The Wattsville Freewill Baptist Church is holding Revival Services Monday, August 8th through Friday, August 12th. Services start at 7:00 p.m. each night.  Rev. Wayne Chamness is the guest evangelist.    Church pastor, Rev. Paul Dockery and church family invite everyone to attend the services.

Harkeys Chapel United Methodist Church, Highway 144, Coal City, will have their annual homecoming and 182nd anniversary celebration Sunday, August 14th.  The service will begin at 10:00 AM.  There will be no Sunday School.  The Walton’s who are their guest singers will be singing that morning and in the afternoon.  Rev. Joel Maxwell, church pastor, will bring the homecoming message at 11:00 AM.  There will be a covered dish lunch at 12:00 noon.  Every family who attends is asked to bring food and drinks to share.  The church will provide the tableware and the coffee.  The singing will resume after lunch.  Rev. Maxwell and church family invite everyone to attend.

Congratulations to Valerie Brazzolotto, daughter of Serge and Sarah Manning Brazzolotto, of Pell City who graduated from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, on Saturday morning, August 6, 2011 with a BS Degree in elementary education.  Graduation Exercises for the 2600 students were held in the Coliseum at the university.  Valerie will be teaching third grade at St. Barnabas Catholic School in the Birmingham area.  Valerie has one brother, Matthew.  Her maternal grandparents are Jeanette Ramsey Manning and the late Jerry “Buddy” Manning of Ragland.  I didn’t get the names of her paternal grandparents before press time.  Valerie’s late Grandfather, Jerry Manning was born and reared in Coal City.  He would have been so proud of her.  We, of this community who know Valerie and her family are very proud of her and our well wishes go out to her as she begins her teaching career.  She plans to continue her education and attain a Master degree later on.

Our prayers and condolences are with Tim and Rita Bryant of Wattsville-Coal City who eight-year-old Grandson, Shane Aaron Stathers of Trussville was killed in a vehicle accident August 1, 2011.  His parents are Tim’s and Rita’s daughter and son-in-law, Kristy and Jarrod Stathers.  Shane’s Dad, Jarrod, was critically injured in the accident and is in ICU at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery.  He suffered head trauma injuries and has not regained consciousness as of this writing.

There is a Facebook page: Prayers for Jarrod Stathers, which gives current information daily.  There is a fund for him set up at Regions Bank.

Kristy suffered a broken ankle and she and her sister, Abby, suffered other minor injuries.

Shane Stathers’ Memorial Service was held Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 2:00 PM in Roebuck.

Our condolences and prayers are with Jack, Isbell, Jr. whose Great-niece, Olivia Everhart, 15, of Kempner, Texas was killed in a vehicle accident on Wednesday, August 3, 2011.  Olivia would have been a junior at Lampasas High School in Texas this school term.  Olivia was the Great-Granddaughter of Jack’s late sister, Vida Jo Odom who lived in Shoal Creek, Ashville.  Jack, his wife, Mary (Bryant) and their daughter-in-law, Lois Isbell, (Kenny’s wife) traveled to Texas to attend Olivia’s funeral which was held at Sneed Funeral Chapel on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at noon.

Tragedy struck twice in the Bryant family in three days.  Tim Bryant and Mary Bryant Isbell are brother and sister, respectively.  Let us keep a continual prayer vigil for all families concerned in these two tragedies.

Happy birthday to Wayne Funderburg, August 15th, Tiffany Clements, August 16th and Josh Kirkham, August 17th!


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