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Place of Publication: Perry Fla
Creation Date: July 12, 2013
Publication Date: 08-02-2013

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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 29, no. 32 (Oct. 9, 1958)-
General Note: William E. Griffin, editor.

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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00028293/00408

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Title: Perry news-herald
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Language: English
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Place of Publication: Perry Fla
Creation Date: July 12, 2013
Publication Date: 08-02-2013

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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Perry (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Coordinates: 30.114444 x -83.5825 ( Place of Publication )

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Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 29, no. 32 (Oct. 9, 1958)-
General Note: William E. Griffin, editor.

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Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
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BCFCU to host blood drive FridayOneBlood will hold a blood drive Friday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union. All donors will receive a t-shirt, a coupon for $5 off two entrees from Outback Steakhouse and a wellness check-up including cholesterol screening. Sign up with Joleen Whitehead at 223-7112. Walk-ins are welcome. Donate blood twice between June 1 and Sept. 30 and you will receive a free steak dinner courtesy of Outback Steakhouse. OneBlood will also hold a blood drive, Friday, Aug. 9, at Walmart.TCHS student schedules to be released Aug. 14-15Taylor County High School students will be able to pick up their schedules Aug. 1415. Seniors can pick up schedules Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Sophomores and juniors can pick up schedules Thursday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, followed by freshmen from 1 to 3 p.m.RESTORE Act Committee will hold two more meetingsThe Taylor County RESTORE Act Committee has two more meetings scheduled next week to meet with people about potential projects should the county receive money from Clean Water Act penalties levied against British Petroleum (BP) for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The committee is seeking projects for consideration. Pre-project proposals are due by Aug. 30. The remaining meetings will be held Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Blue Creek Baptist Church at 6 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Econna Conference Center at 6 p.m. Pre-proposal forms can be obtained at the County Courthouse Annex on Green Street or online at www. taylorcountygov.com.Library announces August workshopsThe Taylor County Public Library has announced its adult workshop schedule for August. The programs include: Computers and Technology with computer training at 2 p.m., internet training at 4 p.m. and Twitter and blogging at 6 p.m.; Photography at 6 p.m. Art Workshop at 6 p.m. ($15 materials fee); Floral Arranging & Bow Tying at 6 p.m. ($5 materials fee); Whiteld, Layering & Grafting at 6 p.m. Call (850) 838-3512 for more information or to register. Space is limited. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayAugust 2-3, 2013 0 Index One section 124th Year, No. 30www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday93 72 30% Saturday93 73 Sunday90 74 30% Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 30% Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-4 Religion . .................. A-6 Sports . .................... A-7 Entertainment . ........ A-8 TV listings . .............. A-9 Classieds . ........... A-10News Forum McLeod is found not guiltyBy ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI Staff writer Daniel McLeod put his face in his hands and began to sob as Clerk of Court Annie Mae Murphy read a verdict of not guilty Thursday afternoon. The former law enforcement ofcer was on trial for one count of lewd or lascivious molestation (on a minor under the age of 16) and one count of lewd or lascivious battery (on a minor under the age of 16). A four-man, two-woman jury deliberated for nearly three hours in the case, which started Monday, July 29. While McLeod cried and shook hands with his attorneys (Conrad Bishop Jr. and Conrad Sonny Bishop III), the father of the alleged victim whispered to her, Im sorry, baby. William Daniel McLeod, left, and defense attorney, Sonny Bishop, center, listen to closing arguments Thursday morning. McLeod, a former Madison Taylor Elementary, Tech both get new leadership Taylor County Elementary School (TCES) has a new principal and Taylor Technical Institute (TTI) a new director, both hired from outside the district. The Taylor County School Board approved the appointments last week based on recommendations from Superintendent Paul Dyal. Additionally, Dyal said this week he has settled on a candidate to ll the open Steinhatchee School principal