Retired educator to present FBC book review


“Kisses From Katie” will be reviewed by Patsy Roberts of Crossett at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St.

“Kisses From Katie” is a story of relentless love and redemption, written by Katie Davis, with Beth Clark.

Roberts is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Asa Harrison of Crossett, where she was born and attended all 12 grades in the Crossett schools. She attended the University of Arkansas and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business education. She married the late Tom Roberts, an executive with J.C. Penny Co., and enjoyed traveling and teaching in the various schools where his work was located before retiring and returning home to Crossett.

Upon retirement, Roberts completed 51 years, having taught in seven states — Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, New Jersey and Kentucky. She retired as instructional facilitator of literacy for Crossett Schools, grades seven through 12. Presently, she is serving as president of the Crossett Book Club, which originated through the founders of the Crossett Company. She is also president of the J.O.Y. Sunday School Class of Crossett First Baptist Church, and a member of Ashley County Retired Teachers, Seven Friends Book Club and Crossett Public Library Board of Directors.

Davis grew up at Nashville, Tenn., and over Christmas break of her senior year she left for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved by the people of Uganda and the needs she saw there she knew that her calling was to return and care for them. An 18-year-old senior class president and homecoming queen who had everything going for her, disobeyed and disappointed her parents by foregoing college, broke her little brother’s heart, lost a host of friends who thought she had gone off the deep end, and broke up with the love of her life, so that she could move to Uganda where she knew only one person and didn’t even speak the language.

Davis is a charismatic and articulate young woman who is in the process of adopting 13 children in Uganda and has established a ministry that feeds and sends hundreds more to school.

The public is invited to attend. Refreshments and door prizes will be furnished following the book review.