FRANK EDWARD COPELAND, 75,



Pelham, died Nov. 20, 2012, at Shelby Baptist Medical Center. Born in Blount County, he was son of Joe and Susie Bales Copeland, both of whom preceded him in death. Mr. Copeland worked as a truck driver for Veterans Oil Company. Besides his parents, he was also predeceased by brother Billy Joe Copeland; sisters Mary Louise Copeland and Lucille Phillips. […]

JOYCE VIRGINIA DILLARD, 64,



Blountsville, died Nov. 25, 2012, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. She retired as human resource manager after 20 years with Smurfit Stone and Southern Foods. She was predeceased by father Albert C. Dillard. Surviving are mother Frances Dillard, Berry Mountain; brothers Larry Dillard, Whitehall, Randy Dillard, Fultondale, Bryan ( Wanda) Dillard, Hayden. Lemley Funeral Home directed.

ANNIE LUCILLE INMON EVANS, 95,



Oneonta, died Nov. 20, 2012. Mrs. Evans owned and operated Evans Florist for 27 years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of Oneonta First Baptist Church, but for decades had attended Philadelphia Baptist Church. She was predeceased by her husband of 75 years, Louie “Spud” Evans; parents Vennie Louella Windsor and James Baxter Inmon; brothers James W. “Bud” Inmon […]

EDSEL H. FREEMAN, 83,



Pinson, died Nov. 19, 2012. Born and raised in Liberty, he graduated from J.B. Pennington High School and was a member of Huffman Baptist Church for 50 years. After 30 years with General Electric, he retired and enjoyed his farm and traveling with his family. Mr. Freeman is predeceased by parents Clyde and Hester Freeman Sr.; brothers Clyde Freeman Jr. […]

KENNETH MALONE HOLLAND, 83,



Horton, died Nov. 24, 2012, at the residence. A graduate of Susan Moore High School and Auburn University, he served with the U.S. Army in Germany. Mr. Holland served as a representative in Washington for the 89th congress and worked with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, retiring after 20 years of government service. Parents Walter Daniel and Margaret […]

LILLIAN PUCKETT MITCHELL, 80,



Dunwoody, Ga., died Nov. 17, 2012. In her obituary published in last week’s The Blount Countian, there was an error. Mrs. Mitchell’s wish was to be cremated and a private family graveside service held in Oneonta. In lieu of flowers, the family requests with gratitude that a memorial contribution be made in her name to the Aflac Cancer Center and […]

ELLA JEAN WALKER SHARPE, 73,



Blountsville, died Nov. 22, 2012. Born in Gadsden, she resided in several states and was very active in local civic organizations and clubs. She was a supporter of local fire, rescue, and police departments, a member of the Civitan Club, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She also worked with various boys and girls clubs and was very proud […]

CAROLE LATHEM STOKES, 70,



Springville, died Nov. 22, 2012. Born in Birmingham, she was a graduate of Shades Valley High School. Her many hobbies included gardening, painting, antiquing, traveling, and time with family. Surviving are husband of 35 years, Don Stokes; daughters Dee (Greg) Chappelle, Oneonta, Donna Stokes Rogers and Burns Rogers, Fairview, Tenn.; grandchildren, Jacob (Brittany) Chappelle and Matthew Chappelle, both of Oneonta, […]

ALLEN JOSEPH ‘BUTCH’ THODE, 72,



Oneonta, died Nov. 22, 2012, at the residence. Mr. Thode was an iron worker who enjoyed the outdoors and served in the U.S. Navy. Parents Herbert John and Genevieve Mary Bayer Thode and sister Carol Thode predeceased him. Surviving are wife Terri Lee Thode; daughters Susan Thode (Nathan) Lewis, Blountsville, and Kristen Ann Thode, Illinois; son Todd Allen Thode, Illinois. […]

MILDRED VIRGINIA SMITH TOWNSEND, 90, Oneonta, died Nov. 17, 2012,



at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. Parents Arthur and Martha Ford Smith predeceased her. Mrs. Townsend was a member of Oneonta First Baptist Church. Surviving are husband James Otto Townsend Jr.; daughter Valerie ( Jack) Green, Rosa; son Jeff (Donna) Townsend, Birmingham; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Larry Gipson officiated the 11 a.m. service held Nov. 21 at Lemley Funeral Home […]


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