A white dove flying in the air.**In Loving Memory of Billy Ray Thomas: Founder of The Nursing Home Ministry**

Born on August 11, 1937, in Jackson, MS, Billy Ray’s journey through life was one of profound compassion and unwavering dedication. The son of Fred and Irene Thomas, Billy’s roots were firmly planted in the hardworking community of South Jackson. His father, known as the “Yellow Cab” driver, and the local cab dispatcher Ray Thornton, lent inspiration to his very name. Furthermore, his legacy was linked to his street, Porter St., a testament to his connection to Mr. Billy Porter.

As a young boy, Billy’s spirit of adventure sometimes led him astray, as he laughingly admitted, like his mischievous rides on the back of King, the ice man’s wagon, despite being specifically forbidden. These youthful escapades were a small glimpse into the spirited and curious nature that would define him.

Growing up, Billy’s family was woven with music and hard work. His father played the fiddle, and his mother worked at Eleanor Dress shop, showcasing the fabric of their lives. His childhood included church at Griffith Memorial Baptist Church and a crucial moment when Mrs. Ferrell, the pastor’s wife, introduced him to Royal Ambassadors, sparking his lifelong passion for ministry. At just 15, he surrendered himself to his faith and a greater purpose.

Billy’s educational journey led him through various schools, culminating in a B.A. Degree from Mississippi College in 1960. He would go on to shape countless lives as a pastor, educator, and counselor. From Pine Grove Baptist Church in Magee, MS, to the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees, Billy’s influence reached far and wide.

His journey took him to churches in Mendenhall, Natchez, West Monroe, Lafayette, and Indianola, where his impact extended beyond Sunday sermons. He engaged in Crisis Intervention Seminars on different levels, showing his commitment to helping those facing challenges. Billy’s empathy extended to the elderly as well, leading him to establish The Nursing Home Ministry—a testament to his heart for those often overlooked.

On his journey, Billy found his lifelong partner, Sandra Weathersby, whom he married on May 30, 1959. Together, they raised a family and shared their love and faith with their children, Steven Austin, Scott Kevin, Sharon Lynn, and Susan Cheryl.

Billy Ray Thomas’ legacy is a tapestry of faith, service, and love. His memory lives on through the lives he touched, the ministries he founded, and the compassion he instilled in all who knew him. As we remember his life, may we continue to be inspired by his dedication to helping others and his unyielding commitment to making the world a better place.

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**Sandra Thomas: Former Board Member and Former CFO of The Nursing Home Ministry**

Born on March 5, 1941, in Florence, Mississippi, Sandra’s early life was marked by close-knit family ties and a deep sense of faith instilled by her parents, Cabe and Jewel Weathersby.

Within her family,  Her mother was affectionately known as “Munner,” a testament to the strong familial bonds that characterized her upbringing. Her father was fondly referred to as “Pappa Cabe” by those outside the family. Sandra was one of eight siblings, with three older brothers and two brothers and two sisters younger than her. They all shared a humble home located near downtown Florence and proudly graduated from Florence High School.

Sandra’s journey of faith began at a young age when her Sunday School teacher frequently spoke of Jesus. This early exposure to spirituality led Sandra to make a profound commitment to her faith, and she was saved during her childhood. Her cousin, Martha Ann Courtney, played a pivotal role in her spiritual journey by taking her to Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly for Missions Week, where she was inspired by the teachings and camaraderie.

It was during her time at Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly that fate intervened in the form of a serendipitous encounter with Billy Thomas, a young man who worked at the assembly. Although they hailed from the same Florence, MS area, their paths had never crossed until that moment. Their initial conversation near an ice cream shop blossomed into a connection, and upon returning to Mississippi, they continued to cross paths. This chance meeting eventually led to a deep and enduring romance. Sandra and Billy were engaged in October 1958, and they exchanged vows in a heartfelt ceremony on May 30, 1959.

Their union was blessed with four children: Steve, Scott, Sharon, and Susan. Over the years, their family grew, and today, they are proud grandparents to 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, a testament to the love and commitment that has defined their journey together. Sadly, they also experienced the heartbreaking loss of a great-grandson who tragically drowned at the tender age of 4.

