By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A semi truck driver was killed in a traffic accident, just west of Greenville, on Saturday, Dec. 8, at approximately 1 p.m. Read more
Archive for December 2012
By Jacob Bembry
Gilbert Maynard Brown, an internationally- recognized expert on fission energy and the design and operation of nuclear power plants, died in the care of Hospice after a courageous battle with congestive heart failure on December 3, 2012, in Dunedin, Florida.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years Barbara Anderson Brown, their six children Mark, Kevin, David, Robert, Nancy and Karin, their six grandchildren Peter, Britton, Emma Lee, Jack, Dylan and Cameron, and his three brothers, Evans, Neal and John.
Born October 25, 1928, in the red clay farm country of northern Madison County, Florida near Boggy Bay, Gilbert was the son of Maggie Rambo O’Neal Brown and Will Brown, the third of six children. He grew up during the Depression in a small farmhouse on a beautiful hill. He regarded going to school when he was young as a luxury and a privilege. He was a man of responsibility and hard work, and was strong and determined until the end.
During the Korean War, Gilbert was drafted by the Army and served as a platoon leader of Quad-50 half-track combat vehicles for most of 1951-52 near Kumwha. The cold trauma of this experience shaped the rest of his life. He later declined a medal for bravery and a Battlefield Officer’s Commission.
After the war, he married Barbara and entered the University of Florida, where he excelled, graduating cum laude in chemical engineering, with a minor in physics. He was a member of the Honorary Engineering Fraternity Tau Beta Pi.
He began his 40-year nuclear energy career during the early stage of the development of fission-reactor power plants, working with two scientists from the Manhattan Project. In a building formerly occupied by an orange juice plant in Dunedin, Mr. Brown co-founded Southern Nuclear Engineering Company, and began a career and company that still influences the design and safety of nuclear plants across the globe. Gilbert assisted in the design of the second US nuclear submarine, as well as many of the first nuclear power plants in the US. He was a Senior Fellow with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, a Senior Manager with the Nuclear Energy Institute, and project manager and chief consulting engineer for the construction of the nuclear reactor at Georgia Tech. He trained personnel from several foreign countries in nuclear safety, and lectured around the world on nuclear power and technology. In another technical area, he drafted several procedures for the Saturn -V moon launch program. In the 1980’s, he was called upon to assist our Government’s investigation of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine. Later in his career, Mr. Brown worked for the Department of Energy in Washington, D. C., and at the Westinghouse- Savannah River Nuclear Power Plant in Aiken, South Carolina.
After retirement, among other pursuits, Gil wrote poetry and prose, including a poem for the queen of England, for which he received personal thanks. He authored a poem about his college class that is inscribed on a bronze plaque in an engineering building on the UF campus.
A memorial mass will be held at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic CHurch, Dunedin, Saturday, December 15, at 1:00 pm. A reception will follow immediately after mass in the Comny Center at the church.
Mr. Brown will be interred at Evergreen Cemetery in Gainesville, Florida, alongside his infant daughter, Sharon Elaine Brown.
Madison County E911 Receives $420,996.78
Madison County E.M.S. Receives $187,159.00
• Madison County E911 has been awarded a grant to replace the existing 911 system with a state of the art Next Generation 911 system that will be placed into the new communications center which is currently being refurbished. The grant is a competitive grant awarded by the State 911 Board. Madison County came out on top and is being fully funded in the amount of $379,147.78. The grant was particularly challenging, since the time frame for submittal was about 3 weeks and competition from other counties was intense. The grant was prepared by Juan Botino with assistance from AK Associates, who designed the system. If the grant had failed, the county would have had to purchase a new system, since the end of life cycle of the current system has been reached. There are additional costs savings by not having to move the current system. In addition, another grant in the amount of $41,849 was awarded for current 911 maintenance items. The new system will give Madison County E911 the latest technology and will allow us to better serve the citizens and visitors of Madison County.
• Madison County E.M.S. applied for and received a matching grant in the amount of $176,698 that went towards the purchase of two generator powered ambulances and 3 Lifepak 15 defibrillator monitors. The ambulances replace two older units that have been remounted several times. The defibrillator monitors replace 10 year old Lifepak 12s. Madison County EMS was one of the first rural counties to participate in the LifeNet system, where the paramedics can transmit 12 lead ECGs, capnography, pulse oxymetry and other vital signs to T.M.H., Capital Regional, and South Georgia Medical Center from the scene or the ambulance. If the patient needs cardiac intervention, the cardiac team is waiting at the hospital and the patient is taken straight to the cath lab, saving precious time and lives. In addition, another grant in the amount of $11,161 was received to purchase two new stretchers and a stair chair.