position and will present his recommendation to the school board at its Aug. 13 meeting. Charles S. Finley, who was most recently assistant principal at R. Frank Mims Middle School in Tallahassee, is the new principal of TCES. His work history also Please see page 3 County balances budget; taxes stay level Artwork from England to Hagens Cove The Taylor County Commission has balanced its 2013-14 budget while keeping its tax rates the same after utilizing a signicant amount of cash carry forward funds from the previous year to help make up a portion of the $700,000 general fund decit with which it began the process. The commission held a special meeting Friday, July 26, to continue its budget discussions that had carried through two previous workshops. At the conclusion of its workshop on Wednesday, July 24, the board had reduced the decit to $157,000, mostly by using $398,000 in cash carry forward money returned to the county by constitutional ofcers at the end of the previous scal year on Sept. 30, 2012. The board also asked the constitutional ofcers to see if they could cut from their budgets any further and return for Fridays meeting. On Friday, Sheriff Bummy Williams said he found $10,000 in cuts and Supervisor of Elections Dana Southerland said she would cut $9,000. County Administrator Jack Brown said Property Appraiser Bruce Ratliff could not attend the meeting but had asked him to relay to the board that he would cut $11,534 from his budget. Clerk of Court Annie Mae Murphy said she had not found anything to cut from her budget but would cut $10,000 since the sheriff had pledged to cut that amount from his budget. Tax Collector Mark Wiggins ofce is funded by fees and only receives $9,000 from the county, Please see page 5Respite from rain allows rivers to fallTaylor Countys rivers are dropping after a signicant reduction in rain totals over the past week. According to Taylor County Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Spradley, the rivers are coming down nicely. River Road in Steinhatchee experienced the most ooding and now only the end of the roadway remains under water, Spradley said. The river should be back in its bank any day now, he added. The Steinhatchee River has dropped almost three feet since last Friday (June 26), according to the National Weather Service (NWS) gauge at Tennille. Both the Econna and Aucilla rivers are also School board signs off on -14 budget The Taylor County District School Board approved its 2013-14 tentative budget Tuesday during a public hearing at which no one from the public offered any comments. The board approved 4-0 its $37.6 million budget along with its property tax millage rates, which are set to stay the same, except for a very slight decrease in the required local effort millage, which is set by the state. (School board member Darrell Whiddeon was not present at the meeting.) The board will return to the budget next month when it holds a second public hearing to approve the nal budget and millage rates. The breakdown of the property tax millages are: required local effort, 5.015 mills (down from 5.019 Please see page 3 Please see page 5 Please see page 3

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Sports news dominated this weeks edition, with three babies and one wedding documented. AFP EYES STATE SOFTBALL TITLEFor the second straight year, Aluminum Fabricated Products softball team stormed through the losers bracket to win the district title. The team was poised to compete against the states best for the next title. The team included Reagan Fox who was credited with seven home runs in the district competition as was Ken Lawson ; Chuck Flores, six homers; Ted Raulerson and Glenn Ratliff four home runs each; Tommy Joiner Keith Walker and Clay Gunter one homer each. Sebring Ratliff went 1216 to lead AFP with a .750 batting average. Perrys Mike Grant was making a name for himself in the Future Masters Golf Tournament being played in Dothan, with a eld of 704 competitors. Grant red rounds of 71-71-74 to win both third place overall and third in his 17-18 age bracket (which included 228 golfers). Another Perry golfer, Don Everett Jr. shot an 80 in the qualifying July 26 but did not make the cut. Grants brother, Don Grant Jr. made the cut in the Southeastern Amateurs Tournament in Columbus, Ga. He shot rounds of 7679-84-80 and was among 100 (of the original 200plus) to make the cut. WHOS NEW?James and LaVerne Johnson of Tallahassee announced the birth of their daughter, Michelle Lynn, on July 28 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (TMH). She weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces. Richard Ian Leverett was born to Ric and Judy Leverett on July 25 in TMH. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces. Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Paul Tyler announced the birth of Stephen Paul Tyler Jr. on July 23 in Doctors Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 7.5 ounces.ONE WEDDINGMr. and Mrs. Thomas Parker announced the engagement of their daughter, Denise, to Jay Taylor of Monticello. An Aug. 12 wedding was planned.HERES THE BUZZLocal beekeepers met with the chief state inspector and shared a covered dish dinner. Local association president Billy LaValle led the meeting which also included Mr. and Mrs. Bill Craft, and Mr. and Mrs. James Herndon of Taylor County. as well as beekeepers from other counties.CRIBBS TIRE OPEN ON FRIDAY NIGHTS?Cribbs Tire, Inc., announced that effective Aug. 6, the business would be open until 8:30 p.m. on Fridays.LIONS CLUB CHARTERED IN STEINHATCHEEA new Lions Club was chartered in Steinhatchee with local ofcers including Henry Stephens, president; Luther D. Duke, Gregory Dowers and Morris Clements Sr., vice presidents; and John Cannon as secretary.CLASSIFIED INFORMATIONIn the Classied Ads, a Motor Court was up for sale, priced at $33,000 for the nine fully furnished units, wash room, living quarters with an adequate supply of linens promised.TEDDER WINS 4-H TRIPMichael Tedder, son of Jack and Janice Tedder, won a trip to the National 4-H Wildlife Training Conference in Estes Park, Col. He was one of two 4-Hers from Florida selected to make the trip.A-2 Perry News-Herald August 2-3, 2013 Looking Back Perry News-HeraldPerry, Florida 123 S. Jefferson Street (850) 584-5513 The Perry News-Herald (ISSN 07470967) is published each Friday by Perry News papers, Inc., 123 S. Jefferson Street, Perry, Florida 32347. Subscriptions are $35.00 per year or $49.00 out of county. Periodicals postage paid at Perry, Florida 32348. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Perry News-Herald, P.O. Box 888, Perry, FL 32348. and views on the news. Please submit letters by Monday at 5 p.m. The Taco Times reserves the right to refuse publication of letters which are libelous or irresponsible. Name may be withheld if circumstances so require, but all letters submitted should We look forward to hearing from you! Our address is Perry, Newspapers, Inc., P.O. Box 888, Perry, Florida 32348. e-mail: newsdesk@perrynewspapers.comMember Perry/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce. P.O. Box 888 DONALD D. LINCOLN Publisher SUSAN H. LINCOLN Managing EditorANGELA M. CASTELUCCIStaff Writer/Advertising Sales DEBBIE CARLTON Business Manager CAROLYN DuBOSE Advertising Director MICHELE ARNOLD Graphic Arts MARK VIOLA Staff Writer TAMMY KNIGHT 2013 Perry Newspapers Inc. August 2-3, 2013 I expected the truth to eventually come out about Patricia Knights disappearance and death, but I didnt expect it to take seven years. I expected the verdict in her murder trial to be guilty, but I didnt expect to still be asking why did he do it? I even expected Lloyd Phelps, the man convicted of killing Patricia, to continue denying his involvement in her death, but I didnt expect to feel complete closure because there was still a major, yet unanswered question: What did he do with her body? Seven years ago, when Patricias mother, Carol Dean Lockett, called me to ask if I had seen Patricia during the past few days, I answered, No, I havent. Why? Because nobodys seen her in a few days, and Im starting to get worried. At the time, I had not heard the talk on the street, so I assured Carol Dean that Patricia would show up soon. I dont know, Anthony, she said. She didnt call me on my birthday. That was when I began to worry. Patricia and I had become instant friends when she, her sister Sophia and their parents moved to Perry during the late 70s. When Sophia and I began dating in junior high, Patricia and I became even closer friends. In fact, Patricia and I used to joke about how our friendship ruined my relationship with Sophia, who said I made a better friend for Patricia than a boyfriend for her. She was right. Patricia and I were like two peas in a pod. We talked on the phone several times a week. We hung out on an almost daily basis. And, we were always there for each other when a crisis arose or when the other simply needed someone to talk to. As I sat in the courtroom during the trial last week, I felt a bit uneasy as I listened to Phelps attorneys portray Patricia as a troubled and drug addicted woman whose behavior may have led to her death. This was not the Patricia I knew. Although I was aware that Patricia did drugs, she never did them in my presence or allowed me to see that part of her life. I remember her as fun loving, caring and beautiful. She believed in helping and encouraging others, and she had no problem expressing her love and concern. And she was always a lady. I will miss my friend. Lloyd and I were good friends too. When I initially heard the talk on the street that he may have had something to do with Patricias disappearance, like Carol Dean, I had no problem believing it. Everywhere I go, people keep telling me that Lloyd had something to do with Nieces disappearance, Carol Dean told me one day. What do you think? I didnt know how to answer Carol Lloyd and I were friends and, even though I felt he was capable of committing such violence, I was not ready to allow myself to believe what I already knew to be true. My friendship with Lloyd changed almost overnight, but it was Lloyds doing. When I began helping Carol Dean get the word out about Patricias disappearance, it seemed as if Lloyd and I began to deliberately avoid each other. Several months passed before Lloyd and I started talking again, which left me in quite a conundrum. Last week, when Lloyd was found guilty of Patricias murder, instead of feeling the sense of relief I expected, I felt something I didnt expect: hope. redemption. The hope that Patricias the guilty verdict. And the hope that my friend Patricia knows she will never be forgotten. Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE anthonylamarwhite@yahoo.comPatricia, youre not forgotten THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD August 3, 1978 Who are you? The long lunch counter and line of stools are just waiting for customers. However, the names of featured in this historical photo, please contact Perry Newspapers at 584-5513. The picture is one of several posted by the Taylor County Historical Society to its Facebook page under the query Who Editors Note: Local historian Henry McLeod has compiled an impressive collection of Taylor County history now available on a website appropriately titled Taylor County & Perry, Florida History (https://sites.google.com/site/taylorcountyhistory/). His latest addition to the site is an extensive prole of local churches. This weeks featured history of Oakland Baptist Church was written in 1987. Oakland Baptist Church may not be the oldest or the largest in the county but its members, mainly descendents of the founders, remain intensely loyal to the white frame one room building set among the oaks, pines and cabbage palm trees in the western part of the county off Highway 98. In the year 1875, Oakland Baptist Church began worship service under a brush arbor near the Econna River about three quarters of a mile from the present site with the members named Whiddon, Young, Hendry, Crews, French, Ayers, Sapp, Lawrence, Turlington, Poppell and Morse. In 1878 the members built a log house near the present site. The membership was growing. Between 1878 and 1880 a frame building was constructed with heart pine lumber which was hauled by a team of oxen from Greenville. This building was used as a place of worship until 1929. The church bought the present building which was known as Oakland School building from the Taylor County School Board in 1928. They contracted C. L. McCallan to remove the old building and salvage the sound pieces of lumber to use in the new building. Mr. McCallan was to move the school house to the present site and rebuild in the identical place where the old building stood. On Dec. 14, 1929, members held their rst meeting in the present building. The parent church, the Cabbage Grove Church, which was founded in 1850 is no longer in existence. Members, and their descendents, loyal to Oakland BaptistOakland Baptist Church

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A-3 Perry News-Herald August 2-3, 2013 Festival carnival tickets on sale Aug. 12Florida Forest Festival presale carnival tickets will go on sale beginning Monday, Aug. 12, at the festival ofce inside the Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 584-TREE (8733).Immunization clinic planned Aug. 6-15The Florida Department of Health in Taylor County has announced it will hold a backto-school immunization clinic from Aug. 6 to 15, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call or stop by for an appointment. Walk-ins will be accepted. Only shots required for school will be given at this clinic, organizers said. All children must be accompanied by an adult guardian or authorized representative. You must bring an up-to-date shot record for review. Your child may not be able to receive immunizations without a record of previous shots. For more information, call 850-584-5087. toddler is SaturdayA community yard sale benetting Little CJ Melton, the Taylor County toddler suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, will be held this Saturday, Aug. 3, inside the former Farmers Furniture store located at the Save-ALot shopping center. Donated items may be left at the Snow Ball Shack located in the front parking lot of the shopping center. Nothing is priced--we ask that you give a donation from your heart, organizers said. Taylor CountyTeam Aimee is asking the community to help recent amputee Aimee Millinor by purchasing a chance to win a one-hour ight around Taylor County. Tickets are $5 or three for $10. The winner can bring up to two extra passengers. There are 1,000 tickets available. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Akista Anderson at (850) 295-4568 or Dave Sunderland (937) 728-3196.Need a small business loan?The Taylor County Small Business Outreach Center, housed at the Chamber of Commerce, will hold a Small Business Loan Opportunities Workshop Thursday, Aug. 15, at noon.News Forum McLeod was previously an ofcer with the Madison Police Department, but resigned in July 2009 after being issued a notice of termination. (A notice of termination includes the right to an appeal hearing; McLeod resigned prior to the hearing.) The termination notice was linked to an investigation into allegations of sexting activity by McLeod during his tenure as a police ofcer, a source close to the investigation said. The alleged incident that led to his September 2011 arrest on the molestation and battery charges was said to have occurred during the time period when McLeod