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2009-10-07 / 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.

MARIE GILLILAND BLACKWOOD, 90, of Cleveland, died Sept. 28, 2009, in Blount County. A member of Fairview Methodist Church, she was the daughter of the late James and Estell Vinyard Gilliland and the widow of Earl Blackwood. Others predeceasing her were brothers Norman, Lester, Marlon, and Willis Gilliland and sisters Mildred Collier and Margie Thomason.

Surviving are brother Malcolm (Jean) Gilliland and sisters Evelyn Smith, Dean (Bud) Hyde, Verell Maynard, and Hilda (Roy) Robertson.

Wess Hallman and Robert Metzler officiated graveside services Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at Green’s Chapel Cemetery with Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home directing.

GEORGE ROBERT “BOB” BROWN JR., 75, of Cleveland, died Oct. 1, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Born in Marshall County, he was the son of the late George Robert Brown Sr. and Edith Earley Brown. He was retired after 36 years’ service with the army, having attained the rank of command sergeant major. He was a car enthusiast and a member of Green’s Chapel Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are wife Robbie Jean Johnson Brown and daughter Sandy (Rex) Wilemon.

Lon Broyles and Hughlen Murphree officiated services Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. at Blount County/ Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Green’s Chapel Cemetery.

KIMBERLY “KIMMI” JONES COLLEY, 38, of Hayden, died Oct. 2, 2009, from injuries sustained Sept. 19 in an automobile accident while traveling Ala 160. Her husband Jerome Colley, an Oneonta attorney, and children Gabriel and Savannah Colley survive her.

Also surviving are father- and mother-in-law Wiley B. and Brenda Colley of Kimberly; brother-in-law Donald K. Colley, niece Nicole Colley, nephew Hunter Colley, and great-niece Addison Best, all of Hayden; sister Shonia Jones, nephew Caleb Dwight Jones, and grandmother Gladys Beason, all of Hanceville; special friends Joey and Wendi Bradford, Linda Gail Mordecai, Curtis and Christina Churchwell, Mike and Regina Hoglan, and Bob and Robin Hoglan.

Ron McKeever officiated services Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. at Gardendale Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Watts Union Cemetery.

CONETTE BROWN CREEL, 80, died Sept. 30, 2009, at her residence in Oneonta. She and her husband were former owners of Creel’s Texaco. Also a former sales associate at Howard’s Jewelry, she was a member of Park Avenue Baptist Church and the ladies Sunday school class. Predeceasing her were husband Charlie Clayton Creel and parents Nem L. Brown Sr. and Malissa Fowler Brown.

Surviving are daughters Diane C. (Steve) Clowdus and Kay C. (Johnny) Davis of Oneonta; grandchildren Amy C. (Eddie) Williams, Mitch (Crystal) Clowdus, Julie K. (Michael) Criswell, and Jay (Jessica Moore) Kent, all of Oneonta, and Brent (Jessica) Kent of Jacksonville; greatgrandchildren Quentin, Marissa, Mya, and Berkley Williams, Mason and Jordan Criswell, Tanner and Reece Clowdus, all of Oneonta; brother N.L. (Peggy) Brown of Oneonta; sisters Doris (Bernie) Murphree of Gardendale and Barbara (James) Mack of Rainbow City.

Bill Barnett and Mrs. Creel’s daughters spoke at services Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews Marshall Hartley, Greg Brown, Robert Long, Randy Long, and Don Murphree, and chosen son Ross Norris. Honorary pallbearer was Bob Burnet, special friend and neighbor. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Children’s Center or Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

BERNICE HAYWOOD GODFREY, 96, of Tuscaloosa, longtime resident of Allgood, died Sept. 29, 2009, at Hospice of West Alabama. A Blount native, she was owner/operator of Godfrey Dry Cleaners in Oneonta for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa and a former member of Shiloh United Methodist Church of Allgood. Predeceasing her were husband Willis Major Godfrey; parents John Valentine and Eleanor Florence Sutton McAnear; grandson Barry Duncan; brothers John Edward, Elwell, and Carlton McAnear.

Surviving are daughters Betty Ann Godfrey Duncan of Tuscaloosa and Carolyn Godfrey (Norris) Hoagland of Foley; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Charles Alexander officiated graveside services Thursday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery with Lemley Chapel directing. Pallbearers were Stephen Duncan, Jeffrey Smith, Michael Smith, Randall Murphree, Thomas Godfrey, and Terry Murray. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hospice of West Alabama, 3851 Loop Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404, or First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, 800 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.

MARY EVELYN BUSBY HOWARD, 90, died Sept. 30, 2009, at her residence at Cleveland. Born in Walker County, she was a member of Joppa Church of God. She enjoyed gardening and cooking. She was predeceased by husband John Columbus Howard Jr.; parents Alonzo and Martha Lilly Allen Busby; son John Paul Howard; and brothers Charles L. and Clarence Busby.

Surviving are daughters Gay Nix Smith and Linda (Bill E.) Murphree; daughter-in-law Sheila Densmore; brother Calvin Alonzo Busby; sisters Elenora Busby Hammond and Eloise Busby York; grandchildren Frank William Nix, John Paul Howard Jr., Samantha H. Stanley, Roy Edward Nix, Joy Lynn Nix Maggiore, Linda Lawane Nix Oden, Billie Jo Murphree, and Candance Murphree Rigsby; great-grandchildren Zachary Oden, Olivia Rigsby, Savannah and Sarah Stanley, Anthony Maggiore, Wesley, Millicent, Amber, and Shaun Nix; great-great-grandchildren Jacob, Hunter, and Lisa Nix and Lexi Rodriguez.

