Dothan Residents Remember JFK


Dothan, AL - Ceremonies were held across the country Friday in honor of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Many people at the Rose Hill Senior Center in Dothan can recall November 22, 1963, vividly.

Ruth Vives said, “I was in Germany. My husband was in the military. Our landlord came knocking on the door at about 6 and yelled to look at the television.”

Willie Bishop said he was working at a plastic factory in New York.

“I heard it on the radio. Went home and saw it on tv,” said Bishop. “I didn't go to work the day after he was shot. I stayed home. It was like it was hurt for the whole nation.”

“I was home my sister called me and told me he had been assassinated. My heart was broken. Everyone was upset,” said Geraldine Askew. “We watched it all the time. Night and day. I don't think we ever turned from the news. We watched everything we could.”

Askew added, “It was so shocking because the next thing that really bothered me, i was concerned about his children. How they would have to grow up without a father. He was such a good president.”

“We were having lunch at the table,” said Mary Francis Reynolds.

“Back then that was unreal. We weren't used to something like that happening. It was so unnerving,” said Caroly McNair. “He believed in the people. He was for the people. That's what we need. Someone for the rich and for the poor.”

“This is the man who sits in the most prominent seat of the nations and to have something like that happen it's almost unthinkable,” said Carolyn Giglio. “Hopefully we'll continue growing and understanding what we should do for our future.”

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