Ninety Years and Strong
Our most recent nonagenarian is (Sister) Doris Gilliam who not only is the youngest of the now four nonagenarians, but also has the distinction of being Berean’s only surviving relative of the twenty-seven charter members who under Evangelist J. G. Dascent began Berean following an evangelistic effort during the summer of 1936. It was Gilliam’s mother Laura Hubbard who was among this elite group. Not only would Hubbard become a member, but subsequently, daughter Doris and her six siblings as well. With the exception of a deceased brother, her siblings are Laura Thomas and Betty Stanford of Huntsville, Alabama; Mable Cox and Joseph Hubbard of New Orleans, Louisiana and Albert Hubbard of Atlanta, Georgia. Rounding out her immediate family are six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
During her active years, Gilliam served Berean in a number of capacities including that of church treasurer, Sabbath School teacher, community services member, and Bible worker. In spite of her having reached ninety-years of age, she has managed to retain and can still quote scripture along with excerpts from Sis. E.G. White’s writings. One of her favorite expressions is “It just blows my mind how we’re going to spend eternity with our Lord. I can’t begin to imagine what ‘eternity’ is. Everything I know has a beginning and an end.”
To show their gratitude for God’s having blessed her with longevity, her family recently honored Gilliam with a birthday party where family and friends proudly wore tee shirts boldly displaying her ‘ picture, Happy 90th Birthday, Doris Gilliam, and Proverbs 31:30 …”But a woman who fears the Lord, shall be praised” inscribed below it all. Berean is grateful that another of its trailblazers has been blessed with not only “threescore years and ten,” but an awesome “fourscore,” and ten. We praise God for Sister Gilliam and what the dedication of service from her mother and her has meant to Berean.
By: Evelyn M. Edwards
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