From the Publisher
March 20, 2020
I don’t know how many times I’ve started this column
in my mind. Mostly, I wonder if you remember when
you first heard of the coronavirus. The very first time.
I don’t remember when I heard it either.
This column is usually one of the last things I write in
the magazine. Usually, most, if not all, the articles have
been read and edited. Pictures have been adjusted and
are ready to be put on pages. Usually when I write this,
Myrna has some, if not all, the rest of the pages. But this
month, I don’t think I can work on the rest of this issue
without starting this column and writing what’s on my
mind. And on your mind. And on the collective minds of
On Thursday, March 12, I had just printed out the
bracket for the second round of the SEC basketball
tournament. Myrna and I have been to several Final
Fours and were looking forward to the upcoming SEC
tournament and the NCAA Final Four. Then the
announcement came ... no SEC tournament. It was
cancelled due to the coronavirus. Unthinkable ... or
so I thought. Then it was no NCAA tournament at
all. And no sports. Period.
In my ignorance, I was in disbelief. Little did I know
that just days later, schools would be closed, that
our restaurants would be offering take-out and curb
service only. I could not have imagined that bank
lobbies would be closed. Or that hospitals, nursing
homes and assisted living facilities would be limiting
or prohibiting visitors.
In some cases, high school proms and graduations
and college graduations have been cancelled. More
are expected as time goes on.
Perhaps the hardest to believe has been the
cancellation of church in-person services. While some
congregations are small enough to practice social
distancing (a phrase not in common use before), some
are of the age that not gathering is the best option.
Some churches are taking to social media to stream
sermons. And Sunday, March 22, Atmore First
Assembly held “drive-in” church. Bro. Don Davis
preached from under the church’s main canopy to
members and visitors in their vehicles in the parking lot.
The target date has been April 6 for flattening the
curve (the rate and number of cases) and relaxing
some of the restrictions. I pray that’s the date, but the
increasing numbers of cases would indicate that will
not be the case. Some experts are saying we are
looking at months - not weeks.
When we first heard the word coronavirus, none of us
could have foreseen we’d be dealing with people who
unnecessarily hoarded groceries, paper products, and
In some ways the pandemic has brought out the best
in people. In some ways - such as hoarding - it has
brought out the worst. There was never a shortage of
anything until people created one.
So, as I finish this column, it’s Tuesday, March 24. So
much has happened in the last four days. While we’re
not being ordered to shelter in place in Alabama, some
cities and states are.
There’s little traffic through town, unlike recent times
when traffic was backed up for blocks, especially when
a train came through.
There has been some humor through all this - some of
the Facebook posts crack me up.
“How long is this social distancing thing going to last?
My wife keeps trying to get in the house.”
“They said a mask and gloves were enough to go to
the grocery store. They lied. Everybody else has clothes
And the posts from the parents who are suddenly
faced with homeschooling and entertaining kids for an
additional eight or so hours a day. Some of their posts
are the funniest.
And then there are posts like this: “All jokes aside,
let’s all pray for those kids who are stuck home with no
food, and who have abusive parents, friends and family.
And their only safe place was home.”
Being out of school is not the dream of every student.
For some, school is their escape, their haven, their
place where they’re cared for and fed.
That’s another aspect of this pandemic - feeding sites
set up for kids so their parents or teens of age can
drive through and pick up food. Some kids have
breakfast and lunch at school, and that’s all they have
for a day. Don’t believe me? Talk to teachers and
Also on Facebook, we can find numerous Scripture
references and prayers as people turn to the Lord for
strength, comfort, and guidance, and deliverance for
our country and our world. We pray for those already
sick, and we pray that others won’t get sick. We pray
for the virus to just go away. Continued on page 28
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The Staff Report
What is great about living in Atmore? What is great
about being a part of Atmore? Just look at our downtown.
It keeps evolving and changing, and the changes
are positive! Look at the construction on South Main
Street. Citizens and organizations are involved and
taking ownership of making Atmore better. We have two
locally-owned banks and employees are residents of our
community. Retail shops are thriving and locally owned.
Our City Council recently voted on a land swap with
Escambia County Health Care Authority to build a new
hospital. The process was long and tedious, but it looks
like it will now become a reality.
I would like to welcome Tractor Supply to Atmore.
Tractor Supply is located in the old Ramey's building
on Lindberg Avenue. Tractor Supply’s plans indicates
a 26,763-square-foot building, an 18,590-square-foot
outdoor display area on Lindberg Avenue and a petwashing
They are busy working with our Building and Zoning
Department to ensure that they meet all building and
I have regular meetings with Jess Nicholas formerly
of Coastal Gateway Economic Development Alliance,
who is now the Executive Director of the Escambia
County Industrial Authority. I meet with Jess and Tucson
Roberts, Atmore's economic development consultant, to
get updates on retail and industrial activity and new
Recently, we have received reports regarding
fraudulent phone calls. Everyone should be mindful and
cautious about this type of fraud, but senior citizens are
especially vulnerable to these bad actors. I have shared
this information with our SAIL Center manager, but this
is worth repeating. The Social Security Administration
recently sent out an email warning Social Security
recipients about telephone scammers pretending to be
Scammers will try to scare and trick you into giving
them your personal information and money. They may
threaten you or your family and may demand immediate
payment to avoid arrest or other legal action. Next page
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Do not be fooled! If you receive a suspicious call:
* Hang up!
*DO NOT give them money or personal information.
* Report the scam to the Social Security
Social Security may call you in some situations but
* Threaten you
* Suspend your Social Security Number
* Demand immediate payment from you
* Require payment by cash, gift card, pre-paid debit
card or wire transfer
* Ask for gift card numbers over the phone or ask you
to wire or mail cash.
I know I have mentioned the 2020 Census in several
of my columns. We are continuing to spread the word
because the stakes are so high. Accurate census
reporting will have direct impact on our city and our
community. Census results determine how many U.S.
House of Representatives represent our state, and the
distribution of more than $700 billion in federal funds.
Make sure you are counted!
As you know, the Census takes place only every ten
years, and the process is a lot easier and faster than it
was in the past. You only have to answer 10 simple
questions and it takes only 6 minutes to complete.
March 2020. You can complete your Census report
online. Go to: 2020census.gov.
April 2020 . April 1, 2020 Observance of Census Day.
June – July 2020 . Census takers begin door-to-door
contact for those who have not responded.
