A huge gathering was present for Sunday's homecoming services at Shawmut First Church of the Nazarene. During the noon hour, the Rev. Tim Campbell conducted a ceremony to dedicate a fountain in memory of the late J. Harmon King, who pastored the church for many years. The fountain was originally dedicated in August 1996 at Lanier Memorial Hospital, where Preacher King had practiced a memorable ministry. He was very dedicated to visiting those who were ill, making it known they were cared for and praying with them. Bearing the inscription, "To God Be the Glory," the beautiful fountain with flowing water now has a permanent home in front of the church where Preacher King brought the word of God for so many years. Shown above with the Rev. Campbell (at left) are members of Preacher King's family. From left are Bill and Jean Decker (daughter) of Auburn, granddaughter Pamela Hood and Cornelia and Harmon King (son), all of Valley. (Photo by Wayne Clark)
By WAYNE CLARK
VALLEY — A fountain that was dedicated over 20 years ago in appreciation of the ministry of the Rev. J. Harmon King has a new home. In August 1996 the fountain was unveiled at a ceremony at Lanier Memorial Hospital with Preacher King and his wife Jaurine in attendance.
It was placed there in appreciation of King's countless visits to the hospital over the years to meet with those who were ill, pray with them and to make them feel loved.
Officials at EAMC-Lanier Hospital decided that Preacher King's church would be a more appropriate setting for the fountain and offered to have it moved there. That's been done, and in a special ceremony at this past Sunday's homecoming services at the church, the fountain was dedicated in a new permanent home. It now sits in front of Shawmut First Church of the Nazarene and can easily be seen by anyone who drives along Boulevard in the Shawmut community.
Members of Preacher King's family were present in the crowd assembled for the ceremony. The church's current pastor, the Rev. Tim Campbell, told them that he and his wife started hearing stories about Preacher King and the great work he did to minister the gospel shortly after they arrived to the Valley in 2010.
"We'd go places and meet people," he said. "When they asked what I did, and I told them I was the pastor at the Shawmut Nazarene Church they'd say, ‘Oh, did you know Preacher King?’"
"We have found out in the years we have lived here that there's almost nowhere you can go that someone has not been touched by Preacher King's ministry," the Rev. Campbell said. "We've found out through so many of the lives he touched that his heart was all about seeing people won to the love of the Lord. Each and every day he would go to the hospital, enter each room and pray for whoever was in there. He was genuinely a pastor to the pastorless and a friend to the friendless. He lived his hope and faith and shared that faith and love for the Lord with everyone he came in contact with."
The Rev. Campbell said when asked if they'd like to have the fountain, he readily accepted. "We were excited to have a visible reminder her at the church of his legacy to the community," he said.
The massive granite object was transported to the church and the task began of running water to it and planting flowers around it. While the Rev. Campbell and other members of the church were out near the road taking care of this, people would often stop by and ask what was going on.
"When we told them it was a monument in memory of Preacher King's work they would share with us stories of Preacher King's involvement in their lives or the lives of their families," the Rev. Campbell said. "It seems there's hardly a family in the Valley that has not been touched by his love and his ministry."
"It is with love and appreciation for that ministry that we dedicate this fountain and place it here in its permanent home," the Rev. Campbell added. "As we watch the water flow over this very hard granite, I want you to think about two things: Preacher King had a ministry or permanence and endurance, which is reflected not only by the 25 years he spent preaching at this very church, but also by the investment he made in the lives of others, something that is still spoken of today."
"As you watch and listen to the water," he said. "I want you to think about the living water that brother King taught others about — the living water of Jesus Christ that will give us a blessed life on earth and a permanent home in heaven."
Those gathered by the fountain sang Preacher King's favorite hymn, "Amazing Grace," and the Rev. Campbell had some concluding remarks. "May this flowing water serve as a reminder of the love that prompted the gift of this fountain. May this fountain continue to be a blessing to this community, and Father, may your Spirit continue to move this church and your community guiding us closer to you."
