A Habitat for Humanity House Dedication Ceremony was held Sunday afternoon. the dedication was held in Meridian. Although all of the homes are special, this one is honoring a local man's life.
This specific house was named in honor of Eddie Nobles. He was the former organist at Meridian's St. Patrick Catholic Church. Nobles died in 2008 in a house fire at his home on 18th Street in Meridian. Father Frank Cosgrove of Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph Catholic Church dedicated the home. Community members are now giving back in the way they say Nobles would do.
Tom Zettler is a member of the Catholic Community of Meridian. He also knew Eddie Nobles as a personal friend. He remembers seeing Nobles' home after it burnt and says there was absolutely nothing left but the shell. Seeing this transformation is something he will not forget.
"And to see this rise out of the ashes of that house to what a beautiful home that it is and to know that someone is going to live in that house is so heartwarming. And couldn't have been a better salute to Eddie than what it is," remembers Tom Zettler.
And that someone who is now a proud homeowner, is Carolyn McCoy. She was approved for a Habitat Home in March of this year. That was exciting news for her. But because she too knew Mr. Nobles, this house is even more special.
"I was so thrilled because I knew him as a child. He played the piano at my church. And everything has been so great and exciting. I am so blessed about everything," exclaims Carolyn McCoy.
And the new home wouldn't be possible without volunteers. Art and Mary Ann Mavis are volunteers coming from Roanoke, Alabama. They are part of the 'Habitat Care-a-Vanners' and have worked on over 100 homes. Each one is just as memorable as the last.
"First objective is to strike a blow for poverty housing and build structures that will eventually become homes for needy people. Our second objective, is to meet new people and make new friends with local volunteers, the staff, and new homeowners. Our third objective is to reconnect with old acquaintances, although we didn't have that opportunity this time because it's the first time we've been here. But we hope to be invited back to do this again," describes Art Mavis.
"And I loved the volunteers, the navy guys and girls. I never saw so many beautiful people to work with. I loved them," says Mary Ann Mavis.
And before long, McCoy and her family will be in a new home.
"Yes, just knowing soon we will be home in our own house is great. It's awesome! I love everyone for their hard work even though they didn't know me. I thank god for each and everyone of them."