This year’s Albertville Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, Charles Woods, will be grand marshal of the city’s Christmas Parade.

Woods has lived in Albertville for more than 49 years and been a member of the Civitan Club for more than 25 years. He graduated from Howard College (now called Samford University) in 1955, and in 1958, he graduated from Southern Baptist Seminary Louisville, Kentucky.

Woods has been honored several times over the years. His awards include the Paul Stewart Service Award in 1994, Samford’s Retired Minister of the Year Award in 2004, and this year, the

Marshall County Baptist Association Award for founding and directing the Great Physician Clinic — a ministry to help the underprivileged obtain care at the First Baptist Church of Albertville.

Over the years, Woods has served many churches. He has served as minister of music and youth minister at First Baptist Church of Albertville.

“I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to live in Albertville,” Wood said when he accepted the Albertville Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year. “I’ve lived here more than half my life. It’s been a blessing to have been able to serve. I’ve been the one that received the blessings. I pray for Albertville and I pray for the ministry to continue.”

According to Albertville Chamber of Commerce Executive Assistant Kathy Gore, the Lighting of the Downtown Albertville Christmas Tree ceremony begins at 5 p.m. at Rotary Park on Thursday, Dec. 5. The annual Downtown Albertville Christmas Parade, which is sponsored by the chamber and the Albertville Civitan Club, through Main Street starts at 5:30 p.m. Immediately after the parade, she said Albertville First Baptist Church would host its Christmas on Main Street event.

Next week, Gore said to remember the Albertville Chamber of Commerce and local downtown merchants host the Downtown Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 13, from 5 - 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Throughout the two-day event, there will be a variety of activities, like free carriage rides, a children’s Christmas Fun Zone located under the Farmer’s Market Pavilion, kids’ Christmas train ride and a Christmas Tree Trail where shoppers can pick up a ballot at any participating business downtown and then travel the trial to vote for their favorite tree.

She said there would be many events at different locations downtown including: The Plaid Giraffe, Jamoka’s Coffee Co., the Albertville Home Bakery, Local Joe’s, Unique 4U Design Studio, Shades of Pemberley Bookstore and cookies with Santa at the chamber with photos will be available for purchase through Blown Bulb Photography & Video. Also, she said there would be The Carolers on the Corner, hosted by Barkley’s, will feature the Albertville High School’s Vocal Ease and a live nativity scene, presented by the Junior Chamber Board, would be on the corner of Main and Broad.

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