OBITUARIES



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JAMES WILLIE BLACKWOOD, who died April 28, 2009, had a sister Ruth (Charles) Holt of Altoona, whose name was omitted from information provided for his obituary May 13.

ENNIS WADE GOBER, 74, died May 16, 2009, at his Nectar residence. A native of Marshall County, he was the son of the late Ennis and Vashtie Sterling Gober. He was a member of Elvester Baptist Church and a retired mechanic and truck driver.

Surviving are daughter Sandy (Bobby) Standridge of Nectar; grandchildren Amy (Roy) Mize, Misty (Dustin) Smith, and Dale (Brook) Hayes; great-grandchildren, Lake, Austin, Kaylee, Klaudia, Ty, Ivy, and Bella; brother Bobby (Carolyn) Gober; sister Mary Ann (James) Wiggins.

Ennis Stone officiated services Monday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Nectar Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roy Mize, Dale Hayes, Dustin Smith, Mark Maddux, Taylor Benefield, and Randall Gober.

ALLIE UNDERWOOD GREEN, 70, of Blountsville, died May 9, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. The Blount native was the daughter of the late Luther and Mae Graves Underwood. She was a 1956 graduate of J.B. Pennington High School, a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, and a retired convenience store cashier. Her husband Billy G. Green died last month on April 15, 2009. Others predeceasing her were brother Franklin Underwood and sisters Geneva Hyatt, Faye Wade, and Rosalee Underwood.

Surviving are brothers Kenneth (Charlotte) Underwood of Goldridge and Billy Ray (Pam) Underwood of Alabaster and sisters Sue Frith and Arlene (Phil) Dussault, both of Huntsville.

Robert Bullard officiated services May 12 at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with interment following at South Cemetery near Blountsville. Pallbearers were Wayne Underwood, Tim Underwood, Billy Ray Underwood, Kenneth Underwood, Doug Hyatt, and Phil Dussault.

GENE McARTHUR HICKS, 66, died May 14, 2009, at his residence in Trafford (Dallas/Selfville community). Born in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Cunningham Wilson and Viola Elizabeth Richey Hicks. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and worked as a machinist and mechanic. Predeceasing him besides his parents were brothers Carl, O.B., Jim, and Jerry Hicks. Surviving are wife of 43 years Lola Reid Hicks; daughters Wendy (Shane) Hardin of Ashville, Gina (Dan) Self and Michelle (Stephen) Cooper, both of Leeds; grandchildren Brandi DuPriest, Brenton DuPriest, Blake Hardin, Daniel Self, Justin Self, Jasmine Cooper, and Ashley Cooper; great-granddaughter Kaileigh Abney; sister Flossie Owensby of Remlap; brother Brady Hicks of Masseyline. Glenn Hicks officiated services Sunday, May 17, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel with interment following at Bethlehem Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Goodwin, Kevin Goodwin, Lynn Hicks, Dennis Hicks, David Hicks, and Brenton DuPriest.

MARTHA BENTLEY LOVELADY, 73, of Oneonta, died May 13, 2009, after an extended battle with leukemia. Born and raised in Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Luther Daniel Bentley Sr. and Bertha Smith Bentley. She spent her professional life in Birmingham employed by the Jefferson County Board of Education as a teacher and guidance counselor. After retirement, she moved back to Oneonta so that she could be closer to friends and relatives.

A voracious reader, Mrs. Lovelady liked to volunteer and especially enjoyed working as a hostess at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Fun loving and generous, she loved her grandchildren, beautiful things, and traveling. It seemed she never met a stranger and enjoyed talking and laughing with interesting people everywhere.

Surviving are daughter Clare Specht; brother L.D. (Rachel) Bentley Jr.; one grandson Dylan; two granddaughters Madison and Noah; three nieces Terri, Debbie, and Emily; and two nephews Danny and Bob.

A memorial service to celebrate Mrs. Lovelady’s life will be held at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church in Oneonta on May 23 at 10 a.m.

PAULINE B. MOBLEY, 78, of Altoona, died Monday, May 11, 2009, in a Birmingham hospital. She was a native of Georgia and had resided in Etowah County for the past 30 years. A gentle and wonderful person, she was a member of Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Altoona. Predeceasing her were son Stephen Mobley and brother Edward Brewer.

Surviving are daughters Karen Reynolds of Altoona and Patricia (Randy) Duke of Hayden; sisters Dorothy Edwards of Savannah, Tenn., Geneva Cash of Mandeville, La., Patricia Grimes of Niotaze, Kan., Gwenda Colton of Guthrie, Okla., and Dale Bailey of Camey, Kan.; grandchildren Robin, Tracy, Janie, and Natalie; great-grandchildren Kandal, Robert Jr., Autumn, Matthew, Corey, Jonathan, Wesley, Matthew, DC, and Jordan; great-great-grandchild Aerial.

Steve Abernathy officiated services Saturday, May 16, at 1 p.m. at Morgan Funeral Chapel. Burial was at Rainbow Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Randy Duke, Brett Page, Robert Steele Jr., James W. Hudgins, Joshua Franklin, and Todd Isaac.

SALLY THOMAS MULLINS, 60, died May 16, 2009, at her residence in Locust Fork. Born in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of the late Vernon and Mildred Drake Thomas. She was a member of Locust Fork Baptist Church and had served with Locust Fork’s town council and fire department. A lover of sewing and reading, she had worked as a beautician and nurse.

Surviving are husband Jerry Lee Mullins; son Keith (Mary) Mullins; brother Paul Thomas; sister Sandra (Thomas) Oyeniyi; and grandchild Micheal Mullins.

Robert Metzler officiated services May 19 at 1 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at New Lebanon Cemetery.

JOHN FLEGAL SAWYER, 80, long-time Oneonta resident, died May 7, 2009, at the Mabee Center in Midland, Texas. Born in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Robert L. and Margaret Flegal Sawyer. He had earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages and had retired after nearly 30 years with the U.S. Postal Service. A member of First Baptist Church Oneonta, he served in Germany during the Korean War. Predeceasing him besides his parents were wife Sara Pauline Duke Sawyer and sister Catherine Sawyer.

Surviving are daughters Rebecca Sawyer of Midland, Tx., and Jane (Dan) Dumas of Louisville, Ky.; son Michael (Jan) Sawyer of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren Andy and Pam Sawyer of Raleigh, Aidan and Elijah Dumas of Louisville, and Justin Sawyer of Midland; brothers Bob Sawyer of Waynesboro, Miss., and Nye Sawyer of Acworth, Ga.

Larry Gipson officiated services Thursday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel with interment following at Oak Hill Cemetery.