Submitted by Darlene Hooker
In March of 2017, Mayor Lawrence Henagan issued a proclamation naming the third weekend in March as “Bringing Our Boys Home As Godly Men Weekend.” Just as our military return from duty of physical warfare with stories of experiences while serving our country, there are young men who left DeQuincy for various reasons and are now in the army of the Lord. They have experiences to share that can encourage others to put their trust in God. Peggy Skinner-Poindexter, event founder and member of Guiding Light COGIC, is a native of DeQuincy.
The opening night was designated as a time to honor long-time residents of DeQuincy, Wilton Williams and his wife, Janice Williams. Wilton was a gifted musician in the community and Janice was a long time Sunday school teacher of children. Through their tireless efforts they have formed strong bonds that remain to this day.
The highlight of the evening was the gathering of the “Come Back Singers.” This choir, made up of former choir members of Bro. Williams’, presented him with gifts of love and a DeQuincy Music Legend Award. Soloists for the various services were Pastor Viney Silas of SureHouse Ministries of DeQuincy, and Keidra and Darlene Hooker of Guiding Light COGIC.
Saturday night’s speaker was Pastor Gary W. Skinner who is also a native of DeQuincy.
Sunday’s guest was Rev. Joseph Chapman, Associate Pastor of Pasadena MBC of Lake Charles. Guiding Light’s Youth Choir ministered in song on Sunday. Family and friends traveled from near and far to attend this weekend event with Cleveland Jones Jr. of Memphis, Tenn. traveling the farthest. The Fellowship at Oak Street Recreation Center concluded the festivities.