From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, February 7, 1952

L.Q. Box Enters Race For Judge L.Q. Box, retired vice president of the State National Bank, makes formal announcement of his candidacy for Probate Judge of Blount County, subject to the action of the Democratic Primary. Mr. Box needs no introduction from us to the people of this county. He has been in public life here for many years. He […]

Area tournaments begin this week

The high school basketball regular season has ended and area tournaments are scheduled for this week. For a couple of schools, the season has already come to an end as some tournaments started Monday or Tuesday night this week and the losers of those first round games eliminated from postseason play. In Monday’s first round, Appalachian knocked off Southeastern 52-51 […]


EVENTS BLOUNT COUNTY EMMAUS CLUSTER will meet Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Turning Point United Methodist Church in Locust Fork. Potluck supper at 6:30 p.m., meeting begins at 7 p.m. BLOUNT COUNTY SAV-A-LIFE now offers Forgiven and Set Free, a biblical support group for women who have had an abortion. The free, confidential meetings have begun this week. Phone Kathy Lacks […]

Fairest Junior ‘Sedrick’ Cardwell

FAIREST JUNIOR ‘SEDRICK’ CARDWELL, 91, Hendrix, died Jan. 29, 2017. Mr. Cardwell served with the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He farmed the lands of Blount County all his life and retired from Hayes Aircraft in Birmingham after 42 years of service. Predeceasing him were parents Zealous and Elloway Cardwell, son Jeff Cardwell, brother Bobby […]

Eva Belle Crane Cox

EVA BELLE CRANE COX, 79, Arab, died Feb. 3, 2017, at Marshall Medical Center North Hospital, Guntersville. Born in Blount County, she was daughter of the late Willie and Maggie Irene Hyatt Crane. Son Jonathan Oscar Cox Jr. also predeceased her. A homemaker, she enjoyed spending time with family. Surviving are daughters Sharon Cox, Arab, Jodie Johnson, Clayton; sons William […]

Roger Lee Foster

ROGER LEE FOSTER, 65, Horton, died Jan. 21, 2017, at a Gadsden hospital. He was of the Baptist faith and was predeceased by father Roy Lee Foster, mother Gloria Hyde, and sister Sherry Lynn Foster. Surviving are wife Martha S. Sammuli; son Jacob Cody Foster; daughter Christy ( Jason) Pate; grandchildren John Lee Foster, Ariel Williams, Shonoah Pate; great-grandchildren Madilyn […]

Virginia Sue Hodge

VIRGINIA SUE HODGE, 79, Brooksville, died Feb. 1, 2017, at the residence. Husband Thomas Daniel Hodge, father Garnett Martin, mother Effie Martin, and brothers Tommy Martin and John Bill Martin predeceased her. Surviving are children Timothy Daniel Hodge, Altoona, Michael (Kim) Hodge, Teresa ( Joe) Alverson, both of Brooksville; grandchildren Johna (Todd) Silvers, Nicole (Donald) Francis, Amber Hill, Brandi (Michael) […]

Marie Walker Jolly

MARIE WALKER JOLLY, 81, Cleveland, died Feb. 3, 2017, at the residence. She was a retired teacher’s aide with the Blount County school system and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were husbands Joseph Glenn Richards and Charles Ray Morrison Jr., parents J.C. and Emma A. Thomas Walker, sisters Bobby Culwell and Betty Andrews, and brother Donald Thomas […]

Jerry David Mars

JERRY DAVID MARS, 81, Blountsville, died Feb. 2, 2017, at the residence. A graduate of Paris High School, Paris, Ark., he had worked with Anderson, Fletcher and Livingston Supply as a warehouse worker and was a member of Blountsville Baptist Church. Parents Allen and Vergie Hudson Mars predeceased him, as did brothers Carl Mars and Leonard Mars and sister Audrey […]

Rebecca June Cleveland Van Sandt

REBECCA JUNE CLEVELAND VAN SANDT, 92, Boaz, died Jan. 30, 2017, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital. Husband Jack Van Sandt predeceased her, as did son Fred Jay Denson, granddaughter Anna Marie Roberts, sisters Merideth Odom and Lorrine Bohannon, and brothers Guy Cleveland, Earl Cleveland, Lloyd Cleveland, and Jimmy Cleveland. Surviving are daughters Sandra Jean (Bobby) Lusk Sr., Boaz, Teresa June […]