Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Garia Manning Sanders' Husband

Robert Edward " Bob " Sanders


Robert Edward "Bob" Sanders, age 58, of Milton, died Saturday, September 23, 2006 in a local hospital. Bob was born June 24, 1948, in Horse Cave, Kentucky. He left Horse Cave, KY, for a twenty year U.S. Naval career. He retired in Milton in 1990. He is a member of Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church.

Bob is survived by his wife, Garia Manning Sanders, of Milton; son, Chris (Heather) Sanders, of Mobile, AL; daughter, Kim (Larry) Culpepper, of Milton; grandson, Carson Culpepper, of Milton; and his sister, Margaret (Maxie) Hatcher, of Cave City, KY.

Funeral services for Mr. Sanders will be 10AM, Wednesday, September 27, 2006, at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Stewart and Rev. Greg Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Primitive Baptist Cemetery with Lewis Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be 6 to 8PM, Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at Lewis Funeral Home in Milton. LEWIS FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.
Garia is the media specialist at S. S. Dixon Primary School. 

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Jay Native Back in Kuwait

REPORT FROM MATT SETTLE (Navy) What can I say? This week has been an eye opener for all. We started the week with a Negligent Discharge. For everyone that not familiar with this term, a “ND” is a really serious offence. It is where a person fires a weapon that was not intended to fire. Luckily, the first one (yea there was more than one) was into a clearing barrel. The good thing is that the clearing barrel (a device that is intended to capture a rifle round fired into it a very close range) worked as advertised. The second “ND” was during training where a Petty Officer was showing someone how to clear an M-9, 9-mm pistol. When he pulled the slide back and released it, the weapon went off into a near by sand bag. Not sure how that happened, but it did. And the third (and hopefully final one) was with a crew serve weapon on one of the boats. A crew serve weapon is the Navy’s term for a machine gun. That round went off into the ocean.

Well, why am I telling this story. I wanted to point out that no matter what you read or what people back home tell you, this is the real world. We are using real weapons, real bullets and real people. The situations every day that we experience are real. What we do every day has risks associated, risks that are minimized if people follow the correct procedures. It is only when people get sloppy and do not follow these procedures that the risks out weight the benefits. Everyone is OK and we will get over this very large hurdle. But we have along hill to climb to get over this one.

OK, now to the old cheerful me. Good news, the Chiefs have a bye this weekend. GO CHIEFS! The Battlestar Galactica has found the mother world but the Ceylon’s are there awaiting the Battlestar. OK, there is not much TV in these parts so a man has to make do with what is available. Actually, I have gotten into the Battlestar Galactica series. I guess I will have to watch it from now on.

The weather is starting to get cooler. Now hold on to your chair, the high today was 104 degrees. Now that may not seem cool, but four weeks ago the high was 135 degrees. I hear that the temperatures in Kansas City are in the low 60’s at night. Well, that is a 30 degrees change for the highs in the summer. We have had a thirty degree change so far in our highs here in Kuwait. The humidity is in the teens so the heat is dry and the lows are in the high 70’s or low 80’s. Actually the mornings have been quite nice. My Kuwaiti crud has almost gone away. I had called it the Kuwaiti Crude in pervious e-mails but crude is what they send through the pipes in the picture below. The Kuwaiti crud is the cold everyone gets just for being here. Sorry for the black spot. My camera does not like the desert sand. L

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Teachers Remembered

These are some Chumuckla Teachers in 1958. L-R ... McCory, Hornseby, Magee, Brown, Campbell, Stewart, Thompson, McCaskill. Melba McCaskill passed away recently. See the notice below. Margaret Campbell and Dovie Stewart are still in Chumuckla or Brownsdale.

Chumuckla Postcard

In a few weeks, Sammy's Crossroads Market will have a supply of the new CHUMUCKLA POSTCARD. This view is an aerial shot taken in August of this year. It was a lucky shot taken from a flight in a landing pattern for Pensacola. To get this lucky, you have to have A. Good Weather, B. Good time of day, C. The correct side of the plane, D. A window seat with no scratches on the window and E. The landing pattern has to take you on the right path. These postcards will be 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and will sell for about a dollar. Get several to share!

Chumucla Goat Farm

I expect there are a number of goat raising opertions in Chumuckla. This farm is a photo feature at the Chumuckla website. Country living is one of the things the hamlet of Chumuckla offers and with the open space available, goats and other livestock are suitable to the lifestyle. I hope to hear more about these small operations in future posts here on the blog. If you know of one, send the story and photos by email.

Saturday, September 02, 2006


Melba Ruth McCaskill 1920-2006
Melba Ruth McCaskill, age 86, of Chumuckla, passed away Friday, September 01, 2006. Mrs. McCaskill was a native of Geneva, AL. She was born June 18, 1920 to the Hugh Shealy and Alberta Owen. She was a graduate of Troy University. She later moved to Chumuckla to teach school, where she met and married her husband, J.D. McCaskill. She went on to teach for the Santa Rosa County School System for 35 years. Mrs. McCaskill was a longtime, faithful member of the Elizabeth Chapel Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband J.D. McCaskill.Mrs. McCaskill is survived by her three daughters, Marian (Rick) Hunsucker, of Pace, Jill (Thomas) LeDew, of Pace and Jane Wilson of Pace; six grandchildren, Chad (Kristin) Hunsucker, Amy (Andy) Bell, Jeannie Leigh LeDew, Suzanne Michelle LeDew, J.D. Wu, and Jacob Wu; two great-grandchildren, Bree and Drew Bell; and her sister Madie Cortese, of Tampa, FL.Funeral services for Mrs. McCaskill will be 3:00PM, Sunday, September 3, 2006, at Elizabeth Chapel Methodist Church, with Rev. Gary Jones and Rev. J.W. "Woody" Hunsucker officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00-3:00PM, Sunday, prior to service, at Elizabeth Chapel Church. Burial will follow in Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery with Lewis Funeral Home directing.Pallbearers will be Chad Hunsucker, J.D. Wu, Jacob Wu, Andy Bell, Steve Bozeman, and Tommy Bozeman.Honorary Pallbearers will be Colbert Campbell, Robert Conway, George Henry Bray, Marion Tidwell, Tubby Jernigan, Chuck Thames, Jack Caraway, Claude DeVane, Ted Waters, Terry Neustaedter, and Rev. LaDon Hall.LEWIS FUNERAL HOME in Milton is in charge of arrangements.