Mothers are special in West Point

Janeka Collins, Deloris Doss, Shaniqua Doss, Shelisa Doss
Staff Writer

Mother's Day is a special celebration honoring the mothers, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. William Ross Wallace wrote the poem "The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules the World" that praises motherhood as the preeminent force for change in the world.

Citizens in West Point were happy to take the time to say a few nice words about their own mothers.

"I lost my mother almost two years ago," Dot Ryland, Housing Coordinator/Deputy Clerk for the city of West Point, said. "She was the life of the party. She was so much fun to be with. But she would also tell you like it is."
Ryland's mother, Rosie May Binder, was the one who remembered birthdays for her seven children. She would call them and remind them to wish each other a happy birthday.

"I forgot my sister's birthday this years because my mom wasn't here to remind me," Ryland said. "My dad died when he was 40, so she took care of all of us alone after he passed. She had the best heart. She was so much fun and so very kind. She was always thinking about us and not herself."

Ryland said her mother was always well dressed and carried herself with pride and dignity.

"I miss her everyday," Ryland said.

Julie Gray is the child of West Point institution, Louise Campbell.

"It was a lot of fun growing up with my mother," Gray said. "She is so creative. At Halloween, we didn't carve pumpkins, we painted them. They were different from everyone else's."

At one time Campbell had a fire truck, to drive around for special days.

"She taught us love for the community," Gray said. "She used to have a Tracker with an 'I Love West Point' tire cover. She had that ordered specially for her. She loves this town. She was with the Chamber of Commerce for 25 years and was part of the very first Main Street Association. She was one of the first five."

Shelisa Doss, Shaniqua Doss and Janeka Collins all think their mother, Deloris Doss, is the best mom in town.

"My mother is a leader," Shelisa Doss said. "She is a truly helpful person, a strong independent woman. She is my role model."

Shelisa Doss said her mother always taught her to put God first and with Him she can accomplish anything. And she makes the best lemon-pepper wings.

"My mother is very important to me in my life," Shaniqua Doss said. "She is loving and caring. She always tells us that if we want something in life, we should go after it."

Jeneka Collins is the oldest of the sisters, and she has a close relationship with her mother.

"She is the person I make sure I talk to at least once a day," Collins said. "She is my spiritual advisor."

Collins gives her mother a lot of credit for her accomplishments and achievements in life. She pushes her children to be the very best.

"She teaches us the importance of a strong work ethic," Collins said. "If you want something, you have to work for it. She has taught me the importance of supporting others and how much better it is to give than receive."

West Point Mayor, Robbie Robinson said his mother was one-of-a-kind.

"I've never known anyone who was as community minded as she," Robinson said. "She was from the Siloam Community and she loved Clay County."

Robinson said his mother, Peggy Robinson loved to travel and always kept her bags packed in case someone wanted her to go on a trip.

"She made the best cornbread in the whole world," Robinson said, "And at Thanksgiving, she made the best dressing I've ever had."

Robinson said everyone thought his father was the politician in the family, but his mother was the one who campaigned hard for his father to be elected.

Scott Reed said his mother, Barbara Reed, has been working with him at Petal Pushers for such a long time, his clients would be disappointed if she weren't there.

"Even though she has 'retired' she is still here helping me during our busy seasons," Reed said. "I knew early on that I had the best mamma. Just because we are all grown, it doesn't mean she's stopped taking care of us."

Reed said his mother is the first one to volunteer to help when he needs her. She is there to help with holidays and events.

"I don't know what I would do without her," Reed said. "I think the clients look forward to seeing her more than me. She sets the example of how all mothers should be."