From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, December 3, 1986

Gym to bear Ratliff’s name Oneonta City Board of Education has voted to name the high school gym in honor of Ollen Ray Ratliff, Oneonta insurance agent and former board chairman. At the board’s regular Nov. 24 meeting, members took the action because of Ratliff’s “physical, financial, and emotional backing in the building of the physical school plant here” and […]

Wildcat and Redskin boys, Hornet and Tiger girls off to great starts


The high school basketball season is just getting started and some teams are off to impressive starts. Barbara Roy’s Locust Fork Lady Hornets are 5-0 on the young season and only a 70-63 win at Hayden on Nov. 17 has been remotely close. Other wins have come against Springville, Danville, Susan Moore and Cleveland. Bart Ellis has the J.B. Pennington […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS MT. ZION MINISTRIES will have the first-ever Craft Festival on Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, children attend for free. Vendors will sell handmade and brand-name items and food will be available for purchase. Interested in being a vendor? Contact The church is located at 40999 […]

Harold W. Adams

HAROLD W. ADAMS, 78, Blountsville, died Nov. 25, 2015, at UAB Hospital. He attended J.B. Pennington High School and earned his G.E.D. while serving in the U.S. Air Force. He worked as a pressman for National Can Company and attended Oak Grove Methodist Church. Parents Louie and Lola Clapp Adams predeceased him, as did brothers Leon Adams, Don Adams, and […]

Ruby Faye Bullard

RUBY FAYE BULLARD, 78, Boaz, died Nov. 25, 2015, at Marshall Medical Center South, Boaz. Formerly of Blountsville, she retired from the maintenance department at Tyson Foods. She was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. Parents William Laney and Emma Grigsby Price predeceased her. Surviving are son Dennis (Melissa) Bullard, Decatur; daughters Laura Ann (Donald) Nation, Blountsville, Pamela Faye […]

Irene Hartley Howell White Bynum

IRENE HARTLEY HOWELL WHITE BYNUM, 95, died Nov. 20, 2015. Known as a true Southern Belle, she was a devout Christian and was an active member of Wilkes Baptist Church for more than 40 years, Gardendale First Baptist Church, and most recently, Hilldale Baptist Church. She was a member of the National Federation of Dress Makers, The Sequoia Club, Midfield […]

Willa Dean ‘Billie’ Bullard Cooper

WILLA DEAN ‘BILLIE’ BULLARD COOPER, 83, Columbus, Miss., died Nov. 21, 2015, at Trinity Personal Care, Columbus, Miss. A member of Belleview Baptist Church in Memphis, she worked as a caregiver for 20 years and enjoyed cooking, sewing, and quilting. Parents James Arthur and Stella Riddle Bullard predeceased her, as did son Mike Cooper, brothers Leslie Bullard, Jimmy Bullard, and […]

Mary Louise Dumas

MARY LOUISE DUMAS, 89, Oneonta, died Nov. 26, 2015. She was a member of Oneonta Church of Christ. Predeceasing her were parents Charlie and Rossie Hyde Stanfield, husband L.G. Dumas, brother Buford Heard, and sister Dorothy Durham. Surviving are daughters Margene Dumas Hyatt, Tennessee, Betty Dumas (Ken) Strong, Oneonta, Glenda Dumas, Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren Tina Adams, Debra Fourqurean, Kenny Strong, […]

Ruby Nell Evans

RUBY NELL EVANS, 78, Oneonta, died Nov. 21, 2015. She was a retired nursing assistant and had worked several years for Tolbert’s Egg Company and Blue Bell. She enjoyed country and bluegrass music, and had attended Valley Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were parents Henry and Bessie Tidwell Evans, sisters Linda Stewart, Beatrice Ridgeway, Audrey Wadsworth, Bertha Williams, and […]

Juana Alicia Frias

JUANA ALICIA FRIAS, 89, Hoover, died Nov. 22, 2015. Predeceasing her were husband Augusto Horacio Frias, parents Juan and Maria Mallea Narvae’z, son Cesar Frias, four brothers, and one sister. Surviving are daughter-in-law Brenda Moorer, Oneonta; sons Alfredo Frias, Oneonta, Rodolfo Frias, Raul Frias, both of Argentina, Juan Carlos Frias, Birmingham, Daniel Frias, Florence, Jorge Frias, Hoover, Miguel Frias, Birmingham, […]