OBITUARIES



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MARY W. BLANTON, 81, died Aug. 7, 2009. Services, not announced in her Aug. 12 obituary, will be held Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. at Beulah Primitive Baptist Church, Moody.

HILDA LORENE DAILEY, 87, of Oneonta, died Thursday, Aug 13, 2009, at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham. Born in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of the late George Raymond and Maver Burkes Sandlin and the widow of Joe Elmer Dailey, who died July 20, 2006. She was retired as receptionist with The Blount Countian
and was an active member of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church and the Senior Citizens and Homemakers clubs.

Surviving are daughter Carolyn (Billy) Johnson of Cleveland; son Joe (Cherrie) Dailey of Oneonta; grandchildren Chris Johnson, Sharon Dailey, and John Dailey; great-grandchild Noah Johnson; and brother George “Buddy” Sandlin Jr. of Hokes Bluff.

David Lee, Bill Barnett, and Michael Cornelius officiated services Aug. 17 at 2:30 p.m. at Valley Chapel Funeral Home. Interment followed at Lebanon Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Johnson, John Dailey, Sharon Dailey, Noah Johnson, Larry Sandlin, and Mel Wade.

KENNETH MASTON “HIPPIE” FRANCIS, 64, of Susan Moore, died Aug. 12, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. The Blount County native had retired after 25 years with Massey Hauling. He was predeceased by parents Thomas Gordon Francis and Ruth Virginia Hathcock Colley; sister Clara Perez; and brothers Max Leon Francis, Jerry Jerome Francis, and James Alton Francis.

Surviving are wife Sandra Allred Francis; daughter Sharon (Mickey) Sheppard of Arab; grandchildren Heather Duncan, Blake Sheppard, Kaydale Sheppard, and Matthew Francis; great-grandchildren Valerie and Tyler Duncan, Dylan and Chevy Sheppard, Serenity and Levi Sheppard; brother Noah Isaac Francis of Ashville; sisters Beatrice (Basilio) Perez of Ashville, Donna (Dell) Hill of Fridays Crossing, Doris Francis of Susan Moore.

Tim Green and Dewayne Green officiated services Saturday, Aug. 15, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Burial was at Antioch Methodist Cemetery. Pallbearers were Cecil Smith, Eugene Smith, Blake Sheppard, Johnny Williams, Danny Howard, and Donald Francis.

MARGARET JANE MIZE WANNINGER GLASSCOCK, 61, died Aug. 11, 2009, at her residence on Pine Mountain. Born in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of Myrtlene Willie Gamble Mize of Pine Mountain and the late Huston Oliver Mize. She worked as an account manager for NCP and was a member of Pleasant Mount Baptist Church.

Surviving besides her mother are husband Larry Virgil Glasscock; daughter Judy (Robby) Smith of Alabaster; sons Greg (Gia) Wanninger of Springville and Bobby (Alanna) Wanninger of Gulf Shores; grandchildren Evan Wanninger, Corbin Clendenin, Packey Smith, Vanson Clendenin, Sterling Wanninger, Cutter Wanninger, and Case Wanninger; brother Kenny (Cheryl) Mize.

Glenn Bynum officiated services Thursday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment following at Pleasant Mount Cemetery. Pallbearers were Scotty Burch, Robby Smith, Jason Glasscock, Samuel Mize, Jeff Sullivan, and Jimmy Smeraglia.

MARIAM CHRISTINA PRICE HELMS, 84, of Warrior, died Aug. 12, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East. A native of Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Pink and Maud Little Price. She was a member of Calvary Hill Holiness Church. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by sister Willie Geneva Smith.

Surviving are sons Clarence David Helms and Ronnie Earl Helms and daughters Barbara (O.B.) Butler, Pansy (Vernon) Vaughn, Willie (Lawrence) Heath, and Linda (Curtis) Melvin.

George Logan officiated services Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Remlap Cemetery.

KATHERINE NEUHAUSER, 62, died Aug. 9, 2009, at her residence in Blountsville. Born in Kansas, she was the daughter of the late Everett John and Mary Margaret Hills Neuhauser. Her former husband Thomas H. Combs also predeceased her. She was of the Nazarene faith and worked as a truck driver with Baldwin Trucking Company.

Surviving are son Everett (Khandi) Combs and daughters Barbara (Calvin) Pinyan and Joy (Randy) Johnson, all of Blountsville; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers Robert (Andy) Neuhauser, Donnie (Barbara) Neuhauser, and Ronnie Neuhauser, all of Amarillo, Texas, Carl (Ethel) Neuhauser of California, Kenneth (Barbara) Neuhauser of Louisiana, and Allen Neuhauser of Blountsville; sisters Virginia Miller of Denver, Colo., Helen (Floyd) Everhart of Idaho, and Dorothy (Bob) Brandefine of California.

The body was cremated. No services were announced.

CECIL PHILYAW SR., 81, died Aug. 7, 2009, at his residence in Blountsville. Born in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Barry and Mattie Barden Philyaw and widower of Flonell Gober Philyaw who died June 7, 2007. He was a retired railroad employee and a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church. Predeceasing him besides his wife and parents was a brother Edward Philyaw.

Surviving are sons Cecil Philyaw Jr. of Blountsville, Jerry Philyaw of Florida, Ron Philyaw of Birmingham, and Bill Philyaw of Alabama; daughters Gina (Terry) Adkins of Locust Fork and Cecilia Philyaw of Montgomery; sister Margaret McCombs of Montgomery; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Randy Burtram officiated graveside services Aug. 9 at 2 p.m. at Rock Springs Cemetery with Blountsville Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Terry Adkins, Phillip McCollum, Justin Philyaw, Christopher McMillian, Ray McCollum, Ross Smith, and Rodney Smith.

KATHRYN AUDREA POOLE, 80, of Oneonta, died Aug. 10, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East. Born in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Winfrey and Letha Burbrige Jaynes and the widow of William T. Poole. She was a member of Oneonta Worship Center. Predeceasing her besides her husband and parents were a son Billy Poole, two brothers, and a sister.

Surviving are daughter Joyce (Ronald) Ware of Oneonta; grandchildren Adina Hobbs, Alicia Cox, Eric Ware, Tommy Poole, Shannon Poole, and Renee Warren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-greatgrandchild.

Rick Luman officiated services Aug. 12 at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ocoee, Fla., where graveside services were held Friday, Aug. 14, at 10:30 a.m.