Milledgeville, Georgia; Agnes Cole, age 99, died Friday, February 10, 2012 in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Graveside Funeral services will be 11:00 Monday, February 13, 2012 at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be at 10:30 -11:00 AM at Beggs Funeral Home.
She was a native of Dickson, TN but lived in Madison, FL for 52 years. She was the only daughter of the late Harris Lovell and Maude Lovell Yates. She was a member of the Madison Presbyterian Church, choir, Pink Ladies and Women’s Club. She lived at Hughey Memorial Personal Care Center before moving to Green Acres Nursing Home in Milledgeville, GA in 2002.
She is survived by 2 daughters: Marilyn Drake (Harry) of Milledgeville, GA and Judy Donohue (Mike) of Tallahassee; 5 grand children: Richard Drake (Alla) of Tannersville, PA, Barbara Drake of Milledgeville, GA, Christopher Donohue (Meredith) of Kennesaw, GA, Michele Lorch (CB) of Tallahassee, and Brandy Donohue of Miami; 6 great grandchildren: Laura Drake, David Drake, Paul Drake, Cameron Donohue, Cole Lorch, and Haydon Lorch; 1 niece Kathryn Galway of St. George, GA, 1 nephew Bill Cole of Jacksonville, and devoted caregiver Helen Parham of Milledgeville, GA \
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years; Beasley Cole, and great granddaughter Taylor Grace Lorch.
Archive for February 2012
Milledgeville, Georgia; Agnes Cole, age 99, died Friday, February 10, 2012 in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Responders providing daily care for animals
in cruelty investigation by Madison County Sheriff’s Office
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), under the authority of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Madison County Animal Control in northern Florida, is managing the medical triage and sheltering of more than 600 cats removed from the Caboodle Ranch cat sanctuary on February 27 in Lee, Fla., approximately 64 miles east of Tallahassee. The animals are currently housed at a temporary shelter in Jacksonville, where veterinary, sheltering, and behavior teams are assessing, diagnosing, treating and caring for the cats.
More cats are expected to be removed from the sanctuary property and transported to the temporary shelter over the next couple of days. This is the largest number of cats the ASPCA has ever seized in an animal cruelty investigation.
Many of the cats exhibited signs of neglect and were suffering from upper respiratory infections, skin conditions and eye infections, among other medical issues. Several cats were in dire need of medical treatment, and responders discovered a number of deceased cats on the property, in addition to burial sites. Forensic necropsies will be conducted on those remains to determine the causes of death and will be submitted to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office to support its investigation.
“When you’re working with such a large number of cats in a confined space, the main concern is the spread of infectious diseases,” said Dr. Rhonda Windham, medical director of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team. “So far we have triaged, medically treated and provided supportive care to critically sick cats, and performed extensive diagnostic testing for respiratory and skin diseases. We’ve also been able to provide preventative care to those cats that have had medical examinations to get them on the road to recovery. We will continue to provide medical care and monitoring, and then begin to assess each cat’s behavior.”
On February 27, the founder and operator of Caboodle Ranch, Craig Grant, was arrested on an issued warrant ordering the Madison County Sheriff’s Office to take him into custody. He was charged with the following: one count of felony animal cruelty; three counts of cruelty to animals; and one count of scheming to defraud.
“The cats are considered evidence in this investigation, and any additional charges against Mr. Grant will be determined based on the medical conditions and evidence reported by the ASPCA,” said Sheriff Ben Stewart with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. “The Madison County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the public’s support and hopes these animals can move on to a better place soon.”
The ASPCA’s anti-cruelty behavior team will remain at the temporary shelter to monitor the cats’ personality and temperament, and to observe how the cats interact with each other in a group housing environment. The ASPCA will work on placement of the animals once the final disposition has been determined by the prosecutor.
