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HISTORY OF THE MT. ZION A. M. E. ZION CHURCH 139th

October 9, 2005

Rev. Henry Thomas organized the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in October 1866 in a frame building on Fenwick Street along with Sis. Eliza Fields, Bro. William Davis, Rev. Edward Glenn, Brother and Sister Caesar Harvey and others. The members later purchased a piece of land and moved to 1320 Twiggs Street, now 1237 Summer Street, Augusta, Georgia. Rev. Henry Thomas was the first pastor and tribute was paid to him by burying his body in the churchyard.

Some of the first members were Rev. R. R. Bignon, Bro. S. A. Walker, Sis. Susie Walker, Bro. Willie Harris, Sis. Emma Fredericks, Bro. LaFayette Jones, Sis. Rosa Jones, Sis. Mary Hill, Sister Botwell, Bro. Granderson Thomas, Bro. Calvin Jones, Sis. Isabella Frye, Sis. Della Richardson, Sis. Mozelle Jackson, Bro. Lewis Griffin and Sis. Julia Washington, all of who have passed on.

Some former pastors were: Reverends S. Ledbetter, T. P. Turner, H. P. Langford, Rev. Bonner, G. P. Paines, J. J. Nicholson, M. L. Flowers, Charles E. Tucker, C. L. Hendricks, R. W. Walker, Felix S. Anderson, P. B. Mitchell, B. J. Turner, J. S. McClary, Rev. Bridges, Rev. Littles and P. B. Woods. Of these ministers, Rev. Charles Eubanks Tucker and Rev. Felix S. Anderson obtained higher calling and became Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

Of the older membership, three persons entered the ministry: the late Dr. D. P. Thomas, Dr. D. B. Schultz and Rev. Heywood Kettles, all deceased.

In the year of 1942, Rev. J. W. Davis was appointed pastor. Under his leadership the church grasped a new hold on prosperity. Many members were added to the church family, a mortgage of 22 years on the church was paid off and a brick front added.

In 1947, the Rev. Lacy J. Cochrane was appointed pastor. With an untiring and energetic spirit, he served eight (8) years increasing our membership immensely. The church’s interior was redecorated and a heating system installed. Rev. Cochrane was appointed Presiding Elder of the Augusta-Winder District and served seven (7) years.

In 1957, Rev. Robert L. Postell was appointed pastor. In his sixteen years of service much was done for the betterment of our church, community and our lives spiritually and financially. In 1963, he was appointed Presiding Elder of the Augusta-Winder District. At the close of the Georgia Conference ending the 1988-89 Conference Year, Bishop Cecil Bishop appointed him Presiding Elder of the Augusta District in November 1988. Presiding Elder Postell retired from active service in the ministry at the close of the 122nd Session of the Georgia-South Georgia Annual Conference, November 7-12, 1989 at Decatur AMEZ Church, Lithonia, Georgia. Under the leadership of Rev. Postell, two persons entered the ministry the late Rev. Eugene Crumb and Rev. Samuel Grant.

In 1971, Rev. J. Edward McKinnis was appointed pastor. He served eight months and left. Rev. Postell carried out his unexpired term, serving one year.

In 1973, Rev. George Richard Washington was appointed as our leader. Rev. Washington came in on “fire” spiritually and financially. We were able to pay off a nine-year mortgage on the church and equipment in six weeks. Some accomplishments under the leadership of Rev. Washington were: the installment of central heat and air conditioning in 1974; purchase of communion sets and collection plates; in 1976 we purchased a public address system; in 1977, the floor of the church was re-sanded and new carpet was installed.

Rev. Washington left in August 1978 to re-enter military life and Presiding Elder Postell served until October 1978. Under the Presiding Elder’s guidance, we completed the purchase of a parsonage complete with furniture located at 2719 Deen Avenue, Augusta, Georgia.

