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CAROLYN ALDERSON BACHELOR, 55, of Altoona, died June 17, 2009, at Gadsden Regional Hospital. An Alabama native, she was the daughter of Wilma Jean Morgan Reeves of Ragland and the late John Ruil Reeves. Predeceasing her besides her father were first husband Tony Alderson; brother-in-law Kenneth Alderson; and niece Tina Blackmon.
Surviving besides her mother are husband Donald Bachelor; son Lamar (Jennifer) Alderson and grandchildren Lauren and Levi Alderson, all of Oneonta; brothers Donald (Judy) Reeves of Locust Fork and Daniel (Pat) Reeves of Panama City Beach, Fla.; sister Millie (Phillip) Frost of Oneonta; sister-in-law Susan Alderson of Holly Springs; uncle Paul (Margaret) Reeves of Gadsden.
Thomas Cooper and Jimmy Reeves officiated services Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Burial followed at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery.
SARAH ANN BLACKMON, 68, of Talladega, died June 20, 2009, at Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham. Born in Blount County and a former resident here, she was the daughter of the late Bruey and Cora Lee Golden Gunter and the widow of Barnett David Blackmon. A retired seamstress, she was predeceased by a brother Lee Gunter in addition to her parents and husband.
Surviving are daughters Darlene (William) Boartfield and Teresa Blackmon of Talladega; grandchildren Karen Batchelor (Andrew Moffet), John Batchelor, and David (Leann) Batchelor; brothers Andrew Blackmon, Norman Blackmon, Woody Blackmon, and James Gunter; greatgrandson Ben Batchelor; son Brian Blackmon of Birmingham.
Paul Sims officiated graveside services June 22 at 4 p.m. at Tidwell Cemetery in Allgood. Pallbearers were Andrew Moffett, David Batchelor, Kenny Blackmon, Chris Plunkett, Randy Putman, Dennis Fountain, and Donald Blackmon. Lemley Chapel directed.
MSGT. LAWRENCE E. FREDERICK was buried with full military honors Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at Hill Crest Memorial Park, Bossier City, La., after graveside services. Paul Carroll, pastor of Barksdale United Methodist Church, officiated.
Born July 13, 1923, Mr. Frederick was raised by his beloved sister Kitty Duncan of Oneonta. After graduating from Blount County High School in 1942, he entered the Air Force during World War II as a rear gunner and radio operator on B-24 bombers in the 449th Bomb Group. Captured during battle and held as a prisoner of war for several months, Mr. Frederick was a decorated hero and a Purple Heart recipient.
As career military, he and his family were stationed all over the world. He retired from the Air Force and settled in Bossier City with his wife and son in 1965. He then joined the Moffit Motor Company family and after 23 years retired for good. He remained active in veteran and ex-POW organizations until his death on June 7.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years Opal Copeland Frederick (formerly of Blount County); son Tracy Frederick; granddaughter Maliana Frederick-Bowden; grandson Coehen Lee Frederick; grandchildren Kaine Lawrence, Lillie Abigale, C.J. Lee, and Kaylee Crystal; nephews Bob Seales and Carl Frederick; nieces Claudia Belyeu and Mary Faulkner.
MARJORY MAY INGRAM, 87, died May 11, 2009, in an assisted care facility at Richland, Wash. She was the youngest of seven children born to Frank and Alma Muzzy at Baker City. Her brothers Robert, Paul, Vern, and Sidney Muzzy, and a sister Violet Judd, all died earlier.
Mrs. Ingram attended college in La Grande, where she met her future husband, Luther Ingram, who was stationed nearby with the Army Air Corps. She went on to teach for a short time before joining the WACs, where she served until the end of World War II. Later in life she returned to college and graduated in 1966 from Central State College (now the University of Central Oklahoma) in Edmond with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in German.
She and Luther Ingram were married July 18, 1944, and spent their honeymoon at Niagara Falls. Her life was one of constant travel with her husband and later their three children as they moved from base to base as a military family. Mr. Ingram lived in Blount County and graduated from Blount County High School. He died in 1991 after 47 years of marriage.
