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Members of J.F. “Bud” Tanner’s family at a gathering at Rock Creek Community in this photo from September 1958. They are, front row, from left, Don Childers, Orlando Blackwood, Noel Childers, Clifton Childers, Bynam Blackwood, Gary Blackwood, Pamela Childers and Loretta Blackwood, and back row, from left, J.F. “Bud” Tanner, Florence Tanner, Carmon Tanner, Elna Tanner, Elzin and Lois Childers, Cecil and Wilda Tanner, Eloise and Jack Maddox, and Arlin and Cleo Blackwood.
Lipscomb quartet sings in Moulton
75 Years Ago
June 19-25, 1931
David Lipscomb College Quartet of Nashville made its third annual appearance in Moulton. Members are Andy T. Richie, bass; Klingman Prentice, baritone; Leonard Kirk, first tenor; Robert Neil, second tenor; and Fred Scott, accompanist and reader.
Mrs. J.H. McCoy, widow of the late Bishop J.H. McCoy of the Southern Methodist Church, and twice president of Athens College, accepted the position of dean of residence at Alabama College in Montevallo.
50 Years Ago
June 19-25, 1956
The first Ladies Night of Hartselle Civitan Club was at First Methodist Church, with a meal served by the Woman's Society of Christian Service under the leadership of Mrs. L.H. Houston. A committee, led by Mrs. Charles Simpson, was in charge of decorations.
New officers were installed. They are Ed Summers, president; Buford Bentley, vice president; Charles Rowe, secretary; E.D. Ray, treasurer; and Grady Long, Gordon Groover, Joe Bramlett, Millard Moon and Powers Booth, directors.
Civitans presented their wives with bottles of perfume as mementos of the event.
Lorine Chatman of Talucah and a 1955 graduate of Morgan County Training School in Hartselle, was crowned "queen" in Toledo's Fifth Annual "Cotillion" contest sponsored by DeShetler Heating Co. and Daniel's Gas Station. Twenty-nine debutantes participated in the contest and Chatman was awarded a $300 scholarship. Chatman is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Chatman and is a former Morgan County 4-H club member.
Decatur Music Club elected new officers for the ensuing year. They are Mrs. Walter Carter, president; Robert H. Helle, first vice president; Mrs. M.E. Norris, second vice president; Mrs. Roy Hendrix, secretary; and Reneau Carrell, treasurer.
Ransom Crawford, chairman of the first-aid section of Morgan County chapter of American Red Cross, was honored by the local chapter with an appreciation award for outstanding service.
The award, authorized by the Southeast area office, is presented to Red Cross workers who have given 500 or more hours of extra service during an 18-month period.
Crawford has coordinated Red Cross first-aid classes with Civil Defense Emergency Aid Stations throughout Morgan County and has taught various civic, high school, and PTA classes.
Two Decaturites were elected officers of the Alabama Division of the Children of the Confederacy during the 34th annual convention in Livingston.
Walter Chenault was named corresponding secretary and Cecile Moseley was selected historian.
25 Years Ago
June 19-25, 1981
Ben Yorks, manager of Alabama operations for Saginaw Steering Gear, presented a check for $10,000 from General Motors Foundation Inc., for Operation Better Decatur. Operation Better Decatur was helping finance three projects: expansion of Wheeler Basin Regional Library; Cotaco Square Park in front of Morgan County Courthouse; and the renovation of the Princess Theatre into an arts center.
New elected officers of Phi Delta Chi high school sorority are Brenda Jordan, president; Amy Terry, vice president; Kellie Patterson, secretary; Jenna Crowe, treasurer; Lida Martin, sergeant-at-arms; Michelle Quarles, scribe; and Teresa Hall, chaplain.
The Royals won the Dixie Youth Baseball Major National League championship with a 13-2 record. Team members are Mitchell Duke, Hunt McKimmon, Tim Denis, Steve Holt, Will Williams, Mark Bradshaw, Chris Graves, John Thomas, Greg Hall, Tony Moyers, John Baggett, Joey Aycock, David Reed, Frank Duke, manager; and coach Granville Graves and coach Frank Bradshaw.
Michelle Grigsby of Decatur left to study voice at Fontainebleu in Paris.
She was a Judson College sophomore and was one of only 100 Americans admitted to the prestigious School of Music of the Ecoles d'Art Americaines, Palais de Fontainebleu.
Grigsby was a student of Dr. Betty Campbell at Judson, where she was a member of Delta Omicron international music fraternity. Her study abroad was made possible through a summer scholarship given by the Decatur chapter of the Judson Alumnae Association.
Before entering college, Grigsby studied voice and piano with Ramona Love Prater of Decatur, sang with the Selected Girls Sextet and was soloist and accompanist for the Concert Choir.
10 Years Ago
June 19-25, 1996
Volunteer Center of Morgan County was honored with more awards than any of the 500 such centers in the nation for its work in promoting projects such as Make a Difference Day. Awards were presented at the Points of Light National Conference in San Francisco.
The center won in the Audio-Visual Category for its Volunteer of the Week in partnership with McDonnell Douglas and WAAY-TV; Make a Difference Day with THE DECATUR DAILY; and Implementing the Volunteer Center Vision with Alison Gray, McWhorter Design, Inc., Boeing Employees Good Neighbor Fund, D and S Consulting Engineers Inc.
Dr. Ricky Fennell, a recent medical school graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham, was among honorees at King's Memorial United Methodist Church. Fennell is a Decatur native, a former member of King's Memorial and a graduate of Calhoun Community College's nursing program.
Jamie L. Williams, a student at East Lawrence High School, was named Outstanding Cadet for the Southeast Region with the Air Force Junior ROTC. She was a cadet major in the school's unit and also was awarded the National Sojourners Medal for demonstrated patriotism and Americanism and the Association of the U.S. Army for outstanding leadership capabilities.
She is the daughter of Joyce E. Williams of Moulton and the late Donald G. Williams.