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Garner, Lucille comment (0)

August 9, 2007

Fairview Baptist Church, Gadsden
Etowah Baptist Association

Favorite Verse: The whole Bible
Favorite Hymn: I love any Christian music
Hobbies: Eating out, walking
Family Status: Widowed after 48 years of marriage to Eulice; one deceased son, Don; two grandsons; four great-grandsons

At 81, Lucille Garner has led the senior program, Golden Ages, at Fairview Baptist Church, Gadsden, for the past 16 years. Garner coordinates monthly meetings, out-of-town trips several times each year and fund-raising dinners to benefit seniors living in nursing homes. For the past 30 years, she served as church clerk but recently resigned from the position. Currently she serves as secretary of the church’s Awana program.

Q: What led you to work with seniors?
A: I thought the church needed it. I didn’t know if I could handle it, but I thought someone needed to try. So I took the responsibility to try.

Q: Why have you continued this service?
A: I just wanted to keep going. I didn’t want it to stop or dwindle out for the other ones coming along.

Q: What does the ministry demand?
A: I don’t think it really demands anything. We’re all just doing it together.

Q: What do you get from the ministry?
A: It means a lot to me because I think it means a lot to the other seniors. I think we have pulled some of them out of a shell. They didn’t get out and do anything. It means a lot to me that they are now getting out and enjoying our fellowship together.

Q: How do family members support you?
A: I only have two grandsons and they live in Chattanooga. They know what I do, and they are proud of what I do. One time, we went to the riverboat in Chattanooga and my grandsons met us there.

Q: How do you see yourself involved in this in the future?
A: As long as I’m able, I will continue to lead. If the church appointed someone else, I would support them just like everyone has supported me.

Q: What difference will this ministry make for you in the future?
A: It has helped me to know that it has helped others. After losing a husband, I had to turn to somebody. It has helped me be a stronger person and a stronger Christian, being considerate about other people’s needs and care.
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