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INC. ALL CONTENT COPYRIGHTED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. JBJECT TO LICENSE AGREEMENT. REPRODUCTION, DISSEMINATION, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION PROHIBITED. - ESTABLISHED IN 1900- ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE JACKSON & GATEWAY TO THE GULF COAST LOCATION OF 100 CONSECUTIVE ANNUAL MASONIC CELEBRATIONS YEAR NUMBER 17 FLORALA, ALABAMA, COVINGTON COUNTY THURSDAY JULY 2, 1970 SUBSCRIPTIONS - $3.68 LOCAL, $4.73 ELSEWHERE 10 PER SINGLE COPY "' . ItRS. HARRISON . MRS. ROBBINS 8, MICHELLE . .. MRS. SIMS FASHION SHOW, an event of June 20, for the Masonic celebration. terribly hot in the FHS gym, the fashion show is Eiland as chairman and Mrs Billy Harold of ceremonies, was a tremendous success. 's old, costumes depicting the Gay Nineties, old style swim suits, and many, many ~ade costumes of the different eras were pre- fer their approval. doubt, had a hard job deciding the winners of the judges were Over All Centennial Belle, 'risen; Authenic Replica of 1870 Era, Mrs. y Made Costume, Mrs Irene Moore; ~r Costumes, Mrs. Dorothy Holder and Michelle; Mrs. Lilla Sims; Miss Teenage Centennial, Centennial Belle, Carol Klmbril, and Little Beth Hamilton. OUnd organ music was furnished by Lou Bass the fashion showing and during intermissions. lment featured musical numbers by members Youth Choir and their director, Phil Jones. OIL AGENT IN EVERGREEN ACCIDENTS CLAIMS LIFE McNEILL McNeill, age Mrs. A. M. Florala, was afternoon in result of an ~ logging truck erVice station Standard Oil occurr- truck, Howard of into the and on into a seven other told tnvestl= brakes on causing the in Ever- after while be. to a Mont- The other in- bruises and Still remain- but listed and well in Florala, footsteps University for a year. Later he attended Salesman Training School in Birmingham. After this schooling he was employ- ed with Standard Oil Company in Mobile, first as Retail Sales- man and later as Manager of the Government Street Service Station. During this time he met Miss Bessie Mac Churchwell, of Leakesville, Mississippi, who taught at Murphy High School in Mobile. They were married in the Broad Street Presby- terian Church of Mobile on April 15, 1965. In March 1966, they moved to Evergreen, Ala- bama when he became Standard Oil Agent there. McNeill was a Deacon and active member Of the First Presbyterian Church of Ever- green. He Is survived by his wife, Bessie; a son, Donald Britton McNeil/, Jr., 4years; a daugh- ter, Donna Lee McNeill, 1 1/2 years; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. McNeill, Jr. of Lakewood, Florida; a brother, Thomas M. McNeill of Shall- mar, Florida; a sister, Mar- tha Elizabeth McNeill of De. Funiak Springs, Florida; grand- .. MRS. MOORE FUNERAL SERVICES HELD MONDAY FOR CLAYTON GEOGHAGAN Daniel Clayton C, eoghagan, 75, of Paxton. died Friday morning in a Montgomery, Ala- bama hospital. He was a retired nurseryman and a lifelong resi- dent of Walton County. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday in Paxton Baptist Church with the Rev. William Aplin officiating. Burial was in the Paxton Ceme- tery with Commander Funeral Home of DeFuniak Springs di- rectlng. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Ruble Geoghagan; six daughters, Mrs. Evelyn West, Mrs. Katherine Del~lyter, Mrs. Alyne Adams, Mrs. Dorothy Jones, Mrs. Christine Percival and Vera Brown; four sons, Daniel L. C-eoghagan, Clayton 1~ Geoghagan, Leroy Geoghagan, and Delano Geoghagan; a brother, Will Geoghagan; 20 grandchildren and four great- grandchildren. .. JAMIE ROGERS FUNERAL ERVICESHELD AT EBENEZER CHURCH Thomas Calvin Rogers, age 88, a resident of Rt. I, Laurel Hill, for the past 60 years, passed away Saturday morning, June 27, 1970 following a lin- gering illness He was a mem- ber of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. Survivors are three sons, Ellis Rogers and Alton Rogers, both of Laurel lIill, and Eddie Rogers of Elba, Alabama; 6 daughters, Mrs. Dorene Walker of Mobile, Mrs. Myrtle Weaver of Castleberry, Alabama, Mrs. Gladys Boy Kin of Ossining, N. Y., Mrs. Myrl Wilkinson of Crestview, Mrs. Mavis Tucker ,,~ Crestview, and Mrs. Carob~ !!ataway of Troy, Alabama; 2 -i-~ers, Mrs. Lizzi. BallofMt. " _~lulon, Texas, a~ 'Jrs. Ocie Phillips of DeRit" La.: 33 grandchildren ann great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m..Monday from the Ebenezer Baptist Church with the Rev. G. W. Lundy officiat- ing. Burial was in the New Travelers Rest Cemetery with Evans Funeral Home directing. CAROL AND BETH CITY SCHOOL TO RECEIVE $8,050.00 IN FEDERAL FUNDS A payment of federal impact funds of $19,782 will be made to Covington County Board of Education and $8,050 to the Florala City School Board of Education