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2009-06-03 / Obituaries
If there appears to be a disagreement among family members about information to appear in an obituary, The Blount Countian reserves the right to decline to publish any of it. The newspaper takes pride in not charging for publishing obituaries except for those of persons without direct connection to this county, in which case the person requesting it will pay for it when it is submitted.
CUE BELLE BYRD, 87, of Oneonta, died May 28, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Born in Marion County, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Tera Hardin Bannister. She was also predeceased by husband James Herbert Byrd and daughter Teresa Byrd.
Surviving are daughters Deborah (Joe) Booker of Douglas and Jamie Holland of North Carolina; grandchildren Amber Holland, Joey Booker, Molley Dunn, Bryan Booker, and Kerri Booker; great-grandchildren Tristan Dunn, Liam Dunn, Christopher Booker, Joshua Booker, and Brody Booker; sisters Jo Nell Owsley and Becky Hudson; brother James Bannister.
George Boboian officiated services Friday, May 29, at 1 p.m. at Snead Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Hamilton Memory Gardens with grandsons serving as pallbearers.
BOBBY FRANK DUNN, 70, died May 28, 2009, at his residence in Oneonta (Allgood community). A native of Blount County, he was the son of the late Ernest and Beulah Beatrice Mount Dunn and was married to Mary Jo Curvin Dunn. He was a retired machinist and pattern maker with Southern Precision and had served as a Missionary Baptist preacher for over 45 years, pastoring nine churches.
Surviving besides his wife are daughters Pat (Ken) Leathers and Donna Murphree of Berry Mountain, Pam (Jackie) Henderson of Remlap, Debbie (Jeff) Logan of Allgood; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
Gary Thrasher, Charles Brown, and Jeff Logan officiated services May 30 at 11 a.m. at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Murphree, John Fallin, Kevin Gatgens, Terry Murphree, Jerry Murphree, and Nick Logan. Honorary pallbearers were Elvin Dunn, David Pate, Coy Riggs, Coabie Robertson, Billy Robertson, Randy Hathcock, and Jeff Dailey.
ANDREW STEPHEN FENDLEY, 15, of Pelham, died May 28, 2009, at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Born in Jefferson County, he was the son of Charles Stephen and Anita Sue Howard Fendley. He attended Riverchase Middle School and was a member of the football team. Family members say, “He was a beloved son taken early, but while here he loved life, played hard, and loved friends and family.”
Surviving besides his parents are brother Christopher Fendley of Pelham; grandfather Charles Fendley of Oneonta; grandmother Mary Howard of Guntersville; aunt Jennifer (Thomas) Waters of Birmingham; uncles Patrick Fendley of Oneonta and Chuck (Joan) Howard of Guntersville. He was predeceased by grandmother Diane Fendley; grandfather Charles Howard; and uncle Christopher Robin Fendley.
Services were held Sunday, May 31, at 3 p.m. from Valley Chapel Funeral Home. Interment followed in Daily’s Chapel Cemetery.
ORIAN E. FLOYD, Oneonta, died May 15. His obituary, published May 27, mistakenly listed Stoney Beavers as an officiant at the service. That should have been Stoney Dorning.
MILDRED “MILLIE” HATFIELD, 67, of Blountsville, died May 27, 2009, at UAB Hospital. Born in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of the late Osmant Kelly and Marie Curtis Pyle.
Surviving are husband Ronald Hatfield; brothers Robert Pyle of Locust Fork, Kelly (Patti) Pyle of Blountsville, and Jim Pyle of Pell City.
Jerry Hackney officiated services May 30 at 11 a.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Rock Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Aubrey Smith, Howard Smith, Nate Peppers, Michael Boshell, Collin Bell, and Robert Pyle.
LELDON CLAUD HAYS, 88, of Oneonta, died May 27, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. A retired State Highway Department employee, he was predeceased by parents Carl and Oppie Standridge Hays; wife Willodean Lacks Hays; brothers Jim, Robert, Calvin, and Bill Hays.
Surviving are daughters Judy Hays (Larry) Wood of Oneonta and Charlotte Hays (David) Kempner of Chicago, Ill.; son Danny (Donna) Hays of Oneonta; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters Ruby Sisson and Lillian Harris of Oneonta, Betty Sue Foster of Birmingham; brothers Jack Hays of Birmingham, Luther Hays and Ralph Hays of Oneonta.
Michael Cornelius officiated graveside services Saturday, May 30, at 3 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery with Lemley Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Rex Murphree, David Murphree, Ricky Cleveland, Brian Wood, Jason Hays, and Michael Cleveland.
