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ONEONTA HIGH SCHOOL teacher Jim Kilgore will meet with parents of his students Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Topics will include the academic year and class requirements. SERVE SAFE FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION will be offered Tuesday, Aug. 27, and Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Blount County Extension Office from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. […]

Joy heard afar off



by Lawrence W. Althouse Background Scripture: Nehemiah 12:27-43. Devotional Reading: Psalms 96. The walls of Jerusalem were finally repaired and rebuilt, thanks to Nehemiah and the willing workers of Jerusalem – and, of course, to Yahweh their God. Now, about a month later – on the 24th day of the seventh month – there is to be a great celebration […]

ELOISE PASS ADAMS, 93,



Gadsden, died Aug. 5, 2013. Valedictorian of her class at Cleveland High School, she earned a degree in education from Birmingham Southern College and was very active in career, church, and community organizations. Predeceasing her were husband of 63 years L.C. Adams; son Dan Adams; parents Marshall Edward and Mayme Parker Pass; sister Olive Pass; and brother Charles Pass. Surviving […]

LES BULLARD, 71,



Locust Fork, died Aug. 6, 2013, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. A boilermaker by trade, Mr. Bullard attended Pine Bluff Missionary Baptist Church. He was predeceased by parents James A. and Stella Riddle Bullard; son Phillip Tidwell; daughters Janice McCay and Teresa Isbell; brothers Buddy and Jimmy Bullard; and sister Jean Cawthorn. Surviving are wife Nita Bullard; son Steven […]

KENNETH ARLARN CROCKFORD SR., 61,



Blountsville, died July 31, 2013, at the residence. Predeceasing him were parents Charles and Ethel Stockton Crockford; brothers Norman Crockford, Donald McKane, Gordon McKane; sisters Katherine Riccio and Rose Humphree. Surviving are son Kenneth Crockford Jr., Ohio; daughters Lana Clay, New York, Nikki Owens and Shantel Ward, both of Ohio; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers Dick McKane and Fred McKane; […]

DOROTHY PALMER ELLER, 94,



Altoona, died Aug. 7, 2013, at Huntsville Hospital. She received a business degree from Jacksonville College in Gadsden and was known for her mischievous sense of humor. Rook was a favorite card game, and she enjoyed attending the Snead Senior Center and Snead Baptist Church. She was predeceased by parents Clyde and Maude Cleveland Palmer; husband Procter M. Eller; greatgrandchild […]

OMA JEWEL MARSH ELROD, 86,



Trafford, died Aug. 3, 2013, at the residence. She was a member of Massey Line Church of God. Mrs. Elrod was preceded in death by parents A.W. and Sara Marsh; husband Arvil Lee Elrod; brothers Paul, Earl, Olin, Roy, and Jess Marsh; sisters Pearl Mass and Ruby Westbrook. Surviving are daughters Connie Walker, Little Shenandoah, Sandra (Larry) Limbaugh, Pinson, Evelyn […]

BARBARA FAYE LACKEY SNELL, 74,



Susan Moore, died Aug. 10, 2013, at the residence. She was a member of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church and had worked as a presser at Wrangler. Predeceasing her were parents William Euel and Ruby Joe Bowling Lackey; husband Cloyce D. Snell; sons James Alton and William Euel Snell; great-grandson Joel Hernandez; brothers Charlie Evett Scott and James Vandal Lackey. […]

PHERON WADE WEAVER, 55,



Bay Minette, died Aug. 5, 2013. Formerly of Blount County, Mr. Weaver worked as a truck driver with Bryan Contractors. Parents Pascal Pheron and Vivian Marie Campbell Weaver predeceased him, as did brother Harold Weaver. Surviving are daughter Kelly (Charles) Compton,

MYRL PAYNE WREN, 90,



Northport, died Aug. 6, 2013, at the residence. Born in Blount County, she was an accomplished seamstress, took great pride in her flower garden, and was a member of Valley View Baptist Church. Mrs. Wren was predeceased by parents Willie H. and Margie Terrell Payne; husband of 57 years William James Wren; four brothers; two sisters. Surviving are daughters Myra […]