Archive for January 2012
David Milton Carter, 58, of Madison, died after a long illness Monday, January 23, 2012, in Tallahassee.
David lived most of his life in Madison.
He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Carter of Madison; one daughter, Jessica Richardson and husband, Paul, and two grandchildren, Heather and Andrew of Adel, Ga.; two brothers, Raymond Carter and wife, Sharon of Sanford, N.C., and Charlie Carter of Lee; two sisters, Nancy Fox and husband, Bill, and Diane Roberts and husband, Andy, of Lee; and several nieces and nephews.
A private service is planned for a later date.
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Telling someone that they “throw like a girl” used to be an insult, but that shouldn’t be the case anymore. Taryn Copeland is proud to “throw like a girl,” and it is those throwing skills that landed her a spot as a pitcher on the softball team at St. John’s River State College.
Copeland is a 2011 honor graduate of Aucilla Christian Academy. While at ACA, she played on the softball and basketball teams every year. She was also on the cheerleading squad each year. She was a member of the Beta Club for four years, and was their secretary during her senior year. She ran cross-country her senior year and was dual enrolled at North Florida Community College each semester starting her 10th grade summer.
Playing softball in college wasn’t part of Copeland’s plans until she was in 11th grade. “Since recruiting starts so young now and I was pretty late in my decision, I figured if I wanted to play at the next level, I better get serious. The summer before my 11th grade year is when I got into travel ball, started going to more pitching lessons, and conditioning and keeping in shape in the off-season. I got into a recruiting website and started getting emails from coaches. The emails I was getting were from colleges in states like Michigan, Virginia Tennessee and Washington, but I definitely didn’t want to leave Florida. One day I got an email from the recruiting/pitching coach here at SJRSC. I had never heard of the school before but I called him back and he asked me to come work out with the team. My mom drove me over to Palatka in the fall of my junior year. I threw for the coach and he offered me a full-scholarship that day. I met the team and toured the school and I knew I wanted to go there. The coach took me and showed me some apartments right on the St. Johns River and that is what sold my dad and me. I verbally committed right then. The two coaches I committed under left and we got a new coach, Katie Brosky. She’s a great coach and pitched at UNF so that definitely benefits us pitchers. We have three assistant coaches who do a great job with the program as well.”
When asked to describe her family, Copeland said, “My family is definitely my biggest support group, and I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I’m where I am today all because of them. I have a pretty normal family: Mom, Debbie Copeland, Dad, Scott Copeland, sister, Casey (28), brother, Tres (16), and sister, Taylor (13). I also have such supportive grandparents who I love so much and would do anything for me. My mom is a huge inspiration to me, she has always helped me through every problem I’ve had and she has always encouraged me to follow my dreams and not let anything else get in the way. My dad is a huge part of my success in softball, ever since I was 8 years old, me and my dad would be in the yard playing ball non-stop. He has always supported me and wanted me to do what made me happy. My parents never pushed me into softball, which is why I love it so much. We were never really a big softball family. We didn’t travel to different states playing ball every single weekend and I am very grateful for that because the decision to start playing travel ball, which led into me playing college ball, was my decision, not a decision I was forced into. I couldn’t have asked for a better brother and sister, they are everything to me and they are a great support group as well. I know for a fact that both my brother and sister will follow my path into college athletics and will be very successful.”
When it comes to college softball, there is no off-season. The girls condition and workout five days a week during the summer. They do get to go home during the summer, but they each get sheets that they must log their workouts in every day. When they get back to school in the fall, they start major conditioning. Copeland describing major conditioning as, “This is where the coaches tell who has and hasn’t worked out in the summer. During fall conditioning we usually condition five days a week for about an hour and a half. Fall practice starts about three weeks after school starts. We practice 5-6 days a week for around three hours and condition after practice.” Then fall games begin. The team plays an average of 25 games in the fall. After fall games are over the girls condition hard until Christmas break. They then get three weeks off for the holidays. “During both fall and spring we have to workout an hour a day in the weight room around our class schedule, we get max out sheets and have to get stronger and be able to lift more weight every month,” said Copeland.
