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MINE HAS BEEN A JOURNEY OF 48 YEARS (1971-2019). IT BEGAN WITH A LIFE-CHANGING ENCOUNTER WITH THE RISEN, LIVING CHRIST OF THE SCRIPTURE AT HERNANDO UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN MARCH OF '71. MY LIFE WITHIN AND WITHOUT BEGAN TO CHANGE, ALTERING THE WAY I PERCEIVED MY CAREER AT UNION PLANTERS BANK IN MEMPHIS AND THE WAY I THOUGHT/SPOKE AND RESPONDED TO PEOPLE AROUND ME.
BY THE SPRING OF 1973, I WAS PRETTY SURE THAT GOD WAS CALLING ME TO LEAVE THE BANK AND PREPARE FOR MINISTRY AS A PASTOR. AT THAT POINT THE DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT OF THE AREA CONTACTED ME AND ASKED ME TO BE A WEEKEND PASTOR TO FOUR SMALL CHURCHES OUT FROM SENATOBIA/COMO. THAT YEAR WOULD PROVIDE ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO FURTHER CONFIRM GOD'S PLAN FOR MY LIFE, SO I ACCEPTED THE APPOINTMENT TO THE COMO PARISH AND CONTINUED MY CAREER AT THE BANK FOR ANOTHER YEAR.
THAT BEGAN 32 YEARS OF ACTIVE SERVICE, INVOLVING 7 APPOINTMENTS AND INCLUDING 15 DIFFERENT CHURCH CONGREGATIONS. FOLLOWING ARE PICTURES OF MOST OF THE CHURCH BUILDINGS AND PARSONAGES. GOOGLE EARTH HAS BEEN THE SOURCE OF MOST PICS, BUT I COULD NOT LOCATE DUNDEE OF THE LULA/DUNDEE/FRIARS POINT CHARGE. THE SHOTS OF PROSPECT, FREE SPRINGS AND FAITH ARE FROM THE AIR.
EVERY SINGLE PICTURE PROVIDES MEMORIES THAT BRING A SMILE TO MY FACE AND/OR TEARS TO MY EYES BECAUSE EVERY COMMUNITY/CHURCH WAS SPECIAL... POPULATED WITH SOME OF GOD'S VERY BEST FOLKS.
BUT, MOST ESPECIALLY, THESE PICS HELP ME REMEMBER SEASONS IN THE LIVES OF MY SONS WHO HAD THE CHALLENGE OF GROWING UP 'PREACHER'S KIDS'.

THE COMO PARISH UMC 1973-74
FREDONIA FREE SPRINGS MT. VERNON TYRO



THE BARNESVILLE CIRCUIT UMC 1974-'77
MARVIN MILNER PROSPECT..WAY BACK IN WOODS TABERNACLE

BARNESVILLE PARSONAGE W/O THE BIG SHADE TREES BARNESVILLE BACKYARD COOKOUT W/ REID & RONNIE BILL & TOMMY SWINGING TOMMY JUS' THINKING

I CAN NEVER WATCH THIS WITHOUT GETTING A HUGE LUMP IN MY THROAT.....WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE??? IT SEEMS THAT I ONLY TURNED AROUND AND THEN THEY WERE HUSBANDS AND DADDIES....




CANDLER SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY, EMORY UNIV. 1974-'77.
BISHOPS HALL--ALL CLASSES CANDLER LIBRARY--SELDOM VISITED



GREENWOOD FIRST UMC, Assoc. Pastor 1977-'80
OLD FIRST CHURCH HOUSE ON E. JEFF DAVIS..LOOKS VACANT NOW



LULA-DUNDEE-FRIARS POINT CHARGE UMC 1980-'82
FRIARS POINT LULA--PARSONAGE NEXT DOOR LULA--OUR OWN MAYBERRY TYPE PLACE



GRACE UMC - GREENVILLE 1982-'88
GRACE HAD BEAUTIFUL TREES IN FRONT..DISEASE KILLED THEM ALL PARSONAGE FRONT..1124 LONGVIEW SIDE VIEW

FAITH UMC-SOUTHAVEN 1988- '94
AERIAL VIEW FAITH PARSONAGE


TUNICA UMC 1994 - 2005
CHURCH & PARSONAGE FAMILY LIFE CENTER OPENED OCT. 2000



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