• An unannounced state inspection of Madison County E.M.S. was conducted on October 30, 2012 and there were no deficiencies found, giving us exemplary service status. Since 1987, Madison County E.M.S. has passed all state inspections (conducted every two years) with no deficiencies.
Jeffrey Lee Swain, 52, of Greenville, FL , died Saturday, December 8, 2012. Jeff was born September 4, 1960 in Naples, FL, to Sidney Swain and Verdie (Chason) Merritt.
He worked as a heavy equipment mechanic all of his adult life and in his spare time enjoyed gardening.
He is survived by His father Sidney Lee Swain, and step-mother Susan Swain, of Perry, his mother, Verdie L Merritt, of Greenville, FL, a son Jeffrey Swain, of Perry, 2 brothers, Mike Swain, of Crystal River, FL, and Randy Swain, of Greenville, 2 sisters, Lisa Massey, of Perry, and Malissa Reams, of Dixie, GA, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 4:00PM, Tuesday, December 11, 2012 in the Joe P. Burns Memorial Chapel with Bro. Cricket Watson officiating . Cremation arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home of Perry.
You may send condolences to the family at www.joepburnsfuneralhomes.com.
Quinton Gregory Kinsey, age 75 a Service Station Owner and farmer, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, in Tallahassee.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:00 am at Beggs Funeral
Home Monticello Chapel, 485 E. Dogwood Street, Monticello, Fl 32344 (850-997-5612)
Interment will follow the service at Emory cemetery in Aucilla. The family will
receive friends Tuesday, December 11th from 5-8 pm at Mrs. Lavonne Wynns home .
Mr. Kinsey was a native of Madison County and had lived in Madison and Jefferson
counties all of his life. He was self employed as a service station owner and a farmer.
Mr. Quinton is survived by three brothers Howard Kinsey of Greenville, Wayne and
Warren Kinsey of Monticello; one sister Lavonne Wynn of Greenville and many nieces and nephews.
Raymond LeRoy Swinson, age 88, died Monday at his home.
Funeral service is 2:00 PM Thursday, December 13, 2012, at Beggs Funeral Home Madison Chapel, with burial following at Bethel Creek Cemetery in Lafayette County. Visitation is Wednesday from 5:00-7:00 PM at the chapel.
He was born in Olney, Illinois and lived in Lafayette County. He worked for Buckeye for over 30 years as a machinist and was in the U S. Army Air Corps.
Survivors include 2 Sons; Leroy Swinson and Enoch Swinson (Gail)
1 Daughter; Rebecca Corbin (Darryl)
3 Sisters; Juanita Ezell, Lorene Long, and
5 grandchildren 6 Great Grandchildren
He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Morgan Swinson.
One son; Ronald Swinson (Shirley)
Thomas Curry Merchant, Jr., a former newspaper owner and publisher, passed away peacefully in Highlands, N.C., on December 5, 2012, at the age of 96.
He was a resident of Madison for 82 years and of Highlands, N.C. for 14 years.
Survivors include his four children, Shirley Merchant Johnson (Jim), of Highlands, N.C., Mae Merchant Clark (Larry Lokken), of Gainesville, Thomas Curry Merchant III and Mary Anthony Merchant, Ph.D. (John Green), both of Atlanta, Ga.; three grandchildren, William Burton Clark V (Danielle) of Chapel Hill, N.C., Corrie Elizabeth Clark, Ph.D. (Andy Turner) of Washington, D.C., and Major Christopher D. Wills, USMC (Julie); and five great-grandchildren, Gavin Thomas Clark, Selwyn Taylor Clark, Sayge Clark Turner, Olivia Taylor Wills and Thomas Christopher Wills.
Thomas Curry Merchant, Jr. was born April 2, 1916 in Madison, the only child of Mae Talmadge McKeithen Merchant and Thomas Curry Merchant, Sr. In 1938, he received a B.A. in Journalism from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. At Florida, he was the manager of the band and a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1939 and was admitted to the Florida Bar. In 1943, he graduated from the Harvard Business School with a Masters in Business Administration.
