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2010-02-17 / 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, and those requested to be published as submitted but not following the newspaper’s style.
HELEN ALEEN BOLEN, 79, of Oneonta, died Feb. 11, 2010, at TLC Nursing Center. Born in Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Maxine Marian Jones Hoggett and the widow of Lawrence Lee Bolen. She had worked 25 years as a donut maker for Shipley Donuts of Arkansas.
Surviving are daughters Helen Virginia (Ray) Harvelle of Cabot, Ark., and Brenda (J.T.) Bates of Oneonta; son David Bolen of Oneonta; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother James Gordon Allen of Montgomery; sisters Margo Holmgren and Judy McClanahan of Montana, Martha Sue Scott of Mississippi.
Randall Robertson officiated services Monday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment following at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harvel Ray Bates, Harvel Ray Bates II, Skylar Bates, Bryan White, Jason Bates, and Pakashe Eminew.
DORIS JEAN CHAMBERS, 83, of Blountsville, died Feb. 12, 2010, at St. Vincent’s East. Born in Walker County, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Delanie Whittle Windsor. She was a retired CNA and a member of Fowler Springs Baptist Church. Predeceasing her in addition to her parents were husband Eugene Frances Chambers and sisters Betty Joyce Tucker Williams, Ruby Nell Herron, and Louise Ferguson.
Surviving are son Larry (Deborah) Chambers of Harvest; daughters Linda (Jimmy) Dorning and Wanda (G.C.) Sterling, both of Blountsville; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister Janice (Therman) Harris; special brothers and sisters Vera McHan and Fowler Springs “Young at Heart.”
Michael Murphree and Elwyn Williamson officiated services Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. at Fowler Springs Baptist Church. Burial followed at Austin Creek Cemetery with Blountsville Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Tony Dorning, Scott Dorning, P.J. Sterling, Wesley Chambers, Stephen Chambers, and Cody Dorning.
ROBERT “BUDDY” ELLINGTON CLOWDUS JR., 89, of Fort Myers, Fla., died Feb. 8, 2010, in Hope Hospital. A former resident of Oneonta, he and his late wife, Dorothy Prickett Clowdus, owned and operated Prickett’s, a retail store for men, in downtown Oneonta. He was a former layman at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Born in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Robert Ellington Clowdus Sr. and the late Ethel Lee Dutton Clowdus. Sisters Virginia Russum and Lois Clowdus predeceased him, in addition to his wife and parents.
Surviving are daughter Judy Clowdus Doherty of Satellite Beach, Fla.; grandsons Trey (Ann Marie) Doherty of Ft. Myers, Fla., Sean (Tonya) Doherty of Port Charlotte, Fla., Michael Doherty of Denver, Col., and Ryan Doherty of Melbourne, Fla.; four greatgrandchildren; niece Sue (Alton) Thompson of Oneonta and Huntsville; nephew Tom (LuAnn) Prickett of Oneonta.
David Lee officiated graveside services Saturday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Trey Doherty, Sean Doherty, Michael Doherty, Ryan Doherty, and Tom Prickett. Lemley Chapel directed.
JAMES ARTHUR DAVIS, 72, of Holly Pond, died Feb. 11, 2010, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. A native of Cullman County, he was a self-employed farmer and a member of First Baptist Church of Holly Pond. He was predeceased by wife Donnie Jean Riner Davis; parents Charlie and Rodie Lee Allbright Davis; brother Chalmer Davis; and sisters Lois Burgess, Elese Shoemaker, Ida Belle Davis, and Annie Pearl Absher.
Surviving are daughters Joan (Lynn) Butts of Blountsville and June (Keith) Wood of Holly Pond; grandchildren Kindra Leigh Wood of Iuka, Miss., Tyler Wood of Holly Pond, Zack Butts and Dakota Butts of Blountsville; sisters Wanda Dailey, Billie (Wesley) Kelley, Odell Ryan, and Helen (Jerry) Tucker.
Randall Edwards officiated services Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. at Holly Pond Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Holly Pond Cemetery. Pallbearers were Zack and Dakota Butts, Tyler Wood, Roger Davis, Wayne Allen Shoemaker, Jon Paul Whitlock, Ronald Drinkard, and Billy J. Smith.
WAYNE JUNIOR DODD, 72, of Susan Moore, died Feb. 11, 2010, at his residence. Born in Jay, Fla., he was the son of the late Willie and Vera Miller Dodd. Others predeceasing him were four brothers, four sisters, and granddaughter Aleah Callie Dodd.
Surviving are wife Janice Witt Dodd; daughter Lisa (Gary) Pope; son Gary (Casa) Dodd; grandchildren Zach Marbut and Creslee Dodd; sisters Betty (Steve) Mullins, Minnie (Roy Wayne) Laughlin, and Joyce (Bobby) Decker.
Joel Marbut and Glenn Elrod officiated services Saturday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. at the chapel at Snead Funeral Home. Burial followed at Wynnville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Darel Reeves, Tony Latta, Phil Phillips, Terry Decker, Morris Dyer, and Gary Pope.
CAROLYN LEE GRIGSBY, 64, died Feb. 11, 2010, at her Oneonta residence. Born in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of Carrie Lee Evans Graham of Oneonta and the late Roy Lee Huie. She worked many years at Blue Bell. Predeceasing her in addition to her father are husband Arnell Grigsby, son Scotty Grigsby, and brother Jim Huie.
