His image. Joe says, “There are always opportunities to teach life lessons when working with large animals and doing farm work around the barn.” Digging a hole to set a fence post certainly teaches the value of hard work, a job well done, and stewarding the resources God has given. As you remember French Camp Academy in your prayers, please pray that God would use this important ministry at French Camp to instill God-given values in the lives of our young people. His whole Creation teaches valuable lessons of faith every day.

NEEDS LIST

Please call Lance at (662) 547-6482 to let us know if you can help out with any of these: • Push style Leaf Vacuum • Side by Side ATV for Grounds/Landscaping • Wheelbarrows • Leaf Rakes • Portable welder • Sedan for Drivers Ed • Hats and scarves • Camper trailer or RV for house parents to use

NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

French Camp Academy admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin.


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The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him…—John 1:9-10 Rusty McKnight, Class of 1984 and FCA Principal: “Faith has to play a large part in the daily activities of French Camp. I don’t want to ever separate it. We don’t want our young people to compartmentalize their lives and say, ‘Well my faith applies here, it doesn’t apply here.’ We want them to learn to live in the freedom of Christ, to have joy in it, whether it is in the middle of studying for some chemistry test or enjoying the high of a winning ballgame.” Activities


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HOMECOMING 2020

Homecoming Court; from left to right, back row: Olivia Browning, 7th Grade; Balyee Henderson, 8th Grade; Jasmine Bonty, Junior; Jordan Carter, Senior; Stewart Edwards, FCA President Mikayla Staszefski, 2020 Homecoming Queen; Savanah Wright, 2019 Homecoming Queen; Tessa Mullins, Senior; Grace Ann Wade, Junior; Annaleigh Bain, Sophomore; Averie Jane Gundy, Freshman. From left to right, front row: Eden Martin, flower girl; Eli Gundy, Crown Bearer; Brighton Martin, flower girl.

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Building Lives through Athletics!

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The FCA Chearleaders will compete in the MHSAA State GameDay Competition on Saturday, December 12! Go Panthers! The FCA Football team completed their regular season with a record of 6-3 but were eliminated in the first round of playoffs. We are proud of our Panthers! FCA Lady Panthers cross country team won the Runner Up at the State Championships. The team was led by All-State Runners Ellen Ulerich, Averie Jane Gundy and Annaleigh Bain. The other two scoring runners were Maddie Davis who finished 17th over all and Emma Wright who finished 20th over all. This was a great ending to an incredible season by an amazing team. Also, Brady Peacock who is the longest running member of the Cross Country Team (HE’S BEEN RUNNING FOR SIX YEARS) finished his running career by running more than a MINUTE AND A HALF FASTER than his best ever which made him an ALLSTATE RUNNER finishing 11th overall.


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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.

July BLACKBURN, EARL AND DEBBIE, Elkin, NC Mr. and Mrs. Donald Robert Johnson BLAINE, MR. AND MRS. W. A., McCool, MS Ms. Karen Blaine Wright CANNADA, CHARLES AND TARA, Ridgeland, MS Mrs. Peggy B. Cannada CANNADA, DON AND JOY, Jackson, MS Mrs. Peggy B. Cannada CANNADA, DUDLEY, Washington, D.C. Mrs. Peggy B. Cannada CANNADA, RUSSELL AND JACQUELINE, Edwards, MS Mrs. Peggy B. Cannada DALE, JR., DR. AND MRS. ROBERT, Tupelo, MS Mrs. Lanier H. McCullough FITZGERALD, JOHN AND PAULA, Prescott, AZ Mr. and Mrs. Donald Robert Johnson FLEMING, PATRICIA, Mount Dora, FL Ms. Karen Blaine Wright FLYNT, DELTA MCKENNA ELLA, Germantown, TN Mr. and Mrs. Richard B. Flynt GODFREY, ARLIS AND MARY, Kosciusko, MS Ms. Karen Blaine Wright GODFREY, NOEL AND ANN, Sallis, MS Ms. Karen Blaine Wright GRAMBLING, REBECCA HOMAN Ms. Susan Adams JOE, MAURY AND CAROLYN, Pine Bluff, AR Mrs. Martha G. Vance KIRK, ROGER AND GWEN, Stevensville, MT Mr. and Mrs. Donald Robert Johnson LOPER, DARLENE, Wiggins, MS Mr. Justin Farmer MATHENY, GREG AND CAROL, Flora, MS Mrs. Peggy B. Cannada

MCCRARY, ALLEN, Columbus, MS Mr. and Mrs. Carl Voss MCKEY, KEITH AND PEGGY, Edwards, MS Mrs. Peggy B. Cannada MUIRHEAD, TOMMY, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. H. Wynne Jacobs PITTMAN, SANDRA, Kosciusko, MS Ms. Sue S. Nowell POOLE, WANDA, Oxford, MS Mrs. Mary Adielaide Burge Chapman RAGSDALE, LANCE, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Tim Shurden Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Dickson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kevin O’Brien Mr. and Mrs. Charles Frederick Bentley Ms. Sybil P. Clark Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Leach ROCKHILL, ANN, Noblesville, IN Mr. and Mrs. Dan Faust STRONG, BRAD AND CANDACE, Edwards, MS Mrs. Peggy B. Cannada TAYLOR, MARTHA MCKEE, Woodlands, TX Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Bacon Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lynn Taylor Ms. Jamie F. Hamilton Mrs. Terri Nusz THORNTON, KELLY, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Coleman TITTLE, LIBBY A., Lynn, AL Mr. Joey Clingan TREHERN, MR. AND MRS. DARRELL, Ethel, MS Mrs. Polly Hope B. Allen UTLEY, KEN, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Dickson, Jr. VANCE, MARTHA, Ridgeland, MS Ms. Karen Blaine Wright

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ALLEN, CARRIE MARIE, Terry, MS Mrs. Polly Hope B. Allen HEYWOOD, MARCIA, Canton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ronny Robertson MELTON, ANNIE K., Ackerman, MS Mrs. Fredna K. Dent Ms. Betty K. Davis DENT, FREDNA, Bolton, MS Ms. Betty K. Davis ELLISON, HOWARD C., Ethel, MS Mrs. Polly Hope B. Allen MILLER, JEANNETTE STOVER, Trumbauersville, PA Mrs. Lynn Broomfield WILLIAMS, RUTH ANN, Raymond, MS Mr. Dan M. Gibson Mary Jane Savage School of Dance LEWIS, THERESA, Kosciusko, MS Ms. Sue S. Nowell FLOOD, MR. AND MRS. DON, Jackson, MS Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing MITCHELL, DR. AND MRS. DON, Jackson, MS Mrs. Dorothy Davis Miley & Louise Miley Griffing FRAZIER, PARKS AND CAROLINE, Indianapolis, IN Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp PARIS, MR. AND MRS. HENRY, Oxford, MS Mrs. Mary Adielaide Burge Chapman LOCKE, REV. AND MRS. DONALD, Oxford, MS Mrs. Rachel C. Martin LOVE, DAVID LEE, Meridian, MS Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Charles Tanner

