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2018-12-13

Community Lenten Services

Luncheon will be served after each Wednesday Noon Service for a small donation.

March 20 - 12 Noon Monumental United Methodist Church Rev. Rick Franklin

March 27 - 12 Noon First Presbyterian Church Rev. Dr. Rick Hurst

April 3 12 - Noon Calvary Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Doretha Allen

April 10 - 12 Noon St. Richard’s Catholic Church Rev. Tom Durrance

April 18 - 7 pm Elnora Jarrell Worship Center Rev. Harry Zeiders

April 19 - 11 am Calvary Baptist Church (Radio Baptist) Various Pastors and Leaders Hour of Prayer

The offering: we have given two $500 scholarships to seniors in the past. We will contact these two students and if they are still at their schools with passing grades, we will give them another $500 each and any money above $1000.00 we be given to Thomas Family Boots On the Ground Outreach.

Alberta Jones Rook

Alberta “Bert” Jones Rook, 94, died Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

A native of Wake County, she was the daughter of the late Luther Henry Jones and Annie Grey Jones. She retired as a teller with Central Fidelity Bank. In addition to her parents, Bert was preceded in death by her husband; Walter Daniel Rook Sr., her son; Walter Daniel “Danny” Rook Jr., sisters; Rachel Odom, Mary Alice Nicholson, and Edna Wood, brothers; James Minton Jones and Henry Jones.

Mrs. Rook is survived by her daughter; Patsy R. Brown and her husband Lee of Emporia, Virginia, Grandchildren; Melanie Brown Owen of Emporia, Ryan Brown of Emporia, Jason Rook of Emporia, Christopher Rook of Jarratt, Virginia, and Kyle Rook of Emporia, Great Grandchildren; Joshua Rook, Adam Owen, Taia Brown, Emma Rook, Allie Jarratt, and Jillian Brown.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Forest Hill Baptist Church in Skippers, Virginia with Rev. Rick Ragan officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 7 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. at Wrenn Clarke and Hagan Funeral and Cremation Service.

Online condolences may be left at wrennclarkehagan.com.

Big Comeback Leads to Cool Job for Hawkes

Sometimes a big setback leads to an even bigger comeback.  This was the case for Cedric Hawkes whose rebound has landed him in the cool job of teaching at Nottoway Middle School where he impacts lives. 

When his fiancée and mother of his two children passed away and he found himself a single father of two boys, ages five months and 15 months, Hawkes knew some things in his life had to change.  Hawkes had attended Old Dominion University but not finished and was working at Southside Virginia Community College as a restaurant manager for the Farley Experience.  Working in the college environment, he was interested in returning to school and found encouragement from Dr. John Hicks, counselor.

“Working at the café was the perfect scenario,” he said. “It jump-started me back on track, it was a home place with a fun-oriented atmosphere.”

He told the he Longwood College publication The Lancer, “It had been on my mind for a while so one day I took my apron off and went to talk to one of the counselors there (at SVCC).”

After taking some classes at SVCC, he was able to in get into Longwood University through the guaranteed acceptance agreement. He joined the Call Me MISTER program, a national teacher leadership program, where he excelled and was the eldest MISTER so he was role model to others. 

Asked why his job as a teacher is cool, he said the first word that comes to mind is satisfying. 

“I am able to give back to so many people, to give so much of myself, to offer selfless service.  When I see the looks on these kids’ faces, when you relate to them on their level, I see growth and change in their lives,” Hawkes said.

“I try to reach ‘em before I teach ‘em,” he said.

He does not just change lives and act as a role model during the school day, but he also coaches varsity football at Nottoway high school in the afternoons and is on the field leading the players during practice and games. 

“I never thought I would be a teacher but the experiences I had and the people I met influenced me,” he said.

One way he influences his students is by giving them a sense of pride in their appearance.  He sponsors Tie Tuesday for the gentlemen in his class and Step It Up for the ladies as they sport their dressier clothes on these days.

Besides teaching and coaching, Hawkes is also a volunteer firefighter in Crewe.  He is certified to teach Fire I and 2 and Hazmat training. 

Hawkes wants to be a role model for his own children, ages, 10, 9, 8 and 14 months.   He and his fiancé’ are both school teachers and he is encouraging her to return to school to complete her Master’s degree.   His philosophy is to keep trying and never give up.  And this certainly shows as he impacts many lives at all levels in Southside Virginia.

 

STUDENT OF THE MONTH COURTNEY ANN WALTON NOVEMBER 2018

 

Brunswick Academy is pleased to announce that Courtney Ann Walton has been chosen the November 2018 Student of the Month.  Courtney, a senior, is the daughter of Joey and Sonya Walton of Lawrenceville.

Courtney is in the Brunswick Academy Honors Program that is the most rigorous and challenging program of student academics that the school offers.  She is also currently enrolled at SVCC taking dual-enrollment classes.

Courtney is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Brunswick Academy Scholastic Bowl team and Honor Council, where she served as Secretary last year.

She has played varsity softball and varsity volleyball.  At the annual awards banquet in her freshman year, she received the Most Valuable Player for Varsity Softball.  In addition, she was named to the First team All - Conference and First Team All - State.

For varsity softball, in her sophomore year, she received Conference Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State.  The climax of the year was being named State Player of the Year.  That same year she was captain of the Varsity Softball Team and Co-Most valuable player of the year.  Courtney has played on the Williamsburg Starz Gold travel ball team and later on the Hanover Hornets travel softball team.

At the Class of 2018 graduation ceremonies, Courtney was a Junior Marshall.  At the same ceremony, she received the William and Mary Leadership Award.

In her spare time, Courtney enjoys playing with her goldendoodle puppy, spending time with her family and friends and loves to bake.   She has applied to The University of Richmond, The College of William and Mary, East Carolina University and North Carolina State University.  She plans to major in pre-law.

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