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Bake sale will be held this SaturdayTruth Academy will hold a bake sale Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Perry Village Shops (the shopping center located in front of Wal-Mart). Proceeds from the sale benet students of the Truth Academy Christian School. A variety of cakes and pies will be available, including red velvet, double chocolate, apple, cherry and blueberry.Chamber hosts meet & greet TuesdayPerry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce members are invited to attend a Meet & Greet reception Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Mamas Restaurant from 5-7 p.m. We encourage members to take this opportunity to meet your new chairman, Dianna Sandonato of Mamas Italian Restaurant, and your chamber board representatives. Begin the new year by coming out to this special event and nd out more about your chamber, Chamber Director Dawn Taylor said. We would also like members to let the board know what more we can do for you and your community. The meet-and-greet event is open to all chamber members, future members and local elected ofcials. For more information, please contact the chamber ofce at (850) 584-5366. deadline to register for MoonPie pageantThe nal deadline to register for the upcoming MoonPie Princess Pageant is Wednesday, Jan. 29. A mandatory parents meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, for all participants. The pageant is open to girls between the ages of ve and eight. The sixth annual pageant will be held Friday, March 28, at Forest Capital Hall. The winner of the MoonPie Princess Pageant, her court and the Bluegrass Sweethearts will represent MoonPie at the Florida State Bluegrass Festival and other functions throughout the community. For more information, please call the Chamber of Commerce at (850) 584-5366. Scholarships availableCollege students majoring in political science, public or business administration, or journalism/mass communications are invited to apply for one of three $1,200 scholarships to be awarded by the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections. Applications are available at the local supervisor of elections ofce or online at to speak at library MondayDelores Leggett Walker, author and newspaper columnist, will be guest speaker at the Monday, Jan. 27, meeting of the Friends of the Taylor County Public Library. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the library, which is located at 403 N. Washington St. The program is free and the public is invited to attend. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayJanuary 24-25, 2014 Index One section 125th Year, No. Weather Friday43 25 Saturday 63 23 Sunday62 39 20% Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-4 Religion . .................. A-6 Sports . .................... A-7 Entertainment . ........ A-8 TV listings . .............. A-9 Classieds . .......... A-10 News Forum District seeks funding to build new primary schoolLocal students have been attending Perry Primary School (PPS) since the 1970s, but its service could come to an end within the next several years as the Taylor County School District seeks state funding to construct a new K-2 school here. According to Superintendent Paul Dyal, the district rst approached the Florida Department of Educations (DOE) special facilities construction program for funding for a new school in 2009. They reviewed our report and said our school would be good for another four years, he said. The district then led a second report last fall and this time DOE accepted their determination that a new school is needed, Dyal continued. The district is now waiting for DOE to send a facilities team to inspect PPS and conrm the districts report. According to Dyal, DOE has notied his ofce that they are currently putting the team together and it should be onsite within the next four to six weeks. Should the team sign off on the need for a new school, the next step in the process would be to hire an architect to develop plans for the new school and determine its cost. The district would then make a funding request to the facilities board this fall, Please see page 3 Gov. Scott presents AMTEC Newcomer Award Tuesday AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc., which relocated its manufacturing facility to Taylor County in 2013, received the Newcomer Award from Florida Gov. Rick Scott at the 2013 Governors Innovators in Business Awards held Tuesday in Tallahassee. Scott, along with Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida (EFI) Gray Swoope, announced the Tallahassee area winners. The awards recognize Florida companies in select industries that have inuenced the states economic growth and diversication over the last year. AMTEC won the Newcomer Award in a mid market, which includes winners in counties with a population up to 150,000. The companies recognized today, including Taylor Countys AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc., have made a strong impact