The Blount Countian generally does not publish obituaries unless the deceased have direct connections to this county. If your relative’s obit did not appear in the paper, that is probably the reason.

JAMES ROSCOE COPPOCK, 91, of Oneonta, died April 9, 2009, at Altoona Health and Rehab. For over 32 years, he was manager of Watson’s Department Store (later known as Bennett’s Department Store) in downtown Oneonta. An Alabama native, he was the son of the late James Arthur and Willie Jackson Coppock. Others predeceasing him were wife Minnie Armstrong Coppock; brothers Leroy and Kenneth Coppock; and sister Elsie Robinson.

Surviving are sons Ron G. (Rita) Coppock of Atlanta,Ga., and Don R. (Glenda) Coppock of Oneonta; grandsons Chris Coppock and Brian Coppock of Tuscaloosa, David (Melissa) Coppock of Calera, and Adam (Stephanie) Coppock of Montgomery; brothers Dwight (Virginia) Coppock of Knoxville, Tenn., and Charles (Mildred) Coppock of Pensacola, Fla.; sister Mary Coppock Kent of Cullman; sisters-in-law Jewel Coppock of Pensacola, Fla., June Coppock of Gadsden, and Sue Robison of Jacksonville, Ark.

Larry Gibson officiated services Sunday, April 12, at 3 p.m. at Snead Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Hopewell Cemetery, Hanceville. Pallbearers were grandsons and George and Ellis Reid.

WILLIE B. RATCHFORD DAVIS was the third of 11 children born to the late Monroe and Emma Ratchford. She came to know the Lord early in her life, receiving her early Christian education at the Mount Zion Baptist Church (Oneonta, AL) where she was raised up and where she worshipped.

Willie B. was educated in the Alabama public school system. After her grade school education, she attended nursing school and became a nurse. She later went on to Miles College in Birmingham and returned to Oneonta to be a teacher. After some years, Willie B. moved to Washington DC to work with the government. While there, she also owned a taxi company, Taylor’s Taxi, and was the first black woman in Washington DC to do so.

After a number of years in DC, she moved to Philadelphia and earned a degree from the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a counselor for drug addicts. She was also a faithful member of Grace Baptist Church. Willie B. returned to Oneonta after many years and worked as a civic leader. She organized a scholarship fund in her name which still supports local students in their college endeavors, till this day.

Sister Willie B. Ratchford Davis leaves to cherish precious memories two sisters, Emma Fowler and Goneba Taylor; two brothers, OD and Monroe Ratchford; nieces, nephews, and a host of other family and friends.

(The above obituary was reprinted from the funeral program as requested by the family, who also paid to have a photograph used. Ms. Davis was born May 4, 1913, and died April 1, 2009. Pastors Mylus Spear and Ervin Taylor officiated at funeral services held Saturday, April 4, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Valley Chapel of Oneonta with interment in Liberty Cemetery.)

ROBERT WAYNE MAYFIELD, 71, died April 3, 2009, at his residence in Oneonta. An Alabama native, he was the son of the late Robert and Virgie McGardy Mayfield. He worked as an operating room technician and was a veteran with the U.S. Marine Corps. Predeceasing him in addition to his parents were wife Betty Claburn Mayfield and son Robert Sam Mayfield.

Surviving are daughter Teresa Diane Arendt of Boaz; brother Richard Glenn Mayfield of Gadsden; and special friends Jimmy and Ann Sullins of Snead.

Bruce Dial officiated graveside services Tuesday, April 7, at 4 p.m. at Liberty Hill Cemetery with Snead Funeral Home directing.

SHIRLEY MILLWOOD, 80, of Holly Pond, died April 9, 2009. Born in Blount County and a former resident of Blountsville, she was the daughter of the late Sims and Maude Alldredge Garrett. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Holly Pond.

Surviving are husband Clifford Millwood and daughters Sandra Forester and Rhonda (Mike) Neal, all of Holly Pond; sister Betty Brinkman of Hoover; grandchildren John Cornelius, Sarah (Geoff) Jones, and Lauren Neal; great-grandchildren Jonathan Cornelius, Payton Cornelius, Sydney Jones, and Molly Neal.

Delbert Freeman officiated services April 11 at 11 a.m. at Holly Pond Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Rock Springs Cemetery.

LISA WILKES, 43, of Blountsville, died March 25, 2009, at Shepard’s Cove. A native of East Chicago, Ind., she was the daughter of Barbara Woods Gilliland and the late Anthony Wilkes. She was disabled. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by grandparents Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Woods and Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Wilkes.

Surviving besides her mother are her father Roger Gilliland; brothers Loren Gilliland and Lyle (Tracy) Gilliland; nieces Holly, Raven, and Abbey Gilliland; and nephew Riley Gilliland.

Tony Gunter officiated services March 27 at 11 a.m. at Holly Pond Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Rock Springs Cemetery in Blountsville.