More than 100 responders from 11 agencies are assisting the ASPCA with the investigation, including staff and volunteers from the following organizations: Atlanta Humane Society (Atlanta, Ga.); Bay Area Disaster Animal Response Team (Belleair Bluffs, Fla.); Cat Depot (Sarasota, Fla.); Florida State Animal Response Coalition (Bushnell, Fla.); Good Mews Animal Foundation (Marietta, Ga.); Humane Society of Broward County (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); International Fund for Animal Welfare (Yarmouth Port, Mass.); McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center (Chattanooga, Tenn.); PetSmart Charities, Inc. (Phoenix, Ariz.); RedRover (Sacramento, Calif.); and Sumter DART (Bushnell, Fla.). Staff from the University of Florida (Gainesville) College of Veterinary Medicine and Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at UF are also assisting with the rescue operation.
(Photo caption: Dr. Rhonda Windham, medical director of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team, examining one of the cats from Caboodle Ranch)
Iva Lee Eddins Davis, age 87 died Monday February 27, 2012 at Lake Park of Madison.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Evergreen Cemetery.
She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by 2 brothers: Calvin Eddins and Alvin Eddins both of Madison; 4 sisters: Geneva Massey and Dorothy Hubble both of Madison, Evelyn Cribbs of Lake City and Johnnie Kinard of Quincy, and many nieces and nephews.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 850-973-2258.
By Joe Boyles
A relatively new term is floating around political circles – crony capitalism. That is an unholy alliance between business and government. If the cliché “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” brings anything to mind, then you know the essence of crony capitalism. It is rampant in places like Washington where a lot of money floats around. I’m sure this disease afflicts Tallahassee also, but the big payoff is in our nation’s capital.
Some of this activity is illegal, but most is legal although ethically questionable. Remember a few years a go when Al Gore’s answer to a question concerning campaign contributions was that “there was no controlling legal authority?” That’s how politicians look at nefarious activities – if they’re advised that something isn’t against the law, then they have at it no matter how much it stinks. They live in a world where “conflict of interest” abounds.
A classic example of crony capitalism is the government sponsored enterprises – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These two GSEs were a great place for government executives to be appointed and make a boatload of money. Franklin Raines and Jamie Gorelick left the Clinton Administration and made millions in a few short years from Fannie Mae. Of course, these organizations were at the very heart of the sub prime mortgage crisis and subsequent economic armegeddon that we still suffer from.
Twenty years ago, Fannie Mae’s CEO Jim Johnson began to line up politicians that would run interference for the organization when times got tough. Although Johnson was a committed Democrat, he lined up enough Republican “friends” to make his support bi-partisan. And how were these politicians rewarded for their cozy relationship – sweetheart loans, campaign contributions, and economic boosts to home constituencies.
It seems like everyday there is another revelation about crony capitalism. Close to home, Congresswoman Corrine Brown (FL-3) earmarked $22 million in funds for the clients of a lobbying firm where her daughter works. Just a coincidence?
Energy giant General Electric becomes a big supporter of green energy. It turns out that they are manufacturing a lot of machinery, especially wind turbines, which would profit greatly from green energy initiatives by the Obama Administration.
The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) becomes a big supporter of Obamacare and helps the Affordable Health Care Act to pass. It turns out that a rule in the legislation will allow an AARP insurance product to generate outlandish profits. Just a coincidence?
We’re aware of the bankruptcy of solar energy manufacturer Solyndra that received $535 million in federal loan guarantees that the taxpayer is now on the hook for. But what about the relationship between Solyndra and the Obama Administration, complete with campaign contributions to aid the president. Quid pro quo?
What about the congressman who earmarks a lot of money toward a landscaping technical training program? If his family owns a large sod farm, is that a conflict of interest? Just another coincidence?
Now we discover that Congress is immune to insider stock trading. What Martha Stewart went to prison for is fair game to our lawmakers. Just how many laws do they pass with an exemption clause for themselves? There ought to be a law against such, but these are the people who write the laws. Sort of like the fox guarding the henhouse. It seems like most of these guys come out of “public service” much richer than when they began. Just another coincidence?
