BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer
A Godly man, who works diligently within the church, as well as outside of the church, gives his tithes, and regularly attends Bible Study, was the criteria for nominating Braden United Methodist Church, 4725 Dorr St. Outstanding Man of the Year. The nominating process occurred a few weeks prior to Father’s Day, and had the congregation selecting the winner.
On Sunday, June 19, at the church’s annual, Father-Son, Mother-Daughter Banquet, sponsored by the church’s United Methodist Men’s Group, Willie Reams was formally introduced as the Outstanding Man of the Year.
In addition, Larry Sykes, At-Large-Councilman for Toledo City Council, would give the keynote address. The topic of his address is “What becomes of the black family when the father leaves.”
Stephen Halliburton, president, told The Toledo Journal they’ve been holding the banquet, and nominating the Outstanding Man of the Year since 1973. The reason they made the banquet a father-son, mother-daughter banquet, was, “We’re more concerned about the gathering of family,” he said.
Mr. Ream, who received a plaque, said he was completely surprised about receiving the honor. “What does a man of the year do? The thing I do around the church I consider them regular duties. I never considered them outstanding,” he said.
He went on to say that he will continue to do what he has always been doing, but the fact that people observe his dedication, makes him feel even more proud of his work.