OBITUARIES




JOHN R. BAUER, 82, of Oneonta, died Dec. 15, 2008. He was a former member of Roebuck Christian Church where he was baptized, and he served with the Army Air Corps during World War II. Bauer retired from Dial Corporation in 1990 as a sales manager and also worked at Hunt Wesson Food for about 20 years in sales and management and received numerous awards as Hunt’s top salesman. He graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and attended graduate school at Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years Grace Bauer; daughter Aleda Kleckner (Dave) Nichols of North Carolina; sons Kent (Lainey) Bauer of Marietta, Ga., Doug (Laura Pappas) Bauer of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Layton (Kristie) Bauer of Pelham; brother Ron Bauer of Metamora, Ill.; 12 grandchildren, 14 greatgrandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. One son Steve Bauer predeceased his father in August of 2008.

Services will be held Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial of Trussville with burial following at Jefferson Memorial Gardens East. Visitation will be Dec. 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The family requests that memorials be made to Hope Hospice, American Cancer Society Hope lodge, Birmingham, AL, Attn Joe Lee Griffin, 205-558-7860 or 1-888-513-9933; or to Honor Flight Birmingham, 150 Inverness Corners #185, Birmingham, AL 35242.

CHARLES CHAMBLEE, 78, of Altoona, died Dec. 12, 2008, at Altoona Health & Rehab. A Blount County native, he was the son of the late Elmer and Florence Campbell Chamblee. He was a Korean War veteran and had been employed as a landscaper. His wife Dora Chamblee predeceased him.

Surviving are daughters Joyce (Scott) Johnson of Cleveland and Lisa (Manuel) Dover of Altoona; son John Newton of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren Justin Johnson, Jonathan Newton, Lauren Newton, and Katie Dover; two brothers; four sisters.

Lemley Chapel directed a graveside service Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m. at Altoona/Walnut Grove Cemetery.

BARRY EUGENE DAVIS, 58, formerly of Pinson, died Dec. 10, 2008. A cabinet maker, he was the son of the late Andrew Berry and Margie Womack Davis.

Surviving are brothers Stephen (Kathy) Davis of Susan Moore, Jack (Barbara) Davis of Warrior, Paul (Marri) Davis of Pinson, Mark (Yolanda) Davis of Snead, Darryl (Julie) Davis and Anthony (Sandi) Davis of Foley; special friend Rebecca Upton of Pelham; children Vickie and Shannon; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Jack Davis and Andrew Davis conducted graveside services Saturday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. at Dewey Heights Baptist Church Cemetery.

PHILLIP LYNN GILLILAND, 51, of Oneonta, died Dec. 8, 2008, at McGuffey Health and Rehab. The Oneonta native was the son of the late Ellie Gene and Margie Bushard Gilliland. A carpenter, he was also predeceased by brothers Jerry Allen and Kenneth Gene Gilliland and sisters Margie Denise Tolbert and Lisa Darlene Baldwin.

Surviving are his wife Brenda Jane Horsley Gilliland of Oneonta; daughter Kasey Marie Gulledge (Chris) Pugh of Birmingham; stepdaughter Kimberly Gulledge (Wesley) Murphree of Louisiana; stepson Kevin Gulledge of Oneonta; grandson Christopher Pugh; stepgrandchildren Hayleigh Gulledge, Breanna McPherson, Ty Gulledge, and Taylor Gulledge; sisters Rebecca Bryant (David) Vaughn of Albertville, Lottie Link (Toby) Fox of Springville, and Martha Ann (Jerry) Ballew of Cleveland; brothers Randy (Bambi) Gilliland, Billy Jay Gilliland, Kelly Wesley Gilliland, and Keith Ladon (Amy) Gilliland, all of Oneonta.

Radford Edwards conducted services Thursday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m. at Lemley Chapel.

WILLIAM “BILL” THOMAS HENDERSON, 64, of Oneonta, died Dec. 9, 2008, at St. Vincent’s East. A native of Blount County, he was the son of Margaret Glasscox Henderson of Cleveland and the late Verbon Henderson. He was retired after 25 years with the St. Clair Correctional Facility. He also was a member of the National Guard for several years. He was an avid golfer and Alabama football fan who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving besides his mother are his wife Carolyn Ellis Henderson of Straight Mountain; daughters Dennee (Shawn) Jones of Trussville and Jenny Buse of Cleveland; stepdaughters Amy (Daniel) Allman and Pam (Ramon) Arriaga of Straight Mountain; grandchildren Kaitlyn, Addison, Dakota, Casey, William, Destiny, Chance, Cristian, and Lauren; brothers Donnie (Wavlyn) Henderson and Kenny (Kathy) Henderson of Cleveland, Barry (Cheri) Henderson of Warrior; sister Ann (Bobby) Henderson of Cleveland.

John Metzler, Barry Faust, and Jeff Lyles conducted services Friday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment was at Green’s Chapel Cemetery.

RUSTY EUGENE ISBELL, 24, of Oneonta, died Dec. 9, 2008, at Trinity Medical Center. He was born in Jefferson County and was disabled. His parents are Roberta George Weaver of Oneonta and Ricky Eugene Isbell of Locust Fork.