NOTE: Census takers are employees of the Census
Bureau. They will provide proof that they are official
December 31 . The Bureau reports to the President
the population count and the apportionment of seats in
the U.S. House of Representatives for each state.
Please make sure you and your family are counted!
Be a Fountain, Not a Drain.
As we face these uncertain times,
He can, and will restore our soul,
For He has promised to never leave us
and will continue to make us whole.
So we will look to Him for comfort
knowing He will hear our cry.
He knows the way to reach us.
His Grace we can never deny.
Oh, what wondrous love He has
for those He calls to come,
And when we hasten to Him
He helps us to overcome...
Nothing is beyond His help,
we can ask Him anything
So today go forth with a joyful heart
and to His promises cling!
© 2020 Karen Langford Brown
"The LORD is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.
My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks
to him in song." Psalms 28:7
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow;
it empties today of its strength.
Corrie ten Boom
Spring is here! Trees and shrubs are blooming and
starting to leaf out. The pollen from oak and pine trees
is flying. We are sneezing and coughing, must be spring
time! We all hate the pollen but it is very necessary for
our world to survive. Without pollen, our plants will not
produce seeds. Without seeds, we cannot have new
plants. This is part of our circle of life. Enjoy and give
thanks for our world.
The daffodils, paperwhites and other bulb plants
have bloomed and set their leaves. Do not remove
their leaves (no matter how bad they look.) Wait until
they turn brown and start wilting, then remove them.
While they are green, they are feeding the bulb, giving
it strength to bloom again next spring. Remove their
leaves and you will have small blooms or no blooms
Leaves and buds are very important to the plant. That
is why correct pruning is very necessary. Correct planting
and correct pruning will give you great plants.
Now that spring is here, a lot of people want to start
pruning while cleaning out their beds. Not really a good
time. Some plants need pruning before the growth
season but this should have been done during their
dormant state (late winter).
We will look at two plants this month - the French
Hydrangea and the Nandina. Both these plants had fallen
out of favor during the last few years but now they are
being used in gardens again.
You definitely do not want to cut a French Hydrangea
to the ground if you expect blooms this year. The French
Hydrangea does not require pruning. They should be
allowed to be large plants. A light pruning will keep them
in shape. This plant blooms on old wood, stems that
grew the last or past growing seasons. So do not prune
them until after their main blooming season, during the
late summer, before new buds for the next year are
forming. These plants are best pruned by randomly
removing up to 1/3 of the plant's oldest stems. Cut
them off at the ground level, shaping the plant by cutting
some of the remaining stems at varying heights, and cut
just above a bud. I would never remove more than 1/3 of
the stems each year. Let the new sprouts from the
ground fill in and shape the plant. If you cut all the stems
off at ground level, it will resprout this year but will have
no blooms. You can either leave the old blooms on the
plant or deadhead the blooms. This may extend the
bloom season. You can remove dead or damaged
Nandinas are making a come back, but these are not
the one your mother or grandmother had. They are
smaller and most do not have berries, the cluster of
bright red berries, which was the prettiest part of the
old-fashioned Nandinas. People say that these berries
are poisonous to birds and cats. There are several
thoughts about this.
I really don’t know if they are poisonous but I
personally would not hesitate to use them in my landscape.
Maybe next month we can look more in depth
on this plant. All we will talk about this month is how to
make them look great again.
Most of them tend to grow tall and leggy with just
leaves and flowers at the top of the plant 4 or 5 ft. off
the ground. If you have an overgrown plant, cut 1/3 of
the stems down to 1/2 of the plant's height and leave
1/3 uncut. Let the ground level cut sprout and grow new
stems. Put a little fertilizer on the plant and by the fall
you should have leaves and blooms from ground level
up. These are beautiful plants. They just need care.
Plant a tree!
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When you don't know what you should do,
When the seas are rough and the winds are high,
When no stars light the dark night sky,
When you only crawl, though you're meant to fly,
When all your forecasts call for rain,
When all you seem to feel is pain,
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Then, when tides turn, and life is sweet,
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Then, don't be tempted by conceit,
©2020 Celine Meador
In the “Atmore Chamber World” there are only about
45 days a year where things are “calm” and there is
time to do personal projects without distractions.
So, with that in mind, shortly after the Chamber Gala,
I began refinishing a swing that hangs on our back porch.
The day I took the swing down, I told my husband the
project would not take more than a weekend or two and
we would be having our weekend morning coffees on it
in no time. I even went on to say that I would have time
to complete a few other things around the house before
the “Mayfest Time” kicked into high gear. That did not
end up being the case.
The “simple” project that I thought would only take a
weekend or two ended up taking me nearly a month
and a half. During this time, I experienced setbacks due
to not having enough supplies, not anticipating the right
tools, and structural challenges I had not taken into
At the same time,
I came to realize
other things that
made me smile
and taught me a
lot. I was surprised
by the beauty of
natural wood once
I was finally able to
see what laid under
years of paint.
I got frustrated by
things not going the
way I planned and
taking so long. I felt
when I couldn't
get it to a place
perfect. I got discouraged when certain aspects were
much harder than I felt they should've been and many
times I questioned if my decision and vision for the
project was really worth it.
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Yes, the project gave me a lot of time to think. I thought
about how the swing is like a marriage or a family. It had
imperfections but no one would really notice them unless
they spent as much time closely looking at every detail
of it like I had. I realized that even with what I considered
imperfections, the swing was still a source of joy, still
beautiful, and still a great attribute to our home. I also
came to the conclusion that though it had some structural
issues, it was still strong. The swing, with just a bit of
forgiveness for its imperfections, love, attention, and
work would last the test of time. All it would take was the
dedication to see the project through and the benefits
would be countless and last for years.
During my many hours in the shop with our swing,
another lasting impression was left on me. In the same
ways the swing was like a marriage or a family it was
also like our community.
Often times we are our community's own worst critic.
At the same time most of us are its biggest supporters.
The work to be done in Atmore can seem daunting,
never ending, and impossible but, friends, I am here to
tell you IT’S HAPPENING! Atmore is so blessed to have
so many who are willing to do the work, spend the time,
and lovingly bring back to life this place that has so
much joy left to share! The evidence of this can be seen
all over town in all directions! What a great time to be in
Atmore and how amazing it will be when we are all able
to share the pictures and stories of how Atmore was
restored and brought back to life! There are lots of ways
we can all play a role in our community's “refinishing”!
