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Local News For Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

Good morning y’all, and now a little news to get you up and going. weather-wise, lots of sunshine this morning with increasing high clouds as we go into the afternoon. A bit on the breezy side. Highs are mostly in the mid-70s and upper 70s south of Columbus. Mostly cloudy and mild tonight with lows in the 50s as opposed to the 30s and 40s.

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. Brittany Nicole Norris, 33, of Auburn, AL was arrested for Parole Violation

2. Clayton Boyd Roberts, 35, of Lanett, AL was arrested for Community Correction Program - Termination (6 counts)

3. Charles Richard Tillis, 63, of Lafayette, AL was arrested for Reckless Endangerment

4. Jasmine Tearria Cannon, 26, Lafayette, AL. was arrested for Failure to Pay - Speeding

From Lanett

1. Alicia Dawn Arrington, age 38 of Lanett, AL was charged with 2 counts of Failing to Appear-Traffic for No Driver’s License and Expired Tag

2. Quintavious Larmartez Ridgeway, age 31 of Lanett, AL was charged with Failure to Appear for Possession of a Controlled Substance

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 Randall Harty Morgan, 71, of McCalla, AL, formerly of Lanett, AL entered the gates of Heaven on April 16, 2022. Harty was born on October 26, 1950, to the late James Tom Morgan and the late Ruby Cotney Morgan.

He spent most of his career as a heavy crane operator until forced to medically retire in 2014. He loved spending time with his family, friends, and dogs. He enjoyed watching NASCAR, Auburn football, and westerns.

He is survived by his wife, Fay Morgan, of McCalla. Daughters, Christie (Victor) Hale of Beulah, AL, and Melissa Morgan of Valley, AL. Six grandchildren, Kayla (Chris) James, Hezekiah Morgan, Elijah Morgan, Quinton Hale, Morgan Hale, and Zayden Morgan. Two great-grandchildren, Conner & Braxton James. Four bonus children, Lisa Martin, Charles (Marcy) Langley, Wanda Bratton Suarez, Jessica (David) Brown. 13 bonus grandchildren, 9 bonus great-grandchildren; and a special friend and the mother of his children,

Terry Williams. He is also preceded in death by his only brother, Larry Morgan.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at 1:00 PM EST from the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home with Rev. Gary Edge officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Lanett, AL. Visitation will be from 12 Noon until 1:00 PM EST on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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 following:

Jean Eastridge Barfield, age 84, of Valley, Alabama passed away on Monday, April 18, 2022, at her daughter’s residence in Pine Mountain, GA.

Mrs. Barfield was born on July 5, 1937, in Lee County, Alabama to the late Robert Eastridge and Ruby Williams Eastridge. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Boyd Barfield, siblings, Bud Eastridge, Roy Eastridge, and Russell Eastridge.

Mrs. Barfield was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church. She taught Sunday School classes to the youth and adult groups for many years always preparing for her next lesson and keeping tedious notes that she kept over the years.

She was affectionately known as “Aunt Jean” or “Granny” to all and her house was always open to friends, family, and anyone in need. She often hosted her children’s friends over and formed long-lasting relationships that held strong over the years. Many kept in touch with her and her husband over the years often stopping by to visit and check on them.

She was an avid reader of mystery and suspense novels and relished the works by Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark. She also loved to read books about the Old West and enjoyed the work of Louis L'Amour. She cherished her copy of the Gone With the Wind and would take it out every few years to read it again.

One of her favorite past times was sewing quilts by hand and cross-stitching the patterns for friends and families to honor special occasions or to simply express her love.

She loved most any sport and different teams but was an avid University of Alabama football fan and an Atlanta Braves fan.

She is survived by her children, Janice Wicker (Roland), Bill Barfield (Cecilia); siblings, Elsie Siggers, Joe Eastridge, Glen Eastridge, Lois Murphy, and Jim Eastridge; grandchildren, Crystal Childs, Roland Wicker, Rachel Scarborough, Nikki Barfield, Russell Barfield, Lauren Barfield; great-grandchildren, Brad Holmes, Dustin Holmes, Gracie Childs, Jocelyn Wicker, Isaac Scarborough, Luke Littleton, Strider Littleton, Emma Littleton, Ava Booker, Olivia Davis, William Barfield, Boyd Barfield.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 2:00 P.M. EDT at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home chapel in Valley with interment following in Fairfax Cemetery.

Her family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 P.M. EDT until the service hour. The Reverend Doug Blackmon officiating.

