OBITUARIES



SAMMY RAY FARMER

SAMMY RAY FARMER


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ODELL NAOMI BALDWIN, 87, of Oneonta, died Oct. 26, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. A native of Blount County, she was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were husband John Henry Baldwin and parents Andrew Reda and Lela Frances Thomas Gulledge.

Surviving are son Kenneth (Diane) Baldwin and daughters Dale (Jimmy) Walker, Kay (Winston) Benefield, and Sherry Baldwin, all of Oneonta; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sister Mildred Woody of Altoona.

Aubrey Glasscock and Johnny Hudson officiated services Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment was at Antioch Cemetery on Straight Mountain.

JAMES LEROY BOWMAN, 74, of Attalla, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. He is survived by daughter