OBITUARIES




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SHERRELL DEWAYNE “SLEEPY” ALLDREDGE, 59, of Blountsville, died Jan. 30, 2009, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. A home builder and carpenter, he was predeceased by parents Newman and Ruby Millwood Alldredge; brother Chalmers Alldredge; and sister Martha Rigsby.

Survivors, all of whom live at Blountsville, are son Darren (LaShawnda) Alldredge; daughter Lisa (Doug) Watts; brothers Arnold (Mary) Millwood and Milton (Linda) Alldredge; sisters Barbara (Larry) Jeffries and Becky(Garry) Nelson; grandchildren Samantha Watts, Candace Watts, and Chasey Latham.

Darwin Cardwell officiated chapel services Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home. Burial was at Rock Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Rick Sterling, Roy Sterling, J.F. NeSmith, George Chenowith, Terry Bagwell, Doug Earl, Glenn Baker, Chris Byrum, and Benny Stone.

WILLIE KATE GABLE FOWLER, 85, died Jan. 30, 2009, at Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham. Born in Cullman County, she was the daughter of Veda Gable and Eula McRae Gable. She grew up in Blountsville, graduated in 1942 from J.B. Pennington High School, and attended Birmingham Business College. In January 1944, she married Pierce L. Fowler of Birmingham, and in the early ’50s, she was co-founder of the family-owned business P.L. Fowler Painting Company. She was a member of Dewey Heights Baptist Church in Pinson. Her husband and her parents predeceased her.

Surviving are sons Billy P. (Cheryl) Fowler of Trussville and Jerry C. Fowler of Pinson; brother B.H. (Carol) Gray of Oneonta; sisters Eula Mae (Carrell) Neal of Holly Pond, Lee (Ed) Pitts, and Bobbie Pitts of Pinson; grandchildren Brad (Randa) Fowler of Florida and Brandon Fowler of Trussville; great-grandchildren Paxton Fowler and Payton Fowler of Florida.

Roger Robertson officiated chapel services Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. Interment followed at Forest Hill Cemetery in Birmingham.

EDWARD M. “NED” FRANKLIN, 93, died Feb. 2, 2009, at his residence in Locust Fork. Son of the late Joseph and Mary Aileen Moor Franklin, he was proud that his father was a native of Ireland. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus, third degree. He was employed many years as bookkeeper for Lehigh Coal Company in Trafford and was the first postmaster of the Locust Fork Post Office, from which he retired in 1989 after 28 years’ service. Predeceasing him in addition to his parents were son Billy Franklin; brothers Hugh C., Joe, B.M., Tom, and John Franklin; and sister Mary Aileen Franklin.

Surviving are wife Helen Annette McCay Franklin; daughters, Christine Murray, Patti (Robert) Hallmark, and Ann (Alan) Foshee, all of Locust Fork; sons Jimmy (Lisa) Franklin, John (Donna) Franklin, and Jorge Lagos, all of Locust Fork, and David (Doranda) Coker of Blount Spring; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Andy Kennedy officiated services Thursday, Feb. 4, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Interment followed at Pine Bluff Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike and Gene Tidwell, Brandon, Steve, and Gene McCay, and Jimmy Franklin. Lemley Funeral Home directed.

ALFRED “AL” GREEN, 78, of Oneonta, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009. Information provided for his obituary did not include his wife’s full name, Frankie Morgan Green, nor names of pallbearers, Matt, Jeff, and Mike Conklin, David Connolly, Chris Gentry, and Josh Johnson.

JOSEPH ALLEN GRIGSBY, 37, of Boaz, died Feb. 1, 2009, at

Huntsville/St. Jude’s Hospital. Son of Marshal Grigsby of Albertville and Jane Cain Grigsby of Boaz, he was a 1991 graduate of Cleveland High School. He was disabled and never married. Predeceasing him were grandparents Lester and Josie Cain.

Surviving besides his mother and father

are brothers Terry Grigsby and Kenneth Grigsby of Boaz and Jeff Grigsby of Altoona; sister Pamelia Pace of Hanceville; aunt Ann Owens of Oneonta; nephews William and Garrett Pace, Jesse and Stephen Grigsby; beloved stepfather Charley Smith.

Wendell Hudspeth and Eric Robinson officiated chapel services Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Lemley Funeral Home with interment following at Hoods Cemetery. Pallbearers were James D. Needham, Bobby Matthews, Kent Cain, Chris Owens, Rusty Milam, and Wayne Simmons.

CATHERINE ELIZABETH HOWARD, 72, of Remlap, died Feb. 4, 2009, at TLC Nursing Center. Born in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Earl and Emma Cleo Langford Smith. She had worked as a quality control auditor. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brothers Bud and Aubrey Smith and sister Jean Rice.

