Her name was Dorothy Smith Hamil and just a few days shy of her 79th birthday when she passed away last week.
My wife and I knew Dorothy before she was a Hamil. We knew her as a classmate in elementary, junior high, senior high. She was of our class, Ohatchee ‘52, and not once in all those years was she anything but good and kind ... to everybody. And always a lady.
It is something of a testament to her steady course that she met her husband, Floyd Hamil, at Parker Memorial, married him at Parker Memorial, attended church with him at Parker Memorial, and her services were held at Parker Memorial.
She had two sons, but I really loved what her husband placed near the end of her obituary in The Star:
“She taught Kindergarten at Parker Memorial, reared three boys, two sons and her husband.”
You might want to read that again.
I beg to differ, I know of at least three and all three were very good to me. Alphabetically ... and the gifts:
Mary Julia Daniel: A lemon pie, and I simply don’t have the words to tell you how out-of-sight Mary Julia does a lemon pie. When I get one, I put it at the very back of the fridge ... and hope nobody sees it 'cept me.
Wilford Lane: Pecan pie you won’t believe. Years ago, Wilford was doing some legal work (he’s an attorney) for an elderly gentleman. He gave Wilford the recipe on condition he not give it to anyone else, ever. I’m still begging Wilford for the recipe, don’t have it, but he shows up at the house twice a year with one, my birthday and Christmas.
Roy Snead Jr.: This year Roy Jr. came by with three pints of “his stuff,” pickles, pear relish, and hot banana relish. Roy was our county sheriff like forever and in retirement he loves “putting up stuff.” He also makes a superb sugarless fig preserve.
Thanks, people ...
I’m having a talk with myself as I swing off Alabama 21 and head north on U.S. 431. The main thing I’m doing is wondering how anybody could be happy except at home watching The Rifleman reruns.
Then I saw him.
He was perched high above the highway in a bucket. He was working on coming traffic lights at the new intersection there.
I made three passes just to look at one of the people we really don’t appreciate. And most times don’t even notice.
I don’t know his name, but I admire him a whole bunch.
“Here lies an atheist, all dressed up and no place to go.”
Jaylaan is in the Beta Club, Mu Alpha, Scholars and Writers Bowl, on the math team and president of the FBLA and the Key Club.
She is also 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2013 Miss Warrior, captain of the varsity cheerleaders, and an All-America Cheerleader.
Oh, she was All-County in softball in 2010.
“Jaylaan is a dynamic student who possesses an incredible work ethic,” says teacher Sherry Beard. “Her leadership and drive make her a nearly indispensable member of the student body.”
Proud parents are Mesha Parker and Jason Reynolds.
Jaylaan heads for the University of Alabama in the fall.
Some applause ...
George Smith may be reached at 256-239-5286 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.