One way is by simply participating in the 2020 Census
to make sure #AtmoreCounts!
Governor Ivey said in her State of the State address
this year that 2020 will be a “make or break year for our
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The 1918-1919 Flu Kills Millions
For those who think history boring, or not worth
teaching or studying, perhaps they should take a look
at history's lessons when it comes to the growing
pandemic known as the coronavirus, also known as
COVID-19. As horrible as the potential outcomes may
be, the lessons of another pandemic 100 years ago
may offer lessons which could prevent, or at least slow
By November 1918, World War I was at an end. As
many a war-weary family prepared to welcome their
soldier home, a new invasion was waiting to unleash its
torrents upon the nation. In the early days of the invasion
of the 1918 flu epidemic many a person probably knelt in
prayer wondering if the disease sweeping the world was
one of the plagues mentioned in the book of Revelation.
The pandemic that killed 675,000 Americans and
around 5 percent of the world's population during the
period of 1918-1919 was called the Spanish Flu. Yet the
name was misleading. At the time people believed it was
worse in Spain or that it had originated in Spain when in
reality, Spain's news media had no restrictions and was
reporting openly on the flu. However, in 1918, the media
in the US and Western Europe was heavily censored
because of the war effort. Therefore the Federal
government didn't want Americans to know how bad the
epidemic had become, nor did they want people hoarding
Furthermore, President Woodrow Wilson would not
publicly mention the epidemic out of fear of creating a
national panic. Yet perhaps if a national shutdown of a
few weeks occurred, perhaps early transmission rates
could have been slowed. This would likely have been
similar to what the US government did in the 1930s to
save the banks (banks were in a state of panic during
the Depression and the Federal government ordered a
Bank Holiday of several days to allow the panic to pass).
Newspaper reporting locally was also affected by
Federal censorship and this slowed knowledge being
available to the general public. The Monroe Journal, in
November 1918, reported that the Spanish Flu originated
in Spain and that it was no different than what was seen
in the US during the winter of 1889-1890; this was totally
wrong but The Monroe Journal was likely reporting what
had gone out on the national news wire.
The outbreak that winter of 1889-1890 was called the
Russian Flu, yet the two types of flu were very different.
The most lasting impact of the Russian Flu epidemic was
the term “Lagrip” as a nickname for the flu. Next page
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Around the same time the trenches of WWI were
beginning to see the first cases of the flu, it also struck
mining communities in Alaska. The small community of
Brevig Mission witnessed the virus decimate 90 percent
of the population. There were scores of corpses everywhere
in the town and survivors refused to touch the
bodies or remove them. The Alaskan government
eventually hired gold miners from Nome to come in and
bury the bodies in the permafrost.
Meanwhile in Europe, the flu spread across the battle
lines and infected Allied soldiers. The sickest men on the
front lines were put on trains and sent to hospitals in the
rear and thereby spread the disease all along the way.
Men who were not as sick with the flu stayed in the
trenches at the front lines, therefore the weaker strain
of the disease did not spread to the general population
and more people caught the more dangerous strain.
What made matters worse is that a soldier may have
been healthy in the morning, come down with fever and
chills by lunch and be dead by nightfall. Such was the
dramatic nature of this strain of flu.
Locally, residents of Alabama and Florida felt the
outbreak as well.
The first reported cases in Alabama arose in Madison
and Conecuh counties on September 28, 1918. Dr. J.W.
Haygood, health officer for Conecuh County, reported six
cases which had mostly been attributed to family
members working in Pensacola and carrying the flu back
Similar cases were reported in Brewton and Atmore.
Families suffering from the disease were encouraged to
wrap a black ribbon around their porch posts to warn the
passerby of the danger.
During this period there was a large amount of military
construction going on in the Pensacola area and around
Fort Pickens. Local workers, such as carpenters and
brick masons, would often go to Pensacola and work
away from home to provide for their families.
By October 7th, the governor's office had ordered all
public places closed until further notice. The flu condition
was taking a toll on the economy and local services by
this time. Stores were closed either by choice or because
employees were too sick to work. Telephone companies
had to limit their switchboard operators to only emergency
calls, because so many operators were sick, there was no
one to man the switch boards.
Meanwhile, circuit judges around the state were forced
to suspend their court calendars to control transmission
of the disease. Local newspaper accounts detail that the
Steadam School was closed due to the flu but it was not
the only one to be closed.
By October 15, 1918, Alabama authorities noted that
25,811 cases of Spanish Flu had been reported. State
officials were overwhelmed in treating the pandemic and
it is likely that these numbers were under-reported. In
some parts of the state, coffins were in short supply and
the dead had to be stored in freezers until coffins could
be shipped in.
Fast forward to 2020, some have incorrectly asserted
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the coronavirus to be no worse than a cold or a flu. Not
only is this inaccurate information, but there is no current
treatment for the coronavirus while there is treatment for
the flu virus. Furthermore, the death rate among seniors
and those with pre-existing conditions is higher than with
Others have asserted the virus is a hoax; yet the dead
in Italy, Iran, China and elsewhere beg to differ.
Similar to the coronavirus, there was confusion over
the Spanish Flu in 1918-1919 and what efforts could be
taken to avoid catching the deadly contagion. The
Tuscaloosa News reported on November 8, 1918 that
the Public Health Service recommended that people
avoid those who were spreading the disease by
coughing, sneezing and spitting. They also suggested
coating the nasal passages with a weak solution of
Menthol in liquid petroleum as a protective.
The flu pandemic of 1918-1919 lasted until sufficient
immunity developed in the general population and the
disease seemed to disappear as mysteriously as it
History will judge our leaders and ourselves for our
actions during the uncertain days that lay ahead. We do
have the ability to know how previous pandemics were
handled by our ancestors and what seemed to work and
what did not. Whether the actions of those in power today
are appropriate or not enough is often left to be decided
by generations yet to come.
It can be hard to predict the outcome and severity of
today's coronavirus, even with the hindsight of history as
our guide. Yet as Jesus said in Matthew 24:32-33, “Now
learn the parable of the fig tree: When his branch is yet
tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is
nigh: So likewise ye, when you shall see all these things,
know that it is near, even at the doors.” Jesus was
speaking of the end times. Our modern times require
us to remain vigilant to ourselves and our families.
A wartime ad equating the flu as a dangerous weapon
of war from the Monroe Journal
Quarantine at the Beach
Without people, the beach looks like
a useless strip of sand.
