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2009-03-18 / Obituaries


WESLEY LAMAR ADAMSON, 89, of Oneonta, died March 11, 2009, at TLC Nursing Center. Born in Calhoun County, he was the son of the late William Wesley and Mary Louise Martin Adamson. A farmer and a member of Straight Mountain Baptist Church, he served with the U.S. Army during World War II. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by wife Sibie Green Adamson; son Wayne Daniel Adamson; daughters Glenda and Dorothy Adamson; sister Pauline Adamson Johnson; brothers Grafton, J.R., Howard, Marvin, Virgil, Lindy, and Arnold Adamson; and grandsons Dennis White Jr. and Lloyd Lamar White.

Surviving are son Edward (Sue) Adamson of Straight Mountain; daughters Linda (Earl) Strickland of Straight Mountain, Frances (Ray) Strickland of Armstead, and Martha Jo Bramlett of Ashville; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren.

Elwyn Williamson, Doyle Adamson, Haskell Adamson, and Charlie Alldredge officiated services Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment was at Straight Mountain Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Robin Adamson, Tommy Strickland, Timmy Strickland, Kevin Blackwood, Scott Blackwood, Steven Blackwood, Lamar Bramlett, and Shaun Crowe. Honorary pallbearers were Tonny Strickland and Bud Strickland.

OLLIE VEE SMITH BARBEE, 67, of Arab, died Thursday, March 12, 2009, in Marshall Medical Center North. Born in Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Pharoh and Smantha Jones Smith. A member of Roswell Creek Baptist Church, she lived in the Summit community until her move to Arab some 15 years ago. Her husband Wendell Ray Barbee Sr. died in 1993.

Surviving are son Wendell Ray (Beverly) Barbee Jr. of Snead; daughters Deborah (Randy) Ruark and Sandra (Russell) Montross, both of Arab; grandchildren John Austin Barbee, Terry Lynn Emlet Jr., Lisa Emlet, Jacob Smith, and Kailey Smith.

Michael Murphree officiated services Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel with burial in Arab Memorial Cemetery.

EDDIE CLYDE BELLEW, 54, who died March 6, 2009, had information provided incorrectly for last week's obituary. He actually was born in Blount County and joined the U.S. Navy in Brohan, Va. ULCIE ROBERT BUCHANAN JR., 70, of Blountsville, died Thursday, March 12, 2009. He is survived by wife of 36 years Carolyn Buchanan; daughters Robin (Wayne) Thompson, Lisa (Greg) Thompson, and Tracy McGowan; sons Robert Buchanan, Alan (Lisa) Buchanan, and David (Hollye) McGowan; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother Charles D. Buchanan.

Gary Creel officiated services Monday, March 16, at 10:30 a.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church, Warrior, with burial in the adjoining cememtery. Messmer Goodwin Funeral Home directed. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations be made to "Wings of Life," 800 Louis Street, Mobile, AL 36602.

GEORGE DOUGLAS "POPIE" DORSEY, 62, died March 11, 2009, at his residence at Remlap. A native of Georgia, he was the son of the late Joseph Edward and Mary Gailey Dorsey. A building contractor, he was a member of Pleasant Mount Baptist Church and served in both the U.S. Army and the Alabama National Guard.

Surviving are wife Sharon P. Self Dorsey; daughters Traci (Bo) Richey of Locust Fork, Staci (Jeff) Branham of Remlap, and Sandy (John) Washington of Warrior; grandchildren Jerrod and Casey Allinder and Morgan and Jacob Branham.

Glenn Bynum officiated services Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Bethlehem Cemetery.

HAZEL LORAINE HIGGINS, 84, of Gadsden, died March 12, 2009, at Golden Living Center. Born in Blount County, she had worked as a private sitter and was a member of the Worship Center Church of God. Predeceasing her were parents William and Ola Mae Spears England and husband Walter Wilburn Higgins.

Surviving are sons Raymond (Dorothy) Higgins and Ronnie (Roberta) Higgins, both of Holly Springs; daughter Patsie (Jack) Kendrick of Gadsden; sisters Marie Adamson of Holly Springs, Dorothy Gargus of Center Point, Eloise Harris of Peoria, Ariz., and Gail Stingle of Phoenix, Ariz.; brother Chester England of Highland Lake; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren.

