Fanni
2009 Service

ben and florence
Mrs. Florence Davis and Mr. Ben Davis (center standing)
Two of Fannie Harris Institute's Honorees for Service

They are surrounded by children, grand children and other family members.

HONORING THOSE

Who Have Worked Many Years
in the

Fannie M. Harris Institute

 A crowd of approximately 60 people gathered at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee (4715 New Allen Road- Rev. Carl Shields – Pastor) on Sunday, September 20, 2009, to celebrate many years of service by 16 Christian soldiers.


The celebration sermon was preached by Dr. Leroy Davis who is Director of the Fannie Harris Institute and pastor of First Baptist Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church (3011 Mt. Olive, Memphis, TN 38108).  Choirs from Antioch MBC and First Baptist Mt. Olive MBC provided the music.


Many testimonials were given regarding the impact on personal lives of many of the honorees.  Dr. Davis writes in the printed program. “Your steadfastness and diligence has been much appreciated and is being honored on this day.   I congratulate you and desire for you to know that your work speaks for you and has not been rendered in vain.”


 The recipients were given certificates and monetary awards.  Dr. James Adams, President of Tennessee Regular BM and E State Convention made a decision that this recognition service will be an annual affair of the State Convention and would be held on the 3rd Sunday in September

A committee was appointed by President Adams and they were assigned the task of making this event a permanent part of the convention by (1) developing a selection criteria, (2) finding finance, (3) placing it in a stable venue, and (4) developing a marketing and public relations plan.


Below is a list of those who were honored.

 

Our Honorees for 2009

BEASLEY, KATHRYN
Church:   Messiah Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor:     Rev. Jerry Randolph
Service Rendered: Associate Dean of Doctrine, Educational Committee Chair

BURFORD, JO EVELYN
Church:   Mt. Gilliam Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor:     Rev. David Fitzgerald
Service Rendered: Planning committee.

CARTER, OSSIE W.
Church:   Bethlehem Baptist Church
Pastor:     Rev. O.C. Collins, Jr.
Service Rendered: Dean of Fannie M. Harris Institute of Christian Education

DAVIS, BENJAMIN
Church:   First Baptist Church, Mr. Olive Road
Pastor:     Dr. Leroy Davis
Service Rendered: Laymen

DAVIS, FLORENCE
Church:   First Baptist Church, Mt. Olive Road
Pastor:     Dr. Leroy Davis
Service Rendered: Educational Committee, Planning Committee

DIGGS, EDWARD
Church: Mt. Gilliam Baptist Church
Pastor:     Rev. David Fitzgerald
Service Rendered: Vice President

DIGGS, PERRIE
Church:   Mt. Gilliam Baptist Church
Pastor:     Rev. David Fitzgerald
Service Rendered: Registrar

DOTSON, MARY
Church:   St. Stephens Baptist Church
Pastor:     Dr. James Adams
Service Rendered: Associate Dean, Fannie M. Harris Institute

GASTON, IVA M.
Church:   Columbus Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor:     Dr. John J. Campbell
Service Rendered
: Secretary since 1957

GATES, CLEMMIE T.
Church:   Bethlehem Baptist Church
Pastor: 
    Rev. O.C. Collins, Ir.
Service Rendered: Treasurer, Planning Committee

GREEN, GEORGIA
Church:   Keel Avenue Baptist Church
Pastor:     Rev. Robert Jones
Service Rendered: Sunday School Director

JOHNSON, VERNON
Church:   Antioch Baptist Church
Pastor:     Rev. Carl Shields
Service Rendered: Vice President

MARLOW, DOROTHY
Church:   St Peter Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor:     Rev. James F. Greene
Service Rendered: Music Director

MAYS, BARBARA
Church:   St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor:     Rev. James F. Greene
Service Rendered: Baptist Training Union Director

MOORE, CARRIE B.
Church:   Columbus Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor:     Dr. John J. Campbell
Service Rendered: Financial Secretary

WILLIAMS,  RUBY STEIN
Church:   Union Grove Baptist Church
Pastor:     Dr. Jarmes F. Smith
Service Rendered: Devotional Committee, Instructor, Fannie M. Harris Institute

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