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IMAGE ©SMALLTOWNPAPERS, INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL~IGHTS RESERVED. USE SUBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. f PAGE 4 Nostalgic Review l Methodist Celebrate THE FLORALA NEWS " JUNE 6, Frontier MPECIAL PEOPLE. 8ome d tim M3ecinl p~e at tim First United Methodist C1mrch's Frun- tier Day service on Sunday were Joe Bates, pastor, Jim Walker, special guestwho performed "How Great Thou Art", John Baldwin, Church Lay Leader who served as director of the ser- vice and coordinator of the program and the Reverend Larry Smith, who was a surprise guest speaker. Frontier Day which was ch- Merton Reeves flllndevery- nerved at First United Metho- one in os tim churchbistoryba- dist Church Sunday was a fitting ginning back in the 1800s. The nend-off for the church pastor church is in its fifth location. of 7 1/2 years, the Reverend Tim first was located in the re- Joe E. Bates and family. The tinily of Florala Memorial Hose Bates family will leave next p/ial before 1888; second near Thursday, June 10, for hispro- Mrs. MableZorn'sresidenceom posed new pastorate in Linden, Alabama. Church lay leader John Bald- van was in~charl~e of the days activities ~nd everythiNg was planned around whet the Rever- end Bates .~g:o~ust - eating, preaching singing, not msartiy tm~tbat order. The Reverend Bates is u- sully in on all the planniNg in- volving c6arch actlvlUus, but on occaslun, he was coin- pletely in the dark. The sur- prise of the day came when his "son in the ministry", the Re- versnd Larry Smithwas escort- sd in to do the preaching. Ac- cording to tim printedprogrsm, John Baldwin was to he the 11:00 o'cleck speaker. Tim dinner was most enjoy- able with an abundance of old fashioned dishes. At the con- clusion of dinner, just prior to Lqernoon singing, the Bates fa- mily was presented a gift from the church, silver candlebras, as a morn#ate oftheirdedicated service the past seven and one- bali lmWS. East Fifth Avenue-in old Fin- rsia in 1904; the third lecatias was at the present church sits and the building was erected at a cost of $2,200 in 1905. Pie- lures and drawings of this church can be seen at Florabt Memorial Library. In 1934, be- cause of a disagreement on pav- ing cost in the church area, the church folk wnlkedontasdpur- cbased what is now the Floral8 Masonic Hall for $3500. They COUldn't ever stop the basement k~ leekiNg and the plastm" falling in so they sold it for $10,000 and bungM the church building back. Later that year, Reeves heqht the old church building structure for $1.000. He now has the old beams and doors in his shop on North 6th Street, if anyone is interested in see- INg them. The building com- mittee costract.ed with a Troy firm inl)ecember 3, 1947 for the present church structure at a price of $52,400. In 1948 they bad the first service in the and dedicated it the June Is Termite " JUt. WALLACE RASBERRY preseats the Reverend Joe Bates with a Lift as appreciation for his years of service at the First United Methodist Church in Frontier Day program on Sunday. The Reverend Bates will be leavingFlorala on June 10 assignment. Looking on are (from left) ao/ ~ Joe Bates, Jr., Jean Bates. same day. Merton Raid tl~ey lacked a little having it paid for when it was completed and W. W. Taylor planked out the cash so. that nothing would be owed by the church. That was quite a record for that day and age. The First United Methodist Church in its history has had 44 pastors in 88 years for an average of ~ years. The pre- nenl pastor, the Reverend Joe Bates, Sr., has been here the longest, L. W. Carlton was the only pastor to serve the church twice, and J. B. Cummings was the only pastor to die while in nervice to the church. R.K. Jones was said to have been the only hell, fire and damnation Con I Month preacher to serve the church ! tro ~d he was noted as having had ~i the most children - 10 when he J June is being commemorated the National Pest Control As- ~ C began his pastorate and 13upos ~- ~/. leaving, after 4 years. He drove : as National Pest Control Month. sociation which represents over f.~, a big long black Desota with It is also a time for checking in2000the peStunitedcontrOIstates.businessUAdvanced ~-~' "airport seats" and they say your home for conditions which ~ ./~ it was one more sight to see technical material is constant- Idm pull up to the church and may invite pests, ly transmitted to Kersey and "While you're at it," says mlcad those 13 children, his Mr. Kersey of Kersey's Bonded other members to ensure pro° wife and himself. fessional high standardsintheir A large humber of special services. pests attended the Frontier "Part of our service is to Day celebration, including Jim keep the consumer informed a- Ud Norma Davis, former mem- bout our industry and its sMe Imrs, now living at Shalima, practices in pest control", hers, now living at Shalimar, stresses Mr. Kersey. NPCA has developed cousu- THE ~tTIB CLAM. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~, ~ 08 ~ ha" ~ christeM~ d~Lltfle Florida and for the evening song met information about common~ Miss Kimberly Renee Bates on Sunday, May 30, Members of the family are (front row, from left) service, the Reverend and Mrs. pests and their control which Mrs. Ruby Bates, Jeff, Jamie, Elizabeth, Miss Maggie Bes sis Bates. On the back row are Mrs. Raymond, Taylor and daughter of may he obtained from Mr. Ker- Jerry Lee Bentley, Mrs. Jerrilyn Bates, K/mberly Renoe, Joe Bates Jr., Reverend and Mrs. Joe the Florala Assembly of God sey. Bates and Jean. The christening took place as part of the United Methodist's Frontier Day service. Church. It was truly an enjoyableday, m am,r/rswoet. JUNE IS NATIONAL PEST CONTROL MONTH Cl i ff Kersey, with Kersey's Termite and Pest Control Co., would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join Termite Co., Opp, "do all you can to discourage unwanted guests - insects and rodents". Kersey suggests you seal all cracks around the foundation, screen outside doors and win- the trend to better, safer, and more enjoyable living at home this summer by using Kersey's regular pest control ser- vices. Give Cliff Kersey or any of the Kersey Representatives in your area a call today and get the full facts concerning a pest free home. "Remember pesticides carrying pests". protect people from destructive & disease th & Property, call today, since 1954. Call Opp Home WAYNE KERSEY Florala, Representative For the protection of your Heal "BUGS AWAY ....... JOIN TODAY". JACK MeDAMIELS. Tim Jack McDuniel family was all smiles at tim Frontier Day service at the First United Methodist Church on Sunday. Dressed like a true frontier family, they are: Mrs. Judy McDasiel, Jan and Jeffery and Jack McDanlel. a~ #,'x o'e/oel in ,l~e evening imm./iate/y /o//owl.g t, e eeremo.g KERSEY'S---Serving South Alabama Office .... Collect 493-4239 do~,., There are places pests i! caiif-~ter your home. Pest prevention is an important part of a good and lasting control program. ~r_ Kersey is a member of ~TROL I " ^'~'^~ I I i I THE JERRY McDAMIELS. This froniler First United Methodist Frontier Day was (iron McDaniel, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McDaniel and Daniel. All dressed in Bicentennial wear, they ~S/ly hem the old west instead of Floral,, in 1976. The Reeves Clan FARM FRESH Clayton Bell Son Farm NEW HARMONY -- By Church Pepper Tomatoes Squash Watermelor Sweet Picked, Boxed and Ready To Sell Phone Paxton 4-5236