PENSACOLA, FL – Martha Ann Petree Davenport, 81, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 28, 2011. She was born March 3, 1930 in Greensboro, NC to the late Charles Edmund Petree and Ruth O’Daniel Petree. Her family moved to Cherry Lake, FL when she was twelve. On July 20, 1952, she married Joseph Mitchell Davenport, in Madison, FL. After several transfers, due to her husband’s employment with the U.S. government, in 1966, she and her family settled in East Palatka, FL, where she was a member of Christ Independent Methodist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be missed by all. She is preceeded in death by her loving husband of 52 years, Joe, and her sister, Ruth DiCenza. She is survived by one brother, Charles Edmund Petree, Jr, Richmond Hill, GA, her four children: David Michael Davenport of Sarasota, FL, Bonita Ann Davenport Dasher (CW d.2007) of Green Cove Springs, FL, Dr. Joseph Petree (Pete) Davenport (Lisa) of Pensacola, FL, and Thomas Alexander Davenport of Pensacola, FL, seven grandchildren: Jennifer Couch (Jeremiah), Amy Dasher, Ashleigh Jarquin (Geno), Jacob Davenport (Jamie), Jessica Hayden (Jared), Zachary Davenport, Nicolas Davenport, and four great-grandchildren: Jonah and Ella Couch, Anderson Jarquin and Grey Hayden. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 1 at 11:00 am at Hanson United Methodist Church, 290 NE Daisy St., Madison, FL. The family will receive friends at 10:00 am at the church preceeding the services. Arrangements by Beggs Funeral Home, 235 NW. Orange Ave., Madison, FL.
Archive for November 2011
I was reading a book recently, and saw a quote that caught my eye and my mind immediately. The name of the book was “Best Friends Last a Lifetime.” It was written by Dr. S. M. Henrriques. As I read the book I thought of the many, many friends I have known in my lifetime of 72 years. Some are still living in Madison, and some have moved away. And, sadly enough, some have passed on to live in Heaven until others of us get there to join them. We all need friends all the time. But, sometimes, what we need more is to be a friend for someone else. It might sound selfish but it is true that offering love and friendship to another person does us as much good as anyone. Admittedly, it is not always easy; no one ever guaranteed that it would be. But, doing the difficult, just because of friendship, is itself a wonderful description of being a friend.
Sometimes being a friend requires staying up late at night when you would rather be sleeping. Sometimes it means canceling plans to be available for someone going through a rough time. Other times, it calls for defending another friend when the rumors are rampant, but choosing instead to believe only the best of them. Or, it can mean standing by when others suddenly find themselves too busy, yet choosing to be available for another. Or, giving advice. Or, lending an ear. Or, sitting in silence when the pain is too great for conversation. Or, cooking a special dinner. Or, any of a million things one might name.
Growing up, I remember many of my first friends as a child. My very best friend as a young girl was Rosemary Clark, the daughter of Jargo and the late Eunice Priest Clark. As the years went by, and Rosemary moved to other cities, we have kept in touch and call each other on our birthdays. She also called and told me how sad she was when my father, Buford Selman, passed away. I have had many other very close friends — Jackie Johnson, among others. Jackie and I were expecting our babies at the same time when she and Kin were expecting Mary Bess (Johnson), and Tommy and I were expecting Emerald Elizabeth Greene. They were born just one month apart. Jackie and I were officers of the Madison Junior Woman’s Club, and went to other towns to meet other young women in the Junior Woman’s Club. Our friends with us were so afraid we would have our babies before we got back to Madison, but we didn’t. We waited and they were born when they were supposed to be. It was Marjorie Holmes who said: “The man who treasurers his friends is usually solid bold himself.”
It was Thomas Wilson who said: “Friendship is to be purchased only by friendship. A man may have authority over others, but he can never have their hearts, but by giving his own.” It was a Persian Proverb that says: “The world is a rose; smell it and pass it on to your friends.” And, it was Frederick William Fisher who said, “Kind words are the music of the world. They have a power which seems to be beyond some angel’s song which had lost its way and come to earth.”
And, the last quote I will leave with you is: “ A friend is someone who needs me, trusts me, and is happy when my news is good; someone who won’t go away. ……Angela Douglas
With this, my friends, I leave you to think about your best friends, and call them up to remind them you love them……
Nuff said…..Bye for now…..See ‘ya.
Christmas is less than four weeks away, and everyone is already buying and wrapping presents in preparation of the holidays.
