By Max N. Richburg
A Psalm of Life by
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:
“And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;
Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.“
These Floralians — nurtured either by birth, domicile, education, or occupation in the Florala area — have uncommon achievements beyond Florala. One hopes that persons reading this list will find inspiration. Recollection and research is less than perfect; readers should review this list and forward suggestions.
(in alphabetical order)
- CHARLES C, APLIN (1942 – ) of Florala: named (1963) by Alabama Collegiate Conference coaches to the all-conference team as a football backfield player from Troy State College (now Troy University).
- CHARLES BAKER (1879 – 1928) of Florala: served (1917 – ?) as superintendent, Covington County Schools. (Memorial)
- INEZ JESSIE TURNER BASKIN (1916 – 2007) of Florala: was a reporter and civil rights leader. (Obit @ Los Angeles Times) (Photos & Photo @ Alabama Department of Archives and History) (Bio @ Montgomery Bus Boycott)
- AUBREY WILLIAM (Bill) BUCHANAN (1919 – 2009) coached Florala’s CCHS Wildcats football team two years including in 1950 an undefeated season and a state-wide, all schools seventh ranking; in 16 years as a head coach in Apalachicola, Florala, and Eufaula, had a 73 per cent winning record; played end on Texas A&M’s 1939 football national champion team; named in 2013 to Wiregrass Sports Hall of Fame.
- EUGENE MONROE (GENE) CANNON (1882 – 1946) of Florala/Lockhart: served (1936 – 1946) as commissioner, District 3, Covington County Commission. (Memorial)
- VERNON CASSADY (1942 – ) & MARCUS EVANS CASSADY, SR. (1945 – 1993), brothers, working with Lockhart Lumber Company in the 1960s, found and supplied long leaf pine logs, bark intact, to use in constructing the posts for the fort at Frontierland and for the fencing at Florida’s Walt Disney World.
- GLEN CHAMBERS (? – ?) of Florala area: served (1981 – 1984) as Sheriff, Covington County.
NEILL JACK COX of Florala was honored on 06/04/2015 by the consul general of France in Atlanta GA with the French Legion of Honor medal, the highest distinction France can award to a citizen or foreigner. During WWII Cox crawled 500 yards under heavy machine gun, mortar and artillery fire to rescue a wounded soldier left lying in an open field during an enemy attack. See France honors Florala native for WWII service, The Andalusia Star-News, 06/06/2015.
- SALLY ANN BOOTH EISENHOWER (1932 – ) of Florala: married (09/18/1955), at the First Baptist Church, Florala, Milton Stover Eisenhower, Jr., son of Milton Stover Eisenhower, Sr., president, Kansas State University, Pennsylvania State University, Johns Hopkins University, and brother of Dwight David Eisenhower, U.S. President (1953 – 1961).
- RODNEY JOHN EVANS (1948–1969) of Florala: (FHS, 1966; Sergeant, 12th Cavalry Regiment, United States Army) posthumously received, for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty,” the Medal of Honor and other medals. (Citation) (The Virtual Wall) (Memorial)
- HAROLD COOK ELMORE (1942 – ) of Florala area: (CCHS, 1962) served (2004 – 2016) as Commissioner, District 3, Covington County Commission.
- JOSEPH BRECKENRIDGE (JOE BRECK) GANTT (? – ?) of Florala: served (? – ?) as Assistant Attorney General, State of Alabama. (US v Hyde 1971)
- THOMAS I. GANTT (1892 – 1964) of Florala: served (? – ?) as Sheriff, Covington County. (Referenced in Covington History by Sid Waits) (Article @ Northeastern University School of Law) (Memorial)
- KERMIT GEORGE (1909 – 1995) of Florala: served (1946 – 1961) as Commissioner, District 3, Covington County Commission. (Memorial)
- MARK H. GITENSTEIN (1946 – ) of Florala: served (1975–1978) as counsel, Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate; minority chief counsel (1981–1987) and chief counsel (1987–1989) Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate; partner, Mayer Brown LLP (1989-2009); member, advisory board (2008-2009), Obama-Biden Transition Team; and (2009 – 2012) as United States Ambassador to Romania.
- ROSE BARBARA GITENSTEIN (1948 – ) of Florala: served as chair, English department, assistant provost, State University of New York at Oswego; executive vice president, provost (1992 – 1999), Drake University ; president (1999 – ) The College of New Jersey; member, executive committee, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.
- SEYMOUR GITENSTEIN (1915 – 2010) of Florala: managed (1932 – 1988) the Riverside Shirt & Underwear Corporation of Florala and NY, a textile manufacturer known locally as Franklin Ferguson Company, that provided employment for multitudes (“He put a lot of meals on tables around Florala”); built the Florala Memorial Hospital; provided thousands of scholarships to area school students.