September ALLEN, JOHN MICHAEL, Terry, MS Mrs. Polly Hope B. Allen ALLEN, NORMAN PAUL, Maitland, FL Mrs. Polly Hope B. Allen ALLEN, RUTH, Huntsville, AL Mr. and Mrs. Jack Alexander ARNOLD, JOE PACK, Hattiesburg, MS Mr. James B. Arnold, Jr. BARLOW, GLEN AND DEBBIE, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barlow BARLOW, SCOTT, TONYA, KADE, HOLT AND KNOX, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barlow BURWELL, RACHEL EVILSIZOR, Benton, MS Mrs. Cathy Douglas CROSBY, LUCILLE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. L. Scott Pickle DARBONNE, PATTI, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. James L. Roberson, Jr. DEY, ELLORA, Tupelo, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jayant Dey EDWARDS, F. STEWART, JR., French Camp, MS Dr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Chestnut GAMLIN, PHYLICIA Ms. Sue S. Nowell GODBOLD, STANLY AND JEANNIE, Starkville, MS Mr. Albert Maury Shurlds GRIFFIN, ED AND VIRGINIA, McComb, MS Mr. and Mrs. Tom Coward GRIFFIN, MARIE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. L. Scott Pickle LEEZER, GREG AND ANNE, Holly Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. Alan C. Hurdle

LUCKETT, J. HUGH, Tupelo, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jim B. Flanagan NEWELL, MR. AND MRS. JOHN W., Columbus, MS Mr. Robert T. Seay NUTT, BENNIE, Flora, MS Rev. and Mrs. Billy W. Stanford PHILLIPS, MARY FAITH, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Nissen PURVIS, ROY, French Camp, MS Dr. and Mrs. R. Glenn Herrington REESE, JACKIE AND NANCY, Cantonment, FL Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Newton TURNER, WILLIAM ENIS, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Phillip D. Kruger WHITMIRE, BETTY, Raymond, MS Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dugas WILLIAMS, RUTH ANN, Raymond, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Webb Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Williford Ms. Lynn Smith Mr. and Mrs. Alvon H. Doty, Jr. Mr. Liles B. Williams Rep. and Mrs. Jim Ellington Ms. Peggy Welch Mr. Charles Elon Bowering, Sr. Mr. John R. Junkin III Mrs. June Brown Whitman WISEMAN, TRAVIS AND REBEKAH, New Albany, MS Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wiseman

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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.)

July AVANT, PULLEN, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Harris, Jr. BAIRD, JR., JAMES MCKENZIE, Brandon, MS Mrs. Jane W. Lord BARLOW, EUGENE AND AVO Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barlow BARLOW’S Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barlow BASKIN, SARA ALLEN, Madison, MS Mrs. Frances R. Gardner BEHR, CLARA D. Ms. Mary Ann Webb BLACKWELL, JOE Mr. Eddie M. Ellis Sr. BRIDGFORTH, ANN HALL, Olive Branch, MS Buddy and Barbara Chain BROWN, SANDRA Mrs. Dora Lee Clark BURCHFIELD, MARVIN, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Andrew Bain Ms. Kellie Rone Cauthen Mrs. Charlene Rone Jamie Rone Varner Andy Bain Beau Varner Matt Cauthen BUSH, CARL Mr. and Mrs. Fred Davis CADE, BETH, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lewis S. Freedman CARSON, RUSSELL, Greenville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sheffield CHATHAM, JR., GERALD, Hernando, MS Mrs. Beth Jenkins CLARK, GEORGIE WILLIAMS Mrs. Dora Lee Clark COGGINS, HUBERT AND SADIE Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record DAVIS, KATHLEEN MANN, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jack Herrington Mr. and Mrs. David Waide Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Earl Henderson, Jr.

Ms. Sarah Elizabeth Holloway Mrs. Amy Tuck Mr. and Mrs. Allen Maxwell DILLON, JEANE, Lexington, MS Mrs. Deborah M. Kimbrough DIXON, VERA, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp EAST, ELLA MAY, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lamar Maxwell, Jr. EDMISTEN, WALTER BAKER, Boone, NC Mrs. Athena B. Davies EDWARDS, EDWINA, Indianola, MS Mr. and Mrs. Danny L. Prince Mrs. Mary Beth Green Ms. Holly Boatner ELLIOTT, THOMAS L., Roswell, GA Mr. and Mrs. Keith Michaels ELLISON, CHARLES Mr. and Mrs. Mason Wheeler ELLISON, DORIS, Lexington, MS Mrs. Mary Jane Ellison Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Padgett Mrs. Barbara Pope Mr. and Mrs. William E. Thurmond, Jr. Mr. Marion Leath Johnson Mrs. Bee J. Aiken EVANS, GREG, Brandon, MS Mr. Jim Sullivan FLANAGAN, BEN Mr. and Mrs. Jim B. Flanagan FLEMING, ENOCH WOODY, Mount Dora, FL Ms. Karen Blaine Wright FOX, HELEN, Gainesboro, TN Dr. and Mrs. Kirby P. Walker, Jr. FOX, III, CARL, Yazoo City, MS Ms. Leigh McCarty GILL, BUDDY, Grayson, LA Ms. Margaret Vicki Kinsey GODFREY, JO, McAdams, MS Ms. Karen Blaine Wright GODFREY, KIRK AND EVA Ms. Karen Blaine Wright GOINS, HESTER, McCool, MS Mrs. Polly Hope B. Allen GOSS, SR., WILLIE DOYLE, Kosciusko, MS

Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw GRAEBER, CHARLES AND GUENDALINE, Yazoo City, MS Lonnie and Patsy Graeber GRIFFIN, WILLIAM EARL, Grenada Mr. Jeffrey Mark Scobey HALL, WILLIAM NELSON, Meridian, MS Mr. and Mrs. Tom Garnett Hutton HAMMOND, JR., ROBERT C., Brandon, MS Mr. and Mrs. Julian B. Williamson HEIDEL, FRANCES Mrs. Dora Lee Clark HOLDER, LYNDA PAT BRUMBY, Mobile, AL Mr. and Mrs. Scott McArthur Dr. Walter Brumby Fowler HORTON, LUCILE, Wesson, MS Mrs. Mary E. Langford HOWELL, LEON AND VIRGINIA, Yazoo City, MS Lonnie and Patsy Graeber HUDDLESTON, SONDRA DISMUKE, Greenville, MS Mr. David R. Hogue HULL, JOYCE, Indianola, MS Mr. and Mrs. John D. Mitchell HUMBARGER, BILL, Indianola, MS Pat Adams LTD Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Stansel, Jr. HUME, LAURIN, Birmingham, AL Mr. and Mrs. Steve M. Edwards IRVING, JR., MELVIN D., Gautier, MS Mr. John W. Irving JAMISON, PEGGY Mrs. Linda Weissinger Barrack JENKINS, JOAN, Vestavia, AL Mr. Harrell Lee Jenkins JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Beth Jenkins Mrs. Kristine E. Owen JOHNSON, JIMA Mr. and Mrs. Larry Otis JOHNSON, PHILLIP, Houston, TX Mr. Richard L. Harrison KILDARE, MICHAEL LEO, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Mosley and Emily KING, JAMES RUSSELL, Houston, MS Mr. Gary L. Carnathan