in the economic turnaround Florida is experiencing, Scott said. We all appreciate their contribution to the business community and for providing Florida AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc., received the Newcomer Award from Florida Gov. Rick Scott as Ann Scott and Gov. Scott.Please see page 3 no presents, please.Woodell celebrates 90 years of Shakespeare lessons & high school memoriesBy ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI Staff writer The 12 new teachers waited with bated breath for the districts newest assistant principal to be introduced. We knew he was singlewhen we went in--and he knew all of us were there--he had this real stern look on his face. I told Lou (my roommate) Man, Im getting out of this race. He is the meanest looking man Ive ever seen in my life! I married him that summer. That was August 1947 and I married him Aug. 1, 1948. The couple, the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. Robbins (Marjorie) Woodell, settled in Clermont and each continued with their respective teaching and school administrative careers. During that time, Robbins (whom Marjorie called Woody) also became a lay preacher and it was this calling that would eventually open the door for Perry to become their home. I grew up in Alabama, graduated high school in Mobile and attended Montevallo University, graduating in 1946 with a bachelors degree in English, history and French. French. I could no more have taught French than anything, but I had the degree, Marge Woodell recalled with a laugh. I taught in Lafayette, Ala., and my rst job was teaching ninth grade with classes of 39 students. Then I taught eighth grade. I was horribleI couldnt control them. I told myself I would give it one more year and if it didnt get better, there had to be a better way to make a living. In 1947, Florida passed the Minimum Foundation Act, which gave teachers a lot more money than what I was making in Alabama. So I sent off my resume and was hired. I moved to Clermont not knowing a soul. But a lot of teachers were coming to Florida from all over for the higher salaries. My roommate was from North Carolina. Then I met Woody (Mr. Woodell). He was from Lake City and went to the University of Florida. We moved to Ft. White for Please see page 5


Editors Note: The following is the continuation of a history of Taylor County written by the late June Parker McLeod, an educator and avid local historian. It is featured on a web site highlighting Perry and Taylor County history ( taylorcountyhistory/). Taylor County settlers were interested in education from the very rst. Before the end of 1860 there were eight schools in operation. The sum of $185.40 or 45 per student was allotted Taylor County from the state funds. McGuffeys readers were used in the schools. In 1860, according to Florida historian W.T. Cash, there were two Baptist and two Methodist churches in the county. Many church services were held in private homes, under brush arbors, or some regular gathering place. Fundamentalism was universal. The buying and selling was nearly all done at Newport and for a time there was only one main highway out of Perry called Newport Road. Most of the countys cotton, hides and the excess of sugar, syrup, pork, beeswax, etc. went to Newport. Barrels of our, caddies of tobacco, packages of snuff, sacks of coffee, bolts of cloth, axes, plow tools and general replenishments of family needs were brought home from Newport. Supplies of calomel and quinine, opium, paregoric, Dovers powders and blue mass were also obtained at Newport. The main industries of the county at the time of secession were farming and stock raising. A few people ran sheries and there were ve or six small merchants. The largest stores were operated by Neal Hendry and J. H. Sappington with stock assessed at $1,500. John S. Cochrans goods were valued at $500 and Emory Vanns valued at $380. Two other merchants had mercantile stocks listed at $50 each. E. F. Ezell, John M. Towles and William Bevan operated sheries.A-2 Perry News-Herald January 24-25, 2014 Looking Back January 24-25, 2014 SIX REPRESENT TAYLOR IN TAMPASix students represented Taylor County schools at the Music Educators National Conference held in Tampa. They included: Sam Baker and Rodney Whiddon who sang in the newly-formed All State Treble Choir; Krister Fraser, Belinda and Wendell Hobart who were chosen for the All State Mixed Chorus; and Pam Trofemuk who was selected for the All State Senior Chorus.FUQUA VISITS PERRYCongressman Don Fuqua, his wife, Nancy, and son, John, visited Perry and enjoyed a cane-grinding at the B. O. Red Padgett Farm.PICKLES NAMED EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTERVirginia Pickles was named Employee of the Quarter by Doctors Memorial Hospital and presented a plaque by Mike Lynn, physical therapist.A KING IS BORNMichael Edwin King was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harold King on Jan. 1 at Tallahassee Regional Medical Center. He weighed 8 pounds, 15.5 ounces.SOCIETY