- RAYMOND DANIEL (RAY) GOOLSBY (1919 – 1999) of Florala: was a major league baseball player (1946) for the Washington Senators. (Memorial Photo) (Ray Goolsby Stats)
- TULLY AKRON GOODWIN (1880 – 1969; known as the Duke of Florala) served: (1931 – 1935) (1943 – 1947) (1955 – 1959) as member, Senate, State of Alabama. (Resolution, Executive Committee, Democratic Party, Covington County) (Memorial)
- R. TERRY HOLLY (1953 – ) (FHS, 1971) of Florala/Lockhart served: (2009 – 2013) as superintendent, Covington County Schools.
- THOMAS (TOM) FLETCHER HOOTEN (1942 – ) (CCHS, 1961) of Florala: authored (2012) Hollytime.
- FRED HUGHES (1945 – ) of Florala: authored (2007) Am I Dead? … or do I just feel like it.
- KENNETH JOHNSON (1927 -2016 ) of Florala/Lockhart: received (2010) lifetime achievement award, University of North Alabama; authored (2013), Life in The Muscle Shoals.
- CHARLES AUBREY (MICKEY) LeMAISTRE (1924 – ) of Florala/Lockhart: served (1971 – 1978) as chancellor, University of Texas System; president (1978 – 1996), MD Anderson Cancer Center; received humanitarian award, National Conference of Christians & Jews; received distinguished alumnus award, University of Alabama; received (1978) Award of Distinction, Weill Cornell Medical College; received (1998) stewardship award, American Cancer Society; inducted (1998), Alabama Academy of Honor; inducted (1999), Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame.
- GEORGE ALEXANDER LeMAISTRE (1911 – 1994) of Florala/Lockhart: served (1970 – 1971) as President, Alabama Bankers Association; appointed (1973) board of directors, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation by U.S. President Richard M. Nixon; appointed (1977) FDIC chairman by U.S. President Jimmy Carter; inducted (1978), Alabama Academy of Honor; received (1983), Brotherhood Award, National Conference of Christians & Jews; inducted (1995), Alabama Business Hall of Fame. (Memorial)
- JOHN WESLEY LeMAISTRE (1880 – 1929) of Florala/Lockhart: served (1902) as Lockhart surveyor, Jackson Lumber Company; developer (1923), end-matching, white-pine flooring technique; served (1923 – 1926) as member, Alabama State Legislature; gained passage of his reforestation bill, the first in the nation. (Memorial) (Encyclopedia of Alabama) (Jackson Lumber Company records, 1902-1953)
- TRENT LEWIS (1909 – 2000) of Florala: served (1972 – 1980) as commissioner, district 3, Covington County Commission.(Memorial)
- CLYDE McCARTER LOVE (1908 – 1995) of Florala: served (1954 – 1958) as member, House of Representatives, State of Alabama; judge (1970 – 1980), Intermediate Court; judge, District Court, Covington County. (Memorial)
- ALVA HUGH MADDOX (1930 – ) (CCHS, 1947) of Florala area: served (1963) as circuit judge, 15th Judicial Circuit, State of Alabama; legal adviser (1965), Governor George Wallace, (1967) Governor Lurleen Wallace, (1968) Governor Albert Brewer; associate justice (1969 – 2001), Supreme Court of Alabama; authored treatise, Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure; received, Judicial Award of Merit from Alabama Bar Association.
- ERNEST DEVON (ERNIE) MANNING (1890 – 1973) of Florala: was (1914) a major league baseball player for the Saint Louis Browns. (Memorial) (Ernie Manning Stats)
- WILLIAM MARCH (born CAMPBELL) (1894 – 1954) of Florala/Lockhart: was awarded (1918) the French Croix de Guerre with Palm, (1918) the U.S. Distinguished Service Cross, and (1918) the U.S. Navy Cross; authored The Bad Seed and Company K; inaugural member, Alabama Writers Hall of Fame. (Encyclopedia of Alabama) (Memorial)
- JACOB ERNEST MICKLER, Jr. (1926 – 2013) of Florala: served (1991) as vice-president, planning and operations, University of Alabama; member (25+ years), board of directors, American College Testing services. (Memorial)
- GLADYS MILTON (1924 – 1999) of Florala/Flowersview: was founder, Milton Memorial Birthing Center; authored, Why Not Me?, served (1959 – 1976) as a midwife receiving national attention and awardsfor her work.
