George Smith: The picker is coming home
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Guitarist and songwriter Tommy Doss (submitted photo)
Guitarist and songwriter Tommy Doss (submitted photo)
WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:
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HE’S A left-handed guitar picker, was Anniston High School’s leftfielder for four years, first ever to get a full four-year baseball scholarship to Appalachian State, and the last time I saw him he was perched on a stool in the bar at the old Downtowner playing to a mostly inattentive crowd.

All of that was back in the mid-sixties and this week Tommy Doss is coming home.

For two concerts. The first one is Friday night at Dick and Sharon Pritchett’s place (Quail Run Farm, Alabama 144). Barbecue goes on the table at 5:30, Tommy hits his first chord at 7.

Saturday night Tommy moves to the Dugger Mountain Music Hall (Nance’s Creek on Alabama 9) for a 6 p.m. show.

I’ve got a couple of Tommy’s CDs and while he never made it to the streets of Nashville, the “kid” is doing right well. He not only sings and plays, but writes a lot of his material.

“I enjoy writing,” says Tommy. “I’m always looking for that comfort zone. Sometimes folks forget and we remind them of ‘Grand Dad’s Barn.’ Or a dear friend we lost in a war, of an uncle who used to tell ghost stories on the front porch.

“I want to entertain, put a smile on the listener’s face or make them want to cry.”

Tommy has won a number of awards in the Mid-Atlantic area for his songwriting.

I think you’ll enjoy Mr. Doss.

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HIS NAME was Britten Sylvia Turner, but nobody other than family knew that.

To others he was “Pee Wee.”

And during a career that spanned several decades, he may have sold half this county a car.

He first showed up at Nelson Used Cars in the early ’50s, opened his own business with Junior Fant in 1959. That, in turn, became Pee Wee Turner Motors, which is still in business on South Quintard.

Over the years, a good guess is our family bought a half-dozen or so cars from Pee Wee and never once felt anything but good will toward the man.

He was 85 when he left back on Oct. 6.

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QUOTABLE: “When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” — P. J. O’Rourke

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BIRTHDAYS: Oct. 13 — Gladys Kelley, Amy Brillhart and Betty Vice; Oct. 15 — Jason Lynch; Oct. 17 — Jr. Runfola.

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A BIG “Happy” this morning to Martha Perry. She’s 99 and was having lunch Sunday at Jack’s with husband Lee Griff and friends Sam and Jane Ledbetter. On her 99th, Martha said, “I’ll be right here this time next year.”

At 99 years and Lee Griff at 96, the Perrys no longer drive, but the Ledbetters see that they’re at Parker Memorial on Sunday and then at lunch at Jack’s. They help in other ways, too.

Sam and Jane are nice people, more importantly they’re caring people. Just being around the Ledbetters is a good feeling.

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TOP TEEN: Meet Haden Downey, a senior at Piedmont High School where he is on track to graduation with a 4.72 GPA weighted. Haden has a 32 on his ACT and will graduate with an Honors Diploma with Advanced Placement in U.S. History, Government and Politics and English.

Young Mr. Downey is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, FBLA and is on the Prom Committee and on the Senior Leadership Council.

Haden is something of a jock, too, holding All-County honors in golf (team captain) and is on the basketball and football squads.

Really proud parents are Michael and Michele Downey, Lake Haven Drive, Piedmont.

Let’s hear some applause for one of your finest ...


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