Emily Frances Albanese Thrift, age 73, died Friday, January 25, 2013, in Madison.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at Beggs Funeral Home with burial at San Pedro Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
She was born in Boston, Mass., and moved to Lake Worth. When she was 10, they moved to Long Island, N.Y., then moved to Miami, Perry and Madison. She loved the outdoors, fishing, camping at parks, crocheting and canning foods and jellies.
She is survived by her husband, Willie A. “Buck” Thrift of Cherry Lake; two sons, Dennis Odom (Debbie) of Cherry Lake and Steve Odom of Dallas, Ga.; two daughters, Donna Cruce and Barbara Thrift of Cherry Lake; 13 grandchildren; and17 great-grandchildren.
Beggs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Archive for January 2013
Emily Frances Albanese Thrift, age 73, died Friday, January 25, 2013, in Madison.
William Curtis Curry, Sr., age 84, of Jennings, passed away Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Lake City VA Medical Center in Lake City. Mr. Bill was born on August 27, 1928 in Okeechobee, to the late Clarence and Ollie Mae Rowell Curry. He served his country in the Army-Air Force and was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean conflict and was awarded numerous service medals for his brave and dedicated service. Mr. Curry was a longtime resident of Madison County, FL. where he managed the Suwannee Swifty Store for a number of years. He was also a former resident of Steinhatchee, FL.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Mary Evelyn Curry, Jennings; two sons, Billy Curry and his wife, Tammi Smith Curry of Jennings and Allen Curry of Australia; one beautiful daughter, Renee Benson and her husband Destin of Tallahasse.; nine grandchildren, Stephen Morris, Christina Rowell, Michael Rowell, Heather Morris Stormant (Andy), Will Curry, Aaron Rowell, Jordan Curry, Zachary Rowell and Caroline Rowell.
Graveside services were held Monday, January 28, 2013 at Waters Cemetery near Steinhatchee.
Harry T. Reid Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Shooter Charged With Two Counts of First Degree Murder
A tragic shooting in Suwannee County on Saturday, Jan. 26, has Madison County ties as the two victims of the tragedy have relatives in Madison County.
According to the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office, Mike Williams and his brother, Abe, were at the home of Marcus Cole on 225th Street, near Charles Springs in Suwannee County, when a fight broke out. Cole reportedly went and got a high-powered rifle. Abe and Mike Williams were shot.
Mike died at the scene.
Abe died on Sunday evening, Jan. 27, at an area hospital.
Cole was charged with two counts of first degree murder.
Mike and Abe Williams were the sons of Kenny Williams, who grew up in Lee.
Submitted by Kimberly Allbritton, Madison County Health Department
· A total of 16 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Typhimurium have been reported from five states.
· The number of ill persons identified in each state is as follows: Arizona (1), Illinois (2), Iowa (1), Michigan (9), and Wisconsin (3).
· 53 percent of ill persons have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported.
· Collaborative investigative efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicated that ground beef produced by Jouni Meats, Inc. and Gab Halal Foods are likely sources of this outbreak.
· Seven of the ill persons reported eating a raw ground beef dish at the same restaurant before becoming ill. The restaurant served raw beef to customers and had acquired the raw beef from two retailers.
· On Jan. 24, 2013, Jouni Meats, Inc. recalled approximately 500 pounds of ground beef products.
· On Jan. 25, 2013, Gab Halal Foods recalled approximately 550 pounds of ground beef products.
· Consumers should not eat raw or undercooked ground beef.
· CDC recommends that consumers do not eat recalled ground beef products and that they dispose of any remaining recalled product in their home or return the product to the place of purchase.
· This is especially important for children under the age of five years, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems because these people are at a higher risk for serious illness.
· Consumers should check their freezers for recalled products and not eat them.
Our DOH Office of Communications team has prepared basic templates / resources on Salmonella for your use, which are located on the CERC Portal at http://dohiws/Divisions/DEMO/CommsCERC/commsalmonella.html.
Please contact the Office of Communications at (850) 245-4111 with any questions. We will continue to keep you posted on any new developments.
Hue Reynolds, Communications Director
Ashley Carr, Press Secretary
Florida Department of Health
The Madison Police Department is investigating burglaries to three Colonial Apartments on SW Sumatra Avenue.
According to a report filed by MPD Patrolman Jared Dewey, someone broken into three apartments and three refrigerators, three electric stoves, and three window unit air conditioners were stolen.
There were also three window frames broken during the burglaries.
The owner did not know when it could have occurred, but said it possibly could have happened in a two-week span.
If anyone has any information on the burglaries, please call the Madison Police Department at (850) 973-5077.
January 29, 1943
Pvt. William F. Brooks of Lovett received his diploma and silver wings at the Aerial Gunnery School at Tyndall Field Jan. 12, 1943. He was given the rating of a sergeant.
Col. J.B. McClure, prominent young attorney of this city, and member of the law firm of Davis, Davis and McClure, was notified on Monday by Gov. Spessard Holland of his appointment as county prosecuting attorney.
Joe Hughey, of the US Naval Training School, Memphis, Tenn,, arrived home Wednesday morning on a seven-day leave.
Mr. C.J. English of our Navy was visiting his little daughter, Margaret, over the weekend.
January 23, 1953
Mrs. E.L. Flowers, chairman of the Mothers’ March for Polio for Lee, announces plans for the Mothers’ March on Jan. 29, from 7-8 p.m. The workers will meet at Whitty’s Store at 6:30 p.m. to receive instructions. At 7 p.m., people will “Turn on their porch lights.”
Mrs. Stanton Pepera and daughter, Connie, spent last weekend in Marianna visiting relatives and friends.
The Green Bay Food Company of Live Oak will again contract cucumbers in Madison County, along with Suwannee and adjoining counties.
Warrant Officer Junior Grade Howell E. Drawdy, Jr. is returning from Korea to the United States under the Army’s rotation program.
January 25, 1963
Beverage department officers and members of the Madison and Brooks County sheriff’s departments last Friday night destroyed a huge still system about a half mile south of Lovett.
William Rocky Leggett, who recently broke out of jail here and was caught Jan. 11 in Defuniak Springs broke out again last Friday about 9:15. Leggett twisted up a blanket and used it to stand on while he manipulated an opening in the top of his cell and crawled through to freedom. His liberty was short-lived, however, as officers caught him about an hour and a half later within two blocks of the jail and put him back in.
The Band Booster Club met Monday night in the band room with a good attendance of members.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Williams of Jacksonville came Thursday for a visit with his mother, Mrs. Ruby Williams.
January 26, 1973
Imported fire ants have been in Madison County for only three years but they are becoming more numerous and bothersome. They were first found near Greenville and that vicinity now has the worst infestation.
The North Florida Junior College Sentinels upset the University of Florida Baby Gators 108-90 in basketball action.
A total of 150 people employed at Scottish Inns plant in Greenville build motel room units.
The villagers in the suburbs spoke loudly and clearly Tuesday as they rejected overwhelmingly an invitation to be a part of the City of Madison. Those on the outside voted 346-62 in favor of staying on the outside. Those on the inside agreed grudgingly to let in the outsiders if they wanted to come, 292-256.