Saturday, February 16, 2008

Hey y'all:

Now when you google "day bear bryant died", you get over 500 hits & some of them are outstanding.

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The cat who wrote the headline for the front page of the Saturday, January 26, 2008 Birmingham News has an interesting blog.

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Tommy Wilcox's people
have put a wonderful tribute to the song THE DAY BEAR BRYANT DIED on youTube which features our old Zero, Northwest Florida friends Buddy Buie & J.R. Cobb.

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Samples of all the songs on THE DAY BEAR BRYANT DIED CD may be heard at
& one of the ARS songs on the CD, DREAMY ALABAMA,
is used for a soundtrack for a video montage of MOBILE REGISTER images of Katrina from Dauphin Island, Mon Luis Island, Coden, Bayou La Batre and old downtown Mobile. For the first time on this Internet video, I saw images of flooded downtown Mobile which include the old GM&O station, City Hall and the causeway restaurants.

A cat who posted on the Alabama High School Baseball forum suggested that DREAMY ALABAMA would be a good tune to play at Bama baseball games this season.

In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Coach Bryant's death last month, HotfootLori posted a moving tribute to THE COACH on Fox Sports website.

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I'm glad to see that my former biology student Tommy Deas' front page Tuscaloosa News article is still posted on the Web at

I found a new website that's got all things BEAR BRYANT on the Internet posted on two pages

Probably my favorite clip is from THE BEAR BRYANT SHOW.
It's a little over four minutes long and it's Coach Bryant's introduction to the film of the '79 Auburn game.

Our myspace profile for THE DAY BEAR BRYANT DIED
continues to grow in international popularity. Our profile has been viewed more than 12,000 times and we now have over 2800 friends which include Blues, Country and Rock musicians from Japan, Portugal, Italy, France, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Australia and the U.K.
Please take a few moments to listen to the music being produced by Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's fans from around the globe at


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Friday, February 15, 2008


I guess one little drive-in speaker hanging from a rear window isn't going to make much of an impression upon someone who witnessed SO MANY little drive-in speakers torn away from their moorings by dates totally addled by your hand holding techniques.


I got to admit there's a wonderful satisfaction in knowing you've written something that people will read for their own pleasure years after you're gone from this earth.
Recently, a woman writing a book on William Clark of the team of Lewis & Clark contacted me and we have had a wonderful correspondence because she found me after reading my article about Andrew Ellicott published in May of '97 in the Gulf Coast Historical Review. Ellicott taught Lewis & Clark how to draw maps before they went on their famous expedition for Jefferson.

Richard Burke, Frank Tanton and Lamar Miller are now producing songs that I wrote the lyrics to
& I have a local reputation around Tuscaloosa as an intellectual "jack of all trades."

In fact, I've reached the status of an urban legend and my poor son has to hear all sorts of wild shit people in this community have made up about me.


My only advice to you is to seize upon whatever knowledge you have a burning desire to master & immerse yourself in this subject matter.
The art which will emerge from this endeavor will be all about C. and it will give everyone a clarification that C. was there and C. had something to say and said it in her own special way.

That's Robert Register's definition of what art is.

You can't imagine the personal satisfaction that comes from that quest.

So many people have asked me how I was able to possess, in the words of Buddy Buie, "the most immense collection of worthless knowledge ever put together by one man."
It's so simple. All I've ever done is write about myself.

Here's a good story. Before publication of my Ellicott article in '97, I had to present my article to a conference in Pensacola Beach.
I was broke.
My wife didn't want me to go.
The two schools where I taught didn't want to let me off of work.
I wasn't sure if my old van would make it down to Pensacola.
I had asked everyone I knew to help me and nobody would.
All the cards were stacked against me.

I got home from my second job teaching jr. college at about 11 o'clock the night before I was to leave. My wife says,"You got a big package in the mail today from a guy from Dothan named Larry Register."
Larry had mailed me a huge manila envelope filled with copies of documents pertaining to my Great Grandpa Register, his brothers and their father, John Young Register (1818- 1871). My full name is Robert Young Register.

