OBITUARIES




EARNEST L. BELL, 86, of Altoona, died Feb. 20, 2009, at Gadsden Regional Hospital. Born in Georgia, he had worked as a roofer. Predeceasing him were parents Berton Bell and Ruby Kaler and special friend Margaret Evelyn Bell.

Surviving are stepdaughter Barbara Bradley and stepson Fred White, both of Altoona.

Don Garrison officiated gravesides services Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at Memory Gardens with Snead Funeral Home directing.

BENNY WALLACE BRYAN, 82, of Cleveland, died Feb. 16, 2009, at TLC Nursing Center. A member of the Masons and Cleveland United Methodist Church, he had retired as a supervisor with Stockham Valve. He served in the military and was a hunter, fisherman, and skin diver; he especially loved his “John Deere.” His parents Walter B. and Lucille Taylor Bryan predeceased him.

Surviving are wife Edwina Pass Bryan; daughter Edna Bennie (Bobby) Baker; honorary daughter Kathy (Dewayne) Compton; grandchildren Bryan (Jamie) Baker and Bradley (LaShanda) Baker; great-grandchildren Raven, Abbie, and Mikie; and special friend Vernon Allison.

Wess Hallman officiated chapel services Feb. 19, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home with interment following at Cleveland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bruce Faust, Neil Faust, Steve Pass, Martin Faust, J.L. Pass, and David Spike.

ANNIE MAY BUTTS, 77, died Feb. 16, 2009, in an automobile accident in Hanceville where she resided. She had lived in Blountsville until the last two years. A member of Mountain Grove Baptist Church, Blountsville, she was employed as a clerk at Walmart in Cullman and had retired as manager of the Super 10 Store in Blountsville. Predeceasing her were parents Rufus and Viola Hayes Shadrix; husband Carlton “Doc” Butts; two sisters; four brothers.

Surviving are son Randy Butts of Hanceville; sister Rachel Franks of Kimberly; and grandchild Richard Tyler Butts.

Darryl McHan and Waylon Thrasher officiated chapel services Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home with interment following in Blountsville’s South Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Shadrix, Kenny Blackmon, Jeff Blackmon, Mark Fowler, Gene Small, Cody Shadrix, and Ray Blackmon.

FRANK CARMICLE, 86, of Walnut Grove, died Feb. 4, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Born in Warren, Ark., he was the son of the late Frank and Nanny Duncan Carmicle. He retired from the Air Force after serving his country during World War II and the Korean War and, as a civilian, he worked on aircraft during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors, and wildlife and spent many years in Lake County, Fla., Bradley County, Ark., and the last 25 years in Alabama. Since his children lived in other states, he was cared for by his best friends and second family Harry, Vicky, Diane, and Jimmy.

Surviving are sons Steve Carmicle of Underwood, Minn., and Reed Carmicle of St. Paul, Minn.; daughter Carla Carmicle of Gainesville, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Ed Engle officiated graveside services Friday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. at Altoona-Walnut Grove Cemetery with Snead Funeral Home directing. Among pallbearers were Harry Huggins, Steve Carmicle, and Zach Prater.

TED DAVID ELROD, 96, of Oneonta, died Feb. 22, 2009, at Baptist Medical Center Princeton. A retired farmer, he was of the Baptist faith. He was predeceased by parents Oliver T. and Mennie Gibbs Elrod; wife Pluma Elrod; three sisters; and five brothers.

Surviving are son Jerry (Rachel) Elrod of Oneonta; grandchildren Kevin (Kristy) Elrod of Morris, Lisa (Patrick) Bryant and David (Lori) Elrod, both of Oneonta; eight great-grandchildren.

Bob Bryant officiated services Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. at Valley Chapel Oneonta. Interment was at Wynnville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Patrick Bryant, Kevin Elrod, David Elrod, David Tidmore, Craig Edwards, and Greg Elrod.

CHRISTINE IMOGENE ELROD FOUNTAIN, 84, of Oneonta, died Feb. 14, 2009, in a local nursing home. Born April 16, 1924, in Blount County, she was the daughter of the late William and Martha Cornelius Elrod. Her husband Wilbur C. Fountain also predeceased her.