When it comes to money and Washington, I don’t think there are any coincidences. I think that everything is calculated. I don’t know how to stop it. But I know the right thing to do when we discover it is to throw the bums out.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Gladys Davis celebrated her 20th birthday a little bit early on Saturday, Feb. 25. Her 80th birthday actually happens on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
“We always teased her that she didn’t have a birthday but every four years,” her sister Easter Mae Barfield said. “Mama used to tease her and say that she was born with her little teeth in her mouth.”
Employed in the cafeteria at Madison Middle School, Barfield said Davis loved to cook.
Davis had a daughter, Vivian Jackson, who died, and a son, Lonnie Davis, of Atlanta, Ga. She also had a sister, Classy Branch.
Greene Publishing, Inc. wishes Gladys Davis a happy 20th – er, 80th birthday.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
“One thing about my birthday this year,” says Curt Bland with a wry smile. “This year, I’ll finally be a teenager.”
Make that a teenager who has already retired.
Born February 29, 1960, Bland is actually going to be 52, but as a Leap Year Baby, his 13th calendar birthday is this year. Aside from being born February 29, he also has the distinction of being the very first Leap Year Baby born at Madison County Memorial Hospital. Dr. Julian Durant delivered him.
His mother, Corene Bland, was teachers’ aide and then a secretary at Lee Elementary School before she retired, and his father retired from Dixie Packers.
There was the usual teasing from other children at school about being a “leap year baby,” the jokes about being “only two or three” and he used to hate it when someone would ask his father how old he was and his father would reply “two” or “three” and then explain than his son was born on February 29.
However, what he remembers best about his childhood birthdays are that he almost always spent them fishing with his father, whose birthday was March 2.
“That was our thing, going fishing every year on March first or second,” said Bland. “If the weather wasn’t too cold, we always celebrated our birthdays with a fishing trip.”
Then, Bland moved to Jacksonville, where he lived and worked for 23 years for a metal plate galvanizing company that galvanized boat trailers, before he retired and moved back home in March 2010 to help take care of his mother. His father had passed away Thanksgiving morning of 2006, and Bland still misses him.
He has two older sisters, Marcia Webb of Madison County Community Bank and Debra Bishop of Kissimmee. He has a daughter named Haley Fargason, whose husband has been on his fourth deployment to Afghanistan since January 4 of this year, and a 21 month-old grandson named Jack.
He also has a hunting dog named Jackson, a yellow-and-chocolate lab given to him as a puppy by his sister Marcia for Christmas of 2010.
He doesn’t recall ever having any problems with employers or government agencies with his leap year birthday situation. In fact, he used to list his birthday as Feb. 28 on his driver’s license several years ago and no one questioned it, even when he decided to change it back to his official calendar DOB of Feb. 29.
“When I was little, I couldn’t stand it,” he said of his unusual birthday status. “But now I think it’s kinda cool.”
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Upon entering the physical therapy room at Madison Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, this writer noticed a jigsaw puzzle lying on a round table. The puzzle had almost been completed. Summer Croft, the facility’s physical therapist, helps put the pieces together for the center’s residents and outpatients.
This writer knows personally how good Summer is at her job. She was his physical therapist while he recovered from a heart attack in December and visited the facility as an outpatient. She worked him strenuously but had a congenial attitude, as she handled not only the writer but other patients as well. That congenial personality helped her be named Employee of the Quarter out of over 300 employees for the company she works with.
Summer, who is modest and demure, does not like to boast. During the interview, she reveals that she and the occupational therapist, Patty Hamilton, dream about opening their own hippotherapy clinic.
“With hippotherapy I can combine my love of three of my favorite things,” Summer says, “My love of children and horses, along with my desire to help people improve their functional mobility. I want to make a difference in someone’s life for the good.”
