This past Thursday my wife Bev and I had a very unique experience.
Bainbridge College held the 3rd Annual Carter Arts and Lecture series at the Charles Kirbo Center and we attended. It was the first of this year’s series and Dr. Eugen Schoenfield spoke about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor.
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Mrs. Ola Mae Hodges, 88, of St. Albans, NY, passed on Saturday, October 10, 2015.
Visitation will be at Chandler’s Funeral Chapel, 7775 Tallahassee Hwy, (229-465-3828) Attapulgus, GA, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 15, 2015. Funeral Services are Friday, October 16, 2015, 12:00 Noon at Chandler’s Funeral Chapel. Rev. Victor Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Greenshade Cemetery, Quincy, FL.
Mrs. Hodges is survived by; one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Mae James of Miami, FL; 2 sons, Lawrence Edmond and Eugene (Sharon) Edmond of St. Albans, NY; 21 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Gadsden County School Superintendent Reginald James announced at his retirement party last Thursday night that he will postpone his retirement date, which had been set for October 1, 2015, until the end of his term in 2016.
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It’s back to court for Creek Entertainment-Gretna after Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeal (DCA) last week reversed an earlier decision where it said slot machines could be allowed at the Gretna facility.
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Mrs. Frances Louise (Rudd) Troupe, age 93, of Quincy, FL went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, October 4, 2015 at her home. Frances was born on February 12, 1922 in Gadsden County and had lived there all of her life. She was a retired homemaker and also retired from the Gadsden County School System where she worked in the cafeteria for 17 years. She was a member of the Grace Baptist Church in Quincy, FL.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar J. Rudd and Nellie (Tharpe) Rudd, husband of 54 years, Raymond Troupe, two (2) sons, Jimmy and Billy Troupe.
Survivors included, one (1) daughter, Betty (Troupe) Lewis of Quincy, FL, two (2) grandchildren, Terri Whiddon and Kenneth Lewis and his wife, April, five (5) great-grandchildren, Desiree Whiddon, Lindsey Whiddon, Jared Whiddon, Cote Lewis and Matthew Crawford.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 11:00 am (EDT) at Grace Baptist Church in Quincy with Reverend Todd Hill officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery in Quincy. The family received friends Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 10:00 am (EDT) until service time at 11:00 am (EDT) at Grace Baptist Church. The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 5411 Greensboro Highway, Quincy, FL 32351.
All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home, 20367 NW Evans Ave., Blountstown, FL (850-674-2266).
Diane Elizabeth Massey Smith passed away at home in Lake Tallavana on October 1, 2015. She was born on March 9, 1960, in Quincy, FL, to R.L. and Betty Butler Massey. As a barber and hair stylist she had a life-long love of helping people to look their best.
Diane had the gift of encouragement. She had a smile and encouraging word for all, friend and stranger alike. She always took time to talk with and listen to everyone she encountered. She left the world a little brighter where ever she went.
She is survived by her husband, Carson Smith; mother, Betty Butler Massey; brother, Terrance L. Massey; nephew, TJ Massey (Sara) of Louisville, Ky; niece, Emily Massey (Morgan) of Washington, DC; great-niece Edie Massey of Louisville; in-laws, Nevins and Linda Smith; many aunts, uncles, cousins and devoted friends. She was predeceased by her father, R.L. Massey.
Friends and well-wishers are invited to visitation at the home of Terrance Massey, 203 Alba Ave, Quincy, on Sunday, October 4, 2015, from 4 to 6 PM. Celebration of Diane’s life was held at 10:00 AM, Monday, October 5, 2015, First United Methodist Church, 18 W Marion St., Chattahoochee, FL. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Quincy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Tallahassee Memorial Cancer Center Foundation, 1775 One Healing Place, Tallahassee, FL, 32308, or the charity of your choice.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL, (850) 627-7677, is in charge of arrangements.
Thomas Dewayne Ponder, 26, received 43 years in state prison plus five years probation Friday afternoon during his sentencing hearing in circuit court.
Ponder had helped Gregory Sapp, Jr. escape from the Gadsden County jail in May.
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The Gadsden County Sheriff Office held a press conference following their large drug bust last week where they discussed issues with the new drug Flakka/Flocka.
Flakka is now the drug that is replacing Molly as the desired hallucinogen by drug users.
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Carrie Bell Lewis-Beckwith, 100, was the youngest to be born to William and Laura Granger Lewis, on December 31, 1914. The service was 10:00 a.m., EST, Saturday, September 19, 2015 at Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Chattahoochee, FL, with burial at UBA Cemetery in Chattahoochee, FL. The family received friends from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Greater Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Chattahoochee, FL.
Carrie Bell Lewis-Beckwith was an employee of the Florida State Hospital for 34 years. She leaves to cherish the celebration of her life and wonderful memories that span over 100 years, one loving and devoted son Lent Blakely, Memphis, TN; one daughter, Geraldine Grisby, Rochester, NY; a host of grand, great grand and great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many sorrowing friends.
Crawford and Moultry Funeral Home of Chattahoochee, FL was in charge of arrangements.