Mardi Gras krewe announces 2014 royalty
The Krewe of Janus recently announced its royal court and theme for the 2014 annual Mardi Gras celebration.
Charter members of the Krewe of Janus are Robert Plummer, Pamela B. Plummer, Barbara N. Johnson, Lisa Johnson and Valeria Johnson.
The krewe will celebrate its 13th annual grand ball Saturday at the Natchez Convention Center. This year’s theme is “An enchanted evening with Disney and friends.”
King Janus the XIII
Robert L. Plummer Sr.
Robert L. Plummer Sr. is the husband of Pamela Baldwin Plummer. He is an only child, and was raised by his mother, the late Evelean Plummer.
Plummer is a 1969 graduate of Holy Family High School (St. Francis Catholic High School). He studied at Natchez College before being drafted by the U.S. Army. During his tour of active duty, Plummer joined the 82nd Airborne Paratrooper Infantry.
After his release from active duty, he returned to Natchez and enrolled in Co-Lin Junior College. He also attended the University of Southern Mississippi Natchez Campus and Alcorn State University.
He is the proud father of four children, Tonya P. Galtney of Baton Rouge; Robert L. Plummer Jr. of Houston, Texas; Darren Jarrod Plummer Sr. of Atlanta and Tiffany and her husband Vernon Williams of Covington, Ga.
He has four grandchildren, Sydney Galtney, Noah and Nigel Williams and Darren Jarrod Plummer Jr.
Plummer is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church where he serves as an usher.
Robert work career included employment with Krouse Pecan Factory, Morgan Restaurant, Medical Arts Pharmacy and Armstrong Tire & Rubber Company. He enjoyed a career as a professional over the road truck driver for more than 19 years before his recent retirement.
His hobbies include watching all sports, playing tennis, traveling and spending time with family and friends. He is a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Houston Rockets basketball fan, Alcorn State University football and basketball fan.
Queen Janus the XIII
Pamela Baldwin Plummer
Pamela Baldwin Plummer is the wife of Robert L. Plummer Sr. She was born and reared in Natchez, and she is the second oldest of 12 children.
Her parents are the late Jimmie Lee Baldwin Sr. and Frances Griffin Baldwin. Pamela is the mother of four children, Tonya P. Galtney of Baton Rouge; Robert L. Plummer Jr. of Houston, Texas; Darren Jarrod Plummer Sr. of Atlanta and Tiffany and her husband Vernon Williams of Covington, Ga. She has four grandchildren, Sydney Galtney, Noah and Nigel Williams and Darren Jarrod Plummer Jr.
Plummer is a 1972 graduate of South Natchez High School. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Alcorn State University In 2002; in 2005 she graduated from Alcorn State University with high distinction with a Master of Science in Elementary Education; and in 2008 she graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Master of Library and Information Science.
Pamela is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church where she serves as an Extra Ordinary Minister, a member of the Usher Board, the Holy Family Gospel Choir and the Southern Road to Freedom Gospel Choir.
She is also the president of the Natchez Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and a member of the Natchez Delta Foundation Corporation. She was named Soror of the Year in 2012 by the Natchez Alumnae Chapter.
She is employed by the Judge George W. Armstrong Library as the library director. She is a member of the American Library Association, Mississippi Library Association, past secretary of the Black Caucus Roundtable and a member of the Young People’s Services Roundtable of the Mississippi Library Association. Plummer is also a member of the Friends of the Library.
Pamela hobbies are traveling and spending time with family.
Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13, which says: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”
Captain Lisa W. Johnson
Lisa W. Johnson is a native of Natchez. She is the daughter of Wilbur O. and Barbara Johnson Sr. and the late Mary Helen R. Johnson.
Johnson is a 1982 graduate of North Natchez High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Grambling State University and her masters from Southern University in Baton Rouge. She is employed by the Natchez-Adams School District as a speech pathologist.
