• Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Whittaker Vernon Middleton.


Middleton expresses appreciation as he leaves Canaan   As they prepares to transition to a new church family, the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Whittaker Vernon Middleton were given an outstanding program of love and appreciation for their time as Pastor and First Lady over the past 14 years at Canaan United Methodist Church in Cope. The program conducted, June 2, began with the hymn, “Marching to Zion.” Numerous selections were provided by the various church choirs and a scrumptious meal was served. Expressions of appreciation were provided by various church organizations followed with remarks by the Rev. George Manigo.  Closing remarks were provided by the Rev. Middleton, followed by the benediction. The Rev. Dr. Middleton expressed his appreciation to Caanan in the form of a letter. “Dear Caanan Family and Friends:  I am most grateful to each of you for the many acts of kindness shown to my wife and me over these 14 years,” he wrote. “We have accomplished so much working together as a team to save souls, and to make our community a better place to live.  “As I reflect on our tenure at Canaan, it seems like it was just yesterday when we came into your midst – but believe it or not, 14 years have gone by and we only need to look at our children who have grown up, and look at ourselves in the mirror to see that a lot of time has passed.  But when you are having a good time, this is the way it should be, and we have really had a good time.  “It has truly been a great adventure that to a large degree has come to an abrupt end. “A year ago, I had no idea that I would be writing this kind of letter to you at this time.  But, like everything else, there is a time and a season for all things and now our season at Caanan is coming to an end. “As Lillie and I prepare to leave you, please know that Canaan will always hold a very special place in our hearts, and we will always love you. I do pray that you will give your new pastor the kind of support and love that you have given to me as your Pastor.  He will need all of your support; even more so than did I, as these are much more challenging times in which we live economically, socially and spiritually.  Thus it takes an ambitious and visionary leader in order to lead our church, or our people will perish without it. “Thank you again for your prayers and support, and if you are ever in the Salters/Kingstree areas of Williamsburg County, please stop by and see us at St. Luke and Jerusalem United Methodist Churches, as that is where we will be.  “Sincerely, Whittaker V. Middleton, Pastor, CUMC.”   Casey installed as Pastor of New Providence   The formal Installation Service for the Rev. Ronald Casey as Pastor of New Providence Baptist Church in Moncks Corner was conducted on June 24 at the Day Dawn Baptist Church. The service took place with the Rev. Dr. Leon G. Brown presiding. The Rev. Casey is a native and resident of the Pineville /St. Stephen communities of Berkeley County, and is the third of eight siblings of Mary Lee Kazer and the late George Kazer.  He is a graduate of Russelville High School, and is married to the former Thelma Addison.  They are the parents of three lovely daughters, Rondalyn Pinckney, Thelisha Eaddy and Claudia Casey; two sons-in-law, Jammie Pinckney and Charles Eaddy; and are the grandparents of one handsome little boy, Jaden Pinckney. The Rev. Casey has been a member of Day Dawn Baptist Church since his baptism there at an early age. This man of God is: a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend and neighbor. We pray God’s continued blessings upon his ministry and his family.   Get Well Wishes   We pause to send warm get well wishes to Frances Blanding Newland, Annie M. Booker, Viola Middleton, Annie Wiggins,  Dr. Hattie Martin,  Gracie Williams, Mattie Dingle, Margie Prioleau, Ernestine G. Williams, Ernestine M. Williams, Ruth Williams, Joyce Dingle, the mother of  Ora Blanding,  and all others that are shut-in or under the weather.   Items of Interest   Send items of interest to Yvonne J. Barnes, 1458 Colonel Maham Dr., Pineville, SC 29468.  Call (843) 567-4182 or email ybarnes@homesc.com.  

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