By Terry Harpole
MABEN — Maben Methodist Church had a kind of special homecoming Jan. 27.
The speaker for the men’s breakfast meeting was the Rev. Jim Threadgill, who is no stranger to this community.
It was back in 1998, when Jim’s wife, the Rev Jean Threadgill, was appointed to serve Maben as the pastor.
The Threadgills lived in Maben until 2005, when they left to serve in the Itawamba area at Ozark United Methodist Church.
Before entering the ministry, Jim was a meat cutter for Kroger and other supermarkets, and attended Calhoun City Lewis Memorial Methodist Church.
During the seven years of Miss Jean’s pastorate at Maben, Jim always jokingly referred to himself as “The Preacher’s Wife.” While living in Maben those seven years, which is a record for a Methodist pastor to serve Maben, the Threadgills made many friends in the Methodist Church and other churches in the area. They could be seen in all the activities in the area at other churches and at gospel singings. They both made many friends.
While Miss Jean served as Maben’s pastor, Jim was pastor at McCool and filled in for Miss Jean here.
Jim is remembered for his keen sense of humor and the ability to make friends anywhere the couple served. Jim is also remembered for his skills as a cook, with biscuit making as one of his special talents.
After leaving Maben and after serving the Ozark Methodist church, both Threadgills called themselves retiring, and moved back to the Webster County community, at Springhill near the community center.
After being retired, the Threadgills re-entered the ministry, and now are both serving Weir- Salem and the Big Creek- Sturgis Methodist churches.
Rev. Jim, now 85, brought several humorous stories before getting into his devotion, and all in attendance, which included the ladies, enjoyed it.
The men’s group at this church, where the Rev. Scarlett Sheperd is pastor, meets each fourth Sunday at 8 a.m.