It may have been a day after Valentine’s, but the women of Georgetown felt the love at the Georgetown Sons of Allen Banquet.

The 22nd Georgetown District African Methodist Episcopal Sons of Allen Banquet honored women in Georgetown at the Howard Center on Saturday night, Jan.15.

“We salute you and for all you ladies, we continue to recognize you in your outstanding work and all that you do” Jamare Holmes of Nazareth AME said.

The banquet was also held in remembrance of Rev. Thomas Earl Drayton, the first president of the Palmetto Conference Sons of Allen chapter, who died in November 2019. To honor Rev. Drayton, SOA member Marvin Neal handed a resolution to Emma Drayton, the late reverend’s wife, on his commitment to the organization and the community.

Ms. Drayton had almost no words to say with tears in her eyes but said that Rev. Drayton would have loved what his people did for him.

“Thank you for that. Thank you for Earl. This would have made him so proud and I thank the Sons of Allen for remembering him because this was his debut” Ms. Drayton said.

After having a banquet, the crowd was treated to a hymn of praise by the Hopewell AME church choir followed by guest speaker Rev. Jarrett Washington.

The banquet is held every year to honor prominent women figures in the community. Vice President of SOA Fred Jiles presented the awards to the honorees; Nelorea “Shay” Hubbert, Dr. Tracy Swinton Bailey, Dailey Ford and Ollie Bell Morrison.

Hubbert is a member of St. Paul AME Church Sampit and serves as the Young People’s Department (YPD) Director. As she has worked with young people, she was awarded the Young Adult award.

“I surely thank them for this honor” Hubbert said.

Dr. Bailey is an educator and founder and CEO of Freedom Readers, Inc. in Georgetown helping youths improve their literacy skills in low-income community. She was awarded the Adult Award.

Ford is a member of St. Paul AME Plantersville and has been an educator in Georgetown County School District for 30 years. She is a volunteer in mentoring youth and assisting with after school enrichment programs. Ford was awarded the Trail Blazer Award.

Lastly, the oldest honoree, Morrison, was awarded the Centenarian award for celebrating her 100th birthday on Dec.17, 2019. Morrison is a member of Cumberland AME where she served as a Stewardess and Missionary.