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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.


For online condolences please visit our website at www.blufftonfuneralservices.com.


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.