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Touring Atmore's homes

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Christmas trees, candles, Santa Clause, wreaths and other holiday fun were on the agenda Sunday with the annual Grand Old Dames Garden Club Tour of Homes.
Garden Club president Francis Odom said even though the group had not met as of Monday to count how many people toured the houses, the event was fun and festive for the holidays.
"I feel it was wonderful," she said. "We appreciate everybody coming and we felt like it was a wonderful turnout."
The home of Gene and Nancy Williams, located at 1215 Nicole Avenue, was one of the four houses on the tour. Nancy Williams said she believes about 120 people passed through her home on Sunday.
The Williams' home was built in 2005 and they moved into the home in '05. It has a wrap-around porch that features wicker furniture and a swing.
Nancy Williams said the event Sunday went well.
"It went really good," she said. "I just hope they raised all the money to help the needy children."
The money raised through the Tour of Homes goes to community projects, according to Odom. The Garden Club helps with food banks and other local projects.
Joyce Petty's home, located at 88 Lamb Drive, was also shown during the Grand Old Dames Garden Club Tour of Homes.
Petty said more than 100 people attended the event and that she also believed it went really well.
"It was wonderful," she said. "I thought it was really a good thing. I appreciated the opportunity to do it and thought it was a great event and I hope these continue here."
Petty's home was built approximately eight years ago with three bedrooms, a formal dining room and a foyer. She has displayed a variety of fresh mixed greens both indoors and outdoors. There are also Christmas trees in each room.
Also on the list of homes were Jerry and Faith Gehman's home, located at 3532 Hwy. 31 West. The Gehman's home was built in 1957 for O.C. Hawkins. It is a Ranch style Southern home that has been expanded twice since it was built. It consists of 3,750 square feet which includes, four bedrooms, six bathrooms (two half bathrooms), a formal living and dining room area and a 24X24 family room.
Conceta Nall's home located at 718 Whippoorwill Lane was also in the tour. Nall's home is an eclectic Victorian home that was built by Gwen and Herston Dorriety. Every room of the Nall home has a unique touch. Some of the rooms feature antique stained glass from Georgia or works of beveled, leaded glass by Emilie Mims.
Odom said the Garden Club appreciates all the support given to them for the Tour of Homes.
"We want to thank everyone for coming and we appreciate all the homeowners who participated and also those who helped with the tour," Odom said.