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1 SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2007 2A OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS www.oanow.com IN OUR AREA UBITUARIES DR. JOHN DONALD FRENCH 1923-2007 Graveside services for Dr. John Donald French, 84, formerly of Auburn, will be held on Monday, July 23, 2007, at 1 p.m. at Auburn Memorial Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Gerald Sykes officiating.

Dr. French passed away on July 19, 2007, at Riverview Hospital in Gadsden, Ala. He was born in New Orleans, on February 19, 1923, the son of Jacob and Alice Ingan French. He later served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Dr. French was a professor of nuclear physics at Auburn University for 30 years. He is survived by two sons, Robert Daniel French and William Donald French; one daughter, Karen (Edmund Joseph) Walsh; one brother, William Richard French; one sister, Katherine French Tweedy; and one grandchild, Victoria Walsh Roberson. He was preceded in death by one son, Michael Richard French. Fredericks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements: www.fredericksfh.com.

Sign the guest book online at www.oanow.com. EDWARD JORDAN PEAco*ck Edward Jordan Peaco*ck, 66, of Auburn, passed away on Thursday, July 19 at East Alabama Medical Center. He was born on January 10, 1941, to Andrew and Sara Peaco*ck of Opelika. Mr. Peaco*ck graduated from Opelika High School in 1959 and attended Auburn University.

He was a member of Parkway Baptist Church and a longtime member of the Elks Lodge. Mr. Peaco*ck was a familiar face to many residents of Auburn, especially in his later years when he made a daily habit of chauffeuring his beloved dog "Brutus" around town. He loved playing sports as a child and teenager and coaching sports as an adult. He supported youth and teen athletics and served on the Auburn Parks and Recreation Board.

He especially loved his friends and family, and he was well loved by many friends and acquaintances. He brought laughter and goodwill to all who knew him. Mr. Peaco*ck was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Earl and his great-nephew Michael Legg. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Mary Helen Peaco*ck; sons Dr.

Hurst Peaco*ck (Erin) and Drew Peaco*ck (Brandi), all of Auburn; daughter Kelly Townson (Jon) of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren Addison, Berkley and Hayden Peaco*ck, all of Auburn; brother Andrew Peaco*ck of Columbia, S.C.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation was held on Saturday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m.

at Parkway Baptist Church with burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Auburn with J. Perry Fowler officiating. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Parkway Baptist Church Building Fund or the charity of your choice. Sign the guest book online at www.oanow.com. JERRY LEWIS BARNES Jerry Lewis Barnes, 49, of Lanett, passed away on July 18, 2007, at EAMC in Opelika, Ala.

Funeral services will be held from Mt. Herman Baptist Church in Lanett, on Monday, July 23, 2007, at 2 p.m. EDT with the Rev. Louis Upshaw officiating. Interment will be in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Lanett, Ala.

Body will lie in state one hour prior to the service. Survivors include three brothers, Willie Gene (Shirley) Barnes, Howard Barnes, Jr. and Charles Edward Barnes, all of Lanett, three sisters, Shirley Ann Williams, Beverly Ann Smith and Darlene Barnes, all of Lanett, 16 nieces and nephews; six great -great-nieces and nephews; and an array of special friends and relatives. Vines Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Sign the guest book online at www.oanow.com.

EARIE PEARL LEWIS Funeral service for Ms. Earie Pearl Lewis, 66, of Opelika, will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2007, at Creekstand Freewill N.D. Church with interment in the church cemetery. The Rev.

Melvin Frazier will officiate. Ms. Lewis passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at her home. She was a member of James Varick A.M.E. Zion Church.

Her remains will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Survivors include her son, Tommy (Nynette) Lewis of Salem; grandchildren Shaquita Lewis and Steffon Lewis, both of Salem; stepmother, Minnie Mae Lewis of Salem; sisters, Airlean Reese and Gearlean Oates, both of Opelika, and Minnie Hunt of Salem; godchildren Derrick Hunter and ChaKoata Mitchell, both of Salem, and Trentes Crawford and MyKeisha Miles, both of Opelika; a devoted niece and friend, Paula Faye Moore; and a host of aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Peterson and Williams Funeral She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Fred Gray; her sister, Jeanette Potts; and her brothers, Bill Owen, Calvin Owen, Pete Owen and Jackie Owen. Survivors include a daughter, Linda Lashley, Opelika; a son, Owen (Carol) Gray, Lanett; and three grandchildren, Marc Lashley of Camarillo, Jamie Waites of Huguley, and Charlie Gray of Fairfax. The family received friends Saturday evening from 6 p.m.

to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Brown- Funeral Home in Valley. Johnson Brown-Service in Valley is directing. MAE AGNES SISTRUNK CLYATT Mae Agnes Sistrunk Clyatt, 93, passed away peacefully on July 20 at Lake View Estates in Birmingham. She was a native and resident of Society Hill.

