The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 23, 2012

Our Town: Cayuga alum honored with business award

PALESTINE — Melvin C. Shead Sr., a 1982 graduate of Cayuga High School, was honored Nov. 3 at Dallas Hyatt Regency Hotel as one of 25 Top Imaging Professionals of North Texas.

Living in East Texas, Shead commutes to Dallas Presbyterian Hospital weekly to work as radiology evening shift supervisor.

Shead is one of eight of Texas Health Resources’ radiological technologists who were named among the Top 25 Imaging Professionals in North Texas by the North Texas Radiologic Technologists Society.

The honorees were selected for their overall job performance, special efforts, and community, civic and professional involvement.

Shead is the team leader and radiographer for Texas Health Resource Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. His commitment to improving quality of care for patients and work philosophy embodies Texas Health Dallas cornerstone, “Individuals Caring for Individuals Together,” a news release said.

Shead was recognized and selected by Texas Health Dallas Management Team as a consistent “Top Performer” and was selected to be a member of Texas Health Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

He received a Certificate of Appreciation from Brookhaven College for “Professional Excellence in Clinical Education.”

Shead became an ordained minister in February. He was selected and presented the Community Service Impact Award by NAACP on their 100th anniversary.  

His community involvement includes assisting in coordinating a Radiology Department coat and clothes drive for Dallas Life Way Foundation and directing efforts to donate to East Texas and Anderson County food banks. He also has spearheaded a Feed the Children drive to feed local children at Cayuga ISD in Bethel and is presently coordinating a Feed the Children drive at New Bethel Church for Hunger in the Horn of Africa.

Local celebrates 90th birthday

The grandchildren of Nina Macie Morgan-Gardner of the Providence community are hosting a 90th birthday celebration Saturday at the home of Timothy and Freda Fuller of Palestine.

Nina Macie Morgan was born on Nov. 20, 1922, the first born of Chester Morgan and Pricee Macie Baker-Morgan. She was raised on a small farm in the Providence community near Montalba.

Her mother passed away on April 6, 1931, before Nina reached her 9th birthday, leaving her to be raised by her stepmother and father.

Being the first-born child, Morgan had to learn all the things necessary to work a farm. She did not get a chance to go to school as often as the other children in the community, but practiced what she had learned, which helped her keep up with her grade level.

She was educated in the Montalba school system at the Providence School and was baptized at Providence Missionary Baptist Church.

Nina married Frank Avelt Gardner Sr. on Aug. 20, 1940, and their marriage lasted 69 years. The couple had 12 children: Charles N. Gardner, Maple George Albert Gardner, Macie Jewel Gardner, John F. Gardner, Edgar Ree Gardner, Frank Avelt Gardner Jr., Chester E. Gardner, Sherron Gardner, Alma Gardner, Aretha Gardner, Inez Gardner and Mickeal Gardner.

Family members who have passed away include: her husband, Frank Avelt Gardner Sr. (July 2009); two sons, Frank Avelt Gardner Jr. (March, 13, 2000) and Maple George Albert Gardner (at 9 months old); and two grandchildren, Adrian Dudley (Feb. 27, 1995) and Gregory Gardner (Aug. 17, 2006).

Nina has tested her strength every year on her birthday by busting a block of wood with an axe, a challenge she was able to accomplish until her 88th birthday in 2010.

“She loves her family dearly and treats each one of the children and their spouses like they are her favorite,” family members report. “She has a knack for making any person that she meets feel very special.”

Morgan-Gardner’s 10 children, 14 daughters and sons-in-law, 33 grandchildren and their spouses and 48 grandchildren are expected to be in attendance at Saturday’s celebration.

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