When Donna Abercrombie had breast cancer 20 years ago, she did what she had to do--she took her treatments, got well and went on with her life. When the disease returned in 2010, she did the same thing, but with an extra activity added. She's become a leader in the American Cancer Society's South Mobile County Relay for Life.
Until recently, Abercrombie was employed at a bank in Theodore, and this year, she led her team to raise almost $10,000 for ACS. They held a huge yard sale, had silent auctions and raffles, organized split-the-pot fundraisers. And they produced a fashion show using cancer survivors as models. "As a 2-time cancer survivor who wanted to watch my grandson Joseph grow up, I want to do what I can to help others live," Abercrombie said of her Relay participation.
Abercrombie is also a Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce board member, helping with the annual Business Expo, the Christmas Parade and Breakfast with Santa.
Breitling Elementary and Grand Bay Middle schools help collect food items for Citizens for a Better Grand Bay food drive
Donations can be dropped off at the following locations: Tom’s Barber Shop, Azalea Real Estate or the Grand Bay Senior Center, or contributors mail tax-deductible donations for the Food Box Program to CBGB, P O Box 274, Grand Bay, AL. 36541.
Grand Bay schools help collect more than 2,000 food items for Citizens for a Better Grand Bay Food Box program
With the help of Grand Bay Middle School Student Council and Brietling Elementary School PACE class, Citizens for a Better Grand Bay collected more than 2,000 items of food for the Spring Family Food Box program.
"Hunger is a real problem in Alabama, which ranks #2 behind Mississippi as the state with the highest percentage of their citizens with food emergencies," said CBGB president, Aleta Boudreaux. CBGB’s Family Food Box program directly affects "friends and neighbors here in Grand Bay where the food is collected and distributed," she said.
Boudreaux is calling on residents to help local families in need by cleaning out pantries or purchasing non-perishable foods for CBGB Spring Food Box distribution. Time and date for distribution will be announced in March.
CBGB will accept both current and out-of-date non-perishables, as well as health-care items like tooth paste, soap and household cleaning products such as dish soap, bleach and laundry detergent, Boudreaux said.
Donations can be dropped off at the following locations: Tom’s Barber Shop, Azalea Real Estate or the Grand Bay Senior Center, or contributors can mail tax-deductible donations for the Food Box Program to CBGB, P O Box 274, Grand Bay, AL. 36541.
Grand Bay's Country Christmas Celebration includes the installation and lighting of giant Christmas tree
To celebrate Grand Bay's Country Christmas 2014, members of Citizens For A Better Grand Bay, with the help of S&H Towing and Recovery, installed a giant Christmas tree at the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 and Highway 188 in Grand Bay.
The tree was donated by Buddy Patteson and was originally planted on his property in memory of T J Bryant Sr. CBGB members Hamilton Boudreaux, Kimon Brown and Ricardo Rosales directed the installation of the tree.
The Roasales Family, Anne Bennett and Kelli Bratton began decorating the tree and, during the week before the Country Christmas celebration, residents were invited to complete the decorating with handmade ornaments and strings of lights. The tree was lighted just before the Spectacular Parade of Lights on Saturday night, December 6.
"CBGB and Grand Bay residents wish to thank Buddy for his generous gift to help share the holiday spirit with everyone," said CBGB president, Aleta Boudreaux. "Special thanks go to Brise Blackwell and S&H Towing for his outstanding job of moving and installation of the tree, to Charles Clark and Lisa Turrentine of State Farm Insurance for use of the property and to Sessions Farm for the utility connection," she said.
Boudreaux encourages all residents to become involved with community activities by joining Citizens For A Better Grand Bay. "Membership is free and volunteers for our many projects are always welcome," she said. Contact Aleta Boudreaux at 251-298-8089 for more information.
Pictured in the photo provided by Aleta Boudreaux are Natalie and Bella Boudreaux with the giant 2014 Christmas tree.
The Bedsole family of Semmes receive a gift from their "Christmas Angels," which may be the final chapter in their story--or the beginning of a new book with "More to Come"
For readers who have kept up with my Mobile Press Register stories on the Bedsole family's Christmas "Nativity Angels" since the death of son Justin in 2008, the following is what appears to be the last chapter in their story--or perhaps the beginning of a new book.
