The Gadsden County School District’s Teacher of the Year, Erica Farmer, Rookie Teacher of the Year, Abria Harris, and School-Related Employee of the Year, Vira Wynn, were named last week.
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Ethel Gertrude Lazar Lewis, 97, passed from this life on January 12, 2016. She was born in New York City to immigrant parents, the middle of five children. Ethel grew up in Miami, Florida, where she met her husband Ray. They spent many years traveling on their motorcycle before settling in Panama City, Florida. Their marriage was fun-filled with travel, fishing, card-playing, and family.
Ethel’s joy of living touched everyone who met her. Through the years, she opened her home to many relatives, friends and even people she didn’t know and gave them all a place to stay, comfort and love, and plenty of home-cooked meals. She had an exciting career as a court reporter at Tyndall AFB for 25 years. Upon retirement she worked part-time with the Bay County Courthouse and became an active member and officer in the Panama City Garden Club and TOPS club.
She was a member of the St. Andrew Baptist Church of Panama City, Florida, for over fifty years before moving to Havana, Florida, to live with her daughter, Diana. At that time, she moved her membership to Havana First Baptist Church. During her years with the church, she taught Sunday School, gave WMU study courses, sang in the choir and lived and shared her Christian life and beliefs with all she met.
She is survived by her daughter Diana Ledbetter, son-in-law Tony Ledbetter, three grandsons Stephen Ledbetter (Heidi), Stuart Ledbetter, Adam Ledbetter and a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives. She was predeceased by her husband of forty-three years, Ray Lewis.
A celebration of her life and visitation with the family will be held Friday, January 15, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Faith Funeral Home of Havana. A graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 16 at 12 pm CST at Greenwood Cemetery, Panama City.
Memorial donations may be made to your favorite charity or to the First Baptist Church of Havana.
Faith Funeral Home in Havana is in charge of arrangements (850-539-4300 or www.faithfuneralhome.com).
Joyce Beatrice Bradwell, 58, of Greensboro, died on Thursday,January 7, 2016, in Greensboro. A native of Gadsden County, she was a member ofPine Bloom MB Church. The service willbe at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Deliverance Temple First BornChurch, 5715 Hardaway Highway, Chattahoochee, Florida, with entombment at Greensboro CommunityCemetery in Greensboro, Florida. BRADWELMORTUARY is in charge of arrangements. Viewing and visitation will be Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 1:00 p.m.to 3:00 p.m. at Bradwell Mortuary and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Pine BloomMB Church, 229 Kemp Street, Greensboro, Florida, with a wake service from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.at the church.
Happy New Year from the Havana Herald regular staff – Darlynn Ard, Byron Spires, Jim Bonn, and me – and our correspondents – Sandi Beare, Joe Ferolito and Susie Morris – and our community columnists – Jan Rogers, Judy Conlin and Michelle Mims.
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Vincent Long, Leon County administrator and president of the Florida Association of County Managers, spoke to the Gadsden County commission last week about its plans and preparations for the possibility of two county administrator positions coming open.
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Mrs. Annie Pearl (Lottie) Woody, 93, of Havana, Florida answered the Masters call on Friday, December 18, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at New Jerusalem MB Church in Havana, Elder Julius Harris officiating with interment following at Piney Grove PB Cemetery.
She is survived by four sons, Mr. Willie O. Lane (Lucille) of Hephzibah, Georgia, Mr. Jessie J. Lane (Sebrena) of Augusta, Georgia, Mr. Clarence Clifford Lane and Charlie Lee Hall (Nina) all of Havana, Florida and a brother, Mr. Willie Smith, Albany, Georgia, one sister, Mrs. Lula Mae Hall, and a god-daughter, Ms. Ruby Dell Thomas, all of Havana, Florida.
Visitation will be Friday, December 25, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Evans Funeral Home located in Quincy, Florida, 110 South 9th Street, (850) 627-9541, and Saturday afternoon until the hour of service at the sanctuary.