ANNISTON, AL — For 35 years, without fail, he made sure the chairs and tables were ready for church suppers, and he’d be there cleaning long after the voices of fellowship had faded and only a hint of fried chicken lingered in the quiet, according to The Anniston Star.
This week, the folks of Anniston''s First United Methodist Church
said an official thank-you and adieu to Joe Ragland, the longtime head custodian, the article stated.
"He knows every block and every screw in the church," said Colleen Roberts, a 40-year member of First Methodist and an organizer of Ragland''s retirement party this past Wednesday.
"He''s not just an employee. He truly is part of the place," Roberts added.