Articles from the March 26, 2020 edition


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  • Let's be the Little Engine that Could

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Mar 26, 2020

    I'm self-quarantined with time on my hands and things on my mind. I was born (1941) just as our country came out of the Great Depression. 1929 to 1939 was the longest and most severe world-wide economic depression ever. The stock market crashed, men lost money that caused such panic that they jumped off tall buildings to end their fear of failure. Their families were left to wonder why fathers and husbands and sons and brothers and uncles and recent millionaires cared so little about anyone else that they chose to end their lives rather than...

  • Sawmill Day cancelled for safety

    Patsy Green, Guest Writer|Mar 26, 2020

    Sawmill Day 2020 is canceled. We had to make this decision early due to some orders that had to be made right now. Hopefully, next year will be better. The things we are doing to try to slow the spread of Covid 19 are reminding me of my son's experiences with West Nile Virus in 2012. On August 30th of 2012 my daughter in law called to say my son had been hospitalized with suspicion of West Nile Virus. She said he had told her not to call me, but as his condition deteriorated she thought it best to call. By the morning of August 31st he was...

  • A tale of southern-fried romance

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Mar 26, 2020

    Wars can destroy not just the lives of the people directly involved on the battlefield but the people left on the home front as well. During the War Between the States many loved ones were separated by not only by the geographic distance between them but by death and destruction. Some of the greatest figures in that war were destined for heartbreak. General John Bell Hood is one example. Hood had a reputation for bravery and aggressiveness that sometimes bordered on recklessness. Arguably one of...

  • U.S. Senate runoff moved to July

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Mar 26, 2020

    The GOP contest for who sits in our number two U.S. Senate seat has been delayed until July 14, 2020 due to the coronavirus. The winner of the battle between Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville will more than likely be our junior US. Senator for six years. Neither are spring chickens. Sessions will be 74 and Tuberville will be 66, when the winner takes office. This is not the optimum age to be a freshman U.S. Senator because seniority equates to superiority in the U.S. Senate. Given their age of arrival neither will be given much deference or...

  • Don't waste your quarantine

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Mar 26, 2020

    It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Less than a month ago, the Wuhan virus was just a Chinese virus barely getting any attention as it was rapidly spreading around the globe. Within little more than a couple weeks, it has stunned the world and literally locked down countries, states, and cities. We are witnessing an historic invisible pernicious threat, but we are also each of us part of an historic response. Our governments are taking aggressive unprecedented measures to protect the public and the private sector is stepping up with American i...

  • All hands on deck to slow spread of virus

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Mar 26, 2020

    As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to change the way we live our daily lives, its important to take note of the ways this challenging time has brought our communities together. It has been reassuring to see stories of neighbors helping neighbors in communities in Southwest Alabama and beyond. As we continue to treat this unprecedented challenge with the seriousness it deserves, let’s not forget to help our neighbors as best we can. Whether dropping off supplies to senior citizens or supporting local businesses, we all can do something for o...

  • Coronavirus won't stop extension service learning

    Special to the Ledger|Mar 26, 2020

    Coronavirus or no coronavirus, Alabama Extension is pressing forward to offer information and learning opportunities to the people of Alabama. Just one week ago, we transitioned to an alternate operations model and assigned employees to work from home. Extension staff immediately began to develop learning materials that you can reach on the web and social media. Our goal is to help navigate this new normal. This briefing will bring you the latest information from Extension. We’ll also help you keep up with all those things that still need to b...

  • Glenna Sue Amos Beck

    Mar 26, 2020

    Glenna Sue Amos Beck, 76, died Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Mrs. Beck was born March 29, 1943 in Davisville, Fla., where she resided until 2017, relocating to Atmore. She attended Davisville Elementary School and graduated from Ernest Ward High School, later retiring from First National bank and Trust in Atmore after 40 years of servce. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Friday, March 20, at Pine barren Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Diane Everette officiating. Burial followed with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Beck is...

  • Virgil Gene Boddiford

    Mar 26, 2020

    Virgil Gene Boddiford, 77, of Wilmington, Ga., died Tuesday, March 17, 2020 following a lengthy illness. Mr. Boddiford was born Jan. 15, 1943, and served in the U.S. Navy as the first male nursing student in Georgia and first male president of the Student Nurses Association of Georgia. Earning his CRNA at the DePaul School of Anesthesia, he worked throughout the southeast until he retired in 2017, and served as a Deacon who enjoyed the outdoors. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 21, at the Old Bradley Cemetery with Rev....

