State of Texas employee Christy Kyles to shed ‘tears of joy’ during son’s graduation

Prom2DUNCANVILLE, Texas — When Christy Kyles walks inside of the internationally acclaim Potter’s House Church Saturday afternoon for her son’s high school graduation, it will then all dawn on her.

“Through the tears of joy being shed, will I know that he never gave up,” Kyles said during a recent interview in MemphiSport’s inaugural Salute To Graduates 2015.

Kyles, the mother of five, was referring to Daniel Lee Hall, her third of five children, who will be awarded his diploma from MacArthur High during the Irving-based school’s commencement exercises.

The graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m.

HOOP DREAMS --- An honor student who boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, Daniel Hall was a four-year varsity player for MacArthur’s basketball team in which he played an integral role for a Cardinals team that reeled off 11 consecutive wins before falling to Plano West in the UIL state championship game in San Antonio.  Having played mostly combo guard, Daniel started sparingly for a MacArthur team that ended the season with 23-8 record, highlighted by a Region 2-6A District 9 regular season crown.

HOOP DREAMS — An honor student who boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, Daniel Hall was a four-year varsity player for MacArthur’s basketball team in which he played an integral role for a Cardinals team that reeled off 11 consecutive wins before falling to Plano West in the UIL state championship game in San Antonio.
Having played mostly combo guard, Daniel started sparingly for a MacArthur team that ended the season with 23-8 record, highlighted by a Region 2-6A District 9 regular season crown. (Photos submitted by C. Kyles)

According to Kyles, a Lawton, Oklahoma native and longtime employee for the State of Texas, among the things about which she deems mostly intriguing about Daniel’s forthcoming milestone is that for someone was had been heavily involved in an assortment of activities at MacArthur, he steadfastly remained focused on academics.

An honor student who boasts a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, Daniel was a varsity player for MacArthur’s basketball team in which he played an integral role for a Cardinals team that reeled off 11 consecutive wins before falling to Plano West in the UIL state championship game in San Antonio.

Having played mostly combo guard, Daniel started sparingly for a MacArthur team that ended the season with 23-8 record, highlighted by a Region 2-6A District 9 regular season crown.

While Daniel hasn’t ruled out playing basketball at the collegiate level, even if he doesn’t suit up in a college hoops uniform this fall, Kyles is quick to acknowledge that the sky’s the limit for a resourceful kid who had always stayed committed to making academic excellence the focal point with regards to maximizing his potential.

“He has continued to stay focused on his academics with everything our family has endured over the past year,” Kyles explained. “I have always told Daniel, ‘You can achieve anything you put your mind to.’”

STAYING FOCUSED --- According to Kyles, a Lawton, Oklahoma native and longtime employee for the State of Texas, among the things about which she deems mostly intriguing about her Daniel’s forthcoming milestone is that for someone was had been heavily involved in an assortment of activities at MacArthur, he steadfastly remained focused on academics.

STAYING FOCUSED — According to Kyles, a Lawton, Oklahoma native and longtime employee for the State of Texas, among the things about which she deems mostly intriguing about her Daniel’s forthcoming milestone is that for someone was had been heavily involved in an assortment of activities at MacArthur, he steadfastly remained focused on academics.

Aside from basketball, Daniel was a fixture in ROTC as well as spent two years taking Culinary Arts courses.

As for his plans beyond high school, Kyles said Daniel has narrowed his college choices to the United States Air Force Academy, Eastern New Mexico University, the University of Colorado at Denver, and Hofstra University, although her son hinted recently that enrolling at Air Force appears to be the likely choice.

Still, whether Daniel extends his basketball career at the collegiate ranks remains a mystery, one thing’s for certain, his mother says: she has no doubt that her son will do whatever is necessary to be resourceful once the next chapter of his life begins in the coming months.

BRIGHT FUTURE --- As for his plans beyond high school, Kyles said Daniel has narrowed his college choice to the United States Air Force Academy, Eastern New Mexico University, University of Colorado at Denver, and Hofstra University, although her son hinted recently that enrolling at Air Force appears to be the likely choice.

BRIGHT FUTURE — As for his plans beyond high school, Kyles said Daniel has narrowed his college choice to the United States Air Force Academy, Eastern New Mexico University, University of Colorado at Denver, and Hofstra University, although her son hinted recently that enrolling at Air Force appears to be the likely choice.

“Failure is not an option when God is in the situation,” said Kyles who, along with her family, attends West Irving Church of God In Christ. With God, there is no limit to where He will take you.”

Which, as a result, will make the countless tears worth shedding when her son’s name is finally called to be awarded his diploma come Saturday.

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you would like to salute a Class of 2015 graduate with a unique celebratory tribute that will be designed like this one, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

AndreAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Oklahoma AAU hoops standout Khalayah Willis boasts unyielding love for the game

Hoops1SPRINGER, Oklahoma — No one can question Khalayah Willis’ passion for basketball.

Absolutely no one.

Take, for instance, just recently when Willis sent her mother, Kaniesha Roberts, text messages pleading with her to allow her to go to a nearby YMCA so she could work on her fundamentals despite being hampered by an ankle sprain that required medical treatment.

Said the injured Willis via text: “Mama, can I go to the YMCA tomorrow to play basketball? Tiona wants me to come because she’s going to be the only one there.”

Approximately one minute later, Willis continued to convince her mother that she’s armed with an immense competitive drive for the game she’s come to embrace.

Her ensuring text message read: “Why am I going to have a brace on? Please…I’ll put ice on it to make it feel good. I’m trying to and get better.”

After sharing her daughter’s text messages on her Facebook timeline, a number of Roberts’ fellow social media friends were astounded, thus intrigued by Willis’ unyielding love for basketball.

And to think, she’s only 11 year old.

“The time I was really proud of my daughter was the time she sprung her ankle in the first game of a (recent) tournament and she played on that ankle the last two games with pride and heart,”

STAR WATCH --- It is because of Khalayah Willis' assertiveness and willingness to contribute mightily for the Lady Dream Team 11-and-under AAU team that this squad has become a force on the amateur hoops circuit of late.  Willis is the catalyst of a Lady Dream Team squad that recently captured a fifth-and-sixth-grade group championship in San Antonio. (Photos submitted by K. Roberts)

STAR WATCH — It is because of Khalayah Willis’ assertiveness and willingness to contribute mightily for the Lady Dream Team 11-and-under AAU team that this squad has become a force on the amateur hoops circuit of late.
Willis is the catalyst of a Lady Dream Team squad that recently captured a fifth-and-sixth-grade group championship in San Antonio. (Photos submitted by K. Roberts)

Roberts said. “She finished what she started. The following tournament, the doctor told her to stay off it for two weeks.”

Text1Text2However, as Roberts recalls, her daughter had other ideas.

