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FBC Satsuma accompanist retires after 61 yearscomment (0)

May 21, 2009

Easter marked the last day for Gloria Irby as church musician at First Baptist Church, Satsuma.

Irby retired from playing the piano and organ after 61 years of service. She played the piano for the church for 11 years until the organ arrived in 1959.

But her involvement in the Mobile Baptist Association church does not stop there.

Irby has taught Sunday School for 53 years and went to South Korea twice as part of a volunteer missions team working with Southern Baptist representatives.

First, Satsuma, honored Irby with a special service, presenting her with a plaque and the organ with which she spent 50 years blessing the congregation through hymns and praise songs.

Also during the service, church members and family had the opportunity to tell Irby how her music and ministry has touched their lives over the years.

“Mrs. Gloria has had an amazing ministry here,” Pastor Roy Hill said.

“It’s just been amazing to see her commitment, and she is still just as young and fresh.”

And because Irby helped train others in the music ministry, including the church’s current pianist, her ministry is continuing on, Hill noted.

Irby said playing for First, Satsuma, “has matured me as a Christian and let me know I have been able to bless people with what I can do. That is what we all should be doing.”

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