OBITUARIES






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PEGGY SHELTON ADKINS, 67, of Fultondale, died May 8, 2009, at her residence. Born in Blount County, she was a former resident of Cleveland and had worked as a home healthcare nurse. A member of Coalburg Baptist Church, she loved gardening and “shopping with Nicole.” Predeceasing her were parents Floyd and Leora Bowling Elrod; sons Allen and Jeffrey Shelton; brother Noel Elrod; and sister Nina McConnell.



Surviving are husband Frankie Adkins; son Mickey O’Neil Shelton; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister Elenore King.



Bill Leonard and Ron Rhodes officiated services May 11 at 12 noon at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home. Burial was at Cleveland Cemetery.



JAMES WILLIE BLACKWOOD, 67, of Oneonta, died April 28, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 42 years Ruby D. Blackwood; son James Boyd (Jennifer) Blackwood of Pell City; sisters Arlene (James) Trimm of Hoover, Emma Parrish of Altoona, Ann (Lloyd) Shumate of Huntsville, Betty (Jeff) Brooks of Snead; brothers Gary Blackwood of Arkansas, Paul (Donna) Blackwood of Missouri, Rick Blackwood (Tanya) Speakman of New Mexico; grandchildren Hollie (Matt) Perry and Heather Blackwood, both of Oneonta; stepgrandchildren Leslie Self and Paige Eads of Margaret; great-grandchildren Justin Blackwood Perry, Ryan Perry, and Parker Self.



A retired corporal with the Alabama State Troopers, Blackwood grew up in Blount County and attended school in Birmingham. He was an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in Vietnam. He began his law enforcement career in Leeds where he served as a police officer for several years before joining the state troopers. “James Willie” was honorably chosen as Trooper of the Year during his career and served in many capacities, including motorcycle trooper, disaster control group (DCG), and driver’s license division, prior to his retirement.



After retirement, Blackwood worked at Oneonta Stone Quarry about 10 years. Referred to as “Ton of Fun,” he was known for his hard work. He was a member of The Worship Center Church of God in Oneonta.



Rick Luman officiated services Thursday, April 30, at 1 p.m. at the Wonderful Worship Center in Oneonta. Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Bessemer with Paul Lett officiating. Lemley Funeral Home directed.



WILLIAM ALEXANDER BRYAN, 81, died May 4, 2009, at his residence at Cleveland. A native of Blount County and an Army veteran, he was the son of the late James Emery and Eva Sherrer Bryan. He worked as a carpenter and was a member of Haw Grove Baptist. Predeceasing him besides his parents were his wife Annie Sue Cornelius Bryan; brothers Vernon and I.J. Bryan; and sister Helen Henderson.



Surviving are son William Andrew Bryan; daughter Sandra Ann (Ray) Holmes; sister Emma Lee (Monta) Standridge; grandchildren William Christopher (Carrie) Holmes, Chasity Ann Holmes, and Patrick (Jessica) Holmes; great-grandchildren Austin Ray Chapman, MaKenzie Brooke Holmes, and Leanna Jewel Holmes.



Wayne Allcorn and Joel Sims officiated services May 6 at 11 a.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel with interment following at Mount Joy Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Bryan, Derf Bryan, E.J. Bryan, Christopher Holmes, Patrick Holmes, and David Skillman. Honorary pallbearers were Monta Standridge and Eddie Bryan.



JEANETTE HOAGLAND CLOWDUS, whose obituary was published May 6, 2009, died April 30, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Birmingham instead of St. Vincent’s East, and she had one son, Jerry C. Clowdus, who predeceased her.



MARY JANE CORBIN, 61, died May 7, 2009, at UAB Hospital. Employed as a security guard, she was a member of Cedar Mount Baptist Church. The Blount native was the daughter of the late Charles Arthur and Doris Marie Newman Cozad.



Surviving are son Paul (Kathy) Gill of Springville; granddaughter Renee Gill; sisters Evelyn (Daniel) Adams of Mt. Olive and Bonnie Ruth Bearden of Oneonta; brothers Sonny (Juanita) Cozad, Bob (Betty) Cozad, and Jerry (Evelyn) Cozad, all of Remlap, Jack (Margean) Cozad of Chatom; half sisters Dorothy Miller and Helen Brown of Pennsylvania and Lou Revels of South Carolina.



Riley Payne officiated services Tuesday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Pleasant Mount Cemetery.



MARY EVYLON DAILY, 63, of Oneonta, died May 5, 2009, at UAB Hospital. Born in Elba, she was the daughter of the late Coy David and Maggie Lou Mathews Miller. She worked as a CNA at Beverly Healthcare and also worked many years at Blue Bell. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by husband Homer Lee Daily; sisters Ellen Virginia Rice and Sara F. Bolt; and nephew Raymond D. Booth.



