Gloria Ford:Antonio Devon Grate Memorial Scholarship Fund to present program Nov. 10

  • Friday, November 2, 2012

“Shew me thy ways O Lord, teach me thy paths.”
Psalm 25:4

Hopefully you have had a wonderful week, and your prayers were towards those in the way of the storm. Let’s not forget to continue praying for them. If your week was not so wonderful, then I pray that the upcoming week will bring you much comfort and joy.
The storm has left us with much cooler weather, and also cautions for various heating devices to use them with care.  Be careful with space heaters and remember to have your fireplaces checked and cleaned.

Emily Williams

I had the privilege of attending the home and business of cosmetologist, Mrs. Emily Williams for her annual “Customer Appreciation Day.”  This was the 7th year of this most desirable event.
Unfortunately, the event’s schedule time was in competition with the winds and rains of Hurricane Sandy on Saturday, Oct. 27.   
I traveled highway 701 to Mrs. William’s home in Bucksville with the thought that the program had been called off since most of the activities took place outdoors.  I was pleasantly surprised to find cars lined up along the roadside, even though the beautiful and colorful decorations were already withering from the rain that continued to fall.  
Mrs. Williams was gracious as always, and you could tell she wasn’t going to let the hurricane ruin this day for her customers.
Pans of delicious foods had been prepared and models, both male and female, had rehearsed the walks and turns up the runway that had been built outside for the occasion.
Now, customers and others that had been invited sat in the spacious beauty shop, on the covered porch or inside the home.  I  joined the others in the talk of the day which centered mostly around the storm.  Tickets were passed out for the drawings of carefully chosen prizes, and Thanksgiving turkeys.  
Mrs. Williams announced with fervor that the program was about to begin.  She had changed from jeans and a shirt to a gorgeous black pant suit with red blouse and accessories.  She was one determined lady.  The DJ’s known as “Don and Julie” were in place and Sister Naomi Vereen, the mistress of ceremony, proceeded to open the program.  Others on program were Rev. Henry Jones, and yours truly.  After a formal welcome by Mrs. Emily Williams, the fashion show models were announced by Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Lorraine Jones taking turns for sports, casual and business apparel fashions.  The models took their turns in beautiful fashions for the various categories, having to march down the runway in the rain, then inside for all to see, and back out again, seemingly enjoying every minute of it.  The models were Sisters Holland Wright, Towanda Pyatt, Dayla Grissett, Felisha Brown,  and Tilayo (TT)Akinwumi, along with Brothers Leon Eaddy, Melvin Bromell, Gerald Williams, and J.C. Stewart.  Unfortunately, I had to leave for another program, but the modeling was followed by a mock wedding whose bride was Towanda Pyatt and the groom was Larry Hill with a complete wedding party.  I know it must have been gorgeous.  The servers for the day were Teresa Owens, Alberta Brown, Laura Thomas and Veronica Davis.  Food was catered by William Dease and Phyllis Sumpter was the photographer.  They even ended with Karaoke so everyone could display their talents.  Emily’s Beauty Shop is located at 651 Browns Chapel Road in the Bucksville community of Conway.  Congratulations to Miss Emily for another successful customer’s appreciation day, even in the rain.

Retirement party

The other program I had to attend was the retirement party of Mr. Nathaniel B, Sr. and Rev. Willie Bell Thomas, my friends and classmates.  Mrs. Maxine Montgomery did a wonderful job of presiding.  Others on program were Reverends Sandra Ladson and Barbara Nelson, Nathaniel B. Thomas, Jr., Bertha J. Smith, Michelle Duncan, Elder Rosalyn Grant-Coleman, the granddaughters, Florine Linnen, Willie Mae Deas, Lamar Izard, Raymond J. Thomas, and yours truly. A wonderful meal was also served.  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas gave words of thanks, and it was truly a joyous time as reflections were given of these two wonderful persons that God allowed to work and be able to retire at a good age with much experience.  May they be blessed above blessings with only peace added to it.

Holy land experience in Orlando

The senior citizens of North Santee under the leadership of Mrs. Carrie Kennedy, will be sponsoring a trip to the Holy Land Experience in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 12 – 14, 2013.  There is a $50 deposit to reserve your seats now.  
Total price is only $190 for the trip, which includes the trip, room for 2, and tickets to the Holy Land.  Total due by January 1, 2013.  You may contact the center by calling 843-527-3338, or see Mrs. Priscilla Cromedy, or Mrs. Sandra Johnson.

Scholarship fund

Antonio Devon Grate Memorial Scholarship Fund presents:  “Stop the Male against Male Violence” on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s AME Church in Pawleys Island.   The motivational speaker for this event will be Brother Darrell Cumbee from Andrews.  He is the lead singer for the Family and Fellowship Singers.  Others on program will be: The New Israelites of North Charleston, The Echoes of Faith of Charleston, Women of Strength of Columbia, Little Ricky and The Golden Stars of Bennettsville, Brother John Duncan and the Singing Stars of Sampit, and The Family Fellowship Singers of Andrews.
For more information, Call Mrs. Benzena Morant at 843-240-8738.


Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in nursing homes and hospitals, the victims of the hurricane, our men and women on the battlefield in Iraq and their families back home, our elderly, and for each other.  May your November truly be one of great thankfulness for what the Lord has done, what He is doing, and what He is going to do.  Have a great weekend and upcoming week.

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