On Nov. 1, five were added to the Hall of Fame Wall at Cleveland’s Signature HC — four residents, one community leader and one employee.
The honored inductees were ushered to their special seats and the 60 family and friends enjoyed the food and fellowship before the event began.
Tiffany Sawyer welcomed the ones who had gathered for the ceremony and a local Girl Scout Troup presented the flags. Stephen and Lee Preston led the program with the song, “I Turn to You Jesus.”
Karen Lamon, who had been working with Signature since 1996, explained the Hall of Fame Cafe concept, which began in 2003.
She said in her 17 years, she had met so many wonderful people who were giving, loving and caring and who sacrificed so much. She said the purpose was to celebrate and acknowledge the love people have demonstrated. “It’s a difficult process,” she confided.
The idea of the Hall of Fame Cafe was born in 2003, when a team met to discuss ways in which the importance of lifetime achievements — particularly those living in nursing and rehabilitation centers — could be recognized. They felt this would be a mission and a vision that would “change the long-term care landscape forever.”
Unless acknowledged, this rich history of the lives of the resident population would be locked in their minds — lost to future generations. So “Hometown Heroes,” which includes residents, community leaders and employees, is an important part of the community and Signature HealthCARE.
Each inductee was introduced with a video presentation. JohnAnna Belcher introduced Harold Thompson (not present for the ceremony).
Thompson was born in Gotebo, Okla., on Sept. 1, 1926. In August of 1946, he married Edna Jane, now deceased. They had five children. Thompson is now blessed with 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A few years ago, he married Peggy Jean.
Thompson graduated from Mesa High School in Mesa, Ariz., and attended Bible Training School, Port Huron Junior College and West Coast Bible College. He had a bachelor of science in ministry and was given an honorary doctorate from East Coast Bible College.
Thompson served in the Navy during World War II from 1944-46. He was stationed at a hospital in San Diego for a full year and on the USS Kershaw (APA 176) for another year. He was later discharged in Norfolk in 1946. He has been a committed minister in the Church of God for 69 years.
During that time Thompson served as Church of God state overseer for Idaho, Utah, Illinois, North Carolina, Northern California, Southern Ohio and North Georgia. He has served as pastor of eight churches and was a youth pastor in Arizona. He preached at the Church of God General Assembly when it was in St. Louis, and was a World Missions representative for two years. As a World Missions representative, he traveled to 38 states and 10 countries.
In his spare time, he enjoys golf and woodworking and is most proud of his children. His eldest son, Harold Jr., is a minister/state overseer in Arizona. Carla teaches at Lee University. Kathy is a secretary for the president of the American Bible College. Michael works with stocks and bonds and James Ronald owns his own business.