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Local News For Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

Good morning y’all, and now a little news to get you up and going. weather-wise, full sunshine today that will lead to a warmer afternoon with hights topping out between 80 and 85 for your Tuesday.

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:

Alexavier Rivers, 22, Valley, FTA Possession Marijuana 2nd x2, FTA Driving Suspended x2

From Lanett

1. Alexavier Rivers, 22, of Valley, AL arrested for Failure to Appear.

2. Robert Sanders, 58, of Lanett, AL arrested for Failure to Appear.

3. Mikevion Wenck, 23, of Lafayette, AL arrested for carrying pistol without permit.

Lanett Police also report the following incident:

Criminal Mischief 3rd reported in the 600 Blk N 14th Ct.

and from Valley

Quantavious Termont Brooks, 24 from Lanett

Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Nevin Hernandez, 34 from Lanett

Domestic Violence 3rd Degree

Robert Lee Alexander Leatherwood, 26 from Lanett

Fugitive from Justice

Charnesia Monae Booker, 19 from West Point

Fail to Appear (Traffic)

Brian Russell Williams, 26 from Valley

Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree

Corenta Deshaun Avery, 26 from Lanett

Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree, and Using false name to Obstruct Justice

Shadava Lajoyce Jackson

Bail Jumping 2nd Degree

Anthony Craig Simmons, 35 from Lanett

Public Intoxication/ Resisting Arrest

Alexavier Dajour Rivers, 22 from Valley

Fail To Appear (Traffic X2)

Anthony Craig Simmons, 35 from Valley

Public Intoxication

Valley Police also report the following incidents:

3000 Block Of 24th Avenue

Incident / Offense

Identity Theft

2000 Block of Hopewell Rd.

Incident / Offense

Domestic Violence 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief

3500 Block of 20th Ave.

Incident / Offense

Identity Theft/ Theft of Property 3rd Degree

3500 Block of 20th Ave.

Incident / Offense

Leaving the scene of an Accident

2900 Block of 20th Ave.

Incident / Offense

Possession of Marijuana 2nd Degree

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 Mrs. Deborah Brown Buchanan, 69, of Valley, Alabama passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2022, at her residence.

Mrs. Buchanan was born in Langdale, Alabama on July 25, 1952 to the late David Lee Brown and Mattie Frances Brown. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Wayne Buchanan, Sr., son, Phillip Wayne Buchanan, Jr., siblings, Jennifer Diane Brown, Robert Andrew “Randy” Brown, and Jimmy Lee Brown.

Deborah was a member of Davidson Baptist Church in West Point, Georgia, where she was a very active member.

She enjoyed bowling and was a happy camper spending time at West Point Lake with her friends.

She was retired as a school bus driver from the Chambers County Board of Education.

Mrs. Buchanan is survived by her daughters, Natalie Buchanan Eldridge (John), Della Buchanan Cheeney (John); grandchildren, John (Danielle) Cheeney, Justin (Samantha) Cheeney, Phillip (Jennifer) Buchanan, Connor Buchanan, Blythe Buchanan, Ethan Buchanan, Jax Cheeney; 5 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 2:00P.M. EDT at the Davidson Baptist Church in West Point, Georgia. Her family will be receiving friends at the church Monday evening from 6:00P.M. EDT until 8:00P.M. EDT. Brother Howard Longshore and Brother John E. Eldridge, Jr. officiating.

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

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing.

Johnson Brown also announces the passing of the following:

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.

Bluffton Funeral Services announces the passing of On May 6, 2022, James Fred Shirley, who passed away at his home in Lanett.

He was born March 3, 1938. He graduated from Goshen High School in 1956 and continued his education at Troy State where he graduated with a BSA in education in 1960. He moved to the Valley area and taught first at Lafayette-Lanier Elementary School. In 1971 he continued his teaching career at Springwood School as a teacher and as Assistant Head Master until his retirement in 2000.

He then went on to help his late wife, Josephine Shirley and son, Dave Shirley at Dave Shirley Photography for many years. He enjoyed helping with the finishing touches on the photographs that clients had ordered and also keeping up the lawn and garden area at the Studio. His parents were the late James A. Shirley and the late Naomi Shirley.