On May 30, 2008, Justin Bedsole, 21, was killed in an automobile accident. He left behind his mother Kim, father Chris, sister Jenna and his new wife, Leslie.
As a boy, Justin's favorite Christmas decoration was a nativity scene, which he often embellished with his toy soldiers. As the holiday approached the Christmas before Justin's death, his mother planned to replace the worn nativity with a new one. But Justin confiscated his favorite scene and hid it to protect it from disposal. It has never been found.
However, as Christmas 2008 neared, the Bedsoles began receiving pieces of a beautiful new nativity, delivered to them at various locations by people they did not know. The last piece, the Baby Jesus in a manger, arrived at their home on Christmas morning. Each piece was received with the spoken or written promise of "more to come."
At the time of that first gift, when their grief was so raw and their longing for their son so intense, the Bedsoles took it as a sign that there was not only "more to come" at the end of their life's journey, but more love and hope and peace for them to claim and share on this earth.
Each year since 2008, even as Chris and Kim Bedsole left their Semmes home and moved to Texas, then Singapore, they continued to receive gifts from their Christmas Angels: an antique lamp with a nativity scene on the base, a Thomas Kincade Christmas tree, a framed poem titled "Merry Christmas from Heaven," written as if it were from Justin.
Jenna Bedsole is married now and settled in another town. Chris and Kim are back in the U.S., living in Baton Rouge. They have never learned who their Angels are or how they determined that the Bedsoles needed the promise of "More to come."
But the Christmas story is not quite complete.
Kim Bedsole explains in her own words:
"In Scripture, the number 7 symbolizes completeness, fullness and perfection. This is our 7th Christmas without our son, Justin, and also the 7th Christmas that our Nativity Angels have blessed our family. Per the letter from our Angels, they now have another family to help lift from their grief. As part of their final offering, we were presented with a gift that ensures the story will continue. Our Angels gave Chris and me, as parents, the perfect Christmas gift. Our children and future children will have the opportunity to share this amazing story forever. Again, thank you to everyone who has shared this journey with us. Please join us in praying blessings over our Nativity Angels and the grieving family God has placed in their path. We will be forever grateful to our anonymous Angels, who pulled us out of the darkness and gave us hope."
And finally, in their last package from the Angels, this Christmas 2014, was the letter below:
"Jenna and Marco (Jenna's husband), this Nativity is yours. We hope you will use it for ministry. You may choose to keep the set and display it in your home, and when friends or family visit during the holidays, you can share the story of the first Nativity delivery and how Justin loved Christmas and all the characters that make up the Nativity. You may choose to give it away to someone that is hurting. The choice is yours. The Christmas Committee pray blessings on you and know that God will use you these last days. Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy 2015."
(Photo of Jenna and Marco, courtesy of Kim Bedsole)
Christmas is over, the trees are down and the ornaments packed away. But activities in Mobile County continue as we begin a new year: 2015.
Keep Mobile Beautiful is collecting old Christmas trees through Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The trees will be ground into mulch for use by area gardeners. Trees may be delivered at any time to the recycling stations. However, Keep Mobile Beautiful volunteers will be on hand from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 27 and 28 and January 3 and 4 to assist recyclers with tree unloading. For more information, contact Keep Mobile Beautiful at 208-6029 or thru their website.
The Greater Mobile Bay Area Choral Society will hold open auditions on Tuesday, January 5, 7 p.m. for all three of the upcoming spring concerts for 2015. The auditions and also a major portion of the rehearsals are held at Government Street Presbyterian Church, 300 Government Street at the corner of Government and Jackson streets. There will be opportunities to perform with other area choruses and chamber orchestra. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. A schedule is prepared for each semester with some rehearsals also occurring in the rehearsal class room of Spring Hill College, in the Eichold Fine and Performing Arts Building. For further information, contact Terry D. Maddox, M.M., Artistic Director at 251 434 -9325 &/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Run with a Dot/Caryn's Kids 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run on the University of South Alabama campus is Saturday, January 10, 2015. The run honors Caryn Hyatt Suthoff, a Dodge Elementary School kindergarten teacher who died of cancer December 12. Registration information and additional details are available at active.com. Registration can also be at USA Intramural Fields at 7 a.m. on race day.
