Carroll County Habitat for Humanity Dedicates 20th Home
BY BRAD SAM
McKENZIE (January 29) — Carroll County Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 20th home in a Sunday afternoon ceremony led by Andrew Stokes, president of the board of directors. Several board members and other members of the community were present to welcome Brandy Gilbert and her family to their new home.
Gilbert will soon move into the home on Florida Court with her children, Kestin (13), Kalecia (9) and Maliyah (7).
The gathering began in front of the home, with Stokes welcoming everyone and thanking those who started the Carroll branch years ago and those who have kept it going. He also thanked Doug and Kevin Johnson, who were unable to attend, for donating the lot where the house sits. He continued his thanks with Craig and Kay Jordan of Mississippi, who were present. They donated funds from the sale of the Bruceton home of his late parents, Raymond and Janice Jordan, in their memory.
Stokes went on to thank McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland, who had paid the Gilberts a visit at their home earlier in the day, and County Mayor Kenny McBride, who was present for the ceremony.
Rev. Calvin Taylor delivered a prayer and a blessing over the house. Habitat office manager Becky Burkhalter introduced the Gilbert family, and board member Brenda Smith offered a Bible reading from 2 Samuel 7:29. Stokes presented the keys, and everyone adjourned inside to avoid the brief but untimely shower of sleet that began to fall.
Once all were gathered into the warm home, the Jordans presented a quilt to the Gilberts which had been crafted by Janice Jordan. Board member Aaron McClerkin presented the family with a tool bag, a necessity for any homeowner. Norris Milton then led the gathering in the hymn, “Blest Be the Tie.” Rev. Taylor delivered a benediction to close the ceremony.
Brandy thanked everyone for coming and thanked Habitat and the workers, saying she was both proud and blessed. She invited everyone to join the family for the first meal in the home, serving fried and BBQ chicken with a full slate of traditional Southern sides. Habitat brought a cake to celebrate the organization’s 20th dedication.
Other Habitat board members present were James Rosser, Doug Hensley, Myra Sasser and Vice President Shawn Franklin.
The home is 960 square feet and has three bedrooms and one bathroom.
Habitat for Humanity is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to provide decent, affordable housing for deserving families in need.
Photo by Brad Sam/The McKenzie Banner