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AARP North Nashville-Meharry recognizes senior citizens

by Wanda Clay

103-year-old Bernice Bronson Walker arrives to receive an emeritus member's recognition from AARP (photo by Wanda Clay).

103-year-old Bernice Bronson Walker arrives to receive an emeritus member’s recognition from AARP. (photo by Wanda Clay)

In mid April, the AARP Public Relations committee held a program at the North Nashville Police Precinct to recognize senior citizens who have contributed much to the AARP organization. Some of the honorees ranged from ages 85 to 100 years old. Yet, they have remained diligent members of the Meharry North Nashville Branch 2534.

Following a prayer from Rev. Howard Jones, pastor of Fairfield Missionary Baptist Church, the program began with words of praise for the honorees from dignitaries, including: state Rep. Harold Love, pastor of Lee Chapel AME Church, Metro official Howard Gentry, and state Sen. Thelma Harper.

Charles Covington presented the certificates of recognition with the assistance of Katie Majors. The first certificate was a ‘certificate of appreciation, given to Commander Terrance Greaves of the North Nashville Police Precinct “for allowing us to continue our meetings at this chosen site and to acknowledge the awesome work he is doing in this district—thank you.”

Awards were presented to emeritus member Bernice Bronson Walker, 103 years of age; Russell Meriwether, 95 years of age, former legislative worker and recipient of the State’s Andrus Award and a most active church leader; Dorothy Searcy, former teacher, social work administrator for the state of Tennessee and state legislative liaison; Dr. Delores Shockley, with years of service teaching students at Meharry Hubbard Hospital and chair of the medical staff—AARP, chapter 2534; Laura Spencer, emeritus and former treasurer for AARP; Joyce Locklayer, long-time member and worker with the disabled; Mary Ann Davis, retired teacher, volunteer for ‘needy’ individuals; Dr. Eva Morris, graduate of Meharry; Annie Reasonover, gracious, pleasant, kind, law-abiding citizen; Rose Clinger, an intellectual and Christ-like individual; Willa Taylor, polite intelligent member who continues to “smile when the world appears sad”; Thomas Ray, who formerly held the AARP presidential position for eight years; Vivian Eaton Ray, who is responsible for most of the 100 Plus Meharry AARP chapter 2534 memberships.

The AARP North Nashville-Meharry Branch 2534 president is Rosalyn Anderson.

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