The holidays always bring a shortage of blood donations, and Pastor Randall Ingram of Riverside Baptist said that his church at 3130 Dauphin Island Parkway is helping to remedy that situation: The church is hosting a Community Blood Drive on Sunday, December 28, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Among other upcoming community events are the following activities. The Mary Ellen Ward Art Guild sponsors a free painting class for adults on Tuesdays, noon-3 p.m. at Semmes Public Library. A new class begins January 6. For information, call Jeanette Byrd at 649-1647. Another Semmes event to look forward to (and perhaps to prepare for) is the January 24th Camellia Festival also held at Semmes Public Library. The Festival, sponsored by Semmes Heritage Park, consists of exhibits of Camellia Art, table-scapes using camellias and the display of camellia blossoms. Contact Chair Jeanette Byrd at 649-1647 for information.
It's time to register for the Chickasaw Kiwanis Club's Disc Golf Tournament Saturday, January 10, 2015. Proceeds benefit the University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital. Call Cecil McGuire at 452-6462 for details.
Also in Chickasaw, "Come to the Front Porch," a ladies' night for fellowship, meets every 1st and 3rd Friday, 6-8 p.m. at Chickasaw Housing Authority Community Room. A children’s program is offered, as are refreshments, Bible study and mentoring opportunities.
A class for adults interested in learning basic computer skills begins Monday, January 5, 11 a.m.-noon at Chickasaw Library, 224 Grant Street. Call 452-6462 for details.
Before taking a look at coming events in Tillman's Corner, a short glance backward is worthwhile. The Annual Breakfast with Santa on December 6 was a great success, with more than 450 people enjoying pancakes and sausage--and a visit with St. Nick, according to TC Community Center director, Tina Poiroux. The parade, too, was the largest in the community's history; Jean Stimpson, First Lady of Mobile and wife of Mayor Sandy Stimpson, performed the Ribbon Cutting to open the event. Newly selected Citizens of the Year, Dumas and Delores McLaney, were present during the ceremony, as well.
Now to upcoming events. The monthly Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce business luncheon at the Community Center is Wednesday, January 7, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Guest speaker will be Dr. Laurie Owen, Associate Director for Basic and Translational Sciences in the Mitchell Cancer Institute at the University of South Alabama. The lunch will be provided by Georgia Roussos Catering; RSVP 666-2488.
Poiroux is asking that residents "Recycle your old coats and help someone in need stay warm this winter." Coats and jackets can be dropped off at the Community Center, 5055 Carol Plantation Road..
Most Senior Centers will be closed January 1 and 2, but they continue with regular activities through the end of December.
Some events to look forward to in early January are the Chickasaw Seniors Early Bird Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Monday, January 5; a potluck lunch and a program with author Joan Malone on January 8, 11:30 a.m. at Semmes Senior Center; and Bingo with Modern Woodmen's Gary Hilburn, 10 a.m., Monday, January 5 at Parkway Senior Citizens S.A.I.L. Center.
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Alma Bryant High School drama and theater students joined the fun at 9th Annual Tri-Coastal Community Outreach, Inc. Children's Christmas Shopping Experience December 20
Alma Bryant High School Drama and Theater Department students stopped by the 9th Annual Tri-Coastal Community Outreach, Inc. Children's Christmas Shopping Experience to perform as Anna, Elsa and Olaf from "Frozen." Carolyn Thompson is director of the non-profit TCCO (Photo and information courtesy of Sher Graham)
Daniel Driskell from Full Scale School of Music provided music for TCCO 9th Annual "On Wings of Doves" Children's Christmas Shopping Experience
Music for Tri-Coastal Community Outreach, Inc. "On Wings of Doves" Christmas Shopping Experience provided by Daniel Driskell and flutist Rachel from the Full Scale School of Music. (Courtesy Sher Graham)
Tri-Coastal Community Outreach, Inc. hosts 9th Annual "On Wings of Doves" Children's Christmas Shopping Experience December 20
On December 20, Tir-Coastal Community Outreach, Inc., headed by Director Carolyn Thompson, held its 9th Annual "On Wings of Doves" Children's Christmas Shopping Experience at the Bayou La Batre Church of God in Irvington. Accompanied by their parents and aided by Santa's elves, more than 300 children used Santa Dollars to "buy" gifts, toys and clothes. For more information on TCCO, visit tricoastalcommunity.org or call Carolyn Thompson, 228-623-0017. (Photos and information courtesy of Sher Graham)
Sonya Humphries, director of All God's Children, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization, picks up a donation of toys for December 23 Annual Christmas Party at Semmes Community Center. Santa attends the party and gives each child a stuffed animal or other toy as they and their families enjoy pizza, music and games.