Summer, who lives in Perry, is married to T.J. Croft, who works for CSX. They have two little girls, Cameron, age 7, and Kelsea, who is 18 months old. She calls her daughters, “The loves of my life.”
After receiving her A.A. degree at North Florida Community College, Summer received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M University.
“I like people and I didn’t want to be a nurse,” she said. “I don’t like giving people shots.”
In addition to Madison Nursing Center, she has worked at facilities in Greenville, Perry and Monticello, but most of her time has been spent in Madison.
When asked what she enjoys most about her job, she says that it is the conversations she has had with the residents. “You hear all kinds of interesting things,” she says, “like the first time one saw toilet paper for the first time or about mules and wagons.”
Building trust with the people she is helping rehabilitate is essential to her job. “You get attached to everybody,” she says. “You want them to adopt you. It’s hard when they die.”
Although she is friendly, she can be tough sometimes. She has had people walk out of the room on her because they did not like something she instructed them to do.
Away from her job as a therapist, Summer attends First Assembly of God in Perry and enjoys spending time with her family, and her horses.
Summer used to be a barrel racer and a team roper. She won several saddles as year-end awards for her riding.
“My daddy has always been involved in team roping. It was something we did every weekend. It’s something I would like to do, but I no longer have time to do,” she says with a wistful look in her eyes.
Aucilla Christian Academy had the pleasure of sending two of their students to Gainesville for the Young Leaders Conference recently. Sophomores Hunter Horne of Monticello and Cole Davis of Madison attended the conference held from Jan. 27-29.
The weekend consisted of a strict schedule of workshops that covered what it takes to be a leader.
However, it wasn’t all work and no play, students were able to enjoy a dance social and a game night in the hotel ballroom. Cole Davis stated that his favorite workshop was one that built community and trust with the other students through an obstacle course. It really challenged him to work as a team but to also build trusting relationships with his peers.
Upon being interviewed about their weekend, both students agreed that they would want to attend the conference again next year. Hunter’s take home message from the weekend was, “Don’t follow the crowd, do what’s right even if you are the only one doing it.” Overall the two found the weekend to be very rewarding and made lasting friendships.
Aucilla Christian Academy is very proud to have had participants at the conference and look forward to sending more students again next year.
The Madison Office of Saint Leo University released the Dean’s List of students with high academic achievement for the Fall 2011 terms. These students completed at least 12 credit hours and received a GPA of 3.65 or higher. Thirty-two students from the Madison Office are on the Dean’s List for the Fall 2011 terms.
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration,
Lorenzo Hickman Jr.
This is a press release by ASPCA
Cats removed and transported to temporary shelter with assistance from local, national agencies
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Madison County Animal Control in northern Florida, is managing the removal and sheltering of hundreds of cats living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions from a non-profit cat sanctuary known as Caboodle Ranch in Lee, Fla., approximately 64 miles east of Tallahassee, Fla. This is the largest number of cats the ASPCA has ever removed from one location in an animal cruelty investigation.
As a result of an investigation spanning for more than a year, a search warrant was executed Monday morning for the removal of the animals. The ASPCA is collecting additional evidence on the property for the investigation, as well as leading the removal and sheltering efforts with its Field Investigation and Response and Animal Forensics teams. The founder of Caboodle Ranch has been arrested and multiple animal cruelty charges are pending.
“After receiving numerous complaints regarding the care of animals at Caboodle Ranch, we’re glad that the appropriate enforcement action is being taken,” said Sheriff Ben Stewart with the Madison County Sherriff’s Office. “This has been an ongoing issue that we’ve been monitoring and we’re grateful that the ASPCA is able to provide assistance with the investigation.”
