Archives for October 2016

Photo of the Day

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The ladies at the Fitz-Gerald Clinic Family Practice got into the Halloween spirit by dressing up as (mostly) Disney princesses.

(Photo courtesy of Pocohontas)

DPD searching for missing elderly man

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The Demopolis Police Department is seeking assistance in locating 85-year-old Joe Lashley, who was last seen Monday at approximately 5 p.m. Ashley reportedly stated his truck was stuck on his property and that he was walking home. All attempts to reach Lashley have since gone directly to his voice mail and those searching for him have been unable to find him.

Lashley was last seen in his white 1997 Ford F-250 super cab with an Alabama license plate of 48AH955. Authorities believes Lashley may be confused about his location and could be in need of assistance.

DPD encourages the public to be on the lookout for Lashley and notify the Demopolis Police Department at 334-289-3073 with any details.

Terry Joe Counselman

img_2654Terry Joe Counselman, age 74, of Thomaston, Ala., died Oct. 29, 2016 at his home. He was born Jan. 15, 1942 in Mobile, Ala., to Truman E. and Edna H. Counselman. He was a graduate of the University of North Alabama and a veteran of the US Army. He was a retired teacher and former mayor of Thomaston and a member of Thomaston Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Counselman of Thomaston; two sons, Phillip T. (Laura) Counselman of Silver Hill, Ala., and Thomas Bruce (Annette) Gwin of Gallion; a son-in-law, Dennis (Daphne) Morgan; nine grandchldren, Stewart (Molly) Gwin, Nathan Gwin, Andrew Gwin, Benjamin Gwin, Tracey (Garrett) Hollon, James (Bridgett) Morgan, Kathleen Morgan, Olivia Counselman, and Alice Counselman, five great grandchildren, Ethan Hollon, Bethany Hollon, Wesley Hollon, Emily Hollon, Ellyson Morgan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Truman E. and Edna H. Counselman, daughter, Daphne G. Morgan, and and a grandchild, Christopher Gwin

Visitation will be held at Thomaston Baptist Church on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from noon until the 1 p.m. service time with Rev. Randall Mims and Rev. David Trawick officiating.

Burial will be at Witch Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Campbell, Ala.

The family would like to thank Southern Care Hospice, as well as those friends who sent cards, made phone calls, sent food, and came to visit.

Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, Ala.

Janiece Vernon Bryant Nichols

Janiece Vernon Bryant Nichols, age 81, of Thomasville, died Oct. 29, 2016 at her home. She was born Mar. 6, 1935 in Mobile, Ala., to Charles Aubrey and Vera Bryant. She was a retired accountant and was a member of Thomasville Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, James Philip Nichols; three sons, Keith (Sharon) Nichols, Ken (Vickie) Nichols, and Kevin (Shannon) Nichols; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services will be held at Choctaw Corner Cemetery on Monday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Ty Parden officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Thomasville Baptist Church Capital Improvement Fund.

Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville, Ala.

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

Edna Lucille Agee

Edna Lucille Agee, age 84, of Thomasville died Oct. 28, 2016 at Jackson Health Care Facility. She was born Apr. 29, 1932 in Thomasville to Horrie Grey and Vergie Lee Phillips. She was a former seamstress and a member of Bashan Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Jackie Agee of Thomasville; daughter, Maryann (Rayford) Parnell of Thomasville; a brother, Roy (Darlene) Phillips of Camden; five sisters, Jessie (Hermon) Stephens of Chilton, Ala.; Myrtle (Wayne) Roberts of Fulton, Ala.; Carol Newton of Fulton, Ala.; Peggy (Regan) Daniels of Nanafalia, Ala.; and Beverly Haskew of Thomasville; eight grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Agee, two sons, James Eldon Agee and Ralph Gayron Agee, her parents, Horrie Grey and Vergie Lee Phillips, two brothers, Cecil Gray Phillips and James Allen Phillips, three sisters, Nettie P. Bennett, Pearlie P. Glass, and Hazel P. Kelley.

Visitation will be held at Bashan Baptist Church on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Bashan Baptist Church on Monday, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Warren Huggins officiating. Burial will be at Bashan Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville, Ala.

Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville, Ala.

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

Douglas McDaniel Barkley

Douglas McDaniel Barkley, age 72, of Linden, Ala., died Oct. 27, 2016 at DCH Regional Medical Center. He was born March 31, 1944 in Linden to Charles Victor and Lula Barkley. He was a retired welder with Georgia Pacific Corp. and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Lynne Moore Barkley of Linden; three children, Douglas M. “Daniel” Barkley of Linden; Annette Barkley Hill of Thomasville; and Holt Barkley of Linden; brother, Chalmus Barkley of Linden; sister, Mildred Thrash of Sweet Water; four grandchildren, Keith “Brooke” Barkley, Austin Barkley, Amber Barkley, and Kaelyn Barkley.

