LANETT- On Monday, Lanett Mayor Jamie Heard and Council recognized Mrs. Maude Taylor on her 95th birthday as family and friends were in attendance to celebrate her special day.
Councilwoman Tamalita Autry invited Taylor along with her family to the front as she read a proclamation.
"Whereas, on Sunday, October 9th, 1927, Shelly G. Reynolds and Willie Bessie Bowen Reynolds welcomed a beautiful baby girl, naming her Maudie Victoria. She was one among six children.
WHEREAS she was educated at Five Points School, Randolph County Training School, Southern Union State Jr. College, and graduated from Selma University, Mrs. Maudie, is the proud mother of seven smart and highly educated children and grandmother of nineteen. In her relationship with God, she united with The Macedonia Baptist Church early on and later with the St. James Baptist Church serving as the Youth Director, Sunday School teacher, President of the Missionary Society, and Corresponding Secretary. She was also affiliated with the Les Dame Esquire Civic Club, Worthy Matron Shaver Pride Order of Eastern Star, Board member of East Alabama Mental Health and Bowen East District President, and 2nd Vice President; and
WHEREAS, Mrs. Maudie has made a place of importance through her contributions to the religious, civic, and educational programs not just here in Lanett but the entire nation.
BE IT RESOLVED: that, with great pleasure, the Mayor and Lanett City Council, hereby express best wishes and congratulations on this 95th Birthday to Mrs. Maudie Victoria Reynolds Howell Taylor", read Autry.
Afterward, Taylor addressed the council with gratitude and appreciation.
"It's a joy, it's a pleasure, and I am truly at a loss for words right now. I never thought I would reach this destination, but I thank God every day, and I am happy to be able to think a little bit, cook, and do a little work. I want to thank the City of Lanett, Mayor Heard, and the Council for helping me celebrate my birthday", said Taylor.
She then read a poem that beautifully summed up the evening.
"It is my joy in life to find At every turning of the road The strong arms of a comrade kind To help me onward with my load. And since I have no gold to give And love alone can make amends, My only prayer is, While I live, God, make me worthy of my friends."
Happy 95th Birthday Mrs, Maude Taylor.