Surviving are daughter Dorothy (Robert) Arnold of Homosassa, Fla.; grandson Stephen (Amy) Arnold and two great-granddaughters Lauren and Emily, all of Wesley Chapel, Fla.

A private memorial service will be held in Florida later. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery with Lemley Chapel directing.

ALVIN ALTON HAILES, 78, of Oneonta, died Feb. 22, 2009, at Golden Living Center. Born in Talladega County, he was the son of the late Jesse Junior and Tressie Ragsdale Hailes. He was a disabled veteran, having served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy.

Surviving are brothers Arthur (Martha) Hailes of Blountsville and Jerry Donald (Carrie) Hailes of Augusta, Ark., and sisters Bobbie Jo (Dewayne) Whatley of Augusta, Ark., and Ruby Jean Gill of Vinemont.

Lemley Chapel directed cremation.

EVA MAE VAUGHN HOOPER, 73, of Locust Fork, died Feb. 16, 2009, in Blount County. She was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church and loved flowers and gardening. Predeceasing her were her husband William Tillman Hooper, parents Arrel and Gladys McCay Vaughn, and brother Coyce Vaughn.

Surviving are sons Dennis (Susan) Hooper and Steve (Julie) Hooper; daughters Denise (Darrel) Bynum and Renae (Randel) Narrell; brother Claudis (Buddy) Vaughn; sister Marie Churchwell; grandchildren Melanie Haynes, Russell Bynum, Tim Bynum, Valerie Hooper, Miranda Gathof, and Brian Narrell; three great-grandchildren.

Ennis Stone officiated services Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with burial following at Bethlehem Cemetery. Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home directed.

JULIA BURNS HURLEY, 69, of Hayden, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009. She was a longtime member of Brookhaven United Methodist Church of Powderly and also held membership in the Walking Horse Association of Alabama and the Alabama Show Horse Association.

Surviving are husband of 47 years Robert Hurley; daughters Theresa (Jeffrey) Fuller of Forestdale and Sherri (Ken) Clark of Danville; grandchildren Benjamin Fuller, Elijah Clark, and Elizabeth Clark.

Mark Barber officiated chapel services Saturday, Feb. 21, at Ridout’s in Gardendale. Burial followed at Elmwood Cemtery. The family requested that donations be made to the American Lung Association in lieu of flowers.

BONNIE B. KNAPP, 93, of Oneonta, died Jan. 25, 2009, at Northside Healthcare and Rehab in Gadsden. A former resident of Ft. Myers, Fla., she had been employed as a bookkeeper and a seamstress. Predeceasing her were parents Ruben Rufus and Ruby Rossie Carter Keene; husband LeRoy C. Knapp; and daughter Wanda J. Johnson.

Surviving are daughter Bette (John) Vice of Oneonta; son R. Wayne (Dorothy) Boyette of Sun City, Ariz.; several grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two greatgreat grandchildren; sisters-in-law Julia Keen of Ft. Myers, Fla., Lenoir Keene of North Ft. Myers, Fla.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. at Ft. Myers City Cemetery. Snead Funeral Home directed.

SAMUEL THOMAS LOGAN, 62, died Feb. 21, 2009, at his residence in Oneonta. Born in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Byron and Mary Love Logan. A retired employee of the State Highway Department, he served two years in the Navy and was a member of Free Home Holiness Church. Predeceasing him besides his parents were sisters Lois Bentley and Bobbie Archer and brothers John, Leonard, and Jerry Logan.

Surviving are the widow Gail Logan; daughter Meggie (Michael) Tolbert of Oneonta; son Daniel Logan of Oneonta; sister Becky Storey of Mississippi; brothers Jimmy Logan of Locust Fork, Don Logan, George and Roger Logan of Pinson, and Mike Logan.

Don Edwards officiated graveside services Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery with Valley Chapel Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Joseph Jetter, Ray Morgan, Steven Archer, Buddy Heaton, Walley Moody, Darryl Tolbert, Bufford McCay, and Keven Robbins.