“She refused to do that,” Roberts explained. “She played that whole tournament with a brace on. She was told to rest. She said, ‘I can ice it and wear my brace.’ She said, ‘I can’t get better in a brace.’”

It is, in fact, because of Willis’ assertiveness and willingness to contribute mightily for the Lady Dream Team 11-and-under AAU team that this squad has become a force on the amateur hoops circuit of late.

Willis is the catalyst of a Lady Dream Team squad that recently captured a fifth-and-sixth-grade group championship in San Antonio.

The team’s leading scorer, the 5-foot-5 Willis plays mostly point guard and, given her team’s success in recent weeks, it’s safe to assume that as she goes, so goes the Lady Dream Team.

“I was so excited when they won the championship in San Antonio,” Roberts said. “It was a long drive (from Springer). “The girls worked so hard for a week long and came out on top. Khalayah played that game with heart and she had me so proud.”

PROVEN LEADER --- The team’s leading scorer, the 5-foot-5 Willis plays mostly point guard and, given her team’s success in recent weeks, it’s safe to assume that as she goes, so goes the Lady Dream Team.  “I was so excited when they won the championship in San Antonio,” Roberts said. “It was a long drive (from Springer). “The girls worked so hard for a week long and came out on top. Khalayah played that game with heart and she had me so proud.”

PROVEN LEADER — The team’s leading scorer, the 5-foot-5 Willis plays mostly point guard and, given her team’s success in recent weeks, it’s safe to assume that as she goes, so goes the Lady Dream Team.
“I was so excited when they won the championship in San Antonio,” Roberts said. “It was a long drive (from Springer). “The girls worked so hard for a week long and came out on top. Khalayah played that game with heart and she had me so proud.”

Willis’ admiration for basketball was first discovered by her mother at a local YMCA when she was only five years. From that point on, Roberts began to devises way to get her child — who boasts mostly a size advantage against opposing point guards — involved in the sport on a competitive level.

To her daughter’s credit, she’s been playing for three years — and counting.

SOLID SUPPORTING CAST --- Among the reasons for her continuous progress is that Willis’ has developed such immense passion, let alone a never-say-die countenance that many say is virtually unteacheable.  “My overall reaction when I knew this was going to be her sport when I see how upset she gets when she loses a game,” Roberts explained. “At that moment, I knew right then she was very competitive.”

SOLID SUPPORTING CAST — Among the reasons for her continuous progress is that Willis’ has developed such immense passion, let alone a never-say-die countenance that many say is virtually unteacheable.
“My overall reaction when I knew this was going to be her sport when I see how upset she gets when she loses a game,” Roberts explained. “At that moment, I knew right then she was very competitive.”

“My reaction after finding out she will be playing AAU basketball was exciting because at that time she, was young and there wasn’t an AAU (team) for her age. So I got with the coach that was coaching a grade up and told him I have a daughter that has a heart for the game. I asked him if she can play on your team and he said bring her to practice and we will go from there. She has been playing for 3 years now and every year she gets better and better.”

Among the reasons for her continuous progress is that Willis has developed such immense passion, let alone a never-say-die countenance that many say is virtually unteacheable.

“My overall reaction when I knew this was going to be her sport when I see how upset she gets when she loses a game,” Roberts explained. “At that moment, I knew right then she was very competitive.”

Which, by all accounts, is why the sky’s the limit for Willis — this young, vibrant, speedy floor general whose admiration for the game can’t merely be brought into question.

By absolutely no one.

“I love basketball because it’s fun and easy,” Willis said. “My mom and dad have been supportive. My mom tells me what’s right and she is real serious. The best advice my mom and coach tell me is not to cry and have an attitude on the basketball court. I’m going to continue to make my parents proud and hopefully one day make it to the WNBA.”

If nothing else, she certainly appears to be on the right track.

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AndreAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Fairley High band standout Javorian Miller primed to perform at collegiate level

Despite growing up in a poverty-stricken city in which senseless crimes have been virtually a customary trend, Renatta Crawford-Miller would be the first to tell you that she had gone to great lengths to help steer her son in the right direction.  In other words, she had sensed all along that Miller has what it takes to steadfastly see from beyond where he resides, thus maximize his potential in the process.  “He has been raised right,” Crawford-Malone said. “I put the fear of God in him and there is nothing on earth that can stop him.” (Photos submitted by R. Malone)

MOM KNOWS BEST — Despite growing up in a poverty-stricken city in which senseless crimes have been virtually a customary trend, Renatta Crawford-Miller would be the first to tell you that she had gone to great lengths to help steer her son in the right direction.
In other words, she had sensed all along that Miller has what it takes to steadfastly see from beyond where he resides, thus maximize his potential in the process.
“He has been raised right,” Crawford-Malone said. “I put the fear of God in him and there is nothing on earth that can stop him.” (Photos submitted by R. Malone)

It doesn’t take much to get Renatta Crawford-Malone amped up, let alone to strike up a conversation about her son, Javorian Miller.

“I will always be there for him,” Crawford-Malone told MemphiSport on Tuesday during its annual Salute To The 2015 Graduates. “And I will always be in his corner. Against all odds, we have been blessed.”

As Miller, a marching band standout for Memphis Fairley High School, prepares to earn his much-anticipated diploma when the school holds its commencement exercises May 27, Crawford-Malone deemed it necessary to assess the close knit bond she has established with her son throughout the years, a trend that, to his credit, has benefited him mightily, particularly as a rising musician.

For starters, Miller — who showed flashes of emerging into an accomplished musician when he was seen time and again beating on pots and pans as a child — had become a fixture in a Fairley marching band that has become one of the Mid-South’s finest in recent years.

Add to the fact that the 18-year-old Miller has generated interests from an array of colleges as a thriving percussionist, and it’s no wonder why this vibrant, gifted kid is well on his way to fulfilling his dream of suiting up for a college march band this fall.

Next up for Miller: A spot in Talladega College’s historic marching band.

A rural campus that is comprised of roughly 50 acres, Talladega is located in an historic district of the city of Talladega, Alabama, a school that is on a plateau about 700 feet above sea level in the heart of a fertile valley in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. JaV1

Talladega, in fact, is a mostly quiet establishment, a mostly peaceful setting that is far away from the distractions and fast pace of urban living, something about Crawford-Malone knows full well her son needs, especially considering he has spent the past 18 years in the hustle and bustle that Memphis often creates.

Regardless, in spite of growing up in a poverty-stricken city in which senseless crimes have been virtually a customary trend, Crawford-Miller would be the first to tell you that she had gone to great lengths to help steer her son in the right direction.

In other words, she had sensed all along that Miller has what it takes to steadfastly see from beyond where he resides, thus maximize his potential in the process.

“He has been raised right,” Crawford-Malone said. “I put the fear of God in him and there is nothing on earth that can stop him.”