I would like to take this time/space to encourage everyone to shop locally, as much as they can. I know, and understand, that by living in a small town there are some things that we have to go out of town for, in order to purchase. Things such as certain designer jeans, electronic games, iPhones and iPads, and certain children toys can only be found in some of the big, out-of-town businesses.
However, there are so many gift ideas that are available in our town: hunting and fishing supplies, jewelry, purses, dinner plate sets, antique furniture and clothing, artwork, clothing, theme-related items, knick-knacks, tools, auto parts, lawn and garden items, and memorabilia.
Some “non-traditional” Ideas for the “hard to buy for” person on your list (or someone who already “has it all”) could be a facial or hair cut from a local salon; a plant or tree from a local florist; a home-made cake ; a gift card to a local restaurant, pharmacy, gas station; or a local “home-based” independent salesperson (such as Avon, Mary Kay, Tupperware, etc.)
Use your imagination; there are tons of ideas that can be thought up, all while staying within our small community. Go walk around and walk in our home-owned businesses; you might surprise yourself with the amount of gift ideas you will find.
Top reasons to shop locally:
Save Time, Gas and Energy – without having to drive long distances or spend countless hours on the road you will save money on gas and save your time and energy for fun this holiday season.
Boost Employment – more sales in our community means more people are needed. That’s good for the economy and providing jobs for your family , friends, neighbors, and possibly you.
To Promote Economic Development – More local sales mean more money in circulation. That means more businesses can grow and new businesses can start. That improves the area for everyone.
To Get Personal Service – You know you can trust the person behind the counter to give you the best advice and value when you know them personally.
To Give To Your Community – When you shop locally, a portion of the money from your purchases pays the wages of your friends, family and neighbors who work at local businesses.
To Help Others – Owners and employees of local businesses support a wide range of community services and charitable projects with their time, talents and money.
So, get busy and get ready for Christmas. Santa Claus will be coming down our chimney in a matter of weeks. Just make sure you check local shops before you bust off out of town.
But, most importantly – remember the true meaning of Christmas is NOT Santa Claus – it’s Jesus Christ.
And, no matter what you buy – be sure to throw in a one-year subscription to your local newspapers!
Your family/friends will thank you for it!
Until then….see you around the town.
By Joe Boyles
If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know that I’m a self-proclaimed conservative. While my republican credentials are less than sterling, I’m a rock solid conservative. Of the three brands of conservatism (economic, social, and security), each is important to my political philosophy, but my bottom-line is economic. To me, if it doesn’t “add up,” everything else is moot.
But what does it mean to be a conservative and where does that come from? I’ll endeavor to answer those questions personally.
I believe in free-market capitalism. I think when government interferes with the free-market economy, it generally does so for the wrong reasons and mucks things up. So I side with that first and great (small d) democrat Thomas Jefferson when he said, “that government which governs the least, governs the best.”
I don’t believe in central planning. That’s for communists and socialist wannabees. Decentralization is much like entrepreneurism; it unleashes the individual to, as the army likes to put it, “be all you can be.” Accordingly, I believe in individual responsibility — if we all take responsibility for our individual actions and not look to others to blame when things go wrong, the world will be a better, more civil place.
I think one of the greatest creations of the American form of government was federalism – we are a united nation of fifty sovereign states. This is in keeping with the theme of decentralization. Each state is different and has a unique set of laws which apply only to that state. When the heavy hand of Washington weighs in and trumps the rights of each state to make its own laws regarding issues reserved to the individual state, it angers me. Not surprisingly, I am an “originalist” when it comes to interpreting the Constitution.
I believe in the elements of private business like profits; capital investment; cash flow; return on investment; cost of goods; customer satisfaction; competition, etc. As a rule, these are concepts that are foreign to government and the public sector. They live in another world. They don’t have a clue about what makes the business cycle tick. Naturally, I put my faith in the private sector economy. If you want to see economic growth and greater employment, then place your emphasis on the private, not the public sector. This is where I think the president has it exactly wrong.
So where do these ideas come from? Maybe some of it had to do with my economics training in the late 1960s and my introduction to Milton Friedman. A few years later, I did meet Barry Goldwater, but by then, his heyday had eclipsed. I was a big fan of Ronald Reagan and the people who introduced us to supply-side economics. Jack Kemp was one of my heroes. But who laid the ground work conservative philosophy?
Quite possibly, the answer is a brilliant Austrian economist by the name of Freidrich A. von Hayek. Writing from London in 1944 (he was in exile during the Nazi years), Hayek published the classic work, “The Road to Serfdom.” What a simple but elegantly descriptive title! Hayek rejected all forms of totalitarianism, whether in the form of communism, fascism, or anything else. He argued that this would lead to subservience to the state or serfdom as he described. And it wouldn’t be sudden. There would be a road we would travel upon that would gradually eat our liberty and swallow our individual freedom to make our own choices, our own mistakes.
