Vienna family experiences Tide football

David and Sue Lyons of Vienna recently experienced the enthusiasm surrounding University of Alabama football while visiting their son Shane and family in Tuscaloosa. The Lyonses, along with their grandsons Bryce and Brennan Sayre of Vienna, traveled to Alabama in late October, where they watched the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide play Tennessee at Bryant-Denny Stadium. They were joined by David and Sue’s daughter Shonna Merrick and her son Milo of Wheeling. Shane Lyons, a 1983 graduate of Parkersburg High School, is deputy director of athletics/ chief operating officer at the University of Alabama. Sue said she loves visiting Tuscaloosa and watching a football game in the 102,000-seat stadium. “The people are great … down to earth,” Sue said this week. The stadium was very noisy and filled with electricity during the Oct. 26 game, a 45-10 Alabama victory. David and Sue had front-row seats in Coleman Coliseum at the Nick at Noon luncheon, sponsored by The Crimson Tide Foundation, on Friday before the football game. Head coach Nick Saban, a Fairmont native, talked for an hour about the football season and program. Sounding like a football coach, Shane Lyons said it is too early in the season to predict whether Alabama will win a third consecutive national title in the Bowl Championship Series and fourth title in the past five years. “We take it week by week and don’t look ahead,” said Lyons, who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University. “We have a lot of games left.” Lyons, who helps run the day-to-day operations of the athletic department, travels with the football team.

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An estimated 70-85 motorcycles, with more than 100 riders, led a funeral procession Thursday afternoon from a south Parkersburg funeral home to Evergreen Cemetery North on Emerson Avenue to honor Parkersburg businessman Frederick “Fred” Haddad. Haddad, 50, of Parkersburg, who owned Haddad’s Shoe Service on Sixth Street, passed away last Saturday at Camden Clark Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Campus. Haddad was remembered as someone who raised money and collected food and toys for foster children in the area. “This community lost a great friend and a righteous man,” said Tobi Darling of Parkersburg, Haddad’s cousin. Haddad was a former member of the Flying Circle and Brothers of the Wheel motorcycle clubs and a member of ABATE motorcycle organization, according to his obituary. Haddad was a generous person and a joy to be around, said pallbearer and motorcyclist Chris Ward of Parkersburg. Haddad was active in the hunger and toy runs for children sponsored by motorcycle clubs and the Sly Fox. Riding at the front of the funeral procession were Fred’s nephew Louie Haddad Jr., on Fred’s 1990 Harley-Davidson Softail Custom motorcycle, and Fred’s good friend Craig Hendershot. A video of Haddad’s life, which was shown at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, will be shown again Sunday afternoon at the Sly Fox, 13th and Market streets, after the hunger run motorcycle parade from Grand Central Mall. “Fred will be there in spirit,” said Darling, who rode in the procession.

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Intermission, a newly formed singing group, wants to sing holiday songs for businesses, groups and individuals as a way to raise money for the Actors Guild of Parkersburg. Comprised of Guild volunteers Natalie Bradley, Ben Bradley, Sherry Braid, Ben Wilson, Tim Wilson, Reinnie Leavitt, Corey Showalter, Drew Williams and accompanist Peter Sour, the group is available for a 20- to 30-minute set in the Parkersburg/Marietta area for a $150 donation, with all proceeds going to the Actors Guild. The repertoire for holiday gatherings and events will consist of 9-12 selections, including “Happy Holidays,” “Silent Night” and “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas.” The group has been practicing once a week since the end of September, said Natalie Bradley. For bookings, contact Bradley at 304-482-9390 or natbrad.74@gmail.com.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com