Billy’s career took an inspirational turn as he transitioned from serving on the Jackson Police Department and working in the insurance industry to following a higher calling in the ministry. Together, Sandra and Billy embarked on a journey of service, leading churches in Mississippi and Louisiana, and spreading love and faith to their congregations.

Their dedication to serving the elderly and the vulnerable led them to establish The Nursing Home Ministry, where they have continued to make a lasting impact on the lives of those they touch. Sandra Thomas’s journey is a testament to the power of faith, love, and a deep commitment to serving others, qualities that continue to shine through her work as a former board member and former CFO of The Nursing Home Ministry.


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.

Administrative Assistant

A white dove flying in the air.**Dennis Cardin: Accomplished Executive and Visionary Leader**

Dennis Cardin is an accomplished executive with a proven track record of delivering mission-critical results and driving organizations to new heights. With a dynamic blend of leadership prowess and exceptional communication skills, Dennis has established himself as a transformative force in the fields of product development, sales, and community outreach. His career is characterized by a relentless commitment to excellence and a passion for fostering growth in both established and emerging businesses.

With a background steeped in innovation, Dennis has consistently demonstrated his ability to expand product lines and develop cutting-edge offerings that resonate with consumers. His strategic vision and hands-on approach have led to the successful launch of numerous products and the cultivation of strong sales channels. His keen business acumen extends beyond product development, encompassing the full spectrum of sales strategy and execution.

Dennis Cardin possesses a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities associated with small and new business development. Drawing from firsthand experience, he has navigated the intricate landscape of entrepreneurial ventures, gaining invaluable insights into the intricacies of launching and scaling enterprises. His approach to community outreach reflects his commitment to giving back and building meaningful connections in the communities he serves.

At the core of Dennis’s accomplishments lies his exceptional proficiency in leadership, negotiation, public relations, and process improvement. These skills have been instrumental in shaping his career and the organizations he has touched. In the realm of operations management, Dennis has consistently excelled, steering small businesses to prosperity by overseeing all functions, including sales, client retention, and employee relations. His holistic approach to business management has resulted in sustainable growth and enduring success.

Dennis Cardin’s impressive journey includes the role of a mentor and trainer, where he has nurtured the talents of sales consultants and played a pivotal role in the onboarding of new team members. His unwavering commitment to their professional development has contributed significantly to their success. As a motivational leader, he has harnessed the potential of sales teams, inspiring them to surpass targets and achieve sales growth that stands as a testament to his leadership.

Dennis’s professional journey has encompassed a range of roles, including small business entrepreneurship, sales consulting, and warehouse/customer relations/sales consulting in both the Knoxville and Nashville areas of Tennessee. His regional expertise and deep-rooted connections have enabled him to make a lasting impact on these communities.

In summary, Dennis Cardin is a visionary leader with a proven ability to drive business transformation and deliver exceptional results. His multifaceted skills, combined with his unwavering dedication to excellence, have solidified his reputation as a driving force in the world of business and community outreach. As he continues to shape the landscape of entrepreneurship and operations management, Dennis remains a beacon of leadership and innovation.


Pastoral Care Director

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**Jim Marshall: Pastoral Care Director and Ministry Leader**

Jim Marshall is a seasoned pastoral care director with a rich and diverse background in ministry, spanning over several decades. His unwavering commitment to serving communities and spreading the message of faith has made him a respected figure in the field of pastoral care.

Jim’s journey in ministry began with his licensing at FBC, Plainview, TX, during his time as a student at Wayland College in 1952. His dedication and passion for his calling led to his ordination at Westside Baptist Church in Portales, NM. It was during this time that he accepted a call from a mission church in Cuervo, NM, a small village inhabited by Indian and Mexican communities located on the historic US Route 66, between Tucumcari and Santa Rosa.

Throughout his career, Jim’s quest for spiritual growth and knowledge led him to Temple College in Chattanooga, TN, in 1954. His adventurous spirit and sense of mission then took him to the Dakotas, where he served as a pioneer home missionary from 1958 to 1960, blazing a trail for the Christian faith in North and South Dakota.