The ceremony gave the many people present a chance to share stories about Preacher King. One of the stories related to his funeral. The massive crowd that came there included people from all walks of life, everyone from homeless people to millionaires, all drawn to pay their respects to a man who had touched their lives in a profound way.
By DAVID BELL
WEST POINT — Batson-Cook Company of West Point will again sponsor an Honor Bus Tour of the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning for military veterans to coincide with Veterans Day activities. This year's tour will be held on Thursday, Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day.
The tour is free for all local veterans, who may bring one non-veteran guest each. This event includes a continental breakfast prior to departure, chartered transportation to the mu-
seum in Columbus, a guided museum tour and banquet lunch.
The bus is scheduled to depart from the Batson-Cook headquarters building in West Point at 8 a.m., and will return at approximately 4 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required. To register, go online to www.honorbustour.com, or call 706-643-2538.
The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center was constructed by Batson-Cook in 2009, and has been recognized as one of the premier military attractions in the nation by numerous outlets including USA Today and TripAdvisor. In 2011, the museum was awarded the prestigious Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement by the Themed Entertainment Association.
The facility preserves and displays one of the greatest collections of military artifacts in the world, with 190,000 square feet of galleries. Since opening in June 2009 it has greeted more than two million visitors from around the world.
By DAVID BELL
WEST POINT — Randall Hamer, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Lanett, was part of a ministry outreach group known as International Sports Chaplains that attended the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The purpose of the trip was to share the gospel and its plan of salvation with athletes and spectators, the experiences of which Hamer conveyed Wednesday to members of the West Point Lions Club.
International Sports Chaplains was founded by Lanett resident and former Olympic wrestler David Guinn as a means of spreading the word about Jesus Christ to current Olympians around the world. The games are one of the only events in history where more than 200 nations join together in peace, harmony and competition.
"Even though I had been invited twice before, I was particularly hesitant about making the trip this year because of the reports that were circulating about the Zika virus and contaminated water," said Hamer. "But the reality was that I experienced none of that. The country was beautiful and we were warmly received by local residents."
Hamer's team began each day with the same mission: speak to as many people as possible about God's love and how it can change their lives.
"Since the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid, a popular aspect of the games has been the exchanging of pins. Each group or nation represented has their own pin, and everyone likes to collect as many as they can," said Hamer. "Our group has a special ' Jesus pin,' which gives us an opportunity to share our message during exchanges with other people."
Hamer said he was surprised at the number of individuals he encountered who had never heard that Jesus died for their salvation. They listened intently to what the chaplains were saying, and many gave their lives to Christ.
"The people of Brazil, and others we spoke to from around the world, were no different from people anywhere else. They were hungry for the gospel and spiritual renewal, and I'm thankful to have had the opportunity of spreading that message."
Hamer added that athletes and spectators showing most opposition to the group were from the United States.
"I found it odd that people who live in a country whose motto is 'In God We Trust' were the least receptive to what we had to say," Hamer concluded.
During their trip, the International Sports Chaplains group distributed a total of 15,000 Jesus pins while conducting their mission.
By Times-News Sports Staff
LaGRANGE, Ga. — The Troup High Tigers took advantage of third quarter Cedartown miscues to turn a 20-13 deficit into a 23-20 lead and then held on for dear life to claim Troup’s seventh straight win of the 2016 season.
The win gives Troup a 7-1 season record and a 4-0 mark in Region 5-AAAA with two region games and playoff rankings still to be determined.
The game was not for the faint of heart or for pigskin purists. Troup had four interceptions in the first half and just six completions. Cedartown was even worse in the turnover department. The Bulldogs lost four of five fumbles and added a pass interception to give them five turnovers in the game.
What might get overlooked in the win is how tough the Tiger defense played in the second half. Despite desperation passes downfield in the closing seconds of the game, Cedartown had 109 yards in total offense in the second half.
When it wasn’t being intercepted, Troup’s offense looked sharp in the first half. The Tigers piled up 11 first downs and 196 yards in total offense in the first half, but wound up trailing 20-13 when Cedartown scored on a 34-yard TD pass as time expired in the second quarter. Troup didn’t punt until the fourth quarter.