CHASING GREATNESS --- Miller --- who showed flashes of emerging into an accomplished musician when he was seen time and again beating on pots and pans as a child --- had become a fixture in a Fairley marching band that has become one of the Mid-South’s finest in recent years.  Add to the fact that the 18-year-old Miller has generated interests from an array of colleges as a thriving percussionist, and it’s no wonder why this vibrant, gifted kid is well on his way to fulfilling his dream of suiting up for a college march band this fall.  Next up for Miller: A spot in Talladega College’s historic marching band.

CHASING GREATNESS — Miller — who showed flashes of emerging into an accomplished musician when he was seen time and again beating on pots and pans as a child — had become a fixture in a Fairley marching band that has become one of the Mid-South’s finest in recent years.
Add to the fact that the 18-year-old Miller has generated interests from an array of colleges as a thriving percussionist, and it’s no wonder why this vibrant, gifted kid is well on his way to fulfilling his dream of suiting up for a college march band this fall.
Next up for Miller: A spot in Talladega College’s historic marching band.

Miller, who recently completed his four year as a member of Fairley’s marching band, relishes the fact his mother has been his go-to person from the very outset, or ever since his days of pounding on her pots and pans.

“My mom and I relationship is like a strong bond,” Miller said. “My mom has been very supportive to me. She always keeps my head right. As a child, I use to beat on my mom pots and pans. She didn’t like it because we use them to eat. But I use to think that the sound of the pots and pans sounded like real drums.”

Today, it because of his mother gave him a free pass of banging on her eating utensils that Miller has been afforded the golden opportunity to put his music-related skills on a much larger stage — as part of a college march band.

One minute, this kid, who boasts and array of talent as a musician, is sitting home watching the motion picture, “Drumline,” a 2002 fictional story about a historically black college and university marching band that was written by Tina Gordon Chism and Shawn Schepps.

The next minute, he’s being offered a scholarship to put his skills on display just like the cast in that popular drama flick — thanks, in large part to the continuous love and support of his mother.

“I thank my mom for getting me into college and staying by my side and never letting me down, because that’s what I always wanted,” Miller said. “I will always try to keep my mom happy and proud of me by making better decisions and choices in my life. And, I will always keep my head focused toward being a success.”

Which, after all, is why it doesn’t take much to get his mom amped up about her son.

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you would like to salute a Class of 2015 graduate with a unique celebratory tribute that will be designed like this one, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

DreAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Ex-college football standout Timothy Wright making much noise as thriving entrepreneur

TimMainOLIVE BRANCH, Mississippi — No doubt, Timothy T. Wright has lived long enough to experience failure.

So much, in fact, that no one has to remind him of it.

A former multi-sport high school athlete and ex-college football standout, Wright is chief executive officer of the Timothy Wright Group in which he oversees his Farmers Insurance Agency, located at 2506 Mount Moriah Road, Suite B404.

For someone who admittedly dislikes sales, Wright, to his credit, has grasped a thorough understanding of what it means to serve people, particularly as an established entrepreneur.

Given how he has gone about becoming acclimated as a businessman, it’s safe to assume that Wright has shown no signs of slowing down any time soon.

SIMPLY RESILIENT --- For someone who admittedly dislikes sales, Wright, to his credit, has grasped a thorough understanding of what it means to serve people, particularly as an established entrepreneur. Given how he has gone about becoming acclimated as a businessman, it’s safe to assume that Wright has shown no signs of slowing down any time soon. Thanks, in large part to his keen ability to weather the toughest of life’s obstacles that came his way. “I have been very successful in business, but it has not been without a lot of failure,” Wright told MemphiSport during a recent interview. “I have failed, failed, and failed…which has made me successful. Failure is not an option in our household.”

SIMPLY RESILIENT — For someone who admittedly dislikes sales, Wright, to his credit, has grasped a thorough understanding of what it means to serve people, particularly as an established entrepreneur. Given how he has gone about becoming acclimated as a businessman, it’s safe to assume that Wright has shown no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Thanks, in large part to his keen ability to weather the toughest of life’s obstacles that came his way. “I have been very successful in business, but it has not been without a lot of failure,” Wright told MemphiSport during a recent interview. “I have failed, failed, and failed…which has made me successful. Failure is not an option in our household.”

Thanks, of course, in large part to his keen ability to weather the toughest of life’s obstacles that came his way.

“I have been very successful in business, but it has not been without a lot of failure,” Wright told MemphiSport during a recent interview. “I have failed, failed, and failed…which has made me successful. Failure is not an option in our household.”

FAITHFUL FAMILY --- Given the continuous success he has enjoyed since making the lofty transition from the gridiron to the world of entrepreneurial ship, it seems that even nowadays, Wright has adopted a newfound admiration for sales. Thanks, of course, in large part to solid and longstanding support of Lachanda, his wife of 12 years.

FAITHFUL FAMILY — Given the continuous success he has enjoyed since making the lofty transition from the gridiron to the world of entrepreneurial ship, it seems that even nowadays, Wright has adopted a newfound admiration for sales.
Thanks, of course, in large part to solid and longstanding support of Lachanda, his wife of 12 years.

To get a thorough indication of why Wright’s reputation in corporate America is such that his primary objective to achieve entrepreneurial excellence, look no further than his past success as an athlete.

A former Olive Branch High multi-sport star, Wright was a force for the Conquistadors as a football standout, having garnered all conference, all county, and all district honors. By and large, his success on the gridiron ultimately gave way to an assortment of accolades in track and field, where Wright was named among the Top 10 athletes in Mississippi (discus).

Consequently, his immense skills as an athlete did not go unnoticed by college scouts and recruiters, considering Wright was pursued heavily by an array of Mid-South schools before electing to play football for then-perennial national power Northwest Mississippi Community College where, as team captain for a game, he continued to be as good as advertised.

Having been re-recruited by a number of major and mid-major Division I colleges, Wright ultimately signed a national letter of intent to finish out his college eligibility at Tennessee-Martin, where he generated All-Ohio Valley Conference honors.

So efficient was Wright as a college football standout that he was faced with the option of extending his football at the professional level. But as Wright tells it, God had other plans, a life-enhancing strategy about which it seems he has fully embraced, especially given the success he’s enjoying as a longtime entrepreneur.

“I have played sports from the seventh grade to the completion of college with the option to play on a professional level,” Wright said. “But God did not have that in His plan for me physically at the time in life.”

Still, failure wasn’t option for Wright.

