Christmas ornaments available in memory of two Baldwin County High School students


BAY MINETTE, Alabama — Proceeds from the sale of these 2020 Memorial Ornaments, hand-painted by Jessica Franklin, go to the Ty Drinkard and Blayne Shackelford Memorial Scholarship Funds.

You can purchase these ornaments at

Drinkard and Shackelford, who both attended Baldwin County High School, and their friend John Avery Blackmon, who had recently graduated from Spanish Fort High, were killed in an automobile accident on Father’s Day 2020. Both took part in numerous activities and sports teams.

Shackelford was an avid outdoorsman and golfer. He was a member of the Baldwin County High School Class of 2020. He planned to attend the University of Alabama in the fall on a scholarship to study engineering. He attended Bay Minette First Baptist Church.

From the time he could walk Drinkard could be found in a handful of places – knee deep in red dirt on a baseball field, in the woods hunting, on the water fishing. He played for the Baldwin County High School baseball team and worked hard to mentor young players. Prior to his time at BCHS, he was named Perdido School’s Athlete of the Year and he was invited to play travel ball.

Both families have established scholarships in their memory.