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Local News For August, 26th, 2022

Good morning y’all, and now a little news to get you up and going. weather-wise, after patchy fog early, we’ll have clouds mixing with some sun Friday. A couple of spots of rain can’t be ruled out at first with scattered showers and storms this afternoon. Coverage will be around 40-50% with highs near 80.

Now your Daily arrest report is brought to you by Trenter Bail Bonding, locked up, need to get out, call Jeff, or Jimmy at 334-864-5559. From Chambers County, Chambers County Sheriff's Office reports the following:

Andrea Danielle Gamble, 31, of Roanoke, AL was arrested for Failure to Pay - Child Support

Natasha Eulonia Grady, 37, of Lafayette, AL was arrested for Domestic Violence 3rd Degree Criminal Trespass

From Lanett

James Lashon Whitlow, age 48 of Lafayette, Al was charged with Failure to Appear Tavian Randell Walker, age 22 of Valley, Al was charged with Failure to Appear (Traffic) Stuart Grant Stephens, age 29 of Lanett, Al was charged Failure to Pay (Traffic) Lagarian Quintavious Tiy-E Rookel Watson, age 23 of Lafayette, Al was charged with Failure to Appear (Traffic) Roger Sorrell, age 84 of Lanett, Al was charged with Domestic Violence Strangulation

From Valley

Kimila Lynn Motley, 54 of Opelika, charged with Failure to Pa-Theft of Property 4th, Theft by Deception 4th, and Criminal Trespass 2nd

Daybresheanna Katrel Brooks, 22 of Valley, charged with Failure to Appear-Witness Summons

Harold D. Davis, 54 of Valley, charged with Possession of Marijuana 2nd

Valley Police also reported the following incidents:

Report of a Theft of Property 4th (Merchandise) in the 4500 block of Fairfax Bypass

Report of a Harassment in the 500 block of US Highway 29

Report of a Domestic Violence 2nd in the 5900 block of 24th Avenue

Report of a Harassing Communications in the 200 block of Crest Club Circle

and now Obituary's brought to you by Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home, providing dignified service since 1900.

Johnson Brown announces the passing of the following:

Mrs. Jeanette Smith, 81, a resident of Lake Harding, AL passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at her residence. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at 1:00 PM CST (2:00 PM EST) from the Blanton Baptist Church with Bro. Francis Irmiter and Rev. Ronnie Jordan officiating.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband of 54 years, Vernon Smith; son, Marc Smith (Karen); three grandchildren, Jonathan Smith (Kera); Elijah Smith (Hosanna); & Isaac Smith (Emily); and four great-grandchildren, Asa, Eden, Emery, & Eva. A son, John Vernon Smith, Jr. preceded her in death.

She was born in Atlanta, GA on August 19, 1941, and raised in Decatur, GA and, was a graduate of Southwest DeKalb High School. She was a member of Blanton Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blanton Baptist Church or to Chattahoochee Hospice.

Visit to sign the online guest book or light a Remembrance Candle in her memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Valley, AL Directing

Eddie Sanford Estes, III, 41, of LaGrange, Georgia passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2022

Eddie was born on June 2, 1981, in LaGrange, Georgia to Jo Burdick and the late Eddie Sanford Estes, Jr. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Alan Estes, grandparents, Eddie Sanford Estes, Sr. and Katie Estes, James and Martha Messer, and Ben Burdick.

Eddie loved life and he lived life to the fullest.

He was an avid University of Georgia Bulldogs football fan and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking, playing paintball, mountain biking, and riding jet skis on the lake. Eddie loved all of his animals – especially his chickens.

Eddie was gifted in working with computers and enjoyed building computers and repairing them.

He is survived by his son, Eli Estes (Chloe), mother, Jo Burdick (Rick), sister, Nikki Rice (Eric), sister, Sheryl Estes (Jim), brother, Chris Burdick (Emily), special friend, Autumn Barcus, grandmother, Marie Mosele, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 28, 2022, at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home chapel in Valley with interment following in Shadowlawn Cemetery. The Reverend Jeff McCartney officiating. His family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Saturday evening from 6:00 P.M. EDT until 8:00 P.M. EDT.

Please visit Eddie’s Memorial Tribute page at to leave a kind message for his family, share a memory of Eddie, or light a Remembrance Candle in his memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home directing. (334)768-2141.

Mr. Harold Lee Lauderdale, age 73, of Lanett, Alabama passed away on Monday, August 22nd, 2022 in Opelika, Alabama. He was born on July 3rd, 1948 in Eufaula, Alabama.

Harold grew up in the Shawmut community and graduated from Valley High School. Upon graduation, he joined the 825 Security Police Sq, United States Air Force stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas where he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. After completion of service as an Air Police Supervisor, including deployment to Taipei, Taiwan, he was honorably discharged in 1969 as a Sergeant.

Harold attended Auburn University and received a Bachelor of Science and Education. He enjoyed many years of service in the textiles industry with West Point Pepperell and later Johnston Industries. During that time, he taught Textile Production & Management at Auburn University, developed and obtained a patent for a method of making a reinforcing fabric for power transmission belts, hoses, and the like, and finally ended his career as Plant Manager of Langdale & Shawmut Mills.

Harold was known for his love of 1960’s music and spending evenings on the deck singing oldies with friends. He married his high school sweetheart, Deborah, and recently celebrated 53 years of marriage. They raised their two children in Lanett, AL, and later in life, he enjoyed living near his six grandsons and sharing words of wisdom with them. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and all who knew him.

Harold is survived by his wife of 53 years, Deborah Lauderdale; daughter, Hollie Zachry (David); son, Mark Lauderdale (Lindsey); grandchildren, Miles Zachry, Brooks Zachry, Colton Zachry, Austin Morgan, Lawton Lauderdale, and Russell Lauderdale; sister, Susan Otto; brother, Donnie Lauderdale.