KING, ZULENE M., Greenwood, MS Morgan Sod Farms LACEY, JUDY, Raymond, MS Mr. and Mrs. Douglas H. Vinzant LANDRUM, JR., BERNARD, McAdams, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine LANGLOIS, KEITH, Praireville, LA Mr. and Mrs. Frank Biggs LAPRADE’S Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barlow LAPRADE, JOHN AND VERNA Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barlow LEDBETTER, JOSEPHINE WILLIAMS, Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Dora Lee Clark LONG, HUGH BURTON, Holly Springs, MS Mr. Samuel Clemons Mr. J. Thomas Littlejohn Mrs. Jane E. Beswick Ms. Kathy Boyadjian Ms. Haley Gilmore Ms. Janet H. Fletcher Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth J. Utley Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Earl Henderson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Williford Harvest Church of Memphis Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Oswalt Mr. and Mrs. James E. Long Mrs. Ann Angle Mr. and Mrs. Michael Glenn LOVE, RUTH, Hot Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Weil, Jr. LOWRY, JACK Buddy and Barbara Chain MADDUX, DAVID M., Springfield, IL Mrs. Mary Ann White Maddux MARCHETTI, JACKIE VANN, Jackson, MS Mrs. Joy B. Roberts Mrs. Martha G. Vance Ms. Mary Ann Webb Miss Helen Elizabeth Cook Miss Cindy A. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Carl Blocker Ms. Ruth Courtney Dr. and Mrs. Noel K. Toler, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. George R. Fair

Elizabeth Fair McIntosh Genevieve and Bill Primos Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC Mr. and Mrs. Clark Blakeney Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Wood Mr. Joe Marchetti Ms. Laurie Brasher Mr. and Mrs. Steve M. Edwards Mr. and Mrs. Wirt A. Yerger, Jr. Mr. Peggy A. Dendy Reynolds Engineering, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Floyd D. Wade, Jr. Mr. Bill Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pound Mr. and Mrs. Eric P. Krodel Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Stephenson Bragg Specialty Contractors Optimum Financial Services Mr. and Mrs. Stacey Wall Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lamar Maxwell, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. John S. McIntyre, Jr. MARCHETTI, ROBERT GREY, Jackson, MS Mrs. Joy B. Roberts Mrs. Shirley R. Egger Mr. Clifton Egger, Jr. Mrs. Martha G. Vance Ms. Mary Ann Webb Miss Helen Elizabeth Cook Miss Cindy A. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Carl Blocker Mr. and Mrs. Floyd D. Wade, Jr. Ms. Ruth Courtney Dr. and Mrs. Noel K. Toler, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. George R. Fair Elizabeth Fair McIntosh Genevieve and Bill Primos Mr. Ashby Atkinson, Jr. Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Wood Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC Mr. and Mrs. Clark Blakeney Mr. Joe Marchetti Ms. Laurie Brasher


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WFCA - Project Upgrade! Does Christian radio inspire you? It does us, too! WFCA was launched in 1984 by Rich Cannon, former FCA president. Since then, the Good News of Jesus Christ has filled the radio airwaves through song and Christian programming in north-central Mississippi for over 36 years. Today, WFCA is as strong as ever and looking to get even stronger!

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James Senyard: Class of 2011 “I never would have thought I was a leader. I’m still not sure that I am. But every situation I get put in people tell me, “You know, you have some great leadership qualities.” And I do believe that came a lot from French Camp.”

Over the past several months WFCA has been raising funds for what we are affectionately calling Project Upgrade! The WFCA radio signal tower needs a new generator to help keep its signal streaming when the power goes out. When inclement weather comes through, the Gospel should continue to be heard. The WFCA broadcast studios are also in need of software and hardware upgrades. It is technical but necessary to keep up with the latest advancements in radio technology. The cost of these upgrades is approximately $50,000. Would you consider giving above and beyond your normal donation to help us reach this goal? Your donation can be mailed to WFCA Radio, 40 Mecklin Ave., French Camp, MS 39745 or you can log on to www.wfca.fm to easily give online. If you have specific questions, please contact Chuck Bentley, the WFCA Radio Station Manager. Chuck’s love for Christian radio is contagious and he would love talking with you about Project Upgrade!

His Last Request to His Son Edward Prichard, Sr. told his son in 1985 that he would get it all. A successful farmer and entrepreneur of sorts, Edward, Sr. had accumulated a lot of wealth prior to his death. As an only child and schoolteacher serving public schools in south Mississippi, Edward, Jr. was grateful for his father’s legacy. Edward, Sr. had one request of his son: “When you pass away, I want to make sure the children at French Camp Academy get taken care of. French Camp Academy gets what is left.” Thirty-five years later, Edward, Jr. made good on that promise to his father. The executor of Edward, Jr.’s estate hand-delivered a check to French Camp Academy. “After hearing the heart-warming father’s request to his son from the executor and seeing the amount of the gift, I was moved,” said Lance Ragsdale, Vice President of Development. “A gift this size will provide scholarships for deserving young people for years to come.” Edward, Sr. was familiar with French Camp’s unique mission to young people probably through the work of Sam Patterson, then later Stuart Angle and Rich Cannon, former presidents of FCA. That same mission continues today. By honoring his father’s last request, Edward, Jr. will undergird a Christ-centered home and school supported by his parents years earlier. If you would like information about how to plan your estate or add a codicil to your will to support French Camp’s mission, please contact Lance Ragsdale at lragsdale@frenchcamp.org or call (662)547-9464.