There were copies of deeds, homesteading paperwork and applications for Civil War pensions. This package opened a door onto my family territory that I will never tire of exploring.
& the neatest thing happened- I noticed that all of the land my family had homesteaded was in Township 1 North. In other words, the first township north of the Florida line surveyed by Andrew Ellicott in the summer of 1799 & I was going to go to Pensacola (the port from which Ellicott embarked to come to present day Houston County in August of 1799) the next day to present a paper entitled "Andrew Ellicott's Observations While Serving On the U.S. Southern Boundary Commission: 1796- 1800".

Whewwwwwwwwww, that was a rush just like the other day when I found on the Internet an application for a Confederate widow's death benefit filled out by G-Great Grandpa Register and turned into the Confederate Government in Richmond when Grandpa was a Justice of the Peace in what was then Coffee/now Geneva County during the Civil War.

That's the kind of stuff money can't buy but that's the kinda stuff that happens when you simply study your own damn self.

I'll shoot you Grandpa's Confederate widow's death benefit application in my next email.


To find this post from my blog I googled "j.y. register"

Lo & behold, I googled up the mail contract G-Great Grandpa Register had to carry the mail once a week from Monticello above Brundidge south 71 and a half miles to Geneva. The contract for $432 a year may be found in the EXECUTIVE DOCUMENTS OF THE 35TH CONGRESS- 1857-1858.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

I got bored watching this VH1 documentary on heavy metal so I decided to google my g-g-grandfather who was born in Washington County, Georgia in 1818.
Found this document on the Internet prepared by my g-g-grandfather J. Y. Register for a widow's claim filed for settlement:
Register of Claims of deceased Officers and Soldiers from Alabama
which were filed for settlement in the Office of the Confederate
States Auditor for the War Department

By Whom Presented: Ardilla Green, Widow
When Filed: Dec. 17, 1863
When reported to: Oct. 11, 1864
When returned: Oct. 28, 1864
Number of settlements:
Certificates: 19950
Amount found due: $169.96

Hill Hospital
Ringgold, GA.
Oct. 17th, 1863


W.A. Green, Private 25th Ala. Co. “K”, died this day in Hospital of
Virlinus Sclopeticum.
Effects – Six Dollars and fifty cents ($6.50)

Very Respectfully,
Your Obedient Servant
W.J. Burt Asst. Secy
in Charge of Hospital

The State of Alabama, Coffee County

On this the 4th day of December A.D. 1863 before me, J.Y. Register,
a Justice of the Peace, in and for said State and County, personally
appeared Ardilla Green of Coffee County, and made oath according to
law, the same is the wife of William A. Green, a private of Company
(K) Captain D.C. Monroe in 25th Regiment Alabama Volunteers, that the
said William A. Green volunteered at Elba on the 20th day of January
1862 for three years or the war, and continued in actual service until
the 17th of October A.D. 1863 at which time he the said William A.
Green did die at Ringgold, Geo. of wounds received at the battle of
Chickamauga on the 20th of September 1863 leaving a wife and three
children and that she is therefore the only person fully entitled to
receive the pay or arrears of pay, commutation, bounty and c., that
may be found due said deceased William A. Green from the Confederate
States and that she authorizes J.Y. Register to apply for and receive
for her sole benefit whatever may be due to said William A. Green by
reason of service rendered by him in the army of the Confederate
States, to whose recipe shall be a full acquittance and discharge
against me for the same.

And at the same time, also appeared Stephen Hawkins and T.H.
Yarborough who after being duly sworn that they are acquainted with
the said Ardilla Green and knew the said William A. Green, deceased,
and that the facts as sworn to by the said Ardilla Green are
substantially true, and they are not interested in this claim.

Ardilla Green (her mark) L.S.
Stephen Hawkins L.S.
T.H. Yarborough L.S.

The foregoing affidavit were subscribed and sworn to before me, on the
day and year the same bears date and I certify that I know affiant to
be credible, that the applicant is the person she represents herself
to be and that I have not interest in the prosecution of said claim.

J.Y. Register, J.P.

The State of Alabama, Coffee County

I Rowling W. Starke Judge of the Court of Probate in and for the county
and state aforesaid hereby certify that J.Y. Register, Esq. whose
genuine signature appears to the foregoing affidavit and certificate
of acknowledgement was at the time of signing the same and is now an
acting Justice of the Peace duly commissioned and qualified, and that
full faith and credit are due his official acts, and further, that
this is a Court of record having a Seal, and that I am ex-officio
keeper thereof.

