On Saturday, April 16, 2011, members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha and Zeta Phi Beta Sororities visited Soror Beulah Bryant Ramsey at her sister’s home – Mrs. Bernice Grimes.
Soror Ramsey was given respect, honor and tribute by her Sorors, family, church members and the community. Soror Beulah Ramsey is known for her faithfulness as a member of the Iota Iota Chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in Millen and Statesboro, Georgia. Soror Ramsey was blessed to enjoy a full day of worship and fellowship on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at Nannie E. Williams United Methodist Church in Millen, Georgia.
According to a Proclamation from the Mayor of Millen observed the day as Mrs. Beulah Ramsey Day. All of Mrs. Ramsey’s hard work in the community, loyalty in her church and love shown to everyone she has met and will meet makes her worthy of God’s divine blessings. There was a program given in her honor because God always rewards faithfulness. The program began with the prelude by Mrs. Ellen Douglas. A hymn of praise was “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”, scripture was read by Mrs. Elesha Grant and prayer was rendered by Mr. Joshua Swanson. The welcome was delivered by Mr. Emmett Ramsey, Jr.
The purpose of the occasion was rendered by her granddaughter, Ms. Ja Nae Swanson. There were four rules: You have three minutes.
Friends and family, even former co-workers roasted Mrs. Ramsey. Mrs. W. Mae Johnson spoke about the Big White House. Mrs. Clifford Howard spoke about Mrs. Ramsey as a co-worker. Mrs. Cynthia Mobley spoke about her days with Mrs. Ramsey at Georgia State College. Her neighbor of 50 years, Ms. Jo Ann Shumake spoke about the good neighbor. Musical selections were performed by the Tribe of Judah, the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Ensemble and her daughter in-law, Mrs. Janice B. Ramsey. As is written in the program, they celebrated, honored, and introduced to some and presented to others the Queen of the Ramsey and Swanson Clan. They love their mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Soror Ramsey is truly a jewel in the community and to her family. Honor was truly given to whom honor is due. Members of Oak Grove United Methodist Church joined in the festivities.
Members of Greek organizations were present to honor Mrs. Ramsey. People traveled from near and far to be at this great celebration. A friend traveled from Jacksonville, Florida to speak at this auspicious occasion concerning the work of Mrs. Ramsey. The Bryant and Farley families teamed up to talk about the grandchildren. The grandchildren celebrated and gave honor to Mrs. Ramsey. Mrs. Ethel Gibb-Bradshaw spoke about the first Bryant grandchild and Mr. Johnny Garvin about the oldest living grandchild.
Mrs. Beulah B. Ramsey enjoyed quality time with her family showing respect by giving her flowers while she can smell them. Her brother, Samuel Bryant spoke about growing up with her. Her sister, Mrs. Mary Jones says “sister knows best.” Mrs. Ramsey’s children gave honor. Her daughter, Mrs. Delphine Swanson called her her “my best friend,” and sons, Emmett and Emery called her “my cheerleader”, and “my girl.” Mrs. Ramsey is forever grateful and she will always remember the beautiful program rendered in her honor. We should always remember the closing remarks by Mrs. Beulah B. Ramsey on her day. After the program the congregation enjoyed fellowship and a feast prepared for a Queen.