During World War II, he was stationed at various posts in the United States, including Maine, where he participated in a test of winter equipment for a possible invasion of Japan, and Greenville, S,C,, where he met his future wife, Shirley Anthony Merchant. They were married from 1946 until her death in 2000.
After the war, Mr. Merchant decided not to practice law and returned to Madison to work with his father at the weekly newspaper his father and uncle had purchased in 1910, the Madison Enterprise-Recorder. Later, when asked how long he’d been in the newspaper business, he’d say since age four – when he began helping his father around the print shop. He was always interested in political matters and served two terms in the House of Representatives of the Florida Legislature, from 1949-1952. Afterward, he would say that his best legislation while in office was bills requiring all livestock to be fenced and Klan members to be unmasked.
After his father’s death in 1968, he became the primary editorial writer for the paper, expressing his thoughts in a column entitled “The Passing Parade”, short for “The Old Country Editor Views the Passing Parade.” This column could be humorous but was just as likely to be a biting critique of current political issues and politicians or a spotlight on misguided antics of anyone from the city commissioners to the governor. He was actively involved in civic activities such as the Lions Club and the Rotary Club and always particularly highlighted local educational accomplishments in the paper. In the early 60’s, he set up a bookstore in the newspaper office to help support the then newly-established North Florida Community College.
Mr. Merchant was a faithful, life-long member of the Madison Presbyterian
Church, serving as a deacon and then as an elder for most of his adult life. He remained with the church even when there was a split in the church and the majority of its members left to form a more conservative church. He was a member of the Gideons for more than sixty-five years. In Highlands, he attended Holy Family Lutheran Church.
In North Carolina, he volunteered as a tutor at the Highlands Literacy Council, as a proofreader at The Highlander newspaper, then as the Copy Editor at Highlands Newspaper. He was also a volunteer at the Fidelia Eckerd Living Center and read newspapers to its residents.
Mr. Merchant will be missed and remembered for his kind and generous spirit, loyalty to family and friends, and steadfast adherence to the principles in which he believed, even, in the case of his support for the local Health Officer, Dr. Deborah Coggins, who was dismissed from her position for holding a lunch meeting with an African American nurse in 1956, at the cost of permanent loss of some local advertisers and threats to his family.
The family would like to especially thank his physician, J. Scott Baker, M.D., and his staff, and his caregivers and friends at Chestnut Hill of Highlands. Their wonderful care and friendship during his final years greatly enriched his life.
A graveside service will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Madison on December 14, at 11 a.m. Honorary pallbearers are James J. Sale III, Colin Kelly Howerton, Jack Wade, and Sandy, Jimmy and Zet Smith. Arrangements are being handled by Beggs Funeral Home in Madison.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731, Gideons
International, Att. Marvel Curtis, 46 Clover Lane, Franklin, NC 28734, or to a favorite charity.
CITY COMMISSION MEETING
DECEMBER 11, 2012
1. Call to Order
2. Adoption of Agenda
3. Items Removed from Consent Agenda
4. CONSENT AGENDA:
(a) Minutes of November 13, 2012
(b) Police Report and Fire Report
(c) Financial Report
(d) Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Gainesville, FL regarding the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
(e) Memorandum of Understanding with the Leon County, FL Sheriff’s Office regarding Assignment of Equipment Purchased through a Homeland Security Grant
(f) Declaration of Surplus Property (1989 Chevy Model 3500 Truck) and Donation of Same Property to the Madison Correctional Institution
(g) City of Madison 2013 Holiday Schedule
5. Citizen’s Participation (6:00 p.m.)
6. Discussion of Liability Associated with the Skateboard Park at Lanier Field (City Manager)
7. Discuss and Possibly Approve an Interlocal Agreement with Madison County regarding Building Code Inspection Services (City Manager)
8. Discussion of Water and Wastewater Impact Fees / New Madison County Hospital (City Manager)
9. Discuss and Possibly Approve Waiving of Impact Fees for Water Service to Quail Hollow (City Manager)
10. Discuss and Possibly Approve Request for Reimbursement for Sidewalk Construction (City Manager)
11. Discuss and Possibly Approve an Agreement for Disposal of Leachate from a South Georgia Landfill at the City’s Wastewater Facility (City Manager)
12. Discuss and Possibly Approve Purchase of Properties Comprised of 31.690 acres of vacant land at Southeast Byrd Avenue (Parcel ID 27-1N-09-4308-001-000) and 18.1 acres of vacant land at Southeast Byrd Avenue (Parcel ID 27-1N-09-4308-000-000) (City Manager)
13. Discuss and Possibly Approve Payment of an Invoice Related to Expenses Incurred during the USDA Project to Renovate the Second Floor of the Police Facility (City Manager)
14. Discussion of the City’s Land Development Regulations Related to Signs (City Manager)
15. Discuss and Possibly Approve Nominations of Alternates for Code Enforcement Board (City Manager)
16. Discuss and Possibly Approve a Policy regarding Installation of 175th Anniversary Banner across U.S. Highway 90 (City Manager)
