The descendants of Samuel Sylvester, “Uncle Sam” and Susan Catherine Savage, “Aunt Suzie” Crump held their annual family reunion Saturday, September 5 at Lakeside Park in Pell City.

“Uncle Sam” and “Aunt Suzie” had eight children who are all deceased. I will list them and their spouses chronologically:

Guy Buiel Crump and first wife, Lily Mae Hammett Crump whom he had five children by and second wife, Addie Enjenure McCoy Crump who he had five children by; Lottie Fay Crump Fornwalt and husband, Herbert Fornwalt; Ernest Heber Crump who died when he was young and did not have a wife; Randall Staton “Boot” Crump and his wife, Nellie Rich Crump; Reginald Clayton “Ludd” Crump and his wife, Una Mae Morgan Crump; Lina Enid Crump Tucker Cosper and first husband, Hansel Tucker whom she had four children by and John Cosper, (They had no children); and Alma Laura “Chick” Crump Davenport and husband Emerys Lama Davenport.

There were some eighty cousins and several of their friends who attended this special occasion. Friends who attended were Laura Tollison Hartley, Nandean Wells Moreland and Faye Williams Bivens.

Randall “Boot” Crump’s daughter, Norma Jean Crump Smith of Defuniak Springs, Florida came the fartherest

Alma’s “Chick’s” daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann (Davenport) Morgan and “Sonny” Morgan of Moody attended.

The Crumps whose fore parents were pioneer families of our community have been holding these family reunions for over 50 years. They have had to change the dates of these family reunions several times over the years. They have been holding the reunions in the month of September for the past several years.

One of the members of the Wattsville Church of God called me and reported that their church was vandalized recently. The toys for the children in their nursery were torn up and thrown down the bank that is in front of the church. They literally ransacked the nursery and vandalized some other parts of the building, she reported. She asked me to state for the church family that they forgive the vandalizers and pray that they will take responsibility for their wrongdoing. And she stated on behalf of the church that they are welcome to attend services and Sunday School at Wattsville Church of God.

Wattsville Church of God’s Sunday School starts at 10:15 a.m., Morning Worship Service starts at 11:00 a.m. and Evening Worship Service starts at 6:00 p.m. There is no Wednesday Evening Service. Reverend Hank Quenenberry is the church’s pastor.

Mt. Moriah Baptist Church had Kevin and Sherry Rickles of Cropwell as special guests recently on a Sunday evening. They had been on a mission trip in 2008 to Tanzania, Africa. They showed a video they’d taped while they were there. It was un-usually inspirational. They sowed the Tanzanians singing “How Great Thou Art” in Swahali and the workers who were from the United States and with the Rickles wee singing the hymn at the same time in English. This was very touching. They also showed the Tanzanian children singing. That, too, was very touching.

The Rickles, who are deeply compassionate toward people of a different culture, gave their personal testimonies after they had shown us the video.

Their three children came with them that night and there were a number of Mt. Moriah’s children and youth there for that special service. I was delighted to see that many children and youth there because they will be our future missionaries.

We, the Mt. Moriah Church family, greatly appreciate the Rickles for coming to Mt. Moriah and sharing their wonderful missions experiences with us.

Happy birthday to Margaret Milam, October 1 and Jackie Gant, October 3!

Let us keep a daily prayer vigil for our sick and shut-ins, the recently bereaved, those in nursing homes/assisted living centers, our school/head start/college students and their personnel, our troops, their families, leaders of our nation, sate and local officials. Please especially remember in prayer Tim Crump who is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Crump and has recently suffered a mild heart attack.

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