Greetings and sadness on this day in the loss of a special lady Pastor Jessie Mae Grimes, who passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro, and of basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gigi Bryant, and the others lost when a helicopter crashed on Sunday, Jan. 26. Our hearts, sympathy, prayers and love are with each and everyone of the Grimes family and Grimes’ Holy Ghost Cathedral Church family.
Our sympathy and prayers are also with the family of Sierra Pigford, wife of Dallas Pigford. Lord please send your angel to protect Dallas and his children during this very difficult time. My heart is sad and my love goes out to the family.
The upcoming services are set to be held at local churches:
Days to remember
On Sunday, Jan. 20, yours truly, along with her children, went to Wrightsville Beach near Wilmington to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Monday.
Happy birthday on Jan. 12 to Marcell Wood and Diane Dixon; on Jan. 13 to Elderess Frances Hill, Lady Elect Tina Aycock of Wilson, Eddie Mae Moore; on Jan. 14 to Lisa Ashford, Tomika Robinson and Elder Kendall Clark; and on Jan. 15 to Dallas Pigford, Vicky Darden and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Happy birthday on Jan. 16 to Elder Jimmy Frederick; on Jan. 17 to George Hill of Alabama and Keisha Howard; on Jan. 19 to my cousin, Jimmy Wooten of Goldsboro; on Jan. 21 to Matilda Ward and Bennie Ward; on Jan. 22 to Helen Ward Greenfield, Nikki Robinson of Selma, Malissa Bordeaux, Timothy Armstrong, Minister Tyrone Stewart of Clinton, Evangelist Karen English of Goldsboro and Eugene Wolfe; on Jan. 25 to Lana Janet Durham of Atlanta, Georgia; on Jan. 26 to Carla King; and on Jan. 27 to Shonda Jones, Eugene Wolfe, Best Chapel Church of Seven Springs pastor Elder Clifton Jones, Russell Armstrong of California, Lisa Wade of Goldsboro and the Wade Sisters; and on Jan. 28 to Evangelist Lesley Holmes and Teresa Stokes.
Happy birthday to Coris Bennett, Elder Raymond Oates and DeMarcus Kelly on Jan. 29. Coris, I love you, gorgeous. I remember when I had to go to school with you all.
Happy birthday on Jan. 30 to Stella Wolfe of Faison and to our very own recording artist Minister DeMarcus Kelly of Charlotte; and on Jan. 31 to Sharon Jones and Elder Tachala Dawson Hood, from yours truly, Elder Kenneth Freeman, mother Vesta Freeman and the St. Luke Church family of Mount Olive.
Happy birthday to Cheryl Dobson and Rick Bess on Feb. 1; and on Feb. 2 to Ajanette Ramsey, Joshua Graham of Fayetteville, Annie Oates; and on Feb. 5 to Mary Ward, my wonderful, amazing cousin who has been like a sister to me. May God bless each and every one of you to celebrate many more.
Happy 34th anniversary to our pastor, Elder Kenneth Freeman, and his wife, Vesta Freeman, who celebrated on Jan. 25, from your St. Luke Church family and on a personal note from yours truly, Schenita, Dante, Joshua and Kaelyn and from Ronald and Dorothy Inez Ward. We love you both and appreciate all of the kindness and loving you show us.
Happy anniversary to Greg and Katholeen Galloway of Faison on Jan. 31; happy fourth anniversary to Evonne and Robert Lewis on Jan. 15 and happy 23rd anniversary to Greg and Katheleen Galloway on Jan. 31.
Congratulations to my niece and the daughter of Ronald Ward, Kaeisha Ward, who got engaged to EJ McGraw on Saturday, Jan. 25 in Maryland. Congratulations and may God bless you and EJ!