Hayek warned us that growth in planning was inevitable and that we must guard against it. Today, we see this in the form of ever-growing regulation and increased tax burden. These were battlegrounds that Ronald Reagan fought against during the 1980s. Coming from central Europe, Hayek would see the economic turmoil of the European Union today as a natural progression of socialism and the welfare state. It cannot be sustained and like all forms of totalitarianism, eventually will collapse under its own weight. The central question is how much damage will it do before the fall?
One of the things that Hayek wrote about was “the law of unintended consequences,” legislation that often goes astray when bureaucrats and judges take over interpreting the new law. That reminds me of a story told by Monica Crowley when she served as an intern to Richard Nixon during his post-presidency. Crowley asked him what he was thinking when he signed the Endangered Species Act twenty years before and now was being used to economically hamstring farmers and other builders. Nixon sheepishly replied, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”
Hayek died nearly two decades ago, but his good ideas have stood the test of time.
PAVO, Ga.- Jeffrey Frank Scott, 52, of 105 East Harris St., Pavo, Ga., and formerly of Madison, died Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at his home.
A memorial service was held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2011, at Salem Baptist Church in Pavo, Ga., with the Rev. Keith Wise officiating.
Born November 20, 1959 in Valdosta, he was the son of Judson Frank Scott and Martha Jean Hammock Scott. He was a self-employed woodcrafter.
Survivors include his beloved companion, Diane Adams of Pavo; his mother, Martha Jean Hammock Scott of Madison; his father and step-mother, Judson Frank Scott and wife Carol of Live Oak; one sister, Suzanne Ward of Kennesaw, Ga.; one brother, Judson Scott of Gainesville; his aunt, Deborah McHargue and husband Ed of Madison; cousins, Shannon Curtis and husband Nathan, Savannah Curtis, Sydney Curtis and Sadie Cutis and Lindsay McHargue, all of Madison; and his extended family, Matthew Adams and Adam Harden. He was very proud to be Adam Harden’s “Pop-Pop.”
Arrangements were entrusted to Cobb Funeral Chapel., Moultrie, Ga.
Robert Walker, age 77, died Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at his home in Pinetta.
He was born in Ray City, Ga., on October 28, 1934, and moved to Madison County at the age of three and remained here all of his life.
He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 and was a veteran of the Korean conflict. When he returned from service, he met and married Robbie Nell Sevor on May 13, 1955. They have three children and have been married for 56 years. He retired from Owens Illinois in 1972 and founded Walker’s Septic Tank Service in 1972, where he worked until 2000 and then turned the business over to his sons. He was a member and deacon of the Pinetta Baptist Church, Pinetta Volunteer Fire Department, the Madison Shrine Club, Madison Fox Hunters Association and the Masonic Lodge #11.
He is survived by his wife, Robbie Nell Walker; two sons: David Walker (Christine) and Glen Walker (Alisha); one daughter, Cindy Coody (Pat); seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Elizabeth Haraz of Pinetta; four sisters-in-law, Ruth Walker of Pinetta, Gwen Hayes, and Lucille Dickson, both of Jacksonville and Blanche Sever of Madison; a very special friend, Johnny Dobson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Bertie Walker; one infant son; sisters: Mildred Guess, Fleeta Cole, and Edith Tyre; and brothers: Charles Walker and Junior Walker.
Funeral services were held Saturday, November 26, 2011, at Pinetta First Baptist Church. Burial followed in Mt. Horeb Cemetery in Pinetta. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home in Madison.
Donations may be made to Pinetta Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 117, Pinetta, Florida 32350 or Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd. Tallahassee, Florida 32308
Beggs Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements 850-973-2258.
Submitted by Glendyle Littleton
Are you tired already fighting the holiday crowds? The Hanson United Methodist Church has the perfect solution. On Saturday, December 3, come out anytime between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm and shop at our Christmas Bazaar for exciting gifts, baked items, soups, Christmas decorations, live Christmas trees and many more Christmas items while you enjoy a cup of coffee with us.
A sample of goodies for sale that day ~ a variety of cakes (including 10-layer cakes as long as they last) pies, cookies and candy. The kitchen will be filled with steaming hot crock pots all full of assorted soups for sale by the pints and quarts to take home with you or if you want to “brave the elements”, you can purchase a bowl to eat at the tables under the pavilion since the inside will be full of Christmas items.