He was preceded in death by his son, William T. Barkley, his parents, Charles Victor and Lula Barkley.

Visitation will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 2 p.m. until the 3 p.m. service time with Rev. Andy Mims and Rev. Pike Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Octagon Cemetery in Linden.

Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, Ala.

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

Barbara Jean Woodson

Barbara Jean Woodson, age 85, of Northport, Ala., formerly of Uniontown, Ala. and Marion, Ala., passed away on Oct. 30, 2016 at Hospice of West Alabama. She was the daughter of James T. and Lula Hughey Tanton.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Woodson and brother, James E. Tanton.

Barbara is survived by her daughters, Connie Cook (Donald) and Nan Woodson; grandsons, Rayford Cook (Whitney), Chad Cook (Tricia); granddaughters, Mandy Horsley Kiser (Miles), Tammy Pearson (Johnny); great-grandchildren, Wesley Cook, Cayden Cook, Ava Cook and Sydney Woodson Jones; She also leaves behind three nephews.

During her lifetime, Barbara was a member of Uniontown, Siloam and Northridge Baptist Churches. While living in Marion, Barbara was a member of the Siloam adult choir and Three Arts Club. Most recently, she participated in Northridge Baptist SAMS Club and a Wednesday Bible Study. She spent her leisure time painting spiritual art, making floral arrangements and playing with her dog, Eevee. Barbara was an avid Alabama football fan.

Graveside services will be held at Pine Crest Memorial Gardens in Marion at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 with Reverend Dan Brown and John Nicholson officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes Marion Chapel directing.

Pallbearers will be Rayford Cook, Chad Cook, Miles Kiser, Rick Tanton and Ron Tanton.

Memorial contributions can be made to Siloam Baptist Church in Marion, Ala., to Northridge Baptist Church in Northport, Ala., or Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter.

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

Demopolis Arrest Reports: Oct. 28, 2016

Oct. 22 – Andrew R. Wilkerson, 31, DUI, US Hwy 80 East

Oct. 22 – James A. Jowers, 24, Poss of a Concealed Weapon w/o Permit, US Hwy 80 West

Oct. 22 – Curtis L. Perkins Jr, 36, Failure to Appear/Comply/Pay, North Cherry

Oct. 23 – Denard E. Beal, 25, Failure to obey a Police Officer, Domestic Violence III, South Desoqnette Street

Oct. 24 – Darius D. Anthony, 25, Contempt of Court, Alias Writ of Arrest, B/E of Vehicle, Hilltop Circle

Oct. 24 – Michael S. Jackson, 31, Appears in Public Place Under Influence, Subway Hwy 80 East

Oct. 25 – Megan G. Hill, 19, Theft of Property – Fourth (two counts), DPD

Oct. 25 – Charlene F. Hill, 42, Theft of Property – Fourth (two counts), DPD

Oct. 27 – Hugh B. Brame, 21, Domestic Violence III, County Road 19

Oct. 27 – Anna F. Ballard, 18, Domestic Violence III, Jefferson Rd

Oct. 28 – Melanie A. Deleon, 42, Poss of a Controlled Substance, Hwy 80 East

Oct. 28 – Karen A. Owsley, 22, Drug Paraphernalia – 1st Offense, Hwy 80 East

Linden police chief bids farewell

LPD Chief Scott McClure pictured with Officer Steven Dubbs in Nov. 2013.

LPD Chief Scott McClure pictured with Officer Steven Dubbs in Nov. 2013.

After 16 years with the Linden Police Department and the last nine as the chief, Scott McClure has tendered his resignation.

“It is with a heavy heart that I regret to inform the citizens of Linden that after 16 years with the Linden Police Department. I feel it necessary to tender my resignation as your police chief,” McClure posted on Facebook. “I’m sure as with any situation, there will be lots of rumors to circulate. I simply resigned due to the lack of support that myself and the other officers have received due to politics. I am looking forward to the opportunities that have already presented themselves for my future. I look forward to visiting with the good citizens of Linden as this will always be my home.”

While McClure did not elaborate on the circumstances leading up to his resignation, he reflected on his time with the department and joy of working in his hometown.

“It’s great. You work with the people that you grew up with. Most of the adults around here now, I went to school with. They’re parents are not older, retired. You see them and they used to come to your ballgames and stuff. It’s hometown people that you enjoy being around. You enjoy seeing them everyday,” McClure said. “In this situation you enjoy taking care of them and protecting them and making sure that they’re safe. That was the goal the whole time in being chief here was to take care of my hometown.”

