First and foremost, I want to thank God for the inspiration to write and the ability to inspire others. I must acknowledge and thank my brother Reverend Jim Purnell and wife Rose Mary, Sister Dorothy Gainer who has always encouraged me. My aunt, Annie Kelly who took me to my first parade when I was a child, my uncle Rev Thorton Smith who spoke encouraging words to everyone; my Aunt Mamie and cousin Joann, Dorothy Averyhart owner of Dorson Sales; Ludeen Moore, owner of Moore's Home Health Care; Jeanette Robertson, owner of Children are the Future; Sheila and Brenda Mitchell, John and Susan White, and Ruby Henderson.; Nephew James Gainer and wife Phyllis; Nephews; Daniel Sims, Dwayne Gainer, Darryl Gainer, Rick Evans, Erick and Derick Stone. Nieces; Diane Marchbanks, Penny Williams and husband Michael; Janet Phillips and husband Earl; Elder Robert Nichol and wife Theresa; Cousins Charles and Helen Forest, Shirley Givens, Friend and Attorney Fred T. Work, also my Aunt Lula Nash who is 91 years old and still encouraging. Last but not least, my great niece Arlisher Jones.