Mr. Timothy Blake Guyton, 48, of Mayo, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, from injuries sustained in an accident.
Mr. Guyton was born April 1, 1963, to the late James Lewis and Betty Tinney Guyton. He had been a resident of Mayo since 2003 after moving from McAlpin. Mr. Guyton worked for Pilgrim’s Pride as a Field Supervisor for many years. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Mr. Guyton was a loving and devoted husband and father, who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, farming and traveling.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Tammy Lawson Guyton, one daughter, Darby and one son, Lang Guyton, all of Mayo; two brothers, James Lewis Guyton, Jr. of Pembroke Pines and John Kipling Guyton of Orlando; two sisters, Micki Bennett an Christie Howard of Daytona; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Guyton were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Airline Baptist Church with Brother Chip Parker officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 Monday evening, April 18, also at Airline Baptist Church.
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Mr. Timothy Blake Guyton, 48, of Mayo, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, from injuries sustained in an accident.
Linda Rowell Shaw, 60 years old, of Shady Grove, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, after a brief illness.
Born July 19, 1950, in Fairfax, Va., to Jay M. Davis and Minnie I. Rimes, step-daughter to Otto J. Rimes, all deceased.
She was happily married to Louis Shaw, of Shady Grove, for seven years.
She was the mother of five children, Don Laidler and wife Janice, Paul Laidler and wife Lisa, Paula Miller and husband Dan, all of Michigan, Edie Rowell-Wright, and Liz Rowell Crosby and husband Travis.
She was the vice-president and secretary of Louis Shaw Plumbing, Inc., of Shady Grove. She drove a school bus for the Taylor County School Board for a number of years.
Visitation was Monday, April 18, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Eridu. Services were held Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Burns Funeral Home of Perry was in charge of all arrangements.
James Bryant Houck, Jr., age 52, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2011, in Tallahassee.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 23, 2011, at the New Hope Church of God, 415 E. Palmer Mill Road, in Monticello. The family will receive friends after the service at the church.
Mr. Houck was a lifelong resident of Greenville. He was a farm worker by trade and loved to fish and hunt. Mr. Houck attended the New Hope Church of God in Monticello.
Mr. Houck is survived by his wife, Mary Siplin Houck, of Orlando; two sons, Jamie Houck of Tallahassee and John Houck of Leary, Ga.; and his mother, Janie Pearl Cone Houck of Greenville.
He was preceded in death by his father James Bryant Houck, Sr.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Florida Freewheelers Bicycle Club will be riding out on their 31st annual Florida Bicycle Safari, April 30 through May 5, 2011.
Based in Orlando, the group of avid bikers pedal out almost every weekend on bike trails in the Central Florida area, but once a year, they undertake the Florida Bicycle Safari, their “springtime adventure that features supported rides over some of the best cycling roads in North Florida and South Georgia,” according to the event website, www.floridabicyclesa-fari.com.
The Safari is limited to 250 bikers, plus volunteers who run the rest stops and lunch stops along the trail, drive the trucks with the camping equipment and mark the routes. This year, about 225 Florida Freewheelers will be participating in the Safari.
Also this year, Michael Halley, Greenville Town Council Member and avid cyclist himself, will be joining the group, and he wants to alert Madison County residents that there will be a lot of people in the area on bicycles during the first few days of May. “We don’t want anyone to get run over,” he said.
Also, with over 200 club members in town, “that’s a lot of people who’ll be spending money locally.”
After first spending the weekend at the Suwannee County Fairgrounds near Live Oak, and touring the different bike trails there, the group will arrive at the Cherry Lake 4H Campground, Monday, May 2, and spend the next three days touring the trails throughout the county and in South Georgia.
While they are in Madison County, they will also visit places of historical interest, such as the Ray Charles house in Greenville. Tuesday evening, May 3,
Greenville Mayor Elesta Pritchett and Bob Bunning of Treasures of Madison County will visit the group at the 4-H Campground, where Pritchett will share stories of growing up in Greenville, and Bunning will talk about some of the history of the Madison County area.
In addition to riding the trails all over the county and spending money in the local economy, the Freewheelers will be promoting awareness of cyclists sharing the road with automobiles, while emphasizing responsible biking and personal safety for all cyclists – whether for diehard enthusiasts like themselves, or those who enjoy just pedaling around their neighborhoods.
