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KENNETH ALDERSON, 55, of the Holly Springs community, died Monday, May 18, 2009, at Riverview Regional Medical Center. Born in Jefferson County, he was the son of Elbert C. Alderson of Oneonta and the late Mirrelean “Tootsie” McClung Alderson. He was a child of God and had worked as a heavy equipment operator for construction companies. Predeceasing him besides his mother were brother Tony Alderson and grandmothers Florence Alderson and Maggie McClung.

Surviving besides his father are wife Susan Sullivan Alderson; daughter Christy (Chris) Kelsey of the Holly Springs community; grandchildren Collie Kyle and Nicholas Clayton Kelsey; brothers Stanley Alderson of Oneonta and Marty (Jody) Alderson of Springville; sisterin law Carol Alderson of Altoona.

Services were held Thursday, May 21, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at New Hoe Cemetery near Springville.

CHARLCIE KATHLEEN PETREY CARGILE, 85, died May 20, 2009, at her residence in Oneonta. Born in Corbin, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Terrell and Laura Oakes Petrey and the widow of Charles Clifton Cargile. Owner-operator of Cargile Jewelers, she was a jeweler for 59 years and had a rare appreciation for beautiful things. She took great pleasure and pride in her business and held membership in both Lester Memorial United Methodist Church and Blount County/Oneonta Chamber of Commerce.

Surviving are sons Thomas E. (Louise) Smalley of Hartselle and Tim (Cathy) Smalley of Decatur; daughter Patricia (Keith) Ganey of Biloxi, Miss.; grandchildren Drew Smalley, Cole Ganey, and Cade Ganey; sister Imogene Parker of Mason, Ohio.

David Lee officiated services May 22 at 11 a.m. from Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, where family members suggested memorials be made in lieu of flowers. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery with Lemley Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were John Gooch, Connor Gooch, Joe Phillps, Danny Skillman, Hal Ray, and Gary Reid.

SANDRA FAY COLLEY, 58, of Ashville, died May 18, 2009, at Riverview Regional Medical Center. A native of Chambers County, she was the daughter of the late George Andrew Sr. and Lela Mae White Roberson. Others predeceasing her were sisters Jean and Jane Roberson; brother Gerald Roberson; brother-in-law Don Newman.

Surviving are husband Marvin Colley; daughters April (Walter) Hall and Connie Colley, both of Ashville; sons Mark (Ashley) Colley of Ashville and Ben (Angel) Colley; 16 grandchildren; sisters Frances (Marvin) Cornelius and Laura Newman, both of Oneonta; brothers George Jr. (Betty) Roberson of Lawley, Charles (Karen) Roberson of Clanton, Randall (Carol) Roberson of Oneonta.

Services were held Thursday, May 21, at 11 a.m. from Lemley Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation followed the service.

DAVID ROBERT DOWNING, 64, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at his Oneonta residence following a lengthy illness. A native of Cullman, he was the son of the late John Louie and Alma Pauline Downing. A former construction worker, he was co-founder of the local COPD Support Group (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). He was a member of The Church at Oneonta. A brother Douglas Downing of Cullman predeceased him, in addition to his parents.

Surviving are wife Phyllis Rich Downing; brother Joe (Sue) Downing of Blountsville; sister Carol (Bill) Speegle of Oneonta; and granddaughter Yaquelin Reyes of Oneonta.

Memorial services were held Sunday, May 17, at 4 p.m. at The Church of Oneonta. His body was donated to science at Genesis in Memphis,Tenn. Lemley Funeral Home handled arrangements. The family suggested donations could be made in his memory to the COPD Support Group at Superior Bank in Oneonta.

VIRGINIA DALE “MIDGE” FINDLEY, 81, of Oneonta, formerly of Tuscaloosa, died May 23, 2009, at TLC Nursing Center. A member of Union Hill Baptist Church, she was the daughter of the late William “Huey” and Johnnie Hubbard and the widow of Robert “Bob” Findley. Also predeceasing her with sons Randy Hubbard and Bobby Findley.

