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Cemetery in Marianna, AR

Cemetery in Marianna, AR

Sue Moore (View posts)
Posted: 3 Mar 2005 2:15AM GMT
Classification: Query
A lady in Marianna inventoried Walnut Grove Cemetery located here in Marianna and it is posted on the USGenWeb, Lee County site. The Walnut Grove Baptist Church was originally located near this cemetery and was affiliated with the church. The church moved closer to "town" some years ago and the cemetery has become very overgrown. I ask the local pastor to see if he could get some of his men to clean up the cemetery and as far as I know that hasn't be done.

I am not of Afro-American heritage, but I read the article about your organization in the AR-Dem.Gaz. I am glad to find out that Afro-Americans have this site and I think it is wonderful that this organization exists.

We are trying to improve the genealogy room of our local library. I would be interested in anything you have recorded in the general area of Marianna so it could be placed in the library.

Re: Cemetery in Marianna, AR

Carla (View posts)
Posted: 29 Jul 2005 5:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello, I am glad you tapped into this site. We and I will keep in mind and pass the word about the information you are collecting for the library. It is good to know that more African-American history can be found on the shelves written and collected by African-American reseachers. We all have a story to tell.
Carla

Re: Cemetery in Marianna, AR

Posted: 26 Jun 2011 3:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Sue,

As reading your message dated back in 2005. I would like to know if you are still interested in helping with the project? I am native of Marianna, AR and my grandmother was buried in the Walnut Grove Cemetery back 1955. We will be working with Dr. C.W. Campbell who wrote an article on Thurday, June 23, 2011 in the Courier Index Newspaper regarding this entity. Please reply if you will be able to assist us in any manner...We would be so grateful!

Please email me at jhooks1636@cox.net

God bless you and have a great weekend!

JoAnne Smith-Hooks

Re: Cemetery in Marianna, AR

Posted: 27 Jun 2011 12:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm sorry, but my health is such that I would not be physically able to help, but are you aware that this cemetery has already been transcribed and is listed on the usgenweb.com site for AR, Lee County? I did see the article in the local paper. Dr. Campbell was informed by Nancy Apple (she and a friend transcribed the cemetery)that this had been done, but I assume he's wanting to do some historical background on the individuals buried there. I've never personally been to the cemetery (tried to find it several years back as I was told it was very grown up. I had suggested to a member of the Walnut Grove Baptist Church that they could possibly get the regional state prison to let some of their inmates work to clean it up. I don't know if it's been cleaned and taken care of better. I'm assuming since Nancy was able to transcribe it that someone cleaned it up. Did you graduate from the public schools here? I was a teacher in the schools from 1978 to 1889, 1999-2006. Thanks for contacting me and if there is anything I can do from the comfort of my computer (lol), please let me know.

Re: Cemetery in Marianna, AR

Posted: 27 Jun 2011 5:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for such a rapid reply...Yes that is exactly what Dr. Campbell is doing on each individual. My sister, Virginia Taylor and I will be helping in that area. I will be praying and lifting you up before the Lord regarding your health. I know God is a healer because He healed me of cancer 30 years after coming out of a hospice unit without using Radiation or Chemo. The doctors performed 2 surgeries on me and was due to give me a 3rd one, yet I refused to have it done. I was actually, sent home to die. God has allowed me to write an autobiography on my life and as to growing up in Marianna called: "I Don't Take It Lightly." I am currently working on a book called: "A Bitter Disease Called Unforgiveness," which will be released in August. There are Excerpts of my book on my Facebook page under JoAnne Smith Hooks. I graduated in 1969 from Anna Strong High. I have no regrets as to growing up in Marianna. My pastor here in San Diego is a Former, NFL San Diego Charger by the name of Terrell Fletcher. I've been conducting a Youth Explosion here in this city for the last past 10 years and He does the speaking by helping me to motivate and prevent our young people from heading toward the streets during spring break. We average about 2000 children yearly that comes to the Youth Explosion. We took it to Mississippi 2 years straight and it was phenomenal. The young people were walking in the rain trying to get to the Youth Explosion. It really touch my heart. I tried to bring it to Marianna back in March of this year and could not get the churches to help me. My heart goes out to the young people in Marianna and I am going to continue to pursue my dream and vision by having an Eastern Arkansas Youth Explosion. Please keep me in your prayers that God will bring this to past. It's about giving back to the community. We should never forget our heritage and where God has brought us from...If you would like to review information on who I am please Google my name in as: JoAnne Smith Hooks, Mother JoAnne Hooks or Supervisor JoAnne Hooks...God bless you and be encouraged! Our website is: www.socalfourth.net. I pray that we will be able to stay in touch and hopefully one day meet...