With that issue of safety in mind, some of them will also visit Greenville Elementary School, Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m. to educate the students about bicycle safety and to present them with bicycle helmets.
“This is my first Bicycle Safari,” said Halley. “But, it probably won’t be my last.”
Halley, who is also on the Chamber of Commerce’s Cycling Committee, a member of Greenville United Methodist Church and the chair of United Methodist Cooperative Ministries, will be undertaking an even longer tour after finishing the Safari – a 1600-mile trip to Michigan.
That’s a lot of pedaling.
The Brotherhood of Sanctuary of Praise hosted a church fundraiser basketball tournament on April 9.
The tournament was truly a success because of donations and participation.
The 305 Boys from Madison, who have been together since 1996, and have amassed a record of 112 wins and 12 losses, finished first.
The members of 305 are Coach Chris Neal, Coach Marcus Hawkins, Coach Eddie Richie, Brian Peacock, Tobe Cain, Kevin Mattair, Antonio Johnson and “Big Man” Marcus Brinson.
The Wildcats from Monticello came in second place.
The championship game was very close with the Wildcats coming up short 49-47 to one of the best teams in the Big Bend.
The 305 team took their seventh championship back to their hometown.
The 305 is a team of men who go to different tournaments and summer programs showing off their talent. The community thanks these great men for showing that good men can grow up to be great men, traveling around playing basketball for great causes, like the Sanctuary of Praise fundraiser.
Madison County is truly blessed to have such a positive influence as the 305 basketball team in our community. “We all can make a difference if we all work together,” they say.
A special thank you goes out to Morris Bell and Louis Dawkins, for refereeing 12 games back-to-back, Marion Copeland for donating her Saturday to run the concession stand; and Odell Livingston for patrolling the area, ensuring the safety of the people.
The Sanctuary of Praise would also like to thank all the teams and fans for being part of a great cause.
It was 23 years ago today (April 19, 1988) that Madison County experienced an F-3 tornado that was on the ground for 12 miles in the county. It hit the Community College, many businesses and about 23 homes were destroyed. Four people lost their lives and the damage was estimated by the National Weather Service at 30 million dollars. The destructive winds went through the city of Madison at 4:56 a.m. on that morning with the twister going on to the northeast to Hamilton County. Countless lives were changed that day.
By Aaron Brown
Hello there, my name is Aaron Brown, and my two friends, Cammie Frakes and Taylor Money, and I, are working on a project for our school’s FCCLA organization. When April 27th rolls around, we will be competing against schools all across the state of Florida for the best community service project. As it is with any community project, it cannot be done without, well, the community, which is you. So jump on “Team CAT” (Cammie, Aaron, Taylor) and lend us your support.
In this town there are many migrant workers who don’t make enough money to adequately clothe their children. When the idea to supply them with clothes came up as an FCCLA event to compete in at state, we were immediately drawn to the idea.
So, we accepted the challenge and got to work. By the end of June, our goal is to make 100 dresses and 100 pairs of shorts, for the migrant workers families. We have already realized that it is going to take a lot of time and hard work, but it will all be worth it when we see the faces of satisfaction when the families realize their children have proper and clean clothes to wear.
“How can I help?” Great question. You can help in a number of ways starting with donating old clothes. The clothes have to be able to fit children from ages 0 to 12 and need to be in decent, wearable condition. Once you have them gathered up, you can drop them off at a Junior Auxiliary meeting, Madison County High School, or your child’s day care center. If you don’t have old clothes, you can donate resources that we use to create the dresses and shorts like fabric, ribbon, thread, or elastic. Or, if you don’t have the resources you can just come to the high school and join us, seriously. Even if you’re pushed for time you can help just by giving us a donation, they will all be greatly appreciated. This is a community project and we can’t do it without the communities’ support. There are people in need and we all have the opportunity to help. So let’s do this together!
By Leigh Ann Browning
Madison Academy’s “Senior” Class travelled to the nation’s capital March 20-24. What an educational and eventful week the 13 students and 10 chaperones had! We saw so numerous monuments and memorials and visited many museums, such as the International Spy Museum, several Smithsonian, and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, but many students said that the museum that made the biggest impact on them was the Holocaust Museum.