NEWSMr. and Mrs. Jerry A. Grubbs Sr. announced the engagement of their daughter, Connie Louise, to William Donald Bareld. A March 10 wedding was planned. Mr. and Mrs. John L. Jackson of Greenville announced the engagement of their daughter, Janet Marie, to Jerry Melson. A Jan. 27 wedding was planned at 7 p.m. in Sirmans Baptist Church. Vickie Kemp and Shannon Howell exchanged wedding vows in Grace United Methodist Church; Judge Royce Agner performed the ceremony. THE PERRY NEWS-HERALD January 25, 1979 Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE anthonylamarwhite@yahoo.comCold? This isnt cold If you think its really cold outside now, then youre probably too young to remember when it used to really be cold. Cold weather today, at least in these parts, is a spring afternoon compared to the bitter cold winters of yesteryear. Back then, it was so cold that instead of letting faucets drip to protect pipes, hydrant to keep the pipes from bursting. Back then, some of my neighbors would turn on the sprinklers in their yard to create icicle trees and Floridas version of a winter wonderland. And back then, whenever I was forced to leave the house, I grabbed a sweater, jacket and coat. Today, I dont own a coat and the only jacket I have was given to me by a friend who was trying to save me from a bout with pneumonia. Perhaps the biggest difference between the weather then and now was how distinct the seasons were back then. Spring was warm. Summer was hot. Fall was cool. And winter was, to put it simply, freezing cold. During the spring, summer and fall, the windows of my grandmothers house were always open, the screen door was the only closed door, and there was always a fan blowing somewhere in the house. However, all of that changed during the winter months. It didnt matter whether or not the cold weather grandmother closed up the house. The windows were sealed and locked. The doors were slammed shut. And towels and rags were crammed into every crack When the heaters came on, my grandmother also turned on her boiling water on the stove and smaller pots of water on top of the gas heater heater in the back of the house. burning heater, but my uncles were required to keep at least a weeks worth during the winter months. Whenever they complained about having to chop wood, my grandmother needed only to heater was in the back of the house where their bedroom was. During the winter months, my grandmother practiced preventive medicine more than any other time of the and vapor rub. You dont want to get sick when its this cold, she would say as she bathed us in vapor rub. Itll be summer before you get well. My grandmother even cooked differently Her theory was, when its cold, the best foods were the ones that warmed you up inside. A pot of homemade beef soup not only signaled the start of winter, we could also look forward to a fresh pot of soup once a week. Occasionally, she would substitute chili for soup. She also cooked a variety of stews and casseroles that she said would keep a body warm inside and out. When it came to breakfast during the winter, hot chocolate, oatmeal and buns replaced orange juice, cereal and Pop Tarts. When it came time for us to step out into the cold, my grandmother and mother made sure we were dressed for the weather. Getting dressed took twice as long as it did during other seasons because we had to put on a pair or two pair of jeans or corduroy pants (or two pairs of pants), a sweater, coat, tam and gloves. Then and only then, were we allowed to step out into the Arctic cold. Today, its supposed to be freezing cold outside, so you young folks better bundle up or stay inside. As for the rest of in the park. In the woods Hunting camps are a way of life for many Taylor County families, a tradition that stretches back to pioneer days. Several members of this local family were ready for action. If you recognize anyone here, please let us know by calling (850) 584-5513 or e-mail at Tide City circa 1925. Tide City was a small town once located on the southwest side of Beach Road between Cedar Island and Steinhatchee (a few miles past Hagans Cove). It is believed that Tide Swamp was named for the town. Have you heard of Tide City? of Taylor County History T h e Early settlers focused on education; main industries were farming, stock raising Please see page 5