The workouts and conditioning that the girls must do is not simply running or lifting weights. There are few people who could handle the intense workouts that the girls must do. “We do a lot of running and weight training for conditioning, but mostly running. Our coach mixes it up from day to day but it is always really tough and she pushes us very hard. An example of a normal day of conditioning would be: a timed campus run (two miles), sprints on the tennis courts, suicides, fitness stations (agilities and core work), and just different workouts every day. We have about 30 different things we can do for conditioning and it’s different every day so you never know what to expect. As a pitcher, we have to be in the best shape because were constantly doing something, so Amanda Smith (sophomore Pitcher) and I, run a campus run on our own everyday at practice. I also do a lot of conditioning on my own; I run in the mornings or after practice and sometimes do extra workouts with some of my teammates after practice.”
The SJRSC softball season starts January 28 with the JUCO kickoff classic tournament in Clearwater. The team will play up to 65 games until the beginning of May. When asked what she was most looking forward to, Copeland said, “There are a lot of things I look forward to this season: traveling around the state, hanging out with my friends on the team, working hard, playing hard, beating a lot of teams, and hopefully winning a state championship!”
According to Copeland, the most difficult aspect of playing college softball is time management. “As a student athlete I am on campus from 8 in the morning to about 6-8 at night. Between morning workouts, classes, study hall, physical therapy, homework and of course practice, I have absolutely no free time, but I love it! I’m always busy and I always have something to do. It gets stressful at times, but I know it will all be worth it one day, and I wont regret playing softball in college,” she said.
When asked what one of the biggest challenges of playing college softball, Copeland said, “College is a whole different world than high school, in classes/homework and softball. I’m used to college classes and homework, and they really aren’t an issue for me because of dual enrolling, but it does get tough sometimes taking 15 or 16 hours and playing softball. In high school our practices were a whole different atmosphere. I loved my high school team and coach, and I still wish I could go back and play my senior year all over again. College practices are twice as long, we run 20 times as much and we are expected to practice with 10 times the intensity as we practiced in high school, but it has made me want to work harder and become a better pitcher. In college ball, everyone was the MVP of their high school team, so it takes a little while to get used to people being better than you, but in the end it makes you better as an athlete.”
Copeland’s academic plan is to complete her Associate in Arts at St. Johns. She will have her AA plus some of her prerequisites completed after this semester. Next year she will just be focusing on her prerequisite classes. After next year’s season she hopes to transfer to Florida State University, University of Florida or University of South Florida to finish up my prerequisites, and then apply to either Medical school or Pharmacy school.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Amid an evening of basketball playoffs for the Florida Star Championship in the Madison County Central School gym, the Broncos honored basketball Coach Charlie Barfield who is retiring after 35 years.
All around the gym, poster dotted the walls. “We love you, Coach Barfield!” “Goodbye, We’ll Miss You!” There were wishes for a happy retirement and fond remembrances of the past 35 years.
Barfield, who is also the pastor of Pineland Missionary Baptist Church, had coached the Madison Middle School Wildcats and then the Madison Central School Broncos. He stood on the court with his wife, Shirley, his children and several grandchildren, as people took the mic to heap accolades on Barfield for a long and distinguished career.
“You poured your heart out for the children,” said School Superintendent Lou Miller, who had worked with Barfield for several years when she was the school principal, before becoming the superintendent.
Sam Stalnaker spoke of all the times he played his team against Barfield, and “managed to beat him only twice in 27 years…Charlie, you’re a great man,” he said. “Keep your head up, keep going forward, and love God.”
DaBra Lofton, now DaBra Lofton Glee, a guidance counselor at Madison County High School, also played for Coach Barfield during the late 80’s…as the first female middle school football player in Madison County. After 13 years of ballet, she gave up her ballet slippers for football. There were times when it was incredibly hard, when she wanted to quit, but she didn’t; she stayed with it and played every game. As she stood on the basketball court Thursday night, she thanked Barfield enthusiastically for pushing her as hard as he did.
An old friend and college classmate of Barfield’s, Tim McCray, said, “You’ve been teaching longer than Methuselah lived…and that’s a good thing. May you stay forever young.”
Along with the heartfelt speeches, there were several tokens of appreciation: a huge handmade posterboard greeting card embellished with drawings of basketballs and “WE WILL MISS YOU COACH B!” spelled out in orange glitter; a basketball signed by the entire team; a plaque presented by MCCS Principal Willie Williams on behalf of the entire school, praising Barfield for his dedication and character.
But then, the ceremony ended, and it was time for Coach Barfield to lead the Broncos out on the court for one last time.
Coach Barfield’s retirement ceremony came right in the middle of a high-energy evening, right between two basketball playoff games, one for the girls’ team and one for the boys; the Lady Broncos and the Broncos of MCCS were vying with Baker and Suwannee County, respectively, for the Florida Star Championship.