Jim’s pastoral journey continued as he took the helm of Emmanuel Baptist Church in LaFayette, Georgia, from 1961 to 1963. His commitment to his own spiritual growth led him to complete his studies at NOBTS in 1965.

Throughout his career, Jim has been an active pastor, serving at Nola Baptist Church in Lawrence County, MS, and as a professor at Whitworth College in Brookhaven, MS. His pastoral care extended to Clear Branch Baptist Church in Wesson, MS, where he nurtured the spiritual growth of his congregation.

Jim’s passion for international ministry took him to FBC in Jackson, MS, where he served as the director of International Ministry. His dedication to fostering cultural exchange and spiritual growth led to the establishment of a vibrant Chinese ministry, which began with teaching the first Chinese Sunday School class in English at FBC, Jackson, and continued until his return to the USA from China in 2004.

Jim’s commitment to education and mentorship also led him to serve as an adjunct professor at Mississippi College, where he shared his wealth of knowledge and experience with aspiring students.

One of Jim’s notable achievements was the development of a recruitment program at Belhaven University, which successfully enrolled students from mainland China, further bridging cultural gaps and expanding the horizons of international education.

Jim’s dedication to pastoral care has remained steadfast, and he has assumed pastoral care responsibilities with the Nursing Home Ministry in Brandon, MS, where he currently serves. His journey is a testament to his unwavering commitment to ministry, education, and the promotion of cross-cultural understanding, making him a true leader in the field of pastoral care.


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**Dr. Scott Thomas: Newly Appointed CEO of the Nursing Home Ministry**

Scott Thomas,  is a seasoned leader with a remarkable career spanning diverse roles and a deep commitment to service. His extensive experience in both the business and religious sectors, along with his passion for community outreach, make him a dynamic and transformative force in the organization’s leadership.

Currently serving as the Vice President of Figura Enterprises, Dr. Thomas has demonstrated his prowess in the business world. His visionary leadership has been a driving force behind the success of the company. Additionally, his dedication to faith is evident through his active role at Canton First Baptist Church, where he serves as an integral member of the congregation.

Dr. Thomas’s impressive leadership extends beyond the corporate realm. He has held the esteemed position of President for both Safari Christian Business Alliance and The Electronic Caregiver, where his strategic vision and decision-making skills have left an indelible mark on these organizations.

In his ongoing commitment to community service, Dr. Thomas has dedicated part of his time to the Nursing Home Ministry, primarily focusing on public relations. His efforts in this capacity have played a vital role in furthering the mission and goals of the organization.

A family man at heart, Dr. Scott Thomas and his wife Dacia are proud parents to six children and doting grandparents to an impressive fifteen grandchildren. Their love and commitment to family are evident in both their personal and professional lives.

The journey of Dr. Thomas is a testament to his dedication to education and spiritual growth. He is a graduate of Mississippi College, where he laid the foundation for his academic pursuits. His journey continued at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned both a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Philosophy. This impressive educational background reflects his commitment to deepening his understanding of faith and leadership.

Throughout his career, Dr. Thomas has served as a pastor in churches across Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee, embodying the values of compassion, guidance, and faith. His impact extends beyond the pulpit, as he has also contributed his expertise as an adjunct professor for renowned institutions like the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as Leavell College and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Scott Thomas’s journey with the Nursing Home Ministry began as the Executive Director, where he brought four decades of pastoral experience to the organization. His profound understanding of ministry and his unwavering commitment to its mission make him an invaluable addition to the board of directors.

As the newly appointed CEO of the Nursing Home Ministry, Dr. Scott Thomas’s leadership promises to usher in a new era of growth, innovation, and compassion. His blend of business acumen, spiritual wisdom, and community engagement ensures that the organization is in capable hands as it continues to make a positive impact on the lives of seniors and their communities.


Board Member

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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.


Director of Administration

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**William E. “Bill” Hall Committed Board Member and Entrepreneurial Leader**

Bill Hall’s journey is a testament to his unwavering commitment to both business and community service. Born in Columbus, Ohio, to Russell and Norma Jean Hall, he embarked on a remarkable path that has left a positive impact on many lives.

