Walter E, “Slim” Corbin, age 86, died November 13, 2012 at Lake Park Nursing Home, Madison, after a long illness.Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2012, at Evergreen Cemetery, Greenville.He was born in Winston County, Alabama and was a World War II Army veteran serving in Japan. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was the overseer of Pine Lake Ranch.He is survived by four sons: Donald Corbin (Muriel) of Madison; Laymon Corbin (Lori) of Placerville, Cal., Aymon Corbin of Tenn., Robert Corbin (Heather) of Bluff City, Tenn.; one daughter: Betty Jo O’Quinn of Greenville; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and five sisters.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd, Tallahassee, Florida 32308-5428, or the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Archive for November 2012
Submitted by Jerome Wyche
If you and your family are thirsty for a Christmas environment with everything that you can imagine, combining an old and new fashioned celebration, then hold on to your seats and get ready! The Kiwanis Club of Madison is poised to “Light up Madison” in a way that will be remembered by all for a time to come. This will be the second year that the Kiwanis Club has assumed the responsibility of hosting this event that promises to be bigger than it was last year. There is so much family excitement planned for Dec. 1, 2012, it is literally hard to wait for the few days to pass until it’s here. The “Light Up Madison” event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and conclude at approximately 8 p.m. Project Chairperson Willy Gamalero and members of the Light Up Madison Committee began planning for this special event as early as May of this year. The purpose of the event is to afford families the chance to come out and enjoy an exciting Christmas gala without the worry of overspending, as well as recognizing the reason for the season. Because of the success from the previous year, this event has received unbelievable inquiries from citizens from surrounding counties that are anxious and waiting to attend. The committee has secured approval from the Department of Transportation to block off traffic on Highway 90 for the Christmas Parade, sponsored by Lake Park of Madison. There will be prizes for the best entries as judged by a committee of Kiwanians. As in the past, there will be over 30 custom decorated Christmas trees donated by Madison County Community Bank, with their own personalities, to be lit in a timely fashion adding to the ambience. There will be a one mile Jingle Jog, sponsored by the Junior Auxiliary, opened to all joggers. In order to secure a spot in the Jingle Jog, bring a jar of peanut butter and jelly, or a children’s book, or make a $5.00 donation for the cause. To be eligible for the “Big Prize Drawing,” you will also asked to bring a jar of peanut butter and jelly, a children’s book, or $5.00 for your chance to win. The peanut butter and jelly that is collected will be donated to a local food bank to feed the needy.The children’s books will be donated to the Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend. In view of one of the goals of the District President of the Florida Kiwanis, the peanut butter and jelly will help feed the body; the children’s books will help feed the mind. Becky’s Dance Steps Studio promises to electrify the event with its “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree Dance Program.” Families may choose to lounge on the courthouse lawn and watch Christmas movies, sponsored by the Tent Builders of Madison, or take and old fashioned hay ride, sponsored by Gordon Tractor and Kenny McLeod. Choirs from various community churches will belt out Christmas songs along with other offerings of entertainment. Jolly ol’ Santa and Mrs. Claus will be waiting at the Four Freedoms Park Gazebo to take memorable photographs in Winter Wonderland, sponsored by Tudor Rose Photography and Odiorne Insurance. Food vendors will be available to offer their treats of chicken and rice, hot dogs and hamburgers, cotton candy and other tasty morsels. All of the local businesses and food outlets will be open for your shopping conveniences. After the children have exhausted themselves in the bounce houses, watched movies on the courthouse lawn and experienced the real meaning of Christmas, some lucky ticket holder will win a “Power Wheels Vehicle” at the drawing to take place at the main tent of the Kiwanis Club of Madison at 8:00 PM. The Kiwanis Club of Madison will also be taking orders for its annual Citrus Sale to raise funds to award scholarships to our community youths. Any interested citizen that would like to donate a jar of peanut butter and jelly, or donate a children’s book are encouraged to do so. If you have a sincere interest to serve our communities, Kiwanis membership is open to you. Your voluntary participation will help underscore the defining statement of Kiwanis International; “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.” Come early, bring your lawn chairs and secure your favorite spot. This is one event that you will not want to miss. See you there!
