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Fundraiser service honors fathers

Herald Bulletin - 6/11/2019

Jun. 10--ANDERSON -- As the music cued up in the background Sunday, the Rev. Melvin Bufford prepared to sing "Move On" in tribute to his youngest son, who has autism and ADHD.

"Fathers need to make sure they are more equipped to lead, to lead the family in a godly way," the Bolivar, Tennessee-based minister told about 50 people at the Impact Center. "Fathers and men, I know you know theologically, you are the leaders of the family."

That was part of the featured guest's sermon on God and leadership, part of a special pre-Father's Day service that included spirited performances by Team Warner, the Anderson Zion Male Chorus and Rev. Bufford and God's Army.

The event, hosted by James Warner and the Gospel Highlights, was a fundraiser for his popular Gospel radio program and for the annual Thanksgiving dinner he established that serves about 1,300 people. The event also included the sale of shirts and caps commemorating Warner's recently deceased friend and poplar local sports figure, Jumpin' Johnny Wilson.

Bufford took on the controversial subject of LGBTQ parenting, saying men and men and women and women can't really reproduce. He said though some might point out that children can be made in a petri dish, it still requires an egg from a woman and sperm from a man.

"God made man for woman. I am not trying to insult you. That's the theological truth," he said.

Referencing a local church with an empty pulpit, Bufford said the only thing to do is to wait for the right person.

"It's better to have a vacancy than to have poor leadership," he said.

Primus Mootry, a board member of the Anderson Impact Center, announced Warner, who for years has coordinated the annual Thanksgiving dinner without the benefit of a computer, will receive a brand-new one.

"We do not honor each other enough. We do not honor our elders enough," he said. "When I think of Brother Warner, I think of him as kind of a father to this community. He stands for something. He sets an example. He does all the role model things a father would do with his children."

Anderson Fire Department Deputy Chief Wilbert Kelly, who is Warner's son-in-law, served as master of ceremonies. He continued Bufford's theme of leadership and the importance of selecting the right leaders by encouraging those in attendance to vote in the Anderson mayoral election in November.

"Make sure you participate in that election so we can have what we need for our community," he said.

Follow Rebecca R. Bibbs on Twitter at @RebeccaB_THB, or call 640-4883.


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