Below as a matter of interest is a report from our Cousin Margie Tanner,
daughter of Trudy Edith Poythress Simmons detailing the dedication service of
new stained glass windows in McBride United Methodist Church in Sylvania,
The surviving grandchildren of Horace Cullen Poythress and wife Flossie O.
Wells, donated the funds to cover the cost of the window and in part the cost
of the window for the related Reddick family. McBride Methodist Church is
the annual site of the Poythress/Wells reunion each year. From Margie:
Hey All You Poythresses,
As you know, last Sunday, June 9th, the dedication of the renovations and of
the memorial windows was held at McBride so I wanted to tell you about it.
The church has new carpet, light fixtures, and I think pews. There are eight
windows in the sanctuary depicting the life of Christ. The windows begin at
the left front with the Nativity, Jesus in the Temple, etc. and then progress
to the right front ending with the Ascension. There are three windows on
each side and 2 in the back. I was pleased with the Poythress window which
is the center one on the right and represents the Crucifixion. The final
window is the Reddick window and depicts the Ascension. I was glad the
Reddick and Poythress windows were side by side and don't know whether
Frances and Adell had anything to do with the placement or the subjects. I
think you'll all be pleased when you get a chance to see it.
Karen Zeigler (Cary and Frances Reddick's daughter), who is a Methodist
minister,did the dedication of the windows and she was very impressive. I
would love to hear her preach a sermon someday. I know Frances is proud of
After the service, just about all the people in the congregation stayed for
lunch in the fellowship house. There were about 150 at the dedication and
Adell had told me before the service that there were 114 places set in the
fellowship hall. One more table had to be brought in so you know there was a
crowd. Adell told me they usually have about 35 in attendance during the
summer months. I have never seen as much food in my life!! There was ham,
turkey, beef dishes, dressing, all kinds of vegetables and salads and a huge
variety of desserts. It would NOT have been a good place for a dieter!
I was very glad that Vernon and I were able to go and we had a very enjoyable
day. Adell and Frances were particularly glad that we were there.
As you know, the reunion is the third Sunday in August, the 18th this year.
Vernon's brother is being given a surprise 70th birthday party in North
Carolina that weekend so I am torn between the two but am seriously
considering coming to the reunion and letting him go to the party with our
daughter, Kate. In any case, I HOPE I will see you all then. In the
meantime, take care and God bless you all.