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Last week I submitted my column, but for some reason it got stuck in my outbox. Imagine my surprise when I opened the E-Edition of the paper and no column! So, this is a revised version.
I hope everyone is enjoying the “spring forward” time, NOT! I understand now why my granny didn’t participate; her body just wouldn’t cooperate. I know the clock says 6:30, but my body says 5:30; go back to sleep.
The Coosa County Historical Society will be having a cleaning at the old rock jail on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 9 a.m. Anyone that wants to volunteer to help is welcome.
Then beginning in May, we will once again open the jail on Sunday afternoons. Right now we only have volunteers for the first and third Sundays of May through October. If anyone is interested in helping on the second and fourth Sundays, please contact me for more information.
The family of Jackie Cowart asked me to express their appreciation for all the law enforcement officers from Alex City, Tallapoosa County and Coosa County who helped during the trip from Radney Funeral Home to the Liberty Hill cemetery in Coosa County. They also wanted to acknowledge the man who was cutting grass beside the road when he saw the procession, got off his mower, placed his hand over his heart, and stood at attention until they all passed. They appreciated the show of respect.
So often now vehicles don’t even pull over any more for funeral processions, much less stop what they are doing and stand at attention until it passes.
The woman I’m highlighting this week may not be as well-known as her sister, but she was a trailblazer and pioneer in the legal field and a church leader. Her name is Alice Lee, the older sister of author Harper Lee. She was born in 1911 and died in 2014 at the age of 103.
Attending night school at the Birmingham School of Law, she passed the State Bar in 1943, becoming one of Alabama’s first women lawyers. She joined her father’s law firm where she practiced law until the age of 100.
At that time she was said to be the oldest practicing woman lawyer in the United States and the oldest lawyer in Alabama. She not only practiced law, but was active in many areas of church service. She also served as her sister’s lawyer, running interference for her by politely but firmly refusing interviews.
The United Methodist Church named an award in her honor to be given to women in ministry who, besides their commitment to God, are bridge builders and barrier breakers. Her story is one of encouragement to not give up or be afraid to step out into the unknown.
My scripture reading this week is Deuteronomy 6:24 which reads, “The LORD commanded us to follow all these statutes and to fear the LORD, our God for our prosperity always and for our preservation, as it is today.”
God’s laws are for our own good, so if we obey, He will take care of us. It is just as true today. Fear of the Lord is to be in submission with a sense of awe, not being afraid or scared of God, but having respect and reverence.
There are several in our community that are not feeling well, so please pray for their healing in God’s will, as well. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!