But it's beautiful.
This shot from our balcony of an empty
beach is something we rarely see. When
Kay Ivey closed the Alabama beaches, it
sort of put us into a reverse quarantine.
We stayed, and everyone else left.
This quarantine stuff is nothing new. It
was quite common, back in the day. When
the word got out that they had the mumps, measles,
croup, whooping cough, smallpox, or some other illness,
over at so-and-so's house, no one would go near the
And if one kid brought something home from school,
it was pretty certain that the whole family would catch it.
But no one really worried because it gave them an
immunity. You couldn't catch most things a second time,
we were told.Still, they lined us up at school and gave
us all a bevy of shots. Everyone vowed they wouldn't
cry — but many did.
That smallpox shot was the killer, and it left a scab
and a scar on your left arm. I don't think I ever had one,
but if I did, the scar must have gone away with time.
I wasn't above slipping through the crack on shot day.
The military also lined everyone up for shots,
periodically. Everyone, that is — except me. I had the
job of updating the shot records for the whole squadron.
So I sat there quietly at my little table signing the
Lieutenant's initials to each man's Official Shot Record
as they popped him with the needle. I had no problem
signing my own shot record — without the pop. Who
was going to infect me? If everyone else had the shot,
I figured I was safe.
What a bit of irony today. As kids, we had to eat
everything on our plates because the poor little kids
overseas were starving. Now, we can't even go out for
a hamburger because of the virus that supposedly
came from overseas.
We wonder how many of the people we save will be
left to starve when our economy crashes. I believe that,
with God's help, we'll come out of this trial stronger than
But, as old Waylon would say — Don't y'all think this
virus bit's done got out of hand?
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The Pleasure of Tea Parties
Recently I had the chance to attend a Sunday afternoon
tea party at the Richards DAR House in Mobile.
It was not only a literal trip back in time, but gave my
mind time to travel backwards to childhood and
memories of earlier tea parties.
But before I go backwards, let me describe this lovely
Mobile event. The Richards House in Mobile is an
antebellum house which was donated to the city and
is under the custody of the Mobile chapters of the
Daughters of the American Revolution. It is fully
furnished and is available for events and tours.
This lovely home was beautifully decorated for tea,
with tables for four laid with tea linens and pastel
patterns of china. Each table had a tiered tray which
featured small sandwiches, with the crusts removed,
naturally, petit fours, fresh strawberries, cheese straws,
scones and clotted cream, miniature cookies, mints, and
other confections. It was not only delicious, but a feast
for the eyes.
usually a Coca Cola and an Oreo. I vividly remember my
mother having our next door neighbor over for some of
these tea parties. We would spread an old bedspread on
the ground next to the azalea bushes and bring out three
bottles of Coca Cola and a bag of Oreos. The two ladies
would talk and visit and, after I finished my refreshments,
I would go and swing on my swing. After they had taken
the bottles inside, I would take the bedspread by the
edges, run with it in the air, and then fall to the ground,
with it falling on top of me. I usually ended up on my
back on top of the spread, looking up at the sky and
often watching the Blue Angels as they practiced
Like most little girls, I had a tea set and would often
have tea parties with my dolls. We usually sipped makebelieve
tea, but would sometimes have water in the cups.
I have two tea sets now which belonged to my mother
and aunt when they were little, both of which were made
in Japan before the war. Additionally, I have the Peter
Rabbit tea set I bought for my daughter and with which
we had many tea parties, always with Coke instead of
tea, and usually miniature animal crackers instead of
the larger Oreos. I also have a Chinese tea set which
we did use for hot tea. All of these, of course, are of a
Every day at 3:00 in the afternoon, my grandmother
would have a tea party with me and we always had
Coca Cola and whatever sweet was available, either
pound cake slices or cookies, with homemade cheese
straws being a special treat. Little did I realize the social
graces I was being taught as a child would keep me in
good stead as an adult.
Of course, the star of the day was the individual tea
pot which was placed on each table after the tea was
poured by one of the hostesses. An exquisite afternoon
event with Southern hospitality and graciousness at its
Compare that experience with my earliest memory of
a “tea party” and you will see that they are quite different.
As a child, having a tea party meant two or three people
getting together for something to drink and nibble on,
One of the tea sets passed down in Nancy’s family
In 1971, thanks to Uncle Sam, my husband and I
were off to Belgium to a NATO facility. We lived in an
international housing unit and all of my neighbors were
British. Friendships were formed then which are still
ongoing today. It was their thoughtfulness that taught
me the fine art of a British tea and how to properly
make a “cuppa” of tea. No little swish of a teabag
through warm water would do for them. These kind
ladies provided me with a proper tea pot, tea cozy, tea
strainer, and some loose tea. With the needed items in
hand, I was ready to invite them to my house for afternoon
tea. I'm sure they laughed at my first efforts, but
they were patient with me. Over the years, I shared
many cups of tea with them and grew to love their
strong brewed beverage.
If you think all tea parties are formal affairs involving
china, cloth napkins, and fancy cakes, think again. The
most famous tea party ever took place in the Boston
harbor on December 16, 1773. No invitations were sent
and it was not a celebration, but a demonstration, and
the beginning of the American Revolution. I'm sure most
of you remember stories you heard in school of patriots
in Indian costumes climbing aboard British ships,
hacking open crates of tea, and dumping them into the
harbor. The colonists were resisting the taxes on tea
over which they had no control.
The tea party as we know it today, refers to the British
custom started by the seventh duchess of Bedford in the
early 1800s. This was a time when the British ate only
two meals a day, a hearty breakfast and huge dinner.
By mid afternoon, the duchess began to have an empty
feeling in her stomach, so started preparing small snacks
accompanied by tea. Soon she was inviting friends over
and the practice was soon picked up and copied by
other upper-class women. Once Queen Victoria
accepted the practice and gave it her royal stamp of
approval, afternoon tea soon spread all over the country.
This afternoon tea should not be confused with “high
tea” as they are quite different. The latter is an evening
event and would include meat, bread and butter, cheese,
pickles, and tea.
I remember on one trip to England, my husband,
daughter, and I were staying with a British friend and
she said we would have high tea about 6. Thinking
supper would follow around their usual eating time of 8,
I told Charles and Nancy not to eat too much because
supper would follow. The joke was on me as this high
tea ended up being supper. I must admit I'm glad I had
the chance to experience this British meal, but the three
of us did go to bed hungry that night.
