Annie Carol Williamson

 Annie Carol Williamson, age 73, of Heflin, Alabama, passed away in her home Sunday, February 11, 2018.

Mrs. Williamson retired in 2004 after 32 years of service with the Cleburne County Board of Education as The Secretary at Pleasant Grove Elementary. She also happily assisted her husband and enjoyed making frequent appearances as Mrs. Santa Claus during his 10 years as The Santa Claus at the Eastdale Montgomery Mall and other area appearances. She enjoyed square dancing, playing Rook, gardening,  and spending time with family.  Although Carol made everyone feel cherished, ‘Miss Carol’/’Mimi’ had the rare and precious gift of making all children feel valued and loved.

Carol was a native and life-long resident of Cleburne County.  She was a devout Christian and member of East Heflin Baptist Church for over 35 years, preceded by membership at New Harmony Baptist Church.

Mrs. Williamson was preceded in death by her husband - Obie Norman Williamson, and her parents - Allie Mae and Robert Lee Campbell.

Survivors include two daughters - Sherrie Williamson (Xavier) Garcia of Heflin and Amanda LeAnn Williamson of Smyrna, GA, one son - Jonah Lee Howell of Heflin, three sisters - Joyce Dollahite of Heflin, Exie Campbell Ewing of Whitesburg, GA and Joanie Bosch of Hopkinsville, KY, one brother - Ted Campbell also of Heflin. She had two Grandchildren - Carmen Alyse Garcia and Amelia Gabrielle Walden, and three Great Grandchildren, Kara, Jolee, and Jacob.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 16, 2018, at East Heflin Baptist Church with the Rev. George Robinson officiating.

Interment will follow at New Harmony Baptist Church cemetery. Visitation will be at Dryden Funeral Home Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are Harold Barker, Garrett Campbell, Robbie Campbell, Michael Cheatwood, Tommy Cofield and Lee Walden, with honorary pallbearers - Bill Bosch, Dwight Byrd, Allen Cheatwood, Charlie Dollahite, Billy Holley, Leonard Holley, and John Kaylor.

Flowers are appreciated - but if desired, contributions may be made to East Heflin Baptist Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in her name.

Carol will be deeply missed by family, friends, work colleagues, and children of all ages.


East Heflin

We had a great valentine’s Dinner Sunday night for all and enjoyed a message by George. This Sunday night at 5pm we will show movie “Question of Faith” – Free!  Our service Sunday began with the dedication of Clint and Ashley Cochran’s baby Sadie Mae to the Lord. George opened to Gen. 13:5-13, “When Trouble Gets in the Way of God’s Plan”. Abraham’s was back from Egypt with all his possessions, including Lot and his family. He was ready to reestablish is faith and home but trouble came up between him and his brother so he let Lot chose what land he wanted.

Abraham showed love with please for peace when trouble arose.  He did this because they were brethren and because he knew God loved him. Abraham knew nonbelievers were watching what believers were doing who lived in the land. Lot chose to live near sin in Sodom and we all know that Lot’s plan was tragic.

Abraham chose to live as God instructed. We too can choose God’s blessings and honor. Live for him every day!

Mount Olive Church of God

Brother Greg, Sister April, Sister Chelsea, Brother Levi, Sister Lauren ,Sister June all worked extremely hard to make our Valentine Banquet a Great evening !

Our Adult Sunday School lesson was “A Faithful Family,” Jeremiah 35:1-19.

We need families to declare “We Will Serve The Lord !” Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve ; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood , or the gods of the Amorites , in whose land yes dwell : “but as for me and my house , we will serve the Lord !”

In our Morning Service, Brother Greg told of a video they watched of a third generation Hindu lady who was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost !

As a child she saw a Christian tract “ Jesus Saves “, and a Christmas Card that read “ Jesus Savior Of The World !”

On the day she was going to commit suicide she cried out to Jesus , He healed her physically, she saw a Great Light and an audible voice “I Am The Savior Of The World !” Her Father and Brothers have come in , her Mother hasn’t yet but was healed in her body and took flowers to a church for Jesus who healed her .

Brother Ronnie’s message tonight was from Matthew 5:43-48. We should be on a quest for perfection. When we are washed in His Son’s blood, God does not see our imperfections.

Brother Ronnie’s number (256)-201-9444.


February 22

American Legion Hall will have a meeting on Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. All present and retired veterans are encouraged to attend.

February 23

Alabama Homecoming hosted by Josh and Ashley Franks will be held Feb. 23 at Liberty Hill Church at 7 p.m. Admission is free and a love offering will be received. Concessions and food will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m. Singing will be 11th Hour and Hope’s Journey.

February 24

Mt. Paran Baptist Church, 1201 County Road 40, Fruithurst will have their Fourth Saturday night singing on February 24. Doors open at 5:30 PM concert at 6:00 PM ( AL TIME )  Special singers will be:  DIXIE MELODY BOYS from Kinston NC. There is no charge for this concert, a love offering will be taken. Refreshments served, invite all your friends and join us for an evening of worship and fellowship and great southern gospel music. For information or directions call 256-579-5263


March 7

New Harmony Baptist Church will host a area first responders meal on March 7 from 5-6 p.m. Chris Collins, Anniston FD Chief, will be speaking at 6 p.m.

March 20

Ranburne Elementary School will have its kindergarten registration on the following dates: Tuesday, March 20 from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CST; Thursday, March 22 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CST; and Thursday, April 26 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. CST.  You should report to the RES office and bring your child with you.  In order to register, your child must be 5 years of age on or before September 1.  Parents must bring ALL of the following to registration:  Alabama shot record (must have shot record turned in by the day of school registration), copy of social security card, birth certificate, parent’s driver’s license, and 2 proofs of residency (one of the following: property deed, mortgage statement, lease agreement, or property tax statement; and one of the following: power bill, gas bill, water bill, or landline phone bill).

March 22

Alabama’s Voluntary First Class Pre-K Program at Ranburne Elementary School will be having pre-registration until March 22.  You may go online to to complete the pre-registration form and submit birth certificate and proof of residence.  For more information, visit and see pre-registration info under First Class Pre-K.  Acceptance is strictly through random drawing to be held on March 23, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. at Ranburne Elementary School Office.  Parent/Guardian does not have to be present at drawing.  Notices will be emailed beginning April 16.


Join Zion Church Of God located at 5317 County Road 82 Wedowee Alabama 36278 for “Refresh Service”  on Thursday nights at 6:30 pm with Brother Terry Richardson. Pastor Brother John and Sister Sandee Kilgore.

SWAT (Servants With A Testimony) meets at Macedonia Baptist Church each Thursday at 6p.m. If you have a stronghold of addiction in your life that you’re sick and tired of, SWAT may help.  Please call (256) 748- 4460 for more information.


Celebrate Recovery Group meets at Beth-El Assembly  of God each Friday at 6p.m.  If you have a stronghold in your life: Pride, anger, pornography, gossip, worry, jealousy, addiction, control issues, etc. and you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired of it, this may be for you.  Please call Jamie B. at (256) 201-3135 for more information.


The Full Circle Band plays every Saturday night from 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm at the American Legion in Heflin Alabama.   Admission is $5.00 per person and no smoking or alcohol allowed.  Located next to the intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 78.  Take I-20 to exit 199 and turn North onto Highway 9.  Go 1.4 miles and turn right into driveway.