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Mr. and Mrs. Steve M. Edwards Mr. and Mrs. John S. McIntyre, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Wirt A. Yerger, Jr. Mr. Peggy A. Dendy Reynolds Engineering, LLC Mr. Bill Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Eric P. Krodel Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pound Bragg Specialty Contractors Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Stephenson MATHIS, MARGARET, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp MCCARTY, WILMA, Maryville, TN Mr. and Mrs. Larry Branch MCCLURE, JAMES Ms. Velma A. Bright MCDANIEL, BOBBY, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp MCMASTER, SR., RONALD CLARK, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. John R. Anderson MECKLIN FAMILY Mr. and Mrs. Joe Moore MIDDLETON, DAN, Winona, MS Mr. and Mrs. James H. Middleton Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Hoover MILLER, GILDA FAE MCCOOL SHURDEN, Vicksburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Larry Oaks Mrs. Bonnie Fulton Mrs. Margie C. Johnson MILLER, KENNY Mr. Joshua E. Newman MITCHELL, STUART, Jackson, MS Ms. Mary Lou Young MONTAGUE, MILDRED, Sallis, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw Mrs. Charlene Rone Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine MOUNGER, WILLIAM DONALD, Jackson, MS Mrs. Betty Anne Hays Mrs. Grace Hull Mrs. Nannette V. Alford OAKES, JERRY A., Brandon, MS Mrs. Elizabeth M. Mitchell PARRISH, BARBARA LITTLE, Lexington, MS Mrs. Deborah M. Kimbrough Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Harris, Jr. PETTY, LEE, Memphis, TN Mrs. Carolyn Chain Shumake PICKENS, CYLE D. Mrs. Mary Kay Burden PIERCE, BENJAMIN F., Grenada, MS Mr. and Mrs. Mike Nipper PIERCE, SR., LUDWELL AND TESSIE, Picayune, MS Mr. and Mrs. Ludwell C. Pierce, Jr. PINKARD, JOHNNIE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. Edward Brooks Swales Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. Horne PITTS, BESS, Cerro Gordo, TN Mrs. Ann Porter Miller POWERS, CHASE, Altamonk Springs, FL Ms. Karen Blaine Wright Mrs. Martha G. Vance PSONAK, GLENNIE DOSTER, Orlando, FL Mrs. Pauline M. Strain Mr. and Dr. Larry W. Littlejohn Mr. J. Thomas Littlejohn PURVIS, ROSEMARY, French Camp, MS Dr. and Mr. Robert Hawkins RECORD, BILL AND EDNA Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record REGISTER, JR., JOSEPH C., Akron, OH Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Jones RHODES, DONNIE, Corinth, MS Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp ROBY, WILLIAM, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw ROGERS, KHRISTI LYN LONG, Holly Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. Mike Barfield Mr. and Mrs. Michael Glenn Mr. James Berkshire Kathy and Richie Stanley Ms. Beth Pitt SCOTT, LESLIE, Houlka, MS Mr. J. Thomas Littlejohn SEAWRIGHT, JOE, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Hoover SMITH, BILLY AND ROSEMARY Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lancaster SMITH, RETHA HAMILTON Mr. and Mrs. John F. Phillips III SOULIE’, MIKE, Shreveport, LA Mrs. Faye T. Allbritton STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens STEWART, CAROLYN C., Raymond, MS Mr. and Mrs. Douglas H. Vinzant STINGILY, MARGARET V. Mr. and Mrs. John T. Armstrong, Jr. Mrs. Elizabeth H. Rayner

French Camp TODAY • WINTER 2020 • 13 Ms. Cynthia Schaefer STURDIVANT, RICHARD THOMAS, Jackson, MS Mrs. Carolyn Chain Shumake TAYLOR, CORA DELINE SPRINGFIELD Mr. and Mrs. William R. Knight TAYLOR, WILLIAM H., Ackerman, MS Ms. Nancy Krpec Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Orr Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Tommy Love Mrs. Annie K. Melton THORNTON, JENNY SMITH, Houston, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jim Moore UPSHAW, EDDIE DARRELL, Vicksburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Larry Oaks Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Pete Stone Ms. Zena Phillips Mr. and Mrs. Marion William Roberson Mr. Todd Boolos Ms. Nell Huhn VANCE, CARLTON, Jackson, MS Ms. Karen Blaine Wright Mr. and Mrs. Neville Williams VANCE, DAVID, Jackson, MS Ms. Karen Blaine Wright Mr. and Mrs. Neville Williams WADE, BETTY COKER, Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Dora Lee Clark WARREN, III, HUGH, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Stansel, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Manning WARRINGTON, BILL, Lexington, MS Mrs. Mary Jane Ellison Mrs. Deborah M. Kimbrough Mrs. Connie S. Wadsworth Mrs. Edith M. Aldridge WATSON, MARVIN, Oxford, MS Buddy and Barbara Chain WATTS, SR., GEORGE DENNIS, Crystal Springs, MS Mr. and Mrs. William R. Knight WEST, RACHEL ANN WARD, Kosciusko, MS Rev. V. Daniel West WRIGHT, BILL, Tampa, FL Mrs. Martha G. Vance YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT, Conroe, TX Mr. and Mrs. Donald Yates

August

ADAMS, EARL WAYNE, Duck Hill, MS Mrs. Sandra Land Evans ANDERSON, GRAYSON W., Houston, TX Mrs. Speight W. Anderson AREVALO, SR., GILBERT, Loranger, LA Ms. Margaret Vicki Kinsey ARTMAN, ELEANOR CAMPBELL, Lawrenceville, GA Mr. and Mrs. Toxey Hall III AUSTIN, BOBBIE Mrs. Sandra Land Evans BACAS, SOLON W., Excelsior, MN Mrs. Athena B. Davies BAGWELL, MILDRED Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Webb Jr. BALL, CAROLINE KELLY Ms. Carolyn Best BANE, SR., DAVID EARL, Louisville, MS Mrs. Julie Cunningham BENEDICT, JEANNIE, Josephine, AL Mr. and Mrs. Donnie D. Riley BLACKBURN, CHRISTOPHER WAYNE Mr. and Mrs. Tim G. Byrne Mr. and Mrs. James S. Armstrong BOLICK, CHARLES, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Larry Otis BRAMLETT, JAMES F., Stewart, MS Mr. Butch McGlothin BRANCH, HERBERT R., Jupiter, FL Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Petermann CALDWELL, LINDA Caldwell & Sons CARPENTER, MIKE, Winona, MS Mrs. Sandra Land Evans CARPENTER, WILLIAM S., Memphis, TN Mr. Donald R. Carpenter CATES-JONES, MARY ALICE, Cleveland, MS Community Development Foundation of Sunflower County Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Craig Kimes CATLEDGE, ROBERT CHARLES, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Pace Mr. Phil Brown CHAMPNESS, JEAN, Memphis, TN Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert R. McSpadden, Jr. CHATHAM, JR., GERALD, Hernando, MS Mrs. Beth Jenkins CLEMENT, TYLER, Madison, MS Mrs. Sandra Land Evans COBLENTZ, ADELE, Soddy Daisy, TN Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine COGGINS, HUBERT AND SADIE

Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record COLEMAN, ERICA, Shuqualak, MS Mr. and Mrs. Marcus H. Anderson COOK, MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM, Jackson, MS Miss Helen Elizabeth Cook COOK, RANDY, Arlington, TN Mr. and Mrs. David A. Craig COURTNEY, CHARLES MENDELL, Starkville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Sammy McDavid COWARD, JEAN, Noxapater, MS Mrs. Frances Joye Smith CRAFT, THOMAS E., Kosciusko, MS Mrs. Sandra Land Evans CRAWFORD, JOANN, Chattanooga, TN Mr. and Mrs. Larry Otis CROOK, HUBERT GARLAND, Bismarck, ND Mr. and Mrs. Jason C. Walby Ms. Lois Salveson CRUMP, KATHRYN Mr. and Mrs. Ricky L. Bane CURTIS, NELIA DE JESUS Mr. Joseph Hemleben DAVIS, CURTIS REED Buddy and Barbara Chain DEARING, BOB, Natchez, MS Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Gilchrist DEER, FLORENCE, Little Rock, AR Mrs. Betty Braswell DOTY, CHARLES, Memphis, TN Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III DUNN, ELAINE, Lexington, MS Mrs. Maxine Hays EAVES, KAY Mrs. Julie Cunningham ELLIOTT, RICK, Mobile, AL Mr. and Mrs. R. Bruce Thornton, Jr. ELLISON, DORIS, Lexington, MS Mr. and Mrs. Gary Mitchell EMORY, HELEN, Murfreesboro, TN Mrs. Roenella G. Hornsby FARMER, ERIC Mr. Justin Farmer and Josh FLEMING, JAMES, Grand Prairie, TX Mrs. Martha Godfrey Vance FONDREN, JOHN AND JEAN, Baconton, GA Mr. and Mrs. Charles Roden FONDREN, PEGGY JEAN MCCORMICK Mrs. Neva F. Blake Ms. Eva Jo Surunis FOWLER, MARGARET, Jackson, MS Rev. and Mrs. Timothy R. Smith FOX, NEWTON, Sallis, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine GANGAWERE, DONNA JEAN Mr. and Mrs. Lewis R. Herrington GARDNER, MRS. E. E., Greenwood, MS Mrs. Frances R. Gardner GARRETT, JUDY Mrs. Christine W. Garrett GARROTT, TOMMY Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Hoover GEORGE, MARY Mrs. Joe B. Lee III GILL, LOUISE Mr. and Mrs. David A. Craig GILMORE, JOHN M., Lexington, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw HALL, WILLIAM NELSON, Meridian, MS Mr. Richard Hall HEARON, CLAIRE S., Hattiesburg, MS Mrs. Anita T. Hearon HILL, ROBERT, Kilmichael, MS Mrs. Sandra Land Evans HINDMAN, STAN Mrs. Julie Cunningham HODGES, GERALD DAVID Mrs. Sandra Land Evans HOLDER, LYNDA PAT BRUMBY, Mobile, AL Mrs. Mary Ann Holder HOLLAND, C. W. “BUDDY” Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Holland HOLMES, CHARLIE, Columbus, MS Mr. and Mrs. Robert Anderson HUDSON, SUE, Rogers, AR Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III JENKINS, SWEP Mrs. Beth Jenkins JONES, JR., WILLIAM EVERARDE, Greenwood, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy JONES, MONTFORT, Kosciusko, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy KELLEY, VEDA, Josephine, AL Mr. and Mrs. Donnie D. Riley KENNEDY, JOEL Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Quayle KILLEBREW, JR., JAMES E., Lexington, MS Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Harris LAMAR, ELIZABETH, Greenville, MS Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III LEACH, GARY LANE, Thaxton, MS

Mrs. Dorothy M. Weathersby LEMOINE, DONALD G. Mrs. Sandra Land Evans LINK, MARTIN TURNER, Bentonia, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy LONG, HUGH BURTON, Holly Springs, MS Mrs. Bonnie L. Black Mrs. Janice C. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Angle Mr. and Dr. Larry W. Littlejohn Mr. Brock Angle LUCAS, LOUIS J. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp LYON, BRANDON Mr. and Mrs. Gregory A. Ward MANNING, SANDRA HOLMES, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Stansel, Jr. MARCHETTI, JACKIE VANN, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. J. Raleigh Cutrer Mr. and Mrs. John D. Holt Jimmy and Susan Nix and The Garden Club of Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert R. McSpadden Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James Turner Mr. Will Walker Mr. Lee Paris Mr. and Mrs. Gary Murphy Mr. and Mrs. William H. Cox Jr. EMC Insurance Companies (Jackson Branch) Mr. and Mrs. John Scott Harvey Mr. and Mrs. Terry Holifield Dr. and Mrs. William A. Long Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Finkelberg Mr. and Mrs. Les L. Brannan, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Montgomery Mr. and Mrs. James S. Armstrong Mrs. Patsy B. Caraway Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Gibson Mr. Wesley C. Lutken Dr. James E. Little, Jr. Mrs. Norma Suzie Tharpe Mr. and Mrs. Parker L. Ellison Mr. and Mrs. Andrew D. Sweat MARCHETTI, ROBERT GRAY, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. John D. Holt Jimmy and Susan Nix and The Garden Club of Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Gary Murphy Mr. and Mrs. William H. Cox Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Parker L. Ellison Mr. and Mrs. Andrew D. Sweat Optimum Financial Services Mr. and Mrs. J. Raleigh Cutrer Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Finkelberg Mr. and Mrs. Les L. Brannan Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert R. McSpadden Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James Turner Mr. Will Walker Mr. Lee Paris Mr. and Mrs. James S. Armstrong Mrs. Patsy B. Caraway EMC Insurance Companies (Jackson Branch) Mr. and Mrs. John Scott Harvey Mr. and Mrs. Terry Holifield Dr. and Mrs. William A. Long Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Gibson Mr. Wesley C. Lutken Mr. and Mrs. Stacey Wall Dr. James E. Little Jr. Mrs. Norma Suzie Tharpe Mr. and Mrs. Frank Montgomery MCCHAREN, JOHN ROBERT, Thaxton, MS Mrs. Dorothy M. Weathersby Ms. Mary A. Leach MCCULLEN, MR. AND MRS. DAN, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Caldwell MCDANIEL, BRUCE Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine MCGLOTHIN, SHIRLEY SANDERS, French Camp, MS Mrs. Martha Cutts Long MCNEELY, LINDER G. Mr. Eddie Wyatt MENETRE, ELLEN Mrs. Mary Ellen Edwards MIDDLEBROOK, HARRY, Jackson, MS Mrs. Virginia C. Steadman MIDDLETON, DAN, Winona, MS Mr. and Mrs. George Weaver MILLER, KENNY Mr. and Mrs. Ed Newman MITCHELL, JR., CHARLES G., Lexington, KY Mrs. Elizabeth M. Mitchell MONTAGUE, MILDRED Mr. and Mrs. Ed Newman MORRISON, EMORY GENE, Learned, MS Mr. and Mrs. Douglas H. Vinzant MOUNGER, PATSY G. Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Lyell MOUNGER, WILLIAM DONALD, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Lyell