A former Olive Branch High multi-sport star, Wright was a force for the Conquistadors as a football standout, having garnered all conference, county, and district honors. His success on the gridiron ultimately gave way to an assortment of accolades in track and field, where Wright was named among the Top 10 athletes in Mississippi (discus). Consequently, his immense skills as an athlete did not go unnoticed by college scouts and recruiters, considering Wright was pursued by an array of Mid-South before electing to play football for then-perennial national power Northwest Mississippi Community College where, as team captain, he continued to be as good as advertised. Having been re-recruited by a number of major and mid-major Division I colleges, Wright ultimately signed a national letter of intent to finish out his college eligibility at Tennessee-Martin, where he generated All-Ohio Valley Conference honors.

A former Olive Branch High multi-sport star, Wright was a force for the Conquistadors as a football standout, having garnered all conference, county, and district honors. His success on the gridiron ultimately gave way to an assortment of accolades in track and field, where Wright was named among the Top 10 athletes in Mississippi (discus). Consequently, his immense skills as an athlete did not go unnoticed by college scouts and recruiters, considering Wright was pursued by an array of Mid-South before electing to play football for then-perennial national power Northwest Mississippi Community College where, as team captain for a game, he continued to be as good as advertised. Having been re-recruited by a number of major and mid-major Division I colleges, Wright ultimately signed a national letter of intent to finish out his college eligibility at Tennessee-Martin, where he generated All-Ohio Valley Conference honors.

Years removed from having graduated from UT-Martin with Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Wright advanced his education, having enrolled at the American College for a number of years, a stint that ultimately allowed him to acquire the equivalent to a Master’s degree in my profession. Tim

Add to the fact that Wright is armed with more than 20 years of finance, mortgage, stocks, management, and entrepreneurship experience, let alone an equivalent of a doctoral degree in business, and it’s no wonder why this former football star has managed to savor just as much success in the corporate world.

“I am very competitive and always looking to improve,” said Wright, explaining how his competitive drive as an athlete fueled his desire to thrive as an entrepreneur. “My staff is set with teammates and not employees. I am always reading books to learn more about self-development. I listen to some of the greatest minds of my times each day like Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Les Brown, Robert Kiyosaki, Darren Hardy and etc. I am so competitive that when it’s the four quarter in a game, life, or business, I get stronger and work harder. When I am told that I cannot do something, I work harder.”

Currently, Wright manages what he describes as a “family and friendly” based” Farmers Insurance agency in Memphis, with a satellite office set to open in nearby Jackson, Tennessee. Also, plans are underway to erect a full service Farmers Insurance facility in Brentwood, Tennessee, a project that is scheduled to be complete by the end of this summer.

In addition, Wright and his staff have become fixtures, particularly as it relates to being a viable presence in the community.

“We are continually involved in the community and charity events,” Wright said. “We enjoy teaching programs like Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University to different groups.”

And, given the continuous success he has enjoyed since making the lofty transition from the gridiron to the world of entrepreneurial ship, it seems that even nowadays, Wright has adopted a newfound admiration for sales.

Thanks, of course, in large part to solid and longstanding support of Lachanda, his wife of 12 years.

“What I like most about business is that I can help people and tell him what most people or business people will not share with them because I follow God’s principles first,” Wright explained. “I get to build with my family and for my family. I do not have the pressure of meeting someone’s bottom line and pushing what I do not like of believe in chasing the almighty dollar. “I have shared 12 wonderful years with Lachanda without arguing thus far and take that same approach with my clients. What I like mostly about business is that I can help people and tell him what most people or business people will not share with them because I follow God’s principles first. I get to build with my family and for my family. I do not have the pressure of meeting someone’s bottom line and pushing what I do not like or believe in chasing the almighty dollar.”

Among the reasons is that Wright has lived long to experience failure.

So much, in fact, that no one has had to remind him of it.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For more information about Timothy Wright and the Timothy Wright Group, call 901-244-7788 office number. Also, check out his website at: www.farmersagent.com/twright2 [email protected]

DreColumnAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Grand Prairie ISD educator Khiandra Marsland has reasons to savor Mother’s Day

DALLAS — For Khiandra Marsland, whether times are favorable or unfavorable, her mother will make it a point to be there.

Without question.

MarslandMain“Throughout my life, whenever I needed her she was there,” Marsland said. “The distance from Texas to Louisiana was not an issue. If I called her for anything, she would jump in her van and head on over.”

Fortunately for Marsland, a mother of two (Kendrick and Khiandra), such a life-altering trend had gone on for a little more than 13 years, particularly since this thriving, longtime educator relocated from her native hometown of Alexandria, Louisiana to Dallas last May.

Today, however, it seems the close knit bond between Marsland and her mother, Verandia Roland Marsland, has become tighter than it has ever been, in large part because this big-hearted woman who gave her life deemed it necessary to never become inseparable from each of her five grandchildren.

Without question.

“My mother is also affectionately known as Mimi by her grandchildren,” Khiandra explained. “She has often said that she could train others on how to be a grandmother. It’s a role that she does not take lightly. She showers all five of her grandkids with love and care packages filled with their favorite treats. I can truly say my mom gives love to not only her family and friends, but her community as well.”

MONUMENTAL IMPACT --- “Mimi,” a devoted godly woman who instilled in her children Biblical principles she advised them to apply to their respective lifestyle, is widely viewed as a compassionate individual whose reputation is such that she has a heart for people.  “My mother stands out from others because she has a heart of gold,” Khiandra said. “She is truly one of the most giving people I know. She never meets a stranger and has a godly affection for the elderly. She will see an elderly person in the store and will go up to them and strike up a conversation. Before long, she has them laughing and talking and treating them like they are family.”

MONUMENTAL IMPACT — “Mimi,” a devoted godly woman who instilled in her children Biblical principles she advised them to apply to their respective lifestyle, is widely viewed as a compassionate individual whose reputation is such that she has a heart for people.
“My mother stands out from others because she has a heart of gold,” Khiandra said. “She is truly one of the most giving people I know. She never meets a stranger and has a godly affection for the elderly. She will see an elderly person in the store and will go up to them and strike up a conversation. Before long, she has them laughing and talking and treating them like they are family.”

In commemorating MemphiSport’s Salute To Mother’s Day 2015, Khiandra said among the attributes she labels most intriguing about her mother is how she routinely goes to great lengths to inspire and impact the lives of people from various walks of life.

In a nutshell, “Mimi,” a devoted godly woman who instilled in her children Biblical principles she advised them to apply to their respective lifestyles, is widely viewed as a compassionate individual whose reputation is such that she boasts a heart for people.

Without question.