By Fran Hunt
Special from ECB Publishing, Inc.
Athletes from Aucilla Christian Academy (ACA) and Madison County (MC) were once again named to the list of Big Bend Leaders last week on the gridiron. On the offensive side of the field, in passing, Wes Smyrnios (ACA), was at number three with 84 pass completions out of 144 attempts for 1,809 yards and 23 touchdowns. In rushing, Hans Sorensen (ACA) was number one with 118 carries for 1,046 yards and 17 touchdowns. Bradley Holm (ACA) was at number four with 113 carries for 947 yards and 16 touchdowns. Keyon Bruton (MC) was in at number five with 113 carries for 814 yards and 12 touchdowns. In receiving, Jared Jackson (ACA) was at number one with 45 pass receptions for 1,136 yards and 15 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the field, in tackles, Gus Smyrnios (ACA) was at number three with 107 total tackles.Bradley Holm (ACA) was in at number six with 100 total tackles.Jared Jackson (ACA) was at number eight with 96 total tackles.For quarterback sacks, Cole Schwab (ACA) was at number four with 10 quarterback sacks.Nick Roberts (ACA) was at number seven with seven quarterback sacks.Brandon Crawford (MC) was tied at number seven with seven quarterback sacks. In pass interceptions, Hans Sorensen (ACA) was number one with six pass interceptions.Jared Jackson (ACA) was in at number two with five pass interceptions.In kicking, Zack Money (MC) was in at number two with one completion out of four field goal attempts and 32 completions out of 32 attempted extra point attempts.
Our presidential candidates starred in a sometimes vicious, factually distorted, too long campaign which obscured a heartwarming example of life in our country today: success in marriage. Two dedicated men, so goal-oriented that each achieved a pinnacle of success in his chosen field, reveal a parallel in lifetime choice for marriage. Each chose a woman to cherish and to complete life for him. Romney knew when he was eighteen and she was fifteen. Two and a half years’s separation did not diminish their deep understanding. Obama knew during his internship for law school that his directing lawyer was essential to complete his life. He returned to Chicago to achieve professional goals and present a winning case for marriage to his former directing lawyer. Each of these high level achievers had some challenges to totally happy married life (Mrs. Romney developed chronic severe illness; Mrs. Obama’s private life changed to public, political life). The integrity of the husbands and the wives stand out among today’s media chronicles of infidelity and scandalous behavior by political leaders and entertainment celebrities. Regardless of our political affiliation, we can applaud national leaders who live married life with commitment and loyalty to each other, as do most people we meet every day. Media broadcast the sensational, permeating our lives, picturing us as much less than we are. In reality, we are a people living by ethical standards, keeping our commitments and responding to opportunities with ingenuity and hard work. These national political couples are excellent reminders of these facts. Marianne Green
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The main topic of discussion at the Lee Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6, was the North Florida Broadband Authority.
The NFBA has been pursuing leasing space on the town’s two water towers for a carrier to install high-speed Internet, which will reach to places not covered by Century Link, the residential phone service provider. The connections are also said to be smoother and more reliable. Read more
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Grace Presbyterian Church in Madison, with burial at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home, Madison Chapel.
She was the daughter of Daniel G. Smith and Rachel Townsend Smith of Madison, and owned and operated Smith Drug Store after her father died. She was born on October 15, 1911. Her home was built in 1898 by Mr. Smith for his bride, Rachel Townsend.
Rachel was married to Nat Norfleet in 1935 and they were married for 20 years until Nat was killed in an accident in 1955.
Rachel married Kirby Reichmann in 1957 and they were married 43 years, until his death in 2000.
She was a devoted and faithful member and Sunday School teacher at Grace Presbyterian Church, where she taught Joy Sunday School Class for 40-plus years. She was greatly loved by her community and was very active in everything in Madison. She was president of the Woman’s Club three times, president of the Garden Club, a member of the Historical Society, the Treasures of Madison County and Friends of the Mansion and a member and “Big Fan” of the Gator Club. May God bless you was her prayer.