One of the most famous tea parties ever was the one
in Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's Alice in Wonderland.
Dodgson, who used the pen name of Lewis Carroll,
gives a vivid description of the Mad Hatter's tea party
where Alice “came upon a long tea-table, covered with
steaming teapots all playing a tune!”
We all remember that Alice had no tea at this most
unusual tea party and probably remember John
Tenniel's wonderful black and white illustrations. Tenniel,
by the way, was knighted for his artistic achievements in
I also visited an English tearoom in Covington,
Louisiana, for an Indian tea. I will admit that it was an
interesting experience, but the food was somewhat
lackluster and I don't like milk in my tea and it was
served that way. Won't be going back there.
There is a lovely teahouse in Montgomery called the
Gazebo on Perry Hill Road. A friend of mine took me
there for my birthday several years ago and we had a
fabulous time. The food was good and the tea was outstanding.
It was raining that day and it was so pleasant
to look outside at the rain while sitting inside sipping on
a cup of hot tea.
While we were on a family trip to Canada, our
daughter asked to go to Prince Edward Island as she
was in love with the Anne of Green Gables books and
wanted to see where they took place. We obliged and
even treated her to a theatrical production as well as
tea with Anne. The tea experience itself was nice, and
it was so much fun to watch Nancy interact with Anne
as she rotated around to our table. It was a pleasant
afternoon for all of us.
The last event I want to tell about was the Royal Tea
I had to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and
Meghan Markle. I still have several friends from
European military days in England so wrote and asked
for ideas for a British tea party. I got recipes for a Bakewell
Tart as well as for the cake used at William and
Catherine's wedding. Armed with those recipes, plus
some I found in Tea Time magazine, I started cooking.
When I issued the invitations, I did request the ladies
wear hats to create a more formal atmosphere. It was
quite a sight to see those dressed up ladies, having tea
on British china, with food made from British recipes,
and drinking British tea.
I'd like to end this treatise on tea with two poems,
one of which is a childhood memory: “Polly, put the
kettle on. Polly, put the kettle on. Polly, put the kettle
on and we'll all have tea.”
The other sums up one of the benefits of afternoon
My copper kettle
and signals that
it is time for tea.
The fine china cups
are filled with the brew.
There's lemon and sugar
and sweet cream, too.
But, best of all
there's friendship, between you and me.
As we lovingly share
our afternoon tea.
– Marianna Arolin
I think it's about time to go and make a cuppa and curl
up with a good book. All of these memories have me
ready for a good cup of Earl Grey.
Doris Van Pelt shared a photo album of Rachel Patterson Elementary
School pictures with us. Most of the pictures have names written on
them. These are only a few of the pictures. We’ll run more in the coming
National Day of Prayer
Pray God's Glory Across The Earth
Theme Scripture: “For the earth will be filled with the
knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover
the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
Our 69th Annual National Day of Prayer will be
observed on Thursday, May 7, 2020. At this time of
uncertainty with the coronavirus, specific details will be
announced at a later date.
Our 2020 Theme: Pray God's Glory Across the Earth!
What a most appropriate theme for these unprecedented
times. Times similar to what Habakkuk experienced.
God made a promise to the prophet Habakkuk during
some very deep and troubling times in Israel's history. It
was a time marked by darkness and disobedience from
the culture and God's people. The prophet cries out to
God for hope and help and God answers in a most
unexpected way; to use a wicked, idol-worshipping
nation's army to come and execute His judgement on
His people. Habakkuk could not believe what he was
hearing as God began to detail the “woes” that would
come to pass, but in the middle of the pronouncement
of woes God pauses to make a profound promise that
would eventually be seen in the face of Jesus Christ
and spread by Christ-followers until Christ returns.
God's promise, “For the earth will be filled with the
knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover
the sea” echoes into the New Testament as the apostle
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God, who said,
‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has
shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge
of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
It is this knowledge, the knowledge of Jesus, the
knowledge of the gospel, that we pray will spread
across the earth. It is through every follower of Jesus
living a prayer-care-share lifestyle that His glory will
cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.
A few examples are when we worship instead of worry,
when we bring unity instead of division, and when we
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show and share the love and message of Jesus with
others. We exist to give God glory; we are commanded
to spread His glory in all we think, say and do.
(1 Peter 4:11) We get to experience His glory in every
breath and then we decide if we are going to respond
obediently by reflecting His glory back to Him, to live in
great awe and honor of Him or if we are going to steal,
stifle, or in some way try to store it up for ourselves. We
pray that you will join us this year wherever National Day
of Prayer is to pray and proclaim the knowledge of God's
glory across the earth.
On Sunday, March 15th, our President proclaimed
Sunday as a National Day of Prayer. His words were
heartfelt and are worth repeating each and every day
during this unprecedented time. His following request
for prayer is desperately needed today and for the days
In our times of greatest need, Americans have always
turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and
periods of uncertainty. As we continue to face the unique
challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions
of Americans are unable to gather in their churches,
temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of
worship. But in this time we must not cease asking God
for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must
especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who
have lost loved ones. I ask you to join me in a day of
prayer for all people who have been affected by the
coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God's healing
hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.
As your President, I ask you to pray for the health
and well-being of your fellow Americans and to
remember that no problem is too big for God to handle.
We should all take to heart the holy words found in
1 Peter 5:7: “Casting all your care upon him, for he
careth for you.” Let us pray that all those affected by
the virus will feel the presence of our Lord's protection
and love during this time. With God's help, we will overcome
On Friday, (March 13th) I declared a national emergency
and took other bold actions to help deploy the full power
of the Federal Government to assist with efforts to
combat the coronavirus pandemic. I now encourage all
Americans to pray for those on the front lines of the
response, especially our Nation's outstanding medical
professionals and public health officials who are working
tirelessly to protect all of us from the coronavirus and
treat patients who are infected; all of our courageous first
responders, National Guard, and dedicated individuals
who are working to ensure the health and safety of our
communities; and our Federal, State, and local leaders.
We are confident that He will provide them with the
wisdom they need to make difficult decisions and take
decisive actions to protect Americans all across the
country. As we come to our Father in prayer, we
remember the words found in Psalm 91: “He is my
refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is
no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to
bear with His help. Luke 1:37 promises that “For with
God nothing shall be impossible,” and those words are
just as true today as they have ever been. As one Nation
under God, we are greater than the hardships we face,
and through prayer and acts of compassion and love,
we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and
more united than ever before. May God bless each of
you, and may God bless the United States of America.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President
of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim
March 15, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer for All
Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and
for our National Response Efforts. I urge Americans of
all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to
offer prayers for all those affected, including people who
have suffered harm or lost loved ones.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand
this fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two
thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United
States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.
