Originally published in Western Recorder – http://www.westernrecorder.org/~westernr/index.php/recent-kentuck-news/1675-98-year-old-associational-messenger-attends-every-annual-meeting
CADIZ — At 98 years old, Rozell Burgess is one of the oldest messengers at Little River Baptist Association in Cadiz. She was in attendance at the annual meeting on Oct. 6.
She is a longtime member of Cerulean Baptist Church, where Greg Giltner serves as interim pastor.
Her membership has been there since she was baptized in the 1940s.
Burgess “rarely misses a service,” according to a deacon at Cerulean, Wilburn Wilson.
For around 30 years she served as a Sunday School teacher. She still attends Sunday School as a member of Wilson’s senior citizens’ class.
This year, with her 98th birthday, she was given an award for her continued service to the church.
“She is great encourager and a witness, and is always willing to help others,” Wilson said. “I’m so thankful she has the health to continue doing all of this. In fact, just yesterday (Oct. 12) she was there for both the morning and the evening worship services.”
Mike Rust has been Little River’s director of missions for 12 years. “I guess she’s been at every annual meeting,” he commented. “Last year we had our 200th anniversary, and we asked everyone to dress up in the era attire of the 1813s, and she did. She is just a joy to be around.”
“She was the oldest messenger at the association, but we did have some others that were in their 90s.” Rust continued, “We also had some folks that were teens and under 30.” There were seven or eight millennials present that night, he said.
“I just enjoy them. I haven’t missed one in I don’t know when,” Burgess said about the annual meetings.
She and her late husband, Earl, received Christ at the same time in the 40s. Burgess was baptized in 1945 at Muddy Fork Creek at Cerulean.
Burgess was born and raised around Cerulean. She and Earl had two daughters, Joyce and Carolyn. She