Yours in Christ,
JoAnne

Re: Cemetery in Marianna, AR

Posted: 27 Jun 2011 5:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Jun 2011 5:51AM GMT
Thank you for such a rapid reply...Yes that is exactly what Dr. Campbell is doing on each individual. My sister, Virginia Taylor and I will be helping in that area. I will be praying and lifting you up before the Lord regarding your health. I know God is a healer because He healed me of cancer 30 years ago after coming out of a hospice unit without using Radiation or Chemo. The doctors performed 2 surgeries on me and was due to give me a 3rd one, yet I refused to have it done. I was actually, sent home to die. God has allowed me to write an autobiography on my life and as to growing up in Marianna called: "I Don't Take It Lightly." I am currently working on a book called: "A Bitter Disease Called Unforgiveness," which will be released in August. There are Excerpts of my book on my Facebook page under JoAnne Smith Hooks. I graduated in 1969 from Anna Strong High. I have no regrets as to growing up in Marianna. My pastor here in San Diego is a Former, NFL San Diego Charger by the name of Terrell Fletcher. I've been conducting a Youth Explosion here in this city for the last past 10 years and He does the speaking by helping me to motivate and prevent our young people from heading toward the streets during spring break. We average about 2000 children yearly that comes to the Youth Explosion. We took it to Mississippi 2 years straight and it was phenomenal. The young people were walking in the rain trying to get to the Youth Explosion. It really touched my heart. I tried to bring it to Marianna back in March of this year and could not get the churches to help me. My heart goes out to the young people in Marianna and I am going to continue to pursue my dream and vision by having an Eastern Arkansas Youth Explosion. Please keep me in your prayers that God will bring this to past. It's about giving back to the community. We should never forget our heritage and where God has brought us from...If you would like to review information on who I am please Google my name in as: JoAnne Smith Hooks, Mother JoAnne Hooks or Supervisor JoAnne Hooks...God bless you and be encouraged! Our website is: www.socalfourth.net. I pray that we will be able to stay in touch and hopefully one day meet...

Yours in Christ,
JoAnne

Re: Cemetery in Marianna, AR

Posted: 28 Jun 2011 12:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for your encouragement. I have a minor heart problem and I get tired easily, but thankfully I'm able to still "keep on trucking." I would be glad to help look for history of any of the people buried in Walnut Grove. I subscribe to Ancestry.com and, as you probably know, I can access census records. I could help that way. Right now I'm very actively involved in writing up the history of my church. I'll check out your website. Can you give me more details about the process of setting up the Youth Explosion? Do you rent a facility? Use a church? Local choirs? How many services?

Re: Cemetery in Marianna, AR

Posted: 28 Jun 2011 7:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you that would be great! I will let Dr. Campbell know that you are interested in helping. I am sure he will be extremely pleased...

Here is a portion of what we do pertaining to the Youth Explosion. It maybe lengthy but it's a wealth of information. I sent a brief post over to the Courier Index Newspaper on late Friday Evening. I haven't gotten a response back from them, yet...Once you read it, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to let me know...
If you need the guidebook on it please let me know..
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THE YOUTH EXPLOSION

The Youth Explosion is a 3 or 4 day "Event." If possible, it can also be a 5 day event. It can be as large as we would like for it to be based on getting the churches, communities, schools, counties, cities, and most of all the families involved. Whatever it takes to keep/get our young people off the streets and give them hope for the future. If God did it for us He can do it for them. I have enough faith to believe that He will...

