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There have been 2315 American deaths in Afghanistan.
I want to keep this site updated with the total so that we can keep all our soldiers in our thoughts and prayers.

There were 4486 American deaths in Iraq since the beginning of hostilities in March 2003.
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Melton SelfTheodore Melton Self from Dora High School Class of 1947 Passes Away

Funeral services for Theodore Melton Self, known to many as “Coach Self”, age 86 of Dickson will be Tuesday April 15, 2014 at 2:00 PM from the Chapel of the Taylor Funeral Home with David Peeler and Neil Jobe officiating. Place of rest will be in the Dickson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family will be Monday April 14th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and on Tuesday from 12:00 PM noon until time of service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be to the Dickson Co. Board of Education Back-Pack Fund. Services are under the direction of the Taylor Funeral Home. Coach Self died Saturday April 12, 2014 at his home. A native of Dora, Alabama, but he resided in Tennessee most of his adult life. Born November 22, 1927 to the late Sebern and Gladys Roberts Self and he was preceded in death by his son, Ted M. Self, Jr., brother, S.L. Self; sisters, Judy Elliott and Hilda Faye Watts. He graduated from APSU in 1951, and also attended Peabody College where he received a Masters Degree in Education. Before entering the teaching profession as a coach, Mr. Self served in the U.S. Air Force where he received a commission of 2nd Lt. His love of sports called him back to Tennessee where he taught and coached for 30 years. Coach Self was committed to his students and their welfare. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary Anne Harris Self of Dickson; daughter, Susan French and her husband Roger of Dickson; granddaughter, Aubree Marie French; brothers, Nat Self of Bessemer, AL, Johnny Self and his wife Carolyn of Hoover, AL; sisters, Jane Norris of Atlanta, GA, Orlane Snuggs of Trussville, AL.

Dora Alumni Banquet for All Classes is April 26, 2014

The Dora High School Alumni gathering is again on the fourth Saturday in April. This year it's on the 26th and registration begins at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m.
The event will be at Bevill State Campus in Sumiton and the cost is $15 per person. This year's event will honor the Class of 1964. Do yourself a favor and come to this gathering, you'll be glad you did.

DHS Class of 1994 Reunion

Details We have created a Facebook Group Page to keep everyone up to date on what is going on with the Reunion!
Planning is just beginning as of April 10, 2014. So, please come and join us by going to DHS
Class of '94-Twenty Years!
And if you know of anyone NOT in the group, you have been given rights to allow them as members by just adding and it sends out an invite to join the group.
Please only allow 1994 DHS grads into the group...
Once you are in the group, you can add posts by emailing: Dora94@groups.facebook.com (be careful this posts directly to the FB Page as a POST for ALL to see!
For a more private question, you can contact any of the following people at this email: 94bulldogs@gmail.com Tomeka Prioleau Audrea Rice Robbins Cindy May Sargent Danielle Peterson Johnson Cacy Myrick Paone Audrea Rice Robbins

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Chase Moon, Dora High School Class of 2004 being redeployedChase Moon

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The people who defend our country are brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers.

The WHNT News 19 family is putting an arm around one of our own, as he prepares to go into harm’s way.Chase Moon knows about tenacity and patience.
For nine months, Chase has commuted to WHNT from Jasper –an 80-90 mile drive one way. Chase said, “In the morning, it may be Rick and Bubba, and in the evening, it may be AC/DC.”
Sometime in the next two weeks, Chase leaves for Afghanistan as part of an Alabama Air National Guard 187th Fighter Wing deployment. It’s his second deployment.
“The first time when I deployed to Iraq, I was single,” Chase said. Chase is an aircraft armament specialist.
“I have to get the bomb on the airplane so the pilot can get there do the job that needs to be done. That way the guys on the job can come home.”
As a country, we ask a great deal of people like Moon – a husband to Jennifer and a father to Natalie. He will leave them for, at least, several months.
“I’ve been in Iraq, and I’ve been in a war, but I’ve never been in a war with a wife and a child at home,” said Chase.
Chase’s goal is to do his job well, do it a day at a time and get home to see his family again.
“I’m trained. I know what I’m supposed to do,” he said. “As long as I keep my eye on what I’m supposed to do, then everything else will fall in place.”
Winston Churchhill once said, “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.”
Moon is a man with plenty of courage.  We wish you the best and we look forward to seeing you home soon.

Click here for the video played on Huntsville's WHNT News 19 broadcast

Dora Lady Dawgs Softball Team Rockin' and Rollin' This Year

Coach Justin Blevins has been teaching and coaching for six years, but this is his first year at Dora. The Dora Lady Dawg softball team only won two games last season but things have turned around 2014 Lady Bulldog Softballthis year.

Blevins said he came into his job and showed the girls that he cared. They've had three different coaches in the last three years which made it difficult for the team to make any headway.

"I told them from the start that if we were going to get our program in the right direction, it has to start from the top," he said.

Blevins attended Dora High and he loves the school.
"I spent four great years here. While at Dora, I made it a goal to come back one day to coach and teach," he explained.

He has worked hard on the facilities so the team could take pride in what they have. "I have assembled a supportive and knowledgeable staff as well." Kimber Sanford, has worked well with the Dora junior varsity team and Jeremy Willingham is the head assistant under Coach Blevins. He is a 2000 graduate of Dora High School.

