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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

1934 Abbeville (AL) Football Team


Two relatives of mine:  Robert Vann and Dewitt Barnette

Robert's father was Jimmy Vann, who played for Coach John Hesiman at Auburn and later became a doctor. Dewitt was Dorothy Grace's brother. 

from cousin Sid Brannon:

Judge Beasley's son is my age and a friend.  Judge fished with Oscar Ezzell and Daddy and ran a farm supply store in Abbeville.

Coach Comer Sims went on to become Alabama's Commissioner of Agriculture.  70's I think.
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Durwood Norton had a turf farm in Abbeville.  Art Solomon married his daughter.  He was the Henry County historian before T. Larry Smith.

Marlin Ezzell was Uncle Oscar's brother.  Died young.  His wife was buried last week.

Leonard Blaylock's son was about Mark's age.  I think that he hit the winning shot in a basketball game that Mark played in.  All of our players but 4 had fouled out and we played 4 on 5 and almost won.  Please ask someone else for more accuracy and verification.

Correct on Robert Vann. Felix called him "cow Vann" and offered to pay him to whip Uncle Sam's ass when they were young.

from cousin Dale Ezzell:

Marlin Ezzell was my uncle, Oscar's brother.  He was married to Allene Capps Ezzell (her funeral was 7-21-16).  He died young - before daughter Claudia was born in 1949. 

Judge Beasley owned local fertilizer business and was Oscar's fishing buddy.  Several prominent citizens of Abbeville in that photo. 

 Dewitt Barnette, my great-uncle
and a pivotal piece of Abbeville's 1934 team

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