Good Hope honors late Johnny Harris, presents donations to area schools, organizations

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The family of late Good Hope City Councilman Johnny Harris poses for a photo at Monday night’s Good Hope City Council meeting. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE, Ala.- On a night dedicated to remembering the late Johnny Harris, the Good Hope City Council also, fittingly, presented checks giving back to the schools and organizations that serve the community the late councilman loved. Mayor Jerry Bartlett and council members choked back tears as they honored their friend and colleague who passed away Aug. 26, 2019.

Harris’s wife of 36 years, Laura, as well as their children and grandchildren were present and presented with several beautiful gifts including a park bench that will be placed in the city’s municipal park.

Good Hope Primary School Principal Tonya Cupp presented the bench to the family. Cupp, along with the teachers and staff, came together to purchase the memorial bench. A brass plaque on the bench reads, “In Loving Memory of Johnny Harris Santa Claus ‘Poppi.’”

Cupp said, “We continue to pray for you and we hope this will serve as comfort in the days, months and years to come.”

Resolutions remembering Harris were presented to the Harris family from the City of Good Hope and from the Alabama Legislature.

The council also donated money allocated in the 2020 budget to the following entities:

  • Good Hope Primary School- $4,000
  • Good Hope Elementary School- $4,000
  • Good Hope Middle School- $4,000
  • Good Hope High School- $14,000
  • Good Hope Fire and Rescue- $6,000
  • Margaret Jean Jones Center- $1,000
  • WellStone (Cullman Area Mental Health)- $3,000
  • Cullman Caring for Kids- $2,500
  • Cullman Soil & Water Conservation District- $1,500
  • Cullman County Emergency Management Agency- $1,500
  • North Alabama Agriplex- $2,500
  • Good Samaritan Health Clinic- $1500

 

The City of Good Hope’s Halloween Trick or Treat and Costume Contest will be Thursday, Oct. 31 from 3-5 p.m. in the basement of city hall. Rain or shine, come out and have some spooky fun.

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Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune
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Christy Perry

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