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Midmorning With Aundrea - September 24, 2020 (Part 2)

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Midmorning With Aundrea - September 24, 2020 (Part 2)
Midmorning With Aundrea - September 24, 2020 (Part 2)

(Part 2 of 2) A Boy Scout troop rallies to build a special project for a young man who brightened the lives of everyone he knew.

Mid a community's love and support is making a big difference in the life of a family who experienced a tragedy nine months ago.

Wcbi's allie martin has more on how a boy scout project, an expert craftsman and friends of the family are honoring the memory of young man who brought joy wherever he went.

On monday evening, crystal mcgee was brought to the joyner neighborhood, to supposedly look at a house for sale.

But when she saw the crowd gathered at rob leake city park, she realized they were there to honor the memory of her son.

Nats crystal's son pj mcgee passed away after a sudden illness three days before christmas.

The 7 and a half year old was a second grader at joyner elementary.

"he loved to read he loved his school, and he loved his family, his church, one thing about pj is, he loved god."

Joyner resident and woodworking expert jerry thompson let a friend in boy scouts know about pj's love of reading, and the need for a free library in the neighborhood.

So every sunday , thompson and scouts from troop 12 built the little library.

"boys would com paint, drill, nail and it took about four or five sundays" one side looks like the front of joyner elementary, the other side has a lot of space for children's books.

Joyner principal kim foster says the free library is a fitting honor for pj.

"the way he coul make everything into a good thing is something so powerful, not only was he an incredible student, a student of character, but he could also get out there in the sports arenas, and he was someone who loved to be moving."

For pj's mother, the little neighborhood library is a tanglble reminder that people haven't forgotten the impact of pj's life.

"when the presented this, i felt that light again, felt that joy even for just a moment, of his memory and it means the world to us, to know his memory lives on and there are people now, other little boys and girls who get to share one of his passions through the community, what mr thompson and the boy scouts did., i'm excited about that."

In tupelo, allie people now, other little boys and girls who get to share one of his passions through the community, what mr thompson and the boy scouts did., i'm excited about that."

In tupelo, allie martin, wcbi news there are several other projects in the works in the joyner area to honor the memory of pj mcgee now the story of an avid bowler in pennsylvania who is proving age is just a number when it comes to knocking down the pins.

Naomi ruchim has the story from new york at 96 years old&..sara lyons can bowl&..

&.and dance like a woman half her age.

God gave me good health and he gave me a good family.

//i just have to keep going.

That's what made me..

I won't give up.

I won't give up no matter how old i am.

The pittsburgh senior has been bowling since she was 27 and has no plans to quit.

Nat&.come on arlene&straighten your arm out.

And bowling is not her only game&..

I belong to two card clubs//seven years i jogged./worked meals on wheels for 15 years./took care of my husband, he had alzheimer'sfor 5 years.

Lyons recently rolled a beauty of a game&.knocking down at least nine pins with the first ball of each frame.

That's what bowlers call a no tap 300.

Not an open frame at all./and that's hard.

It's hard for a woman to do that.

Especially.

Lyons says a good right arm and a positive outlook&..help keep her young.

Naomi ruchim, cbs news lyons turns 97 at the end of november.

We'll that and more on the next midmorning.

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