Archives for July 2014

Old Town Home residents made ‘Queens for a Day’

Residents and on duty staff of Old Town Home Assisted Living Facility in Linden were made queens for a day on Saturday, July 26.

Members of the Friendship in Christ Sunday School Class of First Baptist Demopolis enjoyed pampering each resident and staff as “A Queen for a Day”.

Linda Massey entertained the ladies as she played her psaltery for them. Favorite hymns presented were “Just a Closer Walk”, “Jesus Loves Me”, “Come Thou Fount” and “Take It to the Lord in Prayer”. Another favorite selection was Elvis’ ever popular “Love Me Tender”. The beautiful melodies filled the room and were enjoyed by all.

Nettie Short

Nettie Short

Immediately following the musical presentation the Friendship in Christ Class was introduced and shared their desire to serve God by serving these precious ladies. After a prayer the ladies were escorted into the dining room which had been elegantly decorated with chairs covered in regal cloths and tied with ribbons, each featuring the initial of the resident.

The table was covered with a white brocade tablecloth and jewel toned placemats. Personalized place cards lay on each plate and a single, white candelabra with crystals and white tapers centered the table. The dessert table held a beautiful silver vase with fresh flowers on a silver runner over a white cloth.

As they were seated, each lady was adorned in royalty with gemstones and a golden crown trimmed in white pearls. The eldest resident of the Old Town Home, Ms. Nettie Short, was crowned the Royal Queen for the evening. Ms. Short, who is 86 years old, was presented a necklace with a silver Royal crown embedded with a large pearl. Queen Short presented her five sister queens of the Old Town Home with a gold and pearl brooch.

The royal feast consisted of fresh fruit, chicken and wild rice casserole, assorted vegetables and desserts fit for a queen. Instrumental selections from the 30’s played softly in the background as the residents enjoyed their dinner.

At the conclusion of their royal evening each queen was presented a gift bag of assorted goodies and items for enjoyment. The class also prepared gift bags for each staff member of Old Town Home for their diligent and loving care.
Reflecting on the evening with tears in her eyes, one of the dear ladies said, “It made me feel so special!” Old Town Home Dinner 041.jpg 2

Residents enjoying their “Queen for a Day” event were Mary Lou Mackey, Mary Westbrook, Real Nichols, Nettie Short and Alma Osburn. They were joined by staff member Betty Rembert.

Members of Friendship in Christ Sunday School Class who participated in the special event were Betty Malone, Bernice Johnson, Dawn Quarles, Tara Sanchez, Lisa Acker, Debbie Foxhall, Linda Massey, Tammy White, Trenella Davis, Dale Smith, Cathy Adams, Sabrina Harrell, Donna Mullins, Deborah Griffith and Cindy Rice.

Demopolis defensive end Tim Bonner commits to Louisville

Tim Bonner sacks American Christian's quarterback in 2013 season action.

Tim Bonner sacks American Christian’s quarterback in 2013 season action.

Demopolis High defensive end Tim Bonner verbally committed to Louisville Tuesday, choosing the Cardinals over Kentucky and Mississippi State among others.

“They’ve got a great campus and their coaches really want me to be their speed rusher. Their best speed rusher is leaving and they need one, so I did what’s best for me and became a Cardinal,” Bonner said of his decision to commit to Louisville. “And they are a winning team that lost one game last year, so I’ll have a better chance to be on a championship team.”

Bonner received the Louisville offer while attending a camp at the northern Kentucky institution.

In addition to potentially serving as the Cardinals’ speed rusher, Bonner figures to see plenty of reps on special teams where his play has turned heads.

“They watched my Hudl and saw me running down field on kickoffs,” Bonner said. “Their special teams coach said he is going to put me on kickoff my first year.”

“His play on special teams is something that had a lot to do with it,” Demopolis defensive coordinator Matt Geohagan said of the Bonner’s numerous Division I offers. “Some of the thing he was able to do on our kickoff coverage really got a lot of people’s attention.”

Bonner’s stock has taken a meteoric rise over the last year as teams recruiting former Demopolis High standouts Tyler Merriweather, Demetrius Kemp and Cortez Lewis were all able to get a look at the Tigers’ athletic pass rush specialist in the process.

“I think it definitely came from that because we had so much attention on certain guys that he had a prime opportunity to be seen by major colleges,” Geohagan said of how Bonner began to appear on the radar of major programs. “That’s something we talk to our kids about. We tell them you never know who is going to come to watch somebody else on our team or even on other teams – since we play such good competition throughout the season – and notice you in the process.”

Bonner has flirted with double digit sack totals each of the last two years despite playing largely in special packages with limited snaps.

“He has a quickness and an agility about him that he is very hard to block,” Geohagan said. “He does a really good job running to the ball. I think he can give offensive linemen fits. He is a coachable kid too. He does everything within his power to do what his coaches are asking him to do.”

Photos of the Day: July 30, 2014

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Scenes from the funeral of former Demopolis Police Department assistant chief Robert Meigs.

(Photos submitted by Michael Wright)

Lester Allen, Jr.