By ANGELA M. CASTELUCCI Staff writer It was truly a family affair when Marine veteran and Perry native William C. Scott was presented the Congressional Gold Medal for his service during World War II during ceremonies held in the town he now calls home, St. Petersburg. All four of his sisters, as well as his daughter and several nephews, were on hand to witness the long overdue honor. The day also celebrated the refurbishing of Scotts house, a labor intensive process supported by a wealth of donations and volunteers. While Scott is usually one to shy away from the spotlight and whose strong will has often kept him from seeking help, this was an offer he accepted with the grace and dignity his parents Elmo and Indiana Scott passed on to all 13 of their children. I have heard many times that love is not what love says but love is what loves does, and I see it in the faces all around, Scott told those surrounding him at the November 2013 event. Scott, a graduate of Jerkins High School, was a member of the original Montford Point Marines, the rst black unit of the U.S. Marine Corps. He remained in service from October 1944 until his retirement in 1976. After high school, Bill (William) attended Florida A&M but joined the military before graduating. I was in about the fth grade when he entered the service and had graduated college myself and was working when he retired. Then he moved to St. Pete, but the family remained in touch, Scotts younger sister, Juanita Scott, said. Many may remember her from her long teaching career with the Taylor County School District. I taught for 36 years, mainly kindergarten, before retiring in 1992. I still see former students around town who remember being in my class. William is her last surviving brother out of nine. There were nine boys and four girls in our family. All four of the girls are still alive and William is our last brother, Juanita Scott said. Our parents did not have an education, but believed in itthey didnt want us to do what they didmy mother was a domestic. She washed and ironed. Daddy retired from Lee-Cypress. Everybody nished high school except one. Six of the brothers and sisters attended college, two entered the service with Howard Scott retiring as an Army captain. Laura Scott Reaves taught school for 42 years; her sister, Ernestine (husband, Benny) Adams was in civil service; and sister Corine Howell was a paraprofessional. Their brothers were (in birth order) Elmo Jr., Rudolph, William, Edward, Howard, Vearl (wife, Doris), John (wife, Norma), Alphonso and Bernard (wife, Betty). William is 87; my sisters are 94, 90, 88 and Ill be 81 on my next birthday, Juanita said. Pride and love are both evident when Juanita speaks of her trip with her sisters to watch William being honored. Of course we were all there.A-3 Perry News-Herald January 24-25, 2014 families an opportunity to live the American Dream. Congratulations to each of them for their achievement. Florida and its companies continue to be the model for economic recovery and growth, Swoope said. Companies from every industry around the state have helped produce jobs and provide opportunities that companies in other states just havent been able to match. They truly deserve to be recognized for their resilience, innovation and achievements. On behalf of EFI, congratulations to each of these worthy companies and we look forward to their continued success. EFI has hosted the annual program for 30 years. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges that includes business leaders, past winners and EFI staff. Winners were recognized at a special event in the Governors Mansion Tuesday evening, Jan. 21. AMTEC is one of three domestic full-service manufacturers of products for law enforcement and corrections agencies in the U.S. and worldwide. In addition to their manufacturing facility, the company developed a fullservice Tactical Training Complex in Taylor County aimed at providing realistic, tactical training scenarios. The move to Taylor created 60 jobs and $10 million in capital investment. AMTEC Less-Lethal Systems, Inc., is pleased to receive recognition under the Governors Innovators in Business Awards as a Newcomer to Florida, AMTEC President Rick Gardner said. Our decision to relocate from Arkansas to Florida was due in large part to the business friendly economic climate that Gov. Scott has implemented. We were able to break ground and complete the permitting and construction of our state-of-the-art product manufacturing plant and tactical training center within nine months, which is a testimony to both state and local ofcials commitment to working with new industry. most likely in August, Dyal said. The request would be for funding in 2015. Dyal said to move forward with the architect step of the process, however, the district must either own the intended property or have a binder on a prospective property for the new school site. At Tuesdays school board meeting, the board by consensus agreed to allow Dyal to contact local real estate agents about potential properties, beginning his search near Taylor County Elementary School (TCES), which is the districts newest school and was also funded through the special facilities construction program. For TCES, the district received $8.5 million from the state in 2001-02 and contributed $4.4 million of its own funds. According to Dyal, the program requires districts to allocate revenues from their 1.5 mill capital improvement property tax for three years to a funded project. The district also received $10.2 million in state funding in 1991-92 through this program for the construction of Taylor County High School, providing $3.9 million in local funds. According to Dyal, the districts main concern