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On 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. 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.
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.