Korean War Veteran Receives Military Service Award

photo 1On Saturday, June 14, 2014, Thomas Randolph Thomasson 2471 of Andalusia presented a Cross of Military Service Award to Mr. Verlyn Garrett. Garrett was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and is the great grandson of Private John Jack Garrett who served the CSA in Co. C, 22nd Infantry, Alabama.photo 2 The bestowal was conducted by Chapter members Tammie and Brandi Evans and was witnessed by more than 75 family members who gathered at Blue Lake State Park. Also in attendance was Chapter Recorder of Military Service Awards Eleanor Williamson, who is Garrett’s sister. Pictured above are (front row) Verlyn Garrett, his wife Rudine, his sister Geraldine Kelley, (back row) his daughter Debbie Gray, his son Randy, and his sisters Eleanor Williamson and Rebecca Davis. The Chapter has also previously conducted a grave marking ceremony for Pvt. John Jack Garrett, who is buried outside of Andalusia in the Jordan Cemetery.

 

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Chapter Participates in Andalusia’s Independence Day Parade

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Fourth Graders Visit The First White House of the Confederacy

One group of students poses on the front steps of The First White House of the Confederacy with Lt. Col. Henry Howard.

Students pose on the front steps of The First White House of the Confederacy with Lt. Col. Henry Howard.

Fourth graders from Straughn Elementary's Alabama History class listen as tour guide and Confederate Surgeon Lt. Col. Henry Howard gives the history of the home of President Jefferson Davis and The First White House of the Confederacy.

Fourth graders from Straughn Elementary’s Alabama History class listen as tour guide and Confederate Surgeon Lt. Col. Henry Howard gives the history of the home of President Jefferson Davis and The First White House of the Confederacy.

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Chapter Hosts District Meeting at Springdale

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Gen. Henry D. Clayton District Meeting 2014

The ladies of Thomas Randolph Thomasson 2471 hosted the five Chapters of the Gen. Henry D. Clayton District at Springdale Estate in Andalusia on Saturday, February 22, 2014, for their annual business meeting and luncheon.  Sir Francis McGowen and Mr. Curtis Thomasson were the guest speakers, and Mr. Charles Simon played the bagpipes.  Mr. Jared Boutwell, curator of Springdale Estate, gave a history of the property.

Members of the host Chapter, T.R. Thomasson 2471

Members of the host Chapter, T.R. Thomasson 2471

Ladies attending the District meeting who are running for Division offices for 2014-2016 were Pat Killian, Laura Womack-Rowell, and Tammie Evans.

Ladies attending the District meeting who are running for Division offices for 2014-2016 were Pat Killian, Laura Womack-Rowell, and Tammie Evans.

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Alabama Day Celebration

Mrs. Evans's Straughn Elementary School students celebrate Alabama Day.

Mrs. Evans’s Straughn Elementary School students celebrate Alabama Day.

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History Road Trip: Decatur and Nashville

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Visit the websites: http://www.wheelerplantation.org http://bellemeadeplantation.com http://www.thehermitage.com/

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Christmas in Dixie Hosted by Covington Rifles

ChristmasinDixie2013Members of our Chapter and guests were invited to share in the “Christmas in Dixie” event conducted by the Covington Rifles Camp of the SCV.  Commander Curtis Thomasson welcomed all, and Sir Francis McGowin presented a program about Christmas during the War.

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