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Gordon, Martha comment (0)

May 11, 2006

By Sondra Washington

Linden Baptist Church, Linden
Bethel Baptist Association

Favorite Verse: 1 John 1:7
Favorite Hymn: “How Great Thou Art”
Hobbies: Needlework especially crocheting and quilting
Family Status: Widowed since 1950, five children, 15 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren

Martha Gordon began teaching Sunday School at age 18. Gordon retired after more than 70 years of service in 2005 at age 93. Thirty years ago, she began a teaching career at Alabama Southern Community College in Thomasville and graduated from Athens State University at age 68. Her daughter, Emily, helped answer some of the following questions.

Q: How did you become a Christian?
A: I became a Christian at 12 years of age at Union Baptist Church in Hot Coffee, Miss. I attended other churches as well. I was baptized in Okhay Creek.

Q: How have churches changed throughout your life?
A: (Daughter) The music has changed with the addition of organs. The sanctuaries have gotten more comfortable with cushions, air conditioners and electric lights. She can remember when there were no electric lights and they used coal oil (kerosene) lanterns.

Q: What have you gotten from this ministry over the years?
A: (Daughter) Her knowledge of the Bible is legendary.

Q: What jobs have you held in the church?
A: I served as church hostess for 15 years and planned weddings. I was a choir member until I was 75. Making bridal gowns was my special service to the bride. I charged a penny for this service.

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