Mt. Moriah honors Rev.Thompson

Rev. Leon Thompson receives a gift of appreciation from Rev. James Lee during a service honoring Thompson at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.

JENKINSVILLE – Almost 200 people crowded into Mt. Moriah Baptist Church last week to honor and show their love and appreciation for Rev. Leon Thompson, 54, who served as Co-Pastor of the church until a year ago when he stepped down to serve as one of three Associate Ministers. The new position allowed him to lessen his workload necessitated by a slowdown due to extended illness.

The service of appreciation included an afternoon of songs, praise dancing, poetry readings, reflective comments by friends, scripture readings and, of course, a sermon of thanksgiving for Rev. Thompson. Emcee for the event was

Rev. Shirley Stone. Escorted into the sanctuary by his daughter, Shannon, Rev. Thompson said he was thankful for his friends and fellow church members and for his 29 years of work in the church.

“I’m going to beat this (illness) and I don’t want anyone to worry about it. I’m not worried,” Thompson told The Voice.

Thompson, born and raised in Jenkinsville,retired as a land surveyor after 30 years and served 32 years as a volunteer firefighter in Jenkinsville.

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