Initiative teaches basic literacy and life skills

  • Thursday, March 6, 2014

Rosa Bell Witherspoon Barr, 96-years-old


“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Psalm 23:6

Hopefully you have had a wonderful week, even considering the weather. It is a joy to wake up in the mornings to see the beauty of another day. I love the song that says, “Great is thy faithfulness; morning by morning new mercies I see…..”. The song lets me know that God is merciful, and allows each of us to take part of His goodness. You can’t be ‘too bad’ for God not to extend His mercy to you.

I would like to thank Scott Holmes for helping me with my computer. Scott has his own computer business, and loves to work on computers. Sometimes he even talks to them. You can reach Scott at 843-520-6058, or 843-546-4239. Scott is also an avid Christian and always has time to share a word from the Lord.

Black history program

Reverend Alfred Darby, the pastor of Mt. Zion AME Church in the North Santee area, was the guest speaker at D.P. Cooper Elementary School in the Trio community. It was the school’s annual Black History program with the theme “Celebrating African American Heritage”.

Reverend Darby is a graduate of Williamsburg High School in Earles. He received his Associates of Arts degree in 1981 from Anderson College in Anderson. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of South Carolina in Columbia in history and political Science. He earned his Masters degree in secondary education from Winthrop University in Rock Hill. After receiving his Masters degree, Reverend Darby earned thirty graduate hours for his Master’s degree in secondary education administration. He is listed in the annual edition of Who’s Who Among Teachers for 1997-1998 and 2004-2005 editions. He is a member of the Trio Action Committee. He has served in many capacities in public education such as teacher, assistant principal at C.E. Murray High School and director of student services in Williamsburg County school district. He also serves as vice-chairperson on the Williamsburg County School District Board of Trustees and is the area District 3 representative. Reverend Alfred L. Darby is also my pastor and we are very proud of all of his accomplishments. The program was a very well planned one as Mr. Jonathan J. Chandler, committee chairperson presided. Various classes participated and did excellent jobs. One particular class was that of Mrs. Betty Sanders, our church member at Mt. Zion AME of the Bloomingvale community of Andrews, and a very dedicated educator. Mrs. Sanders had about twenty students participating in an African performance, (D.P.C. African Dancers)and she had a costume personally made for each performer. The school is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated teachers. The principal of D.P. Cooper is Dr. Kerry D. Singleton.

Georgetown Literacy Initiative

I had the opportunity to interview Mrs. Sandy Bonner for my radio program on Saturday on WLMC 1470 AM at 12:30 p.m. She is the program manager for Georgetown Literacy Initiative, which is a program of Georgetown Outreach Ministries, Inc. This is a one-to-one adult literacy program and helps to improve lives of adults and families by teaching basic literacy and life skills for economic and social success. If you never learned how to read, and would like to do so now, please call Sandy at 843-520-0875, or 973-722-0761. Please listen to the program.

Rebecca Gardner Izard

A birthday program was held on Saturday, March 1 at the Beck Recreation Center in honor of Mrs. Rebecca Gardner Izard who turned one hundred years young. Mrs. Izard certainly looks about eighty, and took “The Legacy Walk of a Queen” escorted by her grandchildren. Everyone stood and cheered as she walked up the aisle and to her seat at the head table. Dr. Marsha Rebecca Sanders, and Ms. Tondalica Sumpter,granddaughters, acted as emcees for the event. Others on program included family members and other special guests. Georgetown’s Mayor, Jack Scoville, was on hand, along with Mrs. Mercedes Munnerlyn, to offer a proclamation that March 1, 2014, was Rebecca Izard’s Day in Georgetown.

Reverend Dr. Representative Carl Anderson was on hand to present a letter from President and Mrs. Obama, and to mention that Senator Lindsey Graham sent a letter of congratulations, as did Governor Nicky Haley, Lieutenant Glenn McConnell, and Representative Bill Cyburn. Representative Anderson also presented a signed, framed resolution with a photo of Mrs. Izard at top, and signed by Speaker of the House and Clerk of the House. He also declared that March 1, 2014 is Rebecca Izard’s Day in the entire state of South Carolina. Congratulations to Mrs. Izard, and I pray that you will have many, many more.

Bernice Dean Garner

After leaving from the Izard celebration we dropped in at the home of Mrs. Bernice Dean Garner. It was planned to be a short stop by. We entered a room filled with smiling faces of friends and family, which included the lady of the hour. We were also invited to coffee, and other drinks, and of course desserts for it was a drop in to bring well wishes and to have dessert. I decided not to have dessert until I was ushered to the dessert room. I never saw such wonderful and ample amounts of all kinds of desserts. I stayed much longer than expected. I wish Mrs. Garner to have many, many more birthdays. And she looks 10 years removed from 80.

Rosa Bell Barr

My last birthday drop in was on Monday, March 3 at my birthplace and the home of my wonderful mother, Mrs. Rosa Bell Barr. Mamma turned 96 on that day, and looks like 85. My brother, Stephen, took off from his job as State Trooper in Florida, to celebrate her birthday and spend some added days of vacation. All of my family members that are at home showed up with gifts and well wishes, and the ones that are away sent gifts and made phone calls, and some will be coming in later. It was a wonderful day, and I pray that mamma will have many more birthdays. Happy birthday to Carrie #1 and Carrie #2 both born in March, and special memories of my late father, Rev.Sam Barr, Sr. born March 24, and my late sister, Evangelist Shirley Barr Browne, born March 5. Happy birthday to everyone born in March.


Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in , the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, and for each other. May god bless you until we meet again.-


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