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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, December 01, 2016, Page A10, Image 10

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'He's still standing9 Local church honors gospel singer Bill Pratt and the Gospel Crusaders BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY THE CHRONICLE ? Winston-Salem's own Bill Pratt and the Gospel Crusaders received a special honor on Sunday, Nov. 27. Longtime member Harold "Sarge" Chadwick also was hon ored by Life Changing Transformation Church Ministries. Alice M. Mitchell, senior pastor of Life Changing Transformation Church, said she has seen many legends from the city of Winston-Salem who have done great work but never receive the recognition they properly deserve. "Sometimes people just want to hear you say 'thank you' or 'I appreciate you' and the legend this man has carried throughout the city is so inspiring," said Mitchell. "It's not many gospel groups from the old days still here but he's still standing." Mitchell went on to say she was very pleased for such a large turnout for this occasion. She said it's good to know that someone else out there is thinking about Mr. Pratt besides herself. Pratt and Mitchell have known one another for well over 20 years and felt this day was a long time coming. The service included a brief history of Pratt and Chadwick followed by selections from individuals and the Phillips Chapel Baptist Church men's chorus. A love offer ing was taken up and presented to Mr. and Mrs. Pratt. ? The night was concluded by Pratt and the Gospel Crusaders, who performed a few selections and brought the house down. Pratt was thankful for the service and says he is honored each and every time he has the chance to perform for people. Pratt says he started his band while working at Parkland High school back in 1970 and it developed from there. He says the students took up a collection and helped him purchase a guitar and amplifi er. He says he is the last living member of his original group and will perform as long as he is able. Submitted photo St. Mark veterans from left to right are Deacon Ulysses Huffin, Leroy Easter, . Trustee Tommie Easter and Trustee Robert Fisher. St. Mark Baptist Church honors veterans SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE St. Marie Baptist Church, 1100 Manley Street, honored some of the members for Veterans Day for the services they rendered to our country. The members of St. Mark said they were very proud to honor these men. The Rev. Dr. James Fulwood is pastor and teacher. For more information, contact First Lady Hattie Fulwood at 336-784-0502. Photo by Timothy Ramsey Bill Pratt, right, poses with Pastor Alice M. Mitchell following the celebration in his honor. mfo WINSTON-SALEM Vgj/ Youth Chorus Winter Celebration Concert "Sing Me the Sounds of Winter" Saturday, December 3rd ? 7PM Han eg Auditorium at Salem Fine Arts Center Ticket Prices: Adults $15 - Students/Seniors $10 Purchase Online, hy phone, or at the door I 336-703-0001 ? fl AUDITIONS . I Dec. 5th and 7th \ See website or call for details J 336-703-0001 J wsyouthchorus.orv/r Th* pro**d wn supported by th? N.C. 4*4 , ' ESSEX of HUM * CufciH nMQurowl"** || DAlflC# Row MMr J_ """*'' ? ? 4 &?! SALEM -9 & a I LEONARD RYDEN BURR ??At l?TAT? Womble^F I CAWLYLEr B -11i'asl ?TTrHM ?7uK<iT?Tvi BVlCvA'J ?? 1?' i T? ' ?l"? 1 t ? ? > i m*h 11 Be<griff [S% Cli I I ?< ? 4V HwOMMMflMI ETr FA KILPATRICK ?k* TOWNMNO f * " ' WiWs COUNCIL ? 1 ? ? 1

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