A glue called ‘grace’

Background Scripture:Galatians 5:2—6:18.Devotional Reading:2 Peter 1:3-8. There’s an old African proverb that says “When we go hunting ivory, we usually find that there is an elephant attached to it.” The same thing might be said of freedom: we can never be truly free if we do not see and respond to that which goes along with freedom, which is rarely […]


45, Dallas/ Selfville Community, died Feb. 15, 2012, at the residence. Born in Jefferson County, she was predeceased by her father Willis Ray McCay and aunt Marvena Youngblood. She is survived by her mother and stepfather Mary and Jimmy Love, Dallas/Selfville; brothers Jimmy (April) McCay, Locust Fork, and Randy (Nicole) McCay, Dallas/Selfville; daughter Ashley Raven Armstrong, Roanoke; aunt Dora Youngblood, […]


86, Oneonta, died Feb. 17, 2012, at the residence. Born to Clarence and Bertie McCay Skillman, she was a member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Butts worked at the Lee plant in Altoona for several years, the Salvation Army, and with Meals on Wheels, delivering meals to senior citizens. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by husband Talley Bain […]


73, Oneonta, died Feb. 14, 2012, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital. He was born in Georgia to Otis Arvil Chastain and Gertrude Queen Chastain. He served in the Army and was a retired salesman with Tull Metal. Besides his parents, his brother, Jerry Hubert Chastain, predeceased him. Surviving are wife Sandra K. Chastain, Oneonta; daughter Linda (Obrian) Alexander, Hayden; sons […]


87, Rainbow City, died Feb. 14, 2012, at the residence. She was born in Blount County to Nathan Hathcock and Savannah Phillips Hathcock, both of whom preceded her in death. Also predeceasing her were daughter Linda Payne; grandson Christopher Payne; two sisters; a brother; and sonin law Kenneth Widner. Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Jesse “Bill” Dailey; daughters […]


70, Holly Pond, died Feb. 13, 2012, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. Born in Cullman County, he was son of Clarence Burns Duke and Nellie Mae Cosper Duke. Mr. Duke was retired from the U.S. Navy and was a Vietnam Veteran. He was a member of International Union Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, First Baptist Church of Holly Pond, Lions Club, […]


68, Brooksville Community, died Feb. 13, 2012, at the residence. She was born in Wisconsin to Kenneth and Anna Jensen Hendrickson. A homemaker, she was a member of the Lutheran Church in Wisconsin. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brothers Larry Hendrickson and Bob Hendrickson; and sister Joyce Beebe. Surviving are husband Ezekiel Fallin; son John Roy ( Jennifer) […]


68, Snead, died Feb. 9, 2012, at Oakwood Ridge Assisted Living, Boaz. She was daughter of Joe B. and Clara Burns Gunnell, both of whom preceded her in death. Ms. Gunnell was of the Methodist faith. Surviving are cousins Janie and Donny Gray, and Cathy Majors, all of Rainbow City, Amy and Barry Matson, Anniston, and Tommy and Barbara Burns, […]


59, Blountsville, died Feb. 16, 2012, at the residence. A mechanic for Aeronautical Mechanics, she was predeceased by parents Chalea and Lillian Ooten Copas and brother Artie Ray Copas. Surviving are daughter Teresa Williams, Blountsville; son Joseph Lee Smith, Blountsville; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; brothers James Copas and Richard Copas, both of Georgia, and Bobby Copas, Maryland; sister Linda Green, […]


52, Holly Pond, died Feb. 17, 2012, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. She was born in Blount County to James Alfred and Velma Ann Carwell Pannell, both of whom preceded her in death. Survivors include husband Warren Clayton May; daughters Amanda King, Pearlie Holmes, Jesica May, Jamie White, and Janna West; nine grandchildren; brother James Homer Pannell; sisters Ruby Renee […]