A highlight of the trip was having four Panthers take place in the wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. The four students were Erin Barrs, Amelia Blanton, Jesse Smith, and Tyler Zimmerly. What an honor!
All of the students in the class helped make the wreath before leaving on the trip. The wreath was placed by the four students at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was a beautiful way to honor all of those who have given their lives for America or who are currently serving. It was our way of saying, “THANK YOU!” God Bless America!
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
To say that the airbrushing and bodywork that Tony and Milelise Dawkins do on cars and motorcycles is good would be an understatement. The words “awesome” and “amazing” would be more fitting.
A walk through the shop shows current projects the two are working on. One is a Pontiac Fiero they are painting for Ronnie Green, a Valdosta State University professor who lives in Monticello. Another is a 1966 Corvette, which belongs to Mike Reader. The brother and sister duo had to scrape the old paint off with a tiny razor because sanders cannot be used on fiberglass car bodies.
In another location, behind lock and key, Tony and Milelise have an uncle’s motorcycle that they are working on. They will feature Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker from the Batman movie, The Dark Knight, on the bike’s frame.
Outside the shop sits a Mac Tools truck that they have done the logo for.
The siblings attend Wiregrass Technical College in Valdosta, Ga., where Tony said that he had started to go for auto mechanics, but he saw what his sister was doing and quickly changed his mind.
“We saw how we could enhance our father’s business,” Tony said.
At the end of the semester, both Tony and Milelise will graduate and they will be able to devote even more time to airbrushing and body work. Their shop is located at their father’s business, DP Automotive, which is on US Highway 90, west of Lee.
A look through the Dawkins’ airbrushing portfolio reveals photos of a design on a motorcycle, that won three awards; airbrushes of Marilyn Monroe; an airbrushed baseball helmet; and murals that Milelise painted at North Florida Community College.
In a building on the DP Automotive property that used to house Sincerely Jamaican Restaurant, there is a mural of a beach scene which Milelise painted that looks so realistic you could walk into the scene.
“My cousin walked right into it one time,” laughs Milelise.
Tony said that right now, he does a lot of fender work, but that he is hoping to get more into custom work.
The tandem has attended workshops taught by people who are on such television shows as Trick My Truck and Pimp My Ride. Milelise said that is where they have learned most of their tricks.
If anyone would like to see if Tony and Milelise could do custom work on their vehicles, please call DP Automotive at (850) 971-0091 and ask for either of them.
They have plenty of work right now, as well as completing their studies, but they will try to see if they can find a place to work you in.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
C.B. Knight, 81, of Madison, was the oldest participant in the Florida Cracker Trail Ride, which began in Tampa and ended in Ft. Pierce.
Knight, whose family owned a ranch in Alachua County at the beginning of the 20th century, said that he loves history and the trail ride helps preserve the history.
Local historian Joe Akerman, the author of The Florida Cowman, said, “As far as Florida is concerned, the first cattle drives would be identified with the early Spanish. While the first domesticated cattle brought to what is now the United States were brought to Florida in 1521 by Ponce de Leon, it would not be until the 1600’s that cattle production would become an important industry in Spanish Florida. By 1618, Florida Spanish governors were attempting to expand the fledgling industry.”
Knight and the other trail riders camped out at the Ashton Ranch in Lorida, the Bass Ranch in Basinger and the Adams Ranch in St. Lucie County. They also participated in the Cracker Days Festival in Ft, Pierce and visited Cracker Trail Elementary School in Highlands County.
Knight also was the oldest participant in the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Trail Ride held at the Twin Rivers State Forest Ellaville tract on Saturday, April 9. Riding alongside him, in the Sheriff’s Posse, which he and Fred Respress started, were his grandsons, Jason and Jeremy Kinsey.
Knight will be riding with the Sheriff’s Posse again on Saturday during Down Home Days.
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The Madison County High School senior class will be selling Beautiful Blueberry plants on Saturday, April 16, at Madison Florist (across from Madison Sporting Goods). They will also be selling the plants through May. The plants already have blueberries on them and will be ripe in a couple of weeks.
