Susan Ayers (owner of Ayers Farmers Market) wants to wish her son a special Happy Birthday on Dec. 7. Because of the date (Pearl Harbor) he was nicknamed "Pearl" by his grandma Jean Ayers and that name stuck. They sure do love Jessy Kelley, who turns 20.
Larry Holmes was only 69 when he passed away in Madison. Larry was an expert at vintage auto restoration and had so many friends who will never forget him. He leaves daughter Angela Holmes-Weaver of Huntsville, two sons; Michael Holmes of San Diego, Ca and Lee Cato of Birmingham, Al; one brother, Gerald Holmes of Vista, Ca; seven grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. We send our sympathy to his many friends and family.
Rich Raleigh is an Old Town neighbor and one of five lawyers recognized as leading attorneys in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He works for Wilmer & Lee, PA and we are so proud of Rich.
Bobby Burrough was a dad, husband and grandpa when he died on November 16. He was 64. Bobby worked at Hewlett-Packard in Huntsville for many years and brightened up the day for many with his great sense of humor. We send our deepest condolences to his wife Janice, son Robbie Burrough (Paige); daughter Ashley Burrough; mother Sarah Gertrude Bur-rough; sister Betty Lovett (Paul) and two grandchildren, Kennedy and Katelyn Burrough.
The Valley Conservatory's Lyceum Series presents Handel's Messiah at First Christian Church in Huntsville, December 16th at 4 pm. Combined choirs of Oakwood University Church, Our Lady Queen of the Universe Catholic Church, Grace Presbyterian Church in Madison, New Market United Methodist Church and First Christian Church will be featured along with soloist Suzanne Galer Wert (soprano); Marilyn Mims (mezzo-soprano); Shane Kennedy (tenor); and Jeremy Howe. Call 256-534-3131 for more information.
Kathleen Weinberg sent along a great tip when preparing food in a recipe. If the word "chopped" comes before the ingredient when listed in a recipe, then chop the ingredient before measuring. If the word comes AFTER the ingredient, then chop after measuring. Using the example of "1/2 cup chopped nuts," you would chop the nuts, then measure them. Using this tip could really make a difference in your finished product.
George Wells is a sweetheart and his latest venture is an Ebook that he has co-produced with Patsy Trigg (of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" fame). The name of it is "It's a Merry Christmas When Pigs Fly" and is a children's ebook. It's available on Bookbaby.com.
Ada Brown owned and operated Lee's Magic Tunnel Car Wash for 44 years. She was a loving Mom and grandma and great-grandma who loved history. Ada passed away November 4. She will be so missed by all who loved her.
Al & Rebecca Temple (of Rebecca's Clothing in Five Points) want to send out special love to their son Jason Temple and his beautiful family.
It was so good to talk recently with Bob Phillips, who works as a driver for Professional Carriers and he delivers mail & supplies to all 10 branches of Redstone Federal Credit Union. He has worked there over 7 years and loves his route - says that some of the best people he's ever met work at RFCU.
Can't believe that Nathan Roden is 33 on December 4, he looks much younger than that. Also, as you may remember, he was the young 18-year old teenager who was hiking on Monte Sano fifteen years ago (in October) when he slipped off the edge and fell 70 feet. He wasn't supposed to make it but he did, and we're so proud of him. His Mom, LeeAnn Lancaster, (of LeeAnn's Restaurant) says he's the best son ever, and she's so lucky to have him in her life.
A couple more December birthdays are LeeAnn's sister Charlotte Clingan and her twin Paul - their birthdays are Dec. 20th. Happy Birthday to you.
So proud of Cummings Research Park for 50 years of business. I worked there for many years for Hewlett-Packard when Alan Jenkins was our landlord and thought it was beautifully landscaped and so well taken care of, it's only gotten better with age.
Years ago we published a story about "Monte Sano Crowder" that completely sold out of the newsstands. I knew he had been sick recently but was saddened to hear that he had passed away in late October, at 98. He was a very gifted musician and will be an important part of Huntsville's history.
For many who enjoyed the annual Dog Ball last year, which is the major fund raiser for the Greater Huntsville Humane Society, you will be happy to know that it is happening again this January 13th. Mark your calendars, and you'll see more about it in the next issue.
Charles Lynwood Smith was one of the best veterinarians Huntsville ever had. He cared for animals for nearly 55 years, having begun his business here in 1950. His wife and love of his life was Ann, and they both ran the veterinary business together. Dr. Smith passed away at age 90 on November 21st, and we send our condolences to his son, U.S. District Judge C. Lynwood Smith, Jr. and his wife Missy Ming-Smith, as well as his grand children, his great-grandchildren and many other friends & family.
Please be extra careful this holiday season and Always lock your car up especially at night. Be aware of your surroundings.
Have a wonderful and warm Christmas & New Year's with your loved ones, and give an extra hug to your older neighbors who may be alone this season.