MOTHERLY LOVE --- It is, after all, because of her Verandia Roland Marsland's unyielding love and guidance, that life in Texas has given way to a renewed sense of solace and comfort and direction, something about which has benefited Khiandra Marsland mightily in recent months.  So much for the past hardships and seemingly insurmountable hurdles she had to clear.  Mama made it a point to be there from the outset. “She is a godly example of how we are to walk and be children of integrity,” Khiandra said. “Now that I am a mother, it is my goal to help my children achieve their greatest dreams and to be their biggest cheerleader along the way.” (Photos submitted by. K. Marsland)

MOTHERLY LOVE — It is, after all, because of her Verandia Roland Marsland’s unyielding love and guidance, that life in Texas has given way to a renewed sense of solace and comfort and direction, something about which has benefited Khiandra Marsland mightily in recent months.
So much for the past hardships and seemingly insurmountable hurdles she had to clear.
Mama made it a point to be there from the outset.
“She is a godly example of how we are to walk and be children of integrity,” Khiandra said. “Now that I am a mother, it is my goal to help my children achieve their greatest dreams and to be their biggest cheerleader along the way.” (Photos submitted by. K. Marsland)

“My mother stands out from others because she has a heart of gold,” Khiandra said. “She is truly one of the most giving people I know. She never meets a stranger and has a godly affection for the elderly. She will see an elderly person in the store and will go up to them and strike up a conversation. Before long, she has them laughing and talking and treating them like they are family.”

That Verandia steadfastly demonstrates love for her family and others has served as a monumental example, of sorts, for Khiandra, who teaches for the Grand Prairie Independent School District. That’s because not only does Khiandra displays compassion and love for her students but, most importantly, she instills those very similar qualities in the lives of her children.

Fortunately for her, her mother routinely travels to and from Dallas to help spread such love to Kendrick and Khiandra, an unlikely development she welcomed wholeheartedly in the aftermath of her move from Louisiana.

“I am humble and in awe of her love and support of me and my kids,” said Khiandra, assessing her mother’s overall impact on her and her children. “I was feeling overwhelmed and a loss for direction and it was her support and through God’s guidance that I landed on my feet.”

Which, to the delight of Khiandra, sums up why this latest Mother’s Day will hold an even greater meaning.

It is, after all, because of her mother’s unyielding love and guidance, that life in Texas nowadays has given way to a renewed sense of solace and comfort and direction, something about which has benefited Khiandra and her children mightily in recent months.

So much for the past hardships and seemingly insurmountable hurdles she had to clear.

That’s because “Mimi” has made it a point to be there from the outset.

No doubt.

“She is a godly example of how we are to walk and be children of integrity,” Khiandra said. “Now that I am a mother, it is my goal to help my children achieve their greatest dreams and to be their biggest cheerleader along the way.”

Whether times for them are favorable or unfavorable.

Without question.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Whether your mother is living or deceased, if you would like to pay homage to your mom, grandmother, wife, girlfriend, etc., with a unique Mother’s Day tribute that will feature an in-depth story like this one, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

DrePicAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson also covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send email to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist. 

SURPRISE! Happy Birthday to the Kansas Jayhawk alum known as ANNIESHA! From your loving family!

EDITOR’S NOTE: As Anniesha raises the curtain yet another jubilant, festive birthday celebration, the staff of MemphiSport.com pauses to extend a well-deserved salute to this dynamically talented young lady. Of course, we could have done it without the help of her mom and big sister.

Teresa1SALUTE TO ANNIESHA FROM YOUR SIS, TERESA: “Anniesha graduated from high school in 2001, then graduated from University of Kansas in 2006 and then she became a doctor in 2009, graduating from Parker College of Chiropractic. Anniesha is a loving sister an awesome mom and a great wife. She is my favorite person to be around. She always makes me laugh and she is just all around a good person. Teresa9Teresa3

I am so proud of her because from day one, as long as I can remember she’s always said that she was going to be a doctor and that she was going to drive a Toyota Camry. And that was back when Toyota Camrys are ugly cars. Now, Anniesha is a doctor and she drives a Toyota Camry! She has a wonderful family, her children are beautiful fun loving kids, her husband is kind hearted and is a loving father. I’m so proud to call her my sister!

She has done everything that she said she wanted to do and I know that the best is yet to come for her. I am doing this as a way to say thank you for being who you are and for showing me that as long as you have a dream and you go for it and you say focused you will always make it! I love her and I just wanted to do something special for, her something different and out of the ordinary. So I wanted to say happy birthday to the best chiropractor that I know!

Teresa8You take what you do very seriously and you will always stop to make sure that someone is OK and you are very big on healing and making sure that you’re not just healed on the outside but healed on the inside as well. I love you! Happy birthday! I truly believe in your success as you open your new practice and you continue practicing medicine and healing everyone. And I know that you as long as you keep focused and you keep staying true to your dream you’re going to change the world Dr. Anniesha Henderson! I love you sweetheart you’re my favorite younger sister! Happy birthday!”

SALUTE TO ANNIESHA FROM YOUR MOM: “Hi Anniesha this is mom. I just wanted to say happy birthday to an amazing young lady. I’m so very proud of you for all that you have accomplished. It’s a blessing to be here to see you turn 33 years. Where has the time gone. In these 33 years you’ve done some amazing things, including being an amazing doctor. I appreciate how you care about people, love on people and want them to take care of themselves. You even take care of us, your family. You don’t just push us away, but you give us the same quality care you give your patients. Teresa2

Teresa4You take time and talk to us about our health because you want us to be healthy. I’m also proud of how you take care of your own family, your two girls, Eric and Joseph. I’m just excited that God has blessed me to be your Mom. I want you to know that and I love you so very much and am very proud of you. Happy birthday. I hope and pray that is one of the most amazing birthdays you’ve ever had.”

We LOVE You Niesha!! Happy Birthday from all of us!! — Your loving mother and little sister!

 

DreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you would like to pay homage to your mom, grandmother, wife, girlfriend, friend, loved one, etc., with a unique celebratory tribute that will be designed like this one, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

 

After nearly 20-year absence, Shapreta Smith and her mom amend broken relationship

DALLAS — According to God’s manual, when Jesus said to His disciples: “”A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another,” what He generally insinuated is that such a commandment wasn’t only directed toward the 12 who followed Him daily, but rather it is meant for all of humanity to take heed.

For Shapreta Smith, given the close knit bond she has established with her mother, Shirley Brister, in recent years, it’s safe to assume that she has grasped a thorough understanding of this life-enhancing notion.

MomFeaFor a little more than two decades of Smith’s young life, she and mother admittedly did not have what she described as a “close relationship.”

In fact, as this native of Magnolia, Mississippian tells it, communication between her and her mother was virtually nonexistent.

But after years of soul-searching, self-assessing, and evaluating her ties with her mom, Smith ultimately had come to realization that it was time to officially address what undoubtedly was the grandest barricade of her life.

In a nutshell, Smith, who admittedly “was listening to one side of the story from family members and friends but I never heard her (mother’s) side,” sensed she owed it to herself to amend and bring closer to the distance between her and her mother.