In August 2014, Caryn Hyatt Suthoff joined the Dodge Elementary School faculty as a kindergarten teacher. In September, doctors determined that she had cancer and she died December 12. She was 24 years old and had been married 6 months.
On Saturday, January 10, 2015, a benefit run will be held in Caryn's honor. The race will be hosted by the Order of Polka Dots Mardi Gras Society, of which her friend Meighan Harton, race organizer and first-grade teacher at Dodge, is a member. The "Run with a Dot/Caryn's Kids" 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run will take place on the University of South Alabama campus.
Registration can be accomplished by downloading the form at active.com or at USA Intramural Fields at 7 a.m. on race day. Further information is also available at active.com.
The run is open to everyone; categories are separated by age differences. Parents with small children are encouraged to decorate their strollers and wagons and participate in the race. And, for those who plan to run in the First Light Marathon the next day, "This event could be a great warm-up," said Dodge principal, Dr. Suzanne Crist.
A portion of the proceeds from the inaugural event will go to Caryn's family for medical expenses, Harton said. In the future, proceeds will be put in a special fund for the Caryn's Kids Scholarship, which will be awarded to one of her kindergartners at Dodge Elementary School as the student enters college.
In talking about her colleague and the reason for establishing the Caryn's Kids Scholarship, Meighan Harton said that Suthoff had worked a year as a paraprofessional at Dodge Elementary before being hired as a teacher, and that "She was an absolute joy to be around and was truly a light at our school."
Harton went on to say that she, Harton, had decorated her first-grade classroom in superheroes, and one day, Caryn just stuck her head in the door and gave her friend her very own superhero cape, blue with gold wings across the shoulders.
"You see, that is just the kind of person she was--kind gestures, smiles and laughs were her everyday thing. I placed the cape in front of my door and it is the first thing I see as I enter. It helps to remind me each day to be a hero and try to light up the lives of everyone around me."
The cape with its wings is the logo for the Run with a Dot/Caryn's Kids race. It is a reminder of the positive effect Caryn had on her friends; the scholarship will be a tribute to her memory and a lasting legacy to her Dodge Elementary School kindergartners.
Ms. Nell Wassman celebrated here 98th birthday on Christmas Eve with her grandson Steven Wassman and great-granddaughter Abigail Wassman at the Grand Bay Convalescent Home, where she resides. Ms. Nell is a former member of Oak Park Church of God. She enjoys singing hymns and watching TV with her friends. (Photo courtesy of Steven Wassman)
Keep Mobile Beautiful; is collecting old Christms trees now through January 7, 2015. The trees will be ground into mulch for use by area gardeners. "Residents are encouraged to continue or begin a new Christmas family tradition of recycling their old tree instead of tossing it to the curb," said Bob Haskins of KMB.
Recycling stations are at Parkway Plaza, 2655 Dauphin Island Parkway; Greer's CashSaver, formerly Food World, 2501 Government Boulevard; Wildwood Place, Greer's CashSaver, formerly Food World, 4055 Cottage Hill Road; Regency Center Bruno's, Airport at University Boulevard; Lowe's, Airport at Schillinger Road; MAWSS, Park Forest Center, Moffett Road at Forest Hill Drive and Clover Leaf Plaza, Tillman's Corner.
Trees may be delivered at any time to the recycling stations. However, KMB volunteers will be on hand from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, December 27 and 28 and January 3 and 4 to assist recyclers with tree unloading. The last day to turn in a tree is Saturday, January 10.
Remember: Before turning in trees, remove lights, stands, tinsel, ornaments, plastic bags and garland. Flocked trees are not accepted. Remember, too, that trees turned in for recycling are the property of KMB; removal without permission is against the law.
For more info, contact KMB at 208-6029 or www.cityofmobile.org.
