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We wish Ivory Dowdell a speedy recovery from having knee surgery.
She has been in lots of pain, but at the time of this writing she is feeling much better, and we want you to know you are missed.
Get-well wishes to the Rev. Clyde Jones, who recently had surgery. Also, to his wife Jessie Bell, who hasn’t felt the best but is doing better.
To my niece, Courtney Harris, who observed her birthday last Monday, Feb. 10. Hope you had a great day and many more to come. Happy birthday Courtney.
Congratulations to Tim and Sheila Williams who celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary on Feb. 14. The Williamses were married Feb. 14, 2004. They work for the government.
They are the parents of two daughters, and they have four grandchildren.
Anise Throup from Florida has been visiting her parents, the Rev. Clyde and Jessie Bell Jones and her sisters Portia and Chrystal Jones.
She helped out during the time her father had surgery.
We extend a get-well wish to our friend Pat Taylor, who recently had surgery.
Pat is feeling better and is recuperating at home. Our prayers are with you, and we want you to know you are missed.
Last week Cedine Bible Mission held a special meeting in Gatlinburg.
At the end of their meeting a plaque was presented to Gloria Ward in recognition of 25 years of ministry at Cedine Bible Mission. Proverbs 3:5-6 states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” This was on her plaque.
The motto for Cedine is “Not Just Decisions but Disciples for Christ.”
Gloria is doing a great job at Cedine. She is also a faithful member of St. Mary’s Baptist Church.
We congratulate you, Gloria, for the work you’re doing for the cause of Christ.
Last Saturday Sybil Cannon’s siblings gave her a surprise birthday party in her home in Knoxville.
Her siblings are Alicia Harris, Tabby Taylor, Kristie Jamieson and Jeff Harris.
More than six of her classmates from Harriman High School were there, along with other friends and relatives.
About 25 in all were present.
Sybil’s husband Tony kept her out going to different places and the movies. This secret was well kept. She was really surprised and blessed. There was music and lots of food and fun. The gifts were really appreciated.
Sybil expressed her thanks to all and especially to her family who show their love for each other all the time.
Sybil is married to the Rev. Tony Cannon and the mother of two children. Her mother is Julia Harris, and her father is the late Bill Harris.
We wish you many more birthdays, Sybil, and God bless.
On Feb. 23 Braxtons Chapel will have its men’s day. At 11 a.m. Pastor Marc Green will preach followed by lunch. Adam McKee, United Methodist Church District Superintendent, will speak at 3 p.m.
New Century Church anniversary is also on Feb. 23. At 11 a.m. Pastor Gary Atwater and New Century Church choir will conduct the service. Lunch will follow with the Rev. Charles F. Lomax Jr. and St. John Baptist Church from Alcoa at 3 p.m.
All are welcome at all services.
Tasha Holmas’ birthday was Feb. 9. Siema Womach is Feb. 15, and Dayrien Upshaw is Feb. 8. These lovely people are wished a happy belated birthday.
Black History Month is this month. Last week I mentioned a number of black inventors and innovators. More are following:
Richard Spikes is credited with making an improved automatic gear shift, but his real innovation was the creation of the automatic directional lights, or turn signals.
Garrett A. Morgan created the first automated traffic signal.
John Standard improved the refrigerator, and Alice Parker created an improved gas-heating furnace.
Frederick McKinley Jones made the first refrigerated truck.
Elbert R. Robinson created an electric railway trolley, and Alexander Miles improved upon the opening and closing of elevator’s doors.
Philip Downing created one of the street letter boxes, and William Barry created a postmarking and canceling machine.
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams founded the first black owned hospital in America and in 1893 performed the first successful heart surgery.
Dr. Charles Richard Drew, an African American scientist and researcher, organized the country’s first large-scale blood bank.
Lewis Howard Latimer, who historians said first worked as an assistant to Alexander Graham Bell, improved upon the original lightbulb with the creation of a carbon filament.