Some of my earliest memories are from when I was around two years old. I'm sure they are more 'memories of memories' now than first-timers, but ... I remember going to ask my mom if I'd ever been at a lake (different from the one I grew up on) facing a cabin, with a sort of hefty guy standing facing me, arms crossed over a rake handle.
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I found an essay by the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer recently. It was written in prison and he summarized my feelings precisely. I share with you:
“Against stupidity we are defenseless; reasons fall on deaf ears; facts that contradict one’s prejudgement simply need not be believed – in such moments the stupid person even becomes critical – and when facts are irrefutable they are just pushed aside as inconsequential, as incidental. In all this the stupid person, in contrast to the malicious one, is utterly self-satisfied and, being easily irritated, becomes dangerous by going on the attack.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters & Papers from Prison)
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Havana had a new police chief and town clerk. Town Manager Howard McKinnon offered their names to the Town Council and got unanimous approval for the hiring of retired Quincy Assistant Chief Glynn Beach as police chief and long-time employee Shelia Evans as town clerk. Beach had a 38-year law enforcement career and Evans had worked for the town since May 1998. [Full Story »]
Dora Burke Parramore died Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at her oldest daughter's home in Carrabelle, Florida. She was 104 Years old. Her two daughters, Velma and Annie Lee, were by her side. She was a Florida native and lived most of her life in Mt. Pleasant, Florida. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur Parramore, and one son, Cleveland Parramore, her father, Tom Burke, and mother, Virginia Lee Burke.
She is survived by her daughters, Velma O'Neal Massey and Annie Lee Josey, both of Carrabelle, Florida; her sons, Melvin Parramore (Rochelle, deceased) of Adele, Georgia, Roland (Martha Sue, deceased) of Chattahoochee, Florida, James (Glenna) of Mt. Pleasant, Florida, and John David (Sylvia) of Chattahoochee, Florida. She had 23 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and 34 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Donie Steadman, of Palatka, Florida.
She was a Christian and was of the Church of Christ faith. She worked on the family farm and loved cooking big meals for her family and friends. She loved fishing. She would dress, prepare and cook any wild game that her husband and sons brought home, even though she didn't eat wild game.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, December 23, 2016, at the Old Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until service time, at the church. Interment will be at Old Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Mt. Pleasant UMC.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL, (850) 627-7677, is in charge of arrangements.
Bernice Richardson, 85, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at her residence in Havana, FL. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM (EST) Saturday, December 24, 2016 at New St. John AME Church in Concord, FL with burial at Conyers Cemetery, Climax, GA. Viewing will be Friday, December 23, 2016 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Reed & Hall Mortuary.
Mrs. Richardson leaves to mourn and cherish her memories her devoted daughters, Ellie Richardson-Baker (Roosevelt) and Linda Richardson; brother, Clarence Johnson; sister, Annie W. Jones; and a host of other sorrowing relatives and friends.
Services Entrusted to Reed & Hall Mortuary Corp, 116 West Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL (850) 627-5700.