MULLINS, GIBBY, Kilmichael, MS Mr. Butch McGlothin Mrs. Sandra Land Evans OSBORN, RUBY Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Hoover OSTENSON, MARJORIE V., Ridgeland, MS Mrs. Martha Godfrey Vance OVERTON, CHARLIE, Batesville, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bobby A. Cheney OWEN, PAT JACKSON, Vicksburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pound Mrs. Hope C. Ellis Mr. Jimmy Pat Dye Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw Judge and Mrs. Vernon R. Cotten PARKS, EDSELL, Brandon, MS Mr. Richard L. Harrison PARKS, JR., JAMES EDWARD, Oxford, MS Buddy and Barbara Chain PATTERSON, SAM, French Camp, MS Rev. and Mrs. William Joseph Hause PEPPER, BRUCE, Nathrop, CO Mrs. Sharon Boyko PHILLIPS, BILLY B. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III PSONAK, GLENNIE DOSTER, Orlando, FL Mr. and Mrs. Joe George Saunders, Jr. PULLIAM, JR., ROBERT Mr. Gary L. Carnathan RALEY, SR., TERRY J., Gulfport, MS Mr. Julian B. Watson Jr. RAMSEY, MR. AND MRS. M.C., Greenwood, MS Mrs. Frances R. Gardner RECORD, BILL AND EDNA Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record RICHARDSON, ODELL EILAND, Winona, MS Ms. Julian H. Halfacre Mr. William Terry Brown RICHARDSON, SHAROLYN, Burleson, TX Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Craig Kimes RICHTER, SHERLEY J., Starkville, MS Mrs. Frances R. Gardner ROBY, WILLIAM, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. James H. Briscoe Mr. and Mrs. Owen Oliver ROGERS, KHRISTI LYN LONG, Holly Springs, MS Mr. Samuel Clemons Mrs. Bonnie L. Black Ms. Naomi Puckett Mrs. Janice C. Jones Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Angle Ms. Alexis Heinz Mr. and Mrs. James E. Long FCA Class of 2001 Mr. and Mrs. Forrest W. Wilson Ms. Ramona V. Balducci Ms. Elise Salvia Mr. and Dr. Larry W. Littlejohn Mrs. Jane E. Beswick Mrs. Ann Angle ROSE, BILLY, Meridian, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw ROULHAC, III, GEORGE ERWIN, Greenville, MS Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III SANDERS, BILLY, Monroe, LA Mr. and Mrs. Jerry D. Hoover SANDY, BERNICE Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp SCHMIEDEKE, ARGIE, Ocoee, FL Ms. Marcia Embt SCOTT, VIRGINIA, Carthage, MS Judge and Mrs. Vernon R. Cotten SCROGGINS, BARNEY RAY, Bentonia, MS Mrs. Margaret M. Davis SEAWRIGHT, JOE, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Stansel, Jr. SMITH, E. A., Yazoo City, MS Mrs. Nora Deen Link Maloy SMITH, JACK, Grenada, MS Mrs. Joe B. Lee III SMITH, JR., V. K. Mr. and Mrs. John Lowe Smith SMITH, MYRA F. Mr. and Mrs. John Lowe Smith SMITH, ROBERT H. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III SMITH, SAMMY, Carthage, MS Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shaw STEELE, PAM, Hollandale, MS Mr. and Mrs. C. Gibson Steele III STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens STROUP, KALEE Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Kemp TAYLOR, WILLIAM H., Ackerman, MS Mr. and Dr. Larry W. Littlejohn THOMPSON, MICHAEL JOSEPH Mrs. Betty T. Thompson TILLEY, VIC, Gulfport, MS Mr. and Mrs. Donnie D. Riley


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Senior Night 2020 Memorials continued TOLAR, LISA S., Brandon, MS Mr. Dan Benson Tolar TOTTEN, CAROLINE MENETRE, Marietta, GA Mrs. Mary Ellen Edwards TURNER, CHARLES MONROE, Moss Point, MS Kerry and Vicki Tirman Mrs. Kim Blackwell Ms. Stacie Buckley Mrs. Maxine Nelson Turner TURNER, ROBERT W., Helena, AR Mr. and Mrs. John L. Turner III VAUGHN, BEVERLY, Ackerman, MS Mrs. Annie K. Melton WALTON, JR., OTIS BENNETT, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Fred Davis WALTON, O. B., Jackson, MS Mrs. Kim Dean WEIL, CELESTIA RAULERSON, North Augusta, SC Mr. and Mrs. Tom Weil WEIL, CELESTIA RAULERSON, North Augusta, SC Ms. Era Lee Weil, Carl and Tina WHEELER, CONNIE MITCHELL, Fulton, MS Mrs. Charlene Rone Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine WHITTLE, JESSIE LUCAS, Newton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy B. Chalmers Mrs. Charlene Webb Ms. Dot Turner Mr. and Mrs. Billy Gressett Mr. and Mrs. Nell Adams Mr. and Mrs. Steve G. Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Al Lucas Mr. and Mrs. Max Huey Ms. Elizabeth C. Mosley Mr. and Mrs. Allen Sparks Bank First Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gibson, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Timothy P. Chapman Mrs. Gayle Luke Mr. and Mrs. Gerald McCaffery WOOTEN, STEVEN CARLETON, Star, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Duncan II YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT, Conroe, TX Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Yates YORK, MR. AND MRS. RICE, Ridgeland, MS Mr. and Mrs. Chris Lawson

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ALFORD, TED, Cleveland, MS Mr. J. Andrew Long ALLEN, KATHERINE BENNETT Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins ANDERSON, GRAYSON W., Houston, TX Mrs. Speight W. Anderson ARTMAN, ELEANOR CAMPBELL, Lawrenceville, GA Mrs. Paulette Norman BAILEY, JACK, Collins, MS Mr. Melvin R. Banks BAILEY, LAMAR, JR. Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins BAILEY, MARGUERITE Mr. and Mrs. James W. Bailey BALL, CAROLYN Mrs. Nannette V. Alford BARROW, JOHN HODGE Mr. and Mrs. Andy H. Perry BELK, DEWITTE, Kosciusko, MS Mrs. Doris Belk

