By Terry Harpole For the WPT
MABEN — The Maben Methodist Men had their regular fourth Sunday morning breakfast meeting July 22 in the church fellowship hall.
In the absence of the pastor, the Rev Scarlet Shepperd, who was sick, Harpole McMullen led the group in the blessing before breakfast.
After a delicious breakfast prepared by a few of the early arrivals, Jim Scrivener introduced the Rev. Bob Whiteside to the group.
Scrivener, who like most of the others had known Whiteside for years, said, “Brother Bob spent many years saving souls and now has started burying them.”
Since retiring from the active ministry, Whiteside is now living in Starkville and has been working part time with Welch Funeral Home.
He served as pastor of Starkville First United Methodist Church from 1992-2003. He has since served many other churches in Mississippi, and was district superintendant of the Senatobia District and a district on the Gulf Coast.
In his talk, Whiteside told about his attending the Methodist Jurisdictional Conference last month, at which a Mississippi Methodist pastor, the Rev. Bill McAlilly, had been elected as a bishop.
Brother Whiteside’s program was so interesting that no one in the group, which included the ladies as special guests, ever looked at their watches the entire time.
The Maben Methodist Men meet on each fourth Sunday morning in the fellowship hall of Maben Methodist Church at 8 a.m. and have a different guest speaker each time.