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2009-08-26 / 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 persons requesting them will pay for them when they are submitted.
JACQUELYN (JACKIE) GARNER ALTON, 84, of Montgomery, native of Oneonta and 1941 graduate of Blount County High School, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, in Montgomery. Daughter of the late John H. and Mattie Adams Garner, she is survived by two sons and was predeceased by a third. Memorial service was to be held today, Aug. 26, at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Montgomery.
THETIS LYLES BARBER, 94, of the Village at Cook Springs, died there Aug. 20, 2009. Born Nov. 13, 1914, in Blount County, she was the daughter of the late George and Anna St. John Lyles. She was a life-long member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are brother Finis (Nell) Lyles of California, sister-in-law Mary Lyles of Springville, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Saturday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Cemetery in Odenville. Valley Chapel Funeral Home directed.
BERTIE LEE BROTHERS, 100, of Altoona, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009. Predeceasing her were her husband Hobert Brothers, parents William and Melissa Morton, son Carl Brothers, sister Elizabeth Roberson, and three grandchildren.
Surviving are sons James (Linda) Brothers and Donald (Jane) Brothers; daughter-in-law Martha Jo Brothers; 36 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren; 33 great-great-grandchildren.
Paul Kilgo officiated services Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church at Moody’s Chapel. Burial was at Moodys Chapel Cemetery with Lemley Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Mike Brothers, Darren Brothers, Eric McMillen, William McCray, Greg Bates, and John E. Bodine.
WALLACE EUGENE FOX, 75, of Holly Springs community, died Aug. 21, 2009, at Trinity Medical Center. A retired painter with Imms Industry, he served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Predeceasing him were parents Albert Proncey and Lizzie B. Moore Fox; brothers Wilbern Fox, Leonard Fox, and James Fox; sisters Lois Bennefield, Geneva Huie, Bernice Hathcock, and Jewel Barfield.
Surviving are wife Edith Hicks Fox; sons Lynn (Gina) Fox of Springville and Steve (Cindy) Fox of Anniston; grandchildren Kaitlyn Fox and Noah Fox of Springville, Susanna Fox and Samuel Fox of Anniston; brothers L.C. Fox of Oneonta and Jimmy Fox of Anniston; sisters Martha Champion and Sue Hanson of Altoona.
Earl Dunn and Robert Wamble officiated services Sunday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Burial followed at Mt. Carmel Cemetery on Straight Mountain. Pallbearers were Bruce Dickie, Danny Gilliland, Roger Freeman, Lynn Washburn, Ray Vaughn, and Johnny Tidwell.
ACTON ARNOLD GIBBS, 90, of Snead, died Aug. 5, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. A native of Blount County, he was the son of the late W.M. and Ester Smith Gibbs. Others predeceasing him were brothers Dozier, Herman, and John Gibbs, and sisters Fannie, Annie, Eris, and Ludell Gibbs.
Surviving are his wife Birtie Branham Gibbs; daughters Louise (James) Campbell and Kathryn (Randy) Helms of Snead; sons Jimmy (Betty) Gibbs of Carrollton, Ga., and Frank (Janice) Gibbs of Albertville; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three greatgreat grandchildren.
Lester Bullard and David Poole officiated services Saturday, Aug. 8, at 2 p.m. at Snead Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tommy Ivey, James Williams, Johnny Duke, Greg Gibbs, John Gibbs, Tim Gibbs, and Bobby Branham.
PEARL MAE GALBREATH died Aug. 8, 2009, at the age of 102. A long-time resident of Oneonta, she was living with her daughter Opal Jones in Gadsden at the time of her death. She was a charter member of Oneonta Second Baptist Church and managed the former Fair Store and Top Dollar Store in downtown Oneonta for 45 years. Her family says she loved her church and remained an active member until four years ago. Predeceasing her were her husband of 65 years John Galbreath; son Billy Galbreath; parents; and sisters Hettie Battles and Audra Conn.
Surviving besides her daughter are son Bobby (Julia) Galbreath of Oneonta; daughter-in-law Shirley Galbreath of Oneonta; niece Linda (Elwyn) Thomas of Oneonta; nephews Douglas (Sue) Conn and Glenn Conn, both of Gallant; four grandchildren; nine greatgranchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.
Sammy Blakely, Ricky Harcrow, and Chris Weaver officiated services Monday, Aug. 10, at 1 p.m. at Oneonta Second Baptist Church with burial following at Oak Hill Cemetery. Family members served as pallbearers, and Valley Chapel of Oneonta directed.