McClure said he cannot share details about his next employment opportunity because the hiring is not yet official.

“I’m excited of course to have another opportunity at something that is law enforcement related. It’ll be a different chapter of law enforcement, but it is still law enforcement related. I look forward to kind of a change in venue, a change in some people that I’ll be working with and just try to be positive from there,” McClure said.

As he departs the police force, McClure turned to the officers who serve under him in identifying what he will miss about the job.

“The guys I work with and the people in town. They’re willingness to help, their determination. I’ve got a lot of young guys that are willing to learn. They want to learn. They’re looking for leadership to come in here with some good opportunities,” McClure said. “They’re more than willing to do whatever whenever and just pick it up and go with it. That’s what this job is about. You train, you train, you train and you hope when the time comes that you’re there and you know what to do. That’s what the training is for, to make it second nature so that when the time comes, you can do it. That’s all these guys want to do. They want to learn how to do what they need to when it needs to be done.”

In addition to the officers he leaves behind and the number of good officers he has worked with over the years, McClure is most proud of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program that he helped implement in the city.

“I started a program with D.A.R.E. They had D.A.R.E. years ago and I always thought it was a big program,” McClure said. “I started it with officer Sonya Miles. I was very proud of D.A.R.E. We didn’t get to do it as long as I intended to. I’m really proud of the work we did with D.A.R.E. when we had it.”

Sweet Water upends New Brockton in overtime

(Photo by Johnny Autery) SW RB Shamar Lewis (6) races for the end zone in action against New Brockton

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
SW RB Shamar Lewis (6) races for the end zone in action against New Brockton

Sweet Water capped off its regular season in thrilling fashion Friday night with a 48-42 overtime win against Class 2A New Brockton.

“It’s huge for us. Some of our younger guys grew up tonight. It just boosts our momentum as we go forward,” Sweet Water coach Pat Thompson said of his team’s win, which comes just a week before it opens the Class 1A playoffs.

(Photo by Johnny Autery) Sweet Water RB Jaylin Johnson (23) fights for yards.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Sweet Water RB Jaylin Johnson (23) fights for yards.

The Bulldogs opened the overtime with a 4-yard touchdown run by Shamar Lewis to take the 48-42 lead before missing the extra point attempt. New Brockton looked answer when it hurled a fourth down heave toward the end zone where Lewis picked it off to ice the victory.

“Those were big moments. It was big for our team. Shamar was very unselfish tonight. He blocked a lot. We were in the power all night. We probably ran the power 30 times tonight and he was leading on that most of the time,” Thompson said of the unselfish nature of Lewis.

Sweet Water forced overtime with 37 seconds left in the fourth when Jonah Smith sprinted for a 10-yard touchdown to tie the game. The run culminated a must-succeed drive for the Bulldogs, who allowed the Gamecocks to score on a 20-yard sprint with 2:53 left in regulation.

Bulldogs defenders Sharmar Lewis (6), Houston Norris (87), and Will Huckabee (11) bring down the Gamecock quarterback.

Bulldogs defenders Sharmar Lewis (6), Houston Norris (87), and Will Huckabee (11) bring down the Gamecock quarterback.

“Our guys were resilient tonight. They would score and then we would go back and score. It was just resiliency on our guys part. They knew our defense wasn’t playing very good and our offense had to score every chance we got,” Thompson said.

Smith helped tie the game earlier in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard plunge with 8:51 to play before handing it to R.J. Rodgers for the conversion to knot it at 36. Lewis scored on a 26-yard sprint in the third while Rodgers ran it in from three yards out. Smith hit Lewis for a 26-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and Luke Davis for a 22-yard strike in the first to account for the remainder of the Sweet Water scoring.

“Jonah came up big for us. R.J. was huge for us tonight. He carried the ball 21 times tonight. That was the most he has carried the ball all year long. He made some big, tough runs that we really needed,” Thompson said.

Sweet Water amassed 482 yards of offense on 64 plays including 369 yards rushing on 55 attempts. Smith finished 5 of 9 through the air for 113 yards and two touchdowns in addition to 42 yards rushing and two scores on seven carries. Rodgers ran for 176 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Lewis had 112 yards and two scores on 18 carries to go along with 26 yards receiving and a touchdown. He also intercepted a pass on defense.

The Bulldogs open the Class 1A state playoffs next Friday night when they host McKenzie.

“It’s a whole new season on Monday. I told the guys when we got done tonight we’ve got to come back even more focused than we have been lately,” Thompson said. “It’s one and you’re done. Monday, we shouldn’t have any trouble getting them back focused and getting them ready to go.”