Heflin Highlights for August 15, 2013
by Suzanne Payne
Special to The Star
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First Things First

I want to encourage EVERYONE to take part in the County Fair this Saturday at Ross Mountain. It will be an amazing event for the whole family. The fun and activities start at 12:00 noon and will continue until 8:00. Churches and organizations throughout the county will have booths, games and food concessions that will aim to please us all. Chances on a golf ball drop from a hot air balloon will be one of the event highlights! Bring your folding chair and enjoy the great music! Barry and Paris will headline the music stage. The County Fair is sponsored by the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce.

Put It In Perspective

Age is not important unless you are cheese or a bottle of wine. I don’t know the ages of these friends, but I do know they are spectacular individuals and I hope they all have a great birthday!

Aug.15-Jake Mathews, Pete Wright, Les Cunningham, Tasha Ervin, Jewel Pate, Richard Green, Jo Ann Bryant, LeAnn Gann, Edna Prichard, and Michael Burke. Aug.16-Sarah Harlan, Brittany Clarke, Jerry Shealey, Dora Ervin, Zella Day, Lacey Taylor, Stanley Clay and Matt Bryant. Aug.17-Sylvia Lipscomb, Carolyn Jarrell, Jean White and Annice Brown. Aug.18-Josh Beason, Bill Canady, Vertie Walker, and Hollis Allred. Aug.19-Shirley Prater, Lex Brown, Eric Lee, Glenn Conner, Cody Laminack, and Jazmyne Hudgins. Aug.20-Wilma Brown, Ryan Templeton, Wallace Higgins, Evan Field, Louvoyde Ty Nolen and Kelly Morris. Aug.21-Jenny Adams, Charlotte Hyatt, Margaret Charles, Sara Noland, Carl Willis and Beth Daugherty.

It’s Like This

True love is like drinking hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise, but it is so good and keeps you warm for a very long time. The anniversary couples listed below know what I mean…including myself!

August 15-Barry and Jackie Howle. August 16-Gene and Martha Brown…Rudy and Suzanne Payne. August 20-Roger and Shirley Prater…Randall and Susan Jackson.

Sunshine List

Jimmy Burrows, Terry Benefield, Jim Smallwood, Libby Owen, Erin Ventress, Ed Cleveland, Hal Wilson, Kerry Smith, Chip Rollins, Andrea Wise Smith, Jimmie Nell Vise, Sherry Brown, Sara Noland, Rider Bearden, Malene Bowen, Jackie Stovall, Ken Sanders, Gearld Brown and Merrill Hayes.

A Reminder

The CCHS class of 1989 will celebrating their 25th class reunion this fall. If you were a member of this class and want to be in on this occasion, please get in touch with Beverly Skinner Casey or Carrie Brown McWhorter at 89grad@CCHS@gmail.com for updated information.

Allow Me

I am getting personal in this section of my article mainly because it is therapeutic for me. In the past month or so, we have experienced the deaths of some individuals who could only be described as “Institutions” in our town. They all were great friends of mine and their passing has left a vacuum in my heart! These are my personal stories.


Glenn Shortt was a “go to man”. When Glenn and my Dad (Tom Owens) were friends many years ago, Dad would say, “Glenn knows everything about everything”. Glenn used to tell me the same thing about my father. I do think that between the two of them, they could fix anything…or at least make you think they could. Glenn was a server as well. He honorably served his family, his church, his community and was the biggest Heflin Tiger fan ever. I like to think that Glenn and Tom are now having a grand conversation about one of their many funny fishing trips and “the one that got away”. Glenn, I love and miss your commanding personality.


Many years ago, I was in the hospital at RMC. One morning I was awakened from a deep medical sleep to a sweet voice calling me Suzanne Owens. It scared me for a moment. I thought my life as a wife and mother had only been a dream. As I began to focus, this angel in a pink jacket took my hand and said, “Good morning! How are you? Do you want an Anniston Star? It’s me…Cora Beason. I know you are a Payne, but you will always be an Owens to me. ” She stayed with me for a while and calmed my soul and promised she would be back later and she was…just to talk and comfort. She also is a person who touched many lives and in numerous ways…unselfish ways. Whether it was playing bingo, volunteering or going on outings with her friends, Cora went at it in a 100% fashion. I liked to call her the Energizer Bunny. That is one of the many reasons I loved and admired her! She will continue to be an angel…an angel in a pink jacket.

Charles Ed

When you begin the first grade and go all the way through high school with someone, you really get to know them. When I was in the first grade, Charles Ed White loaned me 6 cents one day so that I could buy an RC Cola from Mr. Street when the “buy-bell” rang. (You had to be there to know what I am talking about.) I had lost my nickel and penny during play period near the coal pile and I really wanted that RC. Charlie willingly made the loan and even said that I did not have to pay him back, but I did! That was just the first of many favors that he did for me over the years. We became fast friends for life. His generosity continued until the very end. The greatest thing about his acts of kindness is that he wanted no credit or fanfare for what he did. Charlie was an adamantly loyal friend and his heart was made of gold. You also knew exactly where you stood with him and how he felt about any issue. These are just a few of the numerous reasons that we love Charles Ed White! We will miss you, Number 80! You are a Prince Among Men!


Until next week…remember…Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want but the realization of what you already have.
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