The reception will be held July 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 in the evening at Founders Hall, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 3405 Peerless Road, Cleveland.
There will be a time of reminiscing at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Gifts are not expected but cards will be appreciated.
Delk was born July 19, 1922, in Davidson County, in the then-rural community of Goodlettsville. He is a graduate of Goodlettsville High School. He is a graduate of (then) Scarritt College of Nashville (bachelor’s degree). He holds a master’s degree in religion from Vanderbilt University (1946) and a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Tennessee (1959). He has done additional work at the University of Illinois and elsewhere.
He pastored in the Methodist Church in rural Middle Tennessee for nine years, during which time he met his wife, Faye, to whom he was married in 1947 at Waynesboro.
In 1954 the Delk family came to Cleveland, where he was a member of the faculty of Lee College. In 1960 they moved to Illinois for him to pursue further education and to teach. He is retired from the Illinois school system, where he served 27 years as a teacher and school administrator, in 1987.
The Delks returned to Cleveland in 1990. Since 1991 he has taught public speaking at Cleveland State Community College, bringing that teaching experience to a close this past spring. He is now fully retired with a total teaching/administration experience of 57 years.
Mrs. Delk passed away in December 2005. He has four children, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. He has continued to be active in many local capacities and is a frequent local speaker. He holds a dual membership at South Cleveland Church of God and at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church and is actively involved in both churches.
He is also active in the South Cleveland Camp of Gideons International. He can be reached at 472-2664.
Delk has written several articles of local interest and is a contributor to the Church of God national paper, The Evangel.
A series of “Memories of Yesteryear” will begin appearing in the Banner on July 22. The series will deal with rural life in the 1920s and 1930s.