OBITUARIES




HAZEL ALEXANDER, 83, of Trussville, died Dec. 19, 2008, at St. Vincent’s East. A Blount native, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Dicie Criswell Campbell and the wife of the late Hershel Alexander. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Pinson.

Surviving are daughters Pearlie Faye (Cecil) Cornelius of Trusssville and Glenda (Richard) Seiler of Moody; granddaughters Christy and Emma Seiler of Moody; grandson Carl Cornelius of Trussville; great-grandson Ryan Seiler. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by four sisters and five brothers.

Glenn Elrod and Donny Thomason conducted services Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church with burial in Jefferson Memorial Gardens at Trussville. Pallbearers were Charles Alexander, Arthur Alexander, O.C. Campbell, Jim Campbell, Bo Campbell, and Lee Thomas.

JAMES L. “JAKE” CHILDERS, 81, of Blountsville, died Dec. 15, 2008, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. Born in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Jodie B. and Wilma Lorene Jolly Childers and brother of the late William “Bill” Childers. He was a member of Blountsville Church of God and was retired as engineer with Blount County’s highway department.

Surviving are his wife Dicey Strickland Childers of Blountsville; daughter Joan (Glenn) Hood of Blountsville; son James Timothy Childers of Northport; grandchildren Bryan Wade Aaron, Bradley Daniel (Candace) Aaron, Jonathan (Catie) Childers, and Bethany Tyson (Anthony) Caico; great-grandchild Angel Traylor; sister Kathleen (James Arthur) Kelton.

Claude Thompson and James Wiggins conducted services Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Blountsville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bryan Aaron, Brad Aaron, Jon Childers, Anthony Caico, Jerry McHan, and Gary McHan. STEVEN DORAN DIXON, 52, died Dec. 18, 2008, at his Oneonta residence. Born in Detroit, Mich., he was the son of the late Joe and Tressie Helms Dixon. He earned a bachelor of arts degree at Wallace State, was a member of Worship Center Church of God, and had worked 9 years as a paramedic with Blount EMS.

Surviving are his wife Glenda Teague Dixon of Oneonta; brothers Tom Dixon of Michigan, Garry and Larry Dixon of Maryland; sister Dana PamFilis of Huntsville; stepmother Hilda Dixon of Michigan.

Rick Luman and Brandon Horton conducted services Sunday, Dec. 21, at 11 a.m. at Worship Center Church of God with interment following at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tom Dixon, Jerry Stone, Brandon Horton, Scott Payne, Jeff Ivey, and Jim Huntsinger. Honorary pallbearers were Kristi Stone, Dr. Stephen Avram, and Chris Branham.

ERON FRANK FOSTER, 71, of Susan Moore, died Dec. 19, 2008, at St. Vincent’s East. A native of Blount County, he was of the Baptist faith and was retired from Rexam where he was a utility operator. His parents were the late Rece and Ruby Smith Foster.

Surviving are his wife Faye Holmes Foster; daughter Teresa (Greg) Skillman of Cleveland; son Brad Foster of Susan Moore; grandchildren Candace (Josh) Marsh of Blountsville and Kelsey Skillman of Cleveland; great-grandchild Bailey Rece Marsh; sister Fairy McGlaughn of Susan Moore.

Joel Sims and C.P. Davis conducted services Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. from Valley Chapel of Oneonta. Interment was at Gibbs Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jimmy Smith, Leonard Foster, Jason McGlaughn, Josh Marsh, Jack Foster, and Billy Holmes.

WILLARD N. “SNAKE” HARDIN, 85, of Royal, died Dec. 17, 2008, at Golden Living Center in Oneonta. He was a farmer and a member of Antioch Baptist Church at Blountsville. Predeceasing him were parents Joe and Lula York Hardin; daughter Margaret Wilson; three sisters; two brothers.

Surviving are his wife Annette Hardin; three stepsons Kevin (Susie) Chappell of Blountsville, Curtis (Sylvia) Chappell and Alvis Chappell of Royal; stepdaughter Joyce (Ray) Fields of Berry; sister Coralee Clem; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Charles Brown, Keith Franks, and Darwin Cardwell conducted services Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. from Antioch Baptist Church. Interment was at New Hope #2 Cemetery in Cullman County. Pallbearers were Steven Chappell, Dustin Traweek, Eddie Burns, Doug Burns, Adam Moore, and Bubba Loyd.

RUBY JO BROWN JACKSON, 91, of Oneonta, died Dec. 17, 2008, at Golden Living Center. The Blount native was a member of Centre United Methodist Church. She was predeceased by parents Labrorn and Margaret Lewis Adams; first husband Henry Brown, and brothers Gussie, Ellis, Aldie, Mack, and “Buck” Adams.

