Friday, April 6, 2018

Retired Teacher Celebrates 90 Years


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Henry Mae Hampton Lewis with her great grandson Christian Griffin and her son, Arnold Keith Harris
(photo courtesy of Elmetra Patterson)

It was a beautiful celebration with a jammed packed Ponderosa in the Spring Hill Community where nearly 100 guests came to celebrate their cousin’s, aunt’s, grandmother’s, great grandmother’s, or friend’s 90th Birthday They were from Atlanta, GA and the surrounding area, Arlington, Dallas, and Houston, TX, Memphis, TN, Milwaukee, WI, Kosciusko, Starkville, Noxapater, Jackson and Louisville, MS. There were many younger members from the Mt. Sinai Community present who grew up around her. She is a lifelong member of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church. A great time was had by all. Her family prepared most of the food which was beautiful and scrumptious.

Mrs. Hampton Lewis is a high school graduate of the Winston County Training School. She received her BS Degree in Elementary Education from Rust College, Holly Springs, MS. Rust College is a historical black liberal arts college which is less than 40 miles from Memphis TN. Henry Mae is very active in the Rust College Alumni Association. She taught in the public school system for 35 years in: Grenada, Vaiden, Durant, Louisville and Kosciusko Mississippi. She, also, taught for 4 years at the Indian Reservation in Leake County, MS. She retired after nearly 40 years of teaching.

Mrs. Hampton Lewis is the mother of three children, Arnold Keith Harris of Kosciusko, MS, Kaaren Lewis Griffin of Atlanta, GA and Keely Lewis of Louisville, MS; grandmother of nine and great grandmother of six. She raised her grandson Derrick Roby, who lives in Houston, TX, son of Arnold Keith.

She is the daughter of Henry and Nennie Sims Hampton; sister of the late Charlie ‘DA’ Moore, and the late Dorothy Ray Moore Armstrong.

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson