Our prayers and condolences are with the family of Annie Mae Epperson Wilkerson Perry, 82, of Pell City, who passed away April 2, 2009.

She is preceded in death by her two husbands, Virgil Wilkerson and William “Red” Perry, her parents, Charlie Epperson and Alma Epperson, daughter, Carolyn McGowan, sister, Sue Epperson St. John, and great-grandchild, Brandon Champion.

Mrs. Perry is survived y one son, Eddie and Wife, Rhonda Wilkerson, one daughter, Janie Champion, three step-children, one brother, Charlie Epperson, two sisters, Jacqueline Sweatt and Charlotte martin, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Interment was in St. Clair Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Coal City.

I have fond memories of Moe and her husband, “Red” Perry. When “Red” was living and my late mother, Orene Black, was living in her house in Coal City, my brother, Joe “Cliff” Black of Mobile would invite “Red” and Mae to come to Mother’s home to have a “pickin’ and grinin’.” In fact, I have a videotape of “Red” who was a gifted guitarist, Mae, the late Oliver Faulkner, my brother and some others who were /are musicians.

Mae’s late sister, Sue St. John and I were very close friends.

Our prayers and condolences are with Mae’s Family. Those of us who knew and loved her will sadly miss her.

Howard Savage was honored with a birthday party on his eightieth birthday, April 5, 2009. The fellowship hall of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church was the scene of the party.

Howard was born to the late Chester and the late Maddie Savage who reared their children in the New Prospect Baptist Church neighborhood, which is in Ragland.

Howard has been married to Juanita Vaughan Savage for some fifty years. They have two children, a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Diane Savage, and a daughter, Joan Savage Golden all of Pell City.

They have four grandchildren, Amy Kearley and husband, Scott, Jim Golden and wife, Kris, Tyler Savage of Moody and Blair Savage of Tuscaloosa and two great-grandchildren, Dani Kearley and Jack Golden.

Howard has been an active member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church fifty-eight years and Juanita has been an active member for sixty-one years. Howard has served the church as a trustee for many years and Juanita has served in numerous positions in the church such as homecoming chairwoman, leader for congregational singing, etc.

The two of them had a big part in building the new church. And they are among the most faithful members of the church.

122 persons registered for the party, however, Juanita said she knows of some guests who did not register. The fellowship hall was filled to its capacity.

I don’t know of a more deserving person of an honor like this was than Howard Savage. I have known him and Juanita for many years and have utmost confidence in their Christian lives. And when I mention their names to others in this area who know them I hear nothing but compliments for them.

Happy birthday to my former pastor, Reverend Kenneth Perkins, April 23, my long-time friend, Jack Henderson who will be 82 years young, April 27, my classmate and friend, Jean Hurst Johnson, April 28 and my great-niece, Haleigh Riveiro, April 30! Haleigh is the daughter of Eddie and Yolon Pace Riveiro and is the granddaughter of my sister, Jalta Black Pace.

Jack Henderson has been a shut-in for more than 30 years. Let’s shower him with cards, phone calls, visits and gifts. He collects baseball caps. Among his favorite foods are broccoli cornbread, red delicious apples and peanut brittle candy. His mailing address is 100 Henderson Lane, Ragland, AL 35131.

Congratulations and happy anniversary to John and JoAnn Phillips who celebrated their fifty-sixth April 17 and to my pastor and his wife, Reverend Zane and Janett Smith, April 25! Jim and JoAnn are my daughter-in-law’s Karen Scott’s parents and also my close friends as well as part of my family.

The St. Clair Baptist Association will hold its semi-annual meeting Tuesday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m. at Pell City First Baptist Church. All pastors, church officers and messengers are urged to attend. The Reverend Doctor Ben Chandler is the Director of Missions.

Immediately following this meeting there will be a Missions Banquet in the fellowship hall of the church. You must register for the banquet by noon on May 8. The cost of the meal is $5.00, however, you do not have to pay until you arrive at the banquet.

To register, please call Linda at the association office, 1-800-404-5505 or 205-594-5173 or e-mail:

stclairbapt@windstream.net to register for the meal. Men and women and youth are invited to the missions banquet. Mrs. Helen Jackson is the WMU Director for the St. Clair Baptist Association.

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