She is survived by two daughters, Rachel N. Wooley and Nell N. Ring, both of Madison; a daughter-in-law, Ann Norfleet Hamrick of Madison; four grandsons: Nat Norfleet (Monica), Mike Norfleet (Nida), Scott Wooley (Valerie) and Brian Ring (Hillary); and six great-grandchildren: Eric Norfleet (Daryl), Lindsay Fico (Damon), Tré Norfleet III, Kristen Norfleet, Garrett Wooley, Aiden Wooley, Grady Ring and Raleigh Rachel Ring.
She was preceded in death by a son, Nat Smith Norfleet, Jr., and a grandson, Hank Stallings.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 688 N. Washington Street, Madison, FL 32340 or to Big Bend Hospice, 1723 Mahan Center Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Rev. Benjamin O. Pfeil, resident of Madison, a native of Catskill, N.Y., passed away November 10, 2012, at the Madison County Memorial Hospital. He was 88.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 140 NE Horry Avenue, Madison. Graveside services will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery in the Hamburg Community of Madison County. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday evening at Beggs Funeral Home, 235 NW Orange Avenue, Madison.
Rev. Pfeil was born in Cementon, N.Y., and grew up in Catskill, the oldest of four children born to the late Benjamin and Anna Doyle Pfeil. He was a graduate of Catskill High School. After graduation, he volunteered for enlistment in the U.S. Navy in May 1942. While serving his country during World War II, he was a flight engineer for the B26 and PBY aircraft, flying missions at Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal and Guam. During his last years in the military, he was also stationed at the NAS, Jacksonville; NAS Corpus Christi; NAAS at Shelton, Wash.; and NAS at Pensacola. While stationed at NAS Jacksonville, he met Mary Jane Smith of Madison, and they were wed November 19, 1944. He was honorably discharged in March 1948.
After Rev. Pfeil’s tour of duty in the Navy, he, his wife, and infant son, Bill, moved to Madison, where he was employed with Fraleigh Ashley Tractor Company and Western Auto. In the early 1950’s, he started his own television sales and repair business known as Ben’s TV. He retired from this occupation in the late 1980’s.
While growing up in New York, Rev. Pfeil was active in the Boy Scouts and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. After moving to Madison, his interest in the work continued and he became a scoutmaster for Madison, serving as a positive role model for the many members of his troop.
At a young age, while attending worship services at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Catskill, Rev. Pfeil felt God calling him into the ministry. His desire to become an Episcopal priest was not fulfilled until many years later. Finally, in 1992, he was ordained and became priest of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, where he faithfully served as vicar until his health failed in early 2012. Father Ben, as he was affectionately called by his parishioners, was always so happy to welcome new members into the church. Among those whom he baptized were his great-grandson, Cole Pfeil, and great-niece, Taylor Smith. At the time of his death, he was the longest standing vicar of St. Mary’s Church and its oldest member.
Rev. Pfeil was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Mary Jane; his father and mother, Benjamin James and Anna Doyle Pfeil; and one brother, Ralph Pfeil. Surviving relatives include his son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Mary Lu Pfeil of Madison; one grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Jake and Cheryl Pfeil of Tallahassee; one great grandson, Cole Pfeil, of Tallahassee; one sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Truman June of Catskill, N.Y.; one brother and sister-in-law, Mahlon and Gayle Pfeil of Saugerties, N.Y.; three sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Davis and her husband, Shelton, of Perry, Catherine Hodges of Madison, and Johnnie Ruth Smith of Live Oak; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Ella Mae Williams Smith Passes Away
Ella Mae Williams Smith, age 75, died Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Capital Regional Medical Center.
Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Beggs Funeral Home, Madison Chapel, with burial at Macedonia Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home.
She was the daughter of the late Ida and Robert Lee Smith Sr., of Baldwin.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Smith, Sr. of Lee; six children: Russell Williams of Lee; Lee Williams of Cherry Lake, Diane Martin of Jennings, Audrey Jones of Royston, Ga., Donald Smith, Jr. of Lee, and Rita Williams of Lee; four sisters: Betty Bowen of Lee, Carol Goodwin of Lake Park, Ga., Eleanor Lux of Jacksonville, and Olanee Thornton of Glen St. Mary; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her late husband, Talmadge Williams; sisters: Joyce Ann Hughes of Jacksonville and Wilmer Padget of Hialeah; and brother: Robert Smith Jr. of Hialeah.