A longtime employee of Southern Bell, Mrs. Clyatt was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was an active member of the Society Hill United Methodist Church, an avid gardener and an accomplished crafter. Mrs. Clyatt was predeceased in life by her parents, Dr.

Joel Thomas Sistrunk and Ruth Evelyn Kelly Sistrunk of Society Hill; a husband, Thomas La Fayette Clyatt of Society Hill; a daughter and son-in-law, Dawn Jo Ann Clyatt Parks and James William Parks both of Jesup, and five brothers and a sister, John Thaddeus Sistrunk, Walter Eugene Sistrunk, Kelly William Sistrunk, Edward Laslie Sistrunk, Frank Winters Sistrunk and Ruth Evelyn Sistrunk Matheny. Mrs. Clyatt is survived by a brother and sister, Joe Lafayette Sistrunk of Society Hill and Pauline Sistrunk Turner of Warner Robins, three grandchildren, Patrick James Parks of Birmingham, Peri Ann Parks of Atlanta and Ponya Lea Parks of Birmingham; three great-grandchildren, Thomas Dante Parks of Waycross, Mallory Parks Rice of Auburn and Colson Clyatt Parks of Birmingham; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Corbitt's Funeral Home in Tuskegee is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m.

at the Society Hill United Methodist Church. A service will follow at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Bobby S. Holladay officiating.

Burial will be at the Society Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. ris, 93, of Dadeville, formerly of Valley, will be held at Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home Chapel in Valley at 3 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 23, 2007, with burial in Langsale Cemetery. Mr. Morris, who was born on April 1, 1914, in Chambers County, died in Dadeville on Saturday, July 21, 2007.

The family will receive friends Monday afternoon from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley. The Johnson Brown-Service Funeral Home in Valley is directing. Home directing.

MR. J.D. MORRIS MRS. GERTRUDE OWEN GRAY The funeral service for Mr. J.D.

Mor- The funeral service for Mrs. Gertrude Owen Gray, 87, of Huguley, will be held on Sunday, July 22, 2007, at Sunset Heights Baptist Church at 3 p.m. EDT with burial in Resthaven Cemetery. Mrs. Gray, who was born in Randolph County, on July 28, 1919, died on Friday, July 20, 2007, in Lanier Nursing Home.

She was a member of Sunset Heights Baptist Church. Mrs. Gray enjoyed working with flowers, cooking and visiting shut-ins. OPELIKA-AUBURN Media, NEWS a The Media Opelika-Auburn General General News Newspaper is James W. Rainey, Publisher Ext.

2558 Alan Davis, Regional Publisher Community Newspapers of Alabama Ext. 2544 Tim Maxwell, Pressroom Manager Ext. 2531 Jerry May, Circulation Director Ext. 2555 Sam Williams, Marketing and Creative Director Ext. 2514 Lamar Smitherman, Advertising Director Ext.

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Corrections and clarifications generally run on page 2A. Ceramics studio to host open house in Auburn Wednesday STAFF REPORT The Auburn Parks and Recreation Department will host a grand opening and exhibition Wednesday for the Ceramics Studio at Dean Road Recreation Center. The studio, which opened in June, is a newly renovated space and will offer many artistic and educational opportunities to those in the Auburn area. Classes are taught by art educator and ceramic artist Maria Rossiter. Classes included a Mommy and Me clay class, a children's handbuilding clay class and a handbuilding and pottery class for adults.

Each class offers a unique and educational learning with a focus on traditional and contemporary ceramic arts. Student work will be exhibited along with the instructor's work at the opening. The studio space serves the artistic needs of the community, providing residents with the creativity, inspiration, and encouragement to create ceramic works. Parks and Recreation officials encourage everyone to stop by, take a look and see what classes are being offered this fall. The grand opening event will take place on July 25 from 4:30 p.m.

until 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Art Education Specialist Sara Hand at (334) opportunity for individuals, 501-2944. Chelsea mayor: Census estimate may be off by thousands State officials say city isn't providing information needed to verify growth ASSOCIATED PRESS Each year, surveys are sent to cities requesting upCHELSEA- Chelsea May- dated information on the or Earl Niven challenges the number of residential federal census figures on his building permits issued and fast-growing city, claiming annexations, among other the numbers may be off by information. thousands. "If they aren't turning in The mid-year U.S.

