Elizabeth Forehandcomment (0)
December 12, 2013
By Rose Walker
Thomasville Baptist Church
Clarke Baptist Association
Favorite Scripture: Psalm 23
Favorite Hymns: “Amazing Grace,” “Because He Lives” and “God Is So Good”
Hobbies: Flower gardening, playing bridge and dominoes, sewing and traveling
Family Status: Widowed after 60 years of marriage to deacon James (Jim) Audley; two children: Marcia (deceased) and Judy; four living grandsons and one deceased grandson; eight great-grandchildren
Elizabeth Forehand turned 99 on Nov. 27, having lived through WWI, WWII and the Depression. She said she even remembers the sinking of the Titanic. She served many years at Thomasville Baptist Church as a children’s Sunday School teacher at primary, junior and intermediate levels. She also sang in the choir and served as a loyal deacon’s wife. Although she experienced a stroke last spring and has been unable to be involved in church, Forehand is still very active and sharp, and even still drives some. Each year, her family celebrates her birthday along with Thanksgiving. This year her Sunday School class also honored her with a special birthday luncheon at David’s Catfish in Thomasville on Nov. 7. They showered her with flowers, a birthday cake and numerous cards.
Q: What influences in your life pointed you to Christ at the beginning of your faith journey?
A: My Daddy. We’ve always had God in our lives. That’s where you draw your strength.
Q: How do family members support you?
A: By remaining active in church. By caring for me in my house so that I can remain in my home.
Q: How do you see yourself involved in the ministry of the church in the future?
A: I don’t imagine I can do very much. But I am a Thanksgiving baby and will continue to be thankful and to pray.
Q: What difference will your faith make for you in the future?
A: This many years God has taken care of me and He will continue to. Anything related to evil was just never in my make-up. I’ve had a good life — blessed with good health. ... And I’ve been able to remain in my own home.
Q: What difference has Jesus Christ made in your life?
A: I’ve known Jesus all my life. I was taught that He’s the root of it all. Prayer brings peace quicker than anything else.