Memorial service showcases area talent

Published 10:08 pm Saturday, January 11, 2014

Brookhaven Funeral Home recently held a Service of Remembrance program in December that brought together many different groups from around the city and showcased local talent.

The program was to commemorate the lives of those who died in 2013.

The Brookhaven High School Band performed the call to worship and accompanied the congregation in the Christmas carol, “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.” Director Clay Whittington assembled a brass ensemble for this occasion.

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Father Alphonse Arulanandu, the Rev. Carl Smith, the Rev. Frank Newell, the Rev. Jim Mannon and the Rev. Matt Powell participated in an ecumenical gathering of pastors from various denominations and churches. They conduct funerals for the funeral home.

Flutist Michelle Smith performed. She is the assistant band director at Lawrence County High School in Monticello.

Several vocalists performed, including Carolyn Wilson, a retired administrator of Brook Manor, who sang “Star of the East.”

Director of Music at Southwest Mississippi Community College Joe Elliott sang “The Lord is My Shepherd.”

Retired school teacher from Ruth, Patsy Nelson, gave the event a Lincoln County connection. She sang “Gesu Bambino.”

Susan Smith of Brookhaven sang “Ava Maria” in Italian. She was accompanied on guitar by her brother, Bill Phillips.

Michael Harris with the funeral home said, “I would (like) to reiterate the fact that although a private event, it had community wide involvement and represented all that is good in Brookhaven.”