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VERLIN ALLMAN, 78, of Marshall, Va., died July 12, 2009, at Mosers Nursing Home in Warrenton, Va. He was born in Blount County and reared by grandparents Luther and Dona Murphree of Straight Mountain. He was an Army veteran.
Surviving are wife, one son, and two daughters.
Funeral was held Monday, July 20, in Virginia.
IMOGENE “JEAN” MILDRED CLARK, 89, died July 19, 2009, at her residence in Oneonta. A Blount native, she was the daugher of the late Benjamin and Minnie Marcella Lanningham Fendley. She was a member of Oneonta First Baptist Church, a retired clothing buyer for Neiman Marcus, and former owner of the Closet Consignment Store in Oneonta. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by husband Paul Mack Clark; son Larry Mack Clark, and sister Edrell Porter.
Surviving are special friend and caregiver Judy Johnson of Oneonta; nephew Douglas Ray Porter of Grayson Valley; nieces Lou Jean (Buddy) Morrison of Crane Hill, Paula Lee of Georgia, and Martha Forrester of Florida; and several great-nieces and -nephews.
Dan Sims was to officiate services today, July 22, at 3 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with burial to follow at Edgewood Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Lyman Tidwell, Chuck Morrison, Marty Robbins, Earnest Goss, Mike Galloway, and Doug Ward.
ANITA POWELL ELKINS, 43, of Hayden (Mountain
Woods Lake) died suddenly Tuesday, July 14, 2009. Family members say they will cherish memories of her and her unconditional love.
Surviving are her husband of 18 years Jerry Elkins; son Timothy (Emily)
Brakefield; grandson Noah Brakefield;
mother Geraldine Hagens; father Joseph Mack (Pam) Powell; sisters Judy Childress (fiancé Robert Odom) and Connie (Tom) Moran; brothers Ernest (Sheila) Powell and Art (Rae) Powell; nieces Elizabeth, Amber, Sheila, and Tori; nephews, Dustin, Joey, Thomas Scott, and J.P.
Gayle Lombard officiated services Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at Messmer Goodwin Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Hayden Cemetery.
EUTHEMA LINDSAY HARVEY, 61, of Oneonta, died July 15, 2009, at her residence. Daughter of the late John and Ida Copeland Lindsay, she was retired as a science teacher at Susan Moore High School. She was a member of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 39 years Chris Harvey; son Rhett Harvey of Birmingham; daughter Cammie (Mike) Schwallie of Birmingham; granddaughters Sydney and Sadie Schwallie.
David Lee, Tony Jones, and Bert Goodwin officiated services July 18 at 3 p.m. at Lester Memorial in Oneonta. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lemley Chapel directing. Pallbearers were nephews Lee Herring, Mark Ratliff, Jason Bryan, Drew Hopper, Wesley Hopper, and John Christian Lindsay. VIRGINIA LOUISE HORTON, 80, of Albertville, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at Marshall Medical South. Daughter of Curtis B. and Evie Phillips Gibbs, she was the widow of Robert Horton from Blount County.
Surviving are daughter Sherry (Perry) Jones and son Randall (Joan) Horton of Albertville; sister Marie Moore of Florida; three grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.
Donald Cotten officiated services July 19 at 2 p.m. at The Fellowship Church in Albertville with burial following in Marshall Memorial Gardens. The family suggested memorial donations be made to The Fellowship Church, American Cancer Society, or American Heart Association.
DOROTHY DEAN NIX, 68, of Blountsville, died July 13, 2009, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. She worked in nursing homes as a nurse. Her parents Edward Hendon and Johnnie Elizabeth Hayes Vines and her sister Dale Garrett predeceased her.
Surviving are husband Gerald Wayne Nix; daughters Rebecca L. (Jesse) Millwood and Monica R. Nix of Blountsville, Tina M. Nix of Alaska; brothers Thomas (Dot) Vines of Graysville and Terry (Judy) Vines of Bremen; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were conducted July 16 at 11 a.m. at Midway Cemetery in Adamsville with Blountsville Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Jesse Millwood, Josh Millwood, Kevin McAlpine, Nicholas Jay, Keith Pridgen, and Glen Fischer. Honorary pallbearers were Tommy Bryant and Ronnie Bryant.
BETTY LOU WYNN SCHAFFNER, 71, of Cleveland, died July 14, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East. Born in Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Dorilla Hayes Wynn. She was retired from Walmart, had been a Home Interiors consultant, and was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, its choir and its Bible school.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by son Steven Wayne Schaffner and brother Joseph Wynn.
Surviving are husband Larry Schaffner; daughters Teresa (Scott) Sanders and Debi (Kyle) Hamlin; brothers Lenzie Wynn and Bobby Wynn; sisters Opal Staton, Deb Hogeland, Vasie Morton, and Martha Biles; grandchildren Stephanie (Jim) Browning, Leighanna Sanders, Christopher Sanders, Candace Ratliff, Casey Ratliff, and Carey Ratliff.
Dennis Martin and Cliff Cook officiated services Thursday, July 16, at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Nectar Cemetery. Pallbearers were Larry Staton, Michael Wynn, Rusty Wynn, Johnny Schaffner, Jeff Biles, Brian Biles, Casey Ratliff, and Carey Ratliff.
HOWARD STEPHENS, 92, of the Five Points community, died July 14, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Born in Blount County, he was the son of the late William Isaac and Lillie Ensley Stephens. He was retired after more than 20 years’ work with the Daytona Beach beautification department and was a member of Port Orange Church of the Nazarene. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by brother Floyd Stephens and sisters Connie Thomas, Evelyn Green, and Pheny McClellan.
Surviving are wife Dessie Mae Riddle Stephens; sons James Howard (Edna) Stephens of Five Points community, Larry J. (Diane) Stephens of Holly Hills, Fla., and William “Crickett” (Carol) Stephens of Port Orange, Fla.; sisters Pernie Riddle of Cleveland and Ethoma Miller of Blountsville; brother Ira Sephens of Five Points community; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren.
Sammy Blakely officiated services July 17 at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Daileys Chapel Cemetery at Rosa.
HAZEL MARIE STEWART, 82, of Pelham, died July 17, 2009, at Chandler Nursing Home. Born in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of the late Moses and Maebell Mize Mullins. She had worked as an office manager.
Surviving are daughter Diane (Wayne) Ratliff of Pelham; granddaughters Shannon (Kevin) Johnson of Hoover and Jennifer (Vince) LaShum of Trussville; greatgrandchildren Nick, Scout, and Max Johnson and Peighton LaShum; sister Margie (Joe) Abel of Allgood; brother Sewell Mullins of Oneonta.
Rod Johnson officiated services July 20 at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Burial followed in Pleasant Mount Cemetery.