BACK WITH MOM --- For a little more than two decades of Shapreta Smith’s young life, she and mother admittedly did not have what she described as a “close relationship.”  In fact, as this native of Mississippian tells it, communication between her and her mother was virtually nonexistent.  But after years of soul-searching, self-assessing, and evaluating her ties with her mom, Smith ultimately had come to realization that it was time to officially address what undoubtedly was the grandest barricade of life.  In a nutshell, Smith, who admittedly “was listening to one side of the story from family members and friends but I never heard her (mother’s) side,” sensed she owed it to herself to amend and bring closer to the distance between her and her mother.

BACK WITH MOM — For a little more than two decades of Shapreta Smith’s young life, she and mother admittedly did not have what she described as a “close relationship.”
In fact, as this native of Mississippian tells it, communication between her and her mother was virtually nonexistent.
But after years of soul-searching, self-assessing, and evaluating her ties with her mom, Smith ultimately had come to realization that it was time to officially address what undoubtedly was the grandest barricade of life.
In a nutshell, Smith, who admittedly “was listening to one side of the story from family members and friends but I never heard her (mother’s) side,” sensed she owed it to herself to amend and bring closer to the distance between her and her mother.

No doubt, she’s delighted she did as she celebrates MemphiSport’s Second Annual Salute To Mother’s Day.

That’s because today, more than ever before, Smith and her mother have put their checkered past where it belongs: behind them.

“After the truth and a clear understanding had been revealed, God gave us the strength to forgive each other and mend what had been broken so many years ago,” Smith said during a recent interview.

Long before Smith and her mother had reestablished their ties, Smith — who currently resides in the Dallas area with her husband, Malcolm Smith — recalled many nights when she dozed off to sleep on what was a pillow drenched in tears.

“Many nights I cried wondering why I had not been chosen to have my real mother by my side,” Smith said. “I wanted what my younger brother and sister had. Over time, I grew a strong resentment towards her and never wanted to be in her presence and the input from family never made that resentment weaken. So many events happened that it is too many to name. When I grew up, I began to see more and more of her in me.”

And because Smith eventually had begun to assume an assortment of her mother’s characteristics, she sensed it was time the woman who gave birth to her 24 years ago ultimately witness those intriguing habits.

Shapreta Smith and husband, Malcolm, currently reside in the Dallas area.

Shapreta Smith and husband, Malcolm, currently reside in the Dallas area.

Up close and in person.

Before it was all too late.

“One day I called after months of not speaking after a previous disagreement and apologized for the misunderstanding,” said Smith, explaining how she had gone about rekindling her relationship with her mother. “She forgave me and I forgave her and we’ve been rocking ever since. So, no, my tribute isn’t about a memory of being tucked in at night, getting boyfriend advice as a teenager, getting punished for sneaking out, or even spending time together growing up. It is about forgiveness.”

A pivotal life concept that, given the close knit bond she has established with her mother in recent years, Smith has come to grasp and apply to her daily living.

That’s because after a little more than two decades, all is well now.

Mom and daughter are exactly where they supposed to be.

Back together again.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Whether your mother is living or deceased, if you would like to pay homage to your mom, grandmother, wife, girlfriend, etc., with a unique Mother’s Day tribute that will feature an in-depth story like this one, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

DreAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson also covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send email to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Khiandra Marsland celebates mother’s move to Texas, unyielding love and support

MarslandMainDALLAS — For Khiandra Marsland, whether times are favorable or unfavorable, her mother will make it a point to be there.

Without question.

“Throughout my life, whenever I needed her she was there,” Marsland said. “The distance from Texas to Louisiana was not an issue. If I called her for anything, she would jump in her van and head on over.”

Fortunately for Marsland, a mother of two (Kendrick and Khiandra), such a life-altering trend had gone on for a little more than 13 years before her mother chose to relocate from their native hometown of Alexandria, Louisiana to Dallas last May.

Today, however, it seems the close knit bond between Marsland and her mother, Verandia Roland Marsland, has become tighter than it has ever been, in large part because this big-hearted woman who gave her life deemed it necessary to never become inseparable from each of her five grandchildren.

“My mother is also affectionately known as Mimi by her grandchildren,” Khiandra explained. “She has often said that she could train others on how to be a grandmother. It’s a role that she does not take lightly. She showers all five of her grandkids with love and care packages filled with their favorite treats. I can truly say my mom gives love to not only her family and friends, but her community as well.”

MOTHERLY LOVE --- It is, after all, because of her Verandia Roland Marsland's unyielding love and guidance, that life in Texas has given way to a renewed sense of solace and comfort and direction, something about which has benefited Khiandra Marsland mightily in recent months.  So much for the past hardships and seemingly insurmountable hurdles she had to clear.  Mama made it a point to be there from the outset. “She is a godly example of how we are to walk and be children of integrity,” Khiandra said. “Now that I am a mother, it is my goal to help my children achieve their greatest dreams and to be their biggest cheerleader along the way.” (Photos submitted by. K. Marsland)

MOTHERLY LOVE — It is, after all, because of her Verandia Roland Marsland’s unyielding love and guidance, that life in Texas has given way to a renewed sense of solace and comfort and direction, something about which has benefited Khiandra Marsland mightily in recent months.
So much for the past hardships and seemingly insurmountable hurdles she had to clear.
Mama made it a point to be there from the outset.
“She is a godly example of how we are to walk and be children of integrity,” Khiandra said. “Now that I am a mother, it is my goal to help my children achieve their greatest dreams and to be their biggest cheerleader along the way.” (Photos submitted by. K. Marsland)

In commemorating MemphiSport’s Salute To Mother’s Day 2015, Khiandra said among the attributes she labels most intriguing about her mother is how she routinely goes to great lengths to inspire and impact the lives of people from various walks of life.

MONUMENTAL IMPACT --- “Mimi,” a devoted godly woman who instilled in her children Biblical principles she advised them to apply to their respective lifestyle, is widely viewed as a compassionate individual whose reputation is such that she has a heart for people.  “My mother stands out from others because she has a heart of gold,” Khiandra said. “She is truly one of the most giving people I know. She never meets a stranger and has a godly affection for the elderly. She will see an elderly person in the store and will go up to them and strike up a conversation. Before long, she has them laughing and talking and treating them like they are family.”

MONUMENTAL IMPACT — “Mimi,” a devoted godly woman who instilled in her children Biblical principles she advised them to apply to their respective lifestyle, is widely viewed as a compassionate individual whose reputation is such that she has a heart for people.
“My mother stands out from others because she has a heart of gold,” Khiandra said. “She is truly one of the most giving people I know. She never meets a stranger and has a godly affection for the elderly. She will see an elderly person in the store and will go up to them and strike up a conversation. Before long, she has them laughing and talking and treating them like they are family.”

In a nutshell, “Mimi,” a devoted godly woman who instilled in her children Biblical principles she advised them to apply to their respective lifestyle, is widely viewed as a compassionate individual whose reputation is such that she has a heart for people.