was a police ofcer. According to testimony presented during the trial, the alleged victim was 14 years old when McLeod, then 23, crawled into her bed and touched her in a sexual manner. The teen also testied that at another time he exposed himself to her and asked her to perform a sexual act on him. The teen did not reveal the alleged incidents until two years later, during a session with a psychiatrist (who reported what the teen told her to authorities), according to testimony from prosecution witnesses. McLeod denied the charges and maintained on the stand he had not committed the offenses. His attorneys questioned the validity of the alleged victims testimony. During closing arguments, (Sonny) Bishop told the jury what he called the rest of the story. He noted there was no physical evidence, no blood, no DNAwhat you have is just testimony and text messages. You have to look at whats reasonable, at what makes sense. To nd him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, you must be able to say I know what happened. Not what somebody told you what happened. If you waver in that, in knowing what happened, then the only possible verdict can be not guilty, Bishop said. Assistant State Attorney John Durrett countered Bishops argument by stating how McLeod had indicated that he wanted to make it go awayto handle it in the familyto protect his (law enforcement) certication. Who wavered and vacillated? The defense witnesses. The defendant himself, Durrett said. During his testimony, McLeod apparently wafed when Durrett pressed for details on why the Madison case was dismissed. First he said they messed up the investigation. Then he said he didnt know. But you heard testimony showing that the reason the hearing ofcer found in his favor was because when it came time to look at the photos in question, he had erased them, Durrett said. The young lady did not waver in what she told to the psychiatrist, to DCF (Department of Children & Families), to investigators and to a roomful of strangers during this trial. He (McLeod) says they are all trying to frame him. My question is why? What do they have to gain? Nothing, he continued. He told them he was a sex addict. They wanted him to get help and they didnt want it to happen to somebody else. The jury was dismissed to begin deliberations at 11:27 a.m. They asked for lunch around 1 p.m. and returned with a verdict around 2:36 p.m. includes serving as dean of students at Swift Creek Middle School in Tallahassee as well as teaching posts at James S. Rickards High School, Interlachen High School, Wakulla Middle School and Carrabelle High School. Meanwhile, Judy L. N. Johnson had taken the leadership post at TTI. She was most recently assistant director for adult and community education at Withalacoochee Technical Institute. She also previously served as assistant principal at Crystal River High School and Crystal River Middle School. Combined with Taylor County High School--at which principal Audie Ash succeeded Michael Thompson this past spring after Thompson was appointed to the district position of director of support services--four Taylor County schools will start the 2013-14 school year with different principals than they began the 2012-13 year. Dyal did not recommend the re-appointment of principals at TCES or Steinhatchee School in June. dropping, and neither river experienced major ooding, Spradley said. The Econna River, which had reached minor ood stage last week, is now more than six inches beyond ood stage. Spradley said they have received no reports of damages from the ooding. The Aucilla River at Lamont remains at ood stage but is projected to continue to fall through the weekend, depending on rainfall. LEADERSHIP Continued from page 1 Four schools will start new year with new leaders NOT GUILTY Continued from page 1Attorney Conrad Bishop, left, smiled and his client, Daniel McLeod, sobbed when they heard the not guilty verdict rendered by the jury Thursday afternoon. RIVERS Continued from page 1No ooding damage reportedTwo Miami Shores residents escaped a one-vehicle crash Wednesday on U.S. 98 with minor injuries. Jonathan L. Lisaiken, 18, was driving a 2007 Nissan Murano east on U.S. 98 around 3:45 p.m. when he attempted to turn left at the intersection with Aucilla River Road. He failed to negotiate the turn properly, causing [the vehicle] to travel onto the eastern shoulder of Aucilla River Road and continue traveling in an easterly director, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper J.D. Smith said in his report. The vehicles front collided with several small trees and came to a rest facing northeast off of the roadway. Lisaiken received minor injuries and was transported to Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH). A passenger, Kendra A. Lund, 18, was not injured in the crash. Lisaiken was cited for careless driving. FHP was assisted at the scene by DMH Emergency Medical Services.Teens escape injuryAlleged victim was 14

