This birthday was special though, and it brought out the New Gum Springs Civic Association, a squad of police officers from the Mount Vernon station, folks from the neighborhood and Pastor Darrell K. White from Bethlehem Baptist Church where Ada goes to church. Tenesha Green also goes to that church and was proud to honor a fellow parishioner. “Shows we still have a sense of community,” Green said.
Queenie Cox put together the parade, and the weather cooperated so it was a covid-safe, outdoor event. “Last year we did a book,” she said.
The cars gathered in the parking lot of the Harvest Assembly Baptist Church right around the corner from Ada’s house. Kevin Shaw, the assistant commander of the Mount Vernon Police Station lined the cars up, with Queenie Cox out in front.
Detective Daryl Davis was one of the officers and he grew up right around the corner from Singletary so the two neighbors went way back. “Been here all my life,” he said.