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Jasper native leaves $10,000 to Sylacauga Animal Shelter in her estate

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SYLACAUGA Ala. – When you ask someone what their most rewarding experience was in life, they may have to sit and think a while. However, for Carolyn Langston Williams Yeager that was a very easy question to answer.

You probably have no idea who Carolyn Yeager is, but you should.

Yeager, a Jasper native, passed away Aug. 14, 2019 at the age of 78. She retired from Alabama Power Company and Southern Company Services after a combined total of 39 years of service with the sister companies. She served as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of Southern Company Services (SCS) from 1983-94.

What was most important to Yeager was helping needy people and needy animals. Yeager was an active volunteer at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society and the Alabama Animal Adoption Society.

But still, what does that have to do with Sylacauga?

Before her death, Yeager only had one tie to the city – an unknown caregiver. After her death is when her Marble City legacy begins. In her estate, was a gift to the Sylacauga Animal Shelter totaling a whopping $10,000.

The gift came at the right time according to Mayor Jim Heigl. He explained the majority of the shelter’s funding comes from donations.

“She was an avid animal lover, and Sylacauga was just one of many animal shelters she donated to,” said Mayor Jim Heigl. “The $10,000 was extremely needed, and we can’t believe that someone came out of the blue when it was needed the most. We cannot thank her and her estate enough for what they have done. It was gratifying to know that one of our own reached out to someone to help us in a time of need. This will go a long way an will allow us to help more animals.”

Yeager, clearly, was truthful when saying she loved helping animals in need. Because of that love, animals at Sylacauga’s shelter will feel Yeager’s gift for years to come.

For more information on how you can donate to the shelter, click here.


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