“The ASPCA is pleased to be able to provide expertise and resources to support the efforts of the local authorities in investigating this ‘sanctuary’ that spiraled out of control,” added Tim Rickey, senior director of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team. “This is a tragic situation. Caboodle Ranch was clearly overwhelmed with hundreds of cats in dire need of medical treatment, and the sanctuary had no adoption program or any spay/neuter efforts to effectively manage its current population. The ASPCA’s goal is to work quickly to remove these cats from the property and safely transport them to the temporary shelter, where they will be triaged by a veterinary team.”
The cats were living outside in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions with various medical issues that were left untreated. Many of the cats exhibited various signs of neglect and appear to be suffering from upper respiratory conditions and eye infections, among other medical issues. Several cats were in critical condition and responders discovered numerous deceased cats on the property.
Agencies assisting the ASPCA on scene include: Atlanta Humane Society (Atlanta, Ga.); Bay Area Disaster Animal Response Team (Belleair Bluffs, Fla.); Cat Depot (Sarasota, Fla.); Florida State Animal Response Coalition (Bushnell, Fla.); Good Mews Animal Foundation (Marietta, Ga.); Humane Society of Broward County (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); International Fund for Animal Welfare (Yarmouth Port, Mass.); McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center (Chattanooga, Tenn.); PetSmart Charities, Inc. (Phoenix, Ariz.); and RedRover (Sacramento, Calif.). Staff from the University of Florida (Gainesville) College of Veterinary Medicine and Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at UF are also assisting with the rescue operation.
“Removing hundreds of animals is a huge undertaking, and we are truly grateful that these agencies offered their assistance in the case,” said Kathryn Destreza, director of Investigations for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team. “Numerous agencies throughout Florida and as far as California have committed to helping us continue our life-saving work and giving these rescued animals a second chance.”
The cats will be transferred via the ASPCA’s animal transport trailer to a temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, where ASPCA medical director Dr. Rhonda Windham will oversee their medical triage. To assist in the triage, the ASPCA has on scene its fully equipped “Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit,” a specially-designed vehicle outfitted with state-of-the-art forensic tools as well as medical equipment tailored for animal patients.
The undercover investigation was set into motion after complaints about the facility were received by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA submitted its evidence to the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, Madison County Sheriff’s Office, and Madison County Animal Control. The ASPCA was contacted for assistance in the criminal investigation, evidence collection, rescue and sheltering efforts of the case.
This is a press release by PETA
Caboodle Ranch Cat ‘Sanctuary’ Operator Faces Cruelty Charges Based on Evidence of Systemic Neglect and Unnecessary Suffering
Lee, Fla. — Today, based on evidence gathered during a PETA undercover investigation, Madison County law-enforcement officials, with the aid of humane organizations, are seizing hundreds of animals from so-called “sanctuary” Caboodle Ranch, Inc. PETA’s five-month investigation found systemic and sometimes fatal neglect of animals at the “rescue sanctuary,” which has long been a source of complaints registered to PETA.
Video footage taken by a PETA investigator shows cats suffering from upper-respiratory infections so severe that the animals gasped for air and struggled to breathe, as mucus dripped from their noses. One cat, Lilly, was left to languish for months with a perforated cornea and eventually died. PETA’s investigator found cats covered with flies and confined to areas littered with vomit, waste, and trash. Areas in which medical drugs were stored were crawling with maggots. PETA submitted detailed complaints to county officials and the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida State Attorney Robert L. Jarvis. Cruelty-to-animals charges against Craig Grant, Caboodle Ranch’s founder and operator, are pending.
“Cats at Caboodle Ranch suffered from open wounds, debilitating respiratory disease, parasites, eye ulcerations, and more,” says PETA Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “‘No-kill’ was really ‘slow-kill’ for hundreds of cats in this grossly inhumane ‘cat ranch.’”
PETA’s investigator documented the following:
· Grant knowingly deprived cats of emergency veterinary care—and some cats died as a result. Grant allowed cats afflicted with parasites and fatal, transmissible viruses to spread the diseases and allowed others to breed.
· Grant intentionally hid—and instructed others to hide from visitors—cats who were clearly in need of medical care that he was not providing.
