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Pastor Jesse Sr. and Elfredia Williams celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday, May 27.
Pastor Williams was in the Air Force stationed in Alaska. Elfredia was a student at the University of Tennessee.
When he was on leave, he and Elfredia were married by the late Rev. C.W. Matthew in Mount Calvary Baptist Church.
Afterward, Pastor Williams was stationed in California. After his discharge from the Air Force, they made their home in Knoxville.
They are parents of two children, Lourenda Pryor and Jesse Jr.
Jesse Jr. is a teacher at Roane State Community College in Oak Ridge.
In July, Pastor Williams will be the pastor of St. Mary’s Missionary Baptist Church for 35 years.
He is a great preacher and teacher. We are thankful to God for this great family.
Julia Harris and her daughter Alicia spent Memorial Day in Knoxville with her daughter, Sybil Cannon, and her family.
They had a big cookout with other family members and
Kenneth Edward and Annette Gillespie from Atlanta came home for the annual homecoming at St. Mary’s Baptist Church.
They spent the weekend with his sister, Margaret Ruth Collier and her family.
Before returning home they visited with me.
Ken is a former resident of this city.
Barbara Johnson from Oak Ridge spent an afternoon last Monday with her friend, Virginia Childress.
My daughter Dorothy Graham from Oak Ridge attended the annual homecoming last Sunday at St. Mary’s Baptist Church.
Afterward, we spent time together in my home.
Tent revival service was held at Jamieson Developmental Center on May 25-30. The preacher for this revival was the Rev. Jesse L. Williams and Elder Franklyn Brown from Mount Moriah Fire Baptized Holiness Church from Knoxville.
Music was provided by different church choirs and God’s Cargo.
Lots of people attended these services.
The Rev. Robert Hall, pastor of Mark’s Chapel, thanked all who attended and to the minister who gave the preached Word.
Some of the former members who returned home to be a part of our homecoming were Kendal and his wife Stacie Taylor, Clyde Anderson and his family from Atlanta, Dionne Placide and daughter from Nashville, Kenneth E. and Annette Gillespie from Atlanta, Damyen, Tabby and son Jalen Taylor from Nashville. Friends are Sara and her husband Gerald and Kim, the Rev. Horace and Felicia Moore, Alma Fletcher, Julia Daniels, Fay Curd and Clara Hughes and two of her grandchildren.
Pastor Williams delivered the Word that morning, and music was by the Gospel choir.
Afternoon guest church was Believers Voice of Deliverance. The Rev. James Springs gave the preached Word, and his choir provided the music.
Everyone enjoyed these services, and the food was the best. We celebrated 126 years of giving praise of thanks to God.
The 2014 Knoxville Sports Lettering softball team won the men’s division by winning all six games in Myrtle Beach.
This team is made up of men 70 years and older. My son, Marvin Ray Anderson, is part of this team. I congratulate the team on their winning.
Happy birthday wishes to my daughter, Dorothy Graham, who celebrated June 1, and to the Rev. Robert Hall, whose special day was Tuesday, May 27.