Given under my hand and official Seal at office this 7th day of
December A.D. 1863

R.W. Starke, Judge of Probate

The Confederate States

To: Ardilla Green, Widow of William A. Green, deceased, late Private
of Capt. D.C. Monroe’s Co. K., 25th Regt. Ala. Vols.

For pay of said deceased from June 30, 1863 the date of last payment
to Oct. 17, 1863, the date of his death 3 mos. & 17 days
>From Oct. 62 to Oct. 63 – 12 mos at $134.13 - $134.13
Commutation for clothing – 10 days at 24 cts per day 2.10

Clothing Drawn -$12.00 124.23

Amt. in hands of Israel Gibbons Capt. & Post L.M. (no amount listed)
Rec’d of W.J. Burt Asst Secy Hill Hospital Ringgold, Ga.


As per Report of Lieut. E.E. Yonge & Israel Gibbons Capt. & Post L.M.

Payable to Ardilla Green Widow Coffee Co., Ala.
Care of Capt. H. Fowler Agent for Ala.
Box 1508 Richmond, Va.

Second Auditor’s Office

October 11th 1864

R.F. Gordon, Clerk

Comptroller’s Office
Oct. 28th, 1864
P.H. Pendleton, Clerk

I also found this land sale on the Internet:
E-274: Coffee Co. AL, 18 June 1859, Daniel Duncan and wife Mary (X) Duncan to J.Y. Register for $60, SE 1/4 NW 1/4 and NE 1/4 SW 1/4 Sec.25 T3 R21, 80 acres; no wit. (FHL film 1,031,290) (MAD: 1850 Pike Co. AL census, 1860 Henry Co. AL census)

In 1895 my g-g uncle J.F. Register was the pastor of six different Baptist Churches in both Alabama & Florida:
Church Directory 1895 Pastors and their addresses     Members

Pilgrims Rest GJ Canant Dale, Al ?
Hurricane JF Register Holmes, Fl 48
Pleasant Grove John Patten Holmes, Fl 81
Shiloh James Blount Geneva, Al 99
Union JF Register Geneva, Al ?
Spring Creek JLC White Geneva, Al 39
New Teamon S Willerford 66
Pleasant Hill James Blount Geneva, Al ?
Christian Home GJ Canant Geneva, Al ?
Leonia JF Register Holmes, Fl 53
Elbethel HS Nichols Geneva, Fl 46
New Prospect JF Register Geneva, Al 38
Zion Hill S Willerford Geneva, Al 28
Fellowship James Blount Geneva, Al 6
New Hope JF Register Holmes, Fl 65

Here's the story of how J.F.Register was drafted into the Confederate Army:

The capture of the Bloomer led to a lot of my ancestors having to join the
Confederate army. The incident is hilarious but the consequences
were horrific.

Any chance the " Bloomer " could have been used in blockade running?

The "Bloomer" was a 130 ton sidewheeler with high pressure engines.
It had a hole in one of its boilers and was moored at the wharf
at river junction in Geneva. On Sunday afternoon, December 28,
1862, two groups of Yankees(25 men of the 91st New York Volunteers
commanded by Lieutenant James H. Stewart and the crew of the
blockading schooner "Charlotte" commanded by Acting Master
Elias D. Bruner) repaired the boiler, fired the engines
and started down the Choctawhatchee for Pensacola.
The Army and the Navy fought over this prize of war
but the U.S. Claims Court at New Orleans awarded
the steamboat to Master Bruner and his crew.
The U.S. government paid them $5,100 for the ship and
it joined Admiral Farragut's Northern Gulf Blockading
Squadron and saw service in Pensacola Bay, Santa Rosa Sound,
Choctawhatchee Bay and in the salt raids in the St. Andrews
Bay area.

Governor Shorter used this incident as a propaganda tool to encourage enlistment
in Southeast Alabama. I'm pretty sure this was the first time
Alabama had been invaded by Yankees so Shorter played up the fact
that "the back door to Alabama stood open to invaders."
A good description of the "Bloomer Incident" is found in E.W. Carswell's Holmesteading,
a history of Holmes County, Florida.