  • Clyde Albert Bristow, Sr.

    Mar 26, 2020

    Clyde Albert Bristow, Sr., 78, died Monday, March 16, 2020, in Pensacola. Mr. Bristow was a native of Engadine, Mich. and former resident of McAlester, Okla. who had resided in Atmore for the past three years. Of the Church of God faith, he was a member of the Liberty Riders Motorcycle Club of Lake George, Mich. Mr. Bistrow is survived by his wife of 58 years, Loretta Bristow of Atmore; two sons, Donald Edward (Vicki) Bristow of Newberry, Mich. and Clyde Albert (Jody) Bristow of Dothan, Ala.; one daughter, Esther Lydia Pennel of Slocomb, Ala.;...

  • Eunice Elaine Davis

    Mar 26, 2020

    Eunice Elaine Davis, 77, of Atmore, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Pensacola. Mrs. Davis was born June 8, 1942, to P.J. and Pearl Tressell Holsonback in Atmore. She was a homemaker. A graveside service was held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at the Freemanville Community Cemetery with Dr. Dale Patterson officiating. Burial followed with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband of 59 years, John L. Davis of Atmore; one son, John L. “Skipper” Davis, Jr., of Pollard, Ala.; one daughter, Melody (Tim) Rus...

  • Beverly Hammac Evans

    Mar 26, 2020

    Beverly Hammac Evans, 74, of Brewton, died Saturday, March 21, 2020. Mrs. Evans was born Sept. 29, 1945, to Autrey and Beulah Hammac, in Brewton, where she remained a lifelong resident, working as a cosmetologist. Owner and operator of House of Beauty from 1968 until 2000, she was a member of Eastern Star, of Norris Lodge. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at Hanberry Cemetery with Bro. Phillip Pettis officiating. Burial will follow with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Evans is survived by one son, James...

  • Angela Elizabeth Branch Ferreira

    Mar 26, 2020

    Angela Elizabeth Branch Ferreira, 45, died Monday, March 16, 2020. Mrs. Ferreira was born in Brewton and was a lifelong resident of Jay, Fla. A 1992 Jay High School graduate, she retired from Santa Rosa Medical Center and was a member of the Century Church of Christ. The funeral was held at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 19, at Century Church of Christ, with Min. Jesse Claunch officiating. Burial followed at Flomaton Cemetery with Flomaton Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Ferreira is survived by one son, Samuel Branch of Jay; her father, Bobby Branch of...

  • George Winston Foster, Sr.

    Mar 26, 2020

    George Winston Foster, Sr., 76, died Monday, March 16, 2020, in Phillipsville, Ala. Mr. Foster was a native of Atmore who had resided in Phillipsville for the past 34 years. Retired from International Paper Company, he was a member of the hall's Fork Hunting Club. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 19, at the Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Wendell Hadley officiating. Burial followed at Hall's Fork Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Funeral Home directing. Mr. Foster is survived by one son, George (Paula) Foster, Jr. of...

  • Jennifer Duryea Gillis

    Mar 26, 2020

    Jennifer Duryea Gillis, 43, died Friday, March 20, 2020, at the Jay hospital. Mrs. Gillis was born Feb. 26, 1977, to Hurbert Dryea and Joyce Gillis, in Brewton, where she worked as a nurse. Relocating to Gulf Shores, Ala. 10 years ago, she worked as a call center supervisor. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Mrs. Gillis is survived by one brother, John (Cindy) Lancaster of Brewton; two sisters, Jamie (Charles) Lambeth of Flomaton and Joy Sawyer of Brewton; and numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces. Mrs. Gillis...

  • Linda Darlene Pugh Johnson

    Mar 26, 2020

    Linda Darlene Pugh Johnson, 60, of McCullough, Ala., died Friday, March 20, 2020 in Pensacola. Mrs. Johnson was born Aug. 11, 1959, to John Calvin and Ada Cannon Pugh in Bay Minette. She was a homemaker for most of her life. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 23, at the McCullough Cemetery with Pastor Cornelius Phillips officiating. Burial followed with Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Johnson is survived by her husband, Ronald Johnson of McCullough; two daughters, Megan Johnson of McCullough and Janice (Doug)...

