More than 100 people came out to The Quiet Cannon Restaurant to salute Bettye Faye Nichols, the director emerita of the CME Southern California Region Department of Public Relations.
Nichols, a long-time Sentinel contributor, has devoted 30+ years to publicizing the activities of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, both on a local and national level. The event, held on March 7, was presented to recognize her legacy of dedicated professional service.
The participants included Diana Winton, emcee; Ray Thomas, soloist; and Dr. Vanilla Brooks, SCR public relations director. The Rev. Bernard Jackson, pastor of Phillips Temple CME Church; and the Rev. Travis A. Morris, presiding elder of the CME L.A./San Diego District; delivered the invocation and benediction, respectively.
Nichols received certificates of commendation from L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper and plaques from Bishop Bobby Best, presiding prelate of the CME Ninth Episcopal District; and the SCR Public Relations Committee. Also, scores of people shared touching tributes during the “Expressions of Love” session.
Cheryl and Harvey Estrada, Nichols’ son-in-law and daughter, drew lots of applause singing, “To God Be The Glory. In addition, Nichols’ grandsons, their wives, and great-grandchildren were in attendance.