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Local News For Thursday, April 28th, 2022

Good morning y’all, and now a little news to get you up and going. weather-wise, you can shed those light jackets by mid to late morning as the strong late April sun warms us up quickly. Abundant sun on this Thursday with highs mostly in the low 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:

Starvos Lamont Simpson, 48, of Valley, AL was arrested for Failure to Appear - Unlawful Distribution of Marijuana, Failure to Appear - Unlawful Possession of Marijuana 1st Degree, and Failure to Appear - Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Keith Ray, 49, of Anniston, AL was arrested for Failure to Appear - Child Support and Community Corrections Violation Ray Charles Wright, 56, of Cusseta, AL was arrested for SORNA Violation (2 counts)

From Lanett

Corey K Warner, age 42 of Lanett, AL was charged with Obstructing Justice Using a False Identity and 4 counts of Failure to Appear for 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Tampering with Physical Evidence

Gredaria Rashawn Chisholm, age 26 of Auburn, AL was charged with Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Carrying a Concealed Weapon without a Permit

Lanett Police reports the following incidents:

Duty Upon Striking an Unoccupied Vehicle was reported in the 100 block of N 13th Ave.

From Valley

Jeresha Walton, 21 from Valley

Failure to Appear Traffic

Valley Police also reported the following incidents:

100 Block of Maple Street

Incident / Offense

Identity Theft

1100 Block of County Road

Incident / Offense

Assault 3rd Degree, Menacing

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 Mr. Robert “Wayne” Birditt, age 72, of Valley, Alabama passed away on Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 in Opelika, Alabama. He was born on November 13th, 1949 at the Langdale Hospital in Langdale, Alabama.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mattie Brannon Birditt; son, Rodney (Wendy) Birditt; daughter, Amanda Shea Rhodes; granddaughter, Katelin (Colby Crowe) Rhodes; grandsons, Reilly, Bailey, and Zachary Birditt; great grandsons, Brycen Green and Colt Crowe; sister, Donna (Rusty) Huffman; nephews, Mark Birditt and Jordon Huffman; special friend, Brayden Green; his fur babies.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert “Rob” Birditt and Annie Lee Birditt; step-father, Charles Gibson; brother, Tony Lee Birditt.

Wayne was a member of Three Pines Independent Church. He was a jack of all trades and an avid painter who enjoyed working, flying airplanes, driving race cars, canoeing, camping, fishing, and working with the Boy Scouts of America. He loved his fur babies.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 30th, 2022 at 2:00 PM (EST) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley. The Reverend Wayne Prickett and the Reverend Danny Shurett will officiate. Wayne’s family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM (EST) at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the National Kidney Foundation, or to the American Heart Association, in memory of Wayne.

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

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.

Johnson-Brown also announces the passing of Calvin Presler, 93, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at the EAMC Lanier Nursing Home in Valley, Alabama.

Mr. Presler was born on June 11, 1928 in Peachland, North Carolina to the late Frank and Naomi Stegall Presler. He was a graduate of Peachland High School and he attended Pfifer College. He worked as a Carman for CSX Railroad until his retirement.

Calvin was a Master Mason and a longtime member of Hamlet Lodge Number 532, where he served as Master of the Lodge. He was a Shriner and a member of Oasis Temple. Calvin was a dedicated member of the First Baptist Church in Hamlet, where he took great pride in greeting morning worshipers.

After his retirement, Calvin and Demetra moved to Ledbetter Lake where they became a part of a loving and embracing community. They enjoyed many good years in their home there.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Demetra Coward Presler and their daughter, Peggy Ruth Presler; his siblings, Ila Mae Presler, Helen Presler Ingram and Jack Lloyd Presler.

He is survived by his daughter, Debra Presler Clark (Rea); granddaughter, Amber Clark Nobles (Greg); three beloved great grandsons, Oliver, Owen, and Patrick Nobles. Calvin always insisted that his grandsons made him “Great”.

A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 6, 2022 at the First Baptist Church of Hamlet, North Carolina.

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

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing.

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home announces the passing of Mrs. Mary Alice Higgins, 87 ofLaFayette, AL, who passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2022.

Public Visitation will be held Friday, April 29, 2022, from 1:00 p.m. CST until 6:00 p.m. CST, at Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home Chapel in LaFayette, AL.

Funeral Services will be Saturday, April 30, 2022, 2:00 p.m. CST, at MT. Pisgah Baptist Church in LaFayette, AL, Rev. Michael T. Winston, Eulogist, Pastor Michael T. Stiggers, Officiating.

Burial will follow at Sardis Baptist Church in Camp Hill, AL.