“My mother stands out from others because she has a heart of gold,” Khiandra said. “She is truly one of the most giving people I know. She never meets a stranger and has a godly affection for the elderly. She will see an elderly person in the store and will go up to them and strike up a conversation. Before long, she has them laughing and talking and treating them like they are family.”

That Verandia steadfastly demonstrates love for her family and others has served as a monumental example, of sorts, for Khiandra, an educator for the Grand Prairie Independent School District. That’s because not only does Khiandra, a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, displays compassion and love for her students but, most importantly, she instills similar qualities in the lives of her children.

Fortunately for her, her mother is now in Dallas to help spread such love to Kendrick and Khiandra, an unlikely development she welcomed wholeheartedly when she discovered that her mom would be relocating from Louisiana.

“I was humbled, shocked, surprised, and in awe of her love and support of me and my kids when I found she was moving,” Khiandra, who was regrouping from as assortment of challenges at the time, said of her mother’s move to Texas. “I was feeling overwhelmed and a loss for direction and it was her support and through God’s guidance that I landed on my feet.”

Which, to the delight of Khiandra, sums up why this latest Mother’s Day will hold an even greater meaning.

It is, after all, because of her mother’s unyielding love and guidance, that life in Texas has given way to a renewed sense of solace and comfort and direction, something about which has benefited Khiandra and her children mightily in recent months.

So much for the past hardships and seemingly insurmountable hurdles she had to clear.

That’s because “Mimi” has made it a point to be there from the outset.

“She is a godly example of how we are to walk and be children of integrity,” Khiandra said. “Now that I am a mother, it is my goal to help my children achieve their greatest dreams and to be their biggest cheerleader along the way.”

Whether times for them are favorable or unfavorable.

Without question.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Whether your mother is living or deceased, if you would like to pay homage to your mom, grandmother, wife, girlfriend, etc., with a unique Mother’s Day tribute that will feature an in-depth story like this one, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

DreAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson also covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send email to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist. 

 

Memphian Tawana Robinson survives near-death experience with love of mother

SUPER MOM --- In kicking off MemphiSport’s “Salute to Mother Day 2015,” Robinson, sensed it was only befitting to pay homage to her mother who, according to her, is widely known as the “family, church, and neighborhood paramedic.”  “If anyone is sick, Marie will be there,” Robinson said. “My mom stands out in so many ways.” (Photos submitted by T. Robinson)

SUPER MOM — In kicking off MemphiSport’s “Salute to Mother Day 2015,” Robinson, sensed it was only befitting to pay homage to her mother who, according to her, is widely known as the “family, church, and neighborhood paramedic.”
“If anyone is sick, Marie will be there,” Robinson said. “My mom stands out in so many ways.” (Photos submitted by T. Robinson)

Tawana Robinson has a heartfelt message she’d like to express to her mother, Marie Odum.

“Mom, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done and are doing,” Robinson said. “I love you so much. May God continue to shower you with blessings.”

In kicking off MemphiSport’s “Salute to Mother Day 2015,” Robinson, sensed it was only befitting to pay homage to her mother who, according to her, is widely known as the “family, church, and neighborhood paramedic.”

“If anyone is sick, Marie will be there,” Robinson said. “My mom stands out in so many ways.”

To grasp a thorough understanding of just how appreciative Robinson is of her mother, look no further than the seemingly tumultuous circumstances that surrounded Odum’s life some 15 years ago.

At the time, Odum was forced to retire from the Memphis Fire Department after she sustained what Robinson described as “multiple injuries.” Odum, who also was a paramedic, was injured during a fire while carrying a number of patients and fulfilling other essential duties.

TRUE CHAMPION --- Marie Odum was forced to retire from the Memphis Fire Department after she sustained what Robinson described as “multiple injuries.” Odum, who also was a paramedic, was injured during a fire while carrying a number of patients and fulfilling other essential duties.   Although such injuries had given way to an unceremonious departure from a job she held for a little more than a decade, Robinson said among the things she recall was how her mother had steadfastly clung to a spirited disposition.  “She never lost her beautiful smile,” Robinson said. “She would always say, ‘Everything happens for a reason’ and ‘It's okay.’”

TRUE CHAMPION — Marie Odum was forced to retire from the Memphis Fire Department after she sustained what Robinson described as “multiple injuries.” Odum, who also was a paramedic, was injured during a fire while carrying a number of patients and fulfilling other essential duties.
Although such injuries had given way to an unceremonious departure from a job she held for a little more than a decade, Robinson said among the things she recall was how her mother had steadfastly clung to a spirited disposition.
“She never lost her beautiful smile,” Robinson said. “She would always say, ‘Everything happens for a reason’ and ‘It’s okay.’”

Although such injuries had given way to an unceremonious departure from a job she held for a little more than a decade, Robinson said among the things she recall was how her mother had steadfastly clung to a spirited disposition.

“She never lost her beautiful smile,” Robinson said. “She would always say, ‘Everything happens for a reason’ and ‘It’s okay.’”

Approximately five years later, more disheartening news had struck Robinson’s family.

Robinson, in fact, had become what she deemed as “gravely ill” after being diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson, which is a form of toxic epidermal necrolysis and a life-threatening skin condition in which cell death causes the epidermis to separate from the dermis. According to a report on MayoClinic.org, Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a medical emergency that usually requires hospitalization. Treatment focuses on eliminating the underlying cause, controlling symptoms and minimizing complications.

MARVELOUS MARIE --- Today, more than ever before, Mother’s Day essentially has taken on a whole new meaning as far as Robinson is concerned.  “Growing up in the church, her parents taught her seven was the number of completion,” Robinson said. “Despite pressure from doctors, my mom and aunt stood firmly on God's word. Through grace and mercy, I made a full recovery with my mom, close family, and friends by my side. I was down for 1 ½ years. My mom cared for me and my one-year-old old son until I was able to work again. I feel there aren't enough words to describe how much she means to her entire family. When I talk about her all I can say is, "That's my girl."

MARVELOUS MARIE — Today, more than ever before, Mother’s Day essentially has taken on a whole new meaning as far as Robinson is concerned.
“Growing up in the church, her parents taught her seven was the number of completion,” Robinson said. “Despite pressure from doctors, my mom and aunt stood firmly on God’s word. Through grace and mercy, I made a full recovery with my mom, close family, and friends by my side. I was down for 1 ½ years. My mom cared for me and my one-year-old old son until I was able to work again. I feel there aren’t enough words to describe how much she means to her entire family. When I talk about her all I can say is, “That’s my girl.”

As Robinson explained, “My mom along with my Aunt Bea were faced with making a hard decision. They were told I wouldn’t survive and should consider taking me off life support. With her strong faith in God, along with family and friends, a prayer chain started. My mom decided she wouldn’t make a decision until I was on life support for seven days.”

