One of my favorite childhood memories is of being surrounded by the males in my family – my two grandfathers, two uncles, a great-uncle or two – and there I am, right in the middle of things … until one of them makes me move because I’m blocking the new television.
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Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are both working hard to convince their faithful that somehow their country got stolen away, that we’re weak and our best days are long gone in the rear-view mirror. Besides the self-evident fact that a majority of Americans were complicit in “ruining” the country, no evidence is presented to back up the claim that we are economically or militarily weak or fail to enjoy the respect of the rest of the reasonable world.
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The county school board honored Mt. Hosea Missionary Baptist Church and its members for wholeheartedly jumping into the Superintendent’s new church-school mentoring program. The district’s Audrey Lewis told board members that Rev. Eddie York and members of the church were receiving the Award for Adopted Schools for giving 60 mentoring hours a week to St. John Elementary. [Full Story »]
Margaret Riley Lines, of Quincy, died Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, as she underwent a double lung transplant.
She is survived by her husband, Blucher B. Lines, and her children, Katherine Russell Lines, of Seattle, Washington, John Dupont Lines, of Washington, D.C., and Margaret Munroe Lines, of Brooklyn, New York. Margaret is also survived by her sister Elna Riley Brendel, of Birmingham, Alabama, and her nephews, Richard David Brendel of Charleston, South Carolina, and Russell Riley Brendel of Seattle, Washington.
Margaret was born in Birmingham on April 4, 1951. She proudly treasured her lifelong Birmingham friends, including those nicknamed “the Meemies.” She was graduated from Mount Vernon College for Women, Washington, D.C. and attended the Universities of Georgia and Alabama. She earned a diploma from the University of the South for education for ministry.
Margaret and her daughter Katherine, “Kate,” studied voice at FSU with the late David Wingate, the music school’s nationally recognized professor of music.
She was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Quincy where she served as senior warden, altar guild president, and was the multi-tasking “church office lady.” She was a founding angel and performer for the Quincy Music Theatre, where she was able to express her lifelong love for musical theater. She was a member of the Junior League of Tallahassee.
“Margaret was the embodiment of Southern grace and warmth,” said her husband of 38 years, Blucher Lines. “She was devoted to our family and we are all the better for it. As is Maclay School which the children attended and benefitted from her volunteering in theater, chorus and the with swim team. She approached her volunteer work as a professional which explains her insistence on becoming an expert timer for the swim team. She always saw the best in others. Visitors to our home were always made to feel welcome, charmed by her beautiful smile.”
She loved music and the theater and she was recognized by the community for being a convincing actress. Her favorite roles were as the Cowardly Lion in the “Wizard of Oz” and Miss Hannigan in “Annie.” As the Lines children grew up, Margaret’s natural gift for music and performing stood her in good stead: she fostered in her three children a deep appreciation of music, something they all came to bond over.
She and daughter Margaret enjoyed watching what they called “trash TV” which explained their knowledge about the lives of the housewives of New Jersey, New York and L.A. For diversions, Margaret excelled in artful activities including flower arranging and wood carving. She served as her household’s chief mechanic and plumber.
A service of Holy Communion was celebrated for her at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 24, at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, 10 West King Street, Quincy. A reception at the Parish Hall followed. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saint Paul’s Church.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL., (850) 627-7677, assisted the family with arrangements.
After starting off their ACC part of the season 0-3 the Florida State men’s basketball team won both their conference clashes last week to lift their league record to 2-3 and their overall mark to 12-5.
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At long last, the Midway community can breathe a sigh of relief as Fire Station #2 finally received its certificate of occupancy and re-opened in a special ceremony on Monday, January 18th.
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