Members of the City-Wide Ushers Union.

Celebrating 80 Years of Service

Members of the City-Wide Ushers Union.

The City Wide Ushers Union will celebrate its 80th Anniversary on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church, 100 Carroll Ave. in Asheville.

Asheville’s Ushers Union was organized on October 22, 1939 at a meeting hosted by Brown Temple CME Church, at the corner of Blanton and Phifer Streets in Asheville. The eight founding churches were represented by a band of praying men and women who believed in praising the LORD. Seven of those churches are still in the Union today—and have been joined by 19 additional churches on the roll.

The founding eight churches were Brown Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church; Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church; Tried Stone Missionary Baptist Church; Varick Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church; Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church; New Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church; and New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

Through its history, the sixth of its 10 presidents, Brother Alfonzo McCoy, served for 35 years. His son, Richard McCoy of Nazareth First Missionary Baptist Church, is the current president, having been installed in 2010.

Sister Oscar Williams served as a chaplain for 43 years, while eight members have filled the role of secretary and five that of treasurer.

Sister Elizabeth Campbell has been a member of the City Wide Ushers Union for 54 years. She served as Mistress of Ceremonies for a number of years, and was elected secretary in 1990. She served as Secretary for over 24 years, and on February 2, 2014 she was honored with the title of Secretary Emeritus.

In the late 1950s or early ’60s the Asheville union joined with Spartanburg Ushers’ Union in brotherly love by worshiping together once a year in alternating cities. By the grace of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, these Unions have continued to grow strong as the years pass.

The City Wide Ushers Union serves during Asheville’s annual city-wide revival, at funerals, and during Holy week services. Under the leadership of Brother Richard McCoy the Ushers Union has also begun to hold usher workshops.

Business meetings are held on the fourth Friday night of each month at 7 p.m., and monthly Turn-Outs are hosted by a participating church on the first Sunday of each month, starting promptly at 3 p.m.

We bow in humble submission to one who does all things well with the home going of fifteen members between June 2017 and June 2019.

The 2019 officers of the City Wide Ushers Union are Brother Richard McCoy, Sr., President; Sister Sarah Hart, 1st Vice-President; Brother Larry Whiteside, 2nd Vice-President; Sister Vivian S. Campbell, Secretary; Sister Martha Whiteside, Assistant Secretary; Sister Mary Jenkins, Assistant Secretary; Sister Lucille Tobe, Treasurer; Brother Hall Sams, Assistant Treasurer; Sister Ernestine Owens, Chaplain; Sister Annie Mae Morgan, Head Marshall; Sister Ernestine Owens, Sick Committee Chairperson; Brother William Gregory, Hospitality Committee; Sister Yvonne Bowie, Floral Committee; and Sister Elizabeth Campbell, Secretary Emerita.

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