Photo above is from City of Creola Christmas Tree Lighting.
Kathy Flowers loves animals, and her way of showing it is to volunteer her time to take care of them. She's been volunteering at the Environmental Studies Center since she was 16. And since 2001, she's worked with Saraland Animal Shelter, helping with fundraisers, pet adoptions and awareness campaigns.
For example, Flowers likes to primp the adoptable pets and show them off on their very own float during Saraland's Christmas parade. Or she'll accompany the Shelter mascot Brody to Fall Festivals at city schools--just one more way to impress upon children the importance of loving and taking care of their pets.
In other volunteer work, Flowers has served on the board of directors for youth baseball leagues at Amelia Park, she's a volunteer in the PTO at her children's school and she helps direct the Miss Saraland Pageant at the elementary and middle schools.
Flowers, a nurse supervisor at Volunteers of America South East, was born and raised in Saraland and is the daughter of a firefighter. "I have a very strong sense of community," she said.
Good news for those who have waited 'til the last minute and need a memorable gift for someone special.
Satsuma Community Development Organization still has its cookbook, "The Grand Old Lady Rides Again" available at $12 a copy. The recipes are "tried and true favorites shared by Satsuma residents," said SCDO secretary, Andrea Charlton. The books are available at Satsuma Public Library or from any Satsuma Community Development Organization member. Cookbook committee chairperson is Mary Pierce, 675-2465.
And Dauphin Island Town Hall has on hand a limited supply of a Dauphin Island School commemorative ornament at $15 each. Handcrafted in red and gold, the ornament depicts the Little Red Schoolhouse, and all sale proceeds help support the historic building's relocation and restoration.
Area senior citizens continue to have holiday fun. At the Tillman's Corner Center for Seniors on Nevius Road, a Tacky Christmas Sweater contest is planned for December 23, and on December 30, seniors will be treated to a pancake breakfast. Call Kathy Hill, 666-6610 for information on other activities. Semmes Senior Center will be open December 22 and 23, with regular activities, such as dominoes and line dancing planned, but will be closed December 24-26. Seniors in Chickasaw should think ahead: an Early Bird Breakfast, at just $3 per person, is served the first Monday of every month (except holidays) at 7:30 a.m. at Chickasaw Civic Center, 224 Grant Street. The breakfast is hearty, the atmosphere is friendly and the news, given by senior aide Stephanie Stewart, is always good.
Some activities coming up in the next few weeks include the following events:
Bro. Randall Ingram of Riverside Baptist Church said that he has been informed by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers tnat a shortage of blood donations in December has led to a desperate need for all types of life-saving blood. Therefore, Riverside is hosting a Community Blood Drive the Sunday after Christmas, December 28, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The church is at 3130 Dauphin Island Parkway.
Chickasaw Kiwanis Club is hosting a Disc Golf Tournament Saturday, January 10, 2015. Proceeds go to University of South Alabama Children's and Women's Hospital. Call Cecil McGuire at 452-6462 for details.
Mary Ellen Ward Art Guild sponsors a free painting class for adults on Tuesdays, noon-3 p.m. at Semmes Public Library. A new class begins January 6. "If you have always wanted to paint or once painted and want to start back, this is the class for you; we have artists willing to share their expertise in water color, acrylic and oil," said leader Jeanette Byrd. Participants are responsible for their own supplies. For information, call Byrd at 649-1647.
January 24, 2015 is the annual Camellia Festival, which celebrates the time when "Semmes was the Nursery Center of the Southeastern United States," said chair, Jeanette Byrd. The event will be at Semmes Public Library from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Festival consists of exhibits of Camellia Art, tables-capes using camellias and the display of camellia blossoms. Semmes resident Walter Creighton and other members of the Mobile Camellia Society, as well has home gardeners, will enter camellia blooms, Byrd said. The Festival is sponsored by Semmes Heritage Park and admission will be free. Contact Byrd at 649-1647 for information.
The City of Chickasaw Recreation Department holds a Kayak Paddle on the 4th Saturday, weather permitting. Participants will gather at Bill Brooks Landing to begin paddling at 8 a.m.; activities include exploring Robbers' Islands and "the wonderful secret of outdoors in Chickasaw." Call Kathy Couey, 452-6467 for details.
