“It’s important to always give back” Minor reflects on life in Providence – Mississippi’s best community newspaper
NATCHEZ – George Minor is an integral part of the Providence community in South Natchez.
Standing amid a conversation and hanging out by the basketball courts in Providence Park, near where The Dart landed on Wednesday, Minor pointed to a dump truck across River Terminal Road.
The truck was parked on land that once housed the house Minor was raised in.
One minute up the hill is Susie B. West Elementary School where he attended school, but Providence Park, who is 35, was not there as a child.
âIt used to be cornfields here. Some former farmers owned this land, âMinor said. âWe used to kill rabbits here to survive. Before, I had to chop wood to stay warm. Now we take care of this community and take care of each other. We take care of each other’s needs.
Minor is a member of the last graduating class of South Natchez and is an alumnus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson. There he graduated in technology and used his training as an electrician for the Natchez-Adams school district.
Before becoming an electrician, he ran Granny’s Cafe and International Paper’s cafeteria, he said. Granny’s Cafe would serve the community by distributing meals.
Rentech, the company that opened after the IP factory closed, has made an impact in the community by donating the Providence Park playground. St. Catherine’s Ready Mix, Delaney Construction and Bill Jones with Dozier Construction donated buildings and equipment to develop the park, he said. At the time, Minor was working with the Lower Woodville Youth Development Club to create a play space for children.
Minor’s name still appears on the park sign, although the Adams County Board of Directors has since taken over management of the park. He still lives in front of the park and can take care of it. Community service is important to him.
âMy father was Teddy Collie Minor. He taught us to never look at people like they’re worse than you, âMinor said. âIt is important to always give back to the community. If everyone has something, it can help ease the burden on society. I use my trucking business to give a lot back to the community. This is how the good Lord blesses me.
A longtime resident of Natchez, he said many people had left the area to find better lives. He always believed that the best life was at home, so he stayed. By staying, he can work to improve the community.
Providence Park is one of its ways to help the community.
âI would like to see more education here. We’re trying to get to where we can educate our kids in schools and neighborhoods, âMinor said. âWe want to teach our children to be practical and to become mechanical again. We want them to learn not to depend on computers because you are the computer. We also want children to understand that there is nothing wrong with working.
He had a philosophical thought running through his head. This is the one he often shares.
âThe richer we become materially, the poorer we become morally and spiritually,â he said. “We have learned to fly in the air like birds and to swim in the seas like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.”