Six persons entered the ministry during Rev. Washington’s tenure: Rev. Johnny Riley; Rev. Merritt Littlejohn, who was ordained Deacon in 1974 at Smith Chapel AMEZ Church, Girard, Georgia; Rev. Sidney Miniweather received local preacher’s license; Rev. Roger Harley, Sr., and Rev. Jimmy D. Edwards. Rev. Isaac Smith transferred from the Baptist Church to AMEZ Methodism.

Some of our first members who still remain with the church family are Mrs. Mary Royal, Mr. Joseph Kettles, Mrs. Juanita Hardy, and Mrs. Florene Anderson. The late Albert Baxter, Mary Wynn, Martha Bryant, Henry Wells, Katie Rivers and Elizabeth Wells were also among the first members.

In October 1978, Rev. Edmund J. Whitley, Sr., was appointed to lead us. Under his leadership we purchased 71.133.48 square feet of land for future building purposes. Rev. Whitley served until October 1981.

In October 1981, Rev. George R. Washington, Jr., returned as our leader. Plans were made to build a new sanctuary and twenty-five members were added to the church roll.

In September 1985, the late Bishop Arthur Marshall, Jr, appointed Rev. Robert C. Moore pastor. After Rev. Moore’s arrival, construction of our present building was completed. During the 1984-85 Conference Year, seven (7) people joined our family.

In March 1986, we moved into the present sanctuary. We termed this month as our “Birthday” month to commemorate our first worship service in the new sanctuary. The late Bishop Arthur Marshall, Jr. and Bishop Cecil Bishop have returned to preach Birthday Sermons. Bishop Cecil Bishop later became the Senior Bishop of the AMEZ Church at the 45th Quadrennial Session of the AMEZ Church General Conference, July 24-August 2, 1996, Washington, DC.

For the 1986-87 Conference Year, Rev. Victor L. Carson, Jr. was appointed to lead us by the late Bishop Arthur Marshall Jr. Under Rev. Carson’s leadership, thirteen (13) people joined our church family. During the 1988-89 Conference Year and Rev. Carson’s tenure, thirteen people were added to the church roll.

At the close of the 122nd Session of the Georgia-South Georgia Annual Conference, November 7-12, 1989, held at Decatur AMEZ Church, Lithonia, Georgia, Bishop Cecil Bishop, Presiding Prelate of the Eighth Episcopal District, appointed Rev. Otis Chester Robinson pastor of Mt. Zion AMEZ Church and Presiding Elder of the Augusta District, South Georgia Conference. Ms. Linda Cratic and Mr. Richard Manor served as delegate and alternate delegate respectively. During Rev. Robinson’s tenure membership increased by twenty-one (21) and the unfinished portion of the educational building was completed. We paved a portion of the front parking lot in October 1990 and placed security bars around the church.

It is significant to mention that Dr. Bernard Franklin, Sixth President of Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina, a college supported by our Denomination, was the keynote speaker for our 125th Church Anniversary, October 13, 1991.

The 44th Quadrennial Session of the AME Zion Church General Conference was held at the Atlanta Hilton and Towers Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia. Bishop Cecil Bishop was Presiding Prelate and Shaw Temple AMEZ Church was host church; Dr. John Wesley Smith was host pastor and presiding elder. Ms. Linda Cratic served as Delegate to this Conference and helped to elect six Bishops in the AMEZ Church. Bishop George E. Battle Jr. was elected and given the charge to preside over the Georgia-South Georgia Conferences.

Our 126th Annual Conference was held November 1992 at Mt. Zion AMEZ, Augusta. Ms. Linda Cratic and Mr. Richard Manor served as delegate and alternate delegate respectively. At the close of the Conference, Rev. O. C. Robinson was re-appointed pastor for Fiscal Conference Year 1992-93 and Presiding Elder of the Augusta District by Bishop George E. Battle, Jr. Rev. Robinson was subsequently appointed for the 1993-94 Conference Year and the beginning of the 1994-95 Conference Year.

