This week in history: 1984

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, June 26, 2024

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The Greenville Advocate headlines from this week in 1984, focused on the troubling disappearance of a young girl. Other highlights include the achievements of local golfers and improvements to postal services.

Disappearance of Sherry Marler: As of June 12, 12-year-old Sherry Marler had disappeared from a downtown parking lot without a trace. She was last seen around 9:30 a.m. in a large, open parking lot behind the General Telephone building and Jernigan’s Furniture Store. Her stepfather, Raymond Stringfellow, parked their red pickup truck there due to a slightly leaking drum of gasoline. Stringfellow states that he gave Sherry a dollar to buy a soft drink before heading to the First National Bank. When he returned, Sherry was gone. Despite a widespread search by local police, state troopers and alerts sent to nearby towns, no trace of Sherry had been found. The case details were entered into the National Crime Computer, and extensive efforts, including aerial searches and poster distributions, had yielded no results.

As of June 2024, Sherry Lynn Marler has not been found. 

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Young Golfers: Three Greenville golfers brought home several trophies for their outstanding performances. Michael Norman won first and third place, Dan Woodham secured first place and Will Woodham took second place in two youth tournaments at Country Clubs in Troy and Brundidge.

Easy Postal Access: Sherry Russell, a legal secretary, praised the new arrangement of postal drop boxes on Commerce Street. The boxes were reversed to face the street and a driveway now runs between traffic and the sidewalk, simplifying the process for those who end their workday at the post office.

Youth Citizenship Seminar: Several Greenville students attended the 28th annual Youth Citizenship Seminar at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. Sponsored by the Camellia City Civitan Club, the attendees included Denice Lowery, Vanessa Lewis, Cathy Powell and Anne Compton, along with Civitan Officers Frank Thigpen and Gene Autrey, Vickie Harrell and Connie Little.