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Mary Lott

Employees of Thompson’s Garage & Body Shop in a photo that appears to be from the late 1950s or early 1960s. The business was on West Moulton Street in Decatur. If you have any information about this photo, including the names of those pictured, contact Mary Lott mary.lott@decaturdaily.com or call her at 340-2452.
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Employees of Thompson’s Garage & Body Shop in a photo that appears to be from the late 1950s or early 1960s. The business was on West Moulton Street in Decatur. If you have any information about this photo, including the names of those pictured, contact Mary Lott mary.lott@decaturdaily.com or call her at 340-2452.

Butler Hine is first member of Chamber of Commerce

75 Years Ago

Dec. 4-10, 1931

Butler Hine, who had taken an active interest in the formation of a Chamber of Commerce in Decatur, became the civic organization’s first member.

Tennis S. Sparkman became the new leader of Decatur Community Singers.

Dr. J.A. Howle, a Falkville physician, became president of the Morgan County Medical Society. Dr. J.W. Hughes of Decatur became vice president and Dr. T.J. Russell of Somerville became censor.

50 Years Ago

Dec. 4-10, 1956

Mahlon A. Hartselle Jr. was appointed sales representative for Allstate Insurance Co. in Decatur and Morgan County.

Hartselle joined Allstate in October and received his training in the Atlanta branch. Prior to joining Allstate, he was manager and assistant treasurer of the Valdosta, Ga., office of Commercial Credit Corp. for six years.

The third annual appreciation banquet for the Athens High School football team, sponsored by Athens Junior Chamber of Commerce, was held with Judge Newton Powell as principal speaker.

Cecil Christopher, Jaycee president, opened the banquet and visitors included end coach Jack Griffin of Georgia Tech and line coach Charlie Shirer of Mississippi State. Former Athens team members who attended were David Martin and Sherrill Smith. Both are students at Florence State.

Coach Ferman Elmore presented letters to J.W. Smith, Mac Copeland, Bill Hester, John Sneed, Philip Christopher, Julian Newman, Steve Allen, Richard Martin, Terry Daniel, Mike White, Charles Bryan, Dwight Bates, Charles Lawler, John Chambers, Tom Coggins, Kenneth Smith and Lyman Jones.

Letters also were given to managers Elliott Agee and Donald Lester.

25 Years Ago

Dec. 4-10, 1981

Lt. Col. William H. Gibson, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Gibson of Hartselle, played an important part in the success of the space shuttle Columbia launch at Kennedy Space Center.

He provided vital support for the mission’s success, monitoring and tracking the progress of the shuttle in flight. As part of the Eastern Space and Missile Center, he monitored the spacecraft through a shuttle network, working with one of 34 ground-based precision tracking radars.

Gibson, a deputy for the operation, is assigned at Kennedy Patrick Air Force Base.

Ken Greenwood, president of Morgan County Board of Realtors, with support from board officers and directors, celebrated the 25th anniversary of the board. Those who attended were Nancy Keebaugh, director; Sally Sutton, secretary-treasurer; Charles Penn, president-elect; Cathy Pearson, director; and Anne Fowler, director. The board directors were Lester Gunnin, Jody Peterson, Pat Patterson, Tom Edgil and Allen Hamilton.

10 Years Ago

Dec. 4-10, 1996

Alicia and Josh Paulk won $35,400 on “Wheel of Fortune” when the siblings participated in the show’s special family week, winning on two different nights. The show was televised locally on WAFF-48.

Alicia, 22, a home-health care worker in Decatur, said she found the accomplishment unreal.

“I’m in shock pretty much still. To be honest, I can’t remember some of the puzzles. It sounds so weird but the whole thing is such a blur to me. I barely remembered my name on the show.”

Their parents, Gerald and Nancy Paulk, who moved from Decatur to Orlando, Fla., also are game show winners.

Nancy won about $6,000 and a trip to Cancun, Mexico, on “Wheel of Fortune” in 1994, and Gerald won a car and dining room set on the “Price is Right” in 1986.

The first legal bingo game in Morgan County brought in gross receipts of about $5,000, said Jerry Roberts, a member of Falkville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10744, which hosted the event.

The top prize awarded was $297 during the last game of the night.

The Rev. Jere Patterson and the Rev. Ron Wilson were selected to serve on Samford University’s Board of Ministerial Mentors. Patterson is director of missions for Morgan Baptist Association and Wilson is pastor of Hartselle First Baptist Church.

Former Lawrence County Board of Education member Hollis Thompson has worn the hats of a coach-teacher, principal-superintendent and served as assistant superintendent in his educational career.

His dedication to education earned him a position on the 1996 All-State School Board.

Thompson, 67, was one of four school board members from across the state honored at the Alabama Association of School Boards convention in Birmingham.

Compiled by Mary Lott

The Daily welcomes the loan of vintage photos of people, places and events in Morgan, Lawrence and Limestone counties for The Valley of Years Past. Photos will be returned. Please contact Mary Lott at 340-2452 or mary.lott@decaturdaily.com.

Mary Lott Mary Lott
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