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Former US Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant Johnny Wilford accepted and was approved by the board as Tallavana Christian School’s new Head Administrator. Wilford, with a BS in Professional Administration, had approached Tallavana Christian for a teaching position and was offered the administrative post. [Full Story »]
Havana native Ben Bates will be competing in this week’s U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National in Edmond, Oklahoma. He joins 155 other golfers in the 4-round event which starts Thursday, July 10. Thursday and Friday’s rounds will be broadcast on ESPN2 while Saturday and Sunday’s rounds will be carried by NBC.
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Otho Winton Edwards, III, lovingly known as Bobo, Bo, Dad, and Grandbo, was born September 28th, 1952, to Otho Winton (Gobbler) Edwards, Jr. and Betty Jayne Solomon Edwards. He graduated from Shanks High School in 1970 and attended the University of Florida, where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After a year at the university, he joined the Army during the Vietnam War and served his enlistment in Germany. When he received his honorable discharge, he came home to attend Tallahassee Community College (where he later served on the Board of Directors) and Florida State University where he received a degree in accounting. He promptly joined the Tallahassee Gator Club the next day (“civilization among savages”).
In 1974, he married his middle school sweetheart, Mary Howard Griffin of Quincy. One of their old friends remarked that “Mary Howard and Bobo” had been one word since they were 12 and 13 years old. They were blessed with two children, Brian Winton of Santa Rosa Beach, FL. and Rebecca Helen (Jason) Pustejovsky of Tallahassee.
After Bo received his CPA license, he joined the CPA firm of Bell and Dooner, later known as, Dooner, Edwards and Fletcher. During that time he also opened the West End Lounge in Quincy and the Depot Lounge in Chattahoochee. Next, he formed the Quincy based business, Health Meds, Inc, where he manufactured and distributed asthma medicine all over the country and in Puerto Rico. After seven successful years, he sold Health Meds and expanded his entrepreneurial skills in several other businesses including cattle, sod, hay, real estate and even a local car wash. Later, he opened a restaurant in Quincy known as the West End Grille. This was a place that allowed all walks of life to congregate.
One of his greatest joys was the long- awaited birth of his first grandson, Wyatt Griffin, and 3 years later, welcomed Lovie Jayne. Wyatt and Bo enjoyed many milk shakes, movies, swimming, gator rides, and Angry Birds.
Above all, Bobo loved his family, creating and encouraging large family meals, gatherings, and adventures. He also enjoyed his cows and the farm, the old Solomon Dairy. Bo had a life-long commitment to the kids who enjoyed and participated in Gadsden County sports as both a coach and sponsor. He was passionate about his Florida Gators. He didn't miss many games and followed them all over the country. His family has been so touched by the outpouring of stories of “how Bobo helped them” and how their lives have been better because of him.
Bo was preceded in death by his father, "Gobbler", his maternal grandparents, Sam and Nora Solomon, his paternal grandparents, Sheriff Otho and Lee Ola Edwards, and a niece, Melissa Ashley White.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Howard, his son, Brian, and daughter, Rebecca Pustejovsky, his grandchildren, Wyatt and Lovie Jayne, his mother, Betty Jayne Solomon Edwards, his two sisters, Suzanne (Rocky) Doddridge of Asheville, NC and Elizabeth (Betsy) Edwards of Quincy. Other survivors include his many beloved nephews and nieces.
The family is so grateful for all the kind and generous acts by our community. In lieu of flowers, Bo asked for memorials to go to Robert F. Munroe Day School. Contributions raised in his memory will help fund new playground equipment for the kindergarten.
We invite Bobo’s friends and family to celebrate his life Monday, June 30th at the First Presbyterian Church of Quincy at 1:00. A visitation with the family will follow in the Fellowship Hall. Serving as Honorary Pallbearers will be: Billy Suber, Mike Bass, Ricky Russell, Sam Crouch, Malone Barnes, Jeff Bedenbaugh, Willie Davis, Jr, Bert Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher, Jarrett Powell, Hal Richmond *, and Max Fletcher*.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, 627-7677, Quincy, FL is in charge of arrangements.
Rodger Howell is 80% disabled. His exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam has now taken its toll. He suffers from both heart and kidney problems and was told by doctors last July that he had five weeks to live. [Full Story »]
“It’s not always easy to be comfortable. It’s not necessary to be comfortable, so do what’s right!” said East Gadsden High School’s Salutatorian Wisheka Williams on Saturday as the school’s 2014 senior class heard inspiring words from several speakers.
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“We have all new private brands in the store and several deals for our customers always going on,” Havana Harvey’s store manager James Woodard said Friday morning after the store reopened under new ownership, “including fuelperks.” Woodard said customers can save money on gas by buying qualifying products in the store. A gas credit is put on their Harvey’s card and can be redeemed at the Havana Shell Station.
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I was surfing the web with nothing to do when I came across a surprising statistic. The 10 most American-made cars are split between traditional American brands and Japanese brands. Toyota, of all companies, had three automobiles that are 75% American-made at plants in the US. Honda had two models as did Dodge and Chevy, while Ford only had one, its venerable F150 pickup.
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