Fortunately for Robinson, a mother of two (Omarie and Tamia), she managed to survived what was an apparent near-death experience, thanks in large part to the unyielding love and support of her mother.

Today, more than ever before, Mother’s Day essentially has taken on a whole new meaning as far as Robinson is concerned.

“Growing up in the church, her parents taught her seven was the number of completion,” Robinson said. “Despite pressure from doctors, my mom and aunt stood firmly on God’s word. Through grace and mercy, I made a full recovery with my mom, close family, and friends by my side. I was down for 1 ½ years. My mom cared for me and my one-year-old old son until I was able to work again. I feel there aren’t enough words to describe how much she means to her entire family. When I talk about her all I can say is, “That’s my girl.”

Which, of course, is why Robinson has yet another heartfelt message she’d like to express to her mother.

“In my eyes she’s simply amazing,” Robinson said.

Now we know why.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Whether your mother is living or deceased, if you would like to pay homage to your mom, grandmother, wife, girlfriend, etc., with a unique Mother’s Day tribute that will feature an in-depth story like this one, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

DreAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson also covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send email to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Your Next Plan CEO Aretha Young impacting lives through her thriving organization

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — Without question, Aretha Renee Young believes that God has a divine purpose for her life.

LIFE CHANGER --- A native of New Jersey, Aretha Renee Young, who currently resides in Lewisville, Texas, is the operations manager and chief executive officer --- or Global Expansion Leader -- for Your Next Plan, a life-enhancing organization that has gained a keen reputation for meeting the needs of people through it four entities. Among them: Estate Planning – Which aids individuals with wills and hospital/bank directives and other needs.  Essential Services – Which offers free analysts of everyday products and services geared toward savings.  In addition, this entity offers wellness plans and insurance savings, most notably residential and commercial.  Entrepreneurial Services –This entity is available for those who aspire to engage in personal and/or business ownership, which will inspire individuals to earn additional income along with their current salary and/or savings. Job Preparation – This entity is geared largely toward aiding individuals to seek for jobs, compile and create resumes, as well as assisting them with interviewing techniques.

LIFE CHANGER — A native of New Jersey, Aretha Renee Young, who currently resides in Lewisville, Texas, is the operations manager and chief executive officer — or Global Expansion Leader — for Your Next Plan, a life-enhancing organization that has gained a keen reputation for meeting the needs of people through it four entities. Among them:
Estate Planning – Which aids individuals with wills and hospital/bank directives and other needs.
Essential Services – Which offers free analysts of everyday products and services geared toward savings. In addition, this entity offers wellness plans and insurance savings, most notably residential and commercial.
Entrepreneurial Services –This entity is available for those who aspire to engage in personal and/or business ownership, which will inspire individuals to earn additional income along with their current salary and/or savings.
Job Preparation – This entity is geared largely toward aiding individuals to seek for jobs, compile and create resumes, as well as assisting them with interviewing techniques.

Part of that purpose, she says, is to enable people from various walks of life to maximize their fullest potential, to see from beyond where they are, to grasp a thorough understanding that there is more to life than what they witness in the confines of their respective community.

In a nutshell, Young strongly believes she undoubtedly was created to routinely esteem others higher than herself.

After all, that is among the reasons that Young, 51, established “Your Next Plan,” a thriving nonprofit organization that is designed to enhance and serve people, regardless of their race, creed, or color.

A native of New Jersey, Young, who currently resides in Irving, Texas, is the operations manager and chief executive officer — or Global Expansion Leader — for Your Next Plan, a life-enhancing organization that has gained a keen reputation for meeting the needs of people through its four distinct entities.

Among them:

Estate Planning – Which aids individuals with wills and hospital/bank directives and other needs.
Essential Services – Which offers free analysts of everyday products and services geared toward savings. In addition, this entity offers wellness plans and insurance savings, most notably residential and commercial.
Entrepreneurial Services –This entity is available for those who aspire to engage in personal and/or business ownership, which will inspire individuals to earn additional income along with their current salary and/or savings.
Job Preparation – This entity is geared largely toward aiding individuals to seek for jobs, compile and create resumes, as well as assisting them with interviewing techniques.

Long before organizing her business venture, Young was a fixture in a variety of sports, particularly as an avid basketball coach.

To her credit, she has coached two senior women’s basketball teams, having led them to multiple championships, including titles in the 65 and 75-year-old bracket divisions.

In guiding her clubs to championships, Young was responsible for coaching players ranging between the ages of 50 and 80. The teams routinely played in a three-on-three format in games that were comprised of two 10-minute quarters.

By and large, Young’s teams had emerged as a national standout, considering they made appearances in a variety of cities across the country.

“I had been a basketball coach for over 20 years,” Young said. “I taught strong fundamentals and when the players understood why and how we did a certain moves, they were able to play with more confident.”

According to Young, it was her competitive drive as a successful hoops coach that essentially fueled her desire to start Your Next Plan.

“That’s the same with life passions,” Young said. “When someone can discover their passion in life and how they can be successful, when someone can understand business and processes then create wealth themselves, that’s when life is strengthen and families flourish.”

An organization that strives to inspire individuals from various ethnic groups and backgrounds, among the things Young said she deems mostly intriguing about Your Next Plan is that she routinely is afforded the opportunity to meet, interact with, and help anyone, regardless of their present circumstances.

“In this business, I’ve gotten to meet all types of peoples from difference walks of life,” she said. “No one is untouchable to everyday life situations. I get to assists and help change lives. I have travel to various cities within some 48 states in America. I am able to associate myself with persons from all walks of life. I am able to attend conferences large and small in all types of business platforms.”

Besides enhancing and impacting lives, Young acknowledges that among the reasons her organization has been successful is that it steadfastly has executed its longstanding mission.

“When your “why” makes you cry, you become serious about what you are doing,” Young explained. “My personal mission is to free up my time and take money as an issue out of my life’s equation so I will have more time for with my seniors — dad, mom, and auntie. One aspect is to teach the importance of having major life issue’s paperwork in order before the issue comes up. And the other aspect is to help people to realize their own passions and potential and show them alternate ways they can make money and save money on everyday products and services.”

“I have always had an independent spirit,” Young continued. “My parents always told us to, ‘At least try it,’ so now that I believe I can. I do this because I can. I can do all things through Christ that strengthen me.”

Thanks, in large part to the divine purpose God has for her life.

Without question.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Your Next Plan conducts several types of meeting to accommodate anyone one-on-one, including private in-home business receptions, conferences, and other platforms.  Aretha Young can be reached via her website at: www.yournextplan.net.  Also, follow her on social media under LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or send email to: [email protected]


DreAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson also covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send email to [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.