with PPS is that its open concept design is not conducive for learning. The schools pods originally did not have walls between the individual classrooms, although portable walls were later installed to cut down on noise. Students have to go through other classrooms to get in or out, Dyal said. In addition, the school still has its original roof and HVAC system, and does not have its own kitchen, forcing the district to transport meals from other locations, he continued. Dyal is expected to bring the results of his property search back to the school board at a future meeting. PRIMARY SCHOOL Continued from page 1 Board approves property search AMTEC Continued from page 1 Move created 60 jobs, $10 million investment Marine awarded Congressional Gold Medal for WWII service Juanita Scott with the St. Pete newspaper that featured her brother on the front page. Economic development and small business development are vital concerns for the future of Floridas communities. The need for new jobs and higher paying jobs is a common concern along with diversifying local economies in fast changing times, including through jobs and businesses that will be here in years to come. Rural areas often face the most difcult challenges in improving and sustaining their economic well-being. The Rural Florida Economic & Business Development Webinar Series, featuring leading experts on related topics, has been created as part of a project to nd solutions for current and future needs. The live series kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 28, and will run from 2-3:45 p.m. The rst session will include the head of the states economic development agencies, Enterprise Florida and the Florida Department of Commerce Secretary (Gray Swoope), a leading expert in rural issues and strategies and author of the Florida Rural Economic Development Study (Del Boyette) and a local and regional expert in economic development action (Alex McCoy, chair of the North Florida Economic Development Partnership and Putnam County Chamber of Commerce vice-president). There is no charge to attend the events and those interested can participate online or listen in by phone if preferred. Participants will be able to ask questions of the speakers. The series runs through March. Other events in the series will be on the themes of economic diversication, small business development and future trends relevant to rural communities. To register and attend at no charge, go to http:// The series is part of a community-wide Vision ACTION project   also sponsored by Jefferson County. Further information on the overall project is available through the same website. Rural economic webinar series launches Tuesday


A-4 Perry News-Herald January 24-25, 2014 Living Youth, ages 8-18 are encouraged to get t with 4-H in a 12-week tness and nutrition program which begins Feb. 26 and continues through March. Classes will be held from 3:30 until 4:45 p.m. (on Feb. 26, March 6, March 12 and March 26) with a full schedule issued at the rst class. Youth will meet every other week at the 4-H ofce to participate in physical activities such as walking, running, stretching, aerobics and yoga, said Abbey Tharpe, 4-H Extension Agent I. In addition, nutrition and healthy food preparation lessons will be taught. This will give the students tools they can use on a daily basis. The program is free and will be held at the Taylor County Extension Ofce. Its a great commitment for you and your family this year, Tharpe said. To sign up or for more information, call 850-838-3508 or e-mail You may also visit the Taylor County 4-H Clubs Facebook page. The Weight Management Program, sponsored by the University of Florida, is now being offered at the local extension ofce. If youre looking for a healthy way to lose weight and get healthier, you are not alone, said Extension Agent Lori Wiggins. More and more Americans are becoming overweight, increasing their risk for certain health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. Originally offered for Columbia County, this program now being offered in Perry for eligible adults...and at no cost. Sessions will be conducted by leaders with expertise in weight management, nutrition and physical tness. Compensation for travel to sessions can also be provided. Interested persons are urged to call toll-free now for more information: 1-877-273-5235. What if youre not a youth, but you still want to get t? Santa got a lot of help in Steinhatchee... The table tells it all: an abundance of gifts and prizes for children in Steinhatchee was distributed by American Legion Post 291. The organization says it put smiles on the faces of 58 children this holiday season...and members of the post found themselves smiling, too. Steinhatchee serves spaghetti Sat. The Steinhatchee Garden Clubs 13th annual spaghetti dinner will be held Saturday at the Community Center from 5-7:30 p.m. A generous serving of spaghetti with garlic bread, salad and beverage costs $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12.


