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By Louise Warmley, Community correspondent
Last Saturday, the sanctuary was filled with people who attended the Black History Program at Anointed Praise and Worship Church.
Lots of youth from different churches took part in this service. Mary Alice Douglas was the best; she played the part of an old lady who grew up in Tupelo, Miss., and she told how things were then and how they are now. She encouraged the youth to get all the education they can and make the best of it.
The youth spoke about how some black men and women have made a difference. They have done it, and so can you. Remember, young people, with God all things are possible.
Get-well wishes to Nancy Ray, who is a patient in Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge. You are in our prayers.
Dave Bertam is now recuperating at home after being very ill in University of Tennessee Medical Center. We wish you a speedy recovery.
Home Going Celebration for John A. Dooley Sr. was in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 22. His service was at Oakley Full Gospel Baptist Church. Pastor Roderick Leeks Sr., officiated. He was an active member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church. John was a retired teacher for Columbus City Schools. His love was sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others.
To cherish his memory is his wife, Barbara; several daughters; one son; several grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Rose Brown; and other relatives and friends. Louise Glanton and Eve Anderson are his cousins.
My niece, LaToya Anderson, celebrated her birthday Feb. 24. Hope you had a great day, LaToya. To other friends, wishing you a happy birthday: Keigh Eskridge, Loraine Goins, Alana Kilgo, Jermaine Copeland, Marcus Eskridge, John Ewing, the Rev. Alvin Douglas and Leroy McCreary.
A memorial service remembered Jackie Harris, who recently passed away in Ypsilanti, Mich. She was a very good friend of missionary Gloria Ward. Gloria attended her service.
Jackie was supportive of Gloria. Once a year, Jackie would have other supporters to come home to bring what they had for her. Jackie opened her home to them with food and a great fellowship. Gloria would speak to them about her work at Cedine Camp. A great number of people will miss Jackie. She was a great Christian woman.
The Oak Ridge Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority presented the 21st annual Affair of the Heart Scholarship Ball at Knoxville Airport Hilton, Alcoa. The 2012 scholarship winner was Ashante N. Hall, a senior at Harriman High School. She is the granddaughter of Deborah Hill.
A program was given. First there was a welcome and invocation; afterward, dinner was served. Scholarship presentation was given by Tiffaney Malone. Terry Wright was the comedian. Recognitions were by Keterah Moore and a historical toast by Dean Sheara. In the end, the Delta Sweetheart Song was sung by all Deltas.
Deloris Collins is president of the Alumnae Chapter. Those from Harriman who attended were Wanda Johnson, Janet Eskridge, Wanda Cooper, Rosalyn Eskridge, Calvin Eskridge, and Jim Little and a friend.
Congratulations to you Ashante N. Hall. When you enter college, stick to your goal and do the very best you can and remember where your help comes from. We love you.
Chantall Hamilton is a junior at Carson-Newman College, rounding up her second year of nursing school with one more year to go. She is involved with campus ministries through sports and i yada (meaning I know). This is a recent organization for girls. It represents bestowing love, showing mercy and pursuing the wisdom of Christ.
In May, Chantall and other students will travel to Berkovista, Bulgaria. Bulgarian Child Inc. is a company they will be working with. It built a training center for orphaned children that will soon be opened. At the center, they are taught life skills, job skills and how to take care of a family and most of all what it means to have a relationship with Christ.
At the center they will be helping with construction, cleaning and preparing for the opening of the Center. They will also conduct chidren’s church services. All of those students went to Bulgaria to serve in anyway they could.
Chantell said she is looking forward to the ways God is going to move in her life as well as others. His blessings are never ending; she said she will continue to serve Him in all the days to come. Chantall is the granddaughter of Billie Hamilton. Chantall is a born-again child of God, and we wish the best for her.
On March 10, First Baptist Church will have its choir anniversary.
March 11 is the pastoral anniversary for Pastor Weaver at Bazeltown Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Pastor Atecater and New Century United Church will be their guest at 3 p.m. Pastor Reid and Wilder Street Baptist Church from Knoxville will be their guest. All are welcome.
I apologize to Barbara Johnson when I said she was the first florist. Instead, I should have said she operated the first black beauty shop in Harriman. And to my nephew, Dan Keith Anderson, he graduated from Birmingham Southern College.
Our prayers for Pastor Alvin Douglas, who is ill at home. May you soon recover. You are missed.