Troup’s passing game, which has been hitting on all cylinders, was erratic against the Bulldogs, It wasn’t just the four interceptions. Quarterback Montez Crowe threw several wounded quails during the course of the game, and when his throws were on target, they were dropped on several occasions.
The Tigers did put together a better rushing attack, gaining 214 yards on the ground in 29 carries.
The game opened in typical Troup fashion. The Tigers received the opening kickoff, returned to the Troup 37 and got a quick first down when Crowe found Ken Truitt for a 21-yard completion to the Cedartown 41. Three plays later, Crowe threw the first of his four interceptions, and Cedartown got the ball at its own 49, and launched a nine-play, 51-yard drive to take the first lead of the game.
Quarterback Trevon Wofford scored on a one-yard run after completing an 18-yard pass to Tyler Blalock down to the Troup one-yard line. The PAT kick snap was fumbled, but the Bulldog holder Lee Sisson turned a lemon into lemonade by shoveling a pass to Graham Taff good for a two-point conversion and an 8-0 Cedartown lead with 5:08 left in the first quarter.
It didn’t take Troup long to answer the score. The Tigers moved 70 yards in seven plays for their first score of the game. After Camren Russell rumbled for gains of four and 33 yards, Tyree Carlisle pounded his way to an 11-yard gain. Crowe hit Kobe Hudson with a 12-yard completion down to the Bulldog 3 and on second down Carlisle got the score on a one-yard plunge. Carson Wreyford toed the point-after but that left Troup trailing 8-7 with 2:34 left in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Cedartown fumbled the ball and Troup recovered at the Bulldog 21-yard line. It was the first of four kickoffs that turned sour for Cedartown, including three fumbles lost and a successful onsides kick by the Tigers.
Troup couldn’t take advantage of the break, however, and gave up the ball three plays later on Crowe’s second interception of the first quarter. At that point Troup had three completions and two interceptions in eight pass attempts.
Cedartown returned the favor early in the second quarter after picking up a couple of first downs and throwing a pass interception themselves. Truitt got the pick and Troup had the ball at its own 45-yard line.
Five plays later, Troup took the lead. Crowe got the offense moving with a 15-yard run and then threw a 16-yard completion to Hudson down to the Cedartown 11. On the next snap, Carlisle refused to go down and bulled his way 11 yards for the first of his two TDs in the game. Troup went for two points and a pass failed, but the Tigers had the lead at 13-8 with 9:08 left in the half.
Troup executed a successful onsides kick on the ensuing kickoff, but could not move from the Cedartown 43 and wound up surrendering the ball on downs at the 37.
The Bulldogs came roaring back to retake the lead. Cedartown got a couple of first downs, one of them by drawing Troup offsides on a fourth-and-three play for a first down at the Troup 35. Wofford promptly found Quan Neal open for a 35-yard TD pass. The two-point pass failed, but Cedartown was back in the lead at 14-13 with 4:57 left in the half.
Troup then drove from its own 39 after the kickoff to the Cedartown 24 before Crowe suffered his third interception of the half to end the drive.
The Tiger defense forced a three-and-out punt by Cedartown but once again Crowe was intercepted, this time giving the ball to Cedartown at the Troup 34 with just 11 seconds left in the half.
Wofford threw incomplete on first down, but as time expired he found Neal open in the end zone for a 34-yard TD completion. The PAT kick failed, leaving the halftime score at 20-13 Cedartown.
On the kickoff to open the third quarter, Cedartown fumbled and Troup came up with the ball at the Bulldog 28. Troup managed one first down but couldn’t move the chains again, so Wreyford came on for a 32-yard field goal attempt. The kick was good, but Troup was penalized five yards for an illegal shift, so Wreyford had to kick again from the 37. That kick was good, and Troup had cut Cedartown’s lead to 20-16 with 9:22 left in the third quarter.
A touchback precluded any chance of Cedartown fumbling the kickoff, but on the next series of downs Wofford, trying to signal one of his receivers to reposition, instead triggered a snap from the center, and he was fortunate to recover the bouncing ball at his own two-yard line on what had been a third-and-nine play from the Cedartown 21. A short punt gave Troup the ball at the Bulldog 35.
