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2009-09-09 / 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.

JACQUELINE GARNER ALTON, of Montgomery, former Oneontan, died Aug. 24, 2009, in Montgomery. Her ashes were buried Aug. 26 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Oneonta following a memorial service. A morning service at First United Methodist Church in Montgomery preceded her service and burial here.

Surviving are sons Robert Mitchell Alton III and John Garner (Ania) Alton and grandchildren Jean Garner Alton, Stephen Blake Alton, William Yeats Alton, and Lukas Conrad Alton. Predeceasing her were parents John H. and Mattie A. Garner and son William Andrew Alton.

Alton attended Gulf Park School in Mississippi and graduated from The University of Alabama, where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She taught physical education in Trussville and at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery and worked many years at the state Department of Agriculture in Montgomery.

WILLIAM HOWARD BELLEW, 93, died of heart failure Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, in Seminole, Fla. He was born in Blount County but moved to Lakeland, Fla., in 1957. He was a member of Lakeland’s Parkview Baptist Church and had retired from the Polk County Board of Education, where he worked in the transportation division. His wife Lily Bryan Bellew, also a native of Blount County, predeceased him.

Surviving are son James William Bellew of Palm Beach; daughter Glenda Braun of Seminole, Fla.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Predeceasing him in addition to his wife were parents William Henry and Minnie Maynor Bellew; brothers Jay Bellew, Ernest Bellew, Curt Bellew, and Ollie Bellew; sisters Nell B. Harvey and Jessie Ruth Vick, all of whom were born and reared in Blount County.

Graveside services at Bethel Cemetery in Lakeland, Fla., were held Monday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m.

GREGORY EUGENE BISHOP died Aug. 25, 2009. In his obituary published Sept. 2 in The Blount Countian, his daughter should have been listed as Cassandra Bishop (Brandon) Woods of Vinemont.

NELL M. BYNUM, 90, of Boaz, formerly of Altoona, died Sept. 1, 2009, at her residence. Affectionately known as “Mrs. Nell,” she loved gospel music and was active in music ministry at Union Hill Baptist Church of Oneonta where she played the piano and directed the choir for many years. She had been a member of Union Hill for 54 years and was currently a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church at Smith Institute.

Surviving are daughter Cathy (Simeon) Morton of Boaz and granddaughter Melanie Hubbard of Northport.

Wayne White, Jack Redfern, and Bill Barnett officiated services Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Burial was at Pine Grove Methodist Church Cemetery near Altoona with Etowah Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Ronnie Ray, Don Morton, Keith Amos, LaVaughn White, Vance Morton, and Troy Bellew.

MARGARET MARTIN GILLESPIE CHAPPELL, 80, of Boaz, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Crestwood Medical Center. She is survived by husband Richard Glenn Chappell; son Tim Gillespie of Georgia and formerly of Blountsville; daughter Margo Gillespie (Robert) Atkinson of Tanner; stepchildren Ronald (Jean) Chappell of California and Donna (Dennis) Houff of Virginia; sister Mary Alice (Pete) Lowery of Guntersville; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

Keith Dodd, Tony Holcomb, Andy Brown, and Josh Young officiated services Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. at McRae Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery.

REX DEAVERS, 53, of Oneonta, died Aug. 28, 2009. Fredrick Moton officiated services Saturday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. at Oneonta Church of God in Christ. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery with Wren Funeral Home directing.

LEONA B. HUFFSTUTLER, 92, of Susan Moore, died Sept. 3, 2009, at TLC Nursing Center. She was a native of Blount County and a member of Mt. Zion Church of God. Predeceasing her were parents Marion and Emma Wright Huffstutler; brothers Ersie Huffstutler and N.C. Huffstutler; sisters Bonnie, Imogene, and Josephene Huffstutler.

Surviving are nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Don Glenn, Joe Bain, and Odis Huffstutler officiated services Saturday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. at Snead Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Ebenezer Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harry Huffstutler, Randell Huffstutler, Norman Huffstutler, Jerrel King, Wendell King, and Billy King.

BELLA CHRISTINE LATHAM, two-month-old daughter of Steven and Bobbie Dingler Latham, died Sept. 1, 2009, in Blount County.

Surviving in addition to her parents are grandparents Robert and Marie Dingler and Jerry and Donna Latham and great-grandparents Kenneth and Bessie Hudson, Maggie Dingler, and Sue Roberts.

Tommy Bowerman spoke at graveside services Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. at Green’s Chapel Cemetery. Blount County/ Cleveland Funeral Home directed.

CLEMMIE POLK SR., 76, of Oneonta, died Aug. 31, 2009, at Trinity Medical Center. Born in Blount County, he was a retired truck driver and a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church. Predeceasing him were parents Allen Sr. and Maggie Smith Polk; great-granddaughter Jaden Hardman; five brothers; one sister.

Surviving are daughters Wanda Woods of Louisville, Ky., and Tina Jackson of Coshocton, Ohio; son Clemmie Polk Jr. of Coshocton; five grandchildren; eight greatgrandchildren; brother Ollie Polk; sisters Addie B. Alexander, Mary Kyle, and Bertha Wells; special friend Gwendolyn Woody.