NOVEMBER 13, 2012
1. Call to Order
2. Adoption of Agenda
3. Items Removed from Consent Agenda
4. CONSENT AGENDA:
(a) Minutes of October 9, 2012
(b) Police Report and Fire Report
(c) Financial Report
(d) Public Assistance Funding Agreement / Tropical Storm Debby
(e) Donation of Obsolete Equipment to Madison Correctional Institution
(f) Consulting Services Agreement with Natural Gas Services of Florida
(g) City Staff Holiday Celebration
(h) Recommendation for Appointment to Police Pension Board
(i) FY 12 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant
(j) Property Easement – William E. Greene
(k) Memorandum of Understanding / Child Abduction Response Team
(l) Recommendation to Approve Low Bids regarding City’s Demolition Program
(m) Statement of Understanding between City of Madison and Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross
(n) Police and Fire Pension Fund Audits
5. Citizen’s Participation (6:00 p.m.)
6. Discussion of Water and Wastewater Impact Fees / New Madison County Hospital
7. Discuss and Possibly Approve a Recommendation to Abandon a Right-of-Way
8. Discuss and Possibly Approve a Recommendation to Re-Bid the Project to Renovate the Second Floor of the Police Station (City Manager)
9. Discuss and Possibly Approve a Recommendation Regarding a Wastewater Grant/Loan from the Department of Environmental Protection/State Revolving Fund (City Manager)
10. Tennis Program Update (Commissioner Thompson)
11. Discussion of City Manager’s Annual Evaluation (Mayor Stanley)
12. Public Hearing / Discussion and Possible Adoption Second Reading of Ordinance No. 2012-6 Involving Access to OakRidge Cemetery (City Manager)
13. Discussion of Maintenance Prioritization of City Streets and Sidewalks (City Manager)
14. City Manager’s Report
15. Other Items of Interest to the Commission
Any person who decides to appeal any decision made by the commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting will need a record of the proceedings, and that for such purpose, he or she may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based.
Jesse Lee Brown, age 90, died Thursday, November 8, 2012 at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, at Beggs Funeral Home Madison Chapel with burial at Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 5–7 PM.at Beggs Funeral Home.
He retired from the Bus Barn with the Madison County School System. He moved to Madison in 1951 from Highland City, Florida and was the Baptist faith.
He is survived by 1 daughter: Rose Marie Prince (Paul) of Madison; 1 sister: Dorothy Bracewell of Highland City, Fl; 2 Granddaughters: Kay Stephenson (Tony) and Jessie Prince; 3 Great Grandchildren: Davy Dempsey, Torry Stephenson, and Jarrett Stephenson.
He was preceded in death by his wife: Katie Brown and granddaughter: Angie Dempsey.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (850)973-2258.
Madison County Sheriff Benjamin J. Stewart requested assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Live Oak Field Office to investigate the death of inmate Jacob Allen Porter, 22. Porter was found dead Tuesday, Nov. 6, in his cell at the Madison County Jail.
Porter was in jail on charges of burglary, possession of methamphetamine, paraphernalia and a misdemeanor charge of theft.
FDLE is conducting the death investigation and providing forensic service
The City of Madison will hold its first 10 and under Tennis Clinic on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of Madison’s City Hall. Kids ages 5 to 10 are invited for an hour of fun, plus learning about the game of tennis.
This is a free clinic with all the equipment furnished. Parents can sign up their kids for the clinic either at City Hall or at The Mail Room (173 NE Range Ave). Signing up for the clinic will help clinic officials know how many kids to expect. If parents are unable to sign up their kids, they can simply bring their kids to the clinic to join in on the fun. Parents and friends are welcomed to bring their folding chairs.
Teaching the clinic will be City Commissioner Ina Thompson and Charlie A. Jackson of Madison.
For more information, phone Thompson at (850) 445-7755 or (850) 973-2328.
