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Local News For Friday, May 13th, 2022

Good morning y’all, and now a little news to get you up and going. weather-wise, a mix of sun and clouds on this Friday the 13th with a chance of some sprinkles or a brief shower through the afternoon and early evening. Highs will be in the upper 70s and lower 80s.

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:

Donald Edward Belcher, 30, from Lagrange, GA was arrested for Obstructing Justice Using a False Name and Fugitive from Justice

Douglas Clifton Whitney, 59, of Alexander City, AL was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Joseph R'Daytaquon Truitt, 23, of West Point, GA was arrested for Failure to Appear - Burglary 3rd Degree and Failure to Appear - Theft of Property 2nd Degree

Karen Denise Stewart, 34, of Wadley, Al was arrested for Failure to Appear - Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance and Failure to Appear - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

From Lanett

1. Cayla Brooks, 28, of Lanett, AL arrested for Failure to Appear.

2. Dylan Elliott, 22, of Lanett, AL arrested for Criminal Mischief 3rd.

Lanett Police also report the following incidents:

1. Identity Theft reported in the 1800 Blk Magnolia Rd.

2. Domestic Violence 3rd reported in the 2300 Blk of S Broad Ave.

and from Valley

Cayla Leshea Brooks, 28 of Lanett, charged with Failure to Pay-Theft of Property 4th

Sacher Tarez Austria Williams, 27 of Valley, charged with Driving Under the Influence

Valley Police also report the following incidents:

Breaking and Entering of a Vehicle and a Theft of Property 4th (Plastic tote with tools) reported in the 100 block of Sportsplex Drive

Theft of Property 3rd (assorted merchandise) reported in the 600 block of Fob James Drive

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

Johnson Brown Funeral Home announces the passing of Richard Royce Finley, 85 of Valley, and beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who went to his Heavenly home on Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Richard served many years as a member of the Valley Rescue Squad while working for Big Star and later retiring from Piggly Wiggly. Richard was a member of Shawmut First Baptist Church.

Richard was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Shirley Novis Finley; son, Dennis Finley; daughter-in-love, Rhonda Finley; parents, Leonard & Mary Finley; brother, Charles Finley; and sisters, Bobbie Nix and Blanche Finley.

He leaves behind his daughter, Shelby Finley Polidoro, grandchildren, Cassey (Davis) Northcutt; Adam Finley and Amanda (Christian) Demyan; as well as great-grandchildren, Woods, Finley, Carter, Walker, and John Sawyer.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 11:00 AM EST with visitation prior to the service from 10:00 – 11:00 AM EST. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett.

The family would like express deepest thanks to Chattahoochee Hospice for the love and care you gave to our family during this time.

Visit to sign the online guest book or light a remembrance candle in his memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley, AL Directing

Johnson Brown also announces the passing of the following:

Mrs. Barbara Ann Smith, age 84, of Lanett, Alabama passed away on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022 in Valley, Alabama. She was born on July 20th, 1937 in Columbus, Georgia to the late Henry Alton and Tennie Bee Wood.

Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughter, Anita (Earl) Cofield; sisters, Kay (Doug) Metcalfe and Mary Lou (Jerry) Owens; grandson, David (Courtney) Cofield; granddaughter, Kimberly Cofield; great grandchildren, Starr (Lavonne)Binnix, Alyssa Nelson, and Bryce Nelson; great-great grandchild, Ava Binnix.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 54 years, George A. Smith; son, George Michael Smith; great grandchild, Bradyn Michael Nelson; brother, Clyde Wood; sister, Doris Howard.

Mrs. Smith was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. She loved to read and was an absolute sweetheart who had a great sense of humor. She loved her family and never missed a birthday or event. She was always smiling and was loved by all.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 13th, 2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. Pastor Milford McClain will officiate. Entombment will follow in the Park Hill Cemetery Mausoleum in Columbus, Georgia. Mrs. Smith’s family will receive friends Friday afternoon from 1:00 PM (EDT) until the service hour at the funeral home.

Please visit Mrs. Smith’s Memorial Tribute page at to leave a condolence for her family, to share a memory of Mrs. Smith, or to light a Remembrance Candle in her memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.

Jacob "Jake" Davidson, age 30, resident of Valley, Alabama passed away on Sunday May 8, 2022.

Jake was preceded in death by his father-Wayne Davidson, pawpaw-Jerry Barger, pawpaw-Charles Ray Davidson, father in law-Danny Bankston, granny-Annette Bankston.

Jake was born and raised in Parrish, Alabama where he went to school, played football, and met his high school sweetheart Savannah. They were married in 2012, moved to Valley to further Jake's career at Kia and grew their family in 2015. Jake was a man who loved the Lord, his family, and friends. He never turned down the chance to make sure Savannah knew that she was his everything. He liked to spend his time giving back to his community by helping coach his son and other children in basketball, baseball and football. Jake loved his little man Cranston and was over the moon to be growing their family again with his princess Oaklynn Jayke. He was an avid Auburn fan and didn't miss a chance to give anybody a strong War Eagle. Jake was a member of Valley Baptist Church and lived his life serving the Lord daily.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 12:00P.M. EDT at the Valley Baptist Church with the Reverend Nathan Lawrence officiating. His family will be receiving friends at the church on Saturday from 10:00A.M. EDT until the service hour at noon. On Sunday, May 15, 2022, a funeral service will be held at the Pleasantfield Missionary Baptist Church in Parrish, Alabama at 3:00P.M. CDT. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. His family will be receiving friends at the church on Sunday beginning at 1:00P.M. CDT until the service hour.

