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2009-05-06 / Obituaries
The Blount Countian generally does not publish obituaries unless the deceased have direct connections to this county. If your relative’s obit did not appear in the paper, that is probably the reason.
JOHN WILLIAM ALLEN BLACKMON, 82, of Altoona, died May 1, 2009, at Golden Living Center. A native of Blount County, he was a plumber and a member of Sharon The Word Independent Church. Predeceasing him were his parents Andrew Jackson and Josephine Gentry Blackmon; wife Dennie Bell Payne Blackmon; daughter Ollie Lorene Hyde; a grandchild; one brother; and two sisters.
Surviving are daughters Ethel (Cary) Burkett of Trussville and Elizabeth (Wesley) Chitwood of Altoona; sons William Allen (Anita) Blackmon of Crossville and Joey Earl (Gale) Blackmon of Leeds; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; six greatstepgrandchildren; brother Dawson James (Virginia) Blackmon of Altoona.
Robert Richardson and Cary Burkett officiated services Monday, May 4, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Shiloh Cemetery with grandsons as pallbearers.
JEANETTE HOAGLAND CLOWDUS, 88, of Oneonta, died April 30, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East. She was a native of Blount County and a member of Allgood Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She worked for Gordon/Patton Hospital and Dr. E.W. Gordon and Dr. Ira B. Patton’s offices as a medical assistant for 20 years. Predeceasing her were parents Abraham L. and Cansadie Lowe Hoagland; husband John Remus Clowdus Sr.; brothers Emerson J. Hoagland, James Emmett Hoagland, Namie C. Hoagland, Clemie E. Hoagland, Hershel Hoagland, William C. Hoagland, Lafayette B. Hoagland, Amilee “Pete” Hoagland, Troy A. Hoagland, and Sidney Jackson; sister Ovada Hoagland Kelly.
Surviving are sons John “Johnny” R. (Irene) Clowdus and Larry D. (Debbie) Clowdus of Oneonta, Michael D. (Donna) Clowdus; grandchildren Stephen Clowdus, Barry Clowdus, and Andrea Clowdus of Oneonta, Donny (Priscilla) Clowdus of Nectar, Jennifer (Chris) Chambers of Blountsville, Angi (Randy) Berry of Dublin, Ohio; great-grandchildren Michelle Harris, Nichole Clowdus, and Brandi Sivley of Oneonta, Grayson Chambers and Katie Chambers of Blountsville, Courtney Berry of Dublin, Ohio; great-great-grandchild Shelby Harris of Oneonta; sister Ethel Hoagland Goodman of Anderson; daughter-in-law Linda Clowdus of Dublin, Ohio.
Bert Goodwin, Tony Nichols, and Jessie Thornton officiated services Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.
CORENE “DEAN” DENDY, 96, died April 19, 2009, at her residence at Snead. A Blount native, she was of the Primitive Baptist faith. Predeceasing her were parents Laborn and Margaret Lewis Adams; husbands Verbon Fountain and Golden Dendy; son James Fountain; a sister; and five brothers.
Surviving are sons Lawrence (Bernie) Dendy of Douglas and Lamon Dendy of Boaz; daughters Jeanett (Jack) Perryman of California and Shirley Jourdan of Florida; sisters Lena Beshears of Gadsden and Pearl Strickland of Oneonta; several grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Mitchell Phillips and Charles Beshears officiated services Tuesday, April 21, at 1 p.m. at Snead Funeral Home with burial following in Bethel Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scott Dendy, Mike Dendy, Jack Osborn, Herbert Osborn, Coleman Teague, and Charles Holt.
PANSY LORANE FORTNER, 91, died May 1, 2009, at her Springville residence. Born in Marion, she was a member of Straight Mountain Mennonite Church. Predeceasing her were parents; husband Horace Fortner; daughters Nila and Virginia; sons Alton and Neil; four brothers; and six sisters.
Surviving are sons Thomas (Marta) Frost, James (Bonnie) Frost, Daniel Frost, Steve Frost, and John Frost, all of Springville, and Phillip (Millie) Frost of Oneonta; daughters Betty Ann Jones of Springville and Rachel (John) Herman of Haines City, Fla.; 36 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 29 great-great-grandchildren; sister Mildred Wisner of Oneonta.
Robert Metzler and John Metzler officiated services Sunday, May 3, at 4 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Burial was at Straight Mountain Mennonite Cemetery with sons Thomas, James, Phillip, Daniel, Steve, and John as pallbearers.
