Krewe of Ceres introduces 2024 trainbearers
Published 11:00 am Sunday, February 4, 2024
The Krewe of Ceres in Brookhaven will conduct its 57th annual Charity Ball on Saturday, Feb. 24, at The Lincoln Civic Center. Presentations begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling 601-757-2967.
This year’s trainbearers are Gatlin Orr, Elenor Estess, Mary Ella Simmons, Seth Sones, Owen Milstead, Dottie Nations, Cecile Powell, and Emerson Robinson.
Gatlin Crawford Orr is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Orr. He is the grandson of Ms. Kay Gatlin and the late Jerry Orr and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Mark C. Smith. Gatlin is a fifth-grader at Brookhaven Academy and an honor roll student. He enjoys playing soccer with his Ole Brook Football Club team, recreation soccer, playing basketball for the cougars, and hunting with his dad. Gatlin enjoys volunteering at Brookhaven Outreach Ministries with her grandmother. Gatlin attends Faith Presbyterian Church.
Elenor Grace Estess is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Justin Estess and Mrs. Katherine Madden. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Estess and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Hammond. She is a student at Madison Station Elementary. She attends First Baptist Church Brookhaven. Elenor enjoys horses, baseball, and new adventures with her favorite stuffed animal “Puppa.” Elenor’s siblings Celie and Ross were recently trainbearers. Her aunt Hannah Estess Laporte served as queen in 2007.
Mary Ella Simmons is the daughter of Dr. Worth and Kristie Simmons. She is the granddaughter of Robert and Faye Johnson of Brookhaven and Gene Simmons and Carol Simmons of Jackson. Simmons is a fifth-grade student at Lipsey Middle School. She is an honor roll student and a Mississippi Rising Scholar. She enjoys tennis, basketball, soccer and art. She is a member of First Baptist Church in Brookhaven. Her brothers Ben, Luke and Will Simmons all served as trainbearers on the court.
Seth MacArthur Sones is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Bill Sones Jr. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Sones Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Terry Reid. Seth is a fifth-grader at Lipsey Middle School where he is on the all-A honor roll. Seth enjoys playing soccer, tennis, and basketball. Seth attends First Baptist Church. All of Seth’s five older siblings have served as trainbearers on the court. Seth’s parents, Bill and Carrie, served as aides on the court in 1999. Seth’s grandfather, Terry Reid, served as king in 2012. Seth’s grandfather, Bill Sones, served as king in 2021.
Owen Michael Milstead is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Taz Milstead. He is the grandson of Mrs. Helen Dowling and the late Hugh Dowling and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Milstead. Owen is a fifth grader at Brookhaven Academy. He is an all-A honor roll student and Junior Scholar. Owen plays tennis, baseball, and basketball. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and collecting knives and swords. He is a member of Easthaven Baptist Church where he participates in Kidzhaven, and is involved in community volunteer mission groups. Owen will be going on his first mission trip with the church this March.
Dorothy Suzanna Nations is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Nations. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark C. Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Dean Nations. Nations is a 5th grader at Lipsey Middle School. She is an All-A Honor Roll Student and a Mississippi Rising Scholar. Dottie is a member of the Quest gifted program, and a member of the Lipsey Honor Choir, having just returned from the All-State Elementary Honor Choir Performance at USM. Dottie is in her 6th year of dance at Nena Smith’s School of Dance and is an art student at The Little Yellow Building. She enjoys reading, drawing, crafting, and music. Dottie is a member of First Baptist Church Brookhaven where she is active in GAs and choir. Her mother, Katie Smith Nations, served as a maid in the 2003 Charity Ball Court.
Cecile Ruth Powell is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Powell. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Powell and Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Kennedy. Cecile is a fifth-grade student at Lipsey Middle School. She is an A/B honor roll student and is in the Quest gifted program. She enjoys competitive gymnastics and Brookhaven Little Theater. She is a member of Faith Presbyterian Church. Her sister Kennedy Elizabeth Powell was a trainbearer for Charity Ball in 2019.
Emerson Bell Robinson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Robinson. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Phillips and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Robinson. Emerson is a fifth-grader at Brookhaven Academy. She is an all A Honors student and a Junior Scholar. Emerson enjoys tennis, basketball, cheer and currently holds the title of Miss Pre-Teen Madison County and will be a Magnolia in the Miss Mississippi pageant. She enjoys performing at the Brookhaven Little Theater. She is a member of St. Francis and Clear Branch Baptist Church and is active in the youth group. Emerson’s mom, Lindsey, served as a trainbearer and maid on the court. Her brother, Reece served as a trainbearer on the court and her late great-grandfather Joe Brewer served as King of the Charity Ball in 2008.