65, Altoona, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at the residence. Born in Alabama, she was daughter of the late Dozier Kirby and the late Lessie Lee Jennings Kirby Gibson. She was a floral designer by trade. Besides her parents, Ms. Brooks was preceded in death by a son, Joey Lee Brooks. Surviving are daughter Samantha (Keith) Willis, Susan Moore; son […]


83, Cullman, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. Born in Vernon, she was daughter of the late J.F. and Pearl Gill Prater and widow of first husband Leo Belk and second husband Bobby F. Gossett, who passed away on Nov. 16, 2011. She was a homemaker. Besides her parents and husbands, she was predeceased by sister, […]


50, Clay, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham. Born in Chicago, Ill., he was son of the late Carl Wayne and Ellie Delores Elgin Prince. He was a fork lift operator who later became disabled. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a nephew, Phillip Ray Blackmon, and a niece, Joyce Leann Barlow. Surviving are […]


86, Oneonta, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. Born on Oct. 28, 1925, Nannie Russell was daughter of the late Walter Haynes and Clara Johnson Haynes. She was known as Nannie Mae, Momma, Grannie, Auntie, Mae, Sister, Nancy, and Mother Russell. She attended school in the Blount County School System until the eighth grade and later as an adult attended Jefferson […]


83, Nectar, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham. A 1948 graduate of Hayden High School and attendee of The University of Alabama, Birmingham, Mr. Thomas was son of the late Hershel V. and Lela Standridge Thomas and widower of Inez Richards Thomas. Mr. Thomas, a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in England, was retired […]


65, Oneonta, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. Born in Jefferson County, she was daughter of the late James and Lucille Seagle Lowery and widow of the late Wiley C. Wood, who died May 25, 2011. She was a nurse at AlaCare Home Health and Hospice and TLC Nursing Center in Oneonta. Besides her parents […]

Church Briefs

ROYAL FRIENDS WORSHIP GROUP holds a Quakerstyle “Meeting for Worship” every Sunday at 11 a.m. If you are curious about the Quaker worship meetings, phone Sara Rose at 429-3088 or FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ONEONTA will host An Evening with Ivan Saturday, Jan 21, 2012, at 7 p.m. One of gospel music’s best known vocalists, this will be Ivan Parker’s […]


The Sourtoe Cocktail Club

Once upon a time, you wanted to be just like him. The man you called “Dad” was your hero back when you were small. You looked up to him, literally. He was the guy who could fix anything and create everything. He was strong, smart, fun, resourceful and, particularly if you were his son, you wanted to be just like […]

Museum hosts program on antiques appraisal

Blount County Memorial Museum will host an afternoon program on antiques appraisal at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22, museum curator Amy Rhudy announced last week. The featured speaker and expert is Bill Carner, one of about 125 International Society of Appraisers-certified experts on the subject of decorative arts. Carner has owned and operated Birmingham Appraisal Services in Birmingham for […]

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