The announcement of this fund to these schools was official- ly m ade by Senators John Sparkman and Jim Allen to The Florala News this week. These are partial payments of a total entitlement for the fis- cal year 1970. . . McNEILL HOMECOMING Homecoming will be observ- ed at the Corner Creek Metho- dist Church the second Sunday in July. This will be the church's 130th anniversary. Homecoming activities will follow a week's revival which will begin Monday, July 6. Home coming will be Sunday, July 12. The evangelist will be the Reverend Gaines M. Spivey. The pastor, the Reverend D.W. Spi- vey, extends an invitation to everyone to attend the services and the homecoming day. CEMETERY WORKING Working is scheduled for Sat.. urday, July 4, at the New Hope Cemetery. The cemetery is lo- cated 12 miles north of Florala near the Scott Paper Co. office. All persons interested in this cemetery are urged to be on hand early with tools to work with. Work is to begin early Saturday morning. . . PERKINS SMYRNA BAPTIST - PERSONALS - A. M. Mc-mothers, Mrs. T. J. Britton of REVIVAL TO BEGINMrs. Evelyn McNeill Scott Oil Lakewoed, and Mrs. A. M. Me- and daughters, Sally and Kathy, manyyearsNeill, Sr. of Archer, Florida; MONDAY, JULY 6 of West Bend, Wis. are visiting i~ssocla- became in~ from Cov- School in Class of '57. enlisted in and was in the Medi- Lebanon from June 60. Follow- Auburn two nieces; several uncles, Smyrna Baptist Church aunts, and cousins.- located on Ala. 10, 8 milesnorth Services were Saturday of Florala, 3 miles east of afternoon, JUne 27, 1970, from the Evergreen Presbyterian Church with the Reverends Claude Gamble, Charles Eck- les and Lynn Carleton officiat- ing. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery. Donald attended the Masonic Centennial Celebration in Florala on Wednesday. Hacoda will hold a revival beginning Monday, July 6. The Reverend O. E. Perkins will be the speaker during the revival services which begin at 7:30 each evening throughout the week. The church pastor and mem- bership cordially invites the public to attend. her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.A. McNeill. Mrs. Nellie Cowart of Pen- 1 S~O~ attended the Masonic Celebration and visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Lowe~/last Tuesday night. She visited her uncle, A. T. McRae and Mrs. MeRze while here and was a guest of Mrs. B. T. Nix Wednesday night, re- turning to her home Thursday. ROYAL COURT PRESENTED TO FIDELITY LODGE #685, F&AM. The King, and Queen and Court of the Centennial Masonic Celebration were presented to Fidelity Lodge, Tuesday night, June 23, 1970. John Brannon, Grand Master, Grand I.~dge F&AM of Alabama, crowned the King, and Gordon L. Evatt, Grand Secretary, crown- THE OES SWEETHEART, Miss Sherrll Maddox, Wk~ presented to Fidelity Lodge ~6851 F&A.~tf in ceremonies June ?3. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Maddox of ~-ckhsrt. The ';weetheart represented OES, Covington County Chapter =441, in the annual Masonic parade and other events during the celebration. .Miss Maddox was escorted by Steve Geohagan. SECRETARY WALTER L. STINSON of Fidelity Lodge #685, F&AM, presents to John Brannon, Grand Master, F&AM of Alabama, an Honorary Life Membership to Fidelity Lodge. The presentation was made in ceremonies June 23. WORSHIPFUL MASTER MARCUS NOBLES presents to wade Phillips a certificate of 30 Years as a Muter Mason is good standing of Fidelity Lodge #~85. The recognition was given Phillips at the annual Communi- cation of Fidelity Lodge before the annual Masonic celebration, June 24. ed the Queen. They were introduced to the lodge by Walter I.~ Stinson, Jr., Secretary of Fidelity Lodge. Shown above from left are David Willis, Sara .',Iathews, Brannon, King Victor Anderson, Geohagan, Joyce Harrison, Evatt, Paul Spears, and Kathy White. June 24th, the ",laso.~ Cen- tennial Celebration attracted a very large crow'l on the big day~ Wednesday, June 24th. The parade was the biggest and the best that has ever been present- ed. During the parade time of 10:30 until 12 o'clock the streets TEXTILE PROBLEMS Congressman Bill Dickinson met for over an hour June 23 with Attorney General John Mit- chell and representatives of the Textile and Wearing Apparel Industry. Textile Import legis- lation and trade negotiations be- tween the United States and Japan were discussed. Dickinson said he met with the group at the request of Textile Industry Officials and was the only Member of Con- gress present. The conference was arranged because of the At- of Florala and the entire parade route was jamed with thousands of viewers. Congressman \Villian~ L. Dickinson of the Second Con- gressional District, was the Masonic speaker following the public installation of officers at 9 o'clock Wednesday morn- ing. The ,Masonic March to the square was impressive asusual as was the installation of of- ficers. The Centennial program was spread over the entire week rather than the usual one day session which was disappointing to some visitors who expected the day to be filled with a program of entertainment cli- maxed with fire works over Lake Jackson. The traditional water battle took place at the usual time at 4:30 on the big day between Florala and Lockhart with t~..e torney General's close associa- Lockhart Fire Department ,e* tlon with the President and his ~ing the winner. awareness ofthepoliticalsitua- A VIP luncheon ,~.s held ht tlon in the Nation. the Florala Hicb, School cafe- s.. ~-~-~V.