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Local News For Tuesday, August 30th, 2022

Good morning y’all, and now a little news to get you up and going. weather-wise, it will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy Tuesday after the morning fog in spots. Highs reach the 91 to 94-degree range with feels like temperatures nearing the triple digits before a chance of rain.

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:

1. Tyanna Askew, 24, Auburn, Reckless Endangerment

2. Matthew Blackmon, 30, Wadley, Domestic Violence 3rd Resisting Arrest

From Lanett

1. Ampmeko Trammell, 18, of Lanett, AL arrested for Failure to Appear.

2. Jatavius Sanders, 29, of Lanett, AL arrested for Assault 3rd.

3. Bradley Brown, 30, of Lanett, AL arrested for Failure to Appear.

Lanett Police also reported the following incidents:

1. Harassing Communications reported in the 1100 Blk N 18th St.

2. Domestic Violence 3rd reported in the 3400 Blk VMP.

From Valley

Camren Dajour Oneal, 21 of West Point, was charged with Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Desmond Jashun Harris, 21 of West Point, was charged with Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Bradley Timothy Brown, 30 of Lanett, was charged with Failure to Appear- Expired Tag and two counts of Driving While Suspended

Valley Police also reported the following incidents:

Report of a Burglary 3rd and a Theft of Property 1st in the 200 block of WF Burns Drive

Report of a Theft of Property 4th in the 500 block of US Highway 29

Report of a Criminal Mischief 3rd in the 200 block of Jennings Street

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:

David Todd Keese, 39, of Valley, unexpectedly passed away on August 28, 2022. David was born December 20, 1982, to Todd and Beverly Keese. He was a lifelong Valley resident. David graduated from Valley High. He was a member of Fairfax Methodist Church. David worked in the manufacturing industry for many years. He loved the outdoors. His favorite thing was spending time with his two sons. He was an amazing uncle and friend to his nephew Wyatt. He was a devoted son and grandson. David always took your calls, was there for you in the drop of a hat, would give you anything he had, and if it was broken, he could certainly fix it. David leaves behind his sons, Todd and Jackson Keese, and their mother Sarah Keese. His mother and stepfather, Beverly and Chris Byrd, his sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia and Gary Worth, and nephew Wyatt Worth, his grandparents, Jimmie and Mary Ann Siggers, and two stepbrothers, Matthew Randolph and Brandon Byrd. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, including his buddy, Missy. He was preceded in death by his father. Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 31, 2022, from 6:00 P.M. (EDT) to 8:00 P.M. EDT, at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley.

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing.

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 1960s 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.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Juanita Perryman; and brother, Rusty Smith.

Memorial services with Military Honors were officiatingheld on Monday, August 29th, 2022 at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with Pastor Rusty Letson offiiating.

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

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.

Bluffton Funeral Services announces the passing of Captain William (Bill) Bruce Champion, Jr., age 81, who passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, August 28, 2022, at LaGrange Hospice House. Bill was born on December 23, 1940, in Pine Mountain, GA to Bruce and Sara Champion. Bill was the oldest of three boys. He grew up playing football and spent his summers working at Callaway Gardens, where he learned to barefoot ski, and trick ski and participated in Callaway’s inaugural Masters Water Ski Tournament.

Bill attended Harris County High School, and after graduation, he moved to Miami, FL. Bill’s lifetime goal was to become a pilot, a dream which he pursued despite hurdles in his way. With a hard head and unlimited determination, he never lost sight of his dream! After graduating and receiving his pilot’s license, he returned to Georgia.

As a pilot, he had many exciting experiences. He was the pilot for then-Governor Jimmy Carter, the Georgia Forestry Commission and at the pinnacle of his career, he was Captain for Eastern and Air South airlines. Bill’s favorite place on earth was actually over the earth flying through the sky, and being a pilot was his passion.

Bill was a force of nature, determined to provide for his family and give them the life he felt they deserved. He loved to tinker and was often found in his shop or working on his tractors. Bill’s love for John Deere Tractors became a busy job and he loved working on them. He could take one apart and restore it to its original beauty. When he retired from being a pilot, he traded tinkering for ownership. Bill grew his father-in-law’s business into an extremely successful water well company that has spanned more than 90 years across four generations. After retiring from his business role, he reconnected with his passion for flight and was manager of the Harris County Airport until 2018.

Bill was very active at Lanett First Baptist Church for many years. As a church leader, he served as a deacon and taught several men’s Sunday Classes. In his later years, he restored his ancestral home in Pine Mountain and moved his church membership to New Covenant Baptist Church.

Bill is preceded in death by his wife Lucy Frank, mother Sara, father Bruce, and brother Harrell. He is survived by his wife Judy, brother John (Tina), son Frank (Misty), daughter Laura Lane (Shy), step-daughter Terry (Jeremy), and grandchildren Chandlor, Isabel, Cooper, Carson, Lucy, and Max.

The family will greet friends for Visitation on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at 1:00 pm EST at New Covenant Baptist Church in Pine Mountain Georgia. Funerals Services will be held at New Covenant at 2:00 pm EST following the Visitation. Graveside Services will be at Oakwood Cemetery also on August 30 at 3:30 pm EST at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to LaGrange Hospice House or New Covenant Baptist Church, Pine Mountain. Services have been entrusted to Bluffton Funeral Services, Lanett, Alabama.

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Vines Funeral Home announces the passing of Mrs. Charlene Blunt Holloway, 88, of LaFayette died Thursday, August 25, 2022, at Dadeville Health Care Center, Dadeville. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at Vines Funeral Home Chapel, LaFayette at 1:00 p.m. (CST) with Rev. Calvin Trammell officiating. The interment will be in Essie J. Handy cemetery, LaFayette. The remains will lie in state at the chapel from 12:00 p.m. (CST) until the funeral hour. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, August 30, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (CST) at Vines Funeral Home Chapel. Mrs. Holloway was a member of Friendship Baptist Church #1, LaFayette from early childhood until later in life. She then joined Hopewell Baptist Church, Wadley in 2011. Mrs. Holloway was preceded in death by her husband, Hines Wilson Holloway. She worked in the health care industry for over 40 years; and, served eight years as a LaFayette City Council Representative for District C (1996-2004). Mrs. Holloway is survived by four daughters: Annette Davis, Stone Mountain, GA, Susan (Willie) Hughley and, Joyce (Doyle) Moss both of Opelika and, Judy Holloway, Montgomery; one step-daughter: Esther Williams, Lanett; two sons: Charles (Virginia) Holloway, Hamilton, GA and Tommy (Sandra) Holloway, LaFayette; two sisters: Christine Davis, West Point, GA and, Olla Mae (Willie) Hill, Valley; one brother: George Blunt, Opelika; five grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and, two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and, friends.

Be sure and listen to Gator Radio this morning from 6-10 am EST. as we bring you more news, events going on, and the biggest hits from the ’70s, 80s, and 90s online at

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