Bridge at St. Joe honors residents, community members

The Bridge

In a ceremony last week, Louie Jefferson Little, Jr. (right) was inducted into The Bridge at Bay St. Joe Hall of Fame for his years of military and community service.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 11:22 AM.

The Bridge at Bay St. Joe hosted a Hall of Fame Café celebration to honor residents at the local nursing home.

During the Friday ceremony, Rev. Louie Jefferson Little, Jr. was honored for distinguished military service and volunteerism and former resident Ruth Schoelles was inducted for personal achievements, professional accomplishments and public service.

Little is a member of the Ministerial Association and acts as a fill-in for the facility’s Chaplain as needed.

For the past six years Little has volunteered at The Bridge every Saturday. He leads the facility’s 20-member congregation where he conducts live music, provides gospel lessons and visits with residents.

Raised in Troy, AL., Little moved to Port St. Joe with his wife, Jean, who grew up in the area. He served in the National Guard for more than eight years and later worked in the Air National Guard as an air traffic controller.

“It’s a great gesture,” said Little of the Hall of Fame recognition. “We get more out of it than we put in. It’s uplifting for us and we feel blessed.”

Little now serves as the Priest in Charge at the Church of St. Peter in Port St. Joe and visits The Bridge as part of the church’s outreach program.

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