During the 1993-94 Conference Year, Bro. Fletcher Dyson answered the call to the ministry. Rev. Frank J. Counts transferred to our Conference as a retired minister. Rev. Robinson served until June 25, 1995. Bishop George Battle transferred him to the South Carolina Conference. Prior to Rev. Robinson’s departure, Bro. Calvin Gunn became a local preacher and was admitted to the Augusta District Conference, June 1996. Bishop Battle appointed Rev. Dr. Robert E. Christian, Sr., Columbia, South Carolina, as Presiding Elder of the Augusta District in November 1994.

Rev. Clarence J. Shuford, Jr. was appointed pastor at Mt. Zion AMEZ, Augusta, on July 2, 1995 to serve the remainder of the 1994-95 Conference Year by Bishop George E. Battle, Jr. At the close of the 128th Session of the Georgia-South Georgia Annual Conference, November 1995, Rev. Shuford was re-appointed pastor of Mt. Zion for the 1995-96 Conference Year. Rev. Shuford came to us with knowledge, consecrated motives and a personal interest in his members. Twelve members were added to our church family for the 1995-96 Conference Year. We purchased a baby grand piano, a commercial stove and exhaust system for the Fellowship Hall and installed new kitchen cabinets; established a clothes closet; formed a partnership with Safe Zone; provided space for the Feed-A-Kid Program; and established a Church Newsletter, completed paving another portion of the parking lot and erected two marquis’. In June 1996, Rev. Shuford was elected President of the United African Christian Methodist Ministerial Alliance in Augusta, Georgia.

The 45th Quadrennial Session of the AMEZ Church General Conference was held July 24 - August 2, 1996 in Washington, DC. Rev. C. J. Shuford and Ms. Linda Cratic served as Delegates and helped to elect two Bishops: Nathaniel Jarrett and Warren Brown. At the close of the General Conference, our Episcopal Area was changed to the South Atlantic Episcopal Area and the Rev. Dr. Joseph Johnson was assigned Presiding Bishop.

The 129th Session of the Georgia-South Georgia Annual Conferences was held November 6-10, 1996 ending FY Conference Year 1995-96 at Mt. Zion AMEZ Church, Augusta, with Dr. Joseph Johnson, Presiding Bishop. (Cratic and Manor delegates). Bro. Fletcher Dyson was ordained Elder 11/10/96 and Rev. C. J. Shuford was re-appointed as pastor of Mt. Zion AMEZ Church and Presiding Elder of the Augusta District for the 1996-97 Conference Year.

Achievements for the 1996-97 Conference Year: Established a young men’s group called “Sons of Varick,” through the Christian Education Department six students received scholarship money for college; Ministries: clothing and gifts for the Battered Women’s Shelter at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, clothing and food for other shelters in the city; sack lunches were provided for the homeless seeking food on a need-by-need basis; we opened our doors for community meetings regarding violence and black on black crime in the city; and a total of 10 people joined the church family.

On August 10, 1997, Sister Sharon Caldwell preached her trial sermon to become an exhorter at Mt. Zion AMEZ Church. At the 130th Session of the Augusta District Conference, Green Grove AMEZ Church, Gough, Georgia, the Admissions Committee recommended Sis. Caldwell to receive local preacher’s license at the 130th Session of the Georgia-South Georgia Annual Conference.

At the close of the 130th Session of the Georgia and South Georgia Annual Conferences, held November 4-9, 1997, Shaw Temple AMEZ Chuch, Atlanta, Georgia, Bishop Joseph Johnson, Presiding Bishop of the South Atlantic Episcopal Area, appointed Rev. C. J. Shuford, Jr. shepherd for the 1997-98 Conference Year. In addition, he was appointed Presiding Elder of the Augusta District. Sis. Sharon Caldwell received local preacher’s license. Rev. Fletcher Dyson was appointed pastor of Pleasant Grove AMEZ Church, Sardis, Georgia. The Mt. Zion Church had 32 members added to the church family. Two ministries were started: “Daughters in Truth” and a Family Ministry. We daily strive to make our Church a “House of Prayer.”