ETTA MARJORIE ARMSTRONG JOHNSON, 77, of Cleveland, died Aug. 17, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Born in Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Jessie Denton and Floria Milligan Armstrong and the widow of Glenn Johnson. She was the owner of greenhouses and was a Baptist, attending church at Oak Grove. Her family says she loved animals, nature, square dancing, and teaching line dancing.
Surviving are son David Ronald (Joyce) Stone, granddaughter Dena (Grant) Rush, and great-grandchildren Matthew Rush and Jillian Noel Rush.
Tommy Swann officiated services Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 2 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery.
JACK S. KIRKLEY, 78, a resident of Blount County, died Friday, Aug. 21, 2009. Predeceasing him were his parents Virginia and Richard Kirkley, brother R. L. Kirkley, and sisters Louise Estes and Sybil Friedlander. Surviving are his wife of 57 years Christine Kirkley, son Stanley (Reba) Kirkley, and grandchildren Elijah, Daniel, Hannah, and Isaiah Kirkley, all of Locust Fork; uncle Henry Conn of Conroe, Texas; extended family Kellie and Justin Thomas and Elizabeth Moss.
A graduate of Samford University, he was retired after teaching at several schools and colleges and was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He was a Baptist minister at many churches, most recently Tarrant Heights and Midway Baptist, had been a faithful member and usher of Huffman Assembly/ Cathedral of the Cross and recently joined Locust Fork Baptist Church. He was author of It’s No Secret What God Can Do, a book about the miracles God performed throughout his ministry.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a master craftsman and an artist and had designed cabinets and other works. His latest mural was painted at Gibson Elementary School.
Services were held Monday, Aug. 24, at 12 noon at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home with burial following at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East.
VICKIE SUE PAGE, 52, of Remlap, died Aug. 17, 2009, in Blount County. Born in Lincoln, Neb., she was employed as a waitress and was of the Lutheran faith.
Surviving are father Delbert John Mohrhoff; mother Audrey Matlock Mohrhoff; brothers John Mohrhoff, David Mohrhoff, and James Hale.
The family will hold memorial services.
THOMAS RAY SMITH, 57, died Aug. 22, 2009, at his residence at Walnut Grove, where he had lived some 50 years. A drywall plasterer, he had served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. A native of Etowah County, he was predeceased by parents Merman Ray and Louise Daugette Smith.
Surviving are wife Cathy Virginia Bryant Smith; sons Jason (Carlena) Smith of Boaz and Jerry (Tina) Smith of Blountsville; daughter Tracy (Michael) Hutchens of Snead; stepdaughters Brandy Tidwell of Walnut Grove and Emily Tumlin of Warrior; sisters Peggy (Larry) Stephens of Birmingham and Deborah (Richard) Loggins of Altoona; eight stepgrandchildren.
Tim Green and Jimmy Thompson officiated services Aug. 24 at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment following at Altoona/Walnut Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Rickey Green, Shawn Dillard, Arlin Norris, Mikey Long, Clarence Miller, Eddie Dailey, and Tony Laughlin.
MARY LAVRELLE G. TURNER, 80, died Aug. 19, 2009, at her Oneonta residence. A native of North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Bonnie Davis Goolsby and Mayme Bernice Butler Goolsby. She served in the U.S. Air Force and had retired as librarian at Auburn University.
Surviving are sons Chuck Turner of Prattville and Tim Turner of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters Mary Kathryn Hall of San Antonio, Texas, and Sandy Sisk of Oneonta; 11 grandchildren; brothers Bonnie Goolsby and Tony Goolsby of North Carolina.
Bill Barnett officiated memorial services Saturday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m. at Union Hill Baptist Church with Lemley Chapel directing.
RANDALL MARK VAUGHT, 33, of Remlap, died Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, following an automobile accident near his home. Born April 25, 1976, in Birmingham, he was predeceased by his mother Susan Vaught and his grandfather, Randall Williams.
Suriving are his wife, Sheila Vaught; children, Susan Marie Vaught, Randall Mark Vaught Jr., and Hannah Michelle Huffstutler; brothers Tommy (Holly) Vaught and Kenan Vaught; sister April Kelley; and other family, including nieces and nephews. Hannah is also the daughter of Brian and Lisa Huffstutler of Oneonta and granddaughter of Mike and Susan Huffstutler of Remlap.
Justin Hill officiated services Friday, Aug. 21, at Bolton Funeral Home in Columbiana. Burial followed at Williams Cemetery.
A memorial trust fund has been set up for his wife and children at Merchant & Farmers Bank. Donations can be made at any branch to the “Randall Vaught Memorial Fund.”