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Tuning in to God… 91-year-old meets her TV minister for first time

By Staff
FIRST LOOK Ruby Mosley, second from right, visits First Baptist Church for the first time with help from Leslie Kingery, co-owner of Hometown Hospice, Glenda Clemons, certified nurse assistant at Hometown, and Dr. Raymon Leake, left, pastor of First Baptist Church. Photo by Sharon White/The Meridian Star
By Sharon White/The Meridian Star
April 1, 2001
For years, Ruby Mosley has sung along with the congregation at First Baptist Church.
Mosley enjoys the Sunday morning sermons of Dr. Raymon Leake, pastor at First Baptist, and she always scans the audience hoping to catch a glimpse of her friends, Charles and Glaneice Roberts.
But it wasn't until this week the 91-year-old homebound Meridian woman physically visited the downtown church and met the man she chooses to be her spiritual advisor.
Mosley is not alone in her need for something that would be out of reach, were it not for the television broadcast, Leake said.
Illnesses have kept her from attending worship at her church, Haven Chapel Methodist Church, in recent years.
Her husband, the late L.T. "Lieutenant" Mosley, was bedridden for several years before his death. He needed constant attention, and neither he nor Mrs. Mosley could attend Sunday services.
After her husband's death four months ago, Mrs. Mosley's health took a turn for the worse and she, too, became a hospice patient.
Her favorite part of the service is when the children are called down for a morning lesson with associate pastor Stan Davis and other church laymen.
Sharon White is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail her at swhite@themeridianstar.com.