This information concerns my g-great uncle, John Forsyth Register's unit,
the 6th Alabama Calvary.

Excerpt of a letter from Mark Curenton
to Ron Jones dated 12 Apr 1999:

“What this blurb does not mention is the reason that the 6th Alabama Cavalry was
transferred from Clanton’s brigade to north Alabama. Clanton’s brigade, consisting of the
57th Alabama Infantry, the 61st Alabama Infantry, the 6th Alabama Cavalry, the 7th Alabama
Cavalry, Clanton’s battery and Tarrant’s battery, was organized in early 1863 as a direct
result of the raid by Union forces through Walton County in December of 1862. This raid
resulted in the capture of the steamboat Bloomer on the Choctawhatchee River just south
of Geneva, Alabama. This brigade served in west Florida and south Alabama to guard
against future raids. By December of 1863 morale in the brigade was so low that there was
open talk of laying down their guns and going home. On January 5, 1864, sixty men out of
300 stationed at Gonzales, Florida mutinied and refused to serve any more. They were all
swiftly arrested. The Confederate command broke up the brigade and transferred the
regiments to different commands to prevent any further occurrence of mutinous conduct.”

My g-great uncle, John Forsyth Register, enlisted in Company "K" in the 6th Alabama Calvary
in April of 1863 at Geneva, Alabama. He was honorably discharged from the Confederate Army on
May 5, 1865 and took the oath of allegiance at Montgomery on May 30, 1865. John was elected
the second sheriff of Geneva County on November 7, 1871.
The community of Leonia in northern Holmes County, Florida,
is named after his first wife. He was a Missionary Baptist
preacher for 43 years and according to my family's papers,
he recorded more members into the Baptist Church
than any other Baptist minister who lived in the Geneva area.

6th Alabama Cavalry Regiment
The 6th Alabama Cavalry was organized near Pine Level,
early in 1863, as part of Brig. Gen'l James H. Clanton's brigade.
Recruits were gathered from Barbour, Coffee, Coosa, Henry, Macon,
Montgomery, Pike, and Tallapoosa counties. It was first engaged
near Pollard with a column of the enemy that moved out from
Pensacola. Ordered then to North Alabama,
the 6th was concerned in several skirmishes near Decatur,
with small loss. During the Atlanta-Dalton campaign,
the regiment served for several weeks as part of Brig.
Gen'l Samuel W. Ferguson's and Brig. Gen'l Frank C. Armstrong's
brigades, losing quite a number. A portion of the regiment
resisted Maj. Gen'l Lovel H. Rousseau at Ten Islands,
losing a number killed and captured. Transferred to West Florida,
the 6th fought Maj. Gen'l Frederick Steele's column at
Bluff Springs, under orders from Col Armstead, and its loss
was severe, especially in prisoners. The remnant fought Maj.
Gen'l James H. Wilson's column, and laid down their arms
at Gainesville, fewer than 200 men.

Field officers: Col. Charles H. Colvin, Lt. Col. Washington T. Lary
(captured at Ten Islands); Major Eliphalet Ariel McWhorter
(captured at Ten Islands, Bluff Springs);
and Adjutant Joseph A. Robertson

Here's a picture of the monument of a mass grave of 6000 Confederate
dead that includes the remains of my g-great uncle William Duncan
Register.His name can be found on the monument.This is the largest
Confederate burial ground in all of the North.


This flag was made by Miss Martha Crossley, Miss Queen Gamble and other
ladies of Perote, Pike County, Alabama. It was presented to the company in
September 1860 on the steps of the Methodist Church in Perote.
The flag was presented by Miss Crossley and received for the
company by M. B. Locke. The Perote Guards were sent to Pensacola,
Florida where they became part of the 1st Alabama Infantry.
Upon receipt of a regimental flag, the company flags were placed
with the regimental quartermaster for safe keeping.

