EARL JAMES FORTENBERRY, 89,



Oneonta, died Nov. 27, 2013, at the residence. A graduate of Liberty School, he served 29 years with the Oneonta Police Department, 18 of those as Chief of Police. He was a member of Park Avenue Baptist Church. Predeceasing him were parents Spencer Earl and Susan Fortenberry; wife Willene Fortenberry; grandson Donovan Spencer Earl Long; and seven siblings. Surviving are […]

OLA LYNN GILLILAND, 61,



Holly Springs, died Nov. 27, 2013, at the residence. An ordained minister, she enjoyed music, songwriting, and teaching piano and guitar. Husband Kenneth Gilliland and daughter Chrystal Gilliland Blalock predeceased her. Surviving are daughter Laura ( Jerry) Abernathy, Holly Springs; grandchildren Kelly (Bud) Strickland, Holly Springs, Taylor Eakes, Cleveland, Devan Blalock, Holly Springs; great-grandson Aden Strickland; sisters Marta ( Tommy) […]

JAMES HOUSTON PHILLIPS, 84,



Oneonta, died Nov. 26, 2013, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital, Oneonta. Owner of Phillips-Blalock Supply Company, he was a member of the Attalla Masonic Lodge F&AM 383 and served with the U.S. Navy. Parents Herbert and Novela Robbins Phillips predeceased him, as did brother Preston Phillips and sister Lois Stanfield. Surviving are wife Hazel Phillips; son Danny (Penny) Phillips, Orange […]

STEPHEN T. ROBERTS, 64,



Cullman, died Nov. 29, 2013, at the residence. He was a retired backhoe operator. Parents S.T. and Viola Odell Bowen Roberts predeceased him. Surviving are wife Luana Kamakua Roberts; son Tommy (Nora) Roberts; stepdaughters Gennia (Bobby) Wilhite, Brenda (Chris) McGraw, Belinda (Kevin) McCurry; stepson Jeff Oden; one grandchild; seven step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; brother George (Brenda) Roberts; sisters Martha Melvin, Sandra […]

FENTON HEART ‘FENNY’ RYAN II,



Oneonta, died Nov. 27, 2013, at the residence. A member of the Appalachian High School Class of 1971, he worked as a certified propane service technician. He frequently visited shutins and was devoted to his church family and caring for others. He was predeceased by mother Ina Hue Hyde Ryan; grandparents J.K. and Buna Ryan and Rasha and Myrtle Hyde. […]

BOBBY DEAN WADSWORTH, 74,



Allgood, died Nov. 27, 2013, at the residence. A self-employed mechanic, he was involved with Alcoholics Anonymous more than 20 years as a sponsor, and served with the Alabama National Guard. Predeceasing him were parents Early and Audrey Mae Evans Wadsworth; brother Tom Wadsworth; sister Lynette Lecroy; and twin sister Shelby Wadsworth. Surviving are wife Linda Wadsworth; daughters Carol (Michael) […]

CHURCHBRIEFS



E STREET CHURCH OF CHRIST invites the public to bring stress and problems to the prayer vigil held every Monday at 7 p.m. Phone Charles Parker at 251- 593-8951 with questions. TURNING POINT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will have a live Nativity on Dec. 8, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Drive or walk through. Bring cameras for photos and enjoy […]

Terry leads Panthers to tournament title



Behind the dominating inside play of 6’6 senior Emanuel Terry, the Cleveland Panthers knocked off Oneonta and Asbury to claim the title of the West End Thanksgiving Tournament. Against Oneonta in the first round, the Panthers and Redskins on almost even terms through three quarters. Oneonta led 18-13 after one quarter but Cleveland led 29-25 at the half and 45-41 […]

Willingham signs with Gadsden State



NEWSBRIEFS



BLOUNTSVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE CANCELLED Due to the high probability of rain Friday night, the town’s Christmas Parade has been cancelled. The treelighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m, Santa will be at the town hall, and local merchants will still be open later hours. CLEVELAND CHRISTMAS BASEBALL SHOWCASE Junior and senior boys interested in playing college baseball are invited to […]