SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - It's one of the Diocese of Savannah's most honored awards. The Gartland Service Award, given to individuals who have given distinguished service to the church.
Sunday Bishop Kevin Boland awarded 73 south Georgians with this honor, including 23 Savannah residents.
"It's great to have a day that's so positive," said Bishop Boland. "It's so good to be able to honor people for their goodness, for their holiness, and for their service to the church community."
The recipients received their awards during Mass Sunday afternoon. The Savannah area recipients are:
Patty and Roy Gillikin of Our Lady of Lourdes in Port Wentworth
William F. Smith and Mary Louise Harris of Saint Anne in Richmond Hill
T. Frank Baker and Peter Paolucci of Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Savannah
Margaret Muller and Joseph Oliveros Pinckney of Most Blessed Sacrament in Savannah
Charles Bell and William Law Jr. of Resurrection of Our Lord in Savannah
Linda Gail Ansley and Timothy Ansley of Sacred Heart in Savannah
Dr. Sandra McCord Best and Torrance Garvin Sr. of Saint Benedict the Moor in Savannah
Gaetena M. Johnston and Dempsey Q. Logue of Saint Frances Cabrini in Savannah
Josephine Lee and Tommy Long of Saint James in Savannah
Harry DuBignon Howard and James Pratt of Saint Peter the Apostle in Savannah
Yvette Carr and Carolynn Leonard of Saint Boniface in Springfield
Joan Wambold of Saint Michael on Tybee Island