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Mary Lott

Pearlie Ryan of Eva served in World War I.
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Pearlie Ryan of Eva served in World War I.

Missionary to Africa addresses Methodists

75 Years Ago

Aug. 7-13, 1931

Annie Parker, who spent time in Africa as a missionary, spoke to a large audience at First United Methodist Church. She is the daughter of George Parker who lived between Moulton and Hillsboro. She was home for several months before she returned to Africa.

Parker attended Lawrence County High School and graduated from Woman's College in Montgomery.

She spoke about her mission work while she was stationed in the Congo region.

The 16th Avenue Boys Quartet performed at First Baptist Church and Church of God in Moulton. Members of the quartet were Lamar Buck, Eugene Speer Jr., Ralph Field and Buren Nance.

E.W. McLeod took the first victory at Valley Country Club in THE DECATUR DAILY golf tournament.

R.H. Wyatt, who worked on the news staff at THE DECATUR DAILY, purchased a weekly newspaper in Lynchburg, Tenn.

Wyatt had served on several metropolitan and smaller dailies.

50 Years Ago

Aug. 7-13, 1956

L.E. Stone, director of personnel relations at Chemstrand Corp. in Decatur, spoke to the Civitan Club.

His address, "How Community Relations Affect Employer Relations," stressed four essentials for good community and industrial relations. They are good pay for good work, good human relations, good understanding of economic relationships and good outside understanding of employer relationships.

Avery Taylor, Decatur group manager for Southern Bell Telephone Co., became chairman of Morgan County United Fund appeal. The annual campaign included 20 charitable and public service agencies.

Taylor succeeded Quince E. Eddens, manager of Decatur Electric Department.

25 Years Ago

Aug. 7-13, 1981

Dr. W.L. Crocker, dean of faculty and instruction at The University of North Alabama, presented the Keller Key to Robbie Gail Cameron of Moulton during commencement ceremonies. Cameron earned the honor by maintaining the highest scholastic average in the four years she attended the university.

Alpha Alpha chapter of Beta Sigma Phi won in its division in the program presentation contest at the international headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Georgia Moultrie presented the award-winning program "Drama Theater" to the local chapter, which then submitted it to the international competition. The chapter received the first-place award and a monetary prize.

J. Ray Phiefer was named supervisor of the safety engineering section of Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry plant.

He joined TVA in 1977 at its Cumberland Steam Plant and moved to Browns Ferry as a safety engineer in 1978.

Phiefer is a graduate of The University of Tennessee-Martin.

Catfish Farmers of North Alabama organized in Moulton. Officers were Bobby Norwood, president; Milton Taylor, vice president; Charles Presaw, secretary; and Horace Roberts, treasurer.

The group was established to promote the catfish industry in North Alabama.

10 Years Ago

Aug. 7-13, 1996

Ginny Fite, a Realtor with Ben Porter Real Estate in Decatur, was awarded the Certified Residential Specialist designation by Realtors National Marketing Institute. Less than 4 percent of Realtors receive the designation. She is a member of Decatur Daybreak Rotary Club and a sustainer member of Junior League of Morgan County.

Melissa K. Matthews, district business development representative with Wackenhut Corp., a security firm, was recognized as a Gold Club member. Matthews helped the company gain a contract with Nissan in Smyrna, Tenn., for 100 security and fire protection specialists.

— Compiled by Mary Lott

THE DAILY welcomes the loan of vintage photos of people, places and events from Morgan, Limestone and Lawrence counties. Photos will be returned. Call Mary Lott at 340-2452 or e-mail her at

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