- CARLOS ALPHA (SHINEY) MOON (1906-1953) of Florala: was a prominent Alabama artist of the 1940s and 1950s, associated with the Dixie Art Colony and the Bayou Art Colony, with works exhibited at the Montgomery AL Museum of Fine Arts, the Mobile AL Museum of Art (images), the Georgia Museum of Art, the Augusta GA Morris Museum of Art, and the United States Embassy, Bucharest, Romania (by Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC); see ”Shiney Moon: From Merchant to Artist” (by Lynn Barstis Williams, Alabama Heritage, Winter 2003, Issue 67); “Tales from the Easel: American Narrative Paintings from Southeastern Museums, Circa 1800-1950” (University of Georgia Press, 2004, p. 48); “The Bayou Painters: South Alabama’s Art Colony (1946-1953)“ (Mobile Museum of Art, Jan 1, 2006); “‘Shiney Moon’” (by Lynn Barstis Williams, The Florala News, Oct 3, 2007, p. 10); “Ambassador Mark H. Gitenstein’s Remarks on the Occasion of the Art In Embassies Booklet Launch” (November 22, 2011). Memorial.
CHARLES (CHARLIE) PEOPLES (1941- ) of Florala/Chapel Hill (CCHS 1959) in 1983 completed the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Executive Development Program, in 1989 was named Assistant US/IRS Commissioner (Returns Processing), expanded the electronic filing program from a test project to a national program, served 1991-1997 as Director of the US/IRS Austin Service Center, and after retirement from public service worked internationally for 13 years as a tax administration consultant for 29 countries.
- GLEN EUGENE POWELL, Sr. (1945 – ) (CCHS/FHS, 1963) of Florala area: served (1996 – 2004) as Commissioner, District 3, Covington County Commission.
- THOMAS IVEY POWELL, Sr. (1917 – 2002) of Florala area: served (1960 – 1972) as Commissioner, District 3, Covington County Commission. (Memorial)
- VERNON ROBBINS (1934 – 2000) of Florala area: served (1980 – 1996) as Commissioner, District 3, Covington County Commission. (Memorial)
- JAMES ELLIS (BUSTER) SCARBOROUGH (1906 – 1972) of Florala/Lockhart: served (? – ?) as Deputy Superintendent, Covington County Schools. (Memorial)
- MERRILL MAGUIRE SKAGGS (1937 – 2008) of Florala: served as dean, school of graduate studies, Drew University; authored (1969) Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, (1973) The Folk of Southern Fiction, (1990) After The World Broke In Two; the Later Novels of Willa Cather. A lecture series at Drew University was endowed (2011) in her name.
- DWIGHT STONE (1964 – ) of Florala: was a professional football player in the National Football League for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1987 – 1994) the Carolina Panthers (1995 – 1998), and the New York Jets (1999 – 2000).
- CARL STEWART (1942 – ) of Florala/Lakeview (CCHS, 1960) served for thirty years (1986 – 2016) as artistic director of the Terrific New Theater in Birmingham AL.
- CHARLES JAMES (CJ) SULLIVAN, JR. (1915 – 1997) of Florala/Lockhart: served (? – ?) as director, civil defense, State of Alabama, under Governor George C. Wallace. (Memorial)
- CHARLES JAMES (JIM) SULLIVAN, III (1945 – ) of Florala/Lockhart: served (1983 – 2008) as president, Alabama Public Service Commission; president (1998 – 1999), National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners; member (? – ?), board of directors, Argonne National Laboratory.
- HUGH LEE TAYLOR (1898 – 1977) of Florala: served (1942 – 1943) as superintendent, Covington County Schools; authored (1969), Some Early Settlers; Lawrence County, Alabama. (Memorial)
- JOHN HAYES VAUGHAN (1940 – ) of Florala, Florala Telephone Company, Inc.: served as president (1972 – 1973), Alabama-Mississippi Telecommunications Association; president (1985 – 1986) Florida Telephone Association.
- LLOYD GEORGE VAUGHAN (1918 – 1973) of Florala, Florala Telephone Company, Inc.: received (02/24/1950) the first in the nation loan from the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) telephone loan program; served (1950 – 1951) as president, Alabama-Mississippi Telecommunications Association.
- ARTHUR PERSHING (TARZAN) WHITE (1915 – 1996) of Florala/Lockhart: was a professional football player in the National Football League for the New York Giants (1937 – 1939, 1945), the Chicago Cardinals (1940 – 1941); member (1981), Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. (Fanbase Listing)
- GREG WINDHAM (1966- ) of Florala/Andalusia. Country vocalist, released “Highway 98″ (1999), “She knows what to do”, “In my book”.
- JAMES (JIM) OSCAR YEAMAN (1942 – ) (CCHS, 1960) of Florala: served (1968 – 1970) as director, convention & visitors division, Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce; (1973 – 1980) as executive vice president, Automotive Wholesalers Association of Alabama; (1986 – 1989) as associate general secretary – membership services, Rotary International.
- GLEN DOUGLAS ZORN (1944 – ) (CCHS, 1962) of Florala: served (? – ) as assistant commissioner, Department of Agriculture and Industries, State of Alabama.
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