Surviving are sons Joe (Stephanie) Love of Pinson, Robert Colbert of Texas, David Rice of Remlap, Jim (Toni) Howard of Leeds, Michael (Marie) Howard of East Lake, Greg (Beth) Howard of Trafford, and Steven (Paula) Howard of Remlap; daughters Cathy ( Jay) Bradshaw of Cleveland and Nancy (John) Killian of Trussville; 35 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brothers Robert Earl Smith Jr. and David Smith; sister Hazel Williams.

Chapel services were held Saturday, Feb. 7, at Lemley Funeral Home with burial in Remlap Cemetery.

ELBERT J. JEFFERSON, 94, died Feb. 3, 2009, at his residence in Trussville. A former resident of Royal, he was the son of the late Van and Beulah Baker Jefferson. He was retired from U.S. Steel in Birmingham and was a member of Snead Baptist Church. Predeceasing him besides the parents were wife Mary Black Jefferson; a brother; and two sisters.

Surviving are daughters Patsy J. (Max) Graves of Blountsville and Tammy Stewart of Trussville; sons Jerry E. (Ginger) Jefferson of Bagley and Larry E. Jefferson of West Jefferson; sister Mary Etta Rogers of Houston, Tex.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.

Robby Hyche officiated chapel services Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at Valley Chapel of Oneonta. Interment was at Liberty Hill Cemetery, Royal. Pallbearers were Robert Max Graves Jr., Timmy G. Graves, Alex Jefferson Graves, Timothy Lee Jefferson, Brady Shawn Jefferson, and Nicholas Graves. Honorary pallbearers were Zachary Graves, Luke Graves, Joshua Graves, and Trent Martin.

VIRGINIA HOLDER KISER, 84, died Feb. 3, 2009, at her Blountsville residence. Born in Blount County, she was the daughter of the late E.H. and Frances Hudson Holder and widow of Chester Paul Kiser. She was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church and had retired as a seamstress with Blue Bell.

Surviving are son Rick Kiser of Gallant; daughter Vicki (Kenneth) Murphree of Blountsville; grandchildren Andrea Murphree, Carly Murphree, Landon Kiser, Ryan Murphree, Lauren Kiser, and Candace Walker Kiser; sister Sue Holt. She was predeceased by six sisters in addition to her husband and parents.

Mark Jones officiated services Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. at Rock Springs Methodist Church. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery. Pallbearers were Landon Kiser, Ryan Murphree, Jon Hendrix, Jason Ederly, Josh Nelson, and Matthew Roberson. Blountsville Funeral Home directed.

REGINA LYNN RICE, 44, of Remlap died Feb. 5, 2009. Employed as a waitress, she was the daughter of the late James Virgel and Norma Jean Smith Rice.

Surviving are brothers David Dwight (Shirley) Rice and James V. (Tabitha Ann) Rice Jr., both of Remlap, Brian Keith (Wendy) Rice of Locust Fork; nieces, Cicily, Amanda, Cherie, Alisha, and Jamie Leigh; nephews, David, Dalton, James, and Chase.

Linda Carter officiated graveside services Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. at Remlap Methodist Church. Lemley Funeral Home directed.

RAYMOND HENRY RUDLOFF, 73, of Blountsville, died Feb. 2, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Born in Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Rudloff. A widower, he had been married first to Elda Rudloff and then to Katie Marie Smith Rudloff. He was a member of Rock Springs Methodist Church and a former truck driver for Wiley Sanders Trucking Line of Troy.

Surviving are sons Deke Rudloff and Daaron (Rayna) Rudloff of Florida; daughters Linda Vanzandt and Melba (Ralph) Hutchens of Blountsville; grandchildren Rudy Rudloff, Eric Rudloff, Kristy Farr, Justin Rudloff, Shannon Farr, Kevin Swan, Christopher Rudloff, Nadia Rudloff, Kim Carden, Timmy Smith, Toby Smith, Jada Smith, Ty Smith, Dusty Baker, Lenny Vanzandt, Les Vanzandt, Belinda Brown, Rhonda Washburn, Jonathan Hutchens, Clint Smith, Lauren Smith, Anna Marie Smith, and Matthew Smith; 20 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wives and parents, he was predeceased by son Rudy Gene Rudloff and brother George Rudloff.

Kenny Baskins and Chris Washburn officiated services Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. at Rock Springs Methodist Church with burial in the adjoining cemetery, Blountsville Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Shannon Farr, Justin Rudloff, John Brown, Jonathan Hutchens, Les Vanzandt, Jerry Weaver, Ty Smith, and Pat Thomas. Honorary pallbearer was Sonny Dennis.