· Caboodle Ranch consisted of dilapidated, moldy trailers and severely crowded kennels. It had no full-time help to care for nearly 500 cats.
PETA is also submitting formal complaints to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and to the Internal Revenue Service asking that Grant be investigated and charged accordingly.
Broadcast-quality video footage from PETA’s investigation is available. For more information, please visit PETA.org.
Vernelle B. Allen of Dowling Park, Florida passed away on Monday,
February 20, 2012, at Haven Hospice in Lake City, after a two month
struggle with melanoma. She was born in Sanford, Florida, on July 31,
1937 to Ira and Charity Brewer.
Mrs. Allen was married to the late Louie C. Allen. She was a public
school teacher in the Suwannee County School System for 30 years. She
was very active in her church, the Midway Church of God, where she
served as pastor’’s assistant and coordinated many outreach programs
for the church. After her retirement, she was a certified volunteer
prison chaplain for prisons in Madison and Live Oak.
Mrs. Allen is survived by two sisters, LaVerne Lewis and LaJuan
Boully, as well as two children, Jeanette Allen and Timothy Allen,
four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at graveside at 10:00 am, Saturday,
February 25, 2012, at the Dowling Park Historic Cemetery, Dowling Park, Florida with Rev. Retis Flowers officiating.
The service will be followed by a public reception at the Dowling Park Church of God Fellowship Hall.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., of Live Oak and Branford, FL in charge of arrangements.
Submitted by Wayne Money
It took nine innings Thursday night, but the Cowboys prevailed over the Berrien Rebels in the second round of the Valdosta Invitational Tournament. Madison improved its record to 3 and 1 with the 5 – 4 victory and play again Saturday, February 25 at 4:00pm against the Houston County Bears in the same Valdosta Tournament. The Cowboys jumped out to an early 2 to nothing lead against the undefeated Rebels but found themselves trailing in the bottom of the fifth 4 to 2. However, as was the case Wednesday night, they battled hard knotting the score at 4 at the end of regulation. The game was then dominated by pitching until the bottom of the ninth when the Cowboys pushed a run across for the well deserved victory.
As a team, the Cowboys racked up ten hits and five free passes. Heath Carroll and DJ McKnight led the way with three hits and two RBI’s each, and Jake Latner, Jarrod Burns, Aaron Brown, and Zack Money pitched in with a hit apiece. Winning pitcher Aaron Brown pitched four shutout innings in relief of Zack Money who on the night had nine strikeouts in five innings pitched.
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On a cloudy night in Georgia, not even three home runs – two by Aaron Brown and one mammoth shot by DJ McKnight could power the Cowboys to victory against the Thomasville Bulldogs in the Valdosta Invitational tournament. Madison lost for the first time this season by a score of 8 – 7, but there was a lot a fight demonstrated. Trailing 6 to 3 in the seventh inning the Cowboys scored three runs to force extra innings. After each team scored a run in the ninth, the Bulldogs pushed a run across in the bottom of the tenth to hand the Cowboys their first defeat. As a team, the Cowboys racked up nine hits and nine free passes; however, they also had sixteen strikeouts and six errors in the loss. Aaron Brown had 3 RBI’s… Heath Carroll, Zack Money, DJ McKnight, and Aaron contributed 2 hits each, and for the third time this season Jarrod Burns was hit by pitch to reach base.
The Cowboys will also play a tournament game Saturday, February 25 at 4:00pm against the Houston County Bears.
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George William “Willie” Keeling went home to be with the Lord on February 21, 2012.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Pinetta First Baptist Church with burial at Mt. Horeb Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. at the church.
He was born in Pinetta on June 25, 1925. He was a second generation farmer, and worked at Owens Illinois for over 30 years in maintenance. He was a gifted carpenter, a wonderful husband, Father and grandfather. He was a member of Pinetta First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his son: Joe Keeling (Debbie); daughter: Kay Deerman (Joe) and two grandchildren: Erin Keeling and Wiley Deerman. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years: Jonnie Cargile Keeling; parents: Clayton and Florence Keeling.
