I had the honor of recognizing the Rev. L. A. Cumberland and Mrs. Mary Alice Cumberland as the newest members of the Dickson Order of the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church. The presentation was made at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, where Rev. Cumberland served in retirement until his death in 2001. Mrs. Cumberland was present in the service along with her children.
The recipients receive a plaque and their engraved image and names are placed on a board displayed in the headquarters of the Annual Conference. Individuals, churches or groups may honor a clergy or layperson by donating at least $1,000 to the Dickson Order Fund. The fund’s proceeds are used for seminary scholarships.