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Local News For Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Good morning y’all, and now a little news to get you up and going. weather-wise, partly sunny at first this Wednesday with a bit of an increase in sunshine as we head toward midday. A few thunderstorms can’t be ruled out with highs of 92 to 94°.

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 Lanett

1. Amber Lott, 36, of Lanett, AL arrested for Obstruction of Gov’t Operations.

2. Monikia Whitlow, 34, of Opelika, AL arrested for Failure to Appear.

3. Kinta Stephens, 27, of Valley, AL arrested for Failure to Appear.

4. Clemente Fears, 56, of Lanett, AL arrested for Failure to Appear.

Lanett Police also reported the following incident:

Criminal Trespass 3rd reported in the 3700 Blk 33rd St SW.

From Valley

Jeremy Young, 33 of Stone Mountain, was charged with Possession of Marijuana 2nd and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Tyrese Tyion Mitchell, 23 of Valley, was charged with Failure to Appear-Failure to Display Insurance

James Macarthur Williams, 53 of Lanett, was charged with Failure to Appear-Possession of a Controlled Substance

Delores Elliott Garrison, 62 of Valley, was charged with Domestic Violence 3rd

Valley Police also reported the following incidents:

Report of an Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle in the 1900 block of 51st Street

Report of a Theft of Property 2nd (Firearm) in the area of the 78-mile marker on I-85

Report of a Criminal Mischief 3rd in the 100 block of Trammell Avenue

Report of a Harassing Communications in the 3500 block of 20th Avenue

Report of a Harassment in the 500 block of US Highway 29

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.

Bluffton Funeral Services announces the passing of the following:

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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Sherralyn Raye Hayes passed away on August 22, 2022. She was the daughter of Sherrod Clyde Hayes and Edna Ruth Ray Hayes. She is survived by her son David Scott Arbogast (Annette), her sister Paulette Hayes Colley, and her brother Sherrod (Buddy) Hayes, Jr.

She was a graduate of West Point High School where she was Homecoming Queen her Senior year.

She was a graduate of Southern Unions State Community College with a degree in nursing and become a registered nurse. She worked as a hospice nurse which gave her great joy as she loved helping others.

Sherralyn loved the outdoors, especially hiking and camping. She was a lover of animals and always had pets and loved riding horses.

She requested that there be no memorial service but donations can be made to Chattahoochee Valley Hospice in her name.

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

Vines Funeral Home announces the passing of Mrs. Charlene Blunt Holloway, 88, of LaFayette passed away on 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 was held on 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.

Silmon - Seroyer Funeral Home announces the passing of Mr. Willie “Ed” Dawson, 75 of Camp Hill, AL passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at Russell Medical Center in Alexander City, AL.

Public Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm CST at Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home Chapel in LaFayette, AL.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2022, at 12 Noon CST at New Harmony Baptist Church in Camp Hill, AL, with Pastor Melvin Kelley, Officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mr. Dawson is survived by his wife, Willie Mae Dawson of Camp Hill, AL, his daughter, Casandra Ann Threat, his sons, Darryl (Jocelyn) Dawson and Jerome (Ruth) Reeder, and grandchildren: Eboni Threat, Chelsa Tolbert, Anthony Reeder, Shawn Michael (D’Angelo) Chapman, Patrice Chapman, Aerial Dawson, and Amber Dawson, seven great-grandchildren, his sister, Shirley Frazier, step-brother, Jimmy Stroud, brothers-in-law, Lorenza (Mary) Holcey, Eddie (Brenda) Holcey, sister-in-law, Artelia Smith, devoted best friend, Pintes Beals and devoted neighborly friends, Rodney and Shirley Taylor, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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