Donations may be made to Pinetta First Baptist Church, PO Box 117, Pinetta, Florida 32350 or a charity of your choice.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (850-973-2258).
Rufus Crymes, age 88, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 21, 2012.
Rufus Crymes was a retired insurance agent for Continental Insurance Companies in Nashville and Knoxville, Tenn., Indianapolis, Ind., and Newburg, Ind. He retired in 1968 and moved to Portland, Tenn., where he farmed until 1992, when he moved in Greenville.
Rufus was the seventh child of a family of ten born in Lauderdale County, Ala., to Oscar Dudley and Mattie Clemons Crymes. He served in the Army Air Corps during Word War II. He was married to Edna Smith Crymes from 1944 until her death in 2002. They had two children, Deborah (Roy) Scott of Greenville and Paula (Tom) Mulligan of Indianapolis, Ind. Rufus have five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Rufus was a member of Greenville Baptist Church and enjoyed attending Sunday School. He served as treasurer for American Legion Post #131 Greenville and attended the Senior Citizens every morning for many years.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Evergreen Cemetery in Greenville. Instead of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Gideons International, in care of Bob Searcy of Lee.
Beggs Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Add some blue flowers to the traditional red-and-white floral arrangements usually associated with Valentine’s Day, and the results are Valentine bouquets with a patriotic flair.
The Madison Garden Club added the patriotic elements to the arrangements and table decorations for its February/Valentine meeting and proved that the two were not incompatible. In fact, when combined, the effects were quite striking.
From the wall facing the club house entrance, where a row of red hearts rested atop a large flag, and where a mannequin dressed in stars and stripes stood beside a flag-draped table, to the tables inside, to the very, very large flag draped across the back wall of the stage, the result was that of patriotic valentines honoring American veterans who had served throughout the nation’s history, from colonial times to the present.
Each table represented a different period of American history, all of themValentines dedicated to the American Veterans who had served in the war from that particular era. From the American Revolution, to the Civil War, to WWI and II, to the present, each table with its red white and blue flowers, historical silverware, china, candle- sticks and other accoutrements, evoked the colonial era to the modern. There was the rustic look of pansies in a pewter bowl setting the theme at one table and a magnificent three-tiered red, white and blue arrangement of snapdragons and baby’s breath at another.
Then, there was the more austere decoration of the American Legion table, devoted to the remembrance of POWs and MIAs. Set for one, in recognition of the frailty of one prisoner, alone, the empty chair was covered with the POW/MIA symbol, recognizing that the soldier is not there with friends and family. The table also held a single red rose symbolizing shed blood and remembering the families and loved ones who wait; a red ribbon symbolized the red ribbons worn by the many who do not allow anyone to forget; grains of salt on the plate represent the countless tears shed by loved ones; the lemon slice recognizes the bitterness.
Yet there is hope, as symbolized by the light of the candle. There is also the faith represented by the open Bible that keeps hope alive for all those being held in foreign prison camps and for those whose fate is still unknown.
Valentine’s Day, traditionally a day for cherished loved ones to spend together, thus becomes also a day for remembering those who cannot be with their loved ones, those who have sacrificed so much to defend freedom for their families and friends, as well as millions of other Americans. For those who owe so much to the sacrifice of a few, the patriotic Valentines are a visual reminder that freedom often comes at a pretty steep price.
By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
When it comes to remembering information about Greenville, Johnny Carroll is the man for the job. Carroll has lived in Greenville all of his life. He grew up working on the family farm in Greenville, he raised his family in Greenville and to this day he stays as involved in the community as he can.