Rick Luman and Brad Bridges officiated services Sunday, March 15, at 4 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment was at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Daniel Joel Higgins, Kevin Martin, Rodney Higgins, Frankie Owens, Joey Love, and Paul Tucker. Honorary pallbearer was William Higgins.

LINDA ANN KRITNER, 64, of Snead, died March 12, 2009, at St. Vincent's Blount. Born in Cullman County, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Annie Lee Jacobs Williams. Also predeceasing her was a brother Wayne Williams.

Surviving are husband James Kritner; sons James Lloyd (Candace) Kritner of Blountsville and Cameron Boyd (Susan Walker) Kritner of Tennessee; daughters Anita Butler of Blountsville and Teresa Courtney of Texas; brothers Frank (Barbara) Williams of Texas, Larry (Tracy) Williams of Holly Pond, Tony (Melinda) Williams of Montgomery; sisters Barbara (Donald) Kritner of Holly Pond, Tina (David Earl) Kritner of Fairview, Doris (James) Mobley of Blountsville, Peggy (Robert) Beasley of Baileyton; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Cameron B. Kritner and James Lloyd Kritner officiated services March 15 at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at New Home #2 Cemetery, Cullman. Pallbearers were Cody Courtney, James L. Kritner, Brittany Brown, Kenneth Hyatt, T.J. Pope, and Kevin Earl Kritner. Honorary pallbearer was Frankie Butler.

GENEVA BELL NIX, 77, died March 14, 2009, at her residence at Altoona. Born in Gordon County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Grady and Pearl Goble Bell. A member of Second Baptist Church of Altoona, she was a licensed practical nurse who worked at Stringfellow Memorial Hospital in Anniston, Altoona Nursing Home, and Blount Memorial Hospital in Oneonta until she retired. Predeceasing her besides her parents were husband J.D. Nix; children John Thomas and Johnnye Lou; brother James Bell; sister-in-law Wanda Bell; brothersin law James McGlaughn and Hiram Jenkins.

Surviving are daughter Laurie (Stephen) McCormick of Altoona; grandsons David and Jonathan McCormick of Altoona; sisters Rebecca Jenkins of Walnut Grove and Gail Rudd of Sylvania, Ga.; brothers Grady Bell of Kingsport, Tenn., Eddy (Katherine) Bell of Altoona; sister in-law Ruth Bell of Ringgold, Ga.

Joe Hulsey and Randy Smith officiated services Monday, March 16, at 2 p.m. at Second Baptist Church of Altoona with Snead Funeral Home directing. Interment was at Moody's Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Vinice Bell, Ed Bell, Grady Lynn Bell, Danny Bell, Andrew Jenkins, and Hiram Jenkins. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations be made to Second Baptist Church of Altoona.

ELBERT L. PANNELL, 86, of Morris, died Sunday, March 15, 2009. He was a member of Church of God Ministry and a World War II veteran. Predeceasing him were his wife Virginia Pannell and daughter Janice Pannell.

Surviving are companion Doris Lackey; children Horace (Kay) Pannell of Kimberly, Martha (Hilton) Flack of Arab, Linda (Charles) Roden of Albertville, Wanda (Paul) Rivers of Dodge City, Marilyn (Lonnie) Burford of Alpine, Danny (Margaret) Pannell of Hartselle, Gary (Deborah) Pannell of Fultondale, Judy (Howard) Burgett of Breman, Reba (Jonathan) Speicher of Mt. Olive, Randy Pannell of Warrior, Ronnie Pannell of Morris, Glenn (Renee) Pannell of Adamsville, Steve (Billie) Pannell of Knoxville, Tammy (Wendal) Higginbothom of Hayden; sister, Jean Murphee of Oneonta; brothers Walton (Eloise) Pannell of Columbus, Miss., Denton (Nora Lee) Pannell of Hanceville; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Paul Rivers was to officiate services Wednesday, March 18, at 2 p.m. at Messmer Goodwin Funeral Home with burial to follow at Mt. Joy.

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