Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 1425 Mt. Moriah Road, Pell City, will hold their fifth Sunday Night Singing, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. “New mercy” Trio of Northport, Alabama, will be the guest singers.

The church family will have supper and fellowship preceding the singing at 5:30 p.m. It’s covered dish. Please bring food and drinks. Coffee will be provided by the church family. Steve Latta is the Singing Chairman and Reverend Zane Smith is the church pastor. Everyone is invited.

Women on Mission organization of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church got together last Wednesday morning at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Pell City. We enjoyed eating breakfast and fellowshipping. Those enjoying the social occasion were Florence Kerr, Juanita Savage who was the honoree because she had a birthday on Friday, January 22nd, Jessie Garrison, Linda Markham, Joan Venable, Margie Castleberry, Redena King, Ena Hallman, Shirley Hallman, Dakota Hallman (who was the driver for his mom and grandmother), Regina Hurst, Joyce Higginbotham, Elizabeth McNutt and I, Mona Scott.

We gave Juanita Savage a birthday card and a monetary gift. All of us wrote notes on the card. Juanita who serves as Treasurer of Women on Mission was very pleased that we chose to honor her for her birthday. She made speeches twice to thank us.

Jessie Garrison who is one of the Mission Support Leaders of Women on Mission was the facilitator for this get-together. She prayed the prayer of thanksgiving and also prayed for our church and our Women on Mission members.

The purpose of the social occasion was a “kick off” to create more interest in our Women on Mission organization for this New Year, 2010.

We plan to have more social get-togethers like this during the year.

I want to correct two errors that were made in my column last week: In my write-up of Garland and Juanita Davis’ fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration their deceased son, Donald Davis’ widow’s mane was inadvertently omitted. Her name is Karen Davis. In the list of names of persons who had birthdays my grandson’s name was published as Joe Smith. His name is Joe Scott. I regret both errors and apologize to both persons.

Happy birthday to my sister, Kay Black Buckner, my young friend, Caitlin Savage, and Bob Kerr who all three celebrate January 30th, Justin hallman, January 31st and my longtime friend, Margie Savage, who will be 83 years young February 2nd!

Margie Savage has been a shut-in for several years now. Let’s shower her with birthday cards. Please call me and I will give you her address.

Our sincere sympathy and prayer are with the families of Anthony Steven “Andy” Pollard, 65, of Ragland who passed away January 20, 2010, Homer Teral “Terry” Jones, 70, of Coal City who passed away January 21, 2010 and Aaron Neal Manning, 44, of Coal City who passed away January 21, 2010.

“Andy” Pollard and his widow, Madlyn, were/are well known and loved/love by all of us who knew/know both of them. “Andy” was a devoted Christian and was a member of Hardin’s Chapel Bible Church in Ragland. He will be greatly missed by all of us who knew and loved him. Interment was in adjoining cemetery of Hardin’s Chapel church.

Homer Teral “Terry” Jones was born and reared in Coal City and attended Coal City School. His parents, who are both deceased, were Connell and Viola Bannister Jones. “Terry” was a devoted Christian and a member of Oak Grove Baptist church, Number Two in Ragland. The wake and funeral were held at oak Grove Church. Interment was in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in the Riverside area.

“Terry” is survived by two daughters, Nancy Swindall and Sherry Broadhead, Two sons, Homer Teral Jones, Jr. and Jerry Lee Jones, 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Carl Jones and Joe Jones, four sisters, Pearl Henderson, Addis Sims, Carolyn McKinnon and Sandra Hollis. Those of us who knew and loved “Terry” will greatly miss him.

Aaron Neal manning was born and reared in Coal City and attended the Coal City School. His parents, both deceased, were Hubert and Inez Savage Manning. I was unable to get Aaron’s church affiliation before press time. His parents reared their children in the Church of god denomination.

One of Aaron’s schoolteachers said that he was the most well behaved student she taught the two years she taught him in elementary school.

I was told that a staff member of the Salvation Army made a very impressive speech paying tribute to Aaron for being so well behaved and cooperative with the staff during his stay at the Salvation Army. This took place at Aaron’s funeral.

I did not know Aaron, however, I knew his daddy and mother and I know his sisters and two older brothers. My heart grieves with them.

Aaron’s funeral was held at Usrey Funeral Home in Coal City and interment was in the Popes Chapel Cemetery in Coal City. Aaron will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Let us not forget to pray for these families in the days to come. And let us keep a continual prayer vigil for all the sick and shut-ins of our area, all residents and their personnel in Nursing/Assisted Living Homes, all school/Head Start/College students and heir personnel, our troops, their families, leaders of our nation, stat and local officials and all other prayer needs.

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