Except for power outages, fallen trees, limbs and debris, and some heavy rain, Gadsden County weathered Hurricane Hermine pretty well.
Talquin Electric Cooperative reported about half their customers out of power Friday morning. Many Havana utility customers were also without power Friday morning but most were restored by mid-morning.
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Esther H. McCall, 91, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on September 22, 2016. She was born in Decatur, Ga. on April 4, 1925. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Francis L. McCall, Sr., father, B.F. Hudgins, her mother, Gladys Pace, step-father, Claude Pace, and sister, Kathryn Cameron.
Our mother met her husband while working at the Trust Company of Georgia in Atlanta. She was active in her church, her church circle, Girl Scouts, Women's Club. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and especially bridge with her friends. After her husband passed away, she worked at Padgett's Jewelers for close to 20 years.
She was a wonderful mother to 4 children, Francis L. McCall, Jr. (Carolyn), Martha McCall Henderson (Everett), David L. McCall (Cathy),and Nancy McCall Peacock (Grant). She also has 9 living grandchildren, 2 deceased grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, as well as numerous special nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to her care givers, Mary Dawkins, Easter Roberts, Joyce McNealy, Patricia Thompson, Wendy Walker, Yolanda Allen, and the staff of Big Bend Hospice.
Services Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 11:00, at First Presbyterian Church, Quincy, with visitation at 10:00 am in the church parlor. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Quincy. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Quincy, or Big Bend Hospice.
Charles McClellan Funeral Home, Quincy, FL., 850-627-7677.
Carrol Ray Burke of Donalsonville, 78, passed away on September 21, 2016.
Ray was born in Bainbridge, Georgia on November 6, 1937. The son of Frank and Thelma Burke, Ray was the youngest of 9 children, Euly, Larry, Myra, Mamie, Julius, Lorene, Annette, and Emory, all of whom preceded him in death. He was a long time resident of both Quincy and Tallahassee Florida and was a law enforcement officer for 28 years. He was also a business owner with his wife of 57 years, Hazel Burke.
Ray was an active member in both the Masonic Lodge and the Marzuq Shriners where he served as potentate in 2001. He served in the United States Army and did a tour of duty in Korea in 1955-1956. He was an avid fisherman, and during his retirement he and Hazel divided their time between south Georgia, and Maggie Valley and Waynesville, North Carolina.
Ray Is survived by his wife Hazel Burke; son, Ramon D. Burke; daughter in law, Tonya Burke; granddaughters, Brittany and Brooke McElroy; great grandson, Finn Oliver Prince; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A memorial service will be held at 2PM Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Reynolds Chapel UMC, 2676 Burke Road, Donalsonville, GA 39845. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Reynolds Chapel UMC or Marzuq Shrine Center and Shriners Hospitals. Lifesong (www.lifesongfunerals.com or 850.627.1111) is assisting the family with arrangements.
You know how kids can ask a million questions? Well, here are some obvious (silly) questions that most of us take for granted – or hardly think about. They remind me of a kid going on and on and on except these are grown-up questions. I got them from a friend who asks a lot of questions.
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A solemn ceremony was held at the Eugene Lamb, Jr. Park in Midway in honor of those slain on September 11, 2001. Woodmen of the World field representtive Jim Hollingsworth presented County Commissioner Eugene Lamb, Jr. with a flag which was raised on the newly-installed flag pole at the park. Hollingsworth said that patriotrism had been the thread that held Americans together during the tragic events on 9/11.
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ONE FOR THREE:
Our county football teams were only able to pick up one win this week and that was a 32-20 win by Munroe (2-1) over visiting Lighthouse Christian Academy. East Gadsden (1-1) and West Gadsden (2-1) faced tough foes and were on the losing end when the horn sounded. East Gadsden was defeated by Baker County 53-6 and West Gadsden lost to Pensacola Tate 41-6.
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