Mrs. Higgins leaves to cherish her memories, four daughters, Elizabeth J. Abner, Sandra R. Higgins, Valerie D. Higgins all of LaFayette, AL and Evelyn (Edward) Higgins Boyd of Montgomery, AL; three grandchildren, Shannon N. Stevens, Jakavious D. Avery both of Montgomery, AL, and Chiquanta J. Higgins of LaFayette, AL; four great-grandchildren, Brandon D. and Braylon J. Jones, Kaelyn S. Adams all of Montgomery, AL, and Makenzie J. Goodman of LaFayette, AL; and her sister, Ethel M. Huguley of Gadsden, AL. Mary Alice was loved by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and precious friends.

and in closing, Bluffton Funeral Services announces the passing of the following:

James Lanier Keith, 66, of Gainesville, Ga., a native of West Point and a loving son, brother and friend, died Monday, March 2, 2020 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center after a brief illness.

Jim was born February 8, 1954, son of the late Joseph Allen Keith Sr. and the late Iris Lanier Keith. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, John Duncan Keith, and his older brother, Joseph Allen Keith Jr., with whom Jim shared his home as a loving and tireless caregiver during Joe’s final illness in 2013.

A graduate of West Point High School’s Class of 1972, Jim was a talented multi-sport athlete, especially gifted in baseball. After graduation he continued to play baseball at Southern Union State Community College, where he was scouted by several major league organizations, and later at the University of Georgia. Jim spent an almost 40-year career as a sales representative for the telecommunications industry in the Atlanta and Gainesville areas.

Jim loved golf, sports of all kinds (especially Georgia football and Braves baseball), and the fellowship of an enormous circle of friends. “Jim always made it look easy,” said Scott Crook, a longtime friend from both West Point and Athens, “as an athlete, and as a friend. His goodness was understated, but he was always there if you needed him.”

He is survived by a niece, Caroline Elizabeth Keith of Columbia, S.C.; a nephew, John William Lanier Keith, serving with the U.S. Air Force in Guam; a loving sister-in-law, Donna Hull Keith of West Point; and countless friends in Athens, Gainesville, Atlanta, and the Chattahoochee Valley.

Graveside Service will be held at Marseilles Cemetery in West Point Georgia on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 10:00 am EST.

Services have been entrusted to Bluffton Funeral Services, Lanett, Alabama.

Michael Wayne (Mike) Turner,68, of Lauderdale-by the Sea, Florida passed away on September 21, 2021.

Michael was born on August 21, 1953 to the late Hugh L Turner Sr. and Ruth Thompson Turner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his paternal grandparents Marvin P and Agnes P Turner; his maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Julius A. Thompson; and his beloved Aunt Doris J Turner.

Mike is survived by his daughters Carley T. (Corey) Rabazinski of Orlando Florida, and Lauren T (Thomas) Leona of Nashville, TN; grandchildren Emma Rabazinski, Emmy Rabazinski, Mason Rabaniski, and Mack Leona. ; brothers Hugh L (Christine) Turner of Fort Lauderdale Florida, Marvin P (Marci) Turner of Lanett, Alabama; sister Elana (Bridget) Turner-Brady of Thomasville Georgia; mother of his children Jane Turner Fogarty of Fort Lauderdale Florida; and Life Long Friend Morgan (Jane) Cantey of Knoxville, TN.

Michael Graduated from WPHS in 1969. He Played several sports, was in the HI-Y club and had 12 years of perfect attendance. From there he attended East TN. State University. Michael then moved to Pittsburg, PA. where he was food & Beverage Manager at Alleghany racetrack for the Ogdon Food Service Company. After a year he was promoted to General Manager of “Painters Mill Dinner Theatre” in Baltimore, Md. After two years Michael decided to open his own restaurant with his friend Morgan and his brother Marvin. “Cacao Lane” was established in Ellicott City, Md. Surviving a flood from a hurricane, “Cacao Lane” was very successful, but Michael needed another challenge, so he purchased the “Potthass Building” on N. Charles St. in downtown Baltimore where he opened “The Brass Elephant”, an Extraordinary Opulence setting with a continental cuisine.

Michael missed the south and wanting to be closer to his family so he sold the restaurant and moved to FT. Lauderdale near his older brother Hugh. Mike founded and started “POS International”, a point-of-sale software company. There he met the mother of his children Jane Barlow. At the time of his passing, he was CEO and President of POS' myriad of companies.

A Memorial Service honoring Michael will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 11:30 am EST at Bluffton Funeral Services in Lanett Alabama. The family will greet friends at 11:00 am EST also at Bluffton Funeral services.

Services have been entrusted to Bluffton Funeral Services, Lanett, Alabama.

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