Don’t let anyone stop you from achieving your goals

  • Friday, March 14, 2014

Sophia Pringle a former Georgetown firefighter at her 50th birthday celebration. Now a flight attendant with Xtra airlines.

“That no flesh should glory in his presence.”

1 Cor. 1:29

Hopefully you have had a wonderful week, and have enjoyed the spring like weather. I have to admit that I forgot to set the clock springing forward. I guess I wanted to hold on to the extra hour of sleep. The lilies are shooting up all over in beautiful colors of white and yellow, and the birds seem to be singing more brilliantly than ever. March 20 is the first day of spring and of course we are in the resurrection season. Many people are fasting for the Lenten season, and many have given up certain likes for forty days. My desire each day is for a closer walk with God that I may learn his ways, and to express only love towards my fellow man.

Rebecca G. Izard

Sister Rebecca G. Izard is back in the news again. Mrs. Rebecca celebrated her 100th birthday last Saturday at the J.B. Beck recreation center, but her church family at Arnett A.M.E. also wanted to show her that extra love and appreciation. The Daughters of Sarah, and the Sons of Allen sponsored a beautiful program on Sunday, March 9 with Mrs. Anna Davis presiding. Others on program were Rev. Lyneatha Drayton, Rev. Marva Osborne, and Sister Janice Cobb. A special acknowledgement was given by Rev. Carl Anderson. A trip down memory lane was given by Sisters Elizabeth Johnson, Lillian Jackson, Lillie Jean Johnson and Marilyn Sumpter. Presentations were given by Rev. Lyneatha Drayton, Brothers Gerald Williams, Lamar Izard and Rev. Barbara Nelson. Special remarks were made by presiding elder, Rev. Rosalyn Grant-Coleman, and special selections were sung by Rev. Willie B. Thomas, Brother James Nelson and Sister Beatrice Sherald. Remarks were made by the honoree. It was a wonderful way for a church family to say thank you for 100 years of a wonderful life, and we love you. Rev. Barbara Nelson is the very fine pastor of Arnett.

Thomas Alford and the Boys of the Cross

Brother Thomas Alford and the Boys of the Cross celebrated their 39th singing anniversary on Sunday, March 9 at 4 p.m. at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in the Bloomingvale community of Andrews. The pews were packed as soloists, groups, and choirs from far and near came to celebrate with the talented group of gospel singers. Licentiates Elinda Greggs and Jackie Darby served as emcees for the evening. Others on program were Sister Eliase White, and Deacon Edward Gibson. It was a wonderful, musical program, and we wish Brother Alford and the Boys of the Cross many more anniversaries. Rev. Herman Ford, Jr. is the pastor of Mt. Zion.

St. Stephen A.M.E. Church

The annual Family and Friends Day celebration for St. Stephen A.M.E. Church will be held on Sunday, March 30 beginning with Church School at 9 a.m., and worship service at 10:07 a.m. They look forward to seeing you as they fellowship and praise God together. Rev. Dr. Carl L. Anderson is the pastor.

There will be a special program at St. Stephen A.M.E. Church on Saturday, March 22 at 10 a.m. The program is entitled: Women Stepping Into God’s Grace Through Spiritual and Physical Wellness. The presenters will be Cheri L. Franklin, M.D., the first African American to serve as chief resident of internal medicine at MUSC and the Honorable Rev. Gwendolyn McNeil, a born again, spirit filled believer, Itinerant Elder in the A.M.E. Church, and Georgetown County Summary Court Judge. The program is free and coordinated by the Women’s Ministry of St. Stephen A.M.E. Church. Rev. Dr. Carl Anderson is the pastor. You may register by calling Patricia at 843-520-0369 or Linda at 843-240-7934. Lunch will be provided.

Sophia Pringle

The last time I saw Sophia Pringle was in the halls of Coastal Carolina University where I worked. I was enthralled at meeting her face to face after having seen her many times on the streets of Georgetown standing beside the fire trucks. She was the first African American female and the only female to work with the fire department for the county and city at the same time. She worked with the fire department from 1996 until 2006.

From talking to Sophia, I learned that she loved a challenge, and would let nothing stop her from reaching an intended goal. She wanted to become a flight attendant as a high school student, but her mom, Mrs. Marie Pringle, said she had to finish school first. She finished school, went to college and majored in Criminal Justice, but she still hadn’t accomplished her goal of being a flight attendant.

I was invited to Sophia’s 50th birthday celebration on Saturday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the VFW building. Red and white balloons floated from the ceiling as guests sat at tables covered in red and white. Alika Wilson presided over the program which included niece and nephew Nekia Armstrong and Little J, Celina Hurell, Joyce Paul, Kathy Bivins, Kayla Armstrong, Jeanette Sessions, and former boss, first African American Fire Chief, Jim Sargent, and Battalion Chief, Lorenzo Cobb. Both of these men praised Sophia for her excellent work with the fire department, and congratulated her on her accomplishments.

I don’t have room to tell you all of the things Sophia has done, but I can tell you that she has achieved her life long goal. She has been a flight attendant for six years, one month and seven days. She did that at 44 years of age, and tells others not to let anyone stop you from achieving your goals. She especially tells young ladies to wait on your dream, and the Lord will bring it to pass. Even as a single mom with two children, she admonishes you to never give up.

Sophia is now a flight attendant with Xtra Airlines and has flown to places such as Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Bahamas, and Chili. She lives in Punta Gorda, Florida, and gets to come home about once every 4 months, which she says is not enough. I did ask her the difference between the fire department and flying. She said there was not much difference as both included risks and I do believe she enjoys risks.

I still admire Sophia, am glad I got to know her, and wish her success all the rest of her days.


Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, the homeless and hungry, those in nursing homes and hospitals, those facing surgeries, forgive those who hurt you, and pray for them, and let us pray for one another. May God bless you until we meet again.

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