“In 1986, at Campbell Chapel AME Church in Americus, GA there was a celebration in a packed house with a huge choir, band, and some of the best music at the Gospel Workshop of Americus. I was new to Americus, GA and happened to attend such a lively and spiritual event in this little town,” says Dr John Marshall, publisher of the Americus Sumter Observer. We never had a grand celebration in my hometown of Savannah, GA; so I was amazed to see a community come together and rocked the house. Thanks to Kelvin Pless, we have enjoyed over 30 years of such celebrations in Americus. Pless has been very active in our community since his childhood. He was raised in Allen Chapel AME church and has served in many capacities. He has an extensive resume over the years and because of his dedication to our community, we are naming him the Observer’s “Favorite Son of Americus, GA for 2017.