(1 gallon = $6.00 & 3 gallon $10.00)
Other Plants for sale by the Senior Class include:
7 gallon English Dogwood (blooming) $20.00
3g Red, Coral, Pink Drift Rose $15.00 Nice
3g Carefree Yellow Rose $15.00 Nice
3 gallon Dwarf Climbing Rose (blooming//on trellis) $12.00
3 gallon Confederate Jasmine (blooming/on trellis) $12.00
3g Thorn-less Blackberries (blooming/on trellis) $12.00
3g Knock-Out Rose $12.00
3g Ash Magnolia $12.00
3g Brown Turkey Figs $12.00
3g Red Buckeye $10.00
1g Bottle Brush Buckeye $5.00
1g Dogwood $5.00
3g Dogwood $8.00
1g Redbud $5.00
3g Redbud $8.00
1g Guthrie Plum $5.00 (good for Jelly)
3g Guthrie Plum $ 8.00 (good for Jelly)
3g Crepe Myrtle (White & Pink) $8.00
1g Sky Pencil $5.00
3g Sky Pencil $8.00
1g Coral Honeysuckle $5.00
1g Japanese Honeysuckle $5.00
1g Purple Wisteria $5.00
3g Purple Wisteria $8.00
3g Plumbago $8.00
3g Red Fountain Grass $8.00
3g Indian Hawthorne $8.00
3g Loropetlum $8.00
3g Pampas Grass $8.00
3g Gardenia $8.00
3g Muscadine Grapes $8.00
3g Southern Magnolia $8.00
1g Itea (blooming) $5.00
ALL 1 GALLON PERENNIALS $2.50
Dune sunflower (blooming)
Purple Verbena (blooming)
Yellow Lantana (blooming) Available in one week
Purple Lantana (blooming) Available in one week
4” Container $1.50 Each
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater today announced that the Northwest Florida Volunteer Firefighter Weekend Council is receiving more than $580,000 in a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The grant will provide funding to promote training and retention of volunteer firefighters in the state.
“Being a volunteer firefighter is a demanding job,” CFO Atwater said. “In the current economic climate, it is difficult to recruit and retain volunteers. This grant recognizes the incredible sacrifice that volunteer firefighters make to keep us safe and will help increase staffing in our local fire departments.”
There are nearly 6,000 volunteers in Florida with at least a Firefighter I certification. The State Fire Marshal’s office has partnered with local fire departments, the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation and Northwest Florida State College to provide no-cost training to enhance the competency of volunteer firefighters. While the training is provided at no cost, trainees have been responsible for their own expenses. The grant will allow for scholarships to cover those expenses and increase the number of trained, ‘front line’ firefighters available in communities across the state.
The grant will also assist new volunteers in completing certifications by making available some of the more difficult and expensive classes such as Live Burns, Search and Rescue and Wildland Firefighting. The State Fire Marshal anticipates adding 100 training participants per year, for each of the four years of the grant. The grant also includes funding to help educate 200 chief-level officers.
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official and officer of the Florida Cabinet, oversees the Department of Financial Services including the Division of Insurance Fraud. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.
“He, along with my grandmother, Mamie Lee Haynes, raised five of us grandchildren, three in Madison,” said Anthony Curtis Haynes. “Grandpa always wanted us to do the very best in all we did in life, and when we would call home, he would always make sure that we were doing our best in whatever we were doing. I just cannot tell you of the love Grandpa showed us along the way, when we were growing up in Madison.”
Addressing his grandfather directly, Anthony Curtis said, Granddaddy, I just wat you to have a very happy 100th birthday. I love you and I hope I shared some happiness with you.”
I had played tennis on a team in high school and I played for myself in college. I was amazed Sunday afternoon as the swing and the grip came back to me. The fellow across the court was not hitting the ball very hard or very often, but I was burning calories. Everything was going fine until he hit the ball and it traveled to the out-of-bounds marker.
In high school or college, I could have easily hit the ball back to young J.W. Phillips. I made a move that back in the day would have been balletic, even poetic, as I hit the ball and followed through; not this time, however.
What should have been a graceful, athletic move turned into disaster. I must have looked like a whale trying to beach himself. Somehow, as I saw eminent disaster looming, I had the mental state to remind myself to dive for the grass and not fall on the court. I managed to get most of my body on the grass with only my feet and the lower half of my shins on the court. If I had not done that, it would have meant broken bones, including probably broken ribs. I survived with a few scratches and minor bruises.
