The celebration banquet to honor the Kerns was at a hotel on Saturday afternoon, and before the meal, as someone was talking, suddenly another voice came over the sound system. The two voices spoke together for awhile, then one stopped and the only one to continue was Pastor Mansfield.
“I’m using this method to congratulate you on this special occasion…” Pastor Mansfield continued with what seemed to be a telephone or recorded message. Suddenly, though, into the room and walking toward the table where sat the Kerns were Pastor and Mrs. Anthony Mansfield of Meridian, Mississippi. It was a total surprise.