Saturday, August 26, 2017

Asia Eichelberger receives James Emmanuel Curtis Scholarship at Musical Program

The family and friends of James Emmanuel Curtis put together a GRAND musical as a benefit to give a scholarship in the name of James and Elgia Curtis’ son. James Emmanuel was a member of the Class of 1996 of the Louisville High School but was killed in a car accident by a drunk driver when he was 10th grade. His parents and other family members banded together to give a scholarship in his memory for 22 years. 

He had the reputation of being a ‘good child’, according to his mother, Elgia. She stated that, “It was rough losing him but I knew that God’s grace would bring us through. I could have lost my mine but I didn’t. We started giving $500 scholarships and we have never fallen short. This year we increased the scholarship to $1,000. Thanks to everyone who gave. Thanks to Rita Eichelberger who gave our daughter Shawn rides to college. Now, I feel like I am giving back to her daughter Asia who wrote a wonderful 500 word essay and earned this scholarship academically as well.” This event was held on Sunday August 14, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant # 1, Louisville, MS.

The theme for the musical was ‘God’s Sufficient Grace” – 2 Corinthians 12:9. Debbie Carter was mistress of ceremony. Maxine Curtis, Katherine Eichelberger and Candace Eiland led devotion. There were musical selections by Agape Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant #1Choir, Friendship M.B Church, Jemero Carter and Kingdomology, the Potter House and special guest Ezra Baker, Jr. playing the saxophone and singing a solo. Asia Eichelberger sang two selections: ‘Because of who you are, I give you glory’ and ‘Only what you do for Christ will last’. Asia was the 2017 Mississippi Gold Medal winner of the NAACP ACT-SO Olympics. Pastor Willie V. Daniels closed the musical with encouragement to Asia as she enters Ole Miss and he asked all to donate so the scholarship can be increased next year. First Lady Daniels suggested that maybe two students can receive a scholarship. To donate please go to and look for James Emmanuel Curtis Scholarship.