There are two sessions of Kids' Break Days: Chickasaw Christmas Day Camp for children aged 4-12 years old. The first is December 22, 23 and 26, and the second is December 29, 30 and January 2. Call 452-6462 to pre-register.
Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce installed new officers recently and they are as follows: Presidentm Alesia Davis; 1st Vice President, Donna Abercrombie; 2nd Vice President, Ruth Robinson; Secretary, Kay Peace and Treasurer, Theresa Orrell. New Directors are Della Wade, Sharon Murrill. Maranda Hance, Matt Garner, Tiffany Ginn, Pete Riehm, Russanne Howell, Deloris McLaney, Johnny Antley, Teresa Taylor, Ed Murphy and Kelly Flynt. Honorary Members are Larry Kent and Lois Rockhold.
Stephen Dahmer, Veterans Transitional Housing Program Director at Eagle's Landing on Moffett Road, reports that the second phase of the project is complete and "We now have a total of 38 apartments for vets, with 10 available" units. Interviews to fill the vacancies are being conducted every Tuesday and Thursday between 8 a.m. and noon. Call 251-421-1229 for information.
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The Salvation Army Center for Women and Children has been blessed this year, particularly by the Dauphin Island Parkway community, said Center Director, Trinitius Pickett. A recent appeal for donations of gifts for the women and children who take shelter at the Center brought generous contributions for children; however "People tend to forget the mothers," Pickett said. So, "If someone would like to get a gift for the mothers, that would be great!" she said. To contact her for information, call 459-6151.
Tri-Coastal Community Outreach, Inc., hosts 9th Annual "On Wings of Doves" Christmas shopping event December 20 in Bayou La Batre
Tri-Coastal Community Outreach, Inc., headed by executive director Carolyn Thompson, is hosting its 9th Annual "On Wings of Doves" children's Christmas shopping experience on Saturday, December 20, 9 a.m.-noon at Bayou La Batre Church of God.
More than 400 pre-approved children and their families will come to shop with "Santa Dollars" for gifts and toys. The backdrop for this event will include holiday music by Daniel Driskell of Full Scale School of Music, a viewing of the movie "Frozen" and an appearance by characters from the movie, brought to life by students from Alma Bryant High School Drama and Theater Department.
In a press release from Sher Graham of the Synergy Solutions Group, Thompson said of On Wings of Doves, "If we can offer a small amount of hope for children, then we have given some hope to the family." This program is unique in that by letting even toddlers experience shopping, going through the check-out line and paying for their items, they learn financial responsibility at an early age, Thompson said.
Doves and other Tri-Coastal programs administered by Thompson have had a tremendous impact on Gulf Coast communities. To find out more, visit www.tricoastalcommunity.org.
Theresa Orrell's life has been deeply affected by cancer. Her father died of the disease, she lost her best friend and a nephew to brain cancer and her granddaughter. who developed cancer at age 3 is now a 16-year survivor.
And so the American Cancer Society was a natural fit for Orrell's volunteerism. She's served on the American Cancer Society Leadership Council since 2006; was chair of South Mobile County Relay for Life for several years, helping to raise $23,000 in 2014 through PolySurveying's team; and has been an Ambassador for ACS-CAN (the advocacy side of American Cancer Society), traveling to Washington DC to appeal to Congress for funds to continue research for a cancer cure.
Orrell has also been active in Tillman's Corner Area Chamber of Commerce, having been on the Board of Directors 10 years, currently as Treasurer. She's a 15-year member of Business Network International, helping promote and referring business to other community operations.
"My husband and I have retired from PolySurveying, a family business, and our two sons, Matt and Darren, along with our grandsons, Brett, Zack and Chad, are currently operating the business. But," Orrell said, "although I have been "retired" for 11 years, I continue to stay active by serving wherever I can be of help."
In the photo above, courtesy of Lee Anne Greene, Creola city council member, the children of Creola's first mayor, Jim Smith, are pictured with the historic marker in his honor. The children are, from left, Curtis Smith, Mary Sneed, Becky Reeves and Janie Sawyer.
The sign, presented by the Mobile County Bicentennial Commission, will be installed in front of Creola City Hall; the ceremony was held December 11 at the SAIL Center for Seniors in Creola.