Sunday, April 29, 2012

Birth: Marshall Vason Hamrick

Grace and Vason Hamrick are the proud parents of Marshall Vason
Hamrick 9 lbs 3 ounces - born in Rocky Mount, NC on April 18, 2012.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Old Town Plantation House

Visit Old Town online

Provenance: It is believed that the house was built for planter Jacob Battle, who married Penelope Edwards in 1785. | Architectural Note: The house typifies houses built for the eighteenth-century planter class in Eastern North Carolina. It has a hall-parlor plan, with double front doors allowing separate access to the hall and parlor.The front porch also has small enclossed rooms, often called "preacher rooms," at each end only accessible from the porch, a feature common to this part of the state. | Historical Note: The house was originally dated to 1742, but, based on new dendrochronology, it is now believed to have been built in 1786. Old Town Plantation was restored in the 1980s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Benjamin Battle House, Rocky Mount, NC

Learn about the Benjamin Battle house at Rocky Mount Mills.  Battle was the son of Rocky Mount Mills founder Joel Battle, and the home remains part of the mill ensemble, housing the company offices.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Obituary : Dr Larry Robert Shannon


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SHANNON, DR. LARRY ROBERT Dr. Larry Robert Shannon, age 79, passed away peacefully after a courageous six year battle with Alzheimer's. He was born the son of Helen and Paul Shannon in Youngstown, OH. 
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother Joel Arlington Shannon. 
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Dr. Mildred E. Howell of Birmingham, AL, his brother David Pine Shannon (Patsy) of Palm Coast, FL, his sister Kathleen Shannon Gardner (Donald) of Savannah, GA and his children: son Paul Robert Shannon (Monica) of Raleigh, NC, daughter Dr. Martha Shannon Tonge (Andrew) of Jefferson, GA, son Thomas Battle Shannon (Jeanne) of Rocky Mount, NC, son Isak Jordan Howell (Christine) of Lewisburg, WV, and son Dr. Lucius Alexander Howell (Sarah) of New Orleans, LA; his niece Claire, his nephew Jory; and ten grandchildren: Battle, George, Tan, T.J., Elsa, Drew, Ellie, Ivy, Junius, & Lucius II. 
Larry graduated high school from Sewanee Military Academy In 1951 where he was varsity team captain of the football and swim teams. He received an athletic scholarship in swimming to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and a four year letterman in swimming. Graduating in 1955 with a degree in history, he served two years in the US Army during the Korean War before returning to Birmingham in 1959. 
Larry graduated from The University of Alabama School of Dentistry in Birmingham and became board certified in Pediatric Dentistry before opening his dental practice in Vestavia Hills, AL. While in dental school, he coached swimming at many clubs across Birmingham and was never far from a pool or practice. Because he loved what he did, Larry "never worked a day" while treating thousands of children in his 35 years of dental practice. He retired from his dental practice in 2000 and relocated to a busy life at Pensacola Beach, FL where he entertained his many friends and abundant family. 
Larry was an early member of The Church of the Ascension in Vestavia Hills, AL. His efforts helped build the foundation for a thriving congregation, day school, and outreach programs. 
He also enjoyed a lifelong enjoyment of sailing. He was a charter member of the Birmingham Sailing Club on Lake Logan Martin where his enthusiasm helped build the competitive, yet friendly, environment that exists today. He pursued his interest in sailing by competing at the national level in several classes of sailboat. His sailing legacy is carried on by the many people he introduced to the sport. He continued his swimming career late into his life through the US Masters Swimming program where he "could be young again every five years". He participated in several Swimming World Championships in exotic international locations. 
He loved his family and continually sought out reasons for them to spend time together - usually enjoying the outdoors by scuba diving, rafting and touring the country in THE Brown Van. Most of all, Larry will be remembered by all who knew him as a kind and gentle man. He was generous with his knowledge, his time and his approval. His extraordinary ability to make and maintain lifelong friends made Larry special to many people around the world. To meet Larry, was to love Larry. 
A memorial to Larry's life will be held on Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 in the Chapel at Independent Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Junior Sailing Program at Birmingham Sailing Club ( would be appreciated by the family. >

Published in The Birmingham News from April 25 to April 27, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Staats Battle wins ESPN's Coolest Name Contest!

Here are several links.

  1. Staats Battle, coolest name in basketball | StateFans Nation
    Apr 3, 2012 – Staats Battle: First of all, I've got to thank my dad. I'm a junior, so I just want to thank him for giving me the same name. Also, all my friends have ...
  2. It's official: Staats Battle has the 'Coolest Name in the NCAA Tourney ...
    Apr 3, 2012 – It's official. Though his team lasted only into the regional semifinals, N.C. State's Staats Battle persevered through six grueling rounds to earn ...
  3. Staats Battle relishes recognition for having “Coolest Name” :: Red ...
    Staats Battle relishes recognition for having “Coolest Name”. 04.04.2012 | Posted by Bill Krueger | Filed under Sports, Student News | Tags: Bak Bak, Char-Grill, ...
  4. NC State's Staats Battle in name game final -
    Apr 2, 2012 – Vote for Staats Battle in's Coolest Name in the NCAA Tournament Bracket. “The name 'Staats' was my great-great grandfather's last ...
  5. Staats Battle wins coolest name contest!
    4 posts - 4 authors - Apr 9 ...
  6. Broughton's Battle wins ESPN's coolest name contest - Sports ...
    Apr 9, 2012 – Staats Battle, the N.C. State walk-on guard and former Broughton standout, won ESPN's “Coolest Name in the NCAA Tourney” contest Monday ...