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Tragedy Strikes in Sumiton, Dora High School Alumni Dead
Details are sketchy but what is known is Rickey Peterson from the Class of 1970 and two other people were slain on Wednesday afternoon at Bell's Funeral Home in Sumiton. Rickey, who is the husband of Joyce Thomas Peterson, was the pastor of the Faith Worship Center on Main Street in Sumiton. News reports said that Rickey worked part time at Bell's and was filling in for the full-time pastor that worked at Bell's Funeral Home. Main street in Sumiton near Bell's was closed at about 2:30 Wednesday afternoon. The Birmingham News reported in Thursday's edition that the other victims were June Williams, the wife of a preacher from Warrior and Randal Lane, who worked for the Batesville Casket Company. The News also reported that Christopher Shane Hyde, 31 of Sumiton was arrested in Atlanta in connection with the murders.
Arrangements: Visitation Saturday at 3:00 p.m. funeral at 6:00 p.m. Saturday. Both will be held at Faith Worship Church on Main Street in Sumiton.
Story from Daily Mountain Eagle

Rickey Peterson Class of 70
NO GREATER PERSON - by Dan Nix Class of 61
When I was in the eighth grade, Mr. Gant stopped me in the hall by his office. He said, “Nix, I want to talk to you about your grades. You know you can do better than what you’re doing.” I was making passing grades but that’s about it. I replied, “I do a lot better than some of the others.” He said, “I know, but you can do much better, and I expect to see you do it.”
There were about 100 students in the eighth grade, besides all the other students in school. How did he know about my grades? I didn’t even know he knew my name. He knew these facts because he was a real educator. He cared about all the students and did his best to see that we received an education.
That was the turning point in my life. Instead of making C’s, I began to make A’s. I never will forget the day in the tenth grade when Jackie Campbell (now Jackie Campbell Parker) came to “tap” me for the Beta Club.
I credit Mr. Gant for my successful career. Often, I think of Mr. Gant and how he has impacted so many lives. I have known no greater person.
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