Fourth of July activities set in Charleston


Independence Day will be welcomed with a sea of red, white and blue during the Charleston Arts and Revitalization Effort’s second annual parade and patriotic program.

Festivities, scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Thursday, will be held on and around the courthouse square in Charleston.

The parade will get underway at 9, featuring vehicles and horses decked out with traditional Fourth of July colors and decorations.

Grand marshals for the parade, according to CARE spokesperson Glenna Callender, will be “our oldest known veterans,” Richard Sallis and Dr. W.W. Anderson, both of the Charleston area.

The procession will swing through the parking lot at Tallahatchie General Hospital and Extended Care Facility to give staff, patients and residents an opportunity to view the holiday spectacle.

The cavalcade will continue onto West Main Street, then head east toward the courthouse before disbanding there for the program to follow.

Callender said SuperValu has donated $25 gift certificates to be presented to those parade entries which are judged best in various categories.

After the parade, a formal program will commence on the west side of the Tallahatchie County Courthouse.

“The celebration will be for honoring and remembering our veterans and active service members,” noted Callender.  Veterans in attendance, as well as family members of fallen veterans whose names are listed on war monuments at the southwest corner of the courthouse grounds, will be recognized.

She encouraged veterans who attend to “dress in your uniforms or red, white and blue if you can,” adding, “This is a day to celebrate our freedom and community!”

Carol Sturgis and Glenda Brock Woods are two of the musicians who have volunteered to sing for the occasion, said Callender.

Others who have agreed to participate in the program, she added, are Shelbi Grace Boone, Emily Hargett, Sue Shaw, Joshua Milam, Mayor Sedrick Smith, Rev. Joe May, Beverly Watson and John Ball Burnett.

Political candidates who have preregistered will be given a few minutes each during the CARE program to introduce themselves and to explain their platform, Callender noted.

CARE will be selling hot dogs, chips and drinks, and a bounce house/slide will be available for children, she said.

Callender noted that the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs for personal seating, but she said reserved benches will be held for “our oldest and disabled veterans.”

Callender said registration forms for both candidates and parade entries are available at CARE’s Charleston Arts Center. There is a fee to speak and a $10 entry fee for the parade. For more information, call the center at 647-0942.

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Family members of the following fallen veterans whose names are listed on war monuments located on the grounds of the Tallahatchie County Courthouse in Charleston are invited to attend the July 4 program, where they will be recognized.  (Names were provided by John Ball Burnett and Crystal Smith.)

World War I

George Allen, Guy Brown, Cole Burns, James Carson, William L. Carter, Walter Clark, James M. Cole, Selma Collier S., Hubert Dates, Henry Davies, Ben Eggleston, Tom Fry, Charles N. Gist, George Hagar, Edmond Hill, Julius W. Holland, Silmore Holmes, Dandy Hooks, Ben Hubbard, Christopher Johnson, Work Loving, Alex Miller, Salvatore Moschelio, Oscar McDoodle, Dave McGhee, Ollie Pernell, Walter S. Pressgrove, Homer Quinn Joe Rand, Lawrence W. Shive, William F. Sims, Ollie Thompson, Ben Walls, Walter Watson, William Washington, Jessie Williams, Robert Williams, Butler Wilson, George Worsham, Peter Worship

World War II

Sylvester Badgett, Calloway Black, Elmo Brownlee, Pat Carithers, Clinton Carpenter, Tandy B. Carpenter, Isaac S. Clark Jr., Billie T. Clarkson, Ward Austin Dubois, W.L. Denman, Howard Duke, Phonnie H. Ford, Thomas Govan, J.D. Goss, Hugh K. Grissom, Allen Hamlett, Joe Harries, James A. Harris, Leslie Henry, Samuel L. Holland, Garnett H. Horne, William I. Howard, Rubin Hollis Howell, Alvin L. Jefford, Marven Jeffords, Cornell Jennings, Charles M. Journey, William R. Kendall, Earl Louis Lloyd Jr., Edward Arthur McLelland, Thomas Reginald Mitchell, Henderson Moore, William N. Moorman, Ernest Newman, Joe Z. Nunn, Homer A.M. Oliver, John C. Oliver, James E. Otott, Bartow Harrison Parish, Johnny H. Pennington, Walter S. Pressgrove, Earl W. Pulley, William Haynes Scott, Otto Stapp, Harry Lee Staten, Robert Houston Stephens, Seymour E. Teer Jr., Harold M. Trusty, Clifton Walker, Robert Waller,  Jeff Weaver,  Alpheus  Achilles Wheat, Harris R. Whitten, George Washington Wolfe, John L. Wright

Korean War

Willie L. Lyles

Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf Wars

Wilbert R. Drane, Edward G. Muse, Spencer Smith, Tracy Hampton, Samuel J. Ganci, Horris G. Robinson, Billie Joe Wilson and Alexander Jones Jr.

Operation Enduring Freedom

Raphael Davis Jr.