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Page t The TU football slate has four home JOHNSON, Miss Brenda Kay, 38, born March 31, 1960 of 2009 Haggins Street, Tuskegee Institute, died at her home Sunday, March 21, 1999 with her family and Pastor, Rev. Robert Spicer at her side. Brenda began symptoms in 1988 and was diagnosed in 1990 with Multiple Sclerosis. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 27, 1999 from Bowen United Methodist Church, Tuskegee Institute, with Rev. Robert Spicer officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery, Tuskegee Institute. McKenzie's Funeral Home staff direct- ed. She is survived by her parents, James E. Sr. and Frances Campbell, Tuskegee Institute; two sisters, Patsy J. Johnson Staten, Washington, D.C., and Gayle Renoe Johnson, Tuskegee Institute; one brother, Jimmy James Johnson Jr., (Ruth Issacs), Tuskegee Institute; a devoted ex-sister-in-law, Linda Neely Johnson, Long Beach, Calif.; five aunts, Grace (George) Simpson, Annie R. (Ed) Smith, Nellie C. (Vernon) Spears, Edythe C. (Styneau) Turner and Betty (Charles, Sr.) Campbell; one uncle Charles Hillard; devoted niece, Alana (Shawn Sr.) Moses; devoted nephew, Carl A. Johnson, Washington; and other nieces, nephews and cousins; Tahlia McClain and family, Robert T. Lee, Dr. Marion (Bob) Bell, Frances Ann (Dr. HarrySr.) Bartee, Rev. Nellie Dean Williams, Jacquelyn Slade Thomas (Starrie) Campbell Jr., Carole Campbell Cheatham, Elizabeth Ann Campbell, Esq., Dr. Charles W. (Barbara) Campbell Jr., Deborah Campbell, Linda Campbell, LaTonya (Anthony) Riley, Rev. Meredith (Renee) Turner, Clara Waver, the Marshall Stewart Family and many other cousins. Many thanks to her caretakers, Irene Beavers (cousin), Quentine Daniels, Sylvester Pace, Polly Boyd, Rhonda Johnson and staff of Central Alabama Health Services, Tallassee, Dr. Calvin Dowe, Tuskegee, Wiregrass Hospice, Inc., staff, Phenix City, Dr. Larry Epperson, Dr. Doug Hammond, Dr. Raghu Mukkamala and staff, all of Jackson Hospital, Montgomery, Dr. Guy, Montgomery and staff, East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika, and Dr. Alexander Robbins and staff, Community Hospital, Tallassee. CADE, Ms. Hudria "Jackie', a resident of Tuskegee, died Friday, March 19, 1999. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 24, 1999, from Bethel Baptist Church, Tuskegee, with Rev. K. G. Jones officiating. Interment followed in Little Flanders Cemetery, Dayton, Ala. with McKenzie's Funeral Home staff directing. Survivors includ- ed one sister, Mary B. Cade; one brother, Nagee-Ullah (Linda) Hassan; one nephew, David Cade; two nieces, Davida Cade and Suzanne Cade and their mother, Bertha Cade; and a host of other friends. DARRIS, Mrs. Josephine, a resident of Tuskegee, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, in an out of town hospital. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 27 from the Morgan Avenue Baptist Church, Montgomery, with Rev. Charlie Davis, Pastor, Rev. Willie Harris offi- ciating. Burial followed in' Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery, Tuskegee, with Burton's Funeral Home staff directing. Survivors include a devoted mother, Lou Vessie Dowdell, Tuskegee; five children, Michael (Carrie) Darris, Ookala, Hawaii, Mitchell Darris, Montgomery, Esther (Rev. Willie)Harris, Montgomery, Ashley Darris, Honomu, Hawaii, and Diana Darris, Atlanta, Ga.; three sisters, Mary (Albert) Boykins, Tuskegee, Dorothy (Donald) Johnson, Springfield, Mass., and Lillie (Horace) Allgood, Honolulu, Hawaii; throe brothers, James (Minnie) Banks, Springfield, Mass., Melvin (Jeanetta) Dowdell, Atlanta, Ga., and Sylvester (Tianna) Dowdell, Union Springs; 12 grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. WHEAT]P, Mrs. Helen A., a resident of Tuskegee Institute, died Monday, March 22, 1999, in Montgomery. Funeral services were held Friday, March 26, from St. John A.M.E. Zion Church with Rev. B. E. Jones, Pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the Greenwood Cemetery with The Peoples Funeral Home staff directing. Survivors include niece, Pinkye R. Wade, Tuscaloosa; god daughter, Clara Binder, Tuskegee; a very special nephew, Frank (Christine) Sanford, Tuskegoe; one sister-in-law, Willie Mae E. Wade, Tuskegee; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. WATTS, Mr. Richard W., a resident of Taskegee Institute, died Monday, March 22, 1999, in Montgomery. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 27 from Butler Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church with Rev. George Washington, Pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the Greenwood Cemetery with The Peoples Funeral Home staff directing. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Liddell Watts, Tuskegee; one daugh- ter, Carrie (Robert) Brown, Tuskegee; three granddaughters, Carolyn (Donald) Bentley, Huntington Station, N.Y., Linda Chappell, Tuskegee, and Gaff Y. Brown, Wilmington, Del.; two grandsons, Bernard (Conney) Brown, Atlanta, Ga., and Dennard (Bonnie) Brown, Augusta, Ga.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Anna (Eugene) Perry, Phoenix, Ariz.; one nephew, Anthony Love, Long Beach, Calif.; a host of other relatives and many friends. HAGANS, Michael R. Mickey, 49, of Tallassee, AL, died March 25, 1999 at the Southern Springs Healthcare in Union Springs. Graveside services were held Sunday, March 28, 1999 at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Tallassee. Rev. James Underwood and Rev. David Gill officiated. Survivors include: his wife, Ollie Jean Hagans; one daughter, Carrie Hagans; one son, Michael Hagans; one granddaughter, Regan Hagans, all of Tallassee; four aunts, Lavonia Varner, Sudie Bowdin and Hazel Gray, all of Tallassee, Ruth Hanie, Montgomery; and one uncle, Raymond Varner, Tallassee. Corbitt's Funeral Home staff directed. TORBERT, Frank, of Tuskegoe, died Wednesday, March 24, 1999, in Tallassee Community Hospital. Funeral services were held Monday, March 29 from Providence Baptist Church. The Rev. C. Levett officiatied. Burial followed in the Andrew Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery in Hurtsboro. Survivors include daughters Alice Torbert and Gloria Torbert, both of Phenix City, and Hattie Davis of Pittsburgh; sons Frank Torbert Jr., and Robert Johnson, both of Phenix City; Larry (Theresa) Torbert of Hepzlbah, Ga., J. T. (Margaret) Johnson of Tuskegee, and William (Mary) Johnson of Columbus, Ga.; three brothers, six sisters and one aunt. Button's Funeral Home staff directed. Cable We're your TV star. A familiar group of opponents will await defending Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) football champion Tuskegee in the 1999 season. Tuskegee head football coach and athletic director Rick Comegy released the Golden Tigers' schedule this week after his squad completed spring practice with the annual T- Day scrimmage at Abbott Memorial Stadium. Only four of TU's contests will be in the friendly confines of the campus stadium, including the Sept. 4 opener against Benedict. TU and Benedict met last year to open the season at Birmingham's Legion Field. The Golden Tigers won't return home for seven weeks before hosting Fort Valley State (Oct. 23) and Clark Atlanta (Oct. 30) back-to- back. The Clark Atlanta game will be home- coming. On Nov. 13, Savannah State will pro- vide the opposition for Parents' Weekend on the TU campus to complete the home sched- ule. TU's annual classics include the 64th Annual Rivertown Football Classic against Morehouse in Columbus, Ga. on Oct. 9 and the 76th Annual Turkey Day Classic against Alabama State Nov. 25 at Montgomery's Cramton Bowl. By playing Alabama State in late November, once again the Golden Tigers will be ineligible to compete in the NCAA Division II playoffs which begin Turkey Day Classic. The complete schedule: Sept. 4, Benedict (home) 1 Morris Brown, Atlanta, 6 p.m.; Birmingham, 1:30 p.m., SIAC Kentucky State, 6 p.m., Morehouse, Columbus, Ga., 6 16, at Alabama A&M, 1:30 p.m.;' Valley State (home), 1 p.m., Clark Atlanta (homecoming), 1 p.: 6, at Lane, Jackson, Tenn., Nov. 13, Savannah State p.m.; Nov. 25, Alabama Classic, Montgomery, 1 p.m. Region football play lists BTW, six others beginning in 2000 It may seem a bit premature, but Booker T. Washington High School can begin planning its 2000 football schedule. That's when the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) updates its classification and begins a new regional football align- ment. According to the AHSAA, the Golden Eagles of BTW will remain in Class 5A. The differ- ence is that rather than area play that will continue in the 1999 season, the 2000 season gc~s~to regions. In the 1999 season, Coach ,Bernie Patrick's Golden Eagle football squad will continue in Class 5A, Area 5 with Valley, Eufaula and Russell County. The top two teams in the area will make the playoffs. In 2000, Class 5A, Region 3 will consist of BTW, Stanhope Elmore, Eufaula, Benjamin Russell, Russell County, Valley and Wetumpka. Four of those teams will make the playoffs. According to Patrick, the AHSAA is making the move to Region play in an effort to assure teams that are more qualified make the playoffs. In some cases, a team with a 1-9 record has made the playoffs because that one win is against an area opponent in a three- team area while teams with records as good as 8-2 sat home during the playoffs. Patrick said the only surprise he noted in the Region 3 lineup is Benjamin Russell, now a 6A school in the area with Opelika, Central of Phenix City and Auburn. "It thought Benjamin Russell would be in the area with Anniston, Sylacauga and Talladega," Patrick said. 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