A new scholarship has been established to honor a Prattville wife, mother and musician who died suddenly from cancer.
Carrie Hayes Valentine, 35, was a member of the band The Blackbird Pickers. She was recently diagnosed the stomach cancer and died three and a half weeks later.
Valentine received a music degree from Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, MS. A fund has been set up to go to a music scholarship at the school.
Donations can be mailed to:
THE CARRIE HAYES VALENTINE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
900 S. COURT ST.
ELLISVILLE, MS 39437
The Mellow Mushroom in Prattville, where Valentine often played, is hosting a "Carrying it on for Carrie" event Thursday night. The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. and music will be provided by The Blackbird Pickers, The Low-Fi Loungers, Britt Johnson, Zac Martin, Ed Pickett and Jay Hayes. Destiny Ministries will make a special appearance.
WSFA 12 News anchor John O'Connor will be at the benefit concert and will have more on this story at 6 and 10.