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Wesley United Methodist Honor Gladys Pyatt During Womens' History Month
4/2/2014 3:03:49 PM

Mrs. Gladys Pyatt (center, bottom row) with her family
By Barney Blakeney

March 29-30 were especially busy days for Mrs. Gladiola Gladys Matilda C. Pyatt, a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in downtown Charleston. Saturday she helped the congregation’s United Methodist Women serve during its monthly community breakfast. Sunday she was surprised as the honoree in a special Women History Month presentation for during worship service.

Mrs. Pyatt, the widow of the late Rev. Moses Philip Pyatt has been a member of the church over three decades serving in numerous capacities. Currently she is leader of classes 21 and 27.

Saturday March 29 Mrs. Pyatt was first at the church to begin serving community breakfast. The Methodist Women’s unit served some 135 meals between 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Mrs. Pyatt, in her usual fashion, busily worked until every pan had been cleaned and floor swept.

Her untiring labor was typical of the woman who grew up in Camden, the youngest of 17 children. She is active in the church and community in Charleston and the Ladson community. Her late husband was pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church in Ladson. During his service there Mrs. Pyatt served as the church’s musician. She currently sings on several choirs at Wesley downtown Charleston.

Wesley’s pastor Rev. Anna G. Miller described Mrs. Pyatt as Jesus’ assistant and an angel of duty. Where there are sick, Mrs. Pyatt will be there. She works to encourage and inspire young and old alike as a Sunday School teacher, Bible study leader, worship leader and wherever else she may be needed.

A member of the Order of the Eastern Stars, Mrs. Pyatt’s contributions are not limited to religious activities. A retired U.S. government employee, she serves as a poll manager, poll worker and assists with voter registration.

Some two dozen relatives who included nieces, nephews and cousins joined her son Rev. George Carter who is pastor at Fourth Cross Roads Baptist Church in Columbia for the surprise Sunday presentation.

After worship service the congregation, honoree and guests enjoyed a reception in the church fellowship hall.

Mrs. Pyatt said she thanks Wesley’s entire congregation. “They got me and they got me good,” she said of the surprise.

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