Surviving are grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, and friends.

Bill Barnett officiated services Tuesday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at Union Hill Baptist Church. Burial was at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park Cemetery with Lemley Funeral Home directing.

ORIAN E. FLOYD, 84, of Oneonta, died May 15, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East. The Alabama native was the son of the late Ira Jackson and Lillie Mae Elrod Floyd. He had worked in retail management and was a member of New Clear Creek Primitive Baptist Church. Predeceasing him besides his parents was sister Frances Arnold.

Surviving are wife Joella Alldredge Floyd; son Drew ( Jackie) Floyd and granddaughter Sarah Floyd of Grayson, Ga.; niece Belinda Kay Harris; nephew Tommy Arnold.

Roy Coker and Stoney Beavers officiated services May 17 at 2 p.m. at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Alldredge Cemetery.

HELEN LOUISE ELROD KING, 79, of Oneonta, died May 15, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East. A native of Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Golden Essie Miller Elrod. She was a member of Gibbs Chapel United Methodist Church and worked many years for Blount County Transit. Predeceasing her besides her parents were husband Wade Adrian King; grandson Randy Laughlin; brother Billy Elrod; sister Peggy Pate.

Surviving are daughters Charlotte Laughlin of Emmitsburg, Md., and Patty King of Reno, Nev.; son-inlaw Larry Laughlin of Glennville, Ga.; grandchild Chris (Amanda) Laughlin of Springville; great-grandchildren Kyle, Savannah, Hope, Devyn, and Conner Laughlin; brother Ronald Elrod of Quinton; sisters Shirley Dole of Pinson, Elouise Logan of Pleasant Grove, Marie Morton of Trussville.

Bradley Tidwell officiated services Monday, May 18, at 3 p.m. from Lemley Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Gibbs Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Alan Logan, Rusty Dole, Randy Plyler, Mark Hyde, Jon Coulter, and Vic Perry.

JONATHAN “LOU” PAINTER, 86, of Susan Moore, died May 22, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Oneonta. An Alabama native, he was the son of the late Jonah Fulmer and Mary Octavia Ridgeway Painter. A huge Alabama fan, he had worked as a brick mason and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. He was a Navy veteran of World War II stationed on aircraft carrier USS Fanshaw Bay. He was a longtime council member and had served as mayor for the Town of Susan Moore. Predeceasing him besides his parents was a sister Annie Ruth Cleveland.

Surviving are his wife Ladora Hyde Painter; daughters Dratha Ann (Bill) Neumann of Vestavia, Deborah (Joe) Criswell of Snead, Ellen (Mike) Allen of Pell City; grandchildren Jennifer (Eddie) Priest and Jonathan Criswell of Susan Moore, Christine (Matt) Stoops of Fort Worth, Texas, Lori Allen of Pell City, Andrea (Doug) Freeze of Memphis, Tenn., John Allen of Florida; great-grandchildren Evan Priest and Riley Priest of Susan Moore, Alex Freeze and Carter Freeze of Memphis, Tenn.; sisters Jeanette (Curtis) Horton of Oneonta, Velma Sue (Troy) Meade of Snead; brothers Abraham (Etoile) Painter of Gainesville, Fla., Curtis (Barbara) Painter of Snead.

Mike Allum and Bric Latham officiated services Monday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with Snead Funeral Home directing. Interment was at Ebenezer Cemetery. Pallbearers were Craig Shirley, Jim Painter, Mike Painter, Dan Godwin, Don Horton, and Steve Painter. Honorary pallbearers were Jonathan Criswell and Eddie Priest.

SUE CAROL PHILLIPS, 67, died May 23, 2009, at her residence in Oneonta. Surviving are husband Donald Richard Phillips; daughter Djuna Owens of Oneonta; son Phil (Jill) Phillips of Oneonta; grandchildren Megan (Mitchell) Hasting of Northport and Baylor Phillips, Austin Owens, and Greer Phillips, all of Oneonta; sisters Shelba Sanders of Hammond, Ind., Kaye (Bill) Butler of Fairview, and Connie (Bud) Stallings of Cullman; sisterin law Norma Greer of Hanceville.