HOLLIS LEON MAHAFFEY, 67, of Pinson, died Feb. 20, 2009, at UAB Hospital. Born in Rusk County, Texas, he had been employed as a truck driver with Ryerson Tull Steel Company. He was married to the former Marie Cornelius, who was born and reared in Blountsville where she still has many relatives. Predeceasing him were his parents Woodrow and Myrtle Martin Mahaffey; brother Joe Mahaffey; sister Hilda Williams; and stepmother Eurith Mahaffey.

Surviving besides his wife are son Chad (Courtney) Mahaffey and daughter Melissa (Jeff) Utterback, both of Texas, and grandchildren Tyler Mahaffey, Blake Mahaffey, Jacob Utterback, and Cade Utterback.

Dewey Briscoe and Rick Stokes officiated chapel services Feb. 23 at 11 a.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home. Interment followed at Oak Grove Cemetery in Blountsville. Pallbearers were Ezell Cornelius, Larry Cornelius, Steve Crowe, Mike Clark, Carlton Thomas, Gene Ray, Billy Cornelius, and Steven Mahaffey.

ELNER LORENE McCAY, 79, of Locust Ford, died Feb. 16, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East. Born in Blount County, she had been employed at Blue Bell. Predeceasing her were husband Auburn Ethan McCay; parents Carl and Julie Youngblood Faile; two brothers; two sisters.

Surviving are daughters Arlene (Charles) Goodwin of Pinson, Clara Lewis of Arlington, Tex., and Dana McCay of Spunky Hollow; son Auburn L. (Barbara) McCay of Spunky Hollow; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brother Ronnie (Donna) Faile of Spoonhandle; sister Jean Goodwin of Center Hill.

Ed Spruill and Charles Goodwin officiated services Thursday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment was at Pine Bluff Cemetery.

EDNA MAE MORRIS, 81, of Susan Moore, died Feb. 20, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Born in Etowah County, she was the daughter of the late Edgar M. and Cenie Mae Ingle Morton. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Predeceasing her besides the parents were her husband Roy G. Morris; sons James Morris and Billy Ray Morris; grandson Bobby Hawkins; son-in-law Kenneth Hawkins; two infant brothers Truman and Edward Morton.

Surviving are son Lanny (Katherine) Morris of Tifton, Ga.; daughters Delores (David) Amend of Friday’s Crossing and Patricia Hawkins of Susan Moore; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

Bobby Jones officiated services Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with entombment following at Oak Hill Mausoleum. Pallbearers were Billy Hill, Patrick Amend, Kevin Amend, Michael Morris, Chris Morris, Chad Morris, Jason Booth, and Ron Webb. EUEL WAYNE ROBBINS, 60, of Snead, died Feb. 18, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East. He was a retired supervisor with GoldKist Farms and loved to fish. His parents James Euel and Helen Louise Graves predeceased him.

Surviving are his wife Margie Robbins; daughters Kelly Robbins of Boaz and Melissa Franklin of Horton; brother Harold Robbins of Snead; five stepchildren; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jimmy Copeland, Ginger Copeland, and Russell Barlow officiated chapel services Saturday, Feb. 21, at Snead Funeral Home with interment following at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Holt, Jimmy Noyes, Corey Harper, Scottie Chambers, Chris Chambers, Tim Chambers, and Dennis Argy.

EVA E. DINGLER SHAW, 93, of Blountsville, died Feb. 15, 2009, at TLC Nursing Center in Oneonta. Born in Blountsville, she was the daughter of the late Kinch Guss and Susan E. Smith Dingler and was the widow of Clayton Shaw. She was a member of Blountsville Methodist Church and had retired as a self-employed beautician. Besides her husband and parents, she was predeceased by brothers Albert, Arthur, Colbert, Amos, and Jack Dingler and sisters Lela Ingram, Bertha Massey, and Katie King.

Surviving are son Edward (Dorenda) Nygren of California; grandchildren Rich, Blair, and Abigail of Texas; and sister Mary Williams of Blountsville.

Jeff Bullard and Robert Bullard officiated chapel services Thursday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home. Interment was at Liberty Hill Cemetery, Blountsville. Pallbearers were Roger Bullard, Gary Sanders, David Massey, Joe Bullard, Garry Bullard, Scott Bullard, Jerry Bullard, and Ottis Massey.