OBITUARIES



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CHARLES O. BICKERSTAFF, 67, of Altoona, died July 27, 2009, at Gadsden Regional Hospital. Born in Alabama, he was the son of the late Otha and Margaret Bradley Bickerstaff. He was also predeceased by sisters Mary Ann Bickerstaff and Elizabeth Walker.

Surviving are his wife Inez Heaton Bickerstaff; daughter Lynn (Ryan) Burgess, son Keith Bickerstaff, and grandson Jacob Burgess, all of Boaz; brothers Harold (Debra) Bickerstaff of Altoona and Robert (Brenda) Bickerstaff of Rainbow City; sister Patricia Moore of Altoona.

Ernie Forrester officiated services Wednesday, July 29, at 11 a.m. at Snead Funeral Home. Interment was at Wynnville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ray Elrod, Mathew Blackmon, Brandon Moore, Josh Dumas, Dewayne Bickerstaff, and George Elrod.

MARJORIE ESTELLE HUIE ELLIS, 84, died July 27, 2009, at her residence in Oneonta. A native of Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Robert “Rob” Lee and Della Gulledge Huie. She was a seamstress and a member of Mountain Chapel Methodist Church. Family members say she loved family, flowers, and plants and welcomed everyone to her home. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by husband Edwin Ellis; son Michael Ellis; three brothers; and a sister.

Surviving are daughter Carolyn Henderson of Straight Mountain; son Randy (Mary) Ellis of Pell City; grandchildren Amy (Daniel) Allman, Pam (Ramon) Arriaga, Paul (Dafne) Ellis, Melanie (Richard) Gordon, Melissa (Robby) Hawkins, and Jessica Ellis; great-grandchildren William Marsh, Lauren and Cristian Arriaga, Destiny and Chance Allman, and Haley Hawkins; sisters Rena Burke, Belle Geno, and Faye Blalock.

Alvin Turner, Jerry Scott, John Huie, and Elwyn Williamson officiated services Aug, 1 at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Antioch Cemetery.

RICHARD “RYC” ALLAN FORTNER, 55, died Aug. 2, 2009, at his residence in Altoona. Born in Pompano Beach, Fla., he was the son of Ada Corbin Garrett Hicks of Oneonta and the late Ernest Smith Fortner Sr. He worked as a small engine mechanic for Snead Ag Supply. Besides his father, he was predeceased by brothers Randall Fortner and Ernest Fortner Jr.

Surviving in addition to his mother are daughters Lezlie (Robert) Dailey of Cullman and Raquel of West Palm Beach, Fla.; Donna Manning Fortner of Oneonta; grandchildren Madysen Dailey and Carter Dailey of Cullman; sisters Sybil (Phil) Zuccala of Cullman and Daris (James) Thompson of Oneonta.

David Zuccala officiated services Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Burial was at Straight Mountain Memorial Gardens.

MICHAEL LAMAR MILLER, 51, of Cleveland, died July 29, 2009, at his residence. A native of Blount County, he was the son of William Michael Miller and Elizabeth Bynum Miller. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and enjoyed woodworking and gardening.

Surviving besides his parents are wife Ginalin Adarna Miller; son Joshua Adarna Miller; daughter Savannah Eden Miller; brother William Joseph “Joe” (Judy) Miller; sister Denis Miller (Alvin) Turner; nieces and nephews Stuart and Kara Miller, Chuck, Victoria, and Samantha Whited.

Alvin Turner and Cliff Cook officiated services Friday, July 31, at 1 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Cleveland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jack Gammon, David Grigsby, Alan Bynum, Hugo Carter, Steve Little, and Larry Longshore. Honorary pallbearers were Stuart Miller and Chuck Whited.

EARL NIX MOORE, 81, died Sunday, Aug. 2, 2009, at Crowley, La. A former resident of Oneonta, he was a native of Luverne, worked in the banking industry, and retired from the Small Business Administration. A Baptist, he was predeceased by wife Geraldine Colvard Moore, granddaughter Rachel Moore, and brother Robert Wilson Moore.

Surviving are sons Mark (Paulette) Moore of Crowley, La., Rusty (Pam) Moore of Cullman, Greg (Carol) Moore of Houston, Tex., Mike (Stephanie) Moore of Lafayette, La.; sisters Hazel Moore of Montgomery and Nelda Bell of Cummins, Ga.; grandchildren Scott, Leighann, Stefanie, Cortney, Matthew, Madeline, and Logan Mac Moore.

Edwin Hayes was to officiate services Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 10 a.m. at Usrey Funeral Home Chapel in Talladega with burial to follow at Pine Hill Memorial Park.

HERMAN GAITHER MORTON, 78, of Oneonta, died July 30, 2009. Born in Blount County, he was the son of the late John Herman Morton and Grace James Morton Rushing. He graduated from Susan Moore High School in 1949 and later joined a field artillery unit of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. A member of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church in Oneonta, he worked for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and retired from the Arab City School System in 1998. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by infant son Timothy Morton and brother Gurley Gene Morton.

Surviving are wife Nina Morton; son Andrew H. (Tina) Morton of Oneonta; grandchildren Sarah and Jacob Jackson; sister Mary Ruth (Paul) Marshall of Pinson; sister in-law Sandra Masters; brother Emory Jay (Edna) Morton of Center Point.

Bert Goodwin, David Lee, and L.G. “Bud” Jones officiated services Monday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church with burial following at Centre Methodist Church. Valley Chapel Funeral Home directed. Pallbearers were Wayne Marshall, Frankie Marshall, Kenneth Marshall, Mike Wynn, James Griggs, Daryl Masters, and Dayna Masters. The family suggested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Camp Sumatanga in care of Lester Memorial.

NELLIE D. TERRELL, 90, of Cleveland, died Aug. 3, 2009, at TLC Nursing Center. She was the widow of Lotcha Morgan Terrell and the daughter of the late J.B. and Ida Fowler Doty. She had retired after 40 years with Brown Service Manufacturing. Predeceasing her in addition to her husband and parents was a son Howard Smith.

Surviving are son Roger (Sarah) Terrell and four grandchildren.

Glenn Bynum officiated graveside services Aug. 4 at 11 a.m. at Nectar Cemetery with Lemley Funeral Home directing. Family members served as pallbearers.