The 1st Alabama Infantry surrendered on April 7, 1862 at Island No.
10. Following the surrender, the flag was taken from the company
baggage by members of the 15th Wisconsin Infantry
and eventually carried back to Wisconsin.
Learning of the flag's location Dr. Thomas Owen,
Director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History,
requested its return in the summer of 1903.
Ruben G. Thwaites, Secretary of the State Historical Society
of Wisconsin, replied on June 19, 1903 that he felt the Society
would be quite willing to return the flag.
This, however, would require a resolution by their
legislature which did not meet again until January 1905.
On March 15, 1905 Lieutenant and Acting Governor R. M. Cunningham
requested that the flag be returned to Alabama.
Joint Resolution Number 29-S of the Legislature of the State
of Wisconsin, April 13, 1905 approved the return of the flag.


First Alabama
Infantry Regiment


This was the first regiment organized under the act of the State
legislature authorizing the enlistment of troops for twelve months.
The companies rendezvoused at Pensacola in February and March 1861,
and about the 1st of April organized by the election of regimental
officers. Transferred to the army of the Confederate States soon
after, it remained on duty at Pensacola for a year. It was chiefly
occupied in manning the batteries and took part in the bombardments
of November 23, and January 1, 1862. A detachment was in the night
fight on Santa Rosa Island.
Being the oldest regiment in the
Confederate service,
it was first called on to re-enlist for the war
, at the end of the first year, and seven of the companies did so.
Ordered to Tennessee, the regiment, 1000 strong, reached Island Ten
March 12, 1862. In the severe conflict there, all but a remnant of
the regiment were captured. Those who escaped were organized into
a battalion, which was part of the garrision at Fort Pillow,
and afterwards fought at Corinth. Those captured were exchanged in
September, and the regiment rendezvoused at Jackson, Miss.,
having lost 150 by death in prison, 150 by casualties since and
during the siege of Island Ten. At once ordered to Port Hudson,
they participated in the privations of that siege. They were
captured, after losing 150 killed and wounded. The privates were
paroled and the officers kept in prison till the peace.
The men were exchanged in the fall, and joined Gen. Johnston
in Mississippi, 610 strong. The regiment was then at Mobile
and Pollard, and joined Gen. Johnston at Alatoona.
In Cantey's brigade, it fought at New Hope, and was afterwards
transferred to the brigade of Gen. Quarles, in which it served
till the end. It participated at Kennesa, and lost considerably
at Peach Tree Creek. In the terrible assault on the enemy's
lines at Atlanta, July 28, the regiment won fresh renown,
but lost half of its force in killed and wounded.
Moving with Hood into Tennessee, it again lost very heavily
at Franklin and Nashville. Transferred to North Carolina,
it took part at Averysboro and Bentonville, and about 100 men
surrendered at Goldsboro. Upwards of 3000 names were on its
rolls at different times during the war,
including the companies that did not re-enlist.

Captain Henry Wesley Laird's "Gulf Rangers"

William Duncan Register(d.o.b. August 18, 1842) Corporal, born in Georgia,
died in Camp Douglas Prison in Chicago, Illinois on 13 July 1862;
claim filed August 3, 1863 by John Register
(This is William's father ,my g-great grandfather John Young Register)

Found out that my Grandfather Register's Daddy's oldest brother,
William Duncan Register, Pvt. Co. D. 1st AL, TN, MS Infantry
(died July 13, 1862) is buried in downtown Chicago along
with 6000 other barefooted Rebel Sons of Bitches.
Seeing the monument and knowing that nothing marked their 6000
graves until 30 years after their death is not a comforting thought
Not only that, the neglect and torture they endured has been effectively
suppressed by the Yankees.Check out what happens when you fight
and die for your country and your country loses the War.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Hey y'all:

I know you git sick of me but today my son Christopher who's gonna graduate from high school Monday
got a full scholarship to Shelton State so I'm a little

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Hey y'all:

I ain't told y'all this but I got picked for jury duty this week at the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse.

Fo' dah frist trial I axed the defense attorney,"How come it took four years to bring this case to court?"
Didn't have to worry about that jury.

Neck one,
I knew the lawyer so after that I'm hangin' out in the hall readin' CATCH 22 & one of my best college buddies whozzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
a lawyer walks up and sez, "They ain't ever pickin' you for a jury."