  • Ava Marie Lewis

    Mar 26, 2020

    Ava Marie Lewis, 60, of Perdido, Ala., died Friday, March 20, 2020. Mrs. Lewis was born Feb. 13, 1960, to John Wesley and Doris Owens Lewis in Atmore. A homemaker, she was also employed as a CNA. Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. Mrs. Lewis is survived by two sons, Benjamin Moye and Matthew Moye of Perdido, Ala.; one daughter, Heather (James) Cross of Perdido; and four grandchildren. Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Daniel Lewis and Mark Lewis; and four sisters....

  • Jane Mills Nalty

    Mar 26, 2020

    Jane Mills Nalty, 85, of Brewton, died Monday, March 16, 2020 in a Pensacola hospital following a brief illness. Mrs. Nalty was born April 28, 1934, to Wayland Archibald and Annie Sowell Mills in Florala, Ala. and became a lifelong resident of Brewton. A T.R. Miller High School graduate, she was a homemaker of the Catholic faith. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, at Union Cemetery with Rev. Patrick Madden officiating. Burial followed with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Brewton directing. Mrs. Nalty is...

  • Eva Pearl Nazario

    Mar 26, 2020

    Eva Pearl Nazario, 76, died Monday, March 16, 2020 in a Pensacola hospital. Mrs. Nazario was born March 19, 1943, to Harvey and Verbie Byrd, in Stapleton, Ala. A Navy wife, she and her family were previously stationed at NAS Patuxent River in Maryland before relocating to Pensacola in 1971. Of the Baptist faith, she had many hobbies and enjoyed the outdoors. The funeral was held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 21, at the chapel of Craver's Funeral Home. Burial followed at Canaan Cemetery with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Nazario is...

  • Ollie Mae Thornton

    Mar 26, 2020

    Ollie Mae Thornton, 96, died Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Carlinville, Ill. Mrs. Thornton was born Oct. 23, 1923, to George Washington and Lenora Blair Hayes, in Appleton, Ala., She relocated to Bay Minette in 1989 and back to Illinois later and was a member of Perdido Baptist Church. A graveside service was held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 22, at Odd Fellow's Cemetery in Bayou LaBatre, Ala. Burial followed with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Thornton is survived by two daughters, Louise Chance Thompson of Bay Minette and Frances Chance...

  • Community reaches out during Coronavirus

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Mar 26, 2020

    As communities and citizens observe the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for diminishing the spread of the Coronavirus through social distancing and various closings, school systems and municipalities are continuing programs and using resources to ensure children and others who depend on free or reduced meals continue to receive them during this time. Escambia County School Systems in Alabama and Florida as well as the Century Mayor Henry Hawkins and Concerned Citizens of Century...

  • Mayors ask all to fill out census

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 26, 2020

    By now most people in the United States have received their 2020 census form, but many residents who get their mail delivered to post offices boxes are not on the list. Every 10 years the United States conducts a population and housing census in an attempt to get an accurate count of the people living in the country. If someone gets their mail delivered to their house, they should have already received the form. Census forms are not delivered to post office boxes. Flomaton Mayor Dewey Bondurant...

  • Rollover crash in Flomaton claims life

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 26, 2020

    A 27-year old Monroeville man was killed and his passenger was injured in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Flomaton that left Highway 31 closed to traffic for about three hours. Samuel W. Colbert was killed after being ejected from the 2011 Jeep Cherokee he was driving. Officials with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency stated Colbert was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Zachry Alsop, 26 of Atlanta, Ga., was...

  • Jay suspending utility cutoffs and late fees

    Joe Thomas, Ledger Editor|Mar 26, 2020

    Realizing the hardship COVID-19 is and will be placing on families, the Jay Town Council voted Tuesday night to suspend utility cutoffs and waive late fees, turnoff fees and reconnect fees providing residents fill out a hardship application at town hall. Mayor Shon Owens and Councilmen Wayne Godwin and Joshua Holloway unanimously voted to suspend the cutoffs and fees during the coronavirus state of emergency. Operations Manager Eric Seib noted town hall closed its lobby Tuesday but residents...

  • Cabaniss takes over at ECHS

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Mar 26, 2020

    Rachel Patterson and Huxford Elementary Schools will see new principals next year while Escambia County High School will see new one next month following the Escambia County (Ala.) Board of Education meeting last Thursday. Amy Cabaniss, current Countywide Supervisor for Curriculum and Instruction, will replace Dennis Fuqua as principal at Escambia County High School effective April 1, 2020. Fuqua left ECHS recently to take a position as student supervisor at Alabama Coastal Community College....

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