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Over 400 people attended the W.A. Woodham Memorial Scholarship Dinner at the Quincy National Guard Armory Friday, August 26. The event, sponsored by the “100 Friends of W.A. Woodham,” raised $50,000 to fund a perpetual scholarship at Chipola College in the name of Gadsden County’s popular former sheriff. Woodham, originally from Dothan, AL, was a graduate and past student body president of Chipola. [Full Story »]
Katie Lou Mills Chester, 86, passed away Monday, August 31, 2015.
She was born August 17, 1929 in Hosford, Florida to Henry Jack and Minnie Norris Mills. She loved the Lord and her family and raised her sons in a Christian home. Blessed with a beautiful voice, she sang gospel with her brother Earl at many churches in the local area. Shortly after WWII she met her husband of 59 years, Willis M. Chester, at a church sing in Hosford.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis M. Chester and oldest son, Wayne Chester.
Survivors include one son, Winston Chester and wife Gail of Southport, FL; daughter-in-law, Sue Chester; four grandchildren, Wendy Woodrick (Walter), Amy Jordan (Greg), Chip Chester (Jill), Matthew Chester (Lanet); nine great-grandchildren, Whitney, Ashley and Mason Woodrick, Hunter and Tucker Jordan, Maddie and Mackenzie Chester, Sara-Kate and Dylan Chester.
The service will be held at 2:00 PM EDT, Thursday, September 3, 2015, at Bethel Assembly of God Church in Greensboro, FL, with burial at Bethel Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until service time at the church. Pallbearers will be Chip Chester, Matthew Chester, Larry Furr, Greg Jordan, Hunter Jordan and Tucker Jordan. Honorary pallbearers will be R.C. Mills, Bobby Mills, Willis Hinton and Jaime Cook.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL, (850) 627-7677, is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Ruby Brooks of Quincy, Florida, passed away August 27, 2015. She was born December 5, 1927, in Carrabelle, Florida, where she grew up. She and her husband moved to Quincy in 1950. Known as “Miss Ruby”, she was loved by the community. Most people knew her through her work at Dooner, Fletcher, & Edwards.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Littleton Brooks, and a daughter, Mary Jacqueline. She is survived by a son, Stanley Woods (Becky) Brooks, a daughter, Angelia (Parker) Davis and grandchildren Stephen Gauss, Barry Davis, Melody Donaldson, Brooks Davis, Sarah Reagan, Rachel Brooks, and Zachary Brooks. Her great grandchildren include Emma Reagan, Coleman Reagan, Chance Donaldson, Alexandria Donaldson, Jacob Davis, and Margaret Blumenthal.
Mrs. Brooks is also survived by two brothers, Fred Phillips Jetton of Carrabelle and Jennings Woods Jetton of Quincy, as well as a sister, Rebecca Jetton of Tallahassee.
Mrs. Brooks was a member of the Washington Chapter #43, Order of the Eastern Star as well as First Baptist Church. Services will be held Monday, August 31, at 11:00 am at First Baptist. The family will receive visitors at 10:00 am prior to the services.
Donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or a charity of choice.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, 15 S. Jackson Street, Quincy, FL, (850) 627-7677, is in charge of arrangements.
HYPE, HEAT AND HONOR:
Wonderful coverage by the Tallahassee Democrat both leading up to and following the inaugural Superintendent’s Bowl pre-season football game between East Gadsden and West Gadsden. The pregame coverage on Thursday included the history of the Shanks football teams that played at Corry Field before the school’s closing as a high school in 2003. Some of those teams were the school’s best, including its last season in 2002, which lost in regional finals by one point despite DeCody Fagg’s four touchdowns. The mid to late ‘90s produced some excellent teams and turned out players like Willie Simmons, Abdual Howard, Dexter Jackson and Leroy Smith. [Full Story »]