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June 26, 2019 Page 7A iR porter Front: Barbara Maddox Norris, Sandy Brown Sudduth and Nancy Waldrep Fussell. Rrst Row: Dianne Mathis Gatliff, Linda Boyt Beck, Brenda Justice Crowe, Sara Land Law, Peggy Abernathy Adkins, Nolle Murray Ivey, Gary McGaha, Susan Parker and JeAnne Belknap Moon. Second Row: Roger Land, Larry Garnto, Anita Potts Wilder, Candice Hardage Griffin, Brenda Vaughn Caldwell, Holly Lindstrom Martin, Mickey Bowden Fair, Lenora Mitchell Andre, Lynn Chapman Faulkner, Kathi Stephens Hedges, Betty Murray Green, Ann Rose Bowcock, Becky Kempson Holloway. Back Row: Donald Cochran, Mike McMullan, Terry Baker, Mike Cochran, Vicki Chambless Sewell, Ronald Norris, Faye Noisier Melton, Glenda Harrison Vincent, Wiley Allen, Eddie Vinson, Lawton Davis, Johnny Moore and Steve Basseff. Mary Persons Classmates of 1969 gathered on March 9 at the Monroe County Conference Center for an enjoyable evening visit- ing with old friends and reminiscing about youthful school days. Class president Gary McGaha welcomed everyone and Pastor Mike McMuUen gave a prayer for our class and our meal. A delicious meal of barbeque, catered by Fresh Air Barbeque, was served. Following the meal, dass- mates sang the Alma Mater lead by Nelle Ivey and the former cheerleaders. It was a great evening full of fun, listening to some of our fa- vorite "oldies" and dancing. The Class of 1969 gradu- ated 84 students, of which 17 are no longer with us. Glenda Vincent designed a memorial table with photos honoring them: Ion Bas- sett, Jerry Belknap, Peggy Femald Whittington, Dr. J. Ray Grant, Jack Haygood, Sammy Hemdon, Tommy Ivey, Randy Jackson, Eddie Johnston, Terry King, Max Morgan, Danny Pritchett, Connie Rogers, Darrell Sanders, Kathy Smith, Ellen Wilder and Linda Wilson Speir. These classmates will always live in the memories of those long ago High School days. The class gave a special "Thank You" to all of those classmates that worked so hard to plan this event, saying it was truly a great reunion. k Continued from Front parole after a jury convicted him of obstruction following four hours of deliberation. Williams will get credit for the year he's served in jail since the incident. Monroe County Cpt. Jeff Thompson, who was driving an unmarked vehicle that day, responded to High Falls after a 9-1-1 caller reported a suspicious man, later identified as Williams, carrying a machete headed in the direction of High Falls State Pare Thompson, who was dressed in full deputy uniform at the time of the incident, testified that he displayed his badge and identified himself to Wil- liams. Prosecutor Carolee Jordan argued that shortly thereafter Williams pulled out from under his shirt a long serrated, bladed object with a brown handle, later determined to be a machete. According to the prosecu- tion, Thompson ordered Williams to drop the ma- chete, but Williams instead replied, "F--- you. I don't have to" After Thompson drew his gun, Williams then dropped the machete but prosecutors said the two men tussled on the ground leaving Thomp- son with a gash on his right forearm. According to the report, Williams threw two punches at Thompson before Thompson kicked Williams' feet out from under him and hit him with his fist about a dozen times to Williams' head and body when Williams continued to resist. Williams, who served as his own attorne); told jurors he was just walking down the road headed to the store. He said he has carried a machete almost daffy for the past five years for protection against animals like dogs, snakes and bobcats. Williams said he was approached by Thomp- son from behind and was COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL. FULLY INSURED PROFESSIONAL QUALITY & PERSONAL SERVICE House Washing (Soft Washing) Sidewalks / Walkways ff i i!! Driveways . . 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