Take all the time you need shopping and visiting with us. We’re “busy as bees” at our “Little Church in the Wildwood” but our greatest blessing is spending time with you-our friends.
All proceeds from this holiday event will go torward the church’s Building Fund in Memory of Jim Newberry. See you all on the first Saturday in December.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
If you haven’t yet adopted a senior citizen for the Christmas holidays, you have until Thursday, December 1 to contact the Senior Citizens Council of Madison and fill out your registration form. It takes only a minute or two, and the forms are available in the front lobby at the Madison Senior Center, 1161 S.W. Harvey Greene Drive.
The holiday season is often a difficult time for seniors, who may be widowed or have limited contact with families, or even no families at all. Some have limited incomes and little or no transportation for getting out and about.
The Adopt-A-Senior program is sponsored by the Senior Citizen’s Council to provide an opportunity for organizations, businesses and individuals who would like to make the holidays special once more for Madison’s elderly citizens and let them know that someone still cares.
About two dozen people and organizations have signed up already; those who would like to join in the effort to make the Christmas season a joyous one for a senior need to do so right away. Just swing by the Madison Senior Center before 5 p.m. Thursday.
For more information about the Adopt-A-Senior program, contact Valencia Johnson at the Senior Citizens Council of Madison, (850) 973-4241.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Nestle Waters of North America is about giving back to its community, says Lisa Garcia of Ron Sachs Communication. As the new spokesperson for Nestle, she was discussing one of the company’s most recent projects – the donation of $17,000 for new playground equipment for Lee Elementary School.
Garcia spoke about the project recently when she visited Madison County with a FAMU graduate student, who was preparing a water quality project report. Garcia wanted to show her the Nestle plant and let her see firsthand not only the water extraction process – Nestle’s commercial venture – but also the various ways in which the company works to care for and protect the source of that water: the environment that produces it, everything from the land to the trees to the rivers.
Nestle not only brings about 175 jobs to the Madison area, she added, it also tries to be a good corporate citizen.
For example, everything Nestle does at the plant is 95 percent recycled, and the plant maintains a gopher tortoise preserve on its property. Recently, about 30 Nestle employees and their families were part of the annual “Great Suwannee Cleanup,” in which the Nestle team took canoes along the Withlacoochee River, gathering up over 300 pounds of trash that day.
Then, there are the more tangible ways in which the company gives back, including its latest effort, the $17,000 donation for the new playground equipment for Lee Elementary. But the giving back doesn’t stop there; once the new equipment arrives, the company will again have a team of volunteers assembled from among its own employees, ready to go to work putting the new equipment together and installing it on the school’s property.
The new pieces of equipment will fill in a wide-open area in the playground, adding to the older pieces already in place that were brought over from the old Lee School. Garcia believes that the entire project should be completed within the next few weeks.
Robin Hill, principal of Lee Elementary, said she had been told the project would begin in November, so she expects the start-up will be within the next few days. “I believe it’s going to be a lot of climbing equipment,” she said. “Mainly some monkey bars and some climbing nets.”
“It’s important for every good neighbor to take care of the environment and not just be concerned with the bottom line,” said Garcia. “They (Nestle) give back…and it’s a good balance.”
By Ginger Jarvis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A brand-new choir for Christmas? Those who enjoy seasonal music will certainly appreciate a musical presented on Sunday, December 4, at 6 p.m. at Pinetta United Methodist Church. A never-before-heard group consisting of voices from the Hanson, Hickory Grove, Pinetta, and Rocky Springs United Methodist churches and Grace Presbyterian Church will perform “He’s Still the King of Kings” by gospel-quartet legend Mosie Lister.
The musical features solos by Buck Brown, Sarah Jeanne Copeland, Mattie Hackle, Millie Leonardson, Sandra Ulm, and Ginger Jarvis with narration by Tim Blanton. It includes some familiar tunes (“Joy to the World”) as well as new songs (“O Lord, How Wonderful” and a Jamaican -flavored “Baby Boy”). Missy Pulliam is the pianist; Ginger Jarvis is directing.
Pastor James Howse and Assistant Pastor Tim Blanton invite the public to hear this special offering of praise to Christ and to join in the reception afterward.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Madison County Extension Agent Becky Bennett was pleased with the high level of participation in the first ever 4-H Holiday Bakeoff – nine out of eleven categories had entries – and even more pleased with the high quality of those entries.
The Bakeoff wasn’t a “traditional” contest, in the sense that the children were allowed to have an adult help/supervise their baking efforts, and all entries were judged according to whether the level of quality was blue ribbon, red ribbon, or white ribbon; each was awarded a ribbon accordingly.
