Articles from the April 2, 2020 edition


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  • Victory Gardens inspired hope

    Kevin McKinley, Guest Writer|Apr 2, 2020

    Gardening is as much a part of being a Southerner as weekend football games and a trip to one's favorite fishing hole. Yet in another era, gardening was a survival tool and the Federal government encouraged US citizens to plant gardens everywhere. Even local railroad companies encouraged its workers to plant gardens along the tracks. Vegetable gardens have always been in the arsenal of preppers in the South going back to the early frontier of the 1700s. The items produced in the garden was...

  • Be wary of scams during this time

    Jim Stanton, Guest Writer|Apr 2, 2020

    With this Covid-19 the world is now changing faster than it ever has before. By the time this is over there is no telling what kind of world we will be living in. I will be glad when this is over and maybe we can get to what ever the new normal will be, it could be very different, or it could be business as usual. Listen to your state and local leaders for information, and there are several websites updated daily for those of you with access to the internet. I can tell you one thing, the criminals will be trying to take advantage of the...

  • Hope in the time of the coronavirus

    Congressman Bradley Byrne, Guest Writer|Apr 2, 2020

    In Genesis 2, God says “It is not good that the man should be alone.” He made us for Himself, but he also made us for one another. Separation is painful for us all. This fight against the coronavirus called COVID-19 is hard. We are forced to separate from one another. Our economy is sorely wounded. Worse, our neighbors are infected with this disease, some fighting for their lives, some tragically losing that fight. We are better, stronger than this disease. All of us have a role to play, to responsibly social distance from one another, to pra...

  • 1964 landslide started Republican rule of south

    Steve Flowers, Guest Writer|Apr 2, 2020

    Our primary runoffs have been postponed until July 14, 2020. It was a wise and prudent decision by Secretary of State John Merrill and Gov. Kay Ivey. Most voters are older and you are asking them to come out and vote and at the same time stay home. The main event will be the GOP runoff for the U.S. Senate. The two combatants, Jeff Sessions and Tommy Tuberville, will now square off in the middle of a hot Alabama summer. The winner will be heavily favored to go to Washington. We are a very reliably Republican state especially in a presidential el...

  • Panic versus prudence

    Pete Riehm, Guest Writer|Apr 2, 2020

    Adversity brings out the best and worst in people. Fortunately, Americans exude much more goodness in trying times than random acts of greed and malice. For every toilet paper hoarder attempting to profit from these illogical shortages, there are thousands of Americans reaching out to help their shut in neighbors. For every political hack trying to extort some pork from this crisis, there are thousands of businesses retooling to meet our urgent needs. And for every muckraking pseudo journalist promulgating paranoia, there are thousands of...

  • From the sweat of our brow we shall eat bread

    Earline Smith Crews, Guest Writer|Apr 2, 2020

    I'm old enough to know what I'm writing about so allow me the pleasure. What say you, old lady? We Crews' have planted and shared garden bounty for almost all our 56 plus years of married life. Our first few years we shared a garden with his side (Crews) of the family because we lived very near to them. My side (Smith) was gone to a better land, enjoying the bounty of whatever is allowed in Heaven. Anyway, except for a short time of early marriage (when we had no place to plant) until the year 2018-19, we made all the vegetables we cared to...

  • Lois Jean Baggett

    Apr 2, 2020

    Lois Jean Baggett, 87, died Friday, March 27, 2020, at a Brewton nursing facility. Mrs. Baggett was born Nov. 28, 1932, to James D. Stoker and Susie C. Stoker in Mobile, and had been a resident of Castleberry for 46 years, coming from St. Stephens, Ala. A member of Castleberry Assembly of God Church, she sang in a gospel trio, wrote songs and poetry and had many hobbies. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 30, at Holland Cemetery with Rev. Tommy Quick officiating. Burial followed with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs....

  • Eula Funderburk Bridges

    Apr 2, 2020

    Eula Funderburk Bridges, 98, died Thursday, March 26, 2020, at a Bay Minette, Ala. nursing home. Mrs. Bridges was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Friendship, Ala. and had been a resident of Brewton for the past 55 years, coming from Montgomery, where she was a member. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 28, at Martin Family Cemetery with Bro. Larry Watts officiating. Burial followed with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Funderburk is survived by two daughters, Claudia (Jerry) Harris of Brewton and Julia (Brenton) Hart of Bay...