BERRYHILL, JOYCE Ms. Kathy Collier BLACKBURN, CHRIS, Jackson, MS Ms. Karen Swaine BLAN, KENNETH Mrs. Rita Bailey Brown BRADFORD, BOYCE, Collierville, TN Mr. Pat Lewis BRANCH, HERBERT R., Jupiter, FL Mrs. A. Jane Branch BUMPERS, BOBBIE, Saltillo, MS Ms. Sybil P. Clark BURNETT, JOE, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. William L. Redditt BURNETT, JOSEPH, Oxford, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith BUSH, NICK, Marion, MS Mrs. Gloria Bush CALLENDER, ANNA GRIFFIN, Jackson, MS Mrs. Lawrie G. Gulley CANNON, W. C., Starkville, MS Ms. Jo Johnson Mrs. Patricia Cochran CAREY, JACK, Oak Ridge, LA Mr. and Mrs. Eugene H. Allen CARNEY, TANYA, Bernice, LA Mr. and Mrs. Andy H. Perry CARRUTH, EDWARD, Stonewall, MS Dr. and Mrs. Dan Hank Singley, Jr. Mrs. Syble Majure CAWOOD, MARCELLA, Tampa, FL Mrs. Martha W. Hogue CHILES, FREDDIE JOE, Tupelo, MS Mrs. Jane Estes CLEGG, GEORGE SWINTON, Columbus, MS Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lacey COGGINS, HUBERT AND SADIE Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record COX, ELIZABETH Mr. and Mrs. John Lowe Smith DAVIS, ROMIE, Newnan, GA Mr. and Mrs. Timothy L. Snowden DEMPSEY, MARIE, Ashville, NC Coach and Mrs. Paul Thomas EVANS, EDWARD Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins FAUGHN, ROBERT AND BARBARA Mr. and Mrs. Philip R. Faughn FOLLIS, DON, Murfreesboro, TN Mrs. Roenella G. Hornsby FOUCHEE, JOHN HINES, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. William M. Link Jr. FRAZIER, JERRY Mr. and Mrs. William M. Link Jr. FREEMAN, INEZ McCabe Real Estate GATLIN, CHARLES, Memphis, TN Mr. Lewis Herrington GILMORE, JOHN M., Lexington, MS Mrs. Madeline Nowak GINN, OPAL L., Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Irl Dean Rhodes GOLSON, JAY Mr. and Mrs. Andy H. Perry GOSS, RONALD, Kosciusko, MS Mr. Edward Brooks Swales GOULD, VIRGINIA, Sebastapol, MS Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Presley HARRINGTON, LEE

Ms. Pam Morgan HEARON, CLAIRE S., Hattiesburg, MS Mrs. Anita T. Hearon HEIDEL, FRANCES, Vaughan, MS Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Cato HIBBARD, MARIE, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Peaster HOLDER, LYNDA PAT BRUMBY, Mobile, AL Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seib HOLIMAN, JACK REYNOLDS, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. McBride, Jr. HUGHES, LYTTLE PRESTON, Santa Clara, UT Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins HULL, JOYCE, Louisville, MS Pat Adams LTD HUTCHISON, DOROTHY JEAN, Weir, MS Mr. Randy Lewis Watkins JENKINS, JOAN, Vestavia, AL Mr. Harrell Lee Jenkins JOHNSON, HELEN, Carthage, MS Mr. and Mrs. James D. Ellington JOHNSON, JERRY Mr. and Mrs. William M. Link, Jr. JOHNSTON, BILL, Carthage, MS Mr. and Mrs. David B. Wilkison Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wright Mr. and Mrs. Pat Hardage Mrs. Clara Ann Lewis Mrs. Kathleen Heidow Ms. Judy Batson Judge and Mrs. Vernon R. Cotten Mr. and Mrs. Gene Livingston Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bilbro Mr. G. Julian Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Alvie C. Moore Ms. Martha Miley Mr. and Mrs. Haden Hughes Mr. and Mrs. Marshall B. Eady Lynn and Susie Johnson Ms. Mandy Faucette JONES, DORIS Mr. and Mrs. William M. Link Jr. JONES, WOLSEY Mr. and Mrs. William M. Link Jr. KILLEBREW, JR., JAMES E., Lexington, MS Mr. Albert Maury Shurlds Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Harris, Jr. LANDRY, CATALINA TAYLOR, Abita Springs, LA Mrs. Elizabeth Taylor Gough Ms. Jamie W. Senyard LITTLEJOHN, JOSHUA PAUL, French Camp, MS Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barlow LONG, HUGH BURTON, Holly Springs, MS Mr. James M. Smiley III Mr. and Mrs. Glenn E. Galey Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Harris, Jr. LOTT, DEL, Belzoni, MS Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bond LOVE, SAM Mrs. Ellen Drane Mauldin LYLE, GORDON, Raymond, MS Mr. and Mrs. Larry W. Dykes MANNING, SANDRA HOLMES, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins MARCHETTI, JACKIE VANN, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. William A. Primos Mr. Robert Gray Ms. Pat Sneed Mrs. Jeanne M. Comer

Mr. and Mrs. R. James Young MARCHETTI, ROBERT GRAY, Jackson, MS Mr. and Mrs. William A. Primos Mr. Robert Gray Ms. Pat Sneed Mrs. Jeanne M. Comer Mr. and Mrs. R. James Young MARTIN, LARRY, Cullman, AL Ms. Dixie H. McMinn MCELROY, C. S., Tupelo, MS Coach and Mrs. Paul Thomas MCGLOTHIN, SHIRLEY SANDERS, French Camp, MS Mr. Samuel Clemons MCMASTER, SR., RONALD CLARK, Yazoo City, MS Mr. and Mrs. William M. Link Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Goodman MCMINN, MERLE Mr. and Mrs. James Merle Jent and Sonja Parrish MCNEELY, LINDER GAYLE Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Howell Family Dollar, Merch Leadership Teams Mr. and Mrs. Steven P. Gold Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Dowdy Executive Sales & Marketing, Inc. MEEK, RUTH WAITE Mr. and Mrs. Barry Meek MOHAMED, OLLIE Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bond MOHOMED, JR., OLLIE, Belzoni, MS Mr. Julian B. Watson, Jr. MORSE, SAM V., Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Cato MORTON, MARY ELIZABETH MORGAN, Morgan City, MS Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Barnes NORRIS, TED W., Marks, MS Mr. James L. Atkinson Mr. J. Kevin Curry Mr. and Mrs. Rickey Hawkins Mr. and Mrs. Gary Lewis Ms. Kaye Keen Mrs. Randolph E. Ramsey Mr. Jim Bramblett Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blackledge NORWOOD, GENE STANFORD, Greenwood, MS Mr. and Mrs. James Drummond OWEN, PAT JACKSON, Vicksburg, MS Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Hartness, Jr. Ms. Martha L. Jones Mr. and Mrs. William F. Lacey PATTERSON, ALTIE Buddy and Barbara Chain PINKARD, JOHNNIE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Jenkins PONDER, EARL Mrs. Claire Stokes and Tristen Haggard PURVIS, JONATHAN R., Pearl, MS Mr. and Mrs. Allen Warrington PURVIS, ROSEMARY, French Camp, MS Dr. and Mrs. R. Glenn Herrington RECORD, BILL AND EDNA Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Record REITSMA, DARIA Mrs. Nancy Nordan RICH, ELLA ROSE THORNTON, French Camp, MS Mr. Charles A. Rich RICHARDSON, ODELL EILAND, Winona, MS Mrs. Beth Powell Mr. and Mrs. Barry S. Blakely

