George Smith: All dressed up for the mourning
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
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A BIT of unfinished business on Minnie Lou Vice, whose funeral was Sunday afternoon at Oak Grove Baptist Church in the northern end of the county.

As I’ve mentioned, she was my aunt by marriage (to the blonde) and a few years back the two of us were in conversation about our funerals. I mentioned I wanted a closed coffin.

Her response:

“Not me. I want an open casket. It’ll be the first time I’m all dressed up and I want everybody to see me.”

She had a great sense of humor and she got her wish.

“All dressed up” was a lovely pink dress with a pink rose pinned to it. And the visitation Saturday night was held among roses and roses and roses ... everywhere.

I also mentioned she lived on Gilberts Ferry Road.

Can anyone out there tell me anything about the long-ago ferry known as Gilberts Ferry that transported travelers across the Coosa River? Was it named for perhaps the man who owned it?

I have no idea.

Further south on the Coosa was Hart’s Ferry, I rode that one a few times back in junior high when we (Ohatchee) played Ragland in basketball.

So ... let me know ... if you know about either.

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CONGRATULATIONS are in order for Steve and Carolyn Wallace of Saks.

Their first date was on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 1963. The date “took,” so to speak. They were married three months later on May 4, 1963. That means the Wallaces will reach their 50th anniversary Saturday.

There will be a celebration Saturday at 3 p.m. at Saks Baptist Church.

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“The reflection in her mirror is not the image she remembers in her mind.”The Hunger

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I DON’T know how the Baptists are doing down around Woodland, but the Methodists seem to be thriving.

If you’re headed that way on Alabama 48 you’ll be looking at a brand new church under construction for the Liberty Grove Congregational Methodist Church.

The Rev. Greg Norred is pastor.

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BIRTHDAYS: April 10 — Evelyn Vice; April 18 — Laura Spears; April 22 — Ruth Golden; Apr. 24 — Eddie Vice and Norm Kelley; April 27 — Amye Golden; April 29 — Lois Hipps, Lacey Ward, and Cotton Reid; May 3 — Vanessa Bonner and Sholanda Sanford; May 4 — Kelly Evans and Linda Napton.

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TOP TEEN: The spotlight this morning shines on Faith Christian School in Golden Springs where Paul Andrew Bedford has a blistering 32 on his ACT.

Paul has nailed down salutatorian honors, second in the Class of 2013.

He is a member of the National Beta Club, chaplain of the Student Government Association, on the journalism staff, a member of the History Club and in the FCS choir.

For a bit of fun, Paul is in the Chess Club and on the tennis team.

A member of the New Haven Baptist Church, he has made numerous mission trips, delivered food for World Changers, and volunteered for tornado relief.

This fall he heads for the University of Alabama on a Presidential Scholarship. The plans are to major in chemical engineering.

“Paul is a brilliant young man,” says Headmaster Robert Phillips. “What sets him apart is that his love of learning is truly intrinsic.”

Proud parents are Tony and Sonya Bedford of Eastaboga.

Take a bow, young man.

George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or email:

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