Here are the categories:

1. Day 1: Starts with a "Youth Explosion Concert" on that Friday Night....The Choir consists of 100 voices in their Youth Explosion T-shirts with the Logo on them, as well as the sponsors on the back of the shirts. We will bring in top singers to support...

2. Day 2: Saturday from 12 Noon - 4PM the Community Fare/Fair in the park. We will petition those that have expertise's such as: vendors that will have give-aways for our children, the police dept. as well as, the fire dept. are there to do presentations, jumpers, clowns, our Mayors and Government Officials should be able to help and present. We will give away school supplies, shoes, back packs, clothing, etc. We will also, petitions groups to come in and sing songs, praise dancers and steppers will go forth. The food items are: Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, punch, etc.,,,There will be plenty of prizes for our children. Sometimes we give away bikes. It depends on what the companies/stores are willing to donate. This day is the key of bringing love to the whole city!!! The preparation brings in great excitement because everyone is now involved! No one is exempt from getting involved in the Youth Explosion. Every church from the north, east, south and west should be involved....Every child belongs to God and it is our responsibility to be great "Role Models" for our youth.

3. Day 3: Is when the Youth Explosion Services actually, begins. There is a Youth Explosion Praise Team that opens up the Service. We utilize as many children as possible each night allowing them to use their gift and talent. It is definitely a spiritual event...Every night we give away money by asking the children questions from age of 5 to 25. We usually stop at the college age because we know children do not have funds. This brings excitement, as well! Hopefully, we will be able to give away Youth Explosion scholarships funds....

4. Day 4: The Civil Day is when all our politicians will do a short presentation and present Pastor Terrell Fletcher with the Key to the City, as well as a Proclamation identifying that day is "The Eastern Arkansas Youth Explosion Day." Afterward, we resume with the Service...

5. Day 5: We give recognitions to the young people that help bring the event together, as well all the committees. The more young people we get involved the greater hope it will bring to them for the future. They must know that they can succeed in every aspect of their lives...

It depends on the City to conclude it on Day 4 or 5....

Hopefully, we will be able have Workshops/Seminars for the young people in the daytime. Pastor Fletcher likes to visits the Teen - Homeless Shelters, the Juvenile Facilities and Foster Homes to encourage them. We like to provide clothing for the Teen - Homeless Shelters...Hopefully; we will be able to visit the Jude Hospital for Children. I believe it's in Memphis, TN. We pray that someone would be able to set that up for us....

In Conclusion: I failed to tell you that Pastor Terrell Fletcher is married to my First Lady, Sheree Flecther whom is the ex-wife to the Actor Will Smith that is married to Jade Pinkett-Smith at the present....First Lady has a heart for the children and we all work together to make these events a success. We cannot do it along. "It takes a village to raise a child" and that village is us, these days.

Let me know if you would like one of my books. I will send it to you. Hopefully, one day I will be able to have a Book-Signing in my hometown. Please pray with me about it...

God bless and you are in my prayers....

JoAnne Smith-Hooks



Re: Cemetery in Marianna, AR

Posted: 30 Jun 2011 7:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Sue,

How are you? I pray that you are feeling well and blessed!

Did you receive my last email? If so, did it make any sense to you....

God bless,
JoAnne

Re: Cemetery in Marianna, AR

Posted: 2 Jul 2011 3:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
Yes, I did get your email. And yes, it made sense. When I was reading about all the planning that would be necessary to have a Youth Explosion, it sounded like a lot of work and a lot of people would have to be involved. Honestly, I just don't know if that many people would be willing to get involved. But, it does sound like a great experience for the young people.

Thank you for your prayers. God is good!!!

Sue
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