DONALD J. TRUMP
May we serve our Lord and Savior with Gladness
standing on Psalm 91, The Psalm of Protection while
wearing our Full Armor of God – Ephesians 6:10-20.
Featuring the Nalls
In a recent issue of the Auburn Alumni
Association magazine, Spring 2020, Ken
and Earlene Goldsmith Nall were featured
in the Class Notes section for graduates in
Earlene Goldsmith Nall '52 and husband
Kenneth L. Nall '53 celebrated their 64th
wedding anniversary Sept. 2, 2019. Both
are from Atmore, Ala., and while in Auburn
they taught courses as graduate assistants
and were each elected to Phi Kappa Phi
Ken graduated ROTC as a DMG
(Distinguished Military Graduate) and was
the Cadet Commander of the Auburn ROTC
Corp of Engineers Battalion.
After leaving Auburn, Earlene taught
elementary education while Ken was
employed in engineering and management
at several Fortune 500 companies. He also founded several companies, including Hercules Waste Equipment
Company, a successful national equipment manufacturing company.
They have had season tickets to Auburn Football for many years and remain avid fans of Auburn sports.
Earlene and Ken currently live in The Woodlands at Furman Retirement Community in Greenville, S.C.
by SHERRY DIGMON
Barnes Boys Reunion Cancelled
Usually Ted French starts circulating emails fairly early in the year about the upcoming Barnes Boys reunion which
always takes place in April. When I had not heard anything in March, I emailed Ted. I didn’t realize they were planning
to make last year’s reunion the last reunion. However, Ted said several members of the group wanted to get together
again this year, so the reunion was on for April 25.
Then, Ted sent out this email. “I called Betty Bartel Adams today and she said that David’s Catfish House is closed
except for carryout business. I don't see any way possible for this to get any better in a few weeks remaining before
April 25. For safety reasons, I am cancelling the Barnes boys reunion which would have been the 26th gathering.
Keep your chin up, there's always next year ...”
So, we’ll look forward to meeting everyone at David’s next year and getting a group picture for the magazine.
Dewitt Lowery and His Band of Brothers
The events that took place on the morning of
December 7, 1941 sparked a flame in many young
hearts to avenge the catastrophe that our nation
suffered at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Forces.
One of these young men who decided to take up the
uniform was Atmore native Dewitt Lowery. Dewitt,
growing up on a farm, was just a regular, 17-year-old
small-town boy who had not experienced life outside
Atmore. His older brother was one of the first young
men from Atmore to be drafted and fight in the Pacific
Theater of Operations.
Dewitt, eager to do his part and with a desire to defend
our country, decided to volunteer for the Navy. However,
due to being color blind, he was rejected. After being
deemed unfit for Navy service, he devised a new plan.
Dewitt decided he would wait a month and return to
volunteer for the Air Force. During this time, he learned
of a new branch of the armed forces, the United States
Army Paratroopers, which targeted young, athletic men
with the promise of more pay. No one really knew what
the Paratroopers were, but were eager to jump at the
opportunity of adventure and more money. The main
bonus for Dewitt, however, was that the Paratroopers
wouldn't reject him due to his color blindness. Dewitt
thus began the process of enlisting.
“I met with a recruiting sergeant in Atmore,” Dewitt
said. “He carried me to get my papers signed. At that
time, I thought I was ten foot tall and bulletproof.”
After enlisting, Dewitt traveled back to Atmore where
he boarded a train that night bound for Atlanta and with
that small step onto a railcar, his WWII journey began
as a member of the famed Easy Company, 2nd Battalion,
506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, better known from
the multiple award-winning, 2001 film, “Band of Brothers.”
The train carried Dewitt to Fort McPherson, Georgia
where he then boarded for the famed Camp Toccoa,
Georgia, 90 miles from Atlanta. Camp Toccoa was a
small town with a train station and a commanding
mountain called Currahee, which in the Cherokee
language means “stand alone.” This would ultimately
become the battle cry for Dewitt's unit. Camp Toccoa
was known for its hard, rigorous training and for Dewitt,
this was no exception.
“I was in good physical shape,” he said. “It was in a
way hard, but also easy for me.”
He explained that training began with leaping off a
12-foot tower into a pile of sawdust and tumbling in a
way not to injure yourself. This was key training for
parachute landings. The most vigorous part of the
training at Toccoa was running Currahee. Dewitt said the
men would run two or three times a day up and down the
He recalled the first time he ran Mt. Currahee an
ambulance was behind the men, following them up the
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“If a man could not run Currahee, that ambulance
picked them up and took them back to Camp. They were
then taken out of the Paratroopers,” he said. “I was in
good physical shape and running was my hobby. I had
no trouble with that part.”
According to Dewitt, Paratrooper training lasted for a
better part of a year. After a time at Camp Toccoa, the
men were transferred to Ft. Benning, Georgia for jump
training, but not before making a long, forced march to
“Some say that march was 115 miles and others say
it was 120 miles. I say it was a long walk,” he said.
It was during the march to Atlanta that Dewitt became
one of the most famous members of the company. As
the men were marching, Lowery noticed a small puppy
walking with a limp, which had been following the men
According to Dewitt, the small dog had no claws and
was in bad shape. With the help of a few comrades,
Dewitt picked the puppy up and loaded him into his
rucksack and carried him all the way to Fort Benning.
The small companion, “Draftee,” as the men dubbed
him, was named an honorary member of the unit.
Photos of Dewitt and the small pup graced newspaper
front pages after the event.
Dewitt with Draftee in his rucksack
While at Fort Benning, Dewitt and the rest of the men
of the 506th completed jump training prior to being
shipped to England. Jump training involved hooking up
to 250-foot towers to simulate a parachute jump.
“The mat on the ground looked like a postage stamp
from 250 foot,” Dewitt said. “I was not scared. I really
enjoyed jumping from the towers.”
After several weeks of jumping from the towers, the
men began a series of five actual jumps which was
required in order to receive their jump wings. According
to Dewitt, the jumps from an actual plane consisted of
one night jump and four day jumps.