Volunteer coaches such as Tony Headrick and Rick Willingham, who are both Dora graduates, have helped tremendously, according to Blevins. "I have a great athletic director in Coach Wright," he said. " He wants to see us do well so he gives outstanding support to the team.

Blevins points to the support from the principal Dr. Cathy James, and assistant principal Joe Harrison as key assets in the program as well.

When asked about the turnaround, Blevins says it’s easy to get accustomed to losing, but "we have a lot of talent and are getting better every day." The team has seven wins and it's not even mid season yet. "Our best softball playing is yet to come," he said.

The team goal this year is to make it to the regionals. To do that they: have to finish in the top two in the area. The area consists of Oak Grove, Corner, and Carbon Hill. "Our girls have bought in to what we’re doing," he said. The lady Dawgs beat Oak Grove in a tournament which was a confidence builder.

Jeremy BlevinsThe teams strength lies in a balance between performance in the field and at bat. .

After some games I would say we are stronger in the field. Other games we are stronger at bat. That balance is one of the keys to success.

Softball season lasts four months, which gives the team a lot of time together. The girls get along great with each other according to Blevins. "In practice, we do a lot of drills where the entire team gets together to push each other. I feel like we have great team chemistry."

Two games stand out the most in the coach's mind - The first being the coach's first win which was the first game of the season against Minor. "I could tell by the look on the girls’ faces that they knew it was going to be a special season," he remembered. The next was a win against Walker in the Lynn Tournament. "Our seniors had never played Walker and to get the win against them was a great victory for them."

The team gets into Area play after spring break. This will be a big stretch according to Coach Blevins. "We need to do well so we can get a good seed in the area tournament," he explained. "We will continue to get better every day, and I plan on being here for a long time. I hope to build up this program and make it one of the best in the state."

The Dora High School Class of 2004 is celebrating their 10 class reunion in April

The reunion will be April 12, 2014 in Birmingham, AL. Anyone needing more information can contact me at blevi008@crimson.ua.edu for more information!

Dora High School Class of 1966 is now looking for classmates.
Contact Dennis Wayne Roberts




The life and death of a gentle man.

On November 30, 1921, a son, John, was born to Harris  and Nannie "Mae" Trott Moore. There was another son, James Harris Moore, Jr. and a sister Margaret Annette. Also, Mae's brother, Thomas Trott, 15, had come to live with them after his mother died.

The Moores had moved from Yerkwood to Dora. Times were hard for the family because of the Great Depression. Harris worked for the WPA, and farmed a garden to grow vegetable for the family.  At one time he ran a mine commissary store. The Moores tried, unsuccessfully, to run a cafe in Dora.

Their garden was away from the house in a clearing in the woods. It appears that Harris sold some of his vegetables. The were hard-scrabble poor, but lucky enough to have a cow. The boys were not a great deal of help, but Harris was focused on keeping his family alive during the Depression.

There was no indoor plumbing in the house, only an outhouse. There was no refrigeration, but they had a spring house which was cooled by water running through it. It held all of their perishable foods, and was kept locked.

John and James, Jr.  walked the railroad tracks to Dawson School. James, Jr. was dissatisfied with life in Dora and moved from the family while still a teenager. He went to live with his grandfather Moore in McCalla. John continued on and graduated from Dora High School in 1938-39.

Mae Moore joined the Methodist Church in Dora, and took the children to church, but Harris did not attend very often. The gracious and loving Mae formed John into a thoughtful, compassionate and gentlemanly person. The Great Depression taught him how to be self-reliant and sensitive to the suffering of others.

Around 1940, Harris moved the family to Glen Hills close to Bessemer. John continued living at home and enrolled in Birmingham Southern College from which he graduated in 1943.

Immediately after graduating from college, John went into the Navy and into the V5 program at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois. He served with distinction  as a Naval officer in WWII.

John Moore died November 30, 2013. His obituary reads as follows:

John Wilburn Moore
Nov. 20, 1921 - Nov. 20. 2013
Resident of Moraga, Contra Costa, California

John Wilburn Moore passed away peacefully on Saturday in his home. It was his 92nd Birthday.
John grew up in Dora, Alabama, and graduated from Birmingham Southern College in 1943.
He entered the US Naval Midshipman's School at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois.
He served in World War II in the South Pacific and Okinawa campaigns on the ships USS Dixie, USS Kochab, USS Crater, and USS Etlah, serving aboard the latter as Commanding Officer.

John attended the Hastings College of Law of the University of California, San Francisco, obtaining his L.L.B. and J.D. in 1950. He practiced law, specializing in Worker's Compensation in San Francisco for 40 years. He was a partner at Hanna, MacLean, McAleer & Jensen.

After a retirement of two months, he served as Administrative Law Judge for the State of California for 12 years.

John enjoyed fishing, opera and was a voracious reader. He was an avid 49er fan and an active member of Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church in Orinda.

John is survived by his loving wife, Mary, devoted children Robert Moore of Moraga, Katie Wunder (Michael) of Walnut Creek and grandchildren, Mary, Brandon, & Cristian. He is also survived by his sisters, Annette Waters of Hueytown, Alabama and Patricia Letson of Harrison, Tennessee. He will be missed by all who knew him.

The family requests donations to Lamorinda Adult Respite Center "LARC" or Hospice of the East Bay in lieu of flowers. The celebration of John's life will be Saturday, December 14 at 2 PM at Holy Shepherd Lutheran Church in Orinda.


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