Lester Allen, Jr.,age 72, better known to family and friends as “Les,” the beloved husband of Cora Henderson Allen, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL. Funeral services for Mr. Les Allen will be held Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Small Memorial AME Zion Church, Jefferson, Alabama. Rev. Linda Hollinger, pastor. Interment will follow in Millers Chapel Cemetery, Demopolis, Alabama. Public viewing will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 at the funeral home chapel from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. The remains will repose at the church one hour prior to funeral services. Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, Alabama entrusted with all arrangements.

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


Demopolis Arrest Reports: July 29, 2014

July 25 – Johnny M. Simpson, 44, for Theft of Property III – Pizza Hut Parking Lot

July 25 – Gregory C. Harbin, 26, for Enters/Remains In/On Premises – Hilltop Circle

July 25 – Anthony L. Henley, 21, for Possession of Marijuana I and Possession of a Concealed Weapon without a Permit – Pettus and 43 South

July 26 – Margaret M. Pearson, 27, for Theft of Property III – Highway 80 West

July 26 – Lakrechia E. Pearson, 21, for Theft of Property III – U.S. Highway 80 West

July 26 – Kamilah J. Jackson, 23, for Marijuana-Possession and Theft of Property III – U.S. Highway 80 East

July 26 – Stephen D. Steele, 40, for Public Intoxication – North Ash

July 26 – Devontae Jones, 22, for Failure to Obey a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest – Creekwood Apartments

July 26 – Crystal E. McKinley, 28, for Disorderly Conduct/Disturbing the Peace – East Pettus (Front Row)

July 26 – Tracelle S. Jackson Brown, 26, for Contempt of Court – U.S. Highway 80 East

July 28 – Lakeisha M. Pelt, 25, for Theft of Property III – Walmart

July 28 – Marchel R. Pelt, 28, for Theft of Property III – Walmart

July 28 – Sakovia T. Perdue, 21, for Theft of Property III – Walmart

July 28 – Juan C. Salcido, 20, for Drug Paraphernalia First and Marijuana-Possession – Highway 80

July 29 – John S. Williams III, 21, for Drug Paraphernalia First and Marijuana-Possession – Highway 80 East

Photo of the Day: July 29, 2014

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Lauren Boone concentrates while learning to twirl a fire baton.

First Bank of Linden’s Robison completes Banking School

The Directors, Officers, and Staff of the First Bank of Linden would like to congratulate Patrick Robison on his graduation from Alabama Banking School. The curriculum during the three year program included financial topics such as deposit products, lending, mortgages, bank law, compliance issues, audits, and examinations.

robison 1Patrick joined the First Bank of Linden in 2007 and is currently a Vice President and Loan Officer.

He is a graduate of the University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. Following graduation, Patrick obtained his real estate and broker’s license and worked in the area of real estate before joining the First Bank of Linden.

Patrick is married to Mary Kay Hutchinson Robison, and they have a daughter, Sadie, who is six months old. Patrick and his family live in Sweet Water and are active members of the Sweet Water Baptist Church. He is a member of the University of Alabama Alumni Association, the Marengo County Wild Turkey Association and the Marengo County Ducks Unlimited Chapter.

Patrick’s parents are Mike Robison of Sweet Water and Carol K. Etheridge of Thomasville. Patrick works with his father who is also a graduate of Alabama Banking School.

Having grown up in Marengo County, Patrick recognizes the important role a community bank plays in serving the needs of its customers. Come by and talk with Patrick about your banking needs and congratulate him on his accomplishments.

Gussie Ruth Agee

Gussie Ruth Agee age 86 a homemaker of Pine Hill, AL died July 27, 2014 at the Camden Nursing Facility She was a member of the Pine Hill Baptist Church. She is survived by three sons, Bain (Jan) Agee, Brad (Debbie) Agee, Tim (Kirsten) Agee; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and two step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Frank Agee, and daughter, Joy Agee. Visitation will be held at Pine Hill Baptist Church on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 10:00 AM until the 11:00 AM service time with Dr. John Roy officiating. Burial will be at Pine Hill Cemetery in Pine Hill, AL. In lieu of flower memorials may be made to the Alabama Baptist Childrens Home, the American Cancer Society, or New Tribe Missions, 693 Spreading Oak Avenue, Deltona, FL 32738. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville, AL.

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

Myrtle Etheredge

Myrtle Glass Etheredge age 82 a homemaker of Linden, AL, died July 27, 2014, at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital. She was born July 2, 1932 in Marengo Co., AL. She is survived by a daughter, Debbie Burgess, son, Stephen Waddell, daughter, Linda Brent, daughter, JoLynn Humphries, three sisters, Myrtis Harris, Margie Harner, Maybelle Sirmon, six grandchildren, Stuart Waddell, Heather McAdory, Michael Brent, Donna Nicholson, Janet Powell, Emily Humphries, 8 great grandchildren, Eli Nicholson, Sarah Nicholson, Mallory Brent, Lauren Brent, Anne Brantley Brent, Bailey Powell, Drew Gibbs, Gage Gibbs. She was preceded in death by her brother, Howard B. Glass, brother, Percy Lamar Glass, Lesley “Hoss: Glass, brother, Joe Glass, and sister, Louise Tedder. Visitation will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 2:00 pm until the 3:00 pm service time with Rev. Chad Ward officiating. 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.

Photo of the Day: July 28, 2014

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Ben Sherrod III enjoys watching some of the activities at this weekend’s

Feathers Fins Fur event at Foscue Park in Demopolis.