17. City Manager’s Report
18. Other Items of Interests 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.
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A man was injured in a traffic crash early Tuesday morning, Dec. 4.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, at approximately 6:21 a.m., John F. Boyd, 34, of Monticello, was traveling south on County Road 150, south of Greenville. Read more
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A Madison woman was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on Sunday, Dec. 2.
According to a Madison County Sheriff’s Office report, at approximately 7:08 that morning, Carole Sherrill, 60, apparently made an assault on a victim, threatening to do violence, coupled with an apparent ability for her to do so. Read more
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A Lee woman was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia on Friday, Nov. 30. Read more
By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
A Madison man was arrested for disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Dollar General store in Madison. Read more
Carrie Louise McClamma, age 85, died Monday, December 3, 2012, at Madison County Memorial Hospital.
Graveside funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Oak Ridge Cemetery with visitation one hour prior to the service at Beggs Funeral Home Madison Chapel.
She was born in Madison and worked for Metal Products before retiring. She was a member of New Hopeful Baptist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Sandra McVicker (Jim) of Madison.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Woney McClamma.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 850-073-2258.
Margaret Regina Parry, age 71, died Saturday, December 1, 2012 at Capital Regional Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2012 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
She was born in New York and moved to Madison 31 years ago, coming from Miami. She was a retired science teacher and taught at NFCC.
She is survived by two sons, Timothy Parry of Okinawa and Sean Parry of Arkansas; three sisters: Audrey Laws and Regina Barber, both of Cherry Lake and Diane Daniels of North Carolina; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Breast Cancer Research.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (850) 973-2258.
Bob Gibson Smith, 47, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012.
A lifelong resident of Madison, he was born on the 4th of July 1965. Bob was a Christian and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, a long-time independent truck driver, historian, artist and had a unique sense of humor.
He is survived his parents, Roy and Catherine G. Smith; sister Nola (David) Sindt; brothers, Curtis (Melinda), Emmett (Debbie) and Doug Smith, all of Madison; and will be greatly missed by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was the grandson of the late Emory T. (Hoot) and Lora Starling Gibson of Hanson and Emmett E. and Nola Womack Smith, of Oklahoma and Texas.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012, at 3 p.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church, 4084 NE Rocky Road, Madison. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Robin F. Tyre, 48, passed away November 28, 2012 at his home in Valdosta, Ga.
A memorial gathering of family and friends will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at the home of Robin and Lorie Tyre, 2765 Copeland Road, in Valdosta.
Robin was born in Lake City and had lived most of his life in Valdosta. He was a diesel and hydraulics mechanic for LM Hydraulics in Valdosta also he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a go-kart racer and loved the outdoors. He loved life and people and was always willing to help others.
He is survived by his wife, Lorie Tyre; two daughters, Ashley Kinlaw and husband Kendal of Bladenborough, N.C. and Shauna Lynn Tyre of Valdosta; a grandchild, Tristan Grimes of Valdosta; his mother and step-father, Carolyn and Richard Cheshire of Valdosta; step-mother, Linda Tyre of Macclenny; two brothers, Franklin Tyre and Ritchie Cheshire; sisters, Chanell Tyre, Wanda Mason, and Rebecca Southers; step-children, Eric Hodge, Wanda Taylor(Pat) and Elizabeth Cotrell; and step-grandchildren, Jena Rose Hodge and Riley James Taylor. He was predeceased by his father, Charles Tyre.
T. J. Beggs, Jr. & Sons, Madison (850) 973-2258, is in charge of arrangements.
By Fran Hunt
Special to Greene Publishing, Inc.
A Greenville man was charged with kidnapping after an incident that took place in September in Jefferson County.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported that on September 8, Deputy Robert Hall was dispatched to an East Clark Street residence in reference to a battery complaint. Read more