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
Rickey Peterson Class of 70
PERSON - by Dan Nix Class
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
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.