04 Mar 2011
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
The Rev. Dr. L. LaSimba Gray, pastor of New Sardis Baptist Church, believes it is important to note the achievements of individuals while they are still walking among us. Special to the Tri-State Defender
New Sardis Baptist Church held The Memphis Living Legends Ceremony Service, an annual event honoring local civil, social and business trailblazers, at the church at 7739 East Holmes Road last Sunday (Feb. 27).
Memphis City Schools Board Commissioner Sara Lewis is pumped about receiving a Living Legends award from the Rev. Dr. L. LaSimba Gray and New Sardis Baptist Church. (Photos by Earl Stanback)
Levi Frazier Jr. (left) and his wife, Deborah Frazier, accept Living Legends awards from the Rev. Dr. L. LaSimba Gray.
The morning worship service began with a procession of members dressed as great kings and queens of Africa. Then the audience was entertained by the New Sardis Sanctuary Choir singing well-known spirituals such as “Give Me That Old Time Religion” and “How I Got Over.”
Willie Neal of the legendary gospel group the Pattersonaires led the choir with an old time favorite song called “Happy.” The talented youth of the Signature Ballet and the Spiritual Lights Ensemble delighted the church with a skillful and graceful African dance. In response to a request from Rev. Gray, the Pattersonaires give an impromtu performance of one of their classic gospel hits.
The 2011 Memphis Living Legends: Judge Earnestine Hunt Dorse, Deborah Frazier, Levi Frazier Jr., Robert L. Gholson Jr., Rev. Dan Greer, Charles E. Hudson, Sara L. Lewis, Yolanda Y. Mathews, Elder Marvell Mitchell Sr. Grover Mosley Jr., Settlerstine (Stine) Moss-Cooperwood, Ruby O’Gray (Ruby Olivia Gray), Alphonzo Davis and Earnest Donelson (The Pattersonaires), George T. Watkins Jr, and Charlie Wilson.