First up were the Lady Broncos, coached by Tawanna Christian and Megan Dickey, playing against the Lady Bobcats of Baker County. The Broncos quickly scored first, but the Bobcats took the lead early in the quarter. By the last two minutes of the first quarter, the Broncos trailed the Bobcats 6 to 12; in those final two minutes, the Bobcats scored two more baskets, bringing their total score to 16, and the Broncos scored in the last few seconds bringing their total to 8.
In the second quarter, the Broncos fought their way up to 16, but the Bobcats still led with 26 at the half.
The Broncos made the first basket in the third quarter, another hard-fought round that ended with a score of 27 for the Broncos and 37 for the Bobcats.
In the fourth quarter, the Broncos again scored first, making the score 29 to 37. The Bobcats made one more basket, but by the last two and a half minutes of the game, the Broncos had managed to catch up and tie the score at 39-39. A free throw by #22, Jameica Cobb, put the Broncos ahead with a score of 40-39 and had the crowd roaring.
However, the Bobcats quickly scored three more baskets. The Broncos scored one last basket in the last minute and a half, and two free throws by #10, Cindy Brown, in the last 30 seconds of the game, brought the final score to Broncos 44, Bobcats 46.
The boys’ team took to the court shortly after Coach Barfield’s retirement ceremony, but “retiring” wasn’t the word for the veteran coach once the game was underway.
The Suwannee Bullpups made the first basket within seconds, leaving the Broncos trailing 0-2, but a free throw by #23, Kenneth McQuay, put the Broncos on the board, for a score of 1-2. But the Bullpups proved tenacious with the lead, ending the quarter with a score of 12 to the Broncos’ 6.
By the end of the first half, the gap had widened, with a score of Broncos 9, Bullpups 24.
In early part of the third quarter, the Bullpups made two free throws, bringing their total to 26, and the Broncos scored one basket for a total of 11, but then they remained at 11, while the Bullpups pulled ahead even more, to 36. Then, a three-point basket by the Broncos brought their total to 14, and two more baskets in the last two minutes ended the third quarter with a score of 18-36.
The fourth quarter, and the game, ended with a score of Broncos 26, Bullpups 45.
It proved an emotional evening for most of the crowd at MCCS. There was the excitement of having made it so far, all the way to the playoffs, the disappointment of loss, the ceremonial goodbye to a well-loved coach and all the memories that it brought forth for former players, alumni, friends, family and coworkers in the stands.
Both the Broncos and the Lady Broncos teams received runner-up trophies.
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
To say that Vicki Howerton loves Madison County would be an understatement. She moved here in 1971 after she married her husband, Colin Howerton, a longtime Madison resident. Prior to moving to Madison, Howerton graduated from Waycross High School, then attended Ga. Southern College for two years. “I then graduated from Valdosta State University with a BS degree in Elementary Education,” she said.
“I loved the gorgeous yellow brick Court house and especially our yellow brick First United Methodist Church. The Four Freedoms Monument was something that I loved with the beautiful stately angels standing guard over this pretty town. The Country Club was beautiful, and College was very special too —along with Cherry Lake where we all loved to go skiing,” Howerton said, when asked about her favorite parts of Madison County after first moving here.
Over the years many stores have came and gone through Madison. Some of Howerton’s most cherished memories included those stores. “I remember Lucille’s Dress Shop with the beautiful slippers, robes, etc.. The Eagles Store was a favorite. Madison Dress Shop was always fun to go in-a shop where you could find pretty outfits and jewelry and also visit with all the friends who stopped by to shop and to chat,” she said.
She also said, “The K & M Restaurant was open, as well as the Madison Restaurant owned and operated by Jack and Toy Stewart; that was where we all went after Church on Sundays for a delicious lunch. I miss Smith’s Drug store that was an amazing gathering spot with great coffee and Louise Bland’s fabulous pimento and chicken salad sandwiches. I also miss Comer’s Drugs (and Norris Pharmacy/Ladybug cafe along Jenny Week’s Madison Hotel and the One Eleven Restaurant that were all here more recently.) In the ‘70s, The College Inn was a favorite, and the Hillcrest Dairy Bar was totally amazing with their Slaw burgers, Slaw dogs, and was a part of everyone’s daily life almost!! It was a special gathering place! We all loved seeing John and Wanda. We enjoyed our daughter, Memy, along with all their children and all our local youth growing up together and spending much time at the Dairy Bar with friends and families.”