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“It wasn't bad, besides the fact that I was scared,” he
said. “It is not natural for someone to jump out of a
perfectly good airplane into space.”
Dewitt said the men of Easy Company had a slew of
good officers. The notably most hated officer of Easy
was Captain Herbert Sobel, the training officer, a colorful
character with questionable training tactics.
“I actually liked Sobel,” Dewitt said. “He did what he had
to do to get us prepared and while not understanding it
at the time of training, we were grateful later when we
entered the combat zone.”
Dewitt also expressed his love for the rest of the
officers of the company such as Dick Winters, who went
on to become the famed company commander of Easy
The small pup the men had come to love unfortunately
had to be left behind in the care of Red Cross nurses
when the men were to be shipped to England in support
of an upcoming invasion.
“I hated to leave him behind,” Dewitt said. “He was a
pretty little dog.”
From Benning, Dewitt and the rest of Easy went to
Fort Bragg, N.C., where they made a few more training
jumps. After a brief stint at Fort Bragg, Dewitt loaded a
train and made his way to New York where the men
loaded onboard a boat bound for England.
While in England, the men of Easy trained for the
upcoming D-Day invasion. Dewitt said maneuvers for
combat training were performed day and night. After a
long wait, the men of Easy Company jumped into
France in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944.
“We jumped at two in the morning,” Dewitt said. “You
could see tracers and bullets all around. When a lot of
the boys landed, they were either shot before they hit
the ground or had their throats cut by the Germans as
they struggled to get out of their parachutes.”
As the men of Easy landed in France, combat started
immediately. To make matters worse, all the men missed
their intended drop zones and were scattered all over.
Dewitt landed in the top of a tree under enemy fire from
two separate machine gun positions.
“The tree that I had landed in had huge leaves,” Dewitt
said. “As the bullets cut through the leaves, it sounded
like twice the number of bullets that it actually was.”
The thought crossed his mind to take out the machine
gun positions, but he was afraid that if he fired, his
position would be noticed and he would be killed so he
waited. To make matters worse, Dewitt was held in the
tree by a huge dog.
“After a while a lady come out from a house and got
the dog,” Dewitt said. “I would give anything to meet her
and thank her. I was just plain scared. I was scared of
the dog and scared of getting killed. I was just scared.”
Dewitt was armed with a .30 caliber machine gun and
had to cut the machine gun off himself, along with a
musette bag of ammo. The machine gun that had fired
on his position had silenced and he then proceeded to
cut himself from the tree. Dewitt rolled down the limbs
of the tree, unhurt, and his combat experience in France
began. As he made his way away from the tree, he
heard two voices.
“They were talking in English,” Dewitt said. “We were
taught in training that some of the Germans could speak
perfect English. We were outfitted with a clicker called
a cricket. These were clicked a number of times and you
would get a response back from an American soldier.”
As Dewitt drew closer to the group of men, they were
now speaking in German.
“I snuck up and killed two of them with a knife,” he said.
“I had to do what I had to do to get home. I eventually
cut the other two as well.”
Dewitt eventually found his comrades and made it
through his stint in France.
“I had to do things that I didn't like,” he said. “In that
situation you have to do what you have to do to get
home. If you didn't kill them, they would kill you.”
Dewitt recalled one upsetting event when the men
passed by a small baby lying on the ground, crying.
Lowery said that the mother of the child was lying next
to him, dead.
“War is a horrible thing,” he said. “It costs a lot of lives
After 10 days in combat, Dewitt geared up for another
combat jump, Operation Market Garden. The objective
of Operation Market Garden was to drop the men in
Holland and the allied forces would continue to fight
back the Germans. As the men were loading the plane,
German artillery zeroed in on his position and Dewitt
was hit in the head by an artillery shell fragment.
“Doc Roe, our medic, took care of me. I remember that
the jeep driver drove like he was a professional race car
driver,” Dewitt said. “The nurses started working on me
when we reached the aid station and I do not remember
Following his injury, Dewitt was sent back to England
and eventually back to the States, while the rest of Easy
Company fought their way into Germany. The injury
plagued Dewitt for the rest of his life and required two
After recovering, Dewitt came back to Atmore where
he met the love of his life, Barbara Drew, also an Atmore
native, while out dancing. They married December 6,
1946 and had one son and one daughter.
Dewitt set off for college to fulfill his dream of
becoming a CPA lawyer, but his dream was hindered
by his injury from World War II so he settled in with a
company as a shoe salesman in Montgomery. He
suffered with severe headaches and seizures most
of his life. Barbara passed away a few years before
Dewitt who passed away on July 8, 2015.
Dewitt left a word of advice for the younger generation.
“This generation is smart,” he said. “They will do great
things, but I offer one piece of advice, take interest in
government. Know what is going on and know how
important it is to vote and be up to date with what is
going on in the world.”
Information taken from 2010 oral interview conducted
with Dewitt Lowery by Angela Broyles and achrives.
About the Cover
by SHERRY DIGMON
Ditto, Myrna and I collaborated on the cover for this
month. Actually, Ditto and I came up with the idea and
ran it by Myrna to make sure she was good with it.
We usually have something pretty on the cover -
something that reflects Atmore and the community.
When Ditto and I were talking about having pictures of
closed businesses or businesses changing their way of
doing business, Ditto said, “This is our reality right now.”
Myrna looked at a proof of the cover and though at
first she was dubious, she studied it for a few minutes
and said, “This tells the story ... and it isn’t pretty.”
Spring 2020 will be remembered as the time of the
coronavirus, as depicted in the “o” in “atmore” on the
On our cover, clockwise, from bottom left, Escambia
County High School closed; Dixie Catfish closed; the
Atmore SAIL Center closed; Atmore City Hall closed;
Bro. Don Davis, Atmore First Assembly of God, Sunday,
March 22, preaching from a portico to members and
visitors in their vehicles; Buster’s Restaurant closed;
Atmore First United Methodist Church closed; David’s
Catfish serving carry-out orders only but still open.
Dean’s Grill is open for business. With no dining room
and drive-thru only, they’re built for this, as Ditto said.
We know these closings are temporary, and when life
gets back to normal, let’s all support these businesses
and employees who have had to close.
A number of our retail advertisers and offices are
still open, so it you’re thinking about going to one of
them, you may want to call first. Some are open with
their regular schedule, some have shorter hours.
