Archives for November 2013

UWA men beat second DI foe in two days

rp_primary_MBB_13-11-27_19090TOWSON, Md. – The West Alabama men’s basketball team finished as Co-Champions in the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland tournament hosted by Towson University after a 90-77 exhibition victory over The Citadel at SECU Arena on Saturday.

West Alabama (2-2) won for the second straight time over a Division I opponent for the first time in program history. The Citadel (2-6) jumped to a 9-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game, but the Tigers rallied to lead 51-28 by halftime.

“I thought we grew up a lot this weekend, but we still have a long way to go,” UWA head coach Mark Downey said. “We should have handled the lead a little bit better toward the end, but we now have our first championship here at the University of West Alabama.”

Cordell Pope recorded UWA’s second double-double of the year, scoring 23 points and collecting 10 rebounds against The Citadel. Pope was 5-for-8 from behind the three-point arc. Aaron Cobb followed Pope with 19 points, shooting 5-for-6 from the field and making all three of his three-point attempts.

Brian White scored 24 points, all in the second half, to lead Bulldog scoring.

UWA’s Sandy Underwood was selected as the tournament’s co-MVP, finishing with 35 points in the two games. Jarell Byrd had a double-double on Friday against Abilene Christian and finished the event with 30 points and all-tournament honors.

West Alabama returns home to face Claflin on Tuesday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in Pruitt Hall.

First Baptist schedules adult, children’s Christmas musicals

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Faith Beverly

Faith Charmaine Beverly age 68, of Gallion, AL died November 28, 2013 at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital. She was born January 23, 1945 in Mobile, AL. She was a tax accountant and a member of the Providence Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Don Beverly of Gallion, AL; two sons, Dan Wayne Beverly of Myrtlewood, AL; David Bryan Beverly of Gallion, AL; sister, Hope Grace of Gallion, AL; three grandchildren, Melissa Ann Beverly, Justin Bryan Beverly, Melanie Nicole Beverly, great grandchild, Dakota Wayne Beverly. Visitation will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Graveside funeral services will be at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 11:30 am with Rev. Warren Huggins officiating. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, AL.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Jackie Barnwell

Jackie Dean Haskins Barnwell age 69 of Linden, AL, died November 25, 2013 at her home. She was born August 31, 1944 in Linden, AL. She is survived by her husband; Robert A.Barnwell of Linden, AL; two sons, Troy (Pam) McPherson of Dayton, AL; Mike Barnwell of Linden, AL; two daughters, Deana (Scott) Murner of Trussville, AL; Melanie (Gerry) Luminoso of Weston, CT; sister, Leola Kennedy of Lubbock, TX; two sister-in-laws, Gail (Sam) Gray of Eugne, OR; Justine (Red) Cromer of Linden, AL; 12 grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Linden Baptist Church on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 1:00 pm until the 2:00 pm service time. Burial will be at Linden Memorial Park in Linden, AL. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, AL.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Barbara Ford

Barbara Cayley Ford age 85 of Thomasville, AL died November 24, 2013 at Thomasville Health Care & Rehabilitation Center. She was born March 12, 1928 in Waxahachie, TX. Barbara received a Bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University in 1948. That same year she married Edwin Ford of Thomasville. After living in Jacksonville, Birmingham, and Mobile, Barbara and Edwin moved to Thomasville in 1965, and she began teaching science in the Thomasville Elementary School. She retired from the Thomasville City Schools in 1990 and was a member of the Clarke County Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of the Thomasville United Methodist Church and active in the United Methodist Women. She was a 30-year member of the Research Club. Barbara was an avid reader and active in the Friends of the Library. She is survived by her husband, Edwin R. Ford of Thomasville, AL; children, Melanie F. Kelley (Haynes) of Montgomery, AL; Stephen G. Ford of Thomasville, AL; Melissa F. Taylor (Alex) of Houston, TX. She was blessed to have seven grandsons and three great grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Thomasville United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 1:00 pm until the 1:30 pm memorial service time with Rev. George Sedberry officiating. Memorials may be made to Thomasville United Methodist Church, 110 Old Hwy. 5 North, Thomasville, AL 36784, designating the UMW Mission Fund or the Building Fund. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville, AL.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Jerry Jenkins

Mr. Jerry Jenkins of Demopolis, Alabama entered into eternal rest November 29,2013 at the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital Demopolis, Alabama. Mr. Jenkins is the beloved brother of Ms. Ella Moore of Demopolis, Alabama. Funeral services for Mr. Jenkins are incomplete and will be announced later by Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, Alabama.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Photos of the Day: Nov. 30, 2013


The crew of the downtown branch of Robertson Bank shows off its allegiance Friday as the Iron Bowl looms.


Westside Elementary School first graders Jaden Johnson, Michael Daniels and Ben Johnson sport their college football preferences.

UWA gets first DI win in 33 years

rp_primary_MBB_13-11-27_220TOWSON, Md. – West Alabama men’s basketball finished with a season high of 30-for-33 from the free-throw line to knock off Division I opponent Abilene Christian 77-67 in the Battle 4 Atlantis Mainland tournament on Friday.