It was at my church’s Family and Youth Day at Lee Town Hall and my pastor, Retis Flowers, said that I had taken the chain like fence on the side out. I think the fence was like that before and I do not remember hitting it. He fixed what I think had already been leaning over.
Jacob Everhart, the church’s youth director, jumped the fence to help me up. I just wanted to lie there for a moment because I had no breath left. I don’t think it was from getting it knocked out of me, though. I think it was because I had exhausted all of my energy hitting the ball around. It felt good, though; even the pain from the fall.
It is so hard to take time to get the physical exercise one needs. This past week, I’ve had to run from one end of the county to the other covering things for the newspaper. I spent last weekend working and I spent a couple of nights this week doing things for the newspaper. By the time I get home, it’s hard not to just sit and chill. My mind hurts and my body aches. I know the tonic for both problems, though.
The remedy for the body aches is to exercise and the remedy for the mind hurts is to pray and read God’s Word, to meditate on Him and to find quiet time alone with God.
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First United Methodist Church invites you to their Palm Sunday Cantata, this Sunday, April 17th at 11 AM.
The title is Forsaken: Remembering The Last Days of Christ. It will be presented by the Chancel Choir with narration by Pastor Bob Laidlaw and Penny Worden.
There will be solos by Terry Fall, and Mike Norfleet, with special guests playing a flute, oboe, horn, and double bass accompanying the songs.
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The yearbook staff at the Madison County Central School has spent the majority of this year preparing a one of a kind yearbook. Thanks to new software and great opportunities, the students were able to pull off this feat with few obstacles. This year’s yearbook will be in full color, thanks to the use of a new program called Yearbook Avenue.
The staff this year was sponsored by Doris Murdoch and Heather Welch. Both teachers were new to the journalism programs and software. Welch said, “By the time the yearbook was finished, the students were teaching us so many things that we had no idea the program could do. They just work so well together and have learned so much.”
Yearbook Avenue is done all online and is ran by Josten’s. It allows students to build pages and upload pictures, no matter where they are. It even allows parents to upload pictures directly to the site if they want or need to. The program also gives students their own personal login information so that other students cannot make changes to their pages.
Each student, or group of students, was assigned pages that were their responsibility for the year, such as boy sports, volleyball, clubs, classes, etc. The students also got to build their own ads for the back of the yearbook.
When asked what their favorite part of being on the yearbook staff was, students began shouting all kinds of responses. Some students talked about the software, explaining how fun it was to work with and how easy it was to personalize the pages.
Others talked about all the activities the staff got to be a part of, such as ad sales day and Spirit Week. Ad sales day is the day where the students get to go to different businesses in town and sell them ads for the back of the yearbook. Spirit week allows staff members to dress up in funny outfits to gain awareness for book sales. Staff members got to dress up like rock stars and wear their pajamas for Spirit Week.
Doris Murdoch stated, “The experience has been great and the kids are wonderful. They are so eager to learn and they are just great kids.”
The staff of the MCCS yearbook would like to thank the community for their continued support for the program and would like to give a special thanks to those businesses that supported them this year. They would also like to let the community know that they still have about 25 books left available for sale. They are also selling last year’s yearbooks for $20, and any yearbooks older than that are only $10. Anyone interested in purchasing a yearbook can do so by visiting the Media Center at the school.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
“I think it’s very important that any sign of any change in your body be checked out immediately,” said Shannon Curtis. “I didn’t do that.”
Curtis, who had just had her youngest child and just passed her six-week check-up, dismissed the lump she later found in her breast as a clogged milk duct, or fibrous tissue. There was a history of cancer in her family, but not in someone as young as Curtis, only 32 at the time. Her aunt, Martha Scott, is a three-year survivor of breast cancer at age 70, and her grandmother, first diagnosed with lung cancer at age 83, is now battling lymphoma at age 85. It has spread to other parts of her body including her throat and bronchial tubes. She is currently undergoing chemo and radiation and has a feeding tube, but she hasn’t given up yet. She was discharged from the hospital Wednesday to carry on her fight at home, but “it isn’t pretty,” said Curtis.
Shannon Curtis was born and raised in Pinetta, and moved to Madison when she married Nathan Curtis. They have three daughters, Savannah (eight), Sydney (six), and Sadie (two), and have just celebrated 15 years of marriage. She can’t remember exactly how many years she has been involved with Relay For Life, but she thinks it is probably about seven – first with the team of teachers from Madison County Central School where she taught Kindergarten, and this year, since she is still on sick leave, with the Fellowship Team from Fellowship Baptist Church.
