Archives for May 2014

Photo of the Day: May 31, 2014

potd - badmintonCamdon Davis and Lennon Phillips enjoy a badminton match, which they call “playing birdie.”

A.J. Johnson

A.J. Johnson, 65, of Faunsdale, died Thursday, May 29 in Tuscaloosa. He was born April 12, 1949, in Perry County to the late Abraham Johnson and Bernice Averette. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Ballard; mother, Bernice Averette Johnson of Uniontown; son, Jason (Charlene) Johnson of Demopolis; daughters, Dawn (Mike) Lawrence of Uniontown and Kellie Marie Johnson of Faunsdale; brothers, Glenn (Ruby) Johnson of Uniontown and Mark (Cyndi) Johnson of Tampa, Fla.; sisters, Oneda (John) Wilkerson of Millers Ferry, Joyce (James) White of Selma and Denice (Jim) Penman of Plano, Texas; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 1 at 2 p.m. at the Uniontown Church of God with the Rev. Ronnie Blankenship officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing. Burial will follow at Elmwhite Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday from 6-8 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30-2 p.m. at the church. Active pallbearers will be Cody Lawrence, Troy Anderson, Zack Lawrence, Michael Johnson, Justin Freeman, Allen Canterberry, Roger Hoggle and Wayne Averette. Honorary pallbearers will be Wallace Walker Jr., Mike Lawrence, Michael Speed, Kenny Hoggle, Don Ballard, Tim Snodgrass, Gordon Vann and Dylan Lawrence.

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

Thomas Hollingsworth

Thomas Dean Hollingsworth Sr., 69, of Demopolis, died Wednesday, May 28. He was born Nov. 6, 1944, in Richmond, Ind., to Ted and Dona Hunt Hollingsworth. He worked as a truck driver for Suttles for 25 years. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War. He is survived by his daughters, Cindy (Tim) Williams of Demopolis and Stacey (Rodney) Skidmore of Gallion; sons, Thomas Hollingsworth Jr., of Palm Bay, Fla., and Chris Hollingsworth of West Palm Beach, Fla.; sister, Jessie (Hank) Massey of Gainesville, Ga.; brother, William (Donna Gail) Hollingsworth of Gainesville, Ga.; grandchildren, Casey Williams, Tiffany Williams, Shane Skidmore, Rodney Skidmore and Ashlynne Hollingsworth; and great-grandchild, Charlie May Williams. Funeral services will be held at Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel on Saturday, May 31 at 3 p.m. with Mickey Green officiating. Burial will be Monday, June 2 at 1:15 p.m. in the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. Visitation will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers will be James Suttles, employees of Dana Suttles Truck Leasing and Southern Care Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Doris Pace

Doris Ann Pyle Pace, 87, of Demopolis, died Monday, May 26 at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital. She was born Feb. 20, 1927, in Selma to the late George and Mildred Gaddy Pyle Sr. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mildred Gaddy Pyle Sr.; husband, Michael Pace; and son, Thomas M. Pace. She is survived by a dear special friend, Ernest Lawson; brother, George W. Pyle of San Antonio, Texas; and a granddaughter, Heather Pace of Baton Rouge, La. Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 31 at 2 P.M. at Riverside Cemetery in Demopolis. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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

Barbara Watford

Barbara Jean Gates Watford age 67 a homemaker of Grove Hill, AL died May 30, 2014 at her home. She was born December 27, 1946 in Thomasville, AL. She was a member of the Elam Baptist Church and attended Magnolia Assembly of God. She is survived by her husband, Billy Ray Watford of Grove Hill, AL; four sons, Jeff Watford of Grove Hill, AL; Scott Watford of Grove Hill, AL; Donnie Watford of Chatom, AL; Jeremy Watford of Jackson, AL; brother, Everett Gates of Whatley, AL; two sisters, Nancy Baugh of Grove Hill, AL; Patsy Rotton of Tallahatta Springs, AL; eight grandchildren, 1 great grandchild. She helped raise her niece, Connie McElwaney of Brunswick, GA; and her two nephews, Kenny Wayne Gates and Danny Gates of Grove Hill, AL. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mitford and Eva Pearl Phillips Gates, brother, Danny E. Gates, Sr. Visitation will be at Elam Baptist Church on Monday, June 2, 2014 from 12:00 noon until the 2:00 pm service time with Rev. Mark Dunn and Rev. Alvin Kolb officiating. Burial will be at Elam Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville, AL. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville, AL.

