George Smith: Alma Fleming: A walk in her garden ...
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:


ALMA FLEMING was killed last week. She was 89 and two people she had befriended have been charged in her death. To say it was tragic and senseless (she had hired the two to do yard work) is an understatement.

But before Alma Fleming’s final curtain there was visitation and funeral services Saturday at Gray-Brown here in Anniston.

For those who knew the lady, her passion for gardening was well known. Even with her 90th birthday approaching, she still did “her thing” at her home on South Stebbins Street. And she did it on a walker.

At the visitation, a spray for her casket was a lovely remembrance of her passion.

The spray had a base of fig leaves. The rest was a tribute to her gardening ... figs, okra, peppers (all colors), squash, cucumbers and tomatoes.

To say those there were touched in a beautiful way is another understatement.

Oh, one other thing.

Another Alma Fleming passion was canning the fruits of her gardening.

Sandra Triplett, a close friend, says, “In June she canned over a hundred quarts of green beans.”

I didn’t know Alma Fleming, but I sure wish I had ...


SANDRA SEXTON is going home to stay and people who work with her will turn out Wednesday to say “Thank You.”

Sandra is chief of staff at the Anniston Chemical Activity at the Army Depot and is the only woman to ever serve in that office at the depot.

Retirement ceremonies this afternoon will also mark the retirement of the remaining employees at ACA. They are Jesse Brown III, Charlene Stalling, June Baines and Lisa Gill.

Sandra has been chief of staff for 11 years, but has 34 years with the government.

One reason I’m putting the spotlight on Sandra is on a Sunday morning at Blue Mountain Baptist, if she and her husband Jack aren’t to the right and three pews down from where I sit, it just doesn’t fit.

She is a very special lady.


DR. JOHN EDWARDS has always been one of my favorite people.

I think he ranks right there with the former Liz Richardson, too. As of Sunday, John and Liz had been holding hands since picking up a marriage license in a small Louisiana town back in 1956.

According to their son, Bill, who spends some time editing this column, that’s 57 years.

That’s pretty special in this time.


BIRTHDAYS: Sept. 10 – Kelli Lloyd; Sept. 16 – Louise Howell and Denea Smith; Sept. 19 – Cathy Morgan; Sept. 20 – Plemer East.


I DIDN’T know that ... as in Dr. Wilfredo Grana is NOT a GP (as in general practitioner), but an internist.

That bit of information came in an email following my little bit on Dr. Grana being a bit upset with my weight gain in a recent checkup. Truth is I’ve always thought GP in the terms of he’s always taking care of whatever I’m whining about.

Which means, just to be accurate, he’s NOT the best GP this side of John Hopkins, but the best internist.

So there ...


QUOTABLE: “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You're tearing up the grass’; ‘We're not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We're raising boys.’” — Harmon Killebrew


TOP TEEN: There isn’t one this week. The one due apparently got mis-played somewhere. Teen will return next week ... I hope.


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