Greetings- It was a big success! On Saturday, May 31, beginning at noon, at the Frazier Center in Covington, The Armstead (Babe and Jim Ella Gray) families of Jamestown pulled out all of the stops!
Family fun and plenty of delicious foods were the bill. Chef Edward Cobbs, now of Memphis, along with his sister and helper in the kitchen, Pam Cobbs Springfield, and others dished it out. Everything barbeque, from pulled pork shoulders to bologna, hit the grill. Spaghetti, baked beans, coleslaw and potato salad were the balance along with cakes, pies and cold drinks. Chairperson Pam Cobbs Springfield and the committee, Stacy Evans-Tolbert, Michelle Hartzog, Takisha Kemp, April Mason and Josilyn McGarity, did an outstanding job; those lime green family t-shirts truly were delightful.
Descendents representing the Armstead Gray family were Demetrice Gray Baker (Joshua), Ruthie Gray Payne, Maggie Gray Mason, Bessie Gray Cobbs and Saul Gray (Martha Burton-Gray, who came out in fine form).
A brief talent show highlighted a young Michael Jackson performer from Chicago, Ill., Tamarion Burnett, whose parents are Maressa and Cornelious Simons, formerly of Covington. Maressa’s father is Freddie Baker, now of Virginia Beach, Va. Freddie was one of the cameramen, along with Deon, son of DeLane Banker, the family’s video expert.
Eugene Baker came out with his lovely daughter, Gigi, as special family guests of Demetrice Baker’s family. Afterwards, several of us enjoyed the remainder of the day in the lovely home of Steve and Joselynn McGarity of Covington. Chasity Mason, daughter of April Mason, granddaughter of Terri Sherrill Payne, also of Covington, sang a lovely solo in the talent show. This was the fourth event for this fine family.
On Sunday, at Bright Hill M.B., a morning ordination service for the new pastor, Rev. D. Sanders, was held with several special family guests. During the afternoon service, pastor Dexter Moragne and St. Luke M.B. Church of Covington were featured. Bright Hill welcomes Pastor and Mrs. D. Sanders and family. Bible study is Wednesday at 6 p.m.
As of this week, Charles Mosley is now a freshman at University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Charles is the youngest son of Jeffery and Janet Mosley Sr., of Jamestown, Charles is a member of this fall’s football program at U.T.
The family of Lee and Ada (Smith) Draine will convene June 20-22 for their family reunion at the Balcony Banquet Room in Millington. Church service at St. Mark M.B. Church will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Keith McGee officiating. The church is located on Wilkinsonville road and the public is invited.
On Sunday at 2 p.m., St. Paul Chapel’s annual chair day will be held with St. Mark on Wilkinsonville road. Featured guest chair Pastor W. E. Gatlin and the lovely choir welcome you.
Pastor Gatlin’s teaching missionary meeting every first Saturday of the month at the church, at noon, the public is invited. God’s Grace Gospel Church and pastor Pearl Andrews will install its officers and she’ll be ordained June 29 at 2 p.m. Dinner will be served afterwards, several guests are expected to attend and the public is invited. Bible study is at 5 p.m. at the church every Wednesday.
VBS at the church will be June 18-20 with a barbeque on the final day at the church.
We are in prayer for Gail Payne, with the passing of her special friend, Sammy Gayene, of Mason. The funeral is this Saturday at Palmer’s Funeral Home in Mason.
Happy birthday to Pam Springfield (25th), Alicia Cook, Paula Gray, Janet Mosley and Dwain Miller (30th) and Gloria Harber (June 1). We are praying for Katarene Harber, Ruth Alston, Connie Brown, Carlotta Jones, Flossie Woods, Jessie Lawson, Eva Heaston, Clark and Birdie Jones, Joseph Heaston Sr. and Eugene Baker.
This is it for this week. Remember, “Whenever families come together, love is truly felt all around.”
Until next time.