Surviving are mother; son John (Mary) Mount of Tuscaloosa; grandchildren Brandy and Carrie Mount of Tuscaloosa and Dylan Grigsby of Wyoming; sister Freida (Willie Jay) Newton of Straight Mountain; brother Stanley Huie of Oneonta.
Services were held Friday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m. at Oak Hill Mausoleum with Lemley Chapel directing.
JOHN P. HARP JR., 91, of Locust Grove, Ga., died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at Sacred Journey Hospice. Born in Blount County, Ala., he was the son of the late John P. Harp Sr. and the late Mandy Beatrice Gunter Harp. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served in both World War II and the Korean conflict. Retired from Southern States in Hampton, Ga., he was a member of Hampton First Baptist Church, Hampton Masonic Lodge #70, Pythagoras Chapter #10, Griffin Council #8, and Griffin Commandery #35. He was predeceased by wives Elizabeth Harp and Kathleen Harp.
Surviving are children Terry Sr. (Janice) Harp of McDonough, Cynthia (Bill) Howard of Locust Grove, Shirley (Ken) Graham of Locust Grove; grandchildren Tracy Peden, Terry Harp Jr., Michele Barfield, Michael Howard, John Graham, and Kimberly Collins; greatgrandchildren Marcus Peden, Marcia Peden, Brady Collins, Brandon Collins, Jacob O’Neal, Brett Barfield, Brock Barfield, Garrett Howard, Alliann Barfield, Ashton Collins, Joceylyn Collins, Ben Graham, Cole Graham, Mateo Harp, and Tomas Harp; great-great- grandchildren Sky and Paten Pedon; stepchildren Donald Worthy and Pamela Williams; several stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren.
Dr. John Perstrope and Dr. Joe Bufford officiated Masonic chapel services Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. at Conner-Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin, Ga. Another service will be conducted by Bill Davison today (Wednesday), Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment following at New Hope Cemetery in Springville. Lemley is in charge of Alabama arrangements.
MARY DEAN JONES, 68, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at her residence in Blountsville. She was born in Oneonta July 5, 1941, and was the daughter of the late Ernest and Lillie Woodard.
Surviving are son David Jones of Blountsville; daughters Charlene (Tony) Price, Sharon Jones, and Rhonda (Frankie) Peek, all of Blountsville, and Regina (Tommy) Nix of Hanceville; brothers Ottis (Judy) Woodard of Altoona, Jerry (Anita) Woodard of Blountsville, Wade (Suzie) Woodard of Hayden; sister Rila (Thomas) Padgeant of Joppa; 13 grandchildren.
Lavern Crawford and J.T. Palmer will officiate services today (Wednesday), Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at Friendship #2 Baptist Church. Visitation is planned for one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Gwinn’s Cove Cemetery in Hayden with Hanceville Funeral Home directing.
JANICE MURPHREE PASS, 74, died Feb. 10, 2010, at her home of more than 50 years in the Royal community. She was born in the Mt. Ebell community and was the daughter of the late Homer and Elsie Beasley Murphree. A graduate of Cleveland High School, she was a member for 58 years of First Baptist Church in Cleveland, where she served as Sunday school teacher, training union director, VBS director, and WMU member. She also enjoyed five years’ volunteer service at Oneonta Manor Nursing Home. Her family says she was an excellent seamstress and an expert quilter.
Surviving are her husband of 58 years Jack Pass; daughters Myra (Larry) Thomas of Blountsville, Malinda (Danny) Morton of Snead, and Vanessa (Wayne) Brown of Hartselle; brother Reggie Murphree; sisters Nedra Green and Karen Green; grandsons Jonathan and Mitchell Thomas, Lee Morton, and Benny Brown; great-grandchildren Macey and Halen Thomas.
Randy Mahaffey and Rick Dill officiated services Saturday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Cleveland. Interment followed at Cleveland Memory Gardens with Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Jonathan Thomas, Mitchell Thomas, Lee Morton, Benny Brown, Steve Pass, and Alan Pass.
THELMA FAYE REID PHILLIPS, 85, of Blountsville, died Feb. 11, 2010, at Magnolia Ridge Nursing Home in Gardendale. She had previously resided at Victorian Manor Assisted Living in Hanceville. Born in Leigh, Ala., she was the daughter of the late James E. and Pearl E. Sailors Statham. She was a certified nursing assistant and a member of Blountsville Baptist Church. Predeceasing her in addition to her parents were husbands Percy T. Reid and Jasper “Jack” Phillips; sisters Eleanor McCay (her twin), Elizabeth Bacas, Gladys Statham; son Richard Reid
Surviving are son Donald Reid of Tarrant; stepsons Joe (Coida) Phillips of Blountsville and Jerry (Janie) Phillips of Mobile; daughter Jada (Harold) Johnson of Gardendale; foster daughter Kelly (Harold) Hayes of Birmingham; grandchildren Todd (Lisa) Johnson, Daniel Reid, and Shannon (John) McLenore; stepgrandchildren Sharon (Chris) Maloney, Susan Phillips, and Doug (Rebecca) Phillips; four great-stepgrandchildren; brothers James Statham and Charles McCoy.
Doug Pitts officiated services Monday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Baptist Church with burial following at Pine Bluff Cemetery in Locust Fork. Pallbearers were Todd Johnson, Daniel Reid, John McLenore, and Jeff Brewis. Blountsville Funeral Home directed.