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Bishop Willie Lamb Sr. celebrates 85th birthday




BIRTHDAY — Bishop Willie Lamb Sr. recently celebrated his 85th birthday. He is pictured with Lillie Mullins.

BIRTHDAY — Bishop Willie Lamb Sr. recently celebrated his 85th birthday. He is pictured with Lillie Mullins.

Wow! What a celebration! If you weren’t there you missed out.

June 6, Mrs. Rochelle Lamb sponsored the 85th birthday celebration for her husband, Bishop Willie Lamb Sr., pastor of the Church of God M.P.G. of T. at McRoberts.

Father of six sons and one daughter and as you know a community activist and a friend to thousands, he is the oldest African American in Letcher County and is often called upon to convey the history of the county.

One hundred and thirty individuals signed in the guest book. The birthday celebration was exceptionally beautiful. The King of Kings was there in spirit, and in the guests.

Judy Fleming, Pastor Wilma Gibson Choir and the Mabry Gospel Group ushered in the Holy Spirit with anointed singing and people from McRoberts, Pikeville, Whitesburg, Virginia and other cities and states came, bearing gifts and beautiful cards.

State Representative Leslie Combs attended and presented Bishop Lamb with a citation from the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky offering sincere congratulations upon his 85th birthday. The Letcher County Fiscal Court presented a proclamation to acknowledge the lifelong contributions to their lives by this kind and gentle man.

BISHOP WILLIE LAMB SR. was the guest of honor at a birthday celebration which drew 130 guests. Pictured are (left) Gordon Johnson of WKVG radio and Bishop Lamb.

BISHOP WILLIE LAMB SR. was the guest of honor at a birthday celebration which drew 130 guests. Pictured are (left) Gordon Johnson of WKVG radio and Bishop Lamb.

Each designated guest presented the birthday guy with a rose, representing (white) innocence and purity, (red) love and respect, (yellow) joy and friendship. They were allowed to verbalize their feelings for Bishop Lamb. Guests saluted him for his years of compassion, for his prayers, and for always heeding their calls for help.

Many guests won beautiful door prizes, gift baskets/ Home Interior by Tracie King, Lee’s Famous Chicken two-piece meal certificates, picture frames, tools, and a handsome man’s watch. The cuisine tickled our taste buds and satisfied our palates. Food was there in variety and abundance with food to spare.

The family extends its gratitude and thanks to everyone who assisted with the preparation and implementation of the celebration and the lovely gifts.

Bishop Lamb had several relatives attend the celebration, son John Lamb from Southfield, Mich.; son Debrill Lamb from Middlesboro; daughter Madeline Sanders from Pickerington, Ohio; grandson Lance Lamb, McRoberts; and daughterin law Gwen Lamb from Knoxville, Tenn.

Many thanks to Letcher County Sheriff ‘s Department deputies, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9600 from Pound, Va., and all the friends and church family of Bishop Willie Lamb Sr.

Special thanks from event coordinator Mrs. Rochelle Lamb to G.C. Kincer, radio broadcaster/ emcee; Gordon Johnson, WKVG Christian radio station D.J./emcee; Jean Martin, WKVG president and staff ; Rev. Steve Peake, Corinth Baptist Church; Pastor Wilma Gibson and congregation, Church of Jesus; Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb and deputies; Letcher County Judge/ Executive Jim Ward and family; Magistrate Wayne Fleming and family; State Representative Leslie Combs; RC Cola Plant, Brad Bentley and staff; Superior Printing and Publishing Co. Inc., the Whitaker family and staff; Gulf Oil Company, Don Childers and special thanks to Cathy; Busy B’s Flower Inc., Randall and Bonnie Kincer and staff;

Letcher Flower Shop, Emory and Patty Mullins; Abby Wynn, cake decorator; Mountain Outreach, Vernon Hall; The Mabry Gospel Group of Lebanon, Va.; Judy Fleming; Committee for a Better McRoberts Inc., President Jim Scott; Emitt and Juanita Everidge; Larry Everidge; Reuben and Betty Watts; Burlin and Eletta Cantrell; Carl and Nelva Hall; Millie and Jack Bentley; Lillian Rucker; Wallace and Colleen Meade; Mason and Connie Ratliff;

Tim and Marcella Collins; Irene Seals; Doriss Williams; Sara Meadows; Vic and Lillie Mullins; Etta Anderson; Vic and Billie Desimone; Norma Huff; Glenda Rucker; Julia Collins; Norma Hinch; Lois Thompson; Jack and Barbara Morgan; Mother Phyllis and LaGenia Layne; Gene Sr. and Doris Layne; Gloria Williams and family; Ray and Janet Mullins; Patricia Porier; Leonard and Norma Fleming and Ross; Ruth Robinson; Wayne and Patty Mitchell, who came from Visalia, Calif., to celebrate Patty’s dad’s and mother’s birthday on June 4 and June 6; Carl and Avis Fields, happy birthday!, also the Fields reunion and Bishop Willie Lamb’s birthday celebration. We love you, Wayne and Patty, and all the incoming cards received and all others that attended and helped in making this birthday celebration successful.

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