I said,"Whyzzzzzzzzzzz dat Ritchie Lee? Is dat 'cause of my demeanor?"

& Ritchie Lee sed, "Naw, it because THEY CAN SEE YOUR DEMEANOR!"


Had my frist jury duty this week.
That ain't scary.

What's scary is that the bankers are now spreading the rumors.

I went to BAYOU SEAFOOD tonight which is located in the old Ireland's location on Hargrove Road.
Had 2 pounds of crawfish with corn, potatoes & sausage for ten bucks so it was a good deal.
Brought back a lot of memories being in Ireland's plus I saw some friends who came to listen to the karaoke.

I was ragging the waitress & everybody else at the bar about sexing crawfish because they had no idea how to tell the difference. There was a dark skinned couple at the bar & for their entertainment I said," Well, the way you tell the difference is the males have naturals & the females straighten theirs."

They actually got a kick out of it & I apologized by saying,"I'm not trying to front on ya."

There was a Yankee at the bar & I told him he'd never fit in Tuscaloosa in his whole life.
He said,"I've been here ten years & it hasn't happened yet."

He started telling me the story of his life & he mentioned that his third child had been born HERE!

I said," Well I guess she talks right."

Before he could say a thing, the girl tending the bar said,
"Like my Grandma sez, the cat can have those kittens in the oven but you don't call 'em bisquits!"

Now folkziz, dat'zzzzzzzzzzzz what I like about the South!
Deeze Yankees gonna hafta grow an alligator hide if they think they gonna come down here to get out of the snow!

Please do not be concerned about the abuse I inflict on the Yankee race.
You don't have to worry about a Yankee having a thick skin.
All of us rebels are gonna beat up on them all of the time.

N.K. JENKINS was a great football coach.
Some of you guys know what I'm talkin' about because
you bought into what he was talkin' about.

Did it go like this?
"You don't have to be here.
You could be doing homework.
You could be making money slinging papers, sacking groceries,
unloading boxcars, cleaning yards or changing tires
but you came out here to play for Young Junior!"

Hi Deb,
I have a bud who is a professor and writer of both historical books as well as music books a very "macademic" type.. but hip to music. He is writing two new music books , one on the Muscle Shoals area and one on Alabama musicians. He has specifically asked me about JRA
and David, Wilbur and some of the other Dothan guys. I am trying to help him assemble a "most complete" biography on JRA. (BTW this guys is writing everything for the upcoming Alabama music Hall of Fame ceremony)... Maybe you could help me assemeble a list of contatcs for bio info on JRA. It would mean a great deal as it will be a step forward to getting JRA inducted in the future as well as some other Dothan guys..We can help this writer Promote our area and our family of creative folks
Jim Lancaster/Playground Records


Here are the images of Wynn and James I was trying to get to you.

James is the Grammy Award Winning songwriter who wrote and performed with
"The Amazing Rhythm Aces" and is the musical director and co-writer with
Austin songwriter Nancy Griffith.






A Short Love Story
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Heh..heh..have a great VD! BQ

At this time of year, coming up on Valentine's Day, I found this to be truly touching.

A man and a woman who had never met before, and were both married to other people, found themselves assigned to the same sleeping room on a Trans-continental train.

Though initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, they were both very tired and fell asleep quickly.....He in the upper bunk and she in the lower. At 1:00 AM, the man leaned down and gently woke the woman saying, "Ma'am, I'm sorry to bother you, but would you be willing to reach into the closet to get me a second blanket? I'm awfully cold."

"I have a better idea," she replied . "Just for tonight, let's pretend that we're married." "Wow! That's a great idea!" he exclaimed. "Good ," she replied. "Get your own damn blanket."

After a moment of silence, he farted.

