LUCY BARNES: ‘A Godly Woman Walking in Indescribable Faith’

Lucy Barnes begins another round of chemotherapy treatments at Hematology Oncology Cancer Center in Starkville. (Photo by Gwen Sisson)


She hopes that by sharing her cancer journey, she can be a source of light and hope to someone who may be struggling.

And with a lot of encouragement from a lot of friends, family and Facebook followers, Lucy Barnes has written her story in a new book titled, “A Godly Woman Walking in Indescribable Faith.” She will have a book signing Saturday from 12-2 p.m. at Blue 22 (formerly Beef O’Brady’s) and Sunday at Second Baptist Church, where she will share her testimony during the morning worship services, beginning at 11 a.m. The book is also available at

In addition to the book signings this weekend, she will be a special guest on the Tammie Tubbs Show on WEPH at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday of next week. Continue reading

Marie Mason – Her Cancer Journey

She never misses a year. Even in a year when she has struggled with the return of breast cancer and a round of powerful chemotherapy.

Marie Mason usually leads a team from Second Baptist Church of Starkville to help raise money for the American Cancer Society through the Oktibbeha County Relay For Life. She loves it. She is passionate about leading by example and giving back. Mason said if people can see that she can keep moving forward with a good attitude, it may give others hope.

She quotes her favorite Bible verse, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” from Proverbs 18:14.

“I love going and doing something worthwhile,” Mason said about Relay for Life. “It is important to keep moving forward.”

“Marie is a true inspiration,” said Caleb Rich, one of the organizers for the 2017 Oktibbeha County Relay for Life. “She has always been a person who put other’s needs before her own. Her leadership as the team captain for the Second Baptist Church team inspired the team to step up in a big way for her as she’s been going through treatment again. Marie Mason is truly the heart of what Relay for Life is about.”

And even though Mason did not lead a team this year, many volunteers in Oktibbeha County dedicated this year’s Relay for Life in her honor. As usual, she was there, but not leading a team. For Mason, this year has been reminiscent of a time 24 years ago, when she first discovered breast cancer. Continue reading

Rev. Stone will serve as a speaker for Starkville’s NDOP observance

601124_2260231922447_1613618016_nRev. Joseph Stone of Second Baptist Church of Starkville will serve as one of eight speakers at Starkville’s Observance of The National Day of Prayer.

Make plans to join us and hear Rev. Stone speak about the importance of prayer for families.  Starkville’s Observance of The National Day of Prayer is set for noon May 7 at the Starkville Sportsplex. It will be a special time for the community to come together as a group to pray for Starkville, Oktibbeha County, the State of Mississippi and the nation.

For more information about the Starkville’s Observance of the National Day of Prayer, contact Gwen Sisson at To learn more about The National Day of Prayer, go to

Rev. Joseph Stone to speak at Starkville’s National Day of Prayer

601124_2260231922447_1613618016_nRev. Joseph Stone of Second Baptist Church of Starkville will be one of eight speakers at Starkville’s observance of the National Day of Prayer.

This year’s observance is set for noon, May 1 at the Starkville Sportsplex. The public is invited to attend.

Rev. Stone will be discussing the importance of prayer for families as part of this year’s observance. Continue reading