  • James 'Jamie' Henry Burnham

    Apr 2, 2020

    James “Jamie” Henry Burnham, 74, of Stockton, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020, following a brief illness. Mr. Burnham was born Sept. 19, 1945, in Escambia County, Ala., where he was a life-long resident. A 1963 graduate of W.S. Neal High School, he served in the National Guard, was a member and served as trustee of the Friendship Free Will Baptist Church. Retired as a pulp mill superintendent from Georgia Pacific with 45 years of service, he was an avid outdoorsman who was also a Mason and Shriner of the Perdido Lodge 752. A graveside ser...

  • Darren Burns Downing

    Apr 2, 2020

    Darren Burns Downing, 52, of Brewton, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Mr. Downing was a native and lifelong resident of Brewton. A graduate of W.S. Neal High School, he was employed as a painter with Peterson Precision Painting and was of the Holiness faith. A graveside service was held at 4 p.m., Monday, March 30, at Green Acres Cemetery with Rev. William Joyner officiating. Burial followed with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mr. Downing is survived by one daughter, Bridgett (Tyler) Smith of Brewton; five sisters, Tina...

  • Ruby Fae Rabon Dyess

    Apr 2, 2020

    Ruby Fae Rabon Dyess, 58, of Castleberry, Ala., died Sunday, March 29, 2020, following a brief illness. Mrs. Dyess was born Feb. 5, 1962, in Castleberry, where she remained a lifelong resident. Of the Christian faith, she was a Conecuh County High School graduate and former employee of Judy Bond, Bobby's Exxon and manager of the Valli Food Mart in Castleberry. A graveside service was held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, at Buffington Cemetery with Pastor Avery Smith officiating. Burial followed with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home...

  • Sylvia Paulette Hadley

    Apr 2, 2020

    Sylvia Paulette Hadley, 72, died Saturday, March 29, 2020, in Atmore. Mrs. Hadley was a native of Brewton and former resident of Bay Minette, where she spent most of her life, who had resided in Atmore for the past 8 years. A member of Hall's Fork Assembly of God Church, she retired from Standard Furniture with 13 years of service and loved gospel music. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Wendell Hadley officiating. Burial followed at Lottie New Home Cemetery with Petty-Eastside...

  • Angelia Irene Hadley

    Apr 2, 2020

    Angelia Irene Hadley, 47, died Sunday, March 10, 2020 in Mobile. Mrs. Hadley was a native of Atmore who had resided in Perdido most of her life. Retired from Advanced Auto Parts with 20 years of service, she was of the Baptist faith. The funeral was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 13, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home with Sis. Helen Lister officiating. Burial followed at Bryars-McGill Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Hadley is survived by her husband, Janik Soto of Bay Minette; one son, Khrystofer Robbyn...

  • Virginia B. 'Gennie' Hertenstein

    Apr 2, 2020

    Virgina B. “Gennie” Hertenstein, 59, of Flomaton, died Monday, March 23, 2020, in a Pensacola hospital. Mrs. Hertenstein was born Oct. 30, 1960, in Laurel, Miss., and had been a lifelong resident of Flomaton. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Century. A graveside service was held at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 26, at Sardis Cemetery in the Wawbeek community. Burial followed with Craver's Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Hertenstein is survived by her husband, Arthur “Artie” Bell of Flomaton; two daughters, Amanda (Joe) Wiley and Jes...

  • Estelle Manning Langham

    Apr 2, 2020

    Estelle Manning Langham, 85, of Saraland, died Monday, March 30, 2020. Mrs. Langham was born Sept. 17, 1934, to James Albert and Mabel Smith Manning, in Wallace, Ala., where she remained a lifelong resident. A member of Kushla-Bethany Baptist Church, she was a 1952 W.S. Neal High School graduate and homemaker. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 2, at Weaver Cemetery with Rev. Billy Burtt officiating. Burial will follow with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Langham is survived by her husband of 66...

  • Lena Mae McCall

    Apr 2, 2020

    Lena Mae McCall, 68, of Atmore, died Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Atmore Nursing Care. Mrs. McCall was a native of Atmore and graduate of Escambia County Training School. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date with Turner Funeral Chapel directing. Mrs. McCall is survived by two sons, Leon McCall of Alabama and Levon (Melissa) McCall of Hartwell, Ga.; two daughters, Equilla McCall of Elsworth, Maine and Victoria Alexandra McCall of Atmore; three brothers, Arbo (Mary) Bradley of Atmore, James Bradley of California and Gene...

