By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
At the request of Jerome Wyche, speaking as a private citizen, the County Commission unanimously approved and read a proclamation naming Saturday, Aug. 14, as Charles W. Evans Day.
Evans, 58, was born in Monticello, served in the military and then settled in Madison, where he has worked as a long-time pharmacist as well as pastor of several churches, including Mt. Zion A.M.E. In fact, Evans, who was ordained in October of 1983 and began as pastor of Mt. Zion in 1999, has been the longest sitting pastor (11 years) in the church’s history.
In the pastor’s honor, the congregation has planned two special events at the church. The first is Saturday evening, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m., and the second is Sunday afternoon, Aug. 14 at 2:30 p.m.
At Saturday even-ing’s service, the speaker will be Rev. Herbert Thomas from Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville. Thomas also oversees Welaunee Missionary Baptist Church in Lamont, Florida.
Sunday’s service will be conducted by Rev. Alonzo Fudge. County Commission Chair Renetta Parrish will also be on hand to read the proclamation approved by the County Commission naming August 14 as Charles W. Evans Day.
Members of the Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church would like to invite the public to come by and participate in the services congratulating Rev. Evans on his 11 years with Mt. Zion and his continued service to the congregation through his ministry, and his service to the community in his capacity as pharmacist.
After the Sunday service, dinner will be served in the attached dining hall. Mt. Zion is located at 576 S.W. Dade Street. For directions or more information, contact 850-464-0196.