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Steve Stewart

Sometimes initials are all there is

A.C. Taylor, the longtime Decatur barber who recently retired, said people often tried to prod him to give names that never were.

He told Ronnie Thomas that the biggest push came when he was in the Navy and stationed at Pearl Harbor.

"After I was injured in an accident aboard ship and hospitalized, a nurse demanded I give her my full name," he said. "I told her that A.C. was all there was.

"An orderly stepped in and told her that in the South there are a lot of initial names. He saved me a lot of grief."

Named after the weather

If your name is George Washington, you're probably named after America's first president.

But what if your name is Stormy Kirby?

"I get asked about my name a lot," Stormy said.

Deangelo McDaniel says the former Mount Hope athletic standout was born on a stormy night.

"My parents decided to name me Stormy," she explained.

Familiar name

"Well, I'll be John Brown!" was one of the old-fashioned expressions Johnnie Wooten used a lot through her 81 years.

But Patrice Stewart says the Decatur woman slowed down on using it after one of her granddaughters, Jennifer Allen, married a boy named — what else? — John Brown.

Building memories

Children wearing red shirts peeked around corners and into offices Thursday while attending Hospice of the Valley's open house in its newly renovated building on Johnston Street Southeast.

They ignored the decorated children's rooms in the Community Bereavement Center on the lower level. Instead, Patrice noticed them zeroing in on second-floor offices.

"There it is — that's it!" Alisha Amerson, 10, told her mother.

A fourth-grader at St. Ann School, she had located the place she attended first grade.

Alisha, wearing the St. Ann uniform like the others, also recognized where she went to kindergarten. St. Ann moved to Southwest Decatur a few years ago.

Clearing inventory

If you need a part for your 10-year-old car and the local merchant just happens to have one left, don't assume it's cheap just because it's dusty, Chris Paschenko says.

Chris couldn't believe his luck when he learned the ancient part was in stock. He imagined the employee blowing the dust off the box while checking to make sure it was the right one.

Why hadn't the part sold in the past decade? After he learned the three-figure price, Chris said it probably was sticker shock.

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