OBITUARIES



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SEGRIED ANN AYERS, 71, of Blountsville (Royal community), died Oct. 19, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East in Birmingham. Born in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of the late Gordon Noel and the late Jewel Hughes Noel Macon. A beautician, she was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by an infant son and brother Gordon Noel.

Surviving are husband Marvin Payton Ayers; son Jonathan (Stacy) Ayers of Blountsville; daughters Elizabeth (Jim) Reynolds and Annette (Allen) Bell of Blountsville; sister Linda Smith; grandchildren Joshua Bell, Rebekah Pearson, Joelle Reynolds, Andrew Reynolds, and Dakota Ayers; seven great-grandchildren.

Bart Bowlin officiated services Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at South Cemetery near Blountsville. Pallbearers were Dakota Ayers, Josh Bell, Keith Ayers, Andrew Reynolds, Jeff Pearson, Billy Smith, and Patrick Jackson. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested donations be made to American Cancer Society in memory of Segried Ayers.

PAUL M. DIAL, 83, died Oct. 19, 2009, at his Blountsville residence. A Blount County native, he was retired after 50 years as a barber with his own business. He was a deacon for 45 years at Blountsville Baptist Church and served two years on the town council. A retired National Guardsman, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Predeceasing him were parents William Henry and Ruby Carter Dial; brother William Fred Dial; sisters Syble Pike and Cecilia Habr.

Surviving are wife Betty McAnnally Dial; sons Paul “Mickey” (Pamela) Dial of North Carolina and Phillip David (Rhonda) Dial of Alabaster; daughter Judy Ann Dial of Blountsville; brothers Ted C. (Deborah) Dial of Birmingham and Henry Osborn (Mary) Dial of Arizona; sister Peggy Sue Robertson of Fultondale; grandchildren Mitchell (Brandi), Brian (Karen), Brandon (Krystal), Preston, and Rebekah; four greatgrandchildren.

Shannon O’Neal and Milt Hill officiated services Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Baptist Church, whose deacons served as pallbearers. Interment was at Garden City Cemetery with Blountsville Funeral Home directing.

JAMES AARON DOYLE, 65, of Mt. Olive, died Oct. 25, 2009, at Bonifay (Fla.) Nursing Home. A mechanic for Diesel Trucks, he was the son of Jewell Evelyn Haynes Doyle of Oneonta and the late Verbon Vaughn Doyle. Also predeceasing him were his wife Barbra Sue Doyle, a brother, a sister, and a niece.

Surviving besides his mother are son James Eric Doyle of Mt. Olive; daughter Jennifer Doyle Anderson of Bonifay, Fla; sister Shirley Ann Massey of Dothan; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three nephews.

Darryl Jolley was to officiate services today, Oct. 28, at 12 noon at Lemley Chapel, where visitation was to be held from 9 a.m. until funeral time. Interment was to follow at Browns Cemetery.

VERA IRENE HORSLEY, 84, of Remlap, died Oct. 22, 2009, at Golden Living Center. Born in Blount County, she was retired from Palmerdale Post Office. She was a member of Lee’s Chapel United Methodist Church and an avid gardener. Predeceasing her were parents James Borah and Lela Maebelle Self Horsley; brothers Benjamin, Edward, and J.T. Horsley; sisters Edella Young and Odessa Harris.

Surviving are sisters Lucille Roddam of Pinson and Estelle Burnham of Memphis, Tenn., and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Services were held Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with burial following at Lee’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

PAUL BENEDICT KNUE, 70, of Susan Moore (Wilson Chapel community), died Oct. 16, 2009, at TLC Nursing Center. Born in Mississippi, he was retired from Cooper Power Company. He was predeceased by parents Henry and Margaret Schlautman Knue and siblings Frances Morales and Bernard Knue.

Surviving are wife Velma Arnold Knue; daughters Lisa (Dykes) McGill and Paula Knue; grandchildren John Knue, Barry Knue, Joshua Knue, and Shasta and Eric Cramer; great-grandchidren Gavin Knue and Ashton Knue; brothers Alvin and Robert Knue.

Joey Kirby officiated services Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. at Snead Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at South Cemetery in Blountsville. Pallbearers were Dykes McGill, Stanley Blythe, Eric Cramer, John Knue, Barry Knue, and Joshua Knue.

EARLE B. OWEN JR. of Nashville, Tenn., died Oct. 7, 2009. Memorial services were held Oct. 9 in Nashville. Interment took place Oct. 19 at Mt. Joy Cemetery.

He was the husband of the late Marie Faulkner Owen. Surviving are son David Owen, daughter Janet (Brad) Hungerford, and granddaughters Kaitlin and Emma Hungerford, all of Nashville; brother-in-law Charles (Brenda) Faulkner and nephew Bryan Faulkner of Cleveland.

ALICE ELIZABETH WORRELL STEWART, 89, of Selma, died Oct. 22, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Oneonta. Born in Bibb County, she was a registered nurse and a member of West Side Baptist Church in Selma. Predeceasing her were father and mother Elizabeth Yeager; husband Woodward Wilson Stewart; and sister Minnie Tingle.

Surviving are sons Wilson Stewart of Cincinnati, Ohio, David (Jo) Stewart of Oneonta, and Paul Stewart of Montgomery; three grandchildren; five greatgrandchildren; nieces Sara and Dorothy.

Graveside services were held Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. at New Live Oak Cemetery in Selma. Lemley Chapel was in charge of arrangements.