GAVITT?CELEBRATES?95TH?BIRTHDAY:?The Rev. Joseph L. Gavitt of Warren was honored at a surprise 95th birthday party in March, hosted by his family. About 80 people attended the gala event, coming from Kansas, New York, West Virginia, Virginia and Ohio. The family goal was to receive 95 cards and memories, which was exceeded.

Gavitt was born March 13, 1919, in Westerly, R.I., and graduated from Philadelphia School of the Bible.

He and his wife were home missionaries in West Virginia for eight years, planting new churches. They also owned and operated the Evangelistic Book Store in Warren from 1952 to 1984.

He had been very active in his church, Bazetta Baptist, until recently.