By Faye Gaston
Leola Cobb was honored with a retirement party given by the members of the Union Springs Senior Citizens Nutrition Center on Friday, August 30, 2019. She served as Manager for nineteen years, from August 9, 2000 until August 30, 2019. From 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon there were words spoken to her of appreciation for her service at the Center and in Christian work.
John D. Cox gave the welcome to a room full of folks. Elder Dorothy Jones prayed the invocation. Juanita Smith sang a song that described Mrs. Cobb in her overcoming troubles in her life. Mozelle Benton read Scripture.
Members of the staff of South Central Alabama Development Commission Area Agency on Aging (SCADC), sponsors of the Nutrition Center, were the first speakers (Sharon Redd, Karen Crawford, Shelia Rice, Mary Wordsworth, Maude Garrett). Next was Jeanette Lindsey, Bullock County Aging Director. Then Union Springs Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr. and Chairman of the County Commissioners, Alonza B. (Seymour) Ellis, Jr. spoke as sharing the responsibility of maintaining the Nutrition Center building. Former Chairman Ron Smith and commissioners Don Larkins and John McGowan spoke. Other elected officials who spoke include the chief of police, Danny Jackson, Sheriff Raymond Rodgers, Midway Town Councilwoman Dollie Blue and Revenue Commissioner Neara Reed..
Several ministers who give devotionals and Bible studies at the Center spoke. Community Health Educator Gloria Glaze spoke. Patsy Gholston spoke for the Chunnenuggee Garden Club. Organizations who give programs with information for a better quality of life for senior citizens were recognized, including Southern Springs Healthcare & Rehab and the Extension System, and bouquets of flowers from Municipal Judge Theresa Daniel.
Friends of Mrs. Cobb came to congratulate her including Attorney Nathan Dickson, president of Mt. Hebron District of Midway, Pastor of Mt. Silla Missionary Baptist Church, President of American Legion Auxilliary #337 Bell Cook and Hobson, Ruby Swanson, Lela Pugh, Ella Ruth Hall and a host of others.
Current paid workers spoke, Alberta Anderson and Gazelle Scott, and also past paid workers. Special recognition was given to Mrs. Cobb's assistant, Terri Bean. Mrs. Cobb's daughter, Alfreda Scott-Meeks presented her with a huge hanging plant and announced that there would be a family party for Mrs. Cobb on the next day. Mrs. Cobb's brother also spoke.
Participants of the Nutrition Center five days a week stood, wearing their purple Nutrition Center T-shirts. Several spoke.
Tommie O'Neal presented the plaque of appreciation and best wishes to Mrs. Cobb from the Nutrition Center. She responded with remarks of plans for this next season of her life and urged all to be ready for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Henry Rodgers prayed the blessing on the lunch, catered by Dorothy Presley. Darlene McGaw was the photographer for photos for the Herald newspaper and mementos for Mrs. Cobb.
The retirement party committee was Tommie O'Neal, Faye Gaston (M.C.) Melinda Dix and Mozelle Benton.