The 131st Session of the Georgia-South Georgia Conferences was held November 3-8, 1998 at Mt. Zion AMEZ Church. Church delegate was Ms. Linda Cratic; Mr. Richard Manor, Alternate Delegate. Bishop Joseph Johnson, Presiding Bishop. Rev. C. J. Shuford was re-appointed pastor for the 1998-1999 Conference Year and Presiding Elder of the Augusta District. Ten members joined our family (FY-1998-99) the roof on the church was re-done. Rev. Frank Counts began assisting with ministerial duties.

On March 6, 1999, at the first Bishop’s Check-Up Meeting for FY 98-99 held at Decatur AMEZ Church, Lithonia, Georgia,. Bro. Calvin Gunn was ordained an Elder and assigned as pastor of Pleasant Grove AMEZ Church, Sardis, Georgia.

Rev. Shuford was re-appointed Pastor of Mt. Zion and Presiding Elder of the Augusta District at the close of the 132nd Annual Conference, November 4-7, 1999, New Life AMEZ Church, College Park, Georgia by Bishop Joseph Johnson, Presiding Bishop, South Atlantic Episcopal District. (Cratic and Manor delegates).

Bro. James Coffman preached his exhorter’s sermon in March 2000 and was recommended to the 133rd Session of the Augusta District Conference. Rev. Dr. John Paul Ruth, Presiding Elder.

The 46th Quadrennial General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church convened July 26-August 4, 2000, Joseph S. Khoury Convention Center, Greensboro, North Carolina. Rev. Michael A. Frencher, Trinity AMEZ Church host pastor. Bishop Cecil Bishop was host Bishop. Ministerial delegates from the Augusta District: Rev. C. J. Shuford, Rev. Rose Bryan and Rev. Sidney Minniweather. Ms. Linda Cratic was elected Lay Delegate and Ms. Vivian Hilton, alternate Lay Delegate. At this session, the Delegates voted to merge the Georgia/South Georgia Annual Conferences to the Georgia Conference.

Under the leadership of Rev. Shuford (1999-2000 Conference Year), Mt. Zion church family provided space for workshops on Survival Skills for Women of the Welfare to Work Program; installed new sound system for sanctuary; replaced tile and carpet in Fellowship Hall, offices, hallway, nantex and Education wing; 11 members joined the family.

The 133rd Session of the Georgia Conference was held November 7-11, 2000 at Shaw Temple AMEZ Church, Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. Dr. Louis Hunter, pastor. Church delegate – Ms. Linda Cratic; Alternate Delegate – Mr. Richard Manor. Bishop Joseph Johnson, Presiding Bishop; Mrs. Dorothy S. Johnson, Missionary Supervisor. At the close of the Conference, Rev. Alton Ray Pegues was appointed pastor to the Mt. Zion AMEZ Church for the 2000-2001 Conference Year. Rev. John Paul Ruth was appointed Presiding Elder of the Augusta/Winder District. Rev. C. J. Shuford was transferred to the South Carolina Conference as Presiding Elder.

Bishop Joseph Johnson ordained Rev. Calvin Gunn an Elder June 10, 2001 at New Mt. Olivet AMEZ Church, Rock Hill, South Carolina Hill.

On June 17, 2001 at the 134th Session of the Augusta/Winder District Conference (Rev. John Paul Ruth, Presiding Elder) Sis. Sharon Caldwell was recommended to the 134th Annual Conference (October 29-11/3/01) for Ordination. Bro. James Coffman was recommended for Admission to the District Conference on Trial.

On September 22, 2001, the 4th Quarterly Conference for FY 2000-2001 of Mt. Zion was held. Bro. Leonard Ravenell received Local Preacher’s License by Presiding Elder John Paul Ruth.

Accomplishments under Rev. Pegues’ leadership include initiation of 8:00 A.M. Worship, 4/22/01; ministries: Women’s Fellowship, Men’s Fellowship, Couples in Christ, Flower and tape ministries and Zion’s Praise Group. A total of 19 members joined. Additionally the members painted the interior of the church.