~:"~/.~Hct Cnrt--~e.. ~t . o'clock with the gressman reminded the Alter- afterno~m ~tertainment be- ney General that it was Ame- ginning at 3 o'clock with a rican Tax Payers' dollars that were sent to Japan - a defeat- pie eating contest onthe square; ed enemy - to re-build Japan a greasy pole climb on the lot Industry and it was also the United States that last year agreed to return Okinawa to Japan to help assure Japanese political stability. Dickinson told the Attorney General that it was time for the, President to start to be concerned about the political stability of our Nation and the economic health of our domes- tic textile industry. The Ala- bama Congressman asked At- torney' General Mitchell to urge the President to support the Textile Import Bill he and a number of other Congressmen are cosponsoring. PERSONALS Miss Brenda Wright and Thalon Hobbs are spending some time with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Early at Valpariso, Fla. Mr. and Mrs. Mike Scar- brough of Huntsville spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Scarbrough. Mr. and Mrs. Cleophus Cobb and sons, David and Bryan of Mobile visited with relatives last week. Mrs. Vlvian Richburg visited with her sister, Mrs. Sam Love in Crestview recently. Mrs. Love was confined to'the Cka- loosa Memorial Hospital. Mr. and MrS. Web Hendrix had as guests for, the June 24th celebration, Mr. and ~rs. Buford Hendrlx of Pensacola. Mr. aud Mrs. Jack Miller and family of Boule, Texas, visited the E. L. Miller family, friends, and relatives during the celebration week next to the postoffice; the water battle at 4:30 in front of The Bank of Florala and at 7:30 Wednesday night square dance finalist were announced and prizes awarded. The square dance was one of the outstanding feature!s of' the celebration program ~qth the parade, fashion show, art exhibit, water battle, and fire- works topping the list of suc- cessful events. The competitive contests such as pie eating, banana eating, cracker eating, sack race and greasy pole climb attracting the attention of the young folk throughout the week. Pictures of the winders in these events and others will be fea- tured next week and following weeks. A goH tournament was i,eld in Opp with the University of Ala- bama's coach "Bear Bryant" as a participant in the game. The tournament was said to be the most successful and most exciting that had ever been stag- ed at the Opp Country Club and was a feature on Thursday morning, June 25. The fashion show on Friday prior to the celebration week was very successful with many women modeling their centen- nial fashions. Winners of the fashion show modeled at the women's luncheon and organ concert Thursday. Pictures of fashion winners are featured in this issue of The Florala News. Other entertaining events during the week included cake walks, old time fiddlers con- test, demonstration of electric appliances, beard juding con- test, wrestling and a great ski shgw on Sunday, June 21 on beautiful Lake Jackson. ~ttracting a lot of attention Out-of-town guests attending was the great display of arts the Mtlls-Kembro wedding in- and crafts on exhibit every day cluded Mrs. Allen Cook, Sr., duridg the celebration week. and Miss Marjorie Tisdale of Church services Sunday night Andalusia, and Mr. and Mrs. at Mathews Stadium featuring Albert Dunn of Opp. a musical "Jonah and the Whale" authored by Bob Curlee Mr. and Mrs. Q. P. Flour- of Blrmingha4~, drew a ,large noy of Point Comfort, Texas crowd. The music forth@ pro- spent last week with his mother, Mrs. J. W. Flournoy and with Colonel and Mrs. C. G. Mann- ing. Mr. Flournoy is a regular in the annual Masonic March for the public installation of officers. Joining them here were Capt. and Mrs. John C. Flournoy and family who were guests in the home of Mrs. J. W. Flonrnoy, his grand- mother. duction was written, directed and narrated by Ken Flowers also of Birmingham. The Florala Youth Choir accom- panied under the direction~o~ Phil Jones, First Baptist Choir director. During the entire.week visi- tors enjoyed the cool.breezes of Beautiful 3ackson, the picnic, swimming, skiing and boating facilities.