Governor Rick Scott signed a death warrant Monday for Chadwick Dewellyn Banks who fatally shot his wife Cassandra and then raped and shot to death his 10-year-old stepdaughter in Gadsden County in 1992.
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Dona Sue O’Neal, 71, of Havana, FL, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2014 at her residence. A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Faith Funeral Home Chapel in Havana, with pastor Bill Bess officiating. The family received friends after the service at White Dog Plantation.
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Beloved daughter, cherished sister, devoted wife, dedicated mother and grandmother and an especially loyal friend, Christopher “Chris” Munroe Carnes died at home on September 17, 2014 after a prolonged illness.
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Billy Ray Lewis, 72 of Havana, FL. passed away September 23, 2014 at his residence.
The Celebration of his life will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Bible Believers Fellowship with Pastor Dennis Young Officiating. ( the church will be available for floral gifts and deliveries on Friday from 4 until 6:00 p.m.)
Mr. Lewis was born April 28, 1942 in West Point, GA. The son of the late Mack Lewis and the late Pearl Joyner Lewis. He graduated from Alba High School (Bayou La Batre) in 1970, he then moved Mobile, AL for a few years, moved to Tallahassee in 1971, He was the owner operator of ABC Fencing from 1979 until his retiring in 2003.
Survivors include his wife Regenia Lewis of Havana; his son David Lewis (wife Denise) of Tallahassee; his daughter Susan Karol Lewis of San Antonio, TX. and son Telone Lewis of Tallahassee. Three grandchildren David, Jr.; Kim; and Pearl. Two step grandchildren J.C. and Taren; and one great grandchild Isabella. also included are his brother and sisters Ferrell Lewis of Mobile, AL; LaNell McConnell of Grand Bay, AL; Shirley Butler of Mobile, AL; Jannie Thompson Mobile, AL; and Pat Hickman of Stockbridge, GA.
He is preceded in death by his brother Lamar Lewis and sisters Doria Jean Morrison; and Addis Cobb.
Faith Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements (850-539-4300 or www.faithfuneralhome.com).
Former deputy indicted for civil rights violation
James Corder, 54, a former captain with the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, has been indicted on charges of violating the civil rights of an arrestee, obstruction of justice, and making false statements in a federal investigation.
Teens learn about domestic violence at rally
The Midway Police Department and the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council have teamed up to bring two Teen Domestic Violence Rallies to the teens in Gadsden County.
Redistricting, fire agreement biggest commission topics
Two items on the county commission’s agenda drew the most attention last week: redistricting and the interlocal fire agreements.
Sheriff’s office meet-and-greet in Scottown
The Scottown Neighborhood Watch committee hosted a Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office “meet-and-greet” event.
Thrower guilty on molestation charge
After a two-day-long jury trial, Jermaine Thrower was found guilty on August 17 of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation.
Golf tourney raises scholarship money
The Havana Kiwanis Club held its annual golf tournament fundraiser Friday at the Havana Golf and Country Club.
High school volleyball roundup
East Gadsden faced a very strong Florida High team that had previously defeated Lincoln and stood at 9-2 on the season.
Mr. Leonard Emanuel, 51, was born on Oct. 29, 1962 and passed away on Sept. 21, 2014, He is survived by spouse, Ardelia; children, Travis and Adrianna; parents, Lester and Daisy Bodison; siblings, Harold and Trini and a host of other relatives and sorrowing friends. Visitation will be held Wed., Sept., 24, 2014, from 5-7 PM at the Mortuary. Arrangements entrusted to C. L. PAGE MORTUARY, INC., 3031 Moncrief Rd., CARLA L. PAGE, FDIC. Please sign the Guestbook at WWW.CLAPGEMORTUARY.COM
Dona Sue O’Neal, 71 of Havana, FL. passed away Sunday, September 14, 2014 at her residence. The Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday September 20, 2014 at Faith Funeral Home Chapel in Havana, with pastor Bill Bess officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at White Dog Plantation.
Dona was born May 9, 1943 in Orlando, FL to the late Donald Pounds and the late Anne Davis Pounds. Dona attended Rollins College in Winter Park, FL and then Auburn University. She graduated from Auburn in 1968 with her Bachelor Degree. She was married to John Douglas O’Neal, and later moved to this area in 1982 from Miami, FL. Dona loved being involved in her community. She served as Meals on Wheels Coordinator for many years, and was a giving and caring person. She was a proud member of The Daughters of the American Revolution. She loved genealogy, studying her deep rich history.
She is survived by her husband John Douglas O’Neal of Havana, FL; her son Michael Murray (wife Stacy) and two grandchildren Graham and Madison Murray of Atlanta;
She is also survived by her sisters and brothers Betty Segal, Sanford, FL; Jackie Calloway, Avon Park, FL; Carol Hutchinson, Avon Park, FL; William "Pep" Hutchinson, Sebring, FL; Bo Haynor, Minneola, FL; Don Pounds, Winter Haven, FL; John Pounds, Advance, NC; and Bill Pounds, Yadkinsville, NC; her four step children Rebecca, Lori, Sherilyn and Alisa all of Tacoma, WA; and numerous step-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her sister Judy Pounds.
Faith Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements (850-539-4300 or www.faithfuneralhome.com)