Dicey Childers, Blountsville’s woman for all seasons, was recognized Monday for what town council colleague Dennis Beavers called “years and years of selfless service” to Blountsville. District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd presented a resolution from Secretary of State John Merrill to Dicey as the oldest-serving elected official in Alabama. She was 90 years old Jan. 7.
The immediate occasion was threefold: first, her recognition as the oldest currently-serving elected official; second, her 90th birthday celebration complete with cake and refreshments; and third, her belated return to Blountsville following months of recuperation and rehabilitation after sustaining a hip injury while visiting out of town before Christmas.
The resolution’s inventory of her contributions to the community included:
• working for 50 years for Community Bank of Blountsville and holding various leadership roles in Financial Women;
• serving for years as a board member of the J. B. Pennington Alumni Association, as well as the Blountsville Cemetery Board;
• serving as former president and long-time member of the Blountsville Business Association and chairman of the annual Blountsville Harvest Festival;
• serving as secretary and treasurer of the Blountsville Church of God, as well as an adult Sunday School class teacher;
• publishing and continuing to compose and publish gospel songs;
• currently serving as a member of the Blountsville Town Council, having been elected in 2012 to a four-year term and re-elected in 2016, and being appointed to represent town parks and the fire department.
Dicey now faces a hard decision: to return for good, surely, but return where? She now faces constituencies both in Blountsville and in her place of recovery clamoring for her permanent presence.