West Alabama improves to 2-2 and clinches its first win over a Division I team since its 68-60 win over Samford on Nov. 28, 1980. Abilene Christian falls to 2-7.

“Our chemistry is definitely getting better,” said UWA head men’s basketball coach Mark Downey.

“Guys are sharing the ball and getting to the basket. I’m proud of them. It’s great to see them play like that. We still need to get more out of our guys on the bench, but overall a really good effort tonight.

“If you count our exhibition games, we’ve lost four straight and we needed something positive to happen. I get on them pretty hard, but we always try to keep it positive. Hopefully we can build off this with three more games before conference action starts.”

Aaron Cobb (8-for-8), Desmond Raymond, Jarell Byrd (4-for-4) and Demetrius Powe (2-for-2) were all perfect from the free-throw line. Byrd posted the team’s first double-double with 15 points and 10 total rebounds.

Sandy Underwood led the Tigers in scoring for the fourth time this season with 21 points, shooting 10-for-13 from the free-throw line.

Harrison Hawkins led the Wildcats with 21 points, while teammate Parker Wentz followed with 15 points shooting 5-for-10 from the three-point line.

The Tigers will continue in the tournament with The Citadel. The game is set for 2:30 p.m. (C.S.T.) in SECU Arena on the campus of Towson University.

Sweet Water season ends in semifinal loss

(Photo by Johnny Autery) Sweet Water's Demarcus Gamble looks for running room to the outside.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Sweet Water’s Demarcus Gamble looks for running room to the outside.

SWEET WATER — Sweet Water’s Class 2A state title hopes came to an end Friday night as DeAnthony Holcombe scored four touchdowns to lead Washington County to a 28-14 semifinal victory.

With 6:52 remaining in the contest, Holcombe scored the backbreaking touchdown when he broke three backfield tackles and found his way to the sideline for a 63-yard scoring run to put his team up by 14.

“That run tonight, if that doesn’t epitomize what he has done all year and stood out and got the lead role,” Washington County coach Chris Wilson said. “Unbelievable run to seal this game and I can’t think of a better kid for it to happen to. Just great heart and great determination.”

Sweet Water would get two opportunities to answer, squandering the first one with picking up a first down before heaving a desperation throw with 1:39 to go that was picked off by Kerrigan Pennington to ice it.

Holcombe opened the scoring with a 6-yard run with only 43 seconds remaining in the first quarter. He found the end zone again on the next WCHS possession when he went 32 yards for a touchdown with 7:01 left until half.

When Tate Gibbs gave Sweet Water a chance with an interception in the closing moments of the first half, Holcombe snuffed out the opportunity with a pick of his own to send Washington County to the locker room with a 14-0 lead.

“It’s just unbelievable. They stepped up their game. Sweet Water is an outstanding team, very physical up front,” Wilson said of the performance of his offensive line, which led the way for a 287-yard team rushing performance. “We knew we had to answer the call to match up for what they do up front. For the most part, our guys did a great job limiting what they did on offense.”

Kyle Patterson (56) stuffs DeAnthony Holcombe Friday night.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)                                                                  Kyle Patterson (56) stuffs DeAnthony Holcombe Friday night.

Sweet Water put together its first sustained drive to open the third quarter, going 61 yards on 12 plays on a march that ended with a 12-yard Jakoby Aldridge scoring run.

Five plays later, Holcombe when 50 yards untouched up the middle to stretch the lead to 21-7 with 4:17 to go in the third quarter.

“They beat us at our own game,” said Sweet Water head coach Stacy Luker. “They beat us between the tackles. They’ve got a great football team. It was a physical game tonight.”

Sweet Water appeared poised to answer when Aldridge went 59 yards around the right side before Corey Donaldson took an angle that allowed him to catch up to the senior tailback 20 yards shy of the end zone. Sweet Water would later turn the ball over on downs.

After Kyle Patterson forced and recovered a fumble at the Washington County 30, Sweet Water cut the deficit to one score with a 5-yard Aldridge touchdown run with 7:14 to play.

Only 22 seconds later, Holcombe broke free for his fourth and final score of the night to put Sweet Water back in a two-touchdown hole.

“I think we came from nowhere to this point,” Luker said of his team’s 10-4 season. “You want to finish the deal and we’re not getting to finish it, but I’ve nothing but good things to say about this group of guys. They’ve played hard. They’ve done everything we’ve asked them.”

Holcombe ended his night with 226 yards on 26 carries. Aldridge carried 23 times for 157 yards to lead Sweet Water.

Washington County advances to the state finals for the second consecutive year where it will match up with Tanner.

“We’ve got to calm our nerves down some. We’ve got to play our kind of football. We’ve got to grind it out,” Wilson said of what must be different for his team in its return trip to the state championship round. “We’ve got to play Bulldog football like we did tonight. They stack the box and we still were able to run the football and make big plays. That’s what we have to be able to do.”

Smyly bags first deer

Blake Smyly and First Deer

Blake Smyly, 6,  of Linden killed his first deer, a spike, on Thanksgiving Day.