Thursday, November 15, 2012
‘Preacher’s Corner’ collection offered to loyal readers
Readers of Dr. Milton Winter’s weekly column, “The Preacher’s Corner,” will enjoy a collection of his columns, published in book and CD format, now available at The South Reporter office for $12 per copy or disc.
The columns are gathered into two books, and are indexed for easy reference. Milton, who is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Holly Springs, has written for The South Reporter since 1989.
His columns reach far beyond the boundaries of his congregation, and provide a sort of running commentary on Holly Springs and Marshall County. Each book mentions more than 400 people in our community. Many of our town’s past and memorable characters are described and memorialized.
This book is dedicated to “the least, the last, the lost” in our community. All proceeds will benefit the Marshall County Homeless Shelter and Food Pantry. Copies can be obtained by mail. Please write Milton in care of The South Reporter. Make checks payable to him, adding $4 postage for each book, or $2 per CD.
About Milton Winter and the columns
Robert Milton Winter was born May 22, 1953 in Ruleville, Mississippi — that in itself is a story, as his parents were on their way to Memphis, where he was supposed to be delivered! His parents were Robert K. and Elizabeth Winter, of Cleveland, Mississippi. His father was a businessman, his mother, a teacher. His paternal grandparents were John Milton and Ivar Ione (Arrington) Winter, of Memphis, and formerly of Clinton, Kentucky. His maternal grandparents were William Henry and Elizabeth Christina (Neef) Zeigel, of Cleveland, and formerly of Booneville and Kirksville, Missouri.
Milton attended public schools in Cleveland, as well as Delta State College, graduating from Belhaven in Jackson, Mississippi, in preparation for entering the ministry.
After seminary at Union in Virginia and Princeton in New Jersey, he served as assistant pastor of the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. He came to Holly Springs to serve the First Presbyterian Church in the summer of 1986, and has been there ever since.
He also serves in the administrative offices of St. Andrew Presbytery, the regional council of North Mississippi Presbyterians in Oxford. He is historian of the Presbytery and liaison to its retired clergy.
Among other interests, Milton is a founding member and has chaired the editorial board for the Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society. He is a zealous advocate for recycling.
Milton offers this account of the way he came to this project: “These columns began in the autumn of 1989, when Walter Webb, then the editor of The South Reporter, asked me to continue a series of columns begun by my predecessor as pastor of the Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Ben D. Dunagan. When Mr. Dunagan retired, Walter had asked him to write a series of columns about interesting experiences in his ministry, which he did in a most enjoyable way.
“When Ben completed his columns, Walter asked if I would like to contribute, and after thinking it over, I told Walter I would write for the paper, provided the columns did not have to be serious or necessarily religious. And so, like Ben, I have dealt with the whimsical aspects of Southern life and religion (because that is where I think the grace of God is to be found), and the “Preacher’s Corner” has been a more or less regular part of The South Reporter ever since.
“As I said in one of the early columns, ‘I will talk about many things — some spiritual and some not. Here I will write about people — the living stones from which God builds the things in this world that last.’ This has been my pleasure now for some 23 years, and I hope I have made some contribution to our community by the effort.
“I would like to thank the publishers, Walter Webb and Barry Burleson, and especially my editor Linda Jones for her always good-humored encouragement and assistance. Linda’s column, ‘Close to Nowhere’ is but a few months older than mine, and we have both struggled to meet deadlines, laughed a good deal in the process, and often found that, without collaborating, our thoughts for columns have been in tandem. I am grateful to The South Reporter for permission to reprint these materials.
“It is to the readers that I owe the greatest debt. Their encouragement has been again and again a delight and a surprise, and I hope they will enjoy this retrospective as much as I have enjoyed preparing it. It is a slice of life in a most interesting part of God’s kingdom.”
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