MILDRED E. GRESHAM, 103, of Blountsville, died April 22, 2009 at TLC Nursing Center in Oneonta. Born in Parnell, Iowa, she was a former resident of Armington, Ill., where she owned and operated Mildren’s Cafe for several years. She loved to garden and grow flowers and other plants and enjoyed going to karaoke on Friday nights while living in Alabama. Predeceasing her were husband Milton C. Gresham; parents Charles F. and Elmira Lyons Ransom; sons Burnell Paul, Charles Arthur, and Gilbert Leroy; grandson Michael Gresham, son-inlaw Bill Marlett; two sisters; and two brothers.
Surviving are daughters Donna (Roger) Chappell of Blountsville, Wanda (Skip) Kiesling of Fort Collins, Col., and Leta Marlett of Heyworth; sons Ronald (Carmen) Gresham of Minier and Melvin (Marilyn) Gresham of Monticello, Ky.; 29 grandchildren; 81 great-grandchildren; 70 great-great-grandchildren.
Melvin Gresham officiated last rites April 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. from Armington Christian Church with burial in Mount Joy Cemetery in Atlanta, Ill. Blountsville Funeral Home handled local arrangements, and Quiram Peasley Funeral Home handled arrangements in Illinois. Memorials may be made to Armington Christian Church, 202 S. Monroe, Armington, IL 61721 or New Beacon Hospice, 1901 Second Avenue East, Oneonta, AL 35121.
KIMBERLY HAUBNER HALLMAN, 35, of Fairfield Township, Ohio, died suddenly Saturday, April 25, 2009. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Clarence “Sonny” (Kerri) Haubner and the late Melinda Sue Jarrett Haubner. Her husband Matt Hallman is the son of Steve and Sara Hallman of Oneonta. She will be missed because of her vibrant personality; she never seemed to meet a stranger.
Among those who survive her besides her husband and father are a brother Kenny Haubner and sisters Sonja Haubner and Emily Bye.
Brad Rosenberg officiated services Friday, May 1, at 3:30 p.m. at Avance Funeral Home in Fairfield, Ohio. Memorials may be made to Animal Friends Humane Society, 5225 Trenton Road, Trenton, OH 45067.
JEANE ROBINETTE LOWRY, 81, died May 2, 2009, at her residence in Oneonta. Born in Blount County, she was the daughter of the late James Ester and Mary Elizabeth Clowdus Robinette. She was a member of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, Auburn Motorhome Club, Pilot Club, Eastern Star of Oneonta, and Group United Methodist Women. Predeceasing her in addition to her parents was a brother Joe Robinette.
Surviving are husband Ramon Lowry; daughters Beverley (Gene) Blakely and Donna (David) Wilson of Oneonta; son Mike (Marleen) Lowry of Remlap; grandchildren Matt (Angela) Blakely, Jon (Dwan) Blakely, Aimee (Travis) Dobbs, Adam (Lauren) Wilson, Whitney Lowry, and Mary Beth Lowry; great-grandchildren Emma Blakely, Owen Blakely, Rece Dobbs, Rhett Dobbs, Kylie Wilson, and Lily Wilson.
Services were held Monday, May 4, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment following at Oak Hill Cemetery. Grandsons and sons-in-law served as pallbearers.
The family suggests memorials to the Auburn University Foundation, 317 College Street, Auburn, AL 36830 to The General Scholarship Fund in memory of Jeane Lowry.
BILLY RAY MOON, 73, of Monroe, N.C., died Thursday, April 23, 2009. Born in Douglas, he was the son of the late Calvin M. Moon and Sarah Sisson Cash. A 1954 graduate of Susan Moore High School, he lived in Blount County until 1968. His wife, Glenda Sloan Moon, is a 1953 graduate of Oneonta High School and was the daughter of the late B.A. and Thelma Redman Sloan.
Moon served with the United States Navy and was a retired employee of IBM. He then worked seven years with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and also worked for Dale Jarrett Ford. He was a member of the Union County Tractor Club and Classic Cruisers of Monroe.
Surviving in addition to his wife are sons Ivan M. Moon and Blane D. (Kristen) Moon and grandchildren Lindsay and Aniston Moon, all of Monroe.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Lakeland Memorial Park, Gordon Funeral Home directing. Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, c/o The Sonshine Class, 801 Hayne Street, Monroe, NC 28112. Online condolences may be made at www.gordonfuneralservice.com.
JERRY LYNN NATION, 48, of Altoona, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. A native of Blount County, he served with the United States Navy. He was disabled. Predeceasing him were parents Jerry Gordon and Shirley Pittman Nation and father-in-law Howard Cox.
