Harriman Happenings: Oct. 1

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By Louise Warmley

The 12th Pastoral Anniversary Banquet honoring the Rev. Alvin Douglass and first lady Mary Alice Douglass that was held last Saturday evening at Jamieson Development Center was well attended.

Master of ceremony was the Rev. Joe Colquitt.

The Douglass Family Singers provided the music; they really sang from their hearts. The spoken word was by the Rev. Christopher Battle, pastor of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Knoxville.

All who attended this banquet were uplifted and blessed by his message. The dinner was catered by Jeff and Nora Herndon.

The door prizes were given out by Betty Malloy and Brenda Thurman. The members of Anointed Praise and Worship Church really had this banquet well organized, and everyone had a great time.

Mel and Stephanie Clemmons’ children were out of school for a break, so they spent a week’s vacation in Washington D.C., and New York City.

They visited relatives and friends and took the children sightseeing. This was a great time for a family getaway.

On Wednesday morning Patricia “Pat” Buttram was hostess for a women’s breakfast at McDonald’s. Pat is a lover of people, and she did this all on her own.

The ladies present were Lillian Eskridge, Margie Moore, Willie Springs, Julia Harris, Mary Hickey, Maria Frazier, Carolyn Phillips, Willene Gordon, Helen Wright, Wanda Parton, Leila Talley, Janée Clemmons and Louise Warmley.

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, we enjoyed singing from Margie Moore. She sang “His Eye is On the Sparrow” and “The Alabaster Boy.” Her singing and the words of the song touched our hearts.

Afterward, Louise Warmley read “On the Wings of Prayer.” Expressions were given by some of the ladies who shared what this fellowship has done for them.

Pat expressed her love for everyone and thanks for coming. Mary gave a closing prayer. All of us are thankful for Pat.

Inez Buttram Fields, a former resident of Harriman, was given a surprise birthday party by her children.

Inez attended Jamieson High School and is a member of St. Mary’s Baptist Church. She is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ed Buttram.

Inez is 90 years young. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the mother of several children and a host of grandchildren as well as great grandchildren.

Inez thanks God for her long life as she continues to serve and worship Him. Happy birthday from all of us here, Inez.

The Gordon and Phillips families had a get-together last Saturday at Kingston City Park. More than 40 family members attended. They had lots of fun times and lots of food for everyone. Carolyn Phillips said it was a blessing to have family to come together in love one more time.

Yolanda Ray, Mary Kilgo and Mae Eskridge celebrated their birthdays Sept. 23. Hope each of you enjoyed your day.

Congratulations to Carolyn and Danny Baker, who celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary Wednesday, Sept. 26. May you be blessed with many more years of marriage.

Deborah Hill and Carrie Johnson both celebrated their birthdays Sept. 27. Happy birthday to both of you and God bless.

On Wednesday, visitors with Ruby Jean Boyd were Dr. Lee Otis Richersons and his wife from McGehee, Ark. They had dinner with Jean, a meal that she had prepared for them. They spent the afternoon with her. Jean hasn’t been feeling too well.

When the Richersons left they went go Gatlinburg to attend a medical meeting. Jean said she really did enjoy them. They lifted her spirits.

Our prayers are for Emma Kline. We wish her a speedy recovery. She is now a patient in St. Mary’s Medical Center, Knoxville, at the time of this writing.