Bill’s early days were marked by a passion for sports, particularly football, which led him to Miami of Ohio, where he not only pursued his education but also showcased his athletic talent on the football field. His dedication and hard work on the gridiron were emblematic of the qualities that would shape his future endeavors.

Family has always been at the center of Bill’s life. He and his wife, Eleanor, are proud parents to three children, and their family has expanded to include seven cherished grandchildren and one great grandson. The love and support of his family have undoubtedly been a driving force behind Bill’s success and his commitment to making a difference in his community.

For an impressive 27 years, Bill Hall served as a dedicated Burger King franchisee, making a mark in the Jackson/Metro Area. His entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen allowed him to thrive in the competitive fast-food industry, all while contributing to the local economy and providing employment opportunities in the area.

Bill’s journey took another exciting turn when he transitioned to become a Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee, showcasing his versatility and adaptability as a business leader. His ability to navigate different facets of the food service industry has been a testament to his entrepreneurial prowess.

In addition to his successful business ventures, Bill has devoted a significant portion of his time and energy to serving the Nursing Home Ministry (NHM). For nearly five years, he has been a strong and faithful board member, demonstrating his unwavering commitment to the organization’s mission. His dedication goes beyond mere membership, as he holds the crucial role of Director of the Administrative Committee for NHM, overseeing vital aspects of the organization’s operations.

Bill Hall’s contributions to NHM reflect his deep sense of community and his desire to make a positive impact on the lives of seniors and their communities. His leadership within the organization ensures that NHM continues to thrive and fulfill its mission of providing care and support to those in need.

In summary, Bill Hall’s life journey is a testament to his dedication to both business excellence and community service. His success as an entrepreneur, coupled with his commitment to NHM, exemplifies the positive influence one person can have on the lives of others. As Director of the Administrative Committee, Bill’s contributions continue to play a vital role in the ongoing success and growth of NHM.


Board Member

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Board Member

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**Paul Earley: A Life of Service, Leadership, and Faith**

Paul Earley’s life is a remarkable journey marked by service, leadership, and a steadfast commitment to his faith. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Paul’s path led him from the steel city to diverse experiences across the United States, culminating in his role as a dedicated teacher and leader within his community.

In 1965, Paul embarked on another significant chapter of his life when he married Jackie Houston Earley, hailing from Jackson, MS. This union marked the beginning of a lifelong partnership that would be characterized by shared values, love, and support for one another.

Paul’s educational journey began at Munhall High School in Munhall, PA, where he laid the foundation for his academic pursuits. He furthered his studies at the University of California, PA, where he continued to expand his knowledge and experiences.

The call to serve his country led Paul to the United States Navy, where he served from 1964 to 1969. During the tumultuous Vietnam War, he piloted a P3 Orion, showcasing his courage and dedication in the face of adversity. His military service is a testament to his sense of duty and commitment to protecting the nation.

Following his military service, Paul’s quest for knowledge and spiritual growth led him to Mississippi College, where he graduated in 1975. This educational milestone set the stage for his future endeavors in ministry.

Paul’s passion for ministry was further cultivated when he graduated from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1978. Armed with a deep understanding of theology and a strong sense of purpose, he embarked on a pastoral journey that would span several decades.

Throughout his pastoral career, Paul served congregations in various communities, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of those he touched. His pastoral leadership included:

– Leakesville, MS – Unity Baptist Church (1978-1981)
– Meridian, MS – Eighth Avenue Baptist Church (1981-1990)
– Thomasville, AL – Pineview Baptist Church (1990-2002)
– Meridian, MS – Hebron Baptist Church (2002-2005)
– Forest, MS – Oak Grove Baptist Church (2006-2012)

Paul’s tenure as a pastor reflected his dedication to nurturing spiritual growth, fostering community, and providing unwavering support to his congregations.