She is an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church where she is the president of the Holy Family Gospel Choir, serves as an usher, Extra Ordinary Minister, CCD teacher and serves on the Pastoral Council.
Johnson is a member of the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Father Morrissey Court No. 9 where serves as treasurer. She is also a member of the Ladies of Grace Hattie R. Marshall/Sis. Edith Brinkley Chapter No. 44 where serves as the faithful navigator.
She performs with the Southern Road to Freedom during the Spring Pilgrimage season. She is president of the Vidalia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Johnson has served on the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Association of Educators and the Natchez Preservation Commission.
She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and attending Bible study at her church and with her Friday night ladies. She loves to travel, sing and read.
Duke Jimmie L. Baldwin Jr.
Jimmie L. Baldwin Jr. was born in Natchez to the late Jimmie L. Baldwin Sr. and Frances Griffin Baldwin.
He is married to Cheroyl Baldwin and has three daughters Jimasha, Jamie and Chelsia all of Houston, Texas.
Baldwin moved to Houston, Texas in 1976. He was employed at Sesciom Delta, an oil and gas company.
In 1984, Baldwin was employed with Bendix Field Engineering Corporation at Johnson Space Center as a test system specialist.
Bendix united with Rockwell/Unsys to form United Space Alliance. Baldwin’s duties included testing software and hardware for the space shuttle program. He worked for United Space Alliance for 24 years, where he enjoyed a long career before his retirement in 2011.
Baldwin enjoys basketball officiating and Corvettes. His show car is a 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 50th Anniversary Edition.
Baldwin has been a member of the Houston Chapter of basketball officials for 14 years. He was selected in 2008 to officiate the regional finals for girls’ basketball in Abilene, Texas. In 2011, he was selected to officiate regional finals for boys’ basketball in San Antonio, Texas. This year, Baldwin will represent the Houston Chapter at the girls state basketball tournament in Austin, Texas.
Duchess Margaret Duncan-Matthews
Margaret Duncan-Matthews is a native of Natchez. She is the daughter of the late Ethel Lee Baldwin Duncan and the late Leon Duncan Sr. She is the youngest of five siblings.
She is the mother of Shanta and Derek Matthews and NaKesha Watkins. She has five grandchildren Zamia and Zoey Washington, Nakhia Watkins, Malik Harris and Anthony Thompson. She has three god-children Vincent Carter Jr., Brittany Coach and Tierney Letcher.
Duncan-Matthews is a 1980 graduate of North Natchez High School. She also attended Hinds Community College where she received an associate degree in applied science child development technology in 1994 and an associate degree in arts education and elementary in 1996. She received her bachelor of science from Alcorn State University in 2012.
Duncan-Matthews is a member of Beulah Baptist Church where she is a member of the church choir, is a Sunday school teacher and is the director of the youth department.
She is currently employed with Thompson Headstart. She has been a teacher with Headstart for 23 years.
Her hobbies are cooking, traveling, shopping and spending time with her family.
Duchess Tonya Galtney
Tonya Galtney is a native of Natchez. She is the daughter of Robert and Pamela Plummer Sr. She is the mother of Sydney Nicole.
Galtney is the oldest of four children. She has two brothers and a sister and brother-in-law. She enjoys spoiling her three nephews Noah, Nigel and D.J.
Galtney is a 1988 graduate of North Natchez High School. She is also a graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge where she received a bachelor of science degree in nursing; she obtained her masters in nursing from the University of Phoenix.
She has been employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs for nearly 20 years as a registered nurse and was the nurse manager in the surgical intensive care unit. She currently resides in Baton Rouge where she is the assistant nurse manager of the VA Baton Rouge Outpatient Clinic.
Galtney is a member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Baton Rouge but continues her lifelong membership at Holy Family Catholic Church. She is a member of the Natchez Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., the Mississippi Nursing Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nursing. She is also member of the Southern University Alumni Association.