Surviving are husband Harold Jackson of Oneonta; daughter Nadine (Bobby) Lamb of Oneonta; stepdaughter Carol Jean Sands of Alabaster; grandchildren Susan Lamb (Ricky) Adams and Tim (Renea) Lamb; great-grandchildren Ginger (Craig) Johnson, Jordan Adams, Kristin Lamb (Daniel) Petty, Logan Lamb, and Maegen Lamb; great-great-grandchildren Sara Kaitlyn Petty and Alivia Johnson; sisters Corinne Dendy, Lena Beachers, and Pearl Strickland.

Don Smitherman, Rodger Beachers, and Charles Beachers conducted services Friday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment was at Centre Cemetery. Pallbearers were Logan Lamb, Jordan Adams, Daniel Petty, Craig Johnson, Tommy Wilson, and Harold Holland.

THELMER “SHOTGUN” LAUGHLIN, 81, of Snead, died Dec. 18, 2008, at The Village at Cook Springs. A Blount native, he was a member of Wesley’s Chapel Church and had been employed as a heavy equipment operator. He was predeceased by parents William Wiley and Georgia Peoples Laughlin; wife Mary Francis Laughlin; son Garvis Laughlin; and daughterin law Debbie Laughlin.

Surviving are sons David (Donna) Laughlin and Travis (Susan) Laughlin; daughter Marie (Roger) Hamby; 13 grandchildren; many greatgrandchildren; daughter-in-law Brenda Laughlin Booth.

Don Garrison conducted services Saturday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. from Snead Funeral Home. Burial followed at Ebenezer Cemetery. Grandsons and friends served as pallbearers.

MARY PHENEY McCLELLAN, 78, died Dec. 18, 2008, at her Cleveland residence. She was a native of Blount County and a member of Cleveland Church of Christ. Predeceasing her were parents William I. and Lillie Endsley Stephens; brother Floyd Stephens; and sisters Connie Thomas and Evelyn Green.

Surviving are husband Dolles McClellan; daughter Elaine McClellan; brothers Howard Stephens and Ira Stephens; sisters Pernie Riddle and Ithoma Miller.

Colin McKee conducted services Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Mount Joy Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jamie Beasley, Tommy Latta, Jimmy Stephens, Donnie Henderson, Kevin Thomas, Jason Gardner, and Steve Gardner.

JEROME DANIEL MORO of Oneonta died Dec. 16, 2008. A native of Illinois, he was disabled. His wife Judy Diane Moro predeceased him.

Surviving are son Kevin (Whitney) Moro of Birmingham; daughter Amy Moro of Oneonta; grandchildren Jerome, Ja’nya, Isaac, Isaiah, and Brady; brothers Michael Moro of Trafford and Dale Moro of Pinson.

Carson Fagan conducted services Saturday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment was at Youngblood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Sam Hallman, Seth King, Paul Moro, Brandon Carty, Josh Faile, and Jason Faile.

INA BELLE GILLILAND MORTON, 73, of Oneonta, died Dec. 17, 2008, at St. Vincent’s East. The Blount native was a member of Mountain Chapel Methodist Church and the American Paint Horse Association and served as a volunteer for the Blount County Saddle Club. She and her husband Ralph Morton coowned and operated a furniture store in Oneonta. Predeceasing her were parents A.O. and Inez Stafford Gilliland and brother Johnny Gilliland.

Surviving besides her husband are daughters Sandy (Dennis) Nix and Sherry (Ronnie) Ratliff, both of Oneonta; grandchildren Kristy Nix (Brian) Espy of Deatsville, Paige Nix (Bo) Martin and Alyssa Holloway of Oneonta; great-granddaughter Madeline Kay Espy; brother Jimmy Gilliland of Springville.

Alvin Turner and Dwight Kidd conducted services Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment was at Antioch Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Morton, Troy Gilliland, Chad Gilliland, Randy Hawkins, Alan Hassell, and Gerald Arrington. Honorary pallbearers were Brian Espy and Bo Martin.

ROBERT ROY “BUBBA” ODOM JR., 67, of Hayden, died Dec. 20, 2008. He was a dialysis patient for four years until his daughter Traci gave him a kidney on May 12, 2004, allowing him more than two additional years of quality life. He was a member of Waterstone Baptist Church, formerly Warrior First Baptist Church. Predeceasing him were his parents Robert Roy Odom Sr. and Ruth C. Odom.

Surviving are wife of 27 years Barbara “Bobbie” Odom; sons Richard L. “Ricky” (Tracy) Odom, Robert Roy (Michelle) Odom III, and James (Pat) Jebeles; daughters Teresa Vakil- Mozaffari, Traci (Michael) Hope, and Tricia (Johnny) Hartley; brother Richard Odom; sisters Bobby Fechser, Billie Hopper, and Linda Kirkpatrick.

Memorial services were conducted Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. at Waterstone Baptist Church. The family requested donations to Waterstone Baptist Church of the Alabama Kidney Foundation in lieu of Flowers.