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A-6 Perry News-Herald January 24-25, 2014 Religion Gather up your ifs & meet Feb. 7-8 Kristy Goodman and Kendall Cruce urge women in the community to mark Feb. 7-8 on their calendars for the If: Gathering in the student center of First Baptist Church. This is not a retreat. It will not be polished and perfect, but simply a gathering place for women to come and to be real, honest, open and vulnerable with God and with each other, said Goodman and Cruce, organizers for the event. Its a simulcast with sessions on Friday from 7-10 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. We will gather as women, not as a church, a denomination or anything more, to wrestle out how to live out the calling God has placed on our lives. Early registration is $20 by Sunday, Jan. 26, and late registration is $25 due by Feb. 6. On the day of the event, registration is $30. A light lunch of soup will be served Saturday. For additional information, please contact 850-672-2321 or 850-838-6800. You may also e-mail or Online, you can read more at you! The family of Charles Robert Ward extends a warm Thank You to Crosspoint Fellowship Baptist Church for all the love given to us during these past very difcult times. To everyone that showed their love for Charles with visits, hugs, phone calls and all the meals provided for our family upon his passing, we will never forget you! To Pastor Eddie Pridgeon and Pastor Billy Gibson, thank you so much for staying close to Charles those last few days and providing the spiritual strength we needed to make it through with him. Your compassion at the memorial will remain in our hearts forever. To the Crosspoint Praise and Worship team for the beautiful music and all the special friends who spoke those wonderful words about Charles, we thank you. Charles Ward was a devout Christian, loving husband and father. He was also a faithful friend to so many. God Bless you all! Sandra Bolton-Ward Mike Ward Deborah Rowland Card of ThanksThe Pentecostals of Perry will have a special fellowship on Sunday, Jan. 26. Morning worship will begin at 12 noon followed by a potluck lunch. If you do not have a regular place of worship, please plan to attend, a spokesperson for the church said. Transportation is available; please call 843-5213 on Saturday, Jan. 25, to schedule pick-up. A Sister-to-Sister Breakfast is planned for Saturday, Jan. 25, at Bethel of Mt. Sinai Holy Church in Mayo, 357 S. W. Pine Street. Friends in Taylor County are invited to the 9 a.m. prayer breakfast which will feature Prophetess Jennifer D. Long of Jacksonville. Little Bethel A.M.E. Church and Elder Rose Campbell invite everyone to the Annual Family and Friends Day on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m. Deacon Eric Cobb will be the guest speaker, focusing on the theme, Letting Purpose and Commitment Lead the Way in Relationships. Antioch Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate Pastor Tony O. Grahams eighth anniversary on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. with leadership provided by the Elizabeth M.B. Church in Lloyd. At 3 p.m., the Union Branch M.B. Church in Tallahassee will lead. Revival services begin at Glorious Rain Church of God of Prophecy Friday and continue through Sunday at 7 nightly. The evangelist will be Minister Ranata M. Hughes. The church is located at 110 E. Maurice Linton Road. Luther Barber KeeneThe Rev. Luther Barber Keene died Jan. 21, 2014. He was born Aug. 9, 1918, the eldest son, of 10 children born to Martin Luther and Avis Barber Keen. He was precede in death by his wife of 53 years, Mildred; a daughter, Wava Joyce; his parents; and seven siblings. Ordained into the ministry on Christmas Day, 1943, in the Baptist Purity Association, his ministry from 1943-1958 was on the roads of Florida and Georgia with his family and a canvas tent. His ministry continued throughout his life, and he was presented a plaque on Christmas Day, 2013, commemorating his 70th anniversary. Survivors include: his sisters, Alee Murray and Vernelle Surrency; his four sons, LaRue (Dale), Hollis (Linda), LaRoyce (Debby), Travis (Julie); his four daughters; Frieda (Frank) Poole, Yolanda (Richard) Joyner, Darlene (Jack) Welch and Cheryl (Allen) Ham; as well 18 grandchildren, 23 greatgrandchildren, 4 greatgreat-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. The family received friends from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23, at Haught Funeral Home Chapel in Plant City. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Salem Baptist Purity Church, located at 16525 S. U.S. Highway 19. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.Laura Agner FelderLaura Agner Felder, 96, died Jan. 21, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Center at Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park after an extended illness. Mrs. Felder was born May 22, 1917, in Taylor County. She lived in Jacksonville as a young woman where she met and married her husband, Walter M. Felder, who predeceased her. She lived in Mulberry for 17 years where she was a member of the First Baptist Church and worked in the childrens nursery. Mrs. Felder then lived in Jasper for seven years and in Ocala for 10 years where she worked in the ofce of the Marion County Clerk of the Court. Upon retirement she returned to Perry, where she was a member of the First Baptist Church. In 1998, she moved to Advent Christian Village. Survivors include: her son and daughter-in-law, Morris and Linda Sue Felder of Branford, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter M. Felder, her father and mother, Oscar and Sarah Townsend Agner, and her stepmother, Chaffer Cruse Agner. She was also predeceased by eight brothers and sisters: Sevier Agner, Missouri Kelly, Elmira Odom, Berta Shelfer, Royce Agner, Doris Lewis, Martin Agner and Drexel Agner. Services will be held at Burns Funeral Home today, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dick Moore ofciating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at Burns. In lieu of owers, donations may be made to the Advent Christian Village, P.O. Box 4305, Dowling Park, FL 32064.Kenny KoonKenny Ferguson Koon, 45, of Perry, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at Doctors Memorial Hospital. He was born April 19, 1968, in Perry, to Avon Koon Sr. and Lola Brooke Ferguson Koon. Mr. Koon attended First Assembly of God in Perry as a young man. He was preceded in death by his biological parents, Avon Kenny Koon and Lola Brooke Gear formerly Ferguson, and by his parents who raised him, Kelly and Goldie Ferguson, as well as his brother, Mark Ferguson, and sister, Linda Gear. Survivors include: his wife of nine years, Tonye Knight Koon of Perry; brothers, Billy Ferguson, Alvis Ferguson, Matthew Ferguson, Jimmy Gear and Billy Gear; sisters, Linda Philman, Rita Parker, Alice Fay Cruce, Lucinda Sherouse, Martha Jane Lewis, Angie Duty, Brenda Gear, Mary Gear and Samantha Gear; as well as many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Burns Funeral Home with Cricket Watson ofciating. Interment will follow in Pineview Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today, Jan. 24, at Burns Funeral Home which is in charge of all arrangements. By SARAH HALL Special prayers for Nobie Roberts, Gainesville; Nadine Mango, treatment; Virdie Lee Mrs. Kitty Dobson; May Francis Gillisple at DMH; George Gant, Donna Washington, the Gaddy family, James Miller, Betty Thomas, Deborah Leo Holland, all at home, as well as the Jay and Burney Families. Happy Birthday greetings to Mary PhillipsJan. 17; Sarah M. Sledge Hall, Minnie K. Ingram, Mildred Brown -Jan. 19. Pre-Centennial Services are planned at New Brooklyn M.B. Church Sunday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Charlie Bareld as guest speaker and the Pineland Congregation as the special guests. The Rev. D.L. McBride, pastor, invites everyone to attend. TIDBITS: Obituaries Pray always... Churches welcome YOU! Come for lunch, or breakfast, or revival


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