Fred is survived by both his son Dave Shirley and his daughter in-law Lisa Shirley. He is also survived by his brother Tom Shirley of Ashford, AL and his sister Peggy Blair of Dallas, TX. His sister Jeanette Meads preceded him in death.

The family has requested that no flowers be sent in his name, but a donation be made in his name to either the Randolph County Animal Shelter in Wedowee, Alabama 104 Animal Shelter Road Wedowee, AL. 36278 or visit…/ ( or to Katnip Paradise & Friends located in Lanett Alabama ( Dave and Lisa donate all the time to this rescue.

Visitation for James Fred Shirley will be Tuesday, May 10th at 1:00 pm ET at Bluffton Funeral Services located at 1011 North Lanier Ave. Lanett, Alabama 36863.

A graveside service will be held at 2 pm immediately following at Hill Crest Cemetery in Lanett, Alabama.

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

Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home announces the passing of Mr. Luther Buchanan, 86 of Camp Hill, AL passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

Public Visitation will be held Monday, May 9, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. CST until 7:00 p.m. CST, at Silmon- Seroyer Funeral Home Chapel in LaFayette, AL.

Funeral Services will be Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 12:00 p.m. CST, at Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home Chapel in LaFayette, AL, Rev. Henry Cooper, Officiating.

Burial will follow at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Camp Hill, AL.

Mr. Buchanan leaves to cherish his memories, a faithful and devoted son, Reginald T. Buchanan; two precious granddaughters, Tiana “BaBa” Buchanan and Karrington “Ba-Ba” Buchanan; one brother-in-law, Arthur “Moosie” (Katherine) Rowell; a dedicated bonus daughter, Ms. Keisha Montgomery; and a host of other relatives and friends.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mr. Luther Buchanan, please visit our floral store.

and in closing Vines Funeral Home announces the passing of Mrs. Catherine Pitts Crook, 99, of LaFayette died Thursday, May 5, 2022 at her residence. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 13, 2022 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 731 First Street SE, LaFayette at 12:00 p.m. (CST) with Rev. Gary L. Dixon officiating. Visitation with the family will be held at the church from 11:00 a.m. (CST) to the funeral hour. Interment will be in Essie J. Handy cemetery, LaFayette. Public viewing will be at Vines Funeral Home Chapel, Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. (CST) to 6:00 p.m. (CST). Catherine was born on August 23, 1922 and was reared in LaFayette by her parents, George A. Pitts and Susie Lyles Pitts. She was a devoted member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and was there when the church was established and built. Catherine enjoyed Sunday School and served in various capacities including President of the Missionary Society, director of the youth and youth choir and planned and implemented numerous worship programs. Catherine was joined in marriage to the late Milledge E. Crook on March 9,1953 and together they built a strong home and family. Catherine graduated from Chambers County Training School in 1943. She was a 1948 graduate of Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in English and Social Studies. She earned her Master of Science degree in 1966 from Alabama A&M University. She taught at several schools in Chambers County including Liberty, Riverview, Hopewell, Philip High School, Five Points High School, Lafayette High School and Valley High School. She was among the first Black teachers to integrate schools in Chambers County. Prior to retiring in 1993, she was recognized as Teacher of the Year in Chambers County and was active in local and state education activities. She also taught Adult Education classes for ten years. Her illustrious career as an educator spanned forty-five years and ten months. In addition, Catherine was inducted into Theta Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in LaGrange Georgia in 1975. In 1976, she was one of 18 charter members of Lambda Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated in Lanett, Alabama. Soror Crook introduced the AKADADEMIA Scholarship Ball to the Lambda Zeta Omega Chapter and served as director of the ball for many years. Catherine is survived by her two daughters: Deborah (Charles) Smith, Madison and Beverly Crook, LaFayette; seven grandchildren: Brian Smith, Birmingham, Erin (Shaquita) Smith, Louisville, KY and Sherylynn Smith, Madison, Brianna, Kianna, Jasmine and Carisma Crook all of LaFayette; four great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law: Lurleen Crook, West Chester, PA; a special daughter, Harolyn Barton Scott, LaGrange, GA and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and her beloved Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Family.

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