BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

BILLY THOMAS

Chairman

Founder, Dr. Billy Thomas

I was born August 11, 1937 in Jackson, MS.  My parents were Fred and Irene Thomas.  We lived in South Jackson which was where hard working people lived. Daddy drove a yellow cab (anywhere in Jackson for 10 cents). The Yellow Cab dispatcher was named Ray Thornton. My Grandparents lived around the corner from us on Porter St. named after Mr. Billy Porter.  Thus my name “Billy” after Mr. Billy Porter and “Ray” after Mr. Ray Thornton.

SANDRA THOMAS

Vice President & Treasurer

Sandra Thomas

I was born March 5, 1941 at home in Florence, MS.  Cabe and Jewel Weathersby were my Parents.  “Munner” is the name we gave our Mother and  Daddy was known as, “Poppa Cabe” to those outside our family.  There were eight children in my family-three girls and 5 boys. I was in the middle so to speak with three brothers older than me and two brothers and two sisters younger.  We lived in a small home near downtown Florence.  All of us graduated from Florence High School.

My Sunday School teacher spoke of Jesus often and I was saved at an early age in my life.  My cousin, Martha Ann Courtney, took me to Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly for Missions Week.  I was injured on a travel iron and was walking near the ice cream shop when one of the young men, Billy Thomas, who worked at Ridgecrest helped me.  We talked for a while and discovered we were both from the Florence, MS area. When we both returned to Mississippi and I was registering for music classes at Mississippi College we met again.  We saw each other several times, were engaged in October 1958, and Married May 30, 1959.

God blessed us with four children Steve, Scott, Sharon and Susan. We now have 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren but lost a great grandson who drowned at age 4.

Billy, after serving on the Jackson Police Department and working with New York Like Insurance, entered the Ministry.  We served churches in Mississippi and Louisiana.  Following serving churches we began The Nursing Home Ministry where we are serving now.

DENNIS PETERS

Secretary & Director of Governance

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My name is Dennis Peters and I have been married to Jamie for 41 years. We have one son, Stuart. I am an attorney and have practiced law for almost 26 years. I live in east Brandon and attend First Baptist Church in Brandon. NHM fulfills a vital need and serves as an outreach to many lonely people. I deem it a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors of NHM.

Biography: Born July 26, 1945. Graduated from Mississippi College in 1972 with Bachelor of Science degree. Graduated from Mississippi College School of Law in 1979 with Juris Doctorate. Recipient of American Jurisprudence Award, Trial Practice, 1979. Member of Mississippi Bar Association, Hinds County Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute, and Commercial Law League of America. Sergeant (E5), United States Army, 1966-1969. Practice areas include insurance defense law, workers compensation law, banking law, commercial law, and tribal law.
DENNIS CARDEN

Administrative Assistant

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Accomplished Executive with demonstrated ability to deliver mission-critical results. He is an excellent leader with strong communication skills. He has a background in expanding product lines, developing products and sales. He has first hand experience in small and new business development, as well as community outreach. He prides himself in his skills in leadership, negotiation, public relation, and process improvement.

His core accomplishments in operations management include managing a small business and handling all functions related to that- sales, client retention, employee relations, developing new clients. Dennis has trained sales consultants and created new hires. He’s overseen development of sales and motivated sales consultants all while producing sales growth. He has profession experience as a small business entrepreneur, sales consultant, and warehouse/customer relations/sales consultant in the Knoxville and Nashville area of Tennessee.

RAY LOFTIN

 Director of Volunteers

Ray Loftin - Director of Volunteers

Married 47 years to Janie Barrett Loftin.  Two children, Barry and Justin.  Five Grandchildren, Kaylee, Hunter, Sarah, Taylor and Marie.

Education
Jones Community College, Florida Southern College, Mississippi College, Chapi Programming College
Business Major, Computer Science.
US Air Force
1965-1968 – Served four years
Ordained Deacon
Member First Baptist Church Brandon, Ms

Retired from Ms Farm Bureau as Property Manager in charge of 250,000sf building with 350 employees.  Duties included property maintenance department, communication department, leases, security and other company properties. Other duties included research and development of New Member Benefits programs.

The NHM is important to me because too many people are locked away and forgotten.  I can’t imagine my last days without seeing someone, anyone, to talk too or to show an interest in me.  I also know that there are some that are not saved and need to know Christ before they take their last breath.

SCOTT THOMAS

Public Relations

Scott Thomas - Public Relations

Dr. Scott Thomas is currently President of Safari Christian Business Alliance and serves the Nursing Home Ministry in a part time capacity with public relations.  He and his wife Dacia have six children and seven grandchildren. They met and married in Natchez, Mississippi.

He is a graduate of Mississippi College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy.  Dr. Thomas has served as pastor of churches in Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee.

He has served as adjunct professor for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky, Leavell College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He began his work with the Nursing Home Ministry as Executive Director.  He brings 35 years of pastoral experience to the board of directors.

ROBERT DOUGLAS

Board Member

Robert Douglas

Robert, along with his brother Tom, started Gold Coast Commodities over 30 years ago in Brandon, MS.  Gold Coast has plants in both Mississippi and Tennessee, which manufacture vegetable oils for the animal feed industry.  These products are shipped to customers throughout the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean basin.

Prior to starting Gold Coast, Robert studied Chemical Engineering at both the University of Florida and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Robert lives with his wife Beverly Bader Douglas from Clarksdale, MS and their two daughters who both attend the University of Mississippi.  Robert and his family are long standing and active members of Pinelake Church.

BILL HALL

Director of Administration

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William E. “Bill” Hall

Born in Columbus, Ohio to Russell and Norma Jean Hall.

Started and played football at Miami of Ohio.

Bill and Eleanor have three children, seven grandchildren, and one great grandson.

Bill was a Burger King franchisee for 27 years in The Jackson/Metro Area. He is now a Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee.

He has been a strong and faithful NHM Board member for Nearly five years. Bill is Director of the Administrative Committee for NHM.

DORA BLANEY

Board Member

Dora Blaney

PAUL EARLY

Board Member

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Born: Pittsburg PA                 Married to Jackie Houston Earley from Jackson, MS on 9/11/1965

Attended School at Munhall High School, Munhall, PA

University of California, PA

Military: US Navy from 1964 until 1969

Pilot of P3 Orion during Vietnam War

Graduated from Mississippi College, 1975

Graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1978

Pastored:

Leakesville, MS – Unity Baptist Church 1978 to 1981

Meridian MS – Eighth Avenue Baptist Church 1981 to 1990

Thomasville AL – Pineview Baptist Church 1990 to 2002

Meridian MS – Hebron Baptist Church 2002 to 2005

Forest MS – Oak Grove Baptist Church 2006 to 2012

Now teaches Bible Study Class for Senior Adults at FBC Brandon.

CHARLOTTE BRYANT BYRD

Board Member

Charlotte Bryant Byrd

Graduated from Mississippi College, Millsaps College and Louisiana University at Monroe.  Worked as a Geologist for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for over 24 years.  Retired in September 2012.  Married to Harrell N. Byrd. After having lived in Brandon, MS for 20 plus years, moved to Calhoun County in north Mississippi in 2012.

Active member of First Baptist Church in Bruce, MS.  Wife of one husband.  Also has 8 dogs, 5 cats, 10 chickens, 5 donkeys and 6 (soon to be 7 or 8) goats!   Living a wonderfully blessed farm life out in the country suburbs of Banner, MS!!!

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