This time the Tiger offense sealed the deal. Crowe rambled for 15 yards on a third-and-one play from the Cedartown 26, and after teaming with Chanse Hill for an eight-yard completion down to the Cedartown two, Russell scored from two yards out. Wreyford kicked the PAT for a 23-20 Troup lead with 4:44 left in the third quarter.
There was plenty of drama to follow but no scoring for the remainder of the game. The teams exchanged punts to consume most of the remaining minutes of the third quarter, before Cedartown launched a drive from its own 25 as the third quarter drew to a close.
The 12-play drive moved all the way to the Troup 15 before Wofford was hit, fumbled and Troup recovered at the Tiger 28 with 7:21 left in the game.
Troup needed to bleed some clock, and was able to pick up three first downs and advance to the Cedartown 30 before finally punting on a fourth-and-17 from the Bulldog 37.
The kick trickled into the end zone for a touchback with 2:59 left in the game.
Cedartown wedged out one first down before fumbling the ball back to Troup after a 16-yard pass completion that would have given them a new set of downs.
Troup gained eight yards on three running plays but took just 39 seconds off the clock as Cedartown used its three timeouts. Troup punted to the Cedartown one-yard line with 1:50 left in the game.
The Bulldogs gave it a finish. They moved all the way to the Troup 36. Wofford hit one receiver past the goal line for an apparent TD, but the receiver was out of bounds.
He wound up facing a fourth-and-13 from the Troup 39, but his desperation pass fell incomplete with five seconds left in the game.
Troup ran one final play to ice the 23-20 win.
The Tigers will be on the road Friday traveling to Central of Carrollton for another Region 5-AAAA matchup.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
LaFAYETTE — They’ve been waiting for a game of this magnitude at Chambers Academy’s Torbert Field for a long, long time — 16 years in fact. The last time a Rebels football team won a region championship was in 2000 and they then advanced to the state finals for the second straight season.
Well, it’s now here and a reality for coach Jason Allen’s unbeaten and No. 5-ranked Rebels (8-0, 4-0) as CA faces the back-to-back defending AISA 1A state champion and No. 10-ranked Abbeville Academy Generals (6-3, 4-0) for the region title and with it, the right to host the first two rounds of the 1A state playoffs.
The Rebels have met all challenges this year and when they battled adversity and could have packed it in, they performed like champions. CA answered the bell, came back stronger than ever, forced its will on the opposition and posted a pair of stirring, come-from-behind wins over then ranked No. 5 Lowndes Academy (77-48) and Northside Methodist of Dothan (49-46).
When you want to find out what your team is made of, see how they perform under pressure, under adversity and when they’re called out and challenged.
CA has proven its manhood this fall and are a confident team with talented, skill players on both sides of the line, a lot of depth and a terrific senior class with leadership skills second to none.
Senior quarterback Malik Lyons is the Rebels go-to man who makes it all happen. He’ll go down as one of the best players in CA history.
“This is a big game for our program if we want to take the next step forward,” Allen said. “Abbeville presents a huge challenge and we will have to play turnover-free ball to give ourselves a chance. They say to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man and Abbeville has been the man the last two years. They will bring in an athletic team that expects to win. They play very aggressively, offensively and defensively. We will need to match that aggression but yet still play in the framework of our system. This will be a big one and we relish the opportunity to suit up and get it on,” Allen added.
By Scott Sickler
Times-News Sports Editor
LaGRANGE — With six straight wins and beaming with confidence, the surging Troup Tigers (6-1, 3-0) are one win away from securing a chance to play in its first region championship game in 20 years as coach Tanner Glisson’s team hosts the Cedartown Bulldogs tonight in a crucial GHSA 4A-Region 5 matchup at Callaway Stadium.
Troup last played in a region championship game in 1996 against rival LaGrange.
The Tigers have not won a region title since claiming back-to-back 3A titles in the 1986 and 1987 seasons under coach Steve James.