Ralph Polk and Preston Nix officiated services Sunday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m. at Sand Valley Church of Christ. Interment was at Old Liberty Cemetery with Valley Chapel Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Steve Polk, Marcus Hill, Mitchell Hill Jr., Jesse Polk, Allen Polk III, Keith Mostella, Demetrius Bradford, Judd Walker, and Roderick Sumter Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Noris Polk, Nathan Polk, Earl Polk, Ben Polk, Thomas Polk, and Charles Kyle.

MARI-ANNA CHAMBLEE SHOEBRIDGE, 22, of Rosa, died Aug. 30, 2009, in an accident on U.S. 231 South. A student, she was born in Lemoore, Calif. Her parents are Roger Ray and Anna Louise Rios Chamblee of Rosa. She was predeceased by grandparents Elmer and Florence Campbell Chamblee.

Surviving in addition to her parents are husband Nick Shoebridge; sons Malachi Jeremiah Chamblee and Owen Ryan Shoebridge of Rosa; sister Angie (Jeff ) Hogeland of Oneonta; brothers Roger Lane Chamblee of Oneonta and Anthony Wayne Pinegar of California; grandfather Ignacio Gomez Rios of Washington; grandmother Alejandra Zepata Ann Rios of California; mother in-law Leeanna Holmes of Walnut Grove.

Radford Edwards officiated services Friday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment following in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Pallbearers were Clifton Holcomb, Cole Hogeland, Donald Ray Bickerstaff, Jerry Fells, Ray Fells, Roger Lane Chamblee, Anthony Wayne Pinegar, Jerry Chamblee, and Bobby Miller.

ARLIN LEE STEPHENS, 82, of Oneonta, died Aug. 28, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Born in Blount County, he was a stone contractor and a member of Hendrix Baptist Church. Predeceasing him were parents George and Roxie Chambers Stephens; brother Hubert Stephens; sisters Wynell Nelson and Ozell Millwood.

Surviving are wife Reba Rutherford Stephens; daughters Sherry (Phillip) Pearson of Oneonta and Kathy (Jeff) Johnson of Cleveland; son Gary (Deb) Stephens of Guntersville; grandchildren Blake ( Jennifer) Helms, Brent Helms, Brandon (Tyliea) Helms, Reid Johnson, Tyler Pearson, and Tanner Pearson; great-grandchildren Arleigh Helms and Madison Pearson; brother Ralph Stephens; sister Genette Holmes.

Ennis Stone, Glenn Elrod, and Paul Butts officiated services Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. at Hendrix Baptist Church. Burial was at Brown Cemetery in Blountsville with Valley Chapel directing. Pallbearers were Terry Rutherford, Tim Nelson, Johnny Box, Mike Singleton, Phillip Stephens, Joe Blackwood, Steve Frachiseur, and Shawn Frachiseur. Honorary pallbearers were James Blakey and Scott Jernigan.

PAUL L. STEPHENS, 88, died Sept. 4, 2009, at his residence in Blountsville. Born in St. Clair County, he was the son of the late Zachary L. and Rosa Lee Johnson Stephens. He served four years in the U.S. Army and had retired as a policeman after 30 years with Birmingham law enforcement and 11 years with Blountsville law enforcement. He was a member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, brothers J.W. Stephens and Fred Stephens and sister Rosa Lee Snider predeceased him.

Surviving are his wife Clara Helen Stephens; son Frank (Sharon) Stiff of Atlanta; daughter Scherrlinda (Carl) Higginbotham of Oneonta; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Jerry Hackney officiated services Sunday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. from Mountain Grove Baptist Church. Interment was at Jefferson Memorial Gardens at Trussville with Blountsville Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were John Stiff, Mike Montgomery, Paul Johnson, David Hooten, and Bruce Dial.

LARRY H. WHEELER, 62, of Snead, died Sept. 4, 2009, after a short battle with cancer. He served in the Marine Corps from 1964 to 1969 and was a Vietnam veteran. Precedeasing him were his wife Wanda; father, Harry Wheeler; mother Laura Pinson; and aunt Grace Todd.

Surviving are his brother John E. Wheeler (Mary) of Greensboro, N.C.; sister Bertha M. Slappy (Guy) of Birmingham; sons John (Lori), Billy Jack (Shannon), Brian, Larry Douglas, and Harry (April); daughters Sabrena (Dudley) and Kelli; grandchildren Wesley, Tristan, Dudley Jr., Rubylin, Sarah, Carley, Destiny, Christa, Braden, and Daleigha.

Services were held Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 2:30 p.m. at Ridout’s Trussville Chapel with burial following in Forest Hill Cemetery.

BARBARA WRIGHT, 69, of Blountsville, died Aug. 30, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. She attended J.B. Pennington High School. Predeceasing her were husband Sylvester Ray Wright, who died Feb. 23, 1991; father Meren Black; mother Trudy Walker Bell; and grandchildren Jeremy Chappell, Sarah Wright, and Adam Brigman.

Surviving are sons Allen (Jane) Wright and Tommy (Carol) Wright of Blountsville; daughters Mary (Randy) Cothren of Birmingham and Trudy (Chris) Etheridge of Blountsville; daughter-in-law Kay Wright; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother Richard Bell of Blountsville.

Milt Hill officiated services Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Blountsville. Pallbearers were Hunter Etheridge, Jacob Wright, Douglas Chappell, Austin Flanagan, Josh Wright, Matt Nelson, David Murphree, and Teddy Escabedo.

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