Please join in and say Happy, Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary (Sept. 7, 1957-Sept. 7, 2017) to REVEREND & MRS. CHARLES (JEANETTE P.) SINGLETON of Awendaw, South Carolina. In celebration this year, they- he, an  AMEC Superannuated Elder and she, an AMEC WMS Life member will attend the 107th Session (their 49th) of the Palmetto Annual Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. They say - “TO GOD BE THE GLORY” as “sweethearts” since 2nd and 3rd grades count their many blessings. Especially for their children Charnette, Charles II, Charlton (Maryjo), and grandchildren.

Congratulatory well-wishes can be emailed to:, Rev. and Mrs. Charles Singleton.


Reverend Henry J. Legolie, Superannuated emeritus Presiding Elder, Cape Conference, Fifteenth Episcopal District  celebrated his 104th birthday

Congratulations to the Reverend Henry J. Legolie, Superannuated emeritus Presiding Elder, Cape Conference, Fifteenth Episcopal District  who celebrated his 104th birthday 20 August 2017. "The Eye has not seen, not has it entered in the mind what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived" -- the things God has prepared for those who love him. May God continue to shower His blessings on His servant.

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Ain’ nothing wrong with that.’ On Hilton Head Island, Gullah matriarch,  Mrs. Gertrude Brown Grant turns 100 Years old

Gertrude Brown Grant has been a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a whole lot of everything in a century on Hilton Head Island.

She was honored by family and friends over Labor Day Weekend after turning 100 on Aug. 27. One of her relatives, Hilton Head Island Town Council member Marc Grant, presented her with a commendation from Mayor David Bennett citing her “many contributions to her family, her church and the Hilton Head Island community.”

Few will ever see a life like Gertrude Grant’s.

She was born four decades before Hilton Head has its first bridge to the mainland — long before there was electricity or schools beyond one-room schoolhouses.

She would catch the wave of opportunity that slowly rolled over that bridge, working for the J. Wilton Graves family in the earliest motel, the Sea Crest.

And in 1964, she and her late husband, Solomon Edward Grant Sr., opened the first produce stand on U.S. 278. It’s still there, near Singleton Beach Road. It’s right by the home Solomon Grant built by hand, where Gertrude still lives. And it sits behind another produce stand that is almost as old. It was operated for decades by the late Janie Aiken Grant, and now operated by her children.

Gertrude Grant sold vegetables grown by her husband and tended by their five children. She canned vegetables, jellies, pickles and relishes. She shelled peas and beans, sometimes with the help of grandchildren. And she also sold her hand-sewn quilts.

“One thing I remember about my grandmother is her sense of entrepreneurship up into her 90s, serving people with her fresh produce,” said granddaughter Courtney N. Aiken, herself an entrepreneur in Atlanta, where she graduated from Spelman College in 2007.

Gertrude was the youngest of six children born to the late William “Boney” Brown Sr. and Lillian Nancy Brown. Her father started a school and was a traveling minister. He owned property on Squire Pope Road, and was an entrepreneur who believed all his children should own a business.

He operated a mercantile store in the family home that was called “Mr. Boney Brown Store.”

Boney Brown’s wife died shortly after Gertrude’s birth, and he raised the children. The late William Brown Jr. operated the store until the mid-1980s.

Gertrude married Solomon Grant on Feb. 6, 1943, and moved to the Chaplin community. He was a jack of all trades, said their daughter, Estelle Brown Aiken of Gum Tree Road. He planted crops and raised farm animals of all types. He was a fisherman. He worked for the Hilton Head Agricultural Co. hunt club in what is now Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove.

They sent all five children to college: Estelle, Solomon “Eddie” Jr., Cornell, Lillian and Debbie. Eddie raised and sold produce on Squire Pope Road, at a stand now run by his sisters Estelle and Lillian. Estelle learned canning at their mother’s knee and still sells canned goods made in her home.

Mrs. Gertrude Brown Grant is the mother of the Rev. Debbie Grant Neal, Senior Pastor at St. Peters AME Church & Worship Center, Georgia Conference and mother-in-law, of the Rev. Nathaniel Neal, Presiding Elder of the Augusta/Wrens District, Augusta Conference, 6th Episcopal District.


The Cincinnati District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will host a retirement celebration for Presiding Elder, Rev. Dr. Wilton E. Blake, I

The Cincinnati District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will host a retirement celebration for Presiding Elder, Rev. Dr. Wilton E. Blake, I for 43 years of Servant Leadership.

The retirement celebration will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Fairfield Banquet and Convention Center, 74 Donald Dr., Fairfield, OH 45014.  Tickets are available for the retirement even, contact Bertha Thomas at (937) 213-2833.

The Reverend Wilton E. Blake, a native of Jacksonville, FL and current resident of Cincinnati, OH is scheduled to retire during the up-coming 2017 Annual Conference Year. Since 2009, Rev. Dr. Blake, I, has served as the Presiding Elder of the Cincinnati District in the Third Episcopal District A.M.E. Church.

After serving in the United States Army, Presiding Elder Blake ministered at several churches in Ohio. He pastored at Bethel A.M.E. Middletown, OH prior to his appointment to Presiding Elder of the Cincinnati District in the Third Episcopal in 2009. His service continues with being an adjunct professor at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, OH., the president of the Interdenominational Ministers Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, the president of the Booker T. Alexander Class of 1995 and the United Supreme Council-Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Prince Hall Affiliation Northern Jurisdiction, U.S.A., Inc.

Dr. Blake has been inducted into the State of Ohio, African-American Hall of Fame. In addition to being recognized and listed in the Cambridge Who’s Who around the World, for Executives and Professionals. Dr. Blake is a distinguished recipient of the 2016 President’s Volunteer Service Award. This is a tremendous honor.

Dr. Blake now looks forward to spending time with his loving family, wife Joann Blake, children Chiquatta Blake, Wilton Blake II, Andrew Blake, and grandchildren.

Those desiring to show appreciation for the leadership of Dr. Blake may secure an advertisement in the souvenir journal memory book which is being prepared for the occasion. For more information please contact  Debra Tyus. Hotel accommodations are available for the event at the Drury Inn & Suites Sharonville, (513) 771-5601.