Pictured are: (kneeling) Arree Williams, Ruby Beckwith, Mike Quick (standing) Stephen Griner, Jackie Brown, Stacey Hight, Ashley Avery, Rodney Francis, Joseph Flowers, Rosemary Branch, Kula Bwamba, Jack Blackburn, Mildred Daughtery, Sylvester Jackson, Margie Miller and grandchildren, Vonda Wright, Steve Marsh, Dino Areundo, Joel Millsap, Sabrina McClain, Teresa Lopez, Dawn Polo, Gale McGowan, Donna Brown Jacobs, Merrill McKewen.
Pictured are: (kneeling) Arree Williams, Ruby Beckwith, Mike Quick (standing) Stephen Griner, Jackie Brown, Stacey Hight, Ashley Avery, Rodney Francis, Joseph Flowers, Rosemary Branch, Kula Bwamba, Jack Blackburn, Mildred Daughtery, Sylvester Jackson, Margie Miller and grandchildren, Vonda Wright, Steve Marsh, Dino Areundo, Joel Millsap, Sabrina McClain, Teresa Lopez, Dawn Polo, Gale McGowan, Donna Brown Jacobs, Merrill McKewen.
CANTON — After three months of hard work and countless volunteer hours from Nissan Canton volunteers, Mildred Daughtery and her son have a new place to live.

The seven-day build took place over the last few months and was Nissan’s 10th Habitat for Humanity home to help build.

“We share Habitat’s commitment to building sustainable communities,” Steve Marsh, Nissan Canton vice president of manufacturing, said. “Building this house makes a positive, lasting contribution to neighborhood development in Canton, along with providing a safe, decent, affordable home for a local family.”

Marsh added, “We are honored to have this opportunity to work again with Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area and to work alongside the Daughtery family on their new home.”

Daughtery is a 44-year-old widow whose late husband was killed 15 years ago while trying to aid a stranded motorist on the side of I-55 near Gluckstadt.

On Veteran’s Day 2002, Eddie Daughtery, a mechanic, noticed an out-of-state tag on a disabled vehicle. He stopped to assist and was killed by another vehicle.

Mildred said it had always been their dream to own a home and when he passed away it made that dream much further from reality.

“Instead of paying rent every month, I want to be paying a mortgage on a house that can one day be mine and that I can pass on to my son,” Mildred, who works teaching children at Agape Educational Center in Canton, said.

“My late husband and I had dreamed of owning a home,” she said. “I know he is looking down from heaven, smiling, and he is grateful to everyone who is helping me and my son.”

Nissan first began a nationwide partnership with Habitat for Humanity in 2005 and since then workers at the Canton plant look forward to volunteering on new projects.

“Nissan—Canton’s sponsorship this year of a house in Canton is the latest in a long and generous history of their partnership with us,” Merrill McKewen, executive director of the Capital Area HFH, said. “Nissan employees demonstrate the highest ideals of volunteerism, putting their hearts into actions as they work alongside partner families, helping them build new homes.”