Quinn celebration Saturday includes honors, soul food
STEUBENVILLE — Quinn Memorial A.M.E. Church, 515 North St., will host an African-American celebration beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday that will recognize three individuals for their contributions to the community; honor elders of churches; and offer a dinner featuring soul food specialties.
The program and dinner are open to the public. Tickets are $20 per person, available by calling (740) 282-3192. Door prizes will be awarded.
Program Co-chairs First Lady Cynthia Gainey and Terry L. Jennings will introduce the honored guests, who are Barbara J. Crease of Calvary Community Missionary Baptist Church, and Gloria Howard and George Young of Quinn A.M.E. Memorial Church.
Pastor Calvin McLoyd Jr. of Calvary Community Missionary Baptist Church of Steubenville will be among those highlighting a historical figure who has made contributions in civil and human rights. The program also will include Minister Trudy D. Toson and Licentuate Lisa Mason. Felicia Thomas will provide musical selections.
The program committee includes the Rev. ReLoy F. Gainey Sr., Quinn’s pastor, and Renee Thompson, Sylvia Thompson, Lisa Mason, Marge Monaco, Jacqueline Gibson and Latoyna Harper.
Crease was vice president of Aglow, vice president of the international board and was secretary of the local board. She has a certification degree in ministry and certification as a Christian worker and licensed social worker. She has been involved in the day-to-day operation of Calvary Community Missionary Baptist Church leading the Ambassador Ministry, teaching children and adults in Sunday School and as a spiritual overseer.
Crease graduated from Belmont Technical College with a degree in mental health and received a doctorate in divinity and a doctorate in Christian counseling in 2015. She resides with her husband, Norman, and is a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
A Mingo High School graduate, Howard was a stenographer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. She served as a volunteer at Historic Fort Steuben and is active at Quinn Memorial A.M.E. Church where she is a member of the outreach committee and visits the sick, shut-ins, rehabilitation centers and hospitals. Her habit is visiting at 35 people each week.
In 2013, she was honored as a Community Star by the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.
She and her husband, James, have five children.
Young worked as a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy, at Weirton Steel and retired from the Steubenville Police Department after serving 25 years. He also worked security for Schiappa Coal Co.
Young was active at Quinn as lead singer in the senior choir, served on the trustee board and was involved in many church committees to help raise finances for its upkeep. He received a special award at the Quinn Community Awards Banquet.
He and his wife, Dolores, have five children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.