“We had mostly blues,” said Bennett, indicating a table full of blue-ribbon entries. “And about five or six reds, and no white.”
However, the judges (all out-of-county) did choose one top entry from each category for a Golden Whisk Award, as well as one overall top winner and one runner-up for the Master Chef Award.
The Golden Whisk winners were: Ellie Cherry (Cakes); Gage Washington (Cookies) Journey Aust (Pies); Conner Waller (three wins – Candies, Breads and Appetizers); Noah Blanton (Brownies/Bar Cookies); Emily Minor (Decorated Cakes); and Alexandria Barker (Specialty Items).
The top honor of the evening, the Master Chef Award, went to Journey Aust, 10, for her apple pie with the golden brown crust sprinkled with red and green decorations. Ten-year-old Gage Washington’s colorful peppermint pinwheel cookies were chosen as the overall runner-up.
The awards were handed out Monday evening at the Madison County Extension Office. Even though some of the children were unable to attend, it was a fun, festive occasion for those present and Bennett, pleased with this year’s efforts, was already looking ahead to next year, with many more 4-H’ers involved in an even bigger 4-H Holiday Bakeoff for 2012.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Madison County High School Cowboys crushed the Trinity Christian Conquerors 42-0 in football playoff action played Friday evening, Nov. 25, at Boot Hill Stadium in Madison.
The Cowboy offense proved unstoppable and the defense played tough as they dismantled a team they had beat during the regular season by a score of 27-7. The Conquerors would not hang nearly so close in this game as in that one.
Fullback Tommie Young was the leading ground gainer on the Cowboys’ offense. He picked up 95 yards and two touchdowns on only seven carries in the game.
Tevin Roundtree rushed once and picked up 72 yards.
Deonshay Wells ran the ball five times for 52 yards and one touchdown.
D.J. McKnight rushed three times for eight yards.
Deontaye Oliver ran the ball five times, picking up 46 yards.
Keon Bruton rushed three times for minus two yards.
Shedrick Williams rushed once for one yard.
Troymond Alexander ran the ball seven times for 45 yards.
Akievous Williams carried the ball three times for five yards.
D.J. McKnight threw the ball four times and completed one pass for 29 yards and a touchdown. Shedrick Williams was the receiver of that pass.
The Cowboys travel to Ocala next Friday evening, where they will play Trinity Catholic in the state semi-finals.
The Junior Auxiliary of Madison would like to thank the community for the generous donations made towards our Refuge House project. Hundreds of toiletry items were collected which allowed for numerous bags to be made. These bags were then donated to the Refuge House, for women in need. This project is an ongoing partnership with the Refuge House, and Junior Auxiliary is continuing to accept donations of unopened toiletry items. These toiletry items are essential for the residents of Refuge House. Items can be dropped off to Beth Ebberson at the Odiorne Insurance office. You can also contact Beth Ebberson for more information, (850)673-6005.
Tonight Madison JV and Varsity Cowboy Basketball teams play their first home game. They will play against Maclay School with JV starting at 6 and varsity will start after at about 7:30
For those of you not traveling to Ocala, MCHS Basketball will host its first Pack-the-Gym Friday, December 2nd against visiting Brooks County (GA). JV Girls start at 3:30. JV boys play after them, followed by Varsity Girls then Varsity Boys wrap the night up.
Saturday, December 3rd, Madison will host Hamilton County for our 2nd Pack-the-Gym of the year. These games are always entertaining. Games start at 3:30 with the same order listed above.
One of the challenges to coaching basketball at a small football school is that we share a lot of athletes. This year, we are supporting 2/3 of our varsity basketball team out on the football field as they make their run to State. The ones playing basketball now are working extra hard and deserve a lot of credit. Even some JV players, mostly freshman, are filling in on varsity and getting some good experience.
Come out and support these young Cowboys and Cowgirls this week. We certainly appreciate the support!!
Whitney Stevens has been chosen Athlete of the Month by www.gamespeedsoftball.com.
According to the website, “Whitney is an AWESOME player, hard worker and great gal. Whitney has been working very hard on her pitching and hitting this fall. Not only is Whitney into softball but she also competes in Volleyball. She is a well-rounded athlete and person and puts 100 percent into everything she does! We look forward to watching Whitney play school ball for Madison and travel ball this upcoming summer!”
A sophomore at Madison County High School, Whitney is the daughter of Johnny and Tammy Stevens of Lee and has three siblings, Sierra, Kelsey and Chelsea.