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The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) on June 26,presented Taylor County Commissioner Pam Feagle with the Advanced County Commissioner (ACC) designation following her completion of a comprehensive study program developed by the association. Feagle received the designation along with 13 other county commissioners. In addition to completing the required 27 hours of course work before receiving the certication, Feagle earned her initial Basic County Commissioner Certication (CCC) in June of 2012 after successfully completing a 45-hour course. There have been 132 graduates of the advanced certication course since the programs inception in 2006. This certication allows our citizen electorate to become experts in county government and better qualied to improve their communities, said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley. Through FACs education programs, we are able to teach commissioners how to advance their policies through the complexities of government bureaucracies. For 80 years, the FAC has represented the diverse interests of Floridas counties, emphasizing the importance of protecting home rule--reinforcing the concept that government closest to the people governs best, Holley said. A-4 Perry News-Herald August 2-3, 2013 Living Sadler-Dickey vows planned August 10Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Sadler of Perry announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Kayla Leighann, to Marcus Hagen Dickey, also of Perry. The bride-elect graduated from Madison County High School and received her Associates of Arts degree from North Florida Community College. She is currently employed at Premier Medical Clinic while pursuing a degree in nursing. Her grandparents include John Henry and Hazel Vann, Carol Sadler and the late Wiley Buddy Sadler. The prospective groom is the son of Marty and Billie Jo Dickey of Perry, and Bambi and Joel Barber of Sanderson. He is a graduate of Baker County High School and is currently employed as a sergeant at Taylor Correctional Institution. His grandparents are Dave and Barbara Darsey, and the late Bud and Louise Dickey. Their wedding will be at 2 p.m.. on Aug. 10, 2013, at Midway Baptist Church, with a reception immediately following in the reception hall. No local invitations are being sent, but all friends and relatives are invited to attend. Marcus Hagen Dickey, Kayla Leighann Sadler From Association of Counties Feagle earns ACC designation The annual Millinor Reunion will be held on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Perry Garden Club, adjacent to Forest Capital Park. Friends and relatives are invited to gather from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Everything will be furnished, just bring yourself and a covered dish, said a family representative. Saturday ceremony to unite Speas, GrayCourtney Lynn Speas and David Gregory Gray will be married Saturday, Aug. 3, at 6 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church. A nursery will be provided. The wedding will be followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. Family members and friends are invited to attend. Feagle, right, with Florida Counties Foundation Chair and Hendry County Commissioner Janet Taylor. On the occasion of their 49th wedding anniversary, Les and Donna Ansell will be honored Saturday, Aug. 3, with a reception at the First United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. Family members and friends are invited to attend. Ansells celebrate 49th anniversary Saturday Millinor Reunion slated Saturday at Garden Club

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A-6 Perry News-Herald August 2-3, 2013 Obituaries Robert Lee Ellison Sr.Robert Lee Ellison Sr., 87, of Perry, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at Lafayette Healthcare in Mayo. Mr. Ellison was born Dec. 20, 1925, in Taylor County to Jesse and Maggie (Gamble) Ellison. He was preceded in death by one brother, Willard Ellison, and one sister, Jessie Ellison Bethea. Mr. Ellison lived in Cooks Hammock for a short time and returned to settle on Pretty Pond for the remainder of his life. He helped build the overseas highway in the Keys at 16 and 17 years of age before joining the U.S. Navy. He was a veteran of World War II serving on the destroyer, USS Alan N. Sumner, in the Pacic, and was involved in many battles. He received the Purple Heart for wounds he received when a kamikaze plane ew into his ship and he was hit with shrapnel. He served his four years and returned home in 1947. After serving in the Navy he held a couple of odd jobs and started work with Brooks Scanlon for a time, then worked construction building highways, including U.S. 98. He cruised timber for some time before going to work for Procter & Gamble here in 1954 and retired in 1988. Mr. Ellison loved to y and earned his pilots license in the 1960s. He joined the CAP and ew the Sundown Patrol, checking the coastline for mariners in distress. Survivors include: his wife of 64 years, Lyndal Iris (Duckworth) Ellison of Perry; two children, Iris (Jeff) McInnis and Robert Lee Ellison Jr. (Leigha); one brother, James Martin Ellison; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held today (Aug. 2) at 4 p.m. at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements, with Jeff Himmell ofciating. Family members will receive friends beginning at 3 