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Alvis Downs Fletcher NC – Alvis “Al” Ildefonse Downs, Jr., 91 passed away peacefully at home, Nov. 4, 2012. Born July 17, 1921 in Claxton, Ga. to Alvis I. Downs, Sr. and Winona Jay Downs.  Originally from Memphis (Frayser), retired to Destin, Fla., and moved to Asheville, N.C. in 2006. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother Laurence Downs, Claxton; sister Winona Downs Henry, Valdosta, Ga.; grandson Christopher Michael, of Memphis; and son-in-law Gary Moore, McDonough, Ga.. Al is survived by his wife of 64 years, India Lorene Downs of the home; sister, Dorothy Downs, of Lake Michigan, Mich., and daughters, Cheryl Downs Redmon, of Asheville, N.C.; Lauren “Lindy” Alindia Bayles (Sam), Millington; Lesa Downs Moore, of McDonough; Dixie Downs Hall (Kevin), Bartlett, eight grandchildren, Deann Sherrill (Brian), of Pineville N.C.; David Wilkerson (Tina), Millington; Brian Moore, of McDonough; Jay Wilkerson (Andrea), Cordova; Lesa Nikki Moore, of McDonough; Adam Redmon (Hannah), of Waynesville, N.C.; Alex Redmon, of Asheville and Christopher Hall, of Bartlett; four great-grandchildren, Shelby and Eryka Sherrill, of Pineville, N.C. and Kiley and Parker Wilkerson, of Cordova and his faithful companions, Duke and Bandit. Al was a WWII veteran and fought in the Battle of Midway (picture of him after the war on USS Midway helping film V2 German rocket being launched from carrier deck in feasibility study). He received his pilot’s license in 1974 and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol of Memphis. After various jobs at WREC TV, which was housed in the basement of the Peabody Hotel when he started working there, he retired in 1982 as Chief Video Engineer from the now WREG TV. Although he retired to Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., near Destin, he continued to be active in the community. He held an advanced ham radio operator’s license from the Federal Communications Commission and volunteered his services as a radio communications expert for the South Walton Emergency Operations Center.  During Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, he helped deliver messages from tourists to their loved ones back home, including Jamaica and Mexico. He obtained the DXCC award, given to amateur radio operators who have made contact with 100 countries. After making contact with another country, you receive the individual’s QSL card.  The proudest and rarest card he held came from the Sable Island, a deserted island southeast of the province of Nova Scotia. Using a portable generator, several Canadians set up a rig and camped out on the deserted island for a few days.  With a little ingenuity -after several days – he finally made contact. He was named “Citizen of the Year, 1985” by the Coastal Sands Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association, for his work as president of the Waldon County Taxpayers Association and as a county government watchdog. He was a Methodist, deacon in the Santa Rosa Community church, treasurer of Citizens for South Walton, and a board of director member for the Red Cross chapter being proposed for South Walton. He was actively involved with American Legion Post 264 and South Walton Lions Club, both of Santa Rosa Beach, serving as Lions president and Legion commander. As a Legion member he was presented with various honors including their prestigious “Good Neighbor Award” and after 8 years as a Lions member, he was surprised when he received the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellowship, the highest honor given by Lions Club International. As a Melvin Jones Fellow, he became part of an international network of more than 33,500 recipients spanning nearly 80 countries world wide. Al was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Masons, the Shriners and the Coastal Heritage Preservation Foundation. He was a member of the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and Commander Tennessee Division for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was asked several times, by his wife India, to ease up on the volunteer work but he said he just couldn’t help himself.



On Nov.15, 2012, surrounded by her family, Freda Jean Lamar, 74 passed away at the Humboldt Nursing Home where she resided. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Lamar and her mother Glenna Mae Sanders.  She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Cindy Lamar of Kenton, Tim and Sharon Lamar of Millington, Tony and Drenda Lamar of Sidonia and her son, Greg Lamar of Knoxville. She is also survived by a grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Luke and Cynthia Lamar of Kenton, granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Amanda and Michael McAlister of Kenton, and grandsons, Trevor Lamar of Millington, Gage Woods and Gavin Lamar of Sidonia and granddaughter Kennedy Lamar of Millington, and great-granddaugthers Molly Lamar, Addyson Lamar, and Charley Sue Lamar and great-grandson Pierce McAlister all of Kenton, and great-grandsons Grant and Drake McAlister of Greenfield. Also surviving Mrs. Lamar are her sister and brother-in-law Jolene and Wallace Keymon, her father Eurby Sanders of Gibson, two nieces Tammy Keymon and Kristy Keymon and two great nephews Bryce Edwards and Blaine Keymon all of Gibson. Visitation will be Saturday evening from 5-8pm at Bodkins Funeral Home in Milan with the funeral service to be on Sunday afternoon at 2 with the Rev. Brandon Norton officiating. Munford Funeral Home Millington Chapel 873-0123



William Todd Warf, 49, of Covington, died Nov. 12, 2012 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Tipton. Mr. Warf is an Asphalt Spreader Operator who loved motorcycles and horses. He is survived by his two daughters, Charley Warf of Finger; and Stevie Warf of Mt. Vernon, Mo.; his parents, Billy and Jean Warf of Millington; a sister, Kimberly Flores of Alexandria, La.; aunts, Mabel Schumacher of Memphis; Lorene Rackley of Southaven, Miss.; and Carolyn Lovelace of Brownsville; and an uncle, Charles “Chuck” Montgomery of Millington. Funeral services was held Nov. 16, at Noon at Northridge Woodhaven Funeral Home. Interment was at Northridge Woodhaven Cemetery. Northridge Woodhaven Funeral Home, 872-3375

Alvis “Al” Downs Fletcher

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