GAYNELL BOX, 86, Altoona, died Nov. 5, 2016, at TLC Nursing Home. She was a 1949 graduate of Susan Moore High School and a member of Hendrix Missionary Baptist Church. Known as a strong, humble woman of deep faith, she was retired from Spring Valley Chicken. Husband Elmer Dennis “Buddy” Box predeceased her, as did parents James and Liddy Caroll […]


MANDY LEE GALLOWAY, 83, Ashville, died Nov. 4, 2016. She worked for many years as a nurse at Blount Memorial Hospital and St. Clair Regional Hospital, then worked as a home health nurse. She attended the Church on the Rock in Alabama City and enjoyed time with family and gardening. Predeceasing her were husband Harmon Galloway, son-in-law Dale Green, mother […]


MAVIS WATKINS HANCOCK, 73, Remlap, died Oct. 27, 2016. She was a member of Selfville Church of Christ and enjoyed sewing, camping, and cooking. Predeceasing her were parents John and Lula Mae King Watkins; brothers Johnny Watkins, J.T. Watkins, and Dean Watkins, and sister Ruth Spitzer. Surviving are husband Bill Hancock; daughter Debbie (Gillham) Burgess, Locust Fork; son Wayne (Crystal) […]


ROGER DALE JIMMERSON, 72, Oneonta, died Oct. 31, 2016, at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice, Albertville. Predeceasing him were father Howard Jimmerson, mother Dena Brasseale Jimmerson, wife Marie Jimmerson, and great-grandchild Kyle Camp. Surviving are daughter Judy ( Josh) Wilemon, Horton; son Phillip (Belinda) Murphree, Boaz; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister Glenda ( Jimmy) Hill. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. […]


JEWEL DEAN KENT, 75, Royal, died Oct. 29, 2016. She was of the Baptist faith and was retired from Hayes Aircraft. She enjoyed gardening and working with her flowers. Parents Leasel and Buna Boatwright Hyatt, husband Junice Ray Kent, son Darryl Kent, grandson Eric Kent, great-grandson Brennan Kent, and sister Connie Jones predeceased her. Surviving are sons David Ray (Amanda) […]


THOMAS M. PORTER, 63, Oneonta, died Oct. 30, 2016, at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice, Albertville. Father Thomas E. Porter, mother Mary Jean Porter, and wife Phyllis Goss Porter predeceased him. Surviving are daughter Paula (Nelson) Cromer, Youngstown Bay, Fla.; grandson Marcus Cromer, Youngstown Bay, Fla.; step-grandchildren Nelson Cromer III, Belinda Cromer, Callie Cromer; niece Tammy Price, Snead. Snead Funeral Home directed.


HAROLD RAY STEPHENS, 70, Blountsville, died Nov. 3, 2016, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. A graduate of J.B. Pennington High School, he had worked as a draftsman in the industrial ventilation business. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and for more than 10 years with the Blountsville Fire Department. He enjoyed fishing, football, and NASCAR. […]


REBA STEPHENS, 84, Oneonta, died Oct. 30, 2016, in Marshall County. She was a member of Hendrix Missionary Baptist Church, enjoyed time with family and playing card games with friends at the Oneonta Senior Center. Husband Arlin Stephens predeceased her, as did parents James and Liddie Carrol Rutherford, brother James Rutherford Jr., and sisters Pauline Singleton, Edith Rutherford, and Velma […]

Polk Park saga continues

The last two living direct descendants of the Allen and Maggie Polk estate join Mitchell Hill (center) in declaring that Polk Park (also known as Sand Valley Park) shall be dedicated to the Sand Valley community where it has served the children and families of the area since the mid-1900s. From the left, Bertha Mae Polk Wells and Mary Magdalene […]

‘And sink their bones to Davy Jones, hooray!’

The USS Zumwalt (above), the Navy’s newest, biggest, most technologically advanced, and most expensive destroyer ($4 billion and change) was commissioned Oct. 15 at North Locust Point in Baltimore. Billy Nairmore (inset) was there. In fact, you might say he owns a $5,000 piece of the ship’s interior. By tradition, private contributions from significant friends and supporters with a connection […]