Gary Harvell officiated services Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at McCormick Cemetery at Sumiton.

IMOGENE LAPLANT, 82, of Gadsden, died Sept. 30, 2009, at Riverview Regional Hospital, Gadsden. Born in Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Flora Maglene Mullins Ingle. She was a former employee of United Chair Company and a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. Predeceasing her in addition to her parents were son Charles H. Ward and sister Lorene Hill.

Surviving are grandson Donnie (Aletha) Ward, greatgrandson Landon G. Ward, and great-granddaughter Alexis H. Ward, all of Attalla; brothers Bud Ingle of Oneonta and Ray Ingle of Ashville; sisters Grace Barnes of Ashville and Margaret Barnes of Steele.

Raymond Bowman officiated graveside services Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. at Tidwell Cemtery in Allgood with Lemley Chapel directing. Family members served as pallbearers.

AUBREY KLAIRE RUSSELL, infant daughter of Eric and Kim Russell of Hayden, died Sept. 30, 2009. She is also survived by brother Tyler Russell; sister Ashlyn Russell; and grandparents Terry and Marilyn Hallmark of Pine Mountain and Terry and Cindy Russell of Hayden

Rufus Harris officiated graveside services Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Mount Cemetery on Pine Mountain. Lemley Chapel directed.

JANIE F. SETTLE, 88, died Sept. 28, 2009, at her Blountsville residence. She was a retired teacher and a member of Blountsville Baptist Church; she had been a member of Vinesville Baptist Church for 32 years. Born in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late William and Luella Kaiser Ford and the widow of James M. Settle Sr., who died Sept. 22, 2006. Others predeceasing her were five brothers, three sisters, and two great-grandchildren.

Surviving are son Jim Settle of Blountsville; daughter Elizabeth Mills of Alabaster; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.

Milt Hill officiated services Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Baptist Church with interment following at Blountsville City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dennis Mills, Travis Sisson, Courtney Butts, Stacy Rawls, Billy Irvin, Stan Phillips, David Settle, and Chad Coleman. Blountsville Funeral Home directed.

DAWN DANIELLE SISSON, 34, died Oct. 3, 2009, at her residence in Blountsville. She attended J.B. Pennington High School and was a seamstress in the textile industry. An Alabama native, she was the daughter of Robert O. “Bobby” and Deborah E. Tankersley Newman of Blountsville.

Surviving besides the parents are sons Christopher “Pat” Patrick Sisson, William “Will” Lynn Sisson, and Wesley “Cy” Sisson, all of Blountsville; daughter Tori Sisson of Cullman; sisters Amy M. (Scott) Latta and Kimberley B. (Joe) MaClean; grandmothers Gracie Tankersley and Mary Grace Newman of Blountsville; exhusband Christopher Dale Sisson; nieces and nephews Megan MaClean, Ashley Latta, Austin and Daniel MaClean, and Andrew Latta.

Terry Startley will officiate at memorial services Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. at Mulberry Baptist Church in Blountsville with Blountsville Funeral Home in charge. The family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

EVA MAE SINGLETON THURMOND, 84, of Oneonta, formerly of Snead, died Sept. 30, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. A seamstress, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Lela Gunter Singleton and the widow of Charles “Clyde” Thurmond. Others predeceasing her were son Garry Thurmond and stepgranddaughter Annie Wheeler.

Surviving are daughter-in-law Diana L. Thurmond of Boaz and stepgranddaughter Carmen W. Snyder of Costa Mesa, Calif.

Randy Burtram and Robbie Burtram officiated services Oct. 3, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Burial was at Salem Cemetery.

ESTELLE BROWN WEAVER, 86, of Birmingham, formerly of Center Point, died Sept. 29, 2009. She was born and reared in Blount County. Predeceasing her were husband Leamon “L.C.” Weaver and sons Jimmy and Ken Weaver.

Surviving are son Gary (Marla) Weaver; sisters Imogene Pruett and Louise (Gene) Tadlock; brothers Dee (Helen) Brown and Jacky (Helen) Brown; grandchildren Bobby (Paula) Weaver, Chuck Weaver, Vicki (Ralph) Maharrey, Kim Weaver, Kristin Horton, Lindsey Weaver, and Haley Weaver; 11 great-grandchildren; one greatgreat grandchild.

Services were held Friday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home. Burial followed at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East.

RHODA LOU WYNN, 68, of Arab, died Oct. 2, 2009, at Marshall Medical Center North, Guntersville. She was born and reared in Blount County, although she moved to Arab several years ago. Her parents were the late O.C. and Goldie L. Pannell Wynn. A 1959 graduate of J.B. Pennington High School, she was retired as a secretary with the Air Guard in Decatur and as a line worker for Current Circuit in Arab. She was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church in Blountsville.

Surviving are daughter Cecilia Hanson of Arab and sister Clara Hollaway of Arab. One brother Wilburn Wynn predeceased her, in addition to her parents.

Russell Pinyan officiated services Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Nectar Cemetery. Pallbearers were Darryl Cornett, Greg Wynn, Russell Segars, Randy Green, Michael Settine, and Dale Hollaway.

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