The 134th Session of the Georgia Annual Conference convened October 29 – November 3, 2001 at Mt. Zion AMEZ Church, 1237 Summer Street, Augusta, GA. Church delegate – Ms. Linda Cratic; Alternate delegate – Mr. Richard Manor. Rev. Alton R. Pegues, host pastor and Bishop Joseph Johnson, Presiding Bishop; Rev. Dorothy S. Johnson, Missionary Supervisor. Sis. Sharon Caldwell was admitted into Full Connection and ordained an Elder on November 3, 2001. At the close of the Conference, Rev. Alton R. Pegues was re-appointed pastor to Mt. Zion AMEZ Church.

The 135th Session of the Augusta/Winder District Conference convened August 10, 2002. Bro. Leonard Ravenell withdrew from the AMEZ Denomination. The Examiners’ Committee recommended Sis. Vanessa McLamb be admitted to the District Conference, receive local preacher’s license and continue studies in Fayetteville, NC. Bro. James Coffman was recommended to the ensuing Georgia Annual Conference (November 2002) and to continue Third Year Studies.

For the FY-2001-2002 Conference Year, 20 members joined. Completed a resource center for tutorials to church family and community members. Members of the church donated the furniture for the Center. Goals set were: “Debt Free in 2003”; become a 100% tithing church; purchase a new van or bus; complete paving of parking lot; purchase new parsonage.

The 135th Session of the Georgia Annual Conference met October 28-November 2, 2002, Faith African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Atlanta, Georgia. Rev. Dr. N’dugu G. B. T’Ofori-atta, host pastor. Ms. Linda Cratic and Mr. Richard Manor served as delegate and alternate delegate, respectively. Presiding Elder – Rev. Dr. John Paul Ruth. Presiding Bishop – Bishop Joseph Johnson. Associate Presiding Bishop – Bishop Clarence Carr. At the close of the Conference, Rev. Alton R. Pegues was re-appointed pastor to Mt. Zion A. M. E. Zion Church, Augusta, Georgia for the FY-2002-2003 Conference Year.

Under the leadership of Rev. Pegues, the church mortgage was paid and a total of 17 members joined.

The 136th Session of the Augusta/Winder District Conference was held July 26, 2003 at Mt. Zion AMEZ Church, Augusta, Georgia. Rev. Alton Pegues, host pastor; Rev. Dr. John Paul Ruth, Presiding Elder and Rev. Dr. Carl A. Glenn, Associate Presiding Elder. Sis. Glenda Gunn, who preached her Trial Sermon on 7/20/03, was licensed as a local preacher on 7/25/03.

The 136th Session of the Georgia Conference convened October 27 – November 1, 2003, Shaw Temple A. M. E. Zion Church, Smyrna, Georgia. Rev. Dr. Lou9se Hunter, Host Pastor. Bishop Joseph Johnson, Host Bishop; Rev. Dorothy S. Johnson, Missionary Supervisor; Ms. Linda Cratic served as Delegate and Mr. Richard Manor, Alternate Delegate. At the close of the Conference, Bishop Johnson re-appointed Rev. Alton R. Pegues, Pastor of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church for the 2003-2004 Conference Year. Rev. Dr. John Paul Ruth, Presiding Elder.

For the 2003-2004 Conference Year, 17 members joined the church family under the leadership of Rev. Pegues. Ministerial staff consisted of Rev. Merritt B. Littlejohn, Rev. Lacy J. Cochrane, Sis. Joyce Scurry, Bro. Alexander Williams and Minister Dennis Campbell. Goals for the Conference Year: become a 100% tithing church; complete pavement of parking lot, secure a van/bus for transportation ministry and purchase new parsonage.

Sis. Joyce Scurry preached her Trial Sermon on December 23, 2003 at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Zion Church, Augusta, Georgia.

The 137th Session of the Augusta/Winder District Conference was held June 18-19-2004 at Bush Chapel A. M. E. Zion Church, Winder, Georgia. Rev. Lynn Hill, Host Pastor; Rev. Dr. John Paul Ruth, Presiding Elder. The Examiners Committee recommended Sis Joyce Scurry receive local preacher’s license.

