Howard honored by Kiwanis

Shown from left: Logan McCool, Larry Humber, Bill McCollum, Rayburn Howard, Barbara Howard, Emily Montague, Joe Acker and Don Bell.

Rayburn Howard recently retired from the Fayette Kiwanis Club after 37 years of devoted service to the organization. Howard received a plaque from the club in recognition of his service.

Enjoying life after retirement

Pictured are Kalos and Peggy Sims, enjoying time off after retirement.

As Kalos Sims was approaching retirement age, he began to think of a new career that he would enjoy working for a few years. He had always enjoyed cooking, so when he had a chance to buy an upstart barbeque place called Lisa’s, he jumped at the chance. “I was 57 years old when I bought Lisa’s in April 1995,” Kalos Sims said. “My thought was to keep the business until I turned 65, then sell it and retire. Those first eight years went by fast, so I finally sold the business after keeping it 24 years.”


Oswalt: ‘Tried to treat people with dignity and respect’

Shown with Probate Judge William Oswalt at his retirement reception are members of his family. Front row, from left: Deidre Smith, Hollis Strawbridge, Houston Oswalt, Whitney Oswalt, Cheryl Oswalt and Harrison Oswalt. Back row: Probate Judge William Oswalt, Nelda Oswalt, Audrey Oswalt Strawbridge and Ron Strawbridge. Not shown: Craig Smith, Dylan Smith, Savannah Smith and Langston Strawbridge.

Fayette County Probate Judge William Oswalt said that the biggest pleasure and honor in his working career has been serving the people of Fayette County for the past 30 years. He said that from day one, he entered into the office and duties as Fayette County Probate Judge determined to “treat people with respect and dignity.”


Clary thankful for 30 years of service as judge

District Judge Jerry Clary is retiring this month after serving Fayette County for 30 years.

District Judge Jerry Clary was not born and raised in Fayette County, but there is no doubt that he is now a true Fayette County citizen. Clary attended high school at Tuscaloosa High before attending the University of Alabama. He received both his undergraduate degree and law degree from Alabama, then decided to open a private law practice.