By Faye Gaston
A benefit program was held for retired Bullock County Commissioner James Perry on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the Hardaway A.M.E. Church.
The agenda for the two and ½ hours program was as follows.
Devotion, Greetings by Pastor Bruny Mitchell, Welcome by Bro. Odies "Redd" Perry (also the M.C.), Roll Call of Groups, Choirs and Soloists. The musical instruments were a piano, keyboard, drums and cymbals.
Among the speakers were the current Chairman of Bullock County Commissioners, Alonza Ellis, Jr., and County Commissioners John McGowan and Henry Barnett. The speeches in-between the singing included many humorous remarks, hugs on James Perry, and a basket passed around for donations.
The conclusion was a speech by James Perry who thanked everyone for coming and that this event had stirred up many memories. He said the past two weeks of kidney dialysis in Union Springs made him strong enough to attend the benefit program.
The printed program featured a photo of James Perry and a message from Pastor Bruny Mitchell and the Hardaway A.M.E. Church Family: "Thank you for your prayers, support, presence and especially your love for Bro. James Perry. Bro. Perry thanks each of you and knows that you didn't have to do it but because of the love of God it was possible.
"A very special thanks to the "Bobcats" for all of their love and help in the preparation of this program. Please continue to keep him and his family in prayers. We know that God is a healer and He's already worked it out. Thanks, and We Love You."
The parking lot was full of cars and the church sanctuary was full of family and friends of James Perry. The benefit was a huge success.