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Wendy N. McDougal

From left, Sarah Gray, Thomas Whitman, Judy Blackwell and Kay McCarley at a reception following dedication of the Joe Wheeler Chapter No. 291 United Daughters of the Confederacy marker.
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From left, Sarah Gray, Thomas Whitman, Judy Blackwell and Kay McCarley at a reception following dedication of the Joe Wheeler Chapter No. 291 United Daughters of the Confederacy marker.

Decatur Confederate Monument on state landmark, heritage register

Wendy's word

To truly enjoy the new year, you must first let go of last year. What has happened cannot be changed, whether positive or negative. Put the past behind, remembering where you have been and cherishing the memories, but move ahead to where your path will lead. Every moment has a purpose bringing us to where we are today, so look toward tomorrow and enjoy the ride 2006 will take you on.

Let's see what the "chatter" is as we begin this new year . . .

Monument listing

Confederate landmarks cause excitement among members of Joe Wheeler Chapter No. 291 United Daughters of the Confederacy. This was evident at a recent dedication celebration marking the occasion of the Decatur Confederate Monument earning a listing on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage through the Alabama Historical Commission.

Kay McCarley, chapter president, welcomed members and guests, including division officers Connie Foster, Lorraine Ennis, Pat Lewis and Charlotte Hazel. Thomas Whitman from Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sons of Liberty Camp, introduced other guests and shared on the process for obtaining an historical monument listing.

For this chapter, the journey began in 2004. McCarley and chapter members Judy Blackwell and Sarah Gray, along with Whitman, dedicated themselves to the effort, which paid off March 4. After receiving the listing, the committee planned the dedication service to coincide with Alabama Day in December.

During the December ceremony, Joe Wheeler Chaplain Betty Dupuy led the invocation, followed by a brief history of the monument by McCarley, taking guests back to the original dedication and unveiling on May 16, 1922. Leland Free and Bud Masterson from the Lt. J.K. McBride No. 241 Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp of Moulton were dressed in period dress, while Charles Kilpatrick of the Capt. Thomas H. Hobbs Camp of Athens distributed miniature flags as a tribute to Confederate ancestors. A new marker was unveiled, reading, "This Monument was erected by the Joe Wheeler Chapter No. 291 United Daughters of the Confederacy and unveiled on May 16, 1922. On March 24, 2005 this monument was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage by the Alabama Historical Commission."

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the historic McEntire House, where Sandy Bennett surprised everyone in her red velvet antebellum costume. Gray, Bettye Moore, Glendora James, Kathy Jones and Rita Birdsong were hostesses. Guests toured the period decorated house, while Moore entertained everyone with a musical presentation.

Decatur Christian Women

Wanting to know what's hot and what's not in 2006? You may find answers Friday at Decatur Christian Women's Club's monthly luncheon. Beginning at 11 a.m. at the Decatur Country Club, the program will feature a review of popular diets presented by Cheryl Watrous from Decatur Internal Medicine Associates. She will also have information available about diet and diabetes.

Guest speaker Kathy Stallings of Birmingham will follow. The former school librarian will share how a "plain vanilla" person can move beyond the ordinary in life in her presentation, "How Ordinary Becomes Extra Ordinary."

Lunch is $13. For reservations and complimentary nursery call Clarice Kessinger, 301-9196 or CEKKESS@charter.net, or Jean Holmes, 353-3336 or fh2312@charter.net

That's all for now. It's been great "chattin' " with ya!

Let me know what is going on in your little corner of the world. If it's special to you and features any of the great people who live in our community, then it will make a great Chatterbox item. E-mail me at ddchatterbox@yahoo.com, or call me at 350-5730.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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