  • Edna 'Skippy' Miller

    Apr 2, 2020

    Edna “Skippy” Miller, 73, died Monday, March 23, 2020 in McDavid, Fla. Mrs. Miller was a native and lifelong resident of McDavid. The funeral was held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 27, at Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home. Burial followed at Ray's Chapel Cemetery with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Miller is survived by the mother of his children, Patricia Johnson of Tennessee; one son, Jeff (Brenda) Johnson of Century; one daughter, Tinia (Marc) Hennington of McDavid; two sisters, Grace Stokes of Jay, Fl. and Margaret Bli...

  • Thomas G. Miller

    Apr 2, 2020

    Thomas G. Miller, 63, died Friday, March 27, 2020, in a Pensacola hospital. Mr. Miller was born in Brewton and had been a resident of Castleberry for a number of years before returning to Brewton 19 years ago. A member of Appleton Assembly of God Church, he worked as a pole framer for W.C. Miller Contracting Co. prior to his retirement and was an avid outdoorsman. A graveside service was held at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 29, at Hanberry Cemetery with Bro. Eddie Hammac officiating. Burial followed with Craver' Funeral Home directing. Mr. Miller is...

  • Dorothy Ellen 'Dot' Nettles

    Apr 2, 2020

    Dorothy Ellen “Dot” Nettles, 61, of Atmore, died Friday, March 20, 2020. Mrs. Nettles was a native of Atmore and 1976 graduate of Escambia County High School. She worked in the food service industry with Waffle House and Walmart in Bay Minette and was a member of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. The funeral was held Saturday, March 28, at Longmire-Jones Memorial Chapel with Rev. Alfonzo Hires officiating. Burial followed at Stallworth Cemetery with Turner Funeral Chapel directing. Mrs. Nettles is survived by one son, Derek Thomas Nettles of...

  • John David Norris

    Apr 2, 2020

    John David Norris, 77, died Monday, March 30, 2020, in Bay Minette. Mr. Norris was a native and lifelong resident of the Monroe County, Ala. area. A U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean Conflict, he retired from the logging industry and was a member of McCullough Christian Center. Mr. Norris is survived by one brother, James (Peggy) Gentry; one cousin, Iris Clarice Dunn of Uriah, Ala.; and numerous nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends. Mr. Norris was preceded in death by his mother, Irene Gentry; one sister, Gloria Bossier;...

  • Evelyn Marie Simmons

    Apr 2, 2020

    Evelyn Marie Simmons, 85, of Flomaton, died Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Brewton. Mrs. Simmons was born Dec. 15, 1934, to Clarence and Bertha Davidson Wiggins, in Goodway, Ala. She had worked as a restaurant manager and cashier and was a member of the Flomaton Lions Club. She worked with the S.A.I.L. program with the Town of Flomaton and was a member of the Little Escambia Baptist Church. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, April 2, at Flomaton Cemetery with Rev. Jonathan Hill and Rev. Steve Patrick officiating. Burial followed...

  • Calvin Coolidge Turberville

    Apr 2, 2020

    Calvin Coolidge Turberville, 96, died Friday, March 27, 2020, in Bay Minette, Ala. Mrs. Turberville was a native of Mineola, Ala. and lifelong resident of Atmore. A former member of the Fraternal Order of Police and U.S. Army World War II veteran, he was retired from the Alabama Prison System as a canteen manager II. He was also a member of the Atmore Temple Baptist Church. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 30, at the Mineola Cemetery with Bro. Doug Odom officiating. Burial followed with Petty-Eastside Chapel Funeral Home...

  • Linda Kay Lucas Vaughn

    Apr 2, 2020

    Linda Kay Lucas Vaughn, 61, of Rock Creek, Ala., died Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Mrs. Vaughn was born May 27, 1958, in Brewton, where she became a lifelong resident of Rock Creek. A member of the Rock Creek Apostolic Church, she was a 1976 graduate of W.S. Neal High School and a homemaker. The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 29, at Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. David Earl Elliott officiating. Burial followed at Rock Creek Cemetery with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Vaughn is survived by one...

  • Florida has ordered a statewide shutdown

    Staff Report|Apr 2, 2020

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a mandatory statewide shutdown in a press conference Wednesday afternoon that will take effect Thursday (tonight) at midnight and last 30 days in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive order mandates that Floridians limit movements and personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary to obtain, essential services or activities. A list of those essential services can be found on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website. Florida now is one of more than 30 states that are now under...

  • Schools adjusting to shutdown

    Gretchen McPherson, Ledger Staff|Apr 2, 2020

    With the current COVID-19 pandemic looming and social distancing guidelines in place, the Escambia County (Ala.) School System will continue to provide free meals at three locations three days a week as Superintendent John Knott works with department heads, principals and others to finalize the details of how educational opportunities outside school will happen though the end of this school year. Knott said that after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey...

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