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Harriman Happenings: Dec. 23

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By Louise Warmley

Last Saturday evening, Gloria Ward, Marie Frazier, Carolyn Clemmons, the Rev. Jesse L. Williams and Louise Warmley attended the retirement banquet for Pastor Harold Middlebrook, who is retiring from Canaan Baptist Church in Knoxville.

About 350 guests attended the banquet.

The Rev. William Caldwell from Clinton and the Rev. Rusty Flemmons from New York City roasted Pastor Middlebrook. Melvin Kimbrow from “I Won’t Complain” in Cleveland, Ohio, attended.

Afterward, dinner was served. This was a delicious dinner.

There were other speakers who gave expressions about the work the Rev. Middlebrook has done and what an inspiration he is to so many people.

He will still preach the Gospel wherever he is invited. We who know him wish him a happy retirement, and God bless.

The Christmas presentation was done by the children and youth last Sunday at St. Mary’s Baptist Church.

They did an excellent job and are to be commended.

Sermon was delivered by the Rev. Willie Gallaher. The Gospel choir provided music.

Several visitors were guests for this service. Afterward, all who were present enjoyed a delicious dinner. I must say, the fellowship was great. This is where the Rev. Jesse L. Williams Sr. is pastor.

Gloria Ward spent last Tuesday in Chattanooga with her sisters and brothers. One sister, Sylvia Douglass, who lives in Toledo, Ohio, was preparing to return home Wednesday, so her sisters and brothers had lunch for her and spent time with her before she returned home.

Barbara Johnson spent two weeks with her daughter and family in Huntsville, Ala. She loves spending time with her daughter, her husband Danny, grandchildren, and her three great- grandchildren. Her great-great-grandson is on the move.

Her daughter Corliss drove her mother back home.

Barbara lives in Oak Ridge.

Marcie Garner celebrated her 36th birthday last Monday, Dec. 16.

Marcie is a high school teacher at Maple High School in Nashville. She is a former member of St. Mary’s Baptist Church. I talked with her Monday and wished her a happy birthday.

Last Tuesday, Mary Hickey, Julia Harris, Marie Frazier, Virginia Childress, Rosa Osborn, Ceola Lawrence and Louise Warmley visited Onedie Moore, who is ill, to sing Christmas carols for her.

Onedie has been homebound for a long time. With her beautiful smile, she said she was so happy we came.

The word of God was read by Mary Hickey and prayer was by Julia Harris.

The songs we sang really lifted her spirits.

At one time before her illness, she was an active member of St. Mary’s Baptist Church.

Her family takes good care of her.

Afterward, we ladies of the mission circle at St. Mary’s Baptist Church had our regular meeting in the home of Julia Harris, and we socialized with a fruit bowl, chicken and ham, salad, cake and punch.

This was a blessed day for us. Mary Hickey is our president.

Happy birthday wishes to my niece, Danielle Jefferson, who celebrated her 25th birthday Dec. 11; my nephew, Marcus McNair, Dec. 11; and Jerome Anderson Dec. 1.

I trust all of you had a great celebration, and may you have a long and blessed life.

Bill Lamarr, Gloria Ward and 12 youth from Cedine Bible Ministry attended the Christmas angel party with the prison ministry of Chattanooga last Saturday.

Close to 300 attended this party.

These are children whose parents are in prison.

Missionary Gloria Ward dressed as Raggedy Ann, and gifts were given to each child. Each year this is part of their mission.

To Dothne Kilgo, please forgive me for omitting your name in the pre-Thanksgiving service at New Century United Methodist Church.

Dothne did a praise dance. She did a wonderful job, and she was greatly appreciated.

Happy birthday to my granddaughter, Tameka Graham, and my great-granddaughter, Brianna Booker. Tameka is a teacher at Middle Tennessee State University, and Brianna is a first-year student in college. God bless you.

Danielle Jefferson of Huntsville, Ala., has completed her master’s degree in management with a concentration in acquisition and contracts at the Florida Institute of Technology.

She received her B.S. degree in business management from Tuskegee University in 2011.

She is the daughter of Danny and Chenetta Jefferson of Huntsville, Ala., and the granddaughter of Barbara Johnson of Oak Ridge and Curtis Anderson of Harriman.