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

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is directing.

Mr. William E. “Bill” Owens, Jr., of Lanett, went to his rest on April, 18th, 2022in Valley, Alabama.

Mr. Owens was preceded in death by his wife and love of his life, Janice Watson Owens; his parents, William E. “Ed” Owens, Sr. and Maggie Lee King Owens; his sister, Barbara Lee Posey; half-brother Robert Owens; and children Kathryn Melvyn Owens and William E. (Bill) Owens, III.

He is survived by daughters, Debra Lea Duffield (Don) and Danna Beck (Neil), granddaughters Devon Owens, Kathryn Anne Duffield, and daughter-in-law Sonya Owens, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Born December 24, 1937, in Langdale, Alabama, Bill and his twin sister Barbara were Christmas gifts to his parents. A graduate of Lanett High School, he went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps, stationed primarily in Okinawa. While he may have left the Marines, family and friends know that he lived the adage, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” Upon his return he attended Auburn University and after graduation began working for West Point Pepperell, retiring after 48 years of service.

He contributed to his community in numerous ways. A member of the Valley Jaycees, he went on to serve as President and Chairman of the Board, he was a founding member of the Lanett Quarterback club, served as President of the Lanett Band Boosters, was President of several Lanett School P.T.O’s., and served as the official timekeeper for multiple Lanett High School sports programs. Bill was a member of the Lanett First United Methodist Church, serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and as a member of its Administrative Committee. Elected twice, he was particularly proud of his time on the Lanett City Council, where he served as Finance Councilman, drafted the city’s first personnel policy, served four years as Lanett’s Police Committee Chairman, and was instrumental in the construction and financing of the W.O. Lance Elementary School.

At age 79 he began taking piano lessons from Dr. Katie Cartwright, who brightened his retirement. He often questioned his abilities, but never her teaching. His love of music led him to support the music program at Point University, which recently named a piano lab in his honor.

Special friends include Melvyn and Alice Roquemore, godparents to his children.

The family would like to thank Melvyn for his regular phone calls to talk about Auburn sports, they invariably perked up his day. The family would also like to thank Gail Anthony for the friendship and companionship they shared in recent years.

Additional thanks go to Amber Griggs and all the staff and residents at Valley Park Manor, for welcoming him and making him feel loved and at home. A special thank you to Val Maddox and Misty Harrelson and all the health care professionals at Chattahoochee Hospice. The family is appreciative of the care and compassion showed to our father and to us while in Hospice care.

A family graveside service will be held on Friday, April 22nd at 2:00 pm (EST) at Resthaven Cemetery. A public memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 1st at 2:00 pm (EST) at First United Methodist Church in Lanett, with visitation following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lanett First United Methodist Church or Chattahoochee Valley Hospice.

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

Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley directing.

Davis Memorial Mortuary announces the passing of the following :

Robinson, Mrs. Mary Jean, a resident of Lanett, AL, died Monday, April 18, 2022, at her residence.

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

Cochran, Mrs. Mary Bell, a resident of Valley, AL, died Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home, Valley, AL.

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

Carter, Mr. General, a resident of Valley, AL, died Thursday, April 14, 2022, at EAMC- Lanier Memorial Hospital, Valley, AL.

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

Ricks, Mr. Jarez C., a resident of Valley, AL, died Friday, April 15, 2022, at EAMC-Lanier Memorial Hospital, Valley, AL.

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

Bluffton Funeral Services announces the passing of Mrs. Louise Harmon Askew, age 91, of West Point, Georgia passed away peacefully at her home on April 17, 2022, following a prolonged illness.

She was born February 19, 1931, to the late Thomas Grady Harmon and Emily Cook Harmon in Harris County, Georgia. She married William Thomas “Dink” Askew, on August 18, 1951, and their marriage lasted until his death 62 years later.

Mrs. Askew was a graduate of the West Point High School class of 1949 and of the Perry Business School in LaGrange, Georgia. She was a lifelong member of the West Point Presbyterian Church and retired from West Point Pepperrell after 33 years.

She is survived by her son William Timothy Askew of West Point, her sister Helen H. Hurst of West Point, and her various nephews and other family members.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM (EDT), Friday, April 22, 2022, at Marseilles Cemetery in West Point with the Reverend Gerald W. Ledbetter officiating.

In lieu of flowers please make a memorial contribution in her memory to the West Point Presbyterian Church.

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

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