Mr. and Mrs. Carl T. Eiland ROGERS, KHRISTI LYN LONG, Holly Springs, MS Mr. James M. Smiley III Mr. and Mrs. Alan C. Hurdle Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Harris, Jr. SCOTT, CHARLIE, Mantee, MS Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Smith SHIPKEY, THOMAS Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Weiss SULLIVAN, RONNIE, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Allen Warrington SIMS, MARY BURNETTE Buddy and Barbara Chain SMITH, MATTIE GARRETT Ms. Shirley G. Koiner STEPHENSON, JOANN Mr. Randy Lewis Watkins STEVENS, JOANNE, Forest, MS Mr. W. H. Stevens SWAN, GEORGE AND ETHELYNN, Biloxi, MS Mr. and Mrs. George A. Swan III TAYLOR, RONNIE, Ridgeland, MS Mrs. Kay Staples Taylor TREMONTE, NICHOLAS, Kosciusko, MS Mr. and Mrs. Steve Reno TUCKER, HAL S., Brookhaven, MS Mr. and Mrs. J. Dexter Barr, Jr. TURNER, CHARLES MONROE, Moss Point, MS Mrs. Maxine Nelson Turner ULERICH, MARGARET ANNE, Picayune, MS Ms. Jamie W. Senyard Dr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Chestnut Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Nasekos UNGER, JEANETTE, West Point, MS Mr. and Mrs. Toxey Hall III UPSHAW, EDDIE DARRELL, Vicksburg, MS Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Bailess WALDROP, NANCY ANN, Aiken, SC Mrs. Susan W. Emerson WARD, HOUSTON WILLIAM, Benton, MS Mrs. Martha W. Hogue WATKINS, PATTY O. BLACK, Longview, TX Mr. Randy Lewis Watkins WEIL, CELESTIA RAULERSON, North Augusta, SC Mr. and Mrs. Steve Weil WEIR, DOT, Ackerman, MS Mr. Randy Lewis Watkins WHEELER, JIM, Murfreesboro, TN Mrs. Roenella G. Hornsby WHITE, KEN, Gulfport, MS Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Blaine WHITTLE, JESSIE LUCAS, Newton, MS Mr. and Mrs. Lewis F. Mallory, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Valentine WILLIAMS, GEORGIE CLARK, Victoria, TX Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Cato WISE, RITA, Silver City, MS Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bond WOOD, HERBERT, Lafayette, LA Mrs. Billye Sanderson Morton WOODALL, EDNA, Madison, MS Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Cato YANINEK, JOHN P., Scranton, PA Mrs. Mary Sue Curtis Yaninek YATES, BONNIE SUE HOLT, Conroe, TX Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Yates


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Honoring Ruth Ann’s Love for Christ Liles Williams wanted to do something special for Ruth Ann, his beloved wife of over 65 years. After a long conversation on the phone with Stewart Edwards, FCA president, a project was chosen to honor her spiritual legacy: the renovation of the lobby and living room of Heidelberg Home, a girl’s home that needed to be updated. Ruth Ann poured her life and resources to help the underprivileged as an expression of her love for Christ. Mentoring unwed mothers, reaching out to people who were marginalized, and being available to pray and help at a moment’s notice was common with Ruth Ann before her stroke on March 14, 2019. As the deadline for the dedication in October approached, a story also emerged that made this dedication even more personal to Ruth Ann. Over thirty-five years ago, a teenage girl found herself between a “rock and a hard place” in life. Her family was broken, and she needed structure and lots of love. Ruth Ann called a friend and said, “If you take care of the daughter, then I’ll help with the needs of her single mother.” A plan was made for the daughter to live at French Camp Academy at Heidelberg Home, the very home that received a much-needed transformation this fall in honor of Ruth Ann. As we all gathered around to dedicate the newly improved space with Ruth Ann, Liles, their four beautiful daughters, and friends, we tearfully recounted this heart-warming story of a godly woman looking to help a family in need. A beautiful letter from that teenage girl (now adult) was read expressing gratitude to Ruth Ann and her friend who came alongside to help in a difficult time. Heidelberg Home looks terrific after the renovation of its lobby and living room. We are grateful for people like Liles and Ruth Ann Williams who seek ways to tangibly express the grace of Christ in the lives of other people.

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When Christmas Comes to Town… Have you ever noticed the department stores in October? Usually, around the middle of the month, a slow transformation begins to happen. Shopping aisles of lawn and garden equipment begin to be replaced with wrapping paper, ornaments, and bows. Santa Claus magically appears on hundreds of boxes, logos, and candy wrappers.

Darkness and evil veiled the world because of Adam’s one choice centuries before, but God provided what was needed. A baby was born. Not just any infant, but One who would live the life we could not, be the perfect sacrifice for our sins and offer forgiveness to those who asked. Christmas came to town and everything began to change When Christmas comes to town everything after that pivotal event. begins to change. An old friend once said, “What man breaks, Matthew, the gospel writer, quoted Isaiah God remakes better than before.” In Acts 16, saying, “…the people living in darkness have Dr. Luke, the writer, introduces his readers seen a great light; on those living in the land to three different people in Philippi: a lady of the shadow of death, a light has dawned.” named Lydia (seemingly wealthy), a slave girl At just the right time, Christmas came to town (probably poor), and a jailor (maybe middlein the first century. class). Paul introduced these broken ones to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and their lives were never the same. Christmas came to the town of Philippi and the start of something better began in their lives.

We love Christmastime at French Camp Academy. The festivities, presents, and holiday snacks are part of every student’s home. We make sure of it. But at the end of the day, we also realize that the children who live with us need something more to break through the darkness of their own lives. If we just share the sparkly lights, mistletoe, candy canes, and presents, then they will miss out on the true meaning and work of Christmas. Christ came to town to start something new in people, create families who worship Him and build a culIn recently talking with a staffer who had a ture of people known by their hope, life, love, conversation with a former FCA young per- and joy. son, who is not so young anymore, he reminded me of her family’s story. They were homeThis month, I hope you will remember with less. Her parents were living in darkness, drug me that Christ has come to our world. “The addiction, and thievery. Her sister came to people walking in darkness have seen a great French Camp, then she followed. Their lives light; on those living in the land of the shadow were turned around because Christ got hold of death, a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2. And of them. Today, both sisters have families, are when you see Him drawing near to you, be involved in their church, and now reach out sure to let Him in. Your life will never be the to others because Christmas became real to same! them.

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