I called my Uncle Al who’ll be 80 next year to ask about some of the grand church meetings they must have had back in the day. My grandfather was Bishop J.H. Galloway and when he was alive he was the only bishop of Texas, so you know what that meant for his church; it was always busy with meetings. I found several photos from my grandfather’s church - The Church of God and Christ on Center Street, in Houston, Texas - and since my dear mother is no longer with us, I knew that my Uncle Al would have plenty to share with me and could explain some of the church pictures.
Here’s a photo of an Annual April Convocation Meeting at my grandfather’s church in Houston, Texas in 1950. In July a larger annual meeting was held in Waco, Texas.
Here’s a photo of my grandfather presiding over one of the meetings.
Before the actual dinner, here’s a photo of some church folks in my grandparents’ dining room.
Here’s a 1944 photo of the church choir. The names of the members are listed below. Maybe some of you will be able to recognize family members. I hope so.
First Row from left to right: Thelma Baker, Gussie Robinson, Loretta Logan, Bishop and Mother J.H. Galloway, Corrine Price, Lillie Marilyn Williams -Daughter to - Ceola Williams.
Second Row: Reverend Butler (Chicago), Erma Galloway Ighner (my mother), Louella Williams, Ben Hilliard, Eunice James and her sister Orelya Lane, Rosa Lee Galloway, Sister Franks, Ollie Masteron, Lucille Lewis, Willie Lee Johnson, Mother Graves.
Third Row: Esther Williams, Dorothy Hilliard, Junior Baker, James Harold Galloway, Eva Crawford, Esther Galloway Jenkins, Willie Leah Williams, Audrey Galloway Fejey, Vivian Ighner, Charles Graves, Ronald Galloway.