He is survived by his wife-Savannah Davidson, son-Jarred Cranston Davidson, unborn daughter-Oaklynn Jayke Davidson, mother-Angela Robinson, stepfather-Melvin Robinson, brother-Justin Davidson (Katie), step sister-Tiffney Edwards (Drew), step sister-Ashley McCoy (Daniel), step brother-Anthony Robinson (Amanda), mother in law-Tracy Bankston, sister in law-Heather Jones (Matt), sister in law-Lynsey Costin (Nick), sister in law-Candace Bankston, nanny-Linda Barger, grandma-Rosa Pennington, nanny-JoAnn Lollar, pawpaw-Vernon Bankston, mawmaw-Faye Jones, and many nieces and nephews.

Flowers may be sent to Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley, Alabama or to Collins Burke Funeral Home in Jasper, Alabama. Jake’s family would like to thank everyone again for all of the love, kind words, and prayers that have been shown to the family during this difficult time.

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

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Valley Chapel directing.

Marshall Strickland, affectionately known as “Uncle Bah”, age 79, of Cusseta, Alabama passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at his residence.

Mr. Strickland was born in Langdale, Alabama on June 26, 1942, to the late Warner Strickland and Valera Johnson Strickland.

Mr. Strickland was a hardworking man with a wonderful sense of humor. His friends often referred to him as a “card”.

Marshall enjoyed working in his yard and he loved his rose garden. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing, watching the University of Alabama football, and the Atlanta Braves.

He is survived by his wife, Pearlene Strickland; children, Toni Adams (Nathan), Matt Strickland, Melissa Royster; grandchildren, Paris Ruddock, Jacob Van Wettering (Bridget), Matthew Strickland, Joseph Gore (Kim Dean), Raiden Strickland, Brandon Ruddock (Elizabeth); great-grandchildren, Destiny, Preston, and Brooklyn Baltes, Madison Dean, Dalton Dean.

Services will be announced at a later date.

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

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing.

Dorothea Penn, 80, a resident of Lanett, AL was born August 5, 1941, in Selma, AL and died May 11, 2022 at her residence.

Mrs. Penn was predeceased by her parents, Marvin Clifton and Odessa Daniel Clifton; husband, Rayford DeLamar; brothers, Marvin Clifton, Jr., Danny Clifton; sisters, Margaret Avery, Martha Smith, and Rita Lassiter; and step-son John Michael Penn.

She is survived by Husband, John Penn; children, Kim Orsini (Franklin), Ray DeLamar, Jr. (Kathryn), and Derek DeLamar (Ramona), Paige Kicklighter (Ryan) and Brad Penn (Jennifer);

her grandchildren, Bess May Taylor (Joshua), Adeline DeLamar, Brigid DeLamar, Henry Cooper, Taylor Penn, Jordan Penn, Jaclyn Blohm, John Thomas Penn, Brittany Penn, Sam Penn, Brandy Penn, Bentley Carlton, John Reed Jr. (Maddie), Bailey Nebhut (Carly), and Christopher Bryant, Brad Orsini, Megan Orsini, Merrideth Orsini; great-grandchildren, Grayson Ingram and Brooklyn Ingram; sisters, Betty Wallace and Brenda Clifton; and beloved nieces and nephews.

She loved her husband, family, and church, West End Baptist, where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. Mrs. Penn made a career as a Respiratory Therapist, and served as director for Cardio Pulmonary Departments at East Alabama Medical Center and George H. Lanier Hospital. She served as President of Alabama State Respiratory Therapy Association and was instrumental to bringing Registry to Respiratory Therapists in the State of Alabama.

Funeral services will be 3:00 PM EST Saturday, May 14, 2022 at West End Baptist Church in Valley with Rev. Don Downs officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to West End Baptist Church or to Chattahoochee Hospice.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley, AL Directing

Mrs. Lucy Bell Henderson, 97, of Lanett, Alabama passed away at her residence on Wednesday, April 11, 2022.

Mrs. Henderson was born in Chambers County, Alabama on April 12, 1925, to the late Albert Riley Bell and Ersa Francis Rearden Bell. She was also preceded in death by her husband Jack Henderson and her son Buck Henderson.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lanett. She loved her church and her church family.

She enjoyed collecting antiques including Depression Era glass and other relics from the past. She was very talented in quilt making and provided quilts for her family, friends and anyone else who needed one. She also enjoyed fishing in her spare time.

Holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving were some of her favorite times of the year. It allowed her to bring her entire family together and enjoy the season. It also allowed her to showcase her excellent cooking skills and signature dishes.

Mrs. Henderson is survived by her daughter Nancy (Gray) Howard; daughter-in-law, June Henderson; grandchildren, Tammy (Joel) Wood, Jesse (Emily) Howard, Zachary (Carma Chase) Howard; great-grandchildren, Connor and Caleb Howard; brother, Charles Bell.

Graveside services will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 3:00P.M. EDT at Resthaven Cemetery. The Reverend Ronnie Jordan officiating. Her family will be receiving friends at the funeral home Saturday from 5:00P.M. EDT until 7:00P.M. EDT.

Her family would like to extend their sincere and heartfelt appreciation to Donna Abney for the love shown and given to Mrs. Henderson.

Please visit his Memorial Tribute page at to leave a kind message for the family, share a memory of Mrs. Henderson, or to light a Remembrance Candle in her memory.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.

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