Census those numbers then they Bureau population esti- (Census officials) don't mates for 2006 had Chelsea's know," she said. "This isn't population at 3,700, up 84 uncommon, especially in from 2005. Niven and Shelby small towns." County officials believe the The annual census estiactual population to be mates can be used to determore like 7,000. mine some federal funding. If local officials are cor- Shelby County handles rect, Chelsea would rank as Chelsea's building permits, the state's second fastest- and David Hunke, the coungrowing city behind Calera, ty's planning services sualso in Shelby County.

pervisor, said he is working "It could even be 8,500," with Chelsea to provide the Niven said. "That's more of Census Bureau updated a reality." information. The problem is the infor- It's the second year in: a mation, or lack of it, the row the city's population esCensus Bureau has received timates have been lower from the city, said Annette than officials expected. Jones Watters, manager of the State Data Center at the Information from The University of Alabama. Birmingham News Today's Forecast for East Alabama The Extended Forecast Today Tonight Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Some sun, a t- Some sun, atPartly cloudy and Partly cloudy and Partly sunny storm possible in storm possible in Times of clouds and sun pleasant mild the p.m.

the p.m. Bob Jeswald FIRST RF: RF: The patented RF: AccuWeather.com RF: RealFeel RF: RF: is an exclusive RF: index of the RF: effects of RF: tempera- RealFeel: ture, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure and elevation on the human body. RealFeel: Almanac Anniston Atlanta Lee County through 4 p.m. yesterday 20 20 Temperature Birmingham High Carrollton Newnan, Low Talladega Normal high Griffin Normal low Precipitation 59. 85 24 hours ending 4 p.m.

0.00" Sylacauga La Grange Alabaster Month to date 5.18" Roanoke 75 Barnesville Normal month to date 4.04" Year to date 19.48" Alexander City Lanett Manchester Last year to date 20.90" Thomaston Brent Lafayette Normal year to date 32.67" Dadeville Valley Clanton Lake Levels Beulah Yesterday as of 7 a.m. in feet; levels Loachapoka furnished by Tennessee Valley Authority. Prattville Auburn Smiths Station Selma Lake Top Gates Observe Change Fort Valley George 190 186.45 Beauregard Phenix City, Columbus Harding 521 519.72 Tuskegee Jordan 252 251.02 none Montgomery Lay 396 395.36 Martin 490 480.83 Haynesville 65 Union Springs Mitchell 312 311.68 Americus Thurlow 289 287.02 Wedowee N.A. 786.65 West Point 635 629.59 Greenville Cuthbert Dawson Yates 344 342.56 Beatrice Luverne Eufaula. Troy Sun and Moon Sunrise today 5:49 a.m.

Sunset today 7:47 p.m. Albany Shown is today's weather. Temperatures, are today's highs and tonight's lows. Moonrise today 1:32 p.m. Moonset today none Regional Cities Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c- cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf snow flurries, sn-snow, -ice.

First Full Last New Today Mon. Today Mon. Today Mon. City Hi Lo Hi Lo City Hi Lo Hi Lo City Hi Lo Hi Lo Albany 90 69 90 70 pc Dothan 90 70 88 69 Montgomery 90 68 89 68 pc Athens 86 65 pc 83 64 Florence 88 61 89 66 pc Panama City 89 73 88 73 July 22 July 29 Aug 5 Aug 12 Atlanta 87 66 pc 82 65 Gadsden 88 61 86 63 pc Pensacola 88 73 pc 86 71 pc Forecasts and graphics, with the exception Birmingham 90 66 86 68 pc Huntsville 88 62 86 65 pc Rome 89 63 89 65 pc of today's WRBL forecast, provided by Columbus 90 70 pc 89 68 pc Macon 89 67 pc 91 67 pc Tallahassee 90 70 89 70 AccuWeather, Inc. Decatur 88 61 88 66 pc Mobile 90 70 pc 90 70 pc Tuscaloosa 92 64 90 66 pc.

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