Surviving are wife Jamie Cox Nation; daughter Destiny Nation; stepdaughter Nicole Childress; brother Chris Nation of Hokes Bluff; sisters Bridget (Charlie) Bolton of Geraldine, Deborah (Steve) Sanders of Walnut Grove, and Charity Nation of California; mother-in-law Sue Cox of Altoona.
Allen Payne officiated services Tuesday, May 5, at 1 p.m. at Valley Chapel Funeral Home with burial at Mt. Carmel Cemetery near Oneonta. Pallbearers were Steve Sanders, Charlie Bolton, Derek Nation, Casey Gillilan, Chad Willoughby, and Tim Sanders. Honorary pallbearer was Madison Osborne.
BOBBIE ALLDREDGE SHARRITT, 63, of Birmingham, died April 26, 2009, at UAB Hospital. A former resident of Blountsville, she was a native of Blount County and still has close relatives in Blountsville. Her parents were the late M.P. and Dessie Sterling Alldredge. Others predeceasing her were husband James Royster; five brothers; two sisters; two brothers-in-law; and two sisters-in-law.
Surviving are son Jimmy (Heidi) Royster of Trafford; daughter Tonda (Larry) Suggs of Warrior; grandchildren James (Courtney) McAnear, Daniel (Misty) McAnear, Justin (Shenna) McAnear, Amber Royster, Savannah Royster, and Drew Rodgers; great-grandchildren Joseph Moore and Gage McAnear; brothers Pate (Ruth) Alldredge, Max (Earline) Alldredge, and Shearl Alldredge; sisters Shirley McCoy and Judy (Lynell) Hudgins.
Larry Nail officiated graveside services April 29, 2009, at 12 noon at Union Grove Cemetery in Morgan City. Pallbearers were Jimmy Royster, James McAnear, Daniel McAnear, Justin McAnear, Aaron McCoy, Rodney McCoy, Timmy McCoy, Terry Alldredge, and Kenneth Alldredge.
EVELYN SMITH, 61, of Dallas/Selfville community, died April 29, 2009, at UAB Hospital. The Blount native was a retired seamstress with Wrangler. She was the daughter of the late Rufus and Marjorie Evelyn Clay Hays.
Surviving are husband John Smith; sons Randall D. Smith and Johnny Ray Smith, both of Dallas/Selfville; sisters Doris (Kenneth) Hicks of Foley, Vickie (Stanley) Cassidy of Blountsville, and Teresa (Michael) Frachiseur of Straight Mountain; grandson Cassidy Tyler Smith; granddaughters Destiny Ray Smith and Alana Kaylyn Smith.
Truman Gable officiated services Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove FCM Church. Interment was at the adjoining cemetery, Lemley Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Robert Taylor, Steve Creel, Wesley Creel, Luke Harris, Ryan Hudson, and Chris Frachiseur.
PETER ELBERT STEWART, 78, of Horton, died April 20, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Son of the late Alice Strachtner, he had worked as a trucking supervisor and was a member of the Master Mason Clarence Lodge at Snead.
Surviving are special friend Lois Cash of Gibbs Chapel; daughters Karla Stewart of Cordova, Donna Hill of Adamsville, and Debbie Webster of Panama City; son Gary Stewart of Remlap; 13 grandchildren; 23 greatgrandchildren.
Bradley Tidwell officiated services Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Snead Funeral Home. Interment followed at Brown Cemetery at Hendrix. Pallbearers were Mike Allison, Paul Cornelius, Robert Garrard, Jerry Allison, and Larry Leach.
DORIS VIRGINIA WEBB, 84, died May 1, 2009, at her residence at Snead. An Alabama native, she was the daughter of the late Marvin Eugene and Lela Rebecca Brooks Webb. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and had worked as a nursing associate at Blount Memorial Hospital from 1960 until her retirement in 1980. Predeceasing her besides her parents were husband Malton Webb and sisters Ruth Tillerson, Mary Jo Self, and Marvelene Emory.
Surviving are daughter Lela Maretta (Jerry) Fox; son Anthony Webb; grandchildren Jerry Michael Fox, Bobbie Lundy, and Jimmy Lynn Fox; greatgrandchildren Rodney Fox, Michael Fox, Sara Roussey, Jacob Fox, and Christina Fox; great-great-grandchildren Averee Fox, Leslie Fox, and Preston Fox; sister Hazel Bell.
Joey Kirby officiated services Sunday, May 3, 2009, at 1 p.m. at Snead Funeral Home. Interment followed at Bethel Church Cemetery.