The 47th General Conference of the A. M. E. Zion church was held July 28-August 4, 2004 at the James S. Khoury Convention Center, Greensboro, North Carolina. Sis. Linda Cratic was elected a Lay Delegate and Rev. Alton R. Pegues was elected an Alternate Ministerial Delegate. Host Church – Trinity A. M. E. Zion Church; Rev. Dr. Michael Frencher, Host Pastor; Bishop Cecil Bishop, Presiding Bishop. Four Bishops were retired: Bishop Cecil Bishop, Bishop Joseph Johnson, Bishop Enoch Rochester and Bishop Marshall Strickland. Four Bishops were elected: Bishop Roy Holmes, Bishop Louis Hunter, Sr., Bishop James McCoy and Bishop Kenneth Monroe. At the close of the Conference, Bishop Clarence Carr was assigned to the South Atlantic Episcopal District.

The 137th Session of the Georgia Conference convened November 1-6, 2004 at Mt. Zion A. M. E. Zion Church, Augusta, Georgia. Rev. Alton R. Pegues, Host Pastor. Rev. Dr. John Paul Ruth, Presiding Elder; Bishop Clarence Carr, Presiding Bishop; Mrs. Barbara S. Carr, Missionary Supervisor. Ms. Linda Cratic and Mr. Richard Manor served as Delegate and Alternate Delegate respectively. Bishop Carr re-appointed Rev. Alton R. Pegues, Pastor of Mt. Zion A. M. E. Zion Church of for the 2004-2005 Conference Year. Bro. James Coffman was admitted to the Georgia Annual Conference.

In February 22, 2005, the members purchased a new parsonage located at 2406 Golden Avenue, Augusta, Georgia 30906. Bishop Clarence Carr dedicated the parsonage on May 22, 2005.

In June 2005, Bro. James Coffman was ordained an Elder by Bishop Clarence Carr, Presiding Bishop of the South Atlantic Episcopal District, at the Faith and Order Conference, Rock Hill, South Carolina.

A total of 9 members joined for the 2004-2005 Conference Year. Goals: become a 1005 tithing church; purchase van/bus for transportation ministry; complete the paving of existing parking lot and pay off mortgage on new parsonage (Golden Avenue). Ministerial staff: Rev. Merritt B. Littlejohn, Rev. Lacy Cochrane, Sis. Joyce Scurry and Bro. Alexander Williams.

The 138th Session of the Georgia Annual Conference convened October 25-29, 2005 at Mt. Zion A. M. E. Zion Church, Augusta, Georgia. The Rt. Rev. Bishop Clarence Carr, Presiding Bishop; Rev. Rt. Louis Hunter, Sr., Associate Bishop; Mrs. Barbara S. Carr, Missionary Supervisor; Mrs. Ingrid F. Hunter, Associate Missionary Supervisor. Rev. Dr. John Paul Ruth, Presiding Elder, Augusta/Winder District; Rev. Don C. Phillips, Presiding Elder, Atlanta/Summerville District. Ms. Linda Cratic and Mr. Richard Manor served as delegate and alternate delegate respectively. Bishop Carr re-appointed Rev. Alton R. Pegues, Pastor of Mt. Zion A. M. E. Zion Church, Augusta, Georgia for the 2005-2006 Conference Year. Rev. Dr. John Paul Ruth was re-appointed Presiding Elder.

The 139th Session of the Augusta-Winder District Conference convened August 4-5, 2006, Bethlehem A.M.E. Zion Church, Winder, Georgia. Rev. Garo Sheats, host pastor. Rev. Dr. John Paul Ruth, Presiding Elder and Rev. Dr. Carl A. Glenn, Associate Presiding Elder. Ms. Linda Cratic and Mr. Richard Manor served as delegate and alternate delegate respectively. The Augusta-Winder District Examiners Committee recommended to the District Conference that Sis. Joyce Scurry and Bro. Alexander Williams receive renewal of their licenses and received on Trial at the 139th Session of the Georgia Annual Conference which will convene October 25-29, 2006 at Faith A. M. E. Zion Church, Atlanta, Georgia.

