I want to thank The Citizen for the service to our community. When I read the paper May 21,2020, I could only say Amen, Amen, Amen to two things I read that day. The first was the letter to the editor from Francis Kimber on the Cure for COVID-19. Mrs. Kimber states that the active ingredients for the cure are love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, and self-control. Again, Amen, and I thank God for her bearing the fruit of the Spirit at Franchise and throughout our community.
My second Amen goes to the article written by Mark Clark about Earnest Nathaniel Dixon (Nay). I got to know Nay on a six-hour drive from Phenix City to Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. He was young, proud, and determined to succeed. Nate had a successful career playing football at Central and went on to a great career playing for Southern University. Nay is not the tallest of quarterbacks, but he stands head and shoulders above others with character and compassion. Nay does not miss a holiday or birthday without contacting Coach and Mrs. Trawick. It is because of his athletic ability, leadership, and character that I say Amen, Amen, Amen to Nay being inducted into the Chattahoochee Sports Hall of Fame.
Again, I thank The Citizen for what you do to make our community a wonderful place to live and for the good news you share. Amen, Amen, Amen.
Michael J. Bellamy
Phenix City, Ala.
June 18, 1954
Albert Patterson, Democratic Party nominee for state attorney general, is assassinated in his hometown of Phenix City. State and local officials were implicated in the crime, but only Russell County Chief Deputy Albert Fuller was convicted. The murder drew national attention because of Patterson’s promise to rid Phenix City, called the “wickedest city in America,” of corruption and organized crime. Adding to the drama, John Patterson was elected attorney general in his father’s stead, and therefore had charge of the prosecutions in the case.
June 18, 1916
The National Guard’s 4th Alabama Infantry assembles in Montgomery in response to a call for troops from President Woodrow Wilson. The 4th Alabama, under the command of William P. Screws, was one of four state units dispatched to the Mexican border to guard American interests while Gen. John Pershing attempted to capture Mexican revolutionary and bandit Pancho Villa.
June 19, 1864
The CSS Alabama, captained by Mobile’s Raphael Semmes, is sunk at the end of a fierce naval engagement with the USS Kearsarge off the coast of Cherbourg, France. The Alabama had docked there for maintenance and repairs after 22 months of destroying northern commerce on the high seas during the Civil War.
June 21, 1865
President Andrew Johnson appoints Lewis Parsons provisional governor. Parsons, the grandson of Great Awakening leader Jonathan Edwards, was born in New York and moved to Talladega in 1840. Although a Unionist, Parsons followed moderate policies as he reorganized Alabama’s state government under Johnson’s reconstruction plan. His term ended in December 1865.