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Andrew Wordes Laid to Rest in Milton Fields

Roswell's "Chicken Man" remembered in tears and laughter at Friday morning memorial service.

Andrew Wordes was laid to rest this morning, March 30, with family and friends sharing memories before sending him back to the earth

The words of Psalm 23 had visible reminders in the setting, particularly "God causes me to lie down in lush pastures."

Approximatley 100 people gathered in the lush pasture of Milton Fields for the service. Jim Bell, owner of the eco-friendly burial grounds Milton Fields on Birmingham Road, donated a plot to the Wordes family for his burial.

A lover of animals and friend to many, he was known as "Chicken Man" for his battle with Roswell over keeping them at his home.

Margy March 31, 2012 at 04:36 AM
I WONDER IF THE NEIGHBORS THAT WERE COMPLAINING, FEEL ANY REGRETS AFTER TELLING ON HIM.?????
hog man March 31, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Nope. My home is my investment. I worked hard for it. I didn't move here to see my value drop 30% because one guy decided to fight the government, never take care of his lawn, let the paint peel from the front of his house, let junk cars pile up in the front yard, and hear roosters all day long. If I wanted that, I would have moved to the country. Its called city ordinances. And I believe that if I pay city taxes and pay the government, then I should live in a city free of that. If I moved to a golf course community and put a weight bench out in the yard, I'd get kicked out....Its where you choose to live. If he wanted a farm, he sould be in the country.
Renee D March 31, 2012 at 08:39 AM
"Hog Man", you are a cruel, evil, mean-spirited person. You care about no one but yourself. You bring shame to humanity.
Rob in Roswell March 31, 2012 at 11:06 AM
It speaks volumes about a man's character when he puts his property values above a man's life. You're a real winner sir. And just in case you've been living under a rock the past half decade or more, virtually everyone's property values are down. Many are down a lot more than 30%. The market depreciation hits the less upscale neighborhoods even harder. Mr. Wordes just made an easy target. It was a lot easier to point the finger at him instead of the real problems. Give me a break! If you're that gullible let me tell you about this bridge I have for sale. I'd like you to tell my wife's best friend why her home's value has dropped 40% in the last several years. She's done numerous renovations and doesn't have a "chicken man" in her neighborhood. So, let's hear it oh wise one. Apparently for you it's a simple as driving a man to suicide to get your values to skyrocket. She doesn't have that luxury. I await your advice. Oh... and don't forget what they say about karma. To post such comments in an article about a man being laid to rest, I'd go a step further than Renee and say you're also sick.
lee Turner March 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Hog man, you're living in an older neighborhood that can't hold a candle to newer areas with more recently-built houses. Putting the blame on Mr. Wordes just won't wash, fella. It's hard to unload a house built in the 60's or 70's because the floorplans are outdated now. I hope you plan on staying in your house from now on, because you're gonna take a hit on it if you sell anytime soon, especially with so many great foreclosures on the market now. I hope you have to stare at the burned out shell of Mr. Wordes' house for a long time - what's THAT gonna do for your property values? And then the city might declare eminent domain on your property anyway if that park thing is a reality. BUt don't worry - they'll probably wait a year or two for this debacle to settle down, but bear in mind, the city only has to compensate you Fair Market Value. Don't know how long you've lived there, but you'll probably take a big hit! Gee, where ya' gonna move then? You might have to go much further out where people keep chickens and goats and ducks, etc. Poooooor ol' Hog Man! LOL!
mj potter March 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Rob and Hog man.... Andrew won two court battles for the right to keep chickens in his backyard...They were not visable from the street and a creek and woods surrounded his backyard... This was not about keeping chickens... It was not about cars in the driveway or taking necessary steps to keep city storm water out of his house and back yard due to the city's neglegence to control it... It was about property rights and that is something you and everyone who owns property should be interested in especially when your government can target your property and find 3 or 4 reasons why they should be able to take it by fining or sueing or jailing you until you give in, give up, or give out.... You do not know the whole story obviously... just the 30 second sound bite... so before you render that kind of judgement on a man of courage, I suggest you do your homework... Andrew did not put his property values above his life... He died for his convictions and that is something most men haven't the guts to do... I would gladly have Andrew Wordes as a neighbor and frankly I'd rather have chickens next door than a Stepford wanabe....
mj potter March 31, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Sorry Rob.... I misread what you were saying...
Rob in Roswell March 31, 2012 at 12:40 PM
mj, I agree with everything you wrote. My comments are directed at hog man. Hog man was a neighbor of Mr. Wordes. He makes it clear that he has no problem pushing a man to kill himself as long as it will result in higher property values for himself. Which of course it won't. He's delusional. Read my other comments on here and you'll see how I feel about the whole situation.
Rob in Roswell March 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM
No problem. The internet is funny like that. Easy to misread things sometimes.
Dan March 31, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Yours is one of the meanest, most heartless comments I've read on any topic, anywhere, in a long long time. We've all suffered through this horrible economy; not just you. Maybe you would do better living in some remote golf course community that has a very very restrictive HOA covenant. Doesn't seem that you fit in very well here in Roswell. (Thanks for not deleting this offensive comment, Christine. It's important that we know these kind of people still exist -- and some live right here in our nice town!)
lee Turner March 31, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Michael Reissig - you bring up a very interesting point - Mr. Wordes was there BEFORE Hog Man moved in ( I assume you have the facts). Hog Man - whoever he is, and I STILL say he probably works for the city - is just one of many intruders who move into an area and start demanding that the area change things to the way HE thinks they ought to be. Which is why you see these snowbirds moving to Jasper and Blue Ridge which is a beautiful rural area - and then they start demanding that the roads be paved, and complaining about the bleating of animals and roosters crowing. Hog Man needs to go back wherever he came down from - - - assuming that he can sell his devalued house and still have enough money to go, of course !!!! LOL!
lee Turner April 01, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Here's an excellent story by Glenn Horowitz of AMERICAN DAILY HERALD which clearly lays out the timeline of the Andrew Wordes tragedy. And, yes - it also mentions the city's Comprehensive Plan which showed Mr. Wordes' property as part of it. (I've gotta check that plan out myself and see if Ms. Mays' and Hog Man's properties are part of it. They may be the city's next victims (after a suitable period of time, of course, so the sheeple will forget about the current outrage). And, yes, he WAS harassed by the police department. He WAS railroaded by the bureaucrats. http://www.americandailyherald.com/pundits/glenn-horowitz/item/in-memoriam-andrew-wordes-enemy-of-the-state Lee Fleck, did Mr. Wordes have any relatives who might move forward with a law suit against the city?
Lee Fleck April 03, 2012 at 12:13 AM
“Which is more blameworthy, those who will see and steadily pursue their own interest or those who cannot see or seeing will not act wisely ?” - George Washington Mr. Turner I agree, if anyone who wishes to know "the rest of the story" that they view your link above.
Lee Fleck April 04, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Excellent article on the events of that day: http://roswell-neighbor.com/stories/Sheriff-Wordes-incident-could-have-been-avoided,182965
Tricia April 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Hog man, May you someday experience something where you know how Andrew felt... where you're backed up against a wall with no alternatives and experience the pain and desperation that Andrew went through... Then maybe you will understand and realize how elected officials and volunteers of a city can use criminal tactics to promote their agenda. It is ruthless and despicable. Properties can be replaced... A man's life cannot...It's unfortunate that you don't see this.

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