Ray: I didn’t have time to.
Payne: Did you belong to any social clubs here?
Ray: I wasn’t a joiner.
Payne: You weren’t a joiner and you chose a single life, so that must mean that you really do like your independence. (laughter)
Ray: Yes. I really do.
Payne: But, so, what’s your life like now?
Ray: Well, mostly now for UMCOR. The Methodist church relief …
Ray: And we’re having to do a lot now.
Payne: Oh yes, I’m sure. Do you have refugees here? Do you have refugees in New Albany? [Reference to refugees from Hurricane Katrina]
Payne: Are you helping take care of them?
Ray: They had a dinner for them at our church last night. And they served lunch today for them. We try to help them.
Payne: So, are the United Methodist Women associated with that?
Ray: Yes, the whole church.
26:10 Payne: How do the churches relate to each other in New Albany? Do the Methodist and Baptist pretty much go their separate ways or do they …
Ray: Well, they sort of cooperate … especially in a time like this. And … we have a good working relationship with the Catholic Church too. They have a preacher’s alliance that they meet to often.
26:44 Payne: Now, do African Americans join that or do they have their own alliance?
Ray: They have their own, I think.