Today, Paul Earley continues his journey of faith by teaching a Bible Study Class for Senior Adults at First Baptist Church in Brandon, MS. His role as an educator and spiritual guide exemplifies his commitment to lifelong learning and to the spiritual enrichment of his community.

In summary, Paul Earley’s life is a testament to the values of service, leadership, and faith. From his military service during the Vietnam War to his extensive pastoral career, Paul’s impact on the lives of others has been profound and enduring. His continued dedication to teaching and guiding others in their faith journey is a testament to his enduring commitment to making a positive difference in the world.


Board Member

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**Charlotte Byrd: Dedicated Board Member and Country Enthusiast**

Charlotte Byrd is a valued board member of the Nursing Home Ministry, whose life journey is as diverse and vibrant as the communities she serves. Her commitment to the organization is only one facet of her rich and varied life experiences.

Charlotte’s pursuit of education and knowledge has been a central theme in her life. She holds degrees from esteemed institutions, including Mississippi College, Millsaps College, and Louisiana University at Monroe. This strong academic foundation equipped her with the skills and expertise needed for her career in geology.

For over 24 years, Charlotte served as a Geologist for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, where her work played a crucial role in environmental stewardship and protection. Her dedication to this role showcased her commitment to the well-being of her community and the environment. In recognition of her contributions, Charlotte retired from her position in September 2012, leaving a lasting legacy of environmental advocacy.

In her personal life, Charlotte is married to Harrell N. Byrd, and their partnership is a testament to enduring love and support. After residing in Brandon, MS, for over two decades, the Byrds decided to embark on a new adventure. In 2012, they made a significant move to Calhoun County in north Mississippi, embracing a change of scenery and lifestyle.

One of Charlotte’s most cherished roles is that of an active member of First Baptist Church in Bruce, MS. Her involvement in the church community underscores her deep faith and commitment to spiritual growth. She is known for her unwavering devotion to her faith, which has been a guiding force in her life.

Charlotte’s life in the country suburbs of Banner, MS, is a testament to her love for rural living. In addition to her husband, their home is shared by a delightful menagerie of animals, including 8 dogs, 5 cats, 10 chickens, 5 donkeys, and a growing number of goats. Her farm life is a testament to her love for nature and her appreciation for the simple pleasures of country living.

In her role as a board member of the Nursing Home Ministry, Charlotte Byrd brings her diverse life experiences, dedication, and unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of seniors and their communities. Her multifaceted journey is a source of inspiration, reflecting her deep-rooted values of service, faith, and a profound love for the beauty of rural life.

Larry H. Keltner

Board Member

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**Larry H. Keltner: A Life of Service and Achievement**

Larry H. Keltner’s life journey is a testament to his unwavering commitment to service, achievement, and community. Born on January 26, 1940, Larry has left an indelible mark through his diverse experiences and dedication to making a difference.

Larry’s educational journey began with his high school years in Tampa, Florida, where he laid the foundation for his academic pursuits. He continued his studies at Missouri State University, furthering his knowledge and honing his skills in preparation for the adventures that lay ahead.

Larry’s spirit of service led him to proudly serve in the U.S. Air Force, where his dedication and sense of duty made a significant impact. His military service underscored his commitment to defending his country and contributing to the greater good.

Following his time in the Air Force, Larry embarked on a dynamic career path. He became a McDonald’s Hamburgers franchisee, showcasing his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to business excellence. His role in this iconic franchise allowed him to provide a beloved dining experience to his community.

Larry’s journey in the business world continued as he assumed the position of Vice President at McAlisters Deli Corp., where his leadership skills and visionary thinking played a pivotal role in the company’s growth and success.

Larry’s dedication to making a difference in the lives of others extends to his involvement with The Nursing Home Ministry (NHM). His association with NHM is a testament to his commitment to serving seniors and their communities. Whether through his business endeavors or his community service, Larry has consistently exemplified the values of compassion, dedication, and a desire to positively impact those around him.

Today, Larry H. Keltner enjoys a well-deserved retirement, reflecting on a life filled with achievement, service, and a deep sense of purpose. His multifaceted journey serves as an inspiration to others, showcasing the power of dedication and a heart devoted to making the world a better place.