State president for SCLC dies

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 2, 2008

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) &045; The Rev. Alfonzo Scales, state president for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, has died. He was 74.

Scales died Sunday at UAB Hospital from injuries he received in a February car accident, the Anniston Star reported Wednesday.

Friends and family said Scales was fond of fishing, loved Christian books and had made a commitment to pushing for equality and helping mentor others.

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Scales served as the pastor at Friendship Baptist Church in Gadsden.

“He was the father that you loved and would do anything in the world for you,” said Regina Scales-Smith, an Anniston resident who is also the youngest of nine children.