Surviving are brother James (Jessie) Miller of Ariton; brothers-in-law Jerry Bolt of Smiths, R.J. Daily and James Daily of Straight Mountain.



Radford Edwards officiated services May 9 at 11 a.m. at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Antioch Cemetery.



RONALD V. EUDY, 60, died April 28, 2009, at his Sheffield home. The former Blount County resident was a decorated Marine who served two tours in Vietnam and had retired from Norfolk-Southern Railroad. He was predeceased by mother Guelda Eudy; father Vernon Eudy; and stepmother Polly Eudy.



Surviving are his wife of 28 years Greta Womble Eudy and their daughter Leslie Eudy; brother Randy (Ronda) Eudy; sisters Robin Malito and Sandy (Bobby) Standridge.



A celebrational remembrance of Mr. Eudy’s life will be held Saturday, May 16, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the VFW Hall in Blountsville.



JAMES NATHANIEL KING, 92, died May 10, 2009, at his residence in the Blountsville/Berry Mountain community. A Blount native, he attended the one-room Berry Mountain school, which still stands. He was a poultry serviceman and a member of Dailey’s Chapel Independent Methodist Church. Predeceasing him were parents Stephen Arthur and Jennie Self King; seven brothers; and two sisters.



Surviving are his wife Edna Ritchie King; sons Charles E. (Kay) King and James E. (Redena) King; daughter Linda K. (Johnny) Witt; grandchildren Shane (Melanie) Witt, Stacey (Jamie) Beard, and Landon King; greatgrandchildren Stephanie Witt, Micah Beard, Savannah Beard, and Eli Beard; sister Jennie Lou Sterling.



Garland Terry, Bud Jones, and Jamie Beard officiated services May 12 at 11 a.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Dailey’s Chapel Cemetery.



HELEN TIDMORE MANN, 85, of Huntsville, died April 20, 2009, at Huntsville Hospital. A native and former resident of Blount County, she was a teacher and a member of Heritage Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were parents Robert Haskel and Ruby Cox Tidmore and husband T.E. (Short) Mann.



Surviving are son Ronnie (Rachel) Mann; daughter Wanda (Drew) McClary; grandchildren Mark Hall, Tom Mann, Jonathan Mann, and Heath Vick; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters.



Dent Mann officiated services April 22 at 2 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Nectar Cemetery.



SAMMY W.“SAM” PATE, 66, of Walnut Grove, died May 3, 2009, after a long illness. Born in Blount County, he was a lifetime resident of Walnut Grove. His parents were the late Ebin and Callie Lee Pate. He worked for Hopper Telephone, then traveled during his career as a telecommunications technician. He liked NASCAR racing and raced in Miami as a young man. He was a fisherman and a hunter and liked helping his wife with her photography business.



Surviving are his wife Kate Goble Pate; daughter Callie Pate of Walnut Grove; stepsons James Jenkins and Jerry Sanford of Walnut Grove; sisters Jean Miller and Ann (H.C.) Owens of Oneonta; brother Carter Pate of Locust Fork; granddaughters Hana Helms Warren of Albertville, Lana Sanford of Altoona, and Emerald Self of Walnut Grove; grandsons Kurtis Sanford, Jamey Jenkins, and Kamron Sanford, all of Walnut Grove; great-grandchildren Audrey Sanford, Meredith Helms, Cora Sherrill, Haley Grace Sherrill, and Wyatt Sherrill.



Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at Morgan Funeral Chapel with burial following at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Paul Jenkins, Denis Buckner, Jamey Jenkins, Kurtis Sanford, Buster Long, and Jerry Sanford. Honorary pallbearers were Kamron Sanford, Carter Pate, Joe Hopper, Russell Witt, Sylvester Cattling, Dennis Coffelt, Warren Helms, Allen Brown, H.C. Owens, Autry and Truman Works, and Davis Buckner.



REBA SUE BISHOP TIDWELL, 77, of Cleveland (Five Points area), died May 4, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. A Blount native, she was a retired worker with Blue Bell/Wrangler and was a member of Haw Grove Baptist Church. She was known for mowing the yards with Butch the Lab and keeping the house extra clean. Predeceasing her were parents Arlis and Ina Roberts Bishop and sister Shirley Allred.



Surviving are husband Calvin Tidwell; sons Jerry (Linda) Tidwell and Tommy (Marie) Tidwell; grandchildren Tommy (Tracie) Tidwell Jr. and Tiffany Tidwell.



Joe Sims and Arnold Holt officiated services May 5 at 1 p.m. at Haw Grove Baptist Church with burial at Mount Joy Cemetery, Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Greg Skillman, Michael Lauderdale, Randy Hall, Doyle Horton, Charles Faulkner, and David Skillman.