Surviving besides his mother and his father are brother Michael (Sarah) George of Boaz; sisters Melissa George (Bobby) Wilson of Boaz and Jeri Bertram (Brandon) Woodley of Oneonta; grandmother Barbara George of Oneonta.

Frankie Powell, Mark Price, and David Lee conducted services Thursday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael George, Ryan Holbrooks, Jeremy Evans, Gregory George, Donald Holbrooks, and Damond Cottingham.

ELMINA LANKFORD KING, 69, of Snead, died Dec. 1, 2008, at St. Vincent’s Blount. She attended Bethel Baptist Church, played gospel music for more than 30 years at various churches, and had been employed as a clerk at the Blount County Courthouse. Her parents were the late D.C. and Inez White Lankford.

Surviving are her husband Jerrel W. King; son Eddie W. (Angela) King; daughter Kim (Trent) Eubanks; grandchildren Tyler King, Cory King, and Anna Eubanks; brothers Gerald Lankford and Devon (Mary) Lankford; sisters Edwina (Ted) Gibbs and Hulene (Bob) Smith.

Mike Allums and Ray Garner conducted services Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church. Interment was at Ebenezer Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tyler King, Cory King, Rodney Rich, Bobby Pike, Shane Lankford, and Kim Rich.

TOMMY KESHAWN MARSH JR., four-month-old son of Tommy Marsh Jr. and Ashley Heinrich of Hayden, died Dec. 12, 2008, in Jefferson County. Besides his parents, he is survived by grandparents, brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles.

Gary Thomas conducted services Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home. Burial followed at Gethsemane Cemetery.

SUSIE JANE DOYLE ASHLEY MORRIS, 88, died Dec. 11, 2008, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Daughter of the late Jim and Lena Lovelady Doyle of Susan Moore, she was married to Joe Ashley for 46 years until his death in 1985. In 1988, she married Ralph Morris, who died in 1990. She was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing with 27 years’ service operating a clipper machine. After retiring, Mrs. Morris worked as a volunteer at Blount Memorial Hospital until its closing. She was a member of Oneonta First Baptist Church 48 years.

Surviving are sisters Flonell Doyle Osborn of Center Point and Lillis Doyle Lee of Salem, Va.; stepdaughters Elaine Womack of Oneonta and Brenda (Glenn) Mann of Knoxville, Tenn.; five stepgrandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren. Predeceasing her in addition to her parents and husbands were brothers Vernon and Verbon Doyle and sisters Vivian Woods and Ruby Claburn, all of Susan Moore.

Larry Gipson, Dan Sims, and Bill Barnett conducted services Saturday, Dec. 13, at 3:30 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery, Oneonta. Pallbearers were Jack Womack, Tim Womack, Jim Tuck, Doug Smith, Mark Towns, and Larry Wright.

J.C. “JAKE” MORTON, 79, of Albertville, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at his residence. Born in Oneonta, he was the son of the late Verbon and Bonnie Tidwell Morton and husband of the late Anna Mae Curl Morton. Formerly of Decatur, he moved to Albertville 50 years ago. He was a charter member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Albertville and was the long-time owner of the O.K. Tire Store in Guntersville. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a son Jeffrey Craig Morton and a brother James B. Morton.

Surviving are daughters Vickie (Dennis) Davis of Warrior and Regina (Mike) Hagood of Bentonville, Ark.; grandchildren Valarie (Chad) Foster, Matthew Davis, Natasha Hagood, Anna Davis, and Jake Hagood; sisters, Margaret (Harold) Evans of Oneonta, Verneatha Curl of Albertville, and Juanita (Lee) Smith of Decatur.

David Verzyl and Lamar Smith conducted services Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. from the First Church of the Nazarene in Albertville. Burial followed at Marshall Memorial Gardens.

HENRY BRADFORD “BUTCH” STANDRIDGE, 52, of Cleveland, died Dec. 8, 2008, at St. Vincent’s Blount. He attended Elvester Baptist Church and was employed in construction. Son of the late Fred and Mozelle Rucks Standridge, he completed two years of college.

Surviving are son Josh Standridge; daughter Crystal (Scott) Aycock; brothers Joe Standridge and Bobby Standridge; sisters Ann Pesnell, Becky Bryant, and Liz Wilson; grandchildren Hannah, Sarrah, and Samuel Aycock. One brother Freddie Standridge predeceased him.

Larry Smith and Sammy Johnson conducted services Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home chapel. Interment was at Nectar Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jamie Bryant, Neal Bryant, Gary Wilson, Dale Hays, Dustin Smith, and Roy Mize.

MARTHA J. WALKER, 62, of Oneonta, died Dec. 8, 2008, at St. Vincent’s Birmingham. She had been employed with the City of Oneonta for 21 years and served as city clerk for 19 years. Born in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Elbert and Civil Zuma Niblett Watson.

Surviving are sons Danny (Lisa) Watson of Davenport, Fla., and Chris Watson and Douglas (Tammy) Watson of Oneonta; brother Joe (Charlotte) Watson of Oneonta; grandchildren Mackenzie and Daniel Watson of Davenport, Fla.

Bob Swain conducted graveside services Friday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul Hallmark, Todd Phillips, Heath Tidwell, Jesse Tidwell, Andrew Talley, and Josh Thompson.