Volunteers who assisted with flood recovery will be honored this week at a special ceremony held at the Gilbert Tent Revival, held June 8 through June 12, next to the Larry Joe Harless Center.
The tent revival is being sponsored by Grace Baptist Church and Missionary and Evangelist Mike Gibson will be preaching the services. Gibson along with Grace Baptist Church’s Pastor Dwayne Cline selected a few of the volunteers to be recognized during a special service tomorrow, June 11. Gilbert Mayor Vivian Livingood will assist by presenting plaques purchased by the church to the individuals.
Those being honored include: Jody Shannon, Pam Surber, Phyllis Davis, Joey Goodman, Greg Highlander, James Nichols, Kenny Mitchell and Richard Blankenship.
Clark Cline, who will be representing IRP or Hampton Coal Company, will be honored as well. This company assisted Grace Baptist with repairs caused by flood waters to the Church’s foundation.
On Friday, June 12, the area volunteer fire department members will be honored. Fire fighters from Gilbert, Wharncliffe, Baisden and Hanover are invited to attend those services. Bucky Belcher, a volunteer fire fighter with Gilbert VFD, who died the morning after the flood, will also be recognized for the work he did the night of the flood.
Belcher had been out most of the night assisting the community when he returned to his residence and suffered a fatal heart attack and was later pronounced dead at Logan Regional Medical Center. Although Belcher was a member of Gilbert he worked very closely with every department in the area and had been a volunteer fire fighter for over 30 years.
“It has truly been love thy neighbor as thy self,” stated Pastor Cline. “There were so many people who volunteered during this tragic event and we want to thank everyone that helped.”
“We hope by honoring these individuals we can show the appreciation to all of those who participated in the flood relief.”
At this time, Gibson and Cline are still trying to contact all of those who are going to be honored.
Any individuals that have been named are asked to attend, as well as, anyone who helped during the flood recovery efforts.