Her husband, Nathan, was working for Homeland Security in San Diego and the baby, Sadie, was just a year old when Curtis went for her routine annual exam with her gynecologist, who asked her if she knew about the lump, and why hadn’t she come in sooner. After a mammogram and ultrasound, a surgeon removed the lump, which initially was thought benign. It wasn’t until Curtis and her mother went back to the doctor for a post-op check-up that they learned it was malignant.
“We were just floored,” said Curtis, “that we were talking about cancer.”
She opted for a double mastectomy and began and course of chemotherapy – 16 treatments in all – from June through November of 2010. And because her cancer was estrogen-induced, a hereditary trait, she elected to undergo a full hysterectomy in December. “I won’t have this cancer again, because I now have no estrogen in my body,” she said.
As with previous years, with small children, she probably won’t be able to take the entire night for Relay for Life. She’ll have to leave in the evening and come back in the morning, but she does a lot of the support work. “I follow directions really well, and I do whatever they tell me to do.” This year, she has heard that they might have her working on the Luminaria committee, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.
“God is good,” she said. “You always hear about how God works in mysterious ways, but it’s true. My husband was able to get a hardship transfer because of my cancer.” Nathan Curtis now works out of Tallahassee instead of San Diego, and he is able to be with his family every day instead of having to be away from them for months at a time.
“I love telling the story about how good God has been to us,” Shannon continued. “And you can’t beat the people of Madison, either. From day one, friends, family, church members, coworkers…I haven’t gone a day where I needed anything.”
Today at 34, Shannon Curtis is a survivor, with a recent photo of herself with hair again, surrounded by her family, as a reminder of how far she has come. This year at the Relay For Life, she’ll be out there, where “I’ll just do whatever they tell me they need me to do,” for herself, for her aunt, for her grandmother, for those who have survived, for those who are still struggling, and to honor those who have lost the battle. There is always hope, because, as she herself will tell you, “God is good.”
Paul Pitts will appear in concert in Jasper at the United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 17, at 10 a.m.
An outstanding tenor, Paul has done over 5,500 performances on seven continents to over five billion people by television, radio and personal appears.
Paul Pitts has shared the stage with motivational speakers such as Zig Ziglar and John Maxwell. He has appeared on “Focus on the Family” with James Dobson, and “In Touch” with Charles Stanley, in addition to the Indianapolis Crusade with Billy Graham. He has performed at the Crystal Cathedral, Alamo Dome, T.D. Waterhouse Arena, Cypress Gardens and Opryland USA. Dr. Pitts plans to fulfill a request to sing at the Vatican as well.
Paul uses his voice to comfort those who are ill, those who have lost loved ones, those who have bitterness in their life, and those who are hurting. Dr. Pitts sings with a compassion for people. The St. Petersburg Times quoted Paul as saying, “If I can touch someone’s heart with the love of God I will have lived out my purpose for living.”
Paul has been named one of the “Outstanding Young Men of America” and has received an honorary doctorate from Coral Ridge University.
Paul was the soloist for the “Concert of Peace” in Belfast, Ireland, uniting North and South Ireland, held at the Waterfront Arena. He has sung for the President of the United States, the Queen of England, and members of the Royal Family. He was the soloist for the 60th Anniversary television special celebrating Israel’s 60 years of Statehood.
“He has appeared on the big screen in “When the Bell Tolls,” with Ben Kingsley (two time academy award winner) and talk show host Montel Williams.
Paul has sung Don Jose in Carmen, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Manrico in Il Trovatore, Lt. Pikerton in Madama Butterfly, Florestan in Fidelio, Canio in Pagliacci, Cavaradossi in Tosca, MacDutt in MacBeth, the Beethoven Ninth, Handel’s Messiah, Verdi Requiem, and has performed the title role of Otello, in New York, with raving review.
Recently Nino Pantano, a critic reviewing a performance of Pagliacci in New York, which Paul sang the role of Canio, expressed, “Mr. Pitts has one of the most beautiful voices in existence today with impeccable diction and admirable declamatory skills. In short, he is the Canio of our time.”