State special award from Senior Citizens to go to local man
By Melanie B. Smith
DAILY Religion Writer
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The Rev. Phil Waldrep of Decatur, 46, isn't by any means a senior citizen, even if he has been in ministry for three decades.
But Waldrep is being recognized by Alabama Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.
He will receive the 2006 Golden Eagle Religious Award, one of seven special awards given by the Hall of Fame. The Alabama Legislature created the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 1983.
Waldrep holds several "Celebrators" conferences for senior adults each year, featuring such notable guests as TV personality Art Linkletter and former first lady Barbara Bush. He has also produced TV and radio programs recognizing the importance of grandparents.
Waldrep's ministry holds annual fundraisers for Meals on Wheels, which serves many elderly people.
State Auditor Beth Chapman will present Waldrep the award at Central Baptist Church on Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.
Chapman, who nominated Waldrep for the recognition, said he devotes a great deal of his ministry to older adults.
"He has incredible passion for senior citizens," she said.
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