Angels illuminate Main Street in Sumrall - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Angels illuminate Main Street in Sumrall

Angels line Main Street in Sumrall, each in memory of a lost loved one. Angels line Main Street in Sumrall, each in memory of a lost loved one.
SUMRALL, MS (WDAM) -

An annual tradition in the town of Sumrall continues to grow stronger each year, and it's all in the memory of lost love ones.

Every year, illuminated angels line Main Street Sumrall during the holiday season, each representing a Sumrall resident who is no longer with us. The tradition began in 1999, when families of 22 teenagers who experienced untimely deaths, purchased angels to hang along Main Street in their memory. Today, the number of angels has grown to over forty. Mayor of Sumrall, Gerolene Rayborn, holds the angels close to her heart, with an angel in memory of her brother hanging just outside city hall.

"It's a sad occasion to think about the angels but it's also rewards. And we have been having a memorial every year at the Christmas festival since I've been mayor just recognizing those families that buy an angel for their loved one," says Mayor Rayborn.

The angels go up around Thanksgiving and illuminate Main Street through New Year's Day. Residents interested in ordering an angel for next year need to contact Mayor Rayborn before this coming November.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • USM National Defense Class makes final presentaions

    USM National Defense Class makes final presentaions

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 8:45 PM EDT2017-07-27 00:45:02 GMT
    Students in the University of Southern Mississippi's 'Hacking 4 Defense' course presented potential solutions to Department of Defense and Intelligence Community problems on Wednesday. The class gives students hands-on experience in understanding and working with the DOD, Homeland Security and the Intelligence Community on actual problems they currently face, according to a Southern Miss press release. The students gave their presentations on Wednesday evening in Scianna Hall o...More >>
    Students in the University of Southern Mississippi's 'Hacking 4 Defense' course presented potential solutions to Department of Defense and Intelligence Community problems on Wednesday. The class gives students hands-on experience in understanding and working with the DOD, Homeland Security and the Intelligence Community on actual problems they currently face, according to a Southern Miss press release. The students gave their presentations on Wednesday evening in Scianna Hall o...More >>
  • Cancer survivor receives hundreds of birthday cards

    Cancer survivor receives hundreds of birthday cards

  • Jones County Sheriff’s Department investigating church burglary

    Jones County Sheriff’s Department investigating church burglary

Powered by Frankly