01-06-2024 - DAN JONES HAS PASSED IN MONTGOMERY
As our class of 1957 ages we are losing more of our friends and classmates. the most recent is the former sheriff of Montgomery County,Dan Jones.
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James Daniel â€śDanâ€ť Jones, 84, was born to James D. Jones Sr. and Mary Carter Jones on October 12, 1939, in Montgomery. Dan was raised in Pike Road by his Grandparents since the age of five years following his fatherâ€™s death. He continued to live in Pike Road and went to Pike Road School until the ninth grade. Dan Jones later attended and graduated Sidney Lanier High School in 1957. He served in several capacities as a Deputy Sheriff with the Montgomery County Sheriffâ€™s Office and later Sheriff of Montgomery County from 1991-1999.
Dan met and married the love of his life, Carol Sachar, and lived in Pike Road together raising three children. He was dedicated to his family and to his church. Dan is survived by his children; James â€śJimmyâ€ť Daniel Jones Jr. (Sandy); Robert Warren Jones (Kelly); and Genger Jones Gallup. He was blessed and proud of his six grandchildren; Erin Peyton Bright (Chad); James Daniel Jones III; Jasmine Martin Anderson (Eric); Hunter Council Strothers; Luke Henry Stabler; Coleman James Stabler; and Meryn Grace Gallup. Also five Great-Grandchildren; Carter Bright; Owen Bright; Reese Bright; Emily Anderson; and Brooklyn Anderson. He is also survived by his beloved sister Mary Claire Wilson (Ray) and her daughters Tracy Wilson-James; Lisa Wilson. Beloved Brother and Sister In-Laws; Robert Sachar (Linda) and Rubyanne Henley (Hoyt). Dan was also blessed with many cousins and friends from Pike Road. He would also want to include his good friend Jessie Robinson.
Honorary pallbearers are his grandsons and The Montgomery County Sheriffâ€™s Department Honor Guard.
Visitation is set for Monday, January 8, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Montgomery. A funeral service will follow at 1:00 PM. Graveside services will follow at Greenwood Cemetery with Honors. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Ridgecrest Baptist Church or the Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches at alabamasheriffsyouthranches.org.
Posted online on January 04, 2024
Published in Montgomery Advertiser
12-13-2023 - SAD TO REPORT THAT WE HAVE LOST ANOTHER CLASSMATE
This just appeared on Facebook- from Donnies son- Lost another good friend from Lanier class of 1957 Mike McCrary is with Dianne McCrary and Ernest McCrary. Â· It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of my beloved father, Ernest McCrary's, passing. He passed in the early afternoon on Tuesday, December 12, 2023. He was 84. A true Renaissance man, Dad was as competitive as he was adept in fixing anything that dared to break. Ernest was a jack-of-all-trades and a master of many from being a pilot, businessman, and the unofficial 'MVP' at my sports games (both on and off the field as my coach) to gifting me my first truck. His logic and advice were so sharp they could cut through my confusion. His generosity was unmatched. Dad, you taught me everything except how to live without you. Thanks to you, I've grown into the man I am today, and I am eternally grateful. You've left us with a legacy of determination, wisdom, and an unfillable pair of shoes. I will miss your jokes, guidance, and uncanny ability to fix anything - except, perhaps, this hole in my heart.
11-13-2023 - MRS. SANTA CLAUS
I know most of you who know Jean Parker Colquitt also know that she was a devout Christian who unapologetically practiced her faith in her daily life.
I bet that a lot of you did not know that she was Mrs. Santa Claus to thousands of unprivileged kids in the entire Decatur,AL area for 27 years.
She worked tirelessly for 27 years to make sure that all the kids in the Decatur area had a great Christmas to look forward to.
This was a year long labor of love that Jean and her daughter Carol worked at for most of the year.
Please read the tribute to Jean by the Neighborhood Christian Center.
Remembering Our Ms. Santa Claus: Honoring Jean Colquitt's Legacy at the NCC
Christmas is somewhat different this year at the NCC. Our Ms. Santa Claus, aka Jean Colquitt, recently passed away from her short battle with cancer. She will be missed greatly. Jean spear-headed the NCCâ€™s Christmas Toy Store for 27 years with her helpers â€“ daughter Carol Godwin and Marilyn Davies; along with the Christmas Book & Game Room team â€“ Hope Schmidt and Debbie Smith. She worked faithfully and tirelessly all year to ensure the Christmas Toy Store was full of the best toys and gift items for our children and their families. In the 17 years that Tim & I have been Co-Directors at the NCC and keeping up with the stats of the Christmas Toy Store â€“ we have given out over 203,662 toys and gifts items, served 9,911 children and 5,109 families under the direction of Jean.
Every year, Jean would remind me that no matter how much work it was throughout the year, she loved doing it because, on Christmas morning, she would awaken and think about all the children and families that were having a blessed Christmas because of all the toys and gift items the Neighborhood Christian Center was able to share with them. Now, she is experiencing the greatest gift of all: being in the presence of Jesus. We are looking forward to an amazing Christmas Toy Store this year under the leadership of Marilyn Davies, but will miss our Ms. Claus, Jean.
We are thankful to you all who donate Christmas toys and gifts, financial funding, and volunteer during this special time of ministry. Your generosity has been a blessing.