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

Demopolis Arrest Reports: May 29, 2014

May 27 – Thomas D. Davis, 21, for Possession of a Controlled Substance – W. Jackson Street

May 28 – Jennifer Johnson, 43, for Disorderly Conduct/Disturbing the Peace – Hilltop Circle

May 28 – Latrice Hood, 37, for Theft of Property III – U.S. Highway 80 West

May 28 – Lakisha D. Daniels, 32, for Assault III on Sports Official – Greene County Detention Center

May 28 – Jennifer Johnson, 43, for Criminal Trespass III – Marengo County Detention Center

May 28 – Angela Ward, 29, for Theft of Property III – U.S. Highway 80 West

May 28 – Felicia Ward, 32, for Theft of Property III – U.S. Highway 80 West

May 28 – Shamonica Ward, 20, for Theft of Property III – U.S. Highway 80 West

May 28 – Justina S. Jones, 24, for Theft of Property III – U.S. Highway 80 West

May 29 – Felicia Boone, 43, for Criminal Mischief II – DPD

May 29 – Jack Smith, 50, for Appears in Public Place Under Influence – Tiger Lane and Highway 80 West

Photo of the Day: May 30, 2014

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One last look at the mayhem that followed last week’s DHS graduation . . .

Demopolis Arrest Reports: May 27, 2014

May 23 – Jennifer P. Knight, 34, for Alias – DPD

May 23 – Latoya R. Jackson, 33, for Shoplifting – U.S. Highway 80 West

May 23 – Antonius R. Carter, 34, for five counts Alias Warrant, Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court – Highway 80 East/County Road 2

May 24 – Roannil L. Fentress II, 22, for Marijuana-Possession – Walnut Street

May 24 – William E. Wallace, 34, for Harassment-Family and Marijuana Possesion – Red Carpet Inn

May 24 – Porsche N. Timberlake, 25, for Marijuana-Possession – Red Carpet Inn

May 25 – Tom W. Rowser, 47, for DUI – S. Walnut Street

May 25 – Victor G. Calvin, 27, for Enters/Remains In/On Premises – Second Avenue

May 26 – Ladarius Sanders, 28, for Failiure to Obey a Police Officer – Hilltop Circle

May 27 – Rachael Spencer, 20, for Possession of Marijuana – Red Carpet Inn

Demopolis BOE hires three

In a called meeting Wednesday, the Demopolis City School Board of Education approved hiring three people, tabled hiring another and started plans for a gifted program in the system.

Leslie May, formerly of John Essex High School, was hired as the new counselor at Demopolis High School. The new DHS science teacher is Gresha Thurmond, recently of Anniston, and Robert Peterson was hired for the Child Nutrition Program at Demopolis Middle School.

The board tabled hiring a secretary for the central office to replace Sherry Feller.

Board attorney Alex Braswell was appointed to head a committee to look into setting up a gifted program for the school system.

In other action the board approved:

• Overnight travel for the DHS cheerleaders to Tuscaloosa for Cheerleader Camp.

• Overnight and out-of-state travel for DMS cheerleaders to Starkville, Miss., for Cheerleader Camp.

• Changing signatures for the system’s checking account at Robertson Banking Company.

• A second budget amendment to move funds for textbooks and career tech education supplies.


Agriculture responsible for $1 billion of Marengo County economy

John McMillanAlmost 40 percent of Alabama’s economy is based on agriculture, forestry and related industries, Commissioner of Agriculture John McMillan told Rotarians Wednesday.

With $70.4 billion economic impact, the agricultural industries provide more than 580,000 jobs, he continued, but few Alabamians understand the importance to the state.

Bringing the figures closer to home, McMillan said Marengo County has 7,000 full and part time jobs dependent on agriculture, or more than 63 percent of the workforce. It adds $1 billion to the county’s economy, or 77 percent.

“The people of Alabama just don’t have a clue” as to how important the Department of Agriculture and Industries is, he continued.

First, it is involved in consumer protection through pesticide and chemical industry regulation. The department also runs a food safety lab. Thanks to the BP oil spill settlement, the department received $1.8 million worth of equipment for seafood testing.

The diagnostic services lab conducts blood testing on every flock of chickens produced in the state, or up to 22 million each week.

When he entered office, McMillan said, cutbacks deeply hurt the scope of services his department could offer. “It has not been a happy time.”

Now, however, he is working to implement the programs he pledged to do when elected. Among them is feral hog control, implementing a strategic plan to help commodity producers, and strengthening the inspection of weights and measures throughout the state without asking for any more funding.

He is most proud of trying to respond within 24 hours to any complaint his office received.

McMillan also told the group of his recent trip to Texas with his counterparts from other southern states to see firsthand the immigration problem facing the United States.

“Folks, we don’t have a clue” as to the scope of the problem.

Several hundred people who try to enter the country illegally each year die en route. “It is a sad situation,” he said, and added that there is no way to secure the border between Mexico and the U.S.