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Celebration held for retiring pastor

On April 30, the Union Branch Baptist Church celebrated the retirement of the Rev. Maynard Jones as pastor of Union Branch Baptist Church.

According to a church press release, Jones, with the lifelong support of his wife, First Lady Nannie Jones, had served Union Branch faithfully for 40 years.

“The celebration began on Saturday, April 29, with a dinner and tribute service for Pastor Jones where many of his friends, family, and ministry colleagues were given the opportunity to express their love and appreciation for Pastor Jones,” officials said in the release.

“The service on Sunday featured a choir who sang many of the songs that Pastor Jones, now pastor emeritus, has sung over the years.”