Williams Chapel to honor Foy Graham on Sunday

Published 8:49 pm Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Foy Carter Graham will be honored with a centennial celebration Sunday by the church she has served so faithfully for 100 years.

It was in late April 1911, when, as an infant, Graham came riding up to Williams Chapel Methodist Church in a buggy with her mama and daddy. Since that day, “Miss Foy,” as she is affectionately called, has maintained a steadfast relationship with the church and has attended Williams Chapel for more services and more years than anyone in the history of the church.

On Sunday, April 17 between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. “Miss Foy” will celebrate her 100th birthday at the place that is so dear to her heart and with those who have been a blessing to her for so many years. John Douglas Shipman, church historian, said everyone is invited to share this special time with “Miss Foy.”

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“Of course, Miss Foy is our oldest member and she is one of our most beloved members. She is a pillar of Williams Chapel United Methodist Church,” Shipman said. “She came to Williams Chapel when it was a wood-frame building and she came on a horse and buggy. Her baby brother, Fred Carter, is also member of our church.

“Miss Foy has held every position in the church and she has touched the lives of so many people with her love of the Lord and her witness. She has been very loyal to Williams Chapel.”

Graham’s late husband, S.A. Graham, was a deacon at Springfield Baptist Church and she often participated with him at Springfield.

“Miss Foy is the kind of wife every man should have,” Shipman said.

“She was a strong supporter of her husband. But Miss Foy never left our church. She kept her roots in the Methodist Church. Her son and daughter-in-law, Rayvon and Polly, are loyal members of Williams Chapel.”

Shipman said Graham’s leadership and guidance have helped to mold many young people in the church and have been an inspiration to others.

“Miss Foy has been a wonderful counselor,” he said.

“She finds ways to help you. She is an encourager. She loves everybody. I just can’t say enough about her. She is a product of her generation, which is the greatest generation that has ever lived.”

The Sunday that “Miss Foy” celebrated her 99th birthday, she sang a solo, “Amazing Grace” at the morning church service.

“It was the most beautiful thing that I can remember,” Shipman said.

“There weren’t any dry eyes. This Sunday afternoon will be just as special. I hope that everyone will join us as we celebrate Miss Foy’s 100th year.”