You may have noted the picture of Bro. Don Davis on
the top right and thought we ran that on the front page
of Atmore News March 25. You’d be right. We did run
it. Of all the images from this time in our lives, this one
will stay with me.
Next month’s cover? Hoping we’ll have flowers or
something like that. Maybe a rainbow. After the storm
After this storm.
“ ... whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.”
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Coronavirus is particularly dangerous for the elderly
and those with underlying health issues. Some retail
businesses are designating certain times for older
We practice social distancing. We wash our hands
constantly. We cough or sneeze into our elbow. We
don’t gather in groups.
And we pray. Prayers go up for President Trump and
his task force who meet constantly and try to figure out
how best to combat this enemy. We pray for our loved
ones, our friends, and for people we don't even know.
For us at “atmore” magazine, we are faced with how
best to distribute the magazine in April. We go to press
the last week in March in order to get the magazine
back for the home delivery papers on March 31.
Under normal circumstances, we would deliver
magazines to the advertisers on April 1. But on that
date, a number of businesses will likely still be closed
to the public - restaurants and banks, for instance.
After checking with several advertisers, we’ve decided
to put this issue of the magazine online, as well as
distribute magazines to the businesses which are open.
We want the advertisers to get the full benefit of their
ad and this is the best way we know to do that under
these circumstances. So, we’re all learning to do
What will we take away from the coronavirus
pandemic? We don’t know. The stock market has
tanked in the last couple of weeks. More of us are
working from home. And many are looking at being
laid off or let go as business owners have to make
I can’t even imagine what will happen between now
and the time this issue comes out in 7 and 8 days. I’d
like to think we’ll be getting back to normal, but I also
think it will be too soon for that.
As of right now, March 24, there are no confirmed
cases in Atmore. I’d like to think we’ll get through this
unscathed. We can pray it will be so, but it’s doubtful.
And as we pray, remember the people on the front
line - nurses and doctors, paramedics, all those in the
medical field. Remember the truckers trying to get
goods to everyone. Remember the overworked stock
clerks in the stores. And there are so many others.
This month, we’ll celebrate Easter. We may celebrate
it differently. In-person church services may still be
cancelled. But one thing remains true, virus or not,
Christ was crucified, dead and buried. On the third day,
He rose from the dead.
His resurrection is our hope. In times of peace and
calm. In times of the storm. In times of uncertainty.
God bless. Take care of yourself and your neighbors.
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state.” She reminded us all that “These numbers have a
direct impact on our state's representation in the U.S.
House of Representatives as well as on the billions of
dollars in federal funding.”
Kenneth Boswell, Director of the Alabama Department
of Economic and Community Affairs, said,
“Alabama stands to lose more than $13 billion in federal
funding for a variety of programs, including health care
and education. This is not millions, but rather billions of
dollars that come into this state,” Boswell went on to say.
“You add that to losing one or maybe two advocates in
Washington, then you understand why this is one of the
most important censuses that Alabama has ever seen.”
Alabama risks losing at least one congressional seat
and billions of dollars in federal funding, including
funding that supports education, if census participation
is not at or above 80 percent. Alabama Secretary of
Labor Fitzgerald Washington said low participation in
the census could easily stunt Alabama's record
unemployment and job growth.
In addition to the previously mentioned reasons there
are countless others that make it imperative for anyone
living in Atmore on March 13, 2020 to complete the
census whether online, by phone or by mail. In addition
to completing the census for your family, each of us
regardless of age, race, gender, or ability can help by
spreading the word how very important to make sure
all of Atmore's families, friends and neighbors are
participating. Ask your neighbor if they've filled it out.
Encourage your social groups. Make sure that Church
ministers talk about what it means to Alabama, Atmore
and, to all of us. The official census opens for completion
April 1, which is “Alabama Census Day.”
For more information, visit census.alabama.gov. You
can also sign up to receive reminders and information
on the Alabama 2020 census by texting COUNT or
CENSO to 205-304-5505.
SAVE THE DATE! The Chamber is working hard
planning for many fun and exciting events in the next
few months. Here are just a couple to be sure you mark
your calendar for:
* Mayfest - Saturday, May 2nd – Tom Byrne Park
* Market In The Park – Saturday, June 13th, 29th,
and August 3rd – Heritage Park
Until next month.
February 15, 2020 - March 15, 2020
Christian (Chrissy) Marie Atkins
March 11, 1982 – February 15, 2020
John Steven Watson
March 2, 1944 – February 17, 2020
Rev. Paul D. Enfinger
September 14, 1938 – February 18, 2020
Dr. John Willard Neff
June 8, 1929 – February 18, 2020
Lynn Ervin Powell
May 8, 1954 – February 18, 2020
William "Bill" Brandt
October 7, 1944 – February 19, 2020
Charles (Charlie) Monroe Jones
February 4, 2002 – February 20, 2020
Rudy Clay Cooper
January 14, 1964 – February 21, 2020
Mary Helen Hall Dortch
January 9, 1939 – February 21, 2020
November 30, 1931 – February 22, 2020
James "Jimmy" Dean
June 27, 1966 – February 22, 2020
May 14, 1962 – February 22, 2020
Rodney Eugene Howell
January 23, 1967 – February 22, 2020
March 15, 1946 – February 22, 2020
Brandon Amin Brye
April 5, 1979 – February 24, 2020
Troy Eugene Byrd
September 5, 1930 – February 24, 2020
Don Theodore Chunn
March 18, 1939 – February 24, 2020
Peggy A. Moye
November 19, 1935 – February 27, 2020
Cynthia D. Bush
June 28, 1965 – March 5, 2020
Roxie Anna Williams
July 17, 1927 – March 5, 2020
John R. "Johnny" Broughton
December 18, 1964 – March 8, 2020
Glenn Douglas Jones
December 1, 1947 – March 8, 2020
Kelvin "Andy" King
March 20, 1973 – March 8, 2020
Mary Lee Gibbs
May 15, 1935 – March 9, 2020
Wanda Wright Marshall
July 29, 1966 – March 13, 2020
Lucille Carlie Conway
July 12, 1928 – March 14, 2020
“The bitterest tears shed
over graves are for words
left unsaid and deeds left undone.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 - 1896)
Obituary information provided by Atmore Memorial Chapel; Christian Memorial Funeral Home;
Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home; Mayberry Funeral Home; Petty Eastside Chapel;
Turner Funeral Chapel; Rockco Funeral Home, Montevallo, Ala.