102 years and counting
The church helped Lester Dray celebrate his 102nd birthday on July 22. As the highlight of the worship service Lester played some of his favorites: “I Come to the Garden Alone”, “Heavenly Sunshine” and as a tribute to his late wife, Sybil, “I’ll Be Loving You”. Lester’s daughter, Susan, and granddaugh- ter, Sadie (Sarah), were in town to honor Lester.
Sunday July 22nd, was a special day at P.P.C. Lester Dray made it special as he said goodbye to 101 years “young” and ushers in his 102nd birthday on July 23rd. Different hymns took the place of the regular readings that opened the worship service. Then Sadie Dawson (Sarah Dawson’s granddaughter) and a friend D’Shay sang a beautiful duet. Then
it was time for Lester to play the piano with a medley of different songs. His daughter, Susan, and granddaughter, Sadie, helped him to the piano.
Lester’s vision and hearing are failing, but that did not stop him from playing. There was no music in front of him and he kept colored glasses on so that gave it away that he was playing by ear and memory for maybe 10 minutes. With the health failures mentioned, Lester’s mind is still as sharp as a tack. Thank you Lester for being a part of the P.P.C. family.
After worship most the congregation went to the fellowship hall for the 102 birthday party of cake and five gallons of homemade ice cream. Maybe the crowd
hated to see the five gallons melt on a hot day because I got home with less than
one gallon of melted ice cream. That made me fell good that the crowd liked my “cooking” or freezing is a better word.
We are honored to have guests attend from France and Holland. Folks, what I am saying is this, It was a special day for all of us, for a special person. This does not happen every day. We’re honored with a reason for the season.
Thank you Lester for giving us the privilege to celebrate your special day. We love you and your family.