Photos and text submitted by Pat Lightcap
In the mid afternoon of election day, November 6, 2012 a structure fire was reported to Madison County 911 Center. Units arriving at 123 Lee School Avenue in the town of Lee found a home with flames and smoke pouring out. This was the fourth structure fire in Madison County since October 19, 2012 with a fire in downtown Greenville. On October 23 there was a building fire on Sundown Creek Road south of I-10 and on Sunday, November 4 a home burned on Happy Drive in the city of Madison. The State Fire Marshall has been called to each of these incidents. Responding to the fire today was Lee Fire/Rescue, Pinetta Fire/Rescue, Madison Fire/Rescue, Madison County Emergency Medical Services and the Madison County Sherrif”s Office. In addition to the Fire Marshal, the Red Cross is responding to today’s blaze to assist the residents. No injuries were reported.
Seniors citizens in need of raking, yard work or minor repairs done at their homes are receiving a helping hand during Senior Appreciation Day on Saturday, Dec. 1, which is a half-day volunteer work day sponsored by the Senior Citizens Council of Madison County, Inc. for their elderly clients.
For individuals and groups that would like to volunteer, a planning lunch is scheduled on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at noon at the Madison County Senior Center located at 1161 SW Harvey Greene Drive, just off State Road 14 south. Please RSVP by Nov. 8 so that the number of complimentary meals can be planned by the kitchen. The phone number to call is (850) 973-4241.
Senior Appreciation Day on Dec. 1 will begin at the Madison County Senior Center with a continental breakfast at 7-8 a.m. for those who wish to gather. Groups will then break out at 8 a.m. to go to seniors’ homes throughout the county. Volunteers from churches, youth groups, clubs, civic groups and leaders of the community are needed to spearhead this special day.
Later in the evening is the 5th Annual Light Up Madison Celebration downtown on Range Street, and many seniors will have a warm glow in the hearts from services performed by kind volunteers during the day.
For further information, call the Senior Citizens Council of Madison County at (850) 973-4241.
Greenville Masonic Lodge No. 28 will be holding a Charity Fundraiser for the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory. All proceeds will be donated.
When: Saturday November 10, Registration 8am, Matches begin at 9 a.m. and last until 2 p.m.
Where: Madison County Sheriff’s Firing Range located at:
1243 N.E. Palmetto St.
Pinetta, FL 32350
The pistol match will be a Police Pistol Qualifier and will require either a semi-automatic or revolver handgun, ideally 4 magazines or speedloaders and a holster. It will take 48 rounds to complete the match. Ammunition will be available to purchase at the event in popular calibers (i.e. .38spl, 9mm, 40S&W, and .45acp) by Seminole Armaments, LLC.
Any minors that wish to shoot must have a legal guardian present, and if they do not have their own firearm, a .22lr handgun and ammo will be provided at no additional cost.
For course of fire information, please go to:
http://www.opsc-ppc.com/index_files/Page844.html review PPC 48 Round Combat Course.
Please join us for a great time and to support a great cause! Only a $20 donation for adults, $10 for minors or if you wish to shoot a second time.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A reader emailed this writer and told him of a scam call he had received.
The reader related that he had received a call from 409-291-5191. The person calling him claimed to be seeking information to send a new Medicare card and demanded the name of his bank. He claimed he was only verifying the records for Medicare.
The reader noted that the caller could have easily have found the routing number for the bank through a Google search and then would have requested he give him the account number.
A search for the number on Google revealed that it is a Beaumont, Tex., phone number and it has been used in a number of scams, most notably using Medicare and Medicaid cards. Some of the people have commented on their posts that the person has a very heavy accent, perhaps an Indian accent.
Be alert and do not give any banking information or credit card numbers over the phone unless it is a call that you have made to pay for something or to order something. Beware if anyone calls you requesting such information.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
Timmy Dyke, pastor at Pine Grove Baptist Church, believes, “There is no greater time for God’s men to stand up and share the love of Jesus.”
On Saturday, Nov. 3, Dyke and other men will join together and hold a men’s rally at the Gazebo at the Four Freedoms Park in Madison.
“This men’s rally is intended to feed the body and the soul, bringing men from all walks of life for one reason – to Honor God!” Dyke said.
There will be free food, music, door prizes, and a message.
The men’s rally will begin at 3 p.m.
The street area right behind the Gazebo will be closed beginning at noon for the men to begin cooking.