By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Anthony Feacher Jr. might not have lived in Madison his whole life, but Madison has always been his home. Feacher was born in Monticello. He grew up in Greenville and Lee. He attended Springfield school through the fourth grade.
Growing up, Feacher worked on the farm from the time he was five years old, until he was 21. On the farm he worked in cotton, tobacco, corn and watermelon. He worked with a mule most days and worked long, hard hours.
He and his family had very little free time, due to working on the farm, but occasionally on Saturdays, Feacher would go to the movies. “But we always had to be home by 9,” he said.
At the age of 21, Feacher moved to Jacksonville. There were jobs in Jacksonville that he could get. But most importantly, he said, “I wanted to get away from that mule.” Then in 2007, he moved back to Madison. “Madison is my home. It’s good to be back home,” he explained.
When asked what has changed in Madison since he first moved away, Feacher said, “It is much better now. The places that we couldn’t go before, we can go to now. It’s much better.”
Feacher now spends his time at the Senior Citizens Center, with his wife, and at church. His wife is Mary Feacher. He has nine children; Carton, Dwight Anthony (who passed away), Anthony, Belanda, Claretha, Velma, Evett, Vickie and Veronica. He is a deacon at Pineland Missionary Baptist Church. He also enjoys riding around town and looking at the tractors and farms.
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 lives, and be able to recall a few things that have changed since that time.