Johnny Carroll went to Greenville High School growing up. While most kids now-a-days spend their afternoons laying around, playing video games or watching TV, Carroll didn’t do that. Instead, he had to work on the family farm. “Back then we had to work a lot,” he said. After he stopped working on the farm, Carroll held jobs with a heavy equipment company, driving a school bus for Madison County for 16 years and he also worked at Pepsi Cola, Inc. He retired from Pepsi Cola. Carroll has been a deacon at Sirmans Baptist Church for 40 years. He has also been the song leader (Music Director) for 40 years.
Greenville has changed in many ways over the years. Some of the biggest changes Johnny Carroll has seen are, “We used to have a theatre in Greenville growing up. I went their a lot with friends. We also had a restaurant, Sidney’s Restaurant. I had a lot of friends when I was growing up. We would ride bikes all over Greenville. Back then we weren’t worried about getting hurt or anything bad happening. We also played baseball or softball on weeknights or Sunday afternoons. We even had a town league. We used to play ball at the old ball field in Greenville.” This might be hard to imagine now, since most of these things are no longer in Greenville, but back then there were several saw mills and even a barbershop in Greenville.
When he did have time for fun, Carroll liked to spend his time fishing. He also loved to spend time with his family, a trait he carries on today with his children, two grandchildren and a new great grand child. He also owns a small yard service business. With this business he is trying to help people in the community with different things that they need.
He loves to go to Cowboy football games and baseball games. “I really love people. I like to visit and help people. I attend the city council meetings, I am a part of the Country Christmas Committee and I try to be involved in any other projects here in Greenville. I just really love to help people. Recently, after Jacob Bembry had his incident, I felt like I needed to do something. So, I went and got his dad and family and took them to the hospital to be with him. I just love helping people,” explained Carroll.
“I have seen a lot of changes come through Greenville. There are new rules and regulations. There have also been a lot of businesses come in and go out. I have seen it grow and I have seen people get more involved,” he said.
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
We are to love the Lord our God with all our hearts and souls in order that we might live. Death will come to us all unless Jesus comes first.
The service for Rosalie Russell in the 1898 Sanctuary on the 15th was very touching as the four family members who spoke caused us to smile and be joyous. Niece Rosemary Clark Stiefell told of growing up with her and of her taking credit for her becoming a famous artist. Nephew Harry Rotter told of her special love and support for him. Son-in-law Steve told of her loving him in spite of him being a Yankee from New York and how Ann and he had looked forward to many years together as she’d moved to Sarasota only a month before, but that was not to be. Son Van told of how her faced showed such happiness the last time he’d seen her Thursday. He’d never opened her Bible until after she died and found all the verses she had marked – with the date and her concerns and near the end, wondering what God’s purpose was for her life.
Our hearts are sad about Tommy Greene, who was indeed one of a kind and we pray comfort for his family and many friends. Amen!
Sad with our Hospice worker, Cheryl Register, and her family in the death of her dad, Mr. Mixon, two weeks ago. She preached his funeral. Her mother at Madison Nursing center not well.
Peggy Drummond is very ill at Shands and we pray for her and her family and all the many very ill ones.
Bless W.C. and Frances Copeland and their being in church. Ruby Lee is still ill.
You know I say over and over Dad used to sing the first three of us and the last three of us to sleep. Our favorite was “The Little Gypsy Boy.”
Hearing Preacher Law preach Sunday morning from Philippians about a caring church and how that is not always so. When they lived in Ocala years ago, only one man in their church ever talked to him about why he didn’t go to church for seven years. A Psalm says, “No man cared for my soul.” The song says, “Tell it again, ‘til none can say of the children of man, No one ever the story has told. Tell it again. Tell it again.”
Sunday night in business meeting, it was brought up at Preacher Gabriel Keel, 34, of Louisiana will preach for us on March 11 and will be voted on the 18th and that his heart’s desire is to visit. Amen! And may he be blessed and may we all, too.
Special thanks to everyone who came and supported the Pine Tree Quilters Quilt Show and Brunch on the 18th and made it the success it was! Thanks.