When asked what she and her husband would do for fun, Howerton responded, “We played a lot of golf and went to a lot of dinners and golfing events at the Madison Country Club. It was very active back then—especially the annual Pot Williams Golf Tournament. Every Thursday night dinner was served at the MCC for many years. We all served on committees to make it happen. During the summers, all the moms and children gathered at the pool to let the children swim in the afternoons while the moms chatted; many times the dads would often be playing golf. Tennis was also a huge part of the MCC for many residents. Wednesday Bridge Club was a way of life for the ladies, and the men would play couples bridge with us on weekends and have dinner at each of our homes as we would rotate hosting the Bridge parties-luncheons and dinners.
Also we went to Valdosta with friends and family to restaurants, shopping, movies, and also golf tournaments/events. We went to Tallahassee and Gainvesville sometimes to shop- or football games and restaurants—but mostly Valdosta. We went there weekly for one reason or another….still do!”
Howerton also shared the best part of living in a small town, “For me, the best is the wonderful relationships that we all enjoy as residents of Madison. We are all one big family and that is such a blessing to all. The worst is knowing that there are great needs that are common to every town today and not being able to change and meet these needs immediately to make it even more outstanding/excellent in every way. However, these needs are constantly being forcefully addressed, and we do know that we have committed people and many prayers to see things turn around especially for children and families, as more jobs will be coming to Madison; spiritual revival as well is continuing to happen in our county.”
Anyone interested in being interviewed for this article can call 973-4141 and make an appointment with Kristin Finney, or may drop by Greene Publishing, Inc. any day before noon. Those interviewed must have lived in Madison for a large portion of their life, and be able to recall a few things that have changed since that time.
By Nell Dobbs
How blessed indeed we are for Sunday School and church, and being able to gather, study His word, sing praises to Him, bring the tithes and offerings, hear touching offertory prayer by Justin Davis, and to see the beautiful flowers placed by Mark and Jennifer Browning, and the worship choir special, “My Life Is In Your Hands.”
Our guest speaker was Dr. Mike Miller, who is our Director of Missions of the Middle Florida Baptist Association. The title of his message was, “Winter Is Coming,” which brought to my mind the Easter message, “Friday Is Coming.” Paul was writing to Timothy about the most important things in life..living a pleasing life to God; praying for the lost; praying for the young (because 80 percent of the people who are saved accepts Christ by the age of 13); praying for our families; and praying not to miss an opportunity to tell about Jesus’ love and forgiveness.
In the Spring of 1952, I interned in sixth grade with Louise Watson here in Madison, and then began teaching sixth grade in Raiford. Daddy’s sister, Aunt Edith Summers of Providence, told me of the opening and Shep Thomas, Superintendent hired me. The strange thing is almost 60 years have gone by and I was writing Marjell’s neice, Barbara Yarbrough Roberts, who was in that sixth grade class. I did not meet Marjell for a good while. The saying was girls went to teach in Raiford and found husbands and Carlena Grambling found Lacy Cason, Myrtle Lee Leslie Grambling found Drew Sweat, Dorothy Horne wanted to marry Marjell, but I did. I believe there were others.
The same afternoon Kathleen Pinkard Kinsey called me. She was going through a box of treasures and found a picture of her class in 1952 with Louise Watson and a letter I had wrote her on September 19 telling her I was teaching sixth grade in Raiford with 19 students. She’s going to sendme the pictures to have it enlarged so we can tell who was in that class.
Not long ago I’d written about Daddy’s youngest sister, Aunt Helen Fligh, writing Thinking Better Of God. Then I found it strange to read in Madison County, Florida Volume I, edited by Elmer Spear, about her husband Uncle Moses Aaron Fligh, born in Homs, Syria, October 3, 1938, who married Aunt Helen Oct. 6, 1937, and lived in Jacksonville and owned and operated a grocery store. They had children. He died February 13, 1955 and was loved by all us nieces and nephews.
There are so very many ill ones: Willa Branham’s dad, Mr. Johnson in South Georgia Medical Center; Terry Rykard’s mother, Rosie Leggett; Tommy Greene; Ruby Moyer; Sara Dene’s mother-in-law, Lillian Gwin; Marjell’s nephew, E.R. Crumps; Charlie Wynn; and Iduma Smith; W.C. Copeland; and Sue Downing.
I Timothy 2:15, “Study to show thyself approvedunto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of God.”