Surviving are children Linda Flackus of Beavercreek, Richard Ingram of Fort Lewis, Wash., and Ronald Ingram of West Richland, Wash; grandchildren Jennifer Frankovic of Richland, Jonathan Ingram of West Richland, and Jason, Joel, and Jessica Ingram of Veradale, Wash; sister Verna Carruth of Brea, Calif.
Graveside services were held May 15 at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane, Wash. The family suggests contributions can be made to Lower Valley Hospice, 3920 Outlook Road, Sunnyside, WA 98944.
JEFFREY C. JOHNSON, 62, of Pinson, died June 18, 2009, at UAB Palliative Care. Born in Mississippi, he was the son of the late Dan Cleo and Nellie Marie McCurry Johnson. A former real estate agent, he drove a school bus for Jefferson County Board of Education and was retired from Plumbers and Steam Fitters Local #91. He was predeceased by parents and brother Cecil Johnson.
Surviving are wife Kathaline Alexander Johnson; daughters Shannon (Aaron) Franks of Gardendale and Kandi (John) Webster of Pinson; sons Jeffrey Boyd Johnson of Birmingham, Kevin Earl (Jenny) Johnson of Geraldine, and Jeremy C. (Carrie) Smith of Blountsville; 12 grandchildren; brothers Maxie (Ellen) Johnson and Danny (Sherrie) Johnson; sisters Judy Stewart and Danie (Craig) Fant.
LaWayne Levans officiated services June 20 at 1 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Rock Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Shane Fowler, Phillip Fowler, Adam Johnson, Jerry Quick, David Johnson, and Ronnie Osborne.
WALTON JERRY LYBRAND, 67, of Altoona, died June 20, 2009, at his residence. Born in Etowah County, he was the son of the late Alva and Lillie Brothers Lybrand. He attended Snead State College for two years and retired after 34 years as postman with Gadsden Post Office. He received the National Defense Service Medal and the Marksman (Rifle) award while serving in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1968.
Surviving are wife Shirley Mikle Lybrand; daughters Wanda (Wesley) Box of Cleveland and Sherry (Andrew) Porch of Albertville; grandchildren Hannah Tidwell, Hunter and Holly Porch; brother Steve (Debbie) Lybrand of Dutton. One brother Clifton Lybrand predeceased him.
Bric Latham officiated services June 23 at 11 a.m. at Valley Chapel Funeral Home. Interment was at Bethel Cemetery at Snead. Pallbearers were Michael Box, Lynn Cuzzort, Joe Brothers, Brian Lybrand, Charles Morton, and Steve Alldredge.
ILA GAIL McANNALLY, 71, of Gadsden, died June 17, 2009. She was a longtime member of Riverbend Baptist Church. She and her deceased parents, Orbin Cecil and Trillie Marie Johnson, had been residents of Blount County.
Surviving are husband Joe Ted McAnnally; daughter JoAnn (Brent) Jones of Rainbow City; son Bobby McAnnally of Birmingham; brother Alton Johnson of Riverside; granddaughters Keegan (Austin) Powell of Rainbow City and Nicole McAnnally of Birmingham; grandson Zachary Jones of Rainbow City; great-grandsons Ethan Luke Powell and Cameron Ray Powell of Gadsden; nephews Robert Johnson and Michael Johnson, both of Oneonta; niece Theresa Johnson.
Derek Allen, Gary Walker, and Pete Hicks officiated services June 20 at 3 p.m. at Morgan Funeral Chapel with burial following at Oak Hill Cemetery in Oneonta. Pallbearers were Sonny Middleton, Elmus Washburn, Brent Jones, Tim Butts, Zachary Jones, Austin Powell, Jason Brittain, and Tim Choate.
MARTHA DARLENE PATTERSON, 64, of Montgomery, died June 15, 2009, at Greenville (S.C.) Memorial Hospital. A native of Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Harrison and Etta Washburn Allsup. A member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, she attended Troy State and worked 28 years as secretary for the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Surviving are husband Fred Patterson; sons Kevin (Steffanie) Patterson of Montgomery and Ken Patterson of Augusta, Ga.; and grandsons Bryan and Brandon Patterson of Montgomery.
Bert Goodwin officiated services June 20 at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment was at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Royal community. Pallbearers were Keith Larue, Bobby Goss, Mike Cornelius, Tom Patterson, Johnny Matthews, Jim Weaver, Bobby Gates, and Jason Fry.
