The Team

Making Your Stay Perfect

At Soggy Bottom, we pride ourselves on being able to accommodate whatever it is you’d like to do. With our dedicated staff, we make sure that becomes a reality. Whether you are looking to plan an event on our beautiful grounds or looking to get away in the woods for an exciting hunt, we make sure that your vision becomes a reality.

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Brandy Lewis Chambless 

Brandy is a graduate of Shelton State Community College. She earned her cosmetology degree in 2004 and later went back to receive a degree in medical coding in 2017 from Herzing University.

Brandy has enjoyed the outdoors since being introduced by her daddy at a young age. Growing up on a farm with her parents and 3 sisters, they quickly learned about the “great outdoors”.  She enjoys hunting, fishing, and just being outside. She has 3 sisters that are nurse practioners and a brother that is going into dermatology, funny thing is she can’t stand human blood without passing out, so that route wasn’t for her. When it comes to skinning a deer and cleaning birds, she’s all for it.

Brandy started working at Soggy Bottom Lodge in March 2016, and she absolutely loves it. She is the event coordinator and a guide here at Soggy Bottom.

Brandy is married to Matt Chambless and has one son, and a daughter on the way. Briar Gage, and Breitung!

“Soggy Bottom Lodge is such a beautiful place. The staff is my family! I just fell in love. It is my home away from home, literally… haha

Cody Key

Cody grew up in the outdoors! He loves hunting, fishing, and just being outside in general . This is the reason that guiding here at Soggy Bottom is perfect for him.

He spends a lot of his time with his own business RiverCity Inflatables. He is married to Nicole Key and has two children, Chloe and Jason Key.

Brandon Smith

Brandon started deer hunting at an early age like most of us in the south. He REALLY started hunting around the age of 10 when he was introduced to turkey and duck hunting by his step-father Paul. Deer hunting was a way for him to get in the outdoors but there was something about that distant gobble in a hardwood bottom that sparked a fire. This is a fire that still leaves us wondering what time he’ll show up to work most mornings in the spring!

Outside of the outdoors Brandon’s proudest achievement is raising two kids in the world we live in today! He says, “It is not an easy task and the lines are blurred but I am able to trust in One that is bigger than ALL the “stuff” that is around us! I enjoy working outdoors in God’s creation on a daily basis and striving to be more like Christ every day. Most days I fail miserably but that’s what is so great. He gives us grace and mercy. Trying to instill that truth in my kids is what I am proudest of.”

Brandon is married to Kelley and they have two children, Camilla and Crosby. Brandon’s hobbies include: boat rides with kids, duck and turkey hunting (or turkey missing), Sunday drives with the family, volunteering at Fairhaven Baptist Church, Kairos Prison Ministries.

“We are blessed to have the opportunity to do this…thanks for checking us out and trusting us with your hunt of a lifetime.”

Holston Drinkard

Holston was introduced to the outdoors at a early age. Holston is the deer breeder at Soggy Bottom Lodge. We would tell you what she likes to do in her free time, but she really doesn’t have any.

Holston is a native of Linden, Alabama. She loves when the babies start dropping in the breeding facility, but then its all work and no play. You can find Holston rooting for Auburn on Saturdays.

Holston is married to Gabe Drinkard and they have 3 little girls,  Maddie Grace, Murray, and Emma

Jerry Smyly

Jerry grew up hunting and fishing here in Marengo County. He started with deer and turkeys and was introduced to waterfowl in his early teens. He considers deer, ducks, and turkeys his main quarry these days, but chases largemouth bass when there’s nothing to hunt.

He attended high school at Marengo Academy. His love of the outdoors led him to pursue a degree in Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University, where he graduated in fall of 2008. Jerry has experience in wildlife and habitat management and is a certified prescribed burn manager. He also writes a weekly outdoor column for a local newspaper.

Jerry is married to Anna Lindley Smyly and lives in nearby Linden. When not working he can usually be found in the woods or on the water somewhere here in West Alabama.

Randy Sanders

Randy also grew up hunting and fishing around this area. He still enjoys turkey hunting with his nephew. Randy is retired from the Marengo County Sheriffs Department and loves taking clients from Soggy Bottom hunting and fishing. Randy is one of our quail and deer guides and he loves dogs!!!

Randy is married to Jennifer and they have three children and two grandchildren.

Auxi Cueva

Auxi…this lady knows how to make it happen. Let Auxi layout a spread for any occasion you can think of!!! I promise whether your staying here for a hunt or planning an event with us you will not be disappointed in the food!!!

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