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Page 2A l porter JulylO, 201 - The High Falls Civic Club sponsored its Annual High Falls Lake Boat Parade on Thursday, July 4. Emphasizing a laid- back day of relaxing with family and friends on the lake, there were no awards, no judging, just a patriotic parade around the lake. Pontoon boats were predominant, but fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards or whatever would float and hold up some red, white and blue was welcome. The parade began at the fishing dock near the park's swimming pool. (Photos courtesy of Pam Moss) By Richard Dumas forsyth@mymc net Forsyth mourned the loss of one of its most beloved citizens last week. Mary Lynda Stevenson Pitts, the wife oflongtime Mary Persons foot- ball coach Dan Pitts, died on Tuesday, July 2, nine days af- PITTS ter suffering a stroke and being life-righted to Atlanta's Emory Hospital. Pitts grew up in Lincoln County, Georgia before moving to For- syth in 1959 when her husband was named head coach at Mary Persons. Pitts worked for the Monroe County Extension Service before serving as an assistant to the Honorable Judge Hugh D. Sosebee Sr. until his retirement. Pitts and the empathy and love said her parents made a truly fi ng that Pitts spent then began a long career she showed for others. Bur- pact in the early 1960s that the final full weekend of with State Farm, becoming dette also described how his her father would focus on her life last month attend- a licensed insurance agent, grandmother, who nevercoaching football and her ing a family reunion. Then, Hundreds of Monroe missed an MP football mother would take carethe weekend that she got Countians attended Pitts' game, would put her head of everything else behind sick, she spent Friday night funeral at First Baptist in her hands in agony every the scenes. That dynamic at a birthday party for Church on Friday during time the center snapped the worked to the tune of 346 recently-retired banker Joe which her grandson Kip ball. career wins and a success- Evans and Saturday night Burdette, who followed in Pitts' daughter Carolann ful family. But when Pitts at a banquet to honor the his grandfather's footsteps Evans said, "Mama never finally hung up his whistle inductees of the Forsyth- as a coach at Mary Persons, saw a play while Daddy was in 1997, things changed. Monroe County Spor s Hall gave a memorable eulogy, coaching:' "It was all about Mamaof Fame. Burdette recounted the Evans said when her when Daddy retired" Evans Evans said, much as things he best remembered father, who went on tosaid. she loved people it was a about his grandmother, become the winningest Evans said the thing that real blessing that she got to including her delicious football coach in Georgia has been most evident in see everybody." peach ice cream, the time high school history at the the week since her mother's Pitts, who celebrated her she out sprinted him down time of his retirement, was passing was the love that 62nd wedding anniversary the sideline to the end zone early in his coaching career, Pitts had for others and the in May, was 83. See her when he scored his first wins were sometimes love that family and friends obituary on page 6A. youth league touchdown harder to come by. Evans had for her. She said it was By Bailey Stmey:: bai ey.allysa store g, i corn A Forsyth native and bud- ding artist has had her first single "Solitary Space" played in 68 countries worldwide. Melody Lynn's newest song, "Breathing New Life", has been played in over 50 countries. Melody is an inspirational singer/song- writer from Monroe County. She performs pop and R&B with elements of praise and worship. Melody has been sing- ing for as long as she can remember. When she was little, she would sing at church while her father played the guitar. Music has always excited her, and it's always been a big part of her life. It wasn't until five years ago that she decided to perform professionally. "I was talking to my friend and I just remember telling her, 'I want to do thi ' Melody said. 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J 478-741-1208 [ broadcasts in Belfast, Ireland contacted Melody through Instagram asking for permis- sion to play "Solitary Space'] With the rapid growth of her musical career, Melody has a strong group of sup- porters standing beside her. Her parents encourage her music all the time. She also has her grandparents, who she said like to joke about be- ing her agents. Erica Bostick, the woman who helped her co-write "Solitary Space" is also standing beside Melody. She is a humble woman who answers any questions Melody may have, and she has been a big help in the launching of Melody's music careen Her producer Aaron Hunt is also a very big help to Melody. She went to Ken- tucky recently to record with him and he was very patient and helped her through the process. Her biggest role model is her sister, ]ulie. She is always there for Melody and is one of her biggest inspirations. Melody lived in Monroe County until she was 10 years old. Her grandparents Sybil and Jerry Nettleship still live here, and she comes to visit them often. "Monroe County has a special place in my heart;' she said. "That's my childhood." Her career is only just beginning, and she is thank- ful for what she has been accomplishing. Melody says making music is someflfing she knows the Lord has promised her, and she is grateful to have been given the opportunity to share His message through her music. Melody was recently se- lected for The ]oyFM's Local Artist Spotlight contest. Vot- ing for the contest opened on July 8. If Melody is voted into the top four, she will win an on-air interview and have her song played on the radio. If she wins the most votes by the end of the contest, she will get a fully produced recording session for free. Voting ends on July 14 at midnight and must be done online through The ]oyFM website: https://georgia. the) spotlight/. 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