Troup has three region contests left — Cedartown tonight, Central-Carrollton next week on the road and at No. 1-ranked and defending and undefeated state champion Cartersville.
The first task and business to take care of is a win over Cedartown this evening in a rare Thursday contest.
A school with a lot of tradition, Cedartown is 5-2 on the season and has just one loss in region play.
A Troup win and the Tigers will be 4-0 in region play and tied at the top with the No. 1-ranked Purple Hurricanes, winners of 22 straight games.
It’s been a remarkable, turnaround season for Glisson’s Tigers this fall and one of the big reasons for Troup’s success has been standout play at quarterback from junior Montez Crowe.
In last week’s 37-26 win over rival LaGrange, Crowe completed 12-of-18 passes for 200 yards and one interception with three scoring strikes of 69, 21 and eight yards.
After just seven games this season, Crowe has already broken the school record for passing yardage in a season, surpassing the mark set by Dustin Ward, coach Glisson told The Times-News Wednesday.
Crowe has completed 66-of-127 passes (52 percent) for 1,252 yards and 14 TD strikes and five interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 106.8 as the 6-5 youngster is really coming into his own and a Division I prospect in 2018.
Crowe’s top three targets have been Kobe Hudson, Chanse Hill and Ken Truitt.
Hudson has 15 receptions for 493 yards (a Jerry Rice-like 32.9 yards per reception) and seven TDs. Hill has pulled in 14 passes for 135 yards and three scores while Truitt has 13 receptions for 237 yards and three TDs.
“Tonight is the biggest game of the year so far,” Glisson said. “They (Cedartown) are 5-2 and only have one loss in the region and that was to No. 1 Cartersville. We have everything that we've worked for right in front of us. We win and we play for a championship and can finish no worse than second with a home playoff game in the first- round. It has been a quick turnaround after beating LaGrange but we have to be dialed in.”
LANETT — Mrs. Gwendolyn Barnes of Lanett died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, Ala.
Funeral services and survivors will be announced by Davis Memorial Mortuary of Valley.
VALLEY — Mrs. Vivian Geraldine Fuller Bleier, 76, of Valley passed away peacefully at her residence Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley with the Rev.James O'Steen officiating. Burial will follow at Reeds Chapel Church Cemetery.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is in charge of arrangements.
LANETT — Ms. Reba Booker, 79, of Lanett passed away Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at her residence, surrounded by family and loved ones.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Jessie Walker II officiating, the Rev. Alfred A. Booker as eulogist and the Revs. Gary F. Fanning, Curtis Spidell and Jackie Banks assisting. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Lanett.
Foreman Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.
BOSSIER CITY, La. — Mrs. Sara Ted Lamb “Teddy” Colquitt, 89, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, in Bossier City.
A celebration of life service will be held Monday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. at Lanett First United Methodist Church with the family receiving friends at the church at 10 a.m. Burial will follow directly after the service at Oakwood Cemetery in Lanett.
Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home of Valley is in charge of arrangements.
VALLEY — Mrs. Annie Clyde "Sister" Dunn, 73, of Valley passed away Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home in Valley.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in Cusseta with the Rev. Arthur Thomas, pastor, and the Rev. Sam Marshall Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Foreman Funeral Home in Valley is in charge of arrangements.
LaFAYETTE — Mr. Edward Hurst 78, of LaFayette died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m. CDT at LaFayette Heights Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Howard officiating. Burial will follow at LaFayette City Cemetery.
Jeff Jones Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.
CAMP HILL, Ala. — Mr. Harvey Johnson Jr., 69, of Camp Hill passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at noon CDT at Mt. Lovely Baptist Church in Camp Hill with the Rev. Bernard Harris, pastor, and Elder James Rowe officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Silmon-Seroyer Funeral Home in LaFayette is in charge of arrangements.
ATLANTA — Ms. Kierectan “Kizzy” Tucker, 38, of Atlanta passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, at Crestview Rehab Center in Atlanta.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Trammell officiating.
M.W. Lee Mortuary of West Point is in charge of arrangements.