p.m., one hour prior to the service. Ralph Zim Blue Ralph Zim Blue, 56, of Perry, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Moftt Cancer Center in Tampa, following a brief illness. Mr. Blue was born July 25, 1957 in Perry to Sam and Louise (Gunter) Blue. He was preceded in death by his father in 2007. Survivors include: his mother, Louise Gunter Blue of Perry; two sisters, Teresa Blue Miller of Wildwood and Shannon Blue Mathis (husband Eddie) of Perry; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 2, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home with Ben Reams ofciating. Interment will follow in Pisgah Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, also at Burns Funeral Home which is in charge of all arrangements.Thelma NewberryThelma Newberry, 91, a former director of Taylor County Head Start, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, in Perry. Mrs. Newberry was born to George and Rosa Walker. She was a faithful member of New Brooklyn Missionary Baptist Church, called a mother of the church, working in the Sunday School and Deaconess ministries, serving as chairman of the latter. She was also a former clerk of the church, member of the senior choir and ofcer of the Taylor County Union. She previously served as chairlady and executive of the Womens Department of the First Bethlehem Association. Mrs. Newberry was a former Worthy Matron of Eastern Star (George Kerr 125), secretary of the Pallbearer District No. 2, member of the Lily White Lodge No. 110, director of the rst childcare program at New Brooklyn and a poll worker. A member of the NAACP, she was actively involved in the Democratic party. Her survivors include: one son, Gregory Newberry; one daughter, Vera Newberry; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 3, in New Brooklyn M.B. Church with burial following in Springhill Cemetery in Perry. Family members will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., today (Aug.2) at New Brooklyn M.B. Church.Robert Neil EdwardsRobert Neil Edwards was born Feb. 26, 1957, in Perry, to Johnny and Edna Edwards Sr. He died on July 25, 2013. Mr. Edwards was educated in the public schools of Taylor County and graduated from Taylor County High School 1975. He was employed for several years as a member of management by IMC Mosaic Mines in Polk County. He also served his country for seven years as a soldier in the U.S. Army. At an early age he joined New Brooklyn Missionary Baptist Church. He was united in Holy Matrimony to Armentha M. Edwards and they shared four sons. Survivors include: his wife, Armentha M. Edwards of Lakeland; a son, Chikoski A. Edwards of Tallahassee; step-sons, Calvin C. Steele and Carlee M. Steele of Lakeland; six grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; brothers, Booker Edwards (Phyllis) of Madison, Johnny Edwards Jr. (Marva) and Benny Edwards of Perry; sisters, Dorothy Edwards (Will) of Perry and Patricia Brown (Harry) of Miami; a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be Saturday, Aug. 3, 11 a.m. in New M. Zion M.B. Church. Visitation will be today, Aug. 2, 5-7 p.m. at Trinity Funeral Home with burial at Springhill Cemetery.Thomas Edward Files Sr.Thomas Edward Tommy Files Sr. died at his home in Steinhatchee on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. He was 55. Mr. Files was born on Jan. 11, 1957, to Bill and Helen Files. He graduated from Dixie County High School in 1976 and then served in the U.S. Navy as a signalman. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Steinhatchee. Survivors include: his wife of eight years, Bonita Files of Steinhatchee; a son, Tommy (Stacey) Files of Macintosh; a daughter, Lauren Files of Riverview; two granddaughters; his mother, Carole Files Terrell of Carrollton, Ga.; four brothers, Reed Files of Pensacola, Bradley Files of Newberry, Tim Files of Bremen, Ga., and Todd Files of Wilmington, N.C.; three sisters, Vivian Diane Potts of Ogden, Utah, Sheree Eluere of Steinhatchee and Melissa Hobbs of Leesburg; and godchildren, Lance Ciam Gallahun and Emily Marion Gallahun. He was preceded in death by his parents. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Rick Gooding Funeral Home in Cross City.Jode Dean WrightJode Dean Wright, who was born Jan. 19, 1982, died on July 17, 2013, at his home in Grapevine, Texas. He was a 2000 graduate of Taylor County High School and served two tours of duty in Iraq in the U.S. Army from 2003 to 2008, earning several metals. He graduated from ITT Institute in June of 2012. and worked as an IT desk technician. Mr. Wright was predeceased by his mother, Betty H. McCall of Perry. Survivors include: his wife, Stephanie; his daughter, Corrine, and two sons, Brian and lan, all of Grapevine; sisters, Cherie Blue (Billy) of Perry, Tammy Short (Simmie) of Ocala, Mindy Cartee (Eric) of Tennessee, Angel HallTedders, Teah English; Courtney English and Mary English of Indianapolis and brothers, Duane and Matthew of Indianapolis. Funeral services were held July 24. His nal resting place is at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas. Chaplain Major Charles A. Leggett USAR ofciated services.

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