55, of Birmingham, formerly of Oneonta, died April 25, 2011, at UAB Hospital, Birmingham. Born in Ashland in Clay County, she was the daughter of the late William Jasper and Shirley Jeannette Collier Finley and the widow of Maurice Lester “Lucky” Howard III. She was employed eight years with the Blount County Children’s Center. Surviving are son Chip ( Julie) […]


96, of Oneonta, formerly of East Lake, died April 29, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Blount, Oneonta. Born in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of the late W.A. and Celia Ellis Murphree. Others predeceasing her were brother Ganius Murphree and sister Mildred Reum. After graduation from Lee College, she and her band traveled through 42 states playing and promoting Lee […]


84, of Oneonta, died peacefully at her home on April 30, 2011. The daughter of Joseph C. and Jewel Kennedy Brittain, she was born July 25, 1926, in Summit. She and Carl Dalton NeSmith Sr. were married June 12, 1948, and had celebrated 51 years of marriage at the time of his death in 1999. Mrs. NeSmith was a 1944 […]


65, of Oneonta, died at the residence April 20, 2011. Born in Shelby County, she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Bertha Rosa Hatcher Lucas. Of the Christian faith, she was a home health caretaker. She especially loved her granddaughter and enjoyed her GTO, shopping, and going to the lake. Surviving are husband Jerry Rudd; children Jerry D. […]


56, of Altoona, died April 29, 2011, after a brief battle with brain cancer. He worked as a people greeter at the Oneonta Walmart. A member of Gallant First Baptist Church, he participated in mission trips with the Etowah Baptist Association to Wyoming, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. He was a 1972 graduate of Etowah High School and a member of […]


WHAT WOULD JESUS PRAY? It’s probably not going to catch on like the cool leather wrist bands with the WWJD acronym – “What would Jesus do.” But it seems a reasonable question. What would Jesus pray? Jesus Seminar luminary and biblical theological gadfly, John Dominic Crossan, has turned his considerable critical and writing skills toward an examination of this very […]

Walk for Life set for May 14

Blount County Sav-A-Life’s Walk for Life Saturday, May 14, will begin at 10 a.m. at Oneonta Rec Park on Ala 75, continue on the sidewalk to the courthouse, and return by the same route. Walkers are encouraged to preregister by going to the center, phoning 625- 5416, or e-mailing Registration that Saturday will begin at 9 a.m. Blount County […]


REVIVALS TRINITY BAPTIST, county road 45, Nectar, will have spring revival services at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 22, and at 7 p.m. Monday, May 23, through Wednesday, May 25. Evangelist is Bill Little, and pastor is Bobby Davis. ONEONTA SECOND BAPTIST is having spring revival services at 7 p.m. through May 6. Paul Kelley is evangelist, and Dale Young is […]


CHIEF RAY BAXLEY BENEFIT will be held at J.B. Pennington High Auditorium in Blountsville on Saturday, May 14, when the Faithmen Quartet and Soldiers of The Cross (formerly God’s Little Army) will perform southern gospel music from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Donations will be requested at the door, and a love offering will be taken during the concert. All […]


JENNA ROSE CHAMBERS celebrated her first birthday with close family and friends Nov. 25, 2010. Her 4-year-old twin sister and brother, Katie and Grayson, affectionately call her “Turkey Girl” since she was born on Thanksgiving. Jenna is the daughter of Chris and Jennifer Chambers of Blountsville and the granddaughter of Johnny and Irene Clowdus of Oneonta and Tommy and Linda […]