EVELYN MONIZ PAYNE, 79, of Springville, died June 19, 2009, at her residence. She was a member of First Baptist Church Oneonta, a retired child care worker for Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, and an employee at Blue Bell for 12 years. She was a native of Massachusetts. Predeceasing her were parents Manuel and Mary Mederois Moniz; sisters Virgie Botelho and Mary Taylor; brother Manny Moniz Jr., and son-in-law Buddy Green.
Surviving are husband J.W. Payne of Holly Springs; daughters Monica Green (Brian) Buckner and Thalia “Tolli” (Jeff) Dickie of Springville, Sheila Payne (Paul Ortiz) of Gainesville, Fla.; grandchildren, Logan (Courtney) Green, Cody Green, Joshua Redmond-Payne, Hunter Dickie, Austin Dickie, Christian Buckner, and Isabella Dickie; brother Francis Moniz and sisters Anna Oceanas, Rosie Botelho, and Emily Steele, all of Massachusetts, and Lorraine Szylandler of Connecticut.
Larry Gipson and Judy Camp officiated services Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m. at Oneonta First Baptist Church. Interment was at Straight Mountain Memorial Gardens, Lemley Chapel directing. Pallbearers were Joshua Redmond-Payne, Logan Green, Cody Green, Hunter Dickie, Austin Dickie, O’Brian Buckner, Paul Ortiz, and Jeffrey Dickie. Honorary pallbearers were Isabella Dickie and Christian Buckner.
GERTIE BAILEY THOMAS, 92, of Oneonta, died June 20, 2009, at TLC Nursing Center. Born in Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest R. and Mamie Burnett Bailey. She was retired after teaching 32 years in Gadsden City Schools. Predeceasing her besides her parents were husband Curtis Raymond Thomas and sister Jeanette Hays.
Surviving are sisters Elvie Hays and Daphene Horton, both of Oneonta.
Luther Dorr and Ben Hays officiated graveside services Sunday, June 21, at 3 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery with Lemley Chapel directing. Pallbearers were Lance Smith, Dusty Hays, Shawn Hays, Brent Shinn, Fred Jett, and Tony Parker.
CALVIN LEON “RUMORE” TIDWELL, 80, of the Five Points community, died June 18, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. He farmed and also worked with Jerry Tidwell Construction Company. Born in Etowah County, he was the son of the late Andrew and Goldie Silvey Tidwell. Also predeceasing him were wife Reba Sue Tidwell, brother Archie Tidwell, and sister Iva Jordan. He enjoyed his morning coffee group and was known for his love of farming.
Surviving are sons Jerry (Linda) Tidwell and Tommy (Marie) Tidwell; brothers Alvin Tidwell and Zilvon “Shortie” Tidwell; sister Gloria Gilliland; and grandchildren Tommy (Tracie) Tidwell Jr. and Tiffany Tidwell.
Wayne Allcorn officiated services Saturday, June 20, at 11 a.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Mount Joy Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jose Aguilar, Alejandro Cerrates, Charlie Chastain, Ronnie Gladden, Lee Hathcock, and Grady Hathcock.
MICHAEL SHANNON WATKINS, 36, died June 17, 2009, at his residence in Oneonta. A 1991 graduate of Oneonta High School, he was owner/operator of Sentry Drywall and a member of Limestone Springs Golf Club and the National Guard. He had just received his pilot’s license. He was the son of Judy Cornelius Watkins of Oneonta and the late Johnny Lynn Watkins and the grandson of the late George Watkins and the late Gurther Dale Cornelius.
Surviving besides his mother are brother Scott (Bridgit) Watkins of Pinson; his one true love (according to the family) Sherri Watkins of Pinson; niece Mary Grace Watkins of Oneonta; grandmothers Onette Watkins Phillips of Oneonta and Mary Gene Cornelius of Boaz.
Raymond Bowman and Len Miller officiated services Saturday, June 20, at 4 p.m. at Park Avenue Baptist Church. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery with Lemley Chapel directing. Pallbearers were Rodney Kyle, Lance Nolen, Steven Gunn, Greg Montgomery, Jason Harvey, David Palmer, Jay Parker, and Junior Rios. Honorary pallbearers were Chris Shadix and Wes Wright.