We cherish the memory of the following members: Mrs. Geraldine Dixon, Mr. Jerry Hardwick, Mrs. Etta McZorn, Mrs. Sarah Ward, Mr. Alonzo Murray, Mr. Willie E. Brigham, Mr. Albert Baxter, Mr. Charlie Green, Mr. Clarence Small, Mrs. Minnie Stewart, Mrs. Minnie Curry, Mrs. Maggie Terrell, Dr. S. W. Schultz, Mrs. Minnie Jackson, Mrs. Isabella Walker, Mrs. Annie M. Stephens, Mr. Robert Jennings, Jr., Mr. Willie Royal, Mr. Jessie Royal. 1982: Mrs. Lela Cash, Mr. Floyd Green, Sr., Mr. Frank Washington, Mr. Wilbur Jenkins, Sr. 1983: Mrs. Willie Hazel Parnell Johnson; 1984: Mr. Thomas Sharpton; 1985: Mrs. Daisy Thomas; 1986: Mrs. Nina Jenkins, Mrs. Annie Mae Hall; 1987: Mrs. Annie Little, Mrs. Ada Mae Jones, Mr. Maurice Booker, Mrs. Bertha Jackson Lawson, Mr. Walter Jones, Jr.; 1988: Mrs. Irene Aaron, Mrs. Mamie Bostic, Mrs. Mattie Jones; 1989: Mrs. Della Brown and Mr. Willie (BoBo) Smith, Sr.; 1990: Mr. Avery Jackson; 1991: Dr. Robert L. Postell 1993: Mr. David Jones, Mr. Ralph Stephens, Mrs. Johnnie B. Avery; 1994: Mr. Charlie Jackson, Mr. William Royal, Mr. John Booker, Sr.; 1995: Mrs. Marie Washington, Mrs. Eula Kelly, Mrs. Louise Crawford; 1996: Mr. Henry Wells, Mrs. Annie Mae Terrell, Mrs. Roberta O’Mari; 1997: Mrs. Ora Hollimon, Mr. John Booker, Mr. Lewis Johnson, Mr. E. J. Oliver; 1998: Mrs. Emma Smith; 1999: Mr. Carl James, Miss Kennesha Mitchell ,Mrs. Mamie Watkins, Ms. Juanita Boddie; 2000: Mrs. Elfleta V. Green, Mrs. Lucille M. Gillis, Rev. Estella White; 2001:Mrs. Katie Rivers, Mrs. Julia Jennings, Mrs. Elizabeth Wells and Mrs. Pearlie Wilkes; 2002: Mrs. Versie Mae James, Mr. Jerry Thomas; Ms. Gennia Wright, Mrs. Blanche Waters and Mrs. Gussie Oliver. 2003: Mr. Seabron Williams, Mr. Shawn McCrae and Rev. Franklin J. Counts. 2004: Mr. Isaac Fowler, Mrs. Mamie Schultz, Mr. Beauford Golphin, Mrs. Rachel Collins, Mrs. Mary Vance, Rev. Elmo Vance, Mr. Walter Jones and Henry H. Brigham, Sr. 2005: Mrs. Eula Pryor, Mrs. Casteva Armstrong and Mrs. Luvenia Kettles. 2006: Mr. Donald Patrick Aaron and Mr. Herbert G. McCain.

We thank our Wonderful Savior for permitting us to celebrate 139 years. We have struggled a long time and have had heartaches. With the help of God, we made it through.

Penitence

O Lord, mold Thou our character, our usefulness ascribes; May we ever dwell with thee and in thy love abide.

O Lord, may we understand, Things, real as they appear, May we ever walk with thee and do the right while here.

O Lord, may we not our duty shirk, but do the best we can, May we give to those in need, to help our fellowman.

O Lord may rich and sweet we be, as here and there we call May we, in our deeds portray a kindly spirit for all.

O Lord, who ruleth Heaven’s stars and makes the sun to shine, May thy name we magnify, for Thou art so kind.

Updated 10/03/05/lc


 
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