JUANELL HUFFSTUTLER JETT, 82, died May 26, 2009, in Osceola, Ark. A former resident of Blount County, she was born in Jefferson County. She was a retired bookkeeper and a member of First Baptist Church of Osceola. Predeceasing her were parents George C. and Etta Reid Huffstutler and sisters Gladys Cardili, Oletta Richardson, and Omaree Huffstutler.
Surviving are daughters Cindi (Gary) Kennedy of the United Kingdom, Fran Smith and Debbie (Willie) Whitehead of Osceola; sister Winona Self of Arab; grandchildren Chris King of Harrisburg, Ark., Charlie Collard of Blytheville, Ark., Casey Whitehead and Kimberly Whitehead of Osceola, and Brenton Allen of the United Kingdom.
Don Graves officiated services June 2 at 11 a.m. at the Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Edgewood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Casey Whitehead, Brenton Allen, Willie Whitehead, Craig King, Jerry Self, and Brian Graves.
GURLEY GENE MORTON, 73, of Blountsville, died May 26, 2009, at Trinity Medical Center. Born in Alabama, he was the son of the late Herman and Omi Grace Jones Morton. He had worked in maintenance with Southeastern Steel Containers. Family members say he was loved and cherished by all who knew him.
Surviving are his wife Vera Eunice Meeks Morton; son Jeffrey A. (Phyllis) Morton; daughter Sheri (Dewayne) Skelton; stepsons David (Donna) Kemp and Wayne Kemp; stepdaughter Jolene (Gordon) Broom; brothers Gaither (Nina) Morton and Emery (Edna) Morton; sister Ruth (Paul) Marshall; several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
Adam Horsley officiated graveside services Thursday, May 28, at 2 p.m. at Hood Cemetery. Lemley Funeral Home directed.
SUE CAROL PHILLIPS, 67, died May 23, 2009, at her residence in Oneonta. Born in Hanceville, she was predeceased by her parents Hoy Greer and Lois White Greer Shadinger and her brother John Greer. She was retired from Lorch’s Jewelry Store after 25 years. After retirement, she enjoyed jobs at Walmart jewelry department and the Magnolia House. A woman of Baptist faith, she loved her children and grandchildren dearly.
Surviving are husband Donald Richard Phillips; daughter Djuna Owens of Oneonta; son Phil (Jill) Phillips of Oneonta; grandchildren Megan (Mitchell) Hastings of Northport and Austin Owens, Baylor Phillips, and Greer Phillips, all of Oneonta; sisters Shelba Sanders of Hammond, Ind., Kaye (Bill) Butler of Fairview, and Connie (Bud) Stallings of Cullman; sister-in-law Norma Greer of Hanceville.
Bill Barnett officiated services Monday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gary Dodd, Darel Reeves, Perry Swindall, Joey Childress, Kevin Helfrich, Donny Ray, Johnny Rogers, and Randall Bugg.
SALLY ANN MOORE PITTS, 73, of Oneonta, died May 26, 2009, at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents E.L. “Red” and Gussie Moore and brother Dan Moore. A member of Oneonta First Baptist Church, she graduated in 1953 from Oneonta High School and attended Stephens College and the University of Hawaii.
Surviving are husband of 49 years John Pitts; son Jay Pitts of Oneonta; daughters Kay (Kurt) Brown of Atlanta, Ga., and Kim (Mike) Green of Kansas City, Kansas; grandchildren Kara and Kyle Brown of Atlanta, Garrett and Ryan Green of Kansas City; sister Betty Jo Ashley of Oneonta; brother-in-law Bob (Florence) Pitts of Franklin, Tenn.
A celebration of Sally’s life was conducted from her church May 28 at 2 p.m. Larry Gipson, Bert Goodwin, and Judy Camp officiated. Private burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lemley Funeral Home directing.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to Oak Hill Cemetery, P.O. Box 686, Oneonta, AL 35121.
JAY BRANDON PRICE, 25, of Trafford, died unexpectedly Friday, May 8, 2009. He was the son of Susan Newton of Trafford and the late James David Price and the grandson of Jeanette Higginbotham, also of Trafford.
Surviving besides his mother and grandmother are stepfather Gerell Newton; brothers Kevin Price of Trafford and Chris (Cheryl) Newton of Oneonta; sister Dana Newton of Oneonta; nephews Austin and Billy Price of Trafford and Josh Tolbert of Oneonta; nieces Jaclyn Tolbert and Julie Newton of Oneonta.
A graveside memorial service was held Tuesday, May 19, at 10 a.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery with Messmer-Goodwin Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Jason Bryson, Anthony Smith, Jesse Goodwin, and Jamie Chastain. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Jay Price Memorial Fund at any HomeTown Bank location.