Bill Barnett officiated services Monday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gary Dodd, Darel Reeves, Perry Swindall, Joe Childress, Kevin Helfrich, Donny Ray, Johnny Rogers, and Randall Bugg.

DOYLE THOMAS SIMS, 59, of Walnut Grove, died May 6, 2009, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. An Alabama native, he was the son of the late Charlie and Willie Mae Sims. He worked 40 years on road maintenance with Alabama Department of Transportation. Predeceasing him were parents, two brothers, and a sister.

Surviving are wife Caroline Miller Sims; daughters Terri (Wayne) Rhodes of Snead, Becky (Chad) Garrard of Walnut Grove, Wendy Sims (J.D. Vanwagner Jr.) of Douglas; five grandchildren; brother Norman “Shorty” Sims of Snead; sisters Doris Garrett and Carolynne Dupree of Fort Payne.

Jackie Garrard officiated services Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. at Snead Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Bailey Cemetery at Susan Moore. Pallbearers were Chad Garrard, Wayne Rhodes, J.D. Vanwagner Jr., Allen Entrekin, and Daryl Rhodes.

JOSEPH LAMAR “DUCK” THOMAS, 82 died May 11, 2009, at his residence at Snead. A veteran of the United States Navy, he had been employed at TCI with U.S. Steel. Predeceasing the Alabama native were parents Horace and Vera Parker Thomas and brother Hassel Thomas.

Surviving are wife Annie Sue Kornegay Thomas; sons Greg (Nita) Thomas of Snead and Danny (Cindy) Thomas of Southside; grandchildren Jenifer and Leslie Loggins of Oneonta, Justin Thomas of Florence, Emma Thomas and Riley Thomas of Southside; great-grandchild Madilyn Loggins of Oneonta; brother Oswald (Susanne) Thomas of Susan Moore; sister Betty (O.K.) Alexander of Blountsville.

Joey Kirby and Don Godwin officiated services Wednesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at Snead Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Wynnville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Justin Thomas, Lee Long, Bill Kornegay, Rodger Little, James Debter, Perry Debter, and Joe Curlette.

JIMMY R. TIDWELL, 59, of Oneonta, died May 22, 2009, at his residence. An Alabama native, he was employed with the street department for the City of Oneonta. Predeceasing him were his parents Richard Finis Crow and Etta Katherine Tidwell Crow and a brother Edgar Lynn Searcy.

Surviving are his wife Lela P. “Sue” Tidwell; daughter Donna (Jeff ) Todd of Oneonta; grandson Brady Alan Todd; sisters Martha Ann Collier of Hanceville and Shirley Lefan of Clay; brother Robert Earl Searcy of Birmingham.

Jerry Hackney and W.O. Fox officiated services May 25 at 2 p.m. at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Gibbs, Roy Blackwood, Keith Mardis, Jerry Parker, Cecil Price, and Dr. Stephen Avram. Honorary pallbearers were Kelly Roberts and Rodney Wall.

VELMA MARIE RIDDLE WILLIAMS, 86, of Blountsville, died May 17, 2009, at her residence. She was born in Winston County. Predeceasing her were husband Clarence Williams, who died in 1978; parents Oscar and Lutie Taylor Riddle; son Ricky Williams; daughter Ruth Williams; sister Myrtle Key; brothers Wallace Riddle, James Riddle, and Earl Riddle.

Surviving are sons Phillip (Pat) Williams of Scottsboro and Larry (Vivian) Williams of Blountsville; daughters Ludie (Clyde) McCay, Judy (Eldredge) Blackwood, and Opal (Billy Thomas) Williams, all of Blountsville; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren.

Charlie Alldredge officiated services May 19 at 3 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with interment at Blountville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Graves, Daniel Turney, Chris Williams, Michael Blackwood, Joseph Blackwood, and Greg Williams.