Bishop and Mrs. Fannin as well Bishop and Mrs. Willimon joined the Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses (ARMS) for the annual luncheon at Annual Conference in Madison on June 3. The luncheon was held at lunch this year so that more retirees could be afforded the opportunity to attend. We had 136 in attendance.
We had 21 new retirees added to our group of retirees this Annual Conference. Pictured in picture 1 (-r) are: Ed Soule, Bobby and Lorna Green, Sally and Regan Brown, Tex and Regina Ergle, Ken and Jane Smith. Pictured in picture 2 (l-r) are:Rich and Cindi Patsios, Ben and Carol Padgett, and Warren and Bonita Wilder. Those who retired but are not pictured include: Tom Duley, Joe Elmore, Jr., Sam Hardie, III, Beverly Ann Hynes-Grace, R. Franklin Johnson, Kieth Murner, Melody Florence Traylor, David Sherman Wallace, Ronald Gilbreath, John Briscoe, Jr., James R. Wood, Roger Dale McCrary, and Margaret Qnn Whitsett.
Rev. Bobby Scales lifted those who have died since our last Annual Conference and their families in prayer. Those are: (Clergy) Barry H. Anderson, James Elton Beasley, Oscar David Eddleman, Marvin Edmonson, Henry Ford, Jr., Charles Gilbert, Ernest Ray Goodwin, Thurston E. Hamby, II, Charles Philip Howell, Rex Alan Manasco, William E. Milstead, Samuel D. Pickard, Al Reaves, Clarence Rice, O. J. Ridgeway, Ernest H. Smotherman, Kenneth Ray Street, and William D. Wells, Sr. (Spouses) Martha P. Burnham, Betty Clark, Minnie Doss, Margaret Van Cleave Handley, Robbie L. Holcomb, Yvonnia Johnson, Calvin Lambert, Georgia Hollis McCain, Diane McCrary, Winnie Murphree, Shelvey Parker, Frances Railey, Willene H. Ray, Louise H. Scott, Altrue J. Stewart, Jessmer Glenn Terry, Inez Wallace, Marilyn Warlick, and Jackie L. Williams.
The Fall meeting of ARMS will be held at Camp Sumatanga at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. We look forward to seeing each of you there. Just a reminder; dues were raised to $10 per person last year. Dues can be paid at any of the ARMS meetings or forwarded to the treasurer, Rev. Jim Napp at 2036 Kentucky Ave., Vestavia Hills, AL 35216.
Annual Conference will return to Birmingham Southern for the 2012 session.