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
Me and Pepper at one of the last chemo treatments in Round 3.
Even now, to say or write down the words “colorectal cancer” seems unreal. On one hand, there is an incredible disconnect between me and those words. On the other hand, those words have completely changed my life.
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. I was diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer in August 2015, but I had been sick long before that day. Continue reading
Come to the Starkville Farm Toy Show at the National Guard Armory on Hwy. 12 in Starkville this weekend, then join Mitch Sisson and Pepper Sisson at JOY Club.
The Sissons will discuss their history with toy tractors and share their projects and collections at this month’s JOY Club potluck luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall. “I have really gotten to know some characters, and some mighty fine people playing with these toys,” said Mitch Sisson. “I have made some really good friends though the hobby. One old man told me ‘Toy tractors collect the nicest people.’ Well, they do…and those nice people have put up with the Sisson Brothers for nearly 20 years!”
The Starkville Farm Toy Show is open to anyone with any type of farm related toys —tractors, trucks, implements, animals, buildings, logging equipment—that would like to come set their stuff up to sell, trade, or just display. Sisson said there will be a few tables set up with display only pieces. Then, there will be vendors set up selling new farm toys, used farm toys, broken farm toys. Continue reading
Join Mitch and Pepper at the Starkville National Guard Armory Feb. 24-25 for the annual Starkville Farm Toy Show! They will be displaying their collections, along with many, many others farm toy enthusiasts! There will also be vendors on hand to sell farm toys to start your own collection. It is a NEW LOCATION this year, so be sure to come see the show at the National Guard Armory in Starkville.
And on the Tuesday after the show, Mitch and Pepper will be the guest speakers at this month’s JOY Club potluck luncheon as they share their farm toy collections. They will also have their display from the Starkville Farm Toy Show for viewing. Bring a dish and join the fun at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Eupora. For more information, call the church office at (662) 258-3491.
The late Sarah Hillman with Rosia Jackson at a special event last summer.
Members of First United Methodist Church of Kosciusko believe, if a project is important to Rev. Byrd and Sarah Hillman, it should be important to them.
“Byrd and Sarah have been a part of this body of Christ for some time and this church family loves them dearly,” said Rev. Scott Wright, pastor of Kosciusko FUMC. “They are an amazing couple and love the Lord and His Methodist church through and through. This church family knows that and reciprocates that love. It is because of their example early on in our conference relationship with Africa University that we know and understand the importance of the work they does. I think we believe that if it is important to Byrd and Sarah, it’s important to us!”
Over a year ago, the Starkville District of the United Methodist Church established an Africa University endowment in honor of Rev. Byrd and Sarah Hillman, with the goal of raising $130,000 over a three-year period. On Dec. 28, 2016, Sarah Hillman passed away, and churches throughout the district are sending memorials for the Africa University Scholarship program in remembrance of the passion this lady had for this mission.
Rev. Byrd Hillman with Rev. Dr. Embra Jackson, Superintendent of the Starkville District of the United Methodist Church
ABOUT THE PASTOR
NAME: Tyrone Stallings
CHURCH: New Zion UMC
CHURCH ADDRESS/TOWN: P.O. Box 2258, Starkville