PALMETTO -- Eight area residents Sunday were surprise honorees as the House of God Church Keith Dominion recognized them for civic, religious and community work.
The eight were surreptitiously brought to the service as part of its 13th Community Honors program, led by presiding Elder Ted Tillis and Deaconess Mary Tillis.
Honorees included Faye Butler, Hubert Robinson, Pastor Rose Mobley and the Rev. Jasper Jackson II , Bradenton; Betty Sanders and Deacon Anthony Lorenzo Love Sr., Palmetto; Emmeral Latimer, Rubonia; and the Rev. and Mrs. Neil McArthur of Sarasota.
They didn't know they were to be honored until it was announced during the
church service, to which they had been invited ostensibly for some other reason.
"It is so wonderful to have all of you here," Mary Tillis told the honorees.
The motto of every Community Honors Program is "God's Anointed Hands for Helping Others."
The little church was jammed with friends and family members as the honors were bestowed.
Each honoree received a plaque.
The charitable, civic and religious work honorees quietly do included helping the ill and delivering food to older people, starting a church evangelism and faithful church work over many years, volunteering with a food bank, and caring for grandchildren.
"I'm happy to be here, and I'm happy to be home," said Jackson, who was honored for his many leadership positions on local and state church levels.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.