The End

Mickey & Margaret

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Harrison Parrish & Debbie Coe at the DHS Class of '67 Reunion


Mary Ann Hall, Martha Sue Martin & Micky Daughtry's wife

Margaret, Sharmon & Janis

Monday, February 11, 2008

Hey y'all:

I called a buddy of mine whose brother died last week & told him,
"MAN, The word

& BAZE SED, "THAT'S ALL HE WAS WAS WETUMPKA, MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

, Coy Stokely, Jr., 61, of Wetumpka, AL, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at Baptist Hospital South in Montgomery, AL. He was preceded in death by his parents, C.S. and Louise Bazemore of Wetumpka, AL. He is survived by his brother, Charles (Amanda) Bazemore of Tuscaloosa, AL, and two nieces, Susan (Sean) Canaan of Auburn, AL and Claire Bazemore of Birmingham, AL Stokely was born October 29, 1946 in Alexander City, AL. He grew up in Wetumpka and graduated from Wetumpka High School in 1965. He earned a BS in math education from Auburn University in 1969 and later received a Masters in higher education from Auburn University in Montgomery. His teaching career began in Wetumpka where he taught for 37 years. Stokely was a highly respected math teacher who was truly dedicated to the success of his students. Through the years he was recognized by both the students and faculty as a "math genius". He had an unique ability of helping students understand math. Stokely was referred to by many in Wetumpka as "Coach". During his 30 year coaching career, he coached baseball, basketball, football, and served as athletic director. His 1979 and 1980 basketball teams were the Class 3A State Champions. In 1982, his baseball team won the Class 3A State Championship and was runner-up in 1988. He also coached the first undefeated regular season football team which was the first team to make the state playoffs for Wetumpka High School in 1981. Coach was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004. The Wetumpka High School baseball field is named in his honor and a part of Wetumpka's Hohenberg Stadium is named Bazemore's Corner. Stokely's love for Wetumpka athletics and education was an important part of who he was. Pallbearers will be: James Myers, Barney Thames, Judge Tommy Stowe, Watt Jones, Jr., Bobby Murchison, William ''Bebo'' Thomas, and John Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be the Wetumpka High School Class of 1965 and all former students and athletes of Wetumpka High School. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wetumpka High School. Funeral services will be Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Wetumpka with Rev. Jim Reece officiating. Interment will follow at Pine View Memorial Gardens with Ellison Funeral Home directing. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Wetumpka Stadium Foundation, c/o Wetumpka High School, 1251 Coosa River Parkway, Wetumpka, AL 36092 or Auburn University Foundation, c/o Office of Development, 317 South College Street, Auburn, AL 36849. A special thanks to Dr. Keith Thompson, Dr. David Franco, and devoted caregiver Carolyn Thomas.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Hey y'all:
I published some images from Richard "Buddy" Burke the other day & I unfortunately left out a lot of information about the pictures.

Not only am I gonna republish those images, I'm gonna republish a lot of Buddy Burke stuff that's fallen off the Internet so now we gonna get it back online!


Buddy & Jerry Wise

Hey y'all:

Got some shots from Burke
of the Little Feat concert at the Civic Center where Spoonful James


"Ain't nuttin' but a thang, pullin' on a Kool filter King,"

I just thought James playin' with Wynn was so cool. He's a really nice guy. As also are all the Feat.

I took Drew and the very talented B.J. to see the Feat at Auburn, they were so blown away. I got out my camp chair and went back to the stage load in site and set down.

I was introducing the guys around and Drew whispers, "were sittin' round hangin' with Richie Hayward, Fred Tacket and the crew?"

I whispered back, "Yeah, Richie played with the Fraternity of Man (Don't Bogart), Tacket played with Dylan and Nick is one of the best guitar techs in the business. I first met Nick when he was techin' for Hank Jr. and Feat stole him."

After the show Drew met Paul Barere. Paul asked Drew how he liked the show. Drew replied he didn't want to respond in fear of saying something lame.

Paul asked Drew if he thought his dad was less of a dumb ass now than before the show. Drew said less.

As Mr. Gillis said, "I gotta' kill that boy!"
Ya' need to crash as many shows as ya' can with Chris, tempest fugit Pard.

I ain't dissed, blood thicker'n' mud Brere!

"tribe of mothers n' brothers, sharin' each other's cover"

Man, I give you James Hooker a sho' nuff' grammy award winning song writer playin' with Wynn and all you can post is image?
How many other blurbs on Grammy Award Winners playin' with local yocals you recievin' ?


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I just liked the poster but the music ain't half bad.
Wouldn't that be so kewl to go to Great Britain and go into a hall and hear a band named SPUTNIK MONROE!

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