Saturday August 18, 2018, Mrs. Earline Jefferson (wearing hat) was surprised by her family with a celebration dinner in honor of her 94th birthday at the Emmanuel AME Church Fellowship Hall. Also in attendance was her aunt and playmate from Washington, DC, Mrs. Henrietta Gadsden, who will also be 94 years old in October 2018. Mr. James Thompson was recognized as the oldest member of Emmanuel at the young age of 97.
These three honorees have lived a total 285 years of Godly faith and wisdom. May God continue to bless them with longevity.
Emmanuel AME Church is located at 2130 Barhamville Road in Columbia. Rev. Tabitha Miller is the pastor.