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Local News For Monday, March 21st

Good morning y’all, and now a little news to get you up and going. weather-wise, lots of sunshine this Monday will lead to a nice warm-up despite some high clouds rolling in during the afternoon ahead of a developing storm system in Texas. A bit breezy. Highs between 74 and 77.

Now your Daily arrest report 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:

1. Douglas Griffin, 30, Opelika, Public Intoxication

2. Ricky Lassett, 59, Valley, FTP Switched Tag

3. Curteze Avery, 28, Lafayette, FTA Speeding

4. Corey Hudson, 26, Lanett, FTA Poss Controlled Substance, FTA Poss Drug Paraphernalia

5. Jacqueline Linson, 59, Lafayette, DUI

6. Marcus Brooks, 55, Lanett, FTA SORNA Violation

7. Letavious Tucker, 26, Valley, Poss Marijuana 2nd, Carrying Concealed Weapon

8. Myles Reed, 39, Valley, FTA Theft of Property 3rd

9. John Meyer, 59, San Antonio, Poss Controlled Substance with Intent

From Lanett

Marcus Jeffery Brooks, age 55 of Lanett, AL was charged with Failure to Pay for Speeding, Obstructing Justice using a False Identity, and Sorna Violation through Chambers County Sheriff’s Office

Corey Jonathan Hudson, age 26 of Lanett, AL was charged with Failure to Appear for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia through Chambers County Sheriff’s Office

Christopher Shane Colley, age 40 of Valley, AL was charged with Failing to Appear-Traffic for Open Container Violation

Letavious Demarquez Tucker, age 26 of Valley, AL was charged with Failure to Appear for Domestic Violence 3rd

Curteze Elijahwuanta Avery, age 28 of Lafayette, AL was charged with 2 counts of Failing to Appear-Traffic for Driving While Suspended and Running a Red Light

Qwantico Brandez Hicks, age 29 of Lanett, AL was charged with Failure to Pay for Reckless Driving

Richard Chandler Johnson, age 19 of Valley, AL was charged with 2 counts of Failing to Appear-Traffic for 2 counts of Driving While Suspended

Lanett Police report the following incidents:

Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and Theft of Property 2nd were reported in the 1200 block of N 12th St.

Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle and Theft of Property 3rd were reported in the 1700 block of E 3rd Ct.

Theft of Property 4th was reported in the 4500 block of 32nd St. SW

Theft of Property 4th was reported in the 2300 block of S Broad Ave.

From Valley

Madison Alexia Sessums, 20 from Valley

Failure to Appear

Miles Davis Reed Sr., 39 from Valley

Failure to Appear

Frank Minkwan Lee, 48 from Buford

Domestic Violence 3rd Degree, and Violation of a Protection Order

Melissa Fay Bowen, 38 from Grantville

Domestic Violence 3rd Degree

Bobby Eugene Laster, 34 from Grantville

Domestic Violence 3rd Degree

Letavious Demarquez Tucker, 26 from Valley

Fail to Appear -

Justin Eugene Pruitt, 35 from Lagrange

Public Intoxication

Jiovatti Kartise Jennings, 24 from Valley

Fail to Appear - Traffic

Keandre Demont Sanford, 26 from Lagrange

Fugitive from Justice

Curteze Elijahwuanta Avery, 28 from LaFayette

Fail to Appear - Traffic x2

Thomas Nickolas Tumlin, 23 from Opelika

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Leon Phillips, 64 from Valley

Criminal Trespass 3rd DegreeValley64 Valley Police also reported the following incidents:

2400 Block of 61st Street

Incident / Offense

Theft of Property 3rd

1800 Block of 28th St.

Incident / Offense

Harassing Communications

2000 Block of Judge Brown Road

Incident / Offense

Domestic Violence 3rd Degree

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

Johnson-Brown announces the passing of Rita Joyce Bledsoe “Rita Pearl”, 63, a resident of Lanett, AL passed away Saturday, March 19, 2022, at EAMC in Opelika.

Graveside services will be 11:00 AM EST Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at Fairfax Cemetery in Valley, AL. with Rev. Carl Benedict officiating. The family will receive friends Monday from 6:00 – 8:00 PM EST at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley. Family and friends will assemble at the gravesite for the service.

Survivors include her sister, Gail Edwards (Doug); brother, Chris Bell (Donna); Godmother, June Henderson; Godsister, Tammy Henderson Wood; and numerous nieces & nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Joyce Bell & Joe Bell; and brothers, Mike Bledsoe & Dennis Bledsoe.

She was born in Opelika, AL on September 6, 1958, and worked at EAMC Lanier in Valley for 14 years. She was known to keep the residents and staff in good spirits by her singing and infectious laughs. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Valley.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Baptist Church.

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

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley, AL Directing

Johnson-Brown also announces the passing of the following:

David Harris Hill, 81, Panama City Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully at home on March 14, 2022. David was born at home on February 1, 1941 in Lanett, Ala. to I.D. and Virginia Hill.

Legend has it that David was placed promptly in the kitchen’s oven since no incubator could be found to warm his premature body. David was raised in Lanett and became a star athlete and All-State football player at Lanett High School, where he graduated in 1959.

David matriculated at Auburn University where he was one of Ralph “Shug” Jordan’s Tigers for the next four seasons. During his freshman year at Auburn, David married Toni Medders of nearby Fairfax, Ala.

While at Auburn, joyfully living in married student housing and frequently eating boxed spaghetti dinners, David and Toni welcomed into the world their first two children—Rusty and Sandee.

David’s football skills grew steadily at Auburn, and he was drafted by both the New York Giants of the National Football League and the Dallas Texans of the American Football League in 1963. David had been to New York during his senior trip in high school and had determined The Big Apple was decidedly not for him. Dallas was closer to home and almost Southern, so he chose to sign with the Texans.

David never set foot in Dallas as a Texan because shortly after signing it was announced the team was moving to Kansas City. Kansas City was even less familiar than New York but David and Toni packed up Rusty and Sandee and moved to Kansas City where they would soon welcome their third child, Christopher. In Kansas City, they found a community where any Chiefs player was the toast of the town, and they would call that community home for the next 23 years.

David started at right tackle for the Chiefs as a rookie in 1963 and held that position until his retirement after the 1974 season. During his time with the Chiefs, David was a key member of the team that went to the first Super Bowl. Three years later, the Chiefs became World Champions after beating the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV. After that game, sports journalist Jerry Izenberglauded David as a key Chiefs’ contributor to that victory for“…all the while…slamming into (future HallofFame defensive end) Carl Eller.”When David’s football career concluded, his efforts were eventually noted and rewarded by inductions into both the Kansas City Chiefs HallofFame and the State of Alabama Sports hall of fame.

While still playing for the Chiefs, an autograph signing session at a local car dealership launched what would end up being a very successful post-football career in the auto auction business. David eventually became general manager of several auctions in Kansas City and Denver before accepting a call to go “back home” to run auctions in Boaz and Birmingham, Alabama. Through these roles, he eventually became COO and a founding principal of the national auction company ADESA. David was key to ADESA’s early growth not only as an auction company but as a holding company for other interests such as transport trucking. Later David and Toni also became two of the founding partners of a retail automobile dealership, Panama City Toyota.

David was a man of many nicknames. “Skinny” was the first, from high school, where it was noted his 6’ 5” frame only held 205 pounds. There was also “Big Dave,” which Rusty’sand Chris’s friends called him, although in no circumstances ever to his face. Most notable, however, was “Butter Beans,” given to him by his Chiefs’ brethren. The name stuck when one day during training camp, longing for home, he lamented to his teammates: “I sure do wish I had some butter beans.”

While David was known for many things and by many names and for many accomplishments, his life would eventually be defined by two words: “Papa” and “Christian.” Shortly after David and Toni’s move back to Alabama, David’s distrust of preachers was set aside just long enough for him to truly hear the gospel of Jesus Christ for the first time. This good news provided him with an identity that superseded all others, even surpassing (just barely) his identity as “Papa,” an identity that would grow and take shape over the next 30-plus years as he and Toni welcomed and nurtured and lavished upon their nine grandchildren.

Survivors include daughter Sandee (Greg) Finley of Leawood, Kan.; brothers Mike (Barbara) Hill of Lafayette, Ala. and Jody (Donna) Hill of Clanton, Ala.; daughters-in-law Tracy Hill and Kimberleigh Hill, both of Panama City Beach, Fla.; nine grandchildren: Olivia (Seth) Kohlstaedt, Kayla Hill, Davis Finley, Bronson Hill, Timothy Finley, Phoebe Finley, Mia Hill, Annika Finley, and David H. Hill, III(Tres). He is also survived by two great-granddaughters, Piper and Peyton Glenn. David was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 59 years, Toni, and his two sons, David Harris Hill II (Rusty) and Christopher Allen Hill.

A celebration of Life was held on Saturday, March 19, at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel, 3700 20th Ave. Valley, Ala.

Vicky Brown-Jones, 68, of Valley, AL was born in Chambers County on February 5, 1954. She passed away on Monday, March 14, 2022.

Vicky went into the textile industry soon after high school and remained there until it closed. She then went to work at Lanier Hospital where she became the Environmental Manager. She remained there until she retired in 2017.

Vicky was a sweet, mild-mannered person that everyone loved. She will be missed by all that knew her.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

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

Johnson Brown-Service of Valley, AL Directing

Vines Funeral Home announces the passing of Ms. Jessie Mary Sutton, 77, of LaFayette, who died Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at Lake Martin Community Hospital, Dadeville.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, March 21, 2022, at Handy Cemetery, Lafayette at 1:00 p.m. (CST) with Rev. Greg Sutton officiating.

Public viewing will be at Vines Funeral Home, Sunday, March 20, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. (CST) to 6:00 p.m. (CST).

Jeff Jones Funeral Home announces the passing of Mrs. Betty Ann Lindsey 89, of LaFayette, Alabama died Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the Bethany House Hospice.

Mrs. Lindsey was born in Camp Hill, Alabama August 17, 1932, to the late Maynard Henderson and the late Vira Corley Henderson.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 11 AM at the LaFayette City Cemetery with the Rev. Jimmy Allen officiating.

She is survived by her Daughter Charlsey (Hoyt) Still of LaFayette, Al Son Joe (Ginger) Lindsey of Raleigh, N.C. 3 Grandchildren Russell (Kelly) Still of LaFayette, Al. Gina (Bill) Bump of Highpoint, N.C. Jay Lindsey of Raleigh, N.C. 5 Great-grandchildren Addison Still, Charleigh Still, Joey Bump, Katie Bump, Caroline Bump. Sister Sara Clark of Opelika,Al. Brother Robert (Sharon) Henderson of Bakersville, Ca.

Jeff Jones Funeral Home, LaFayette, Al.

and finally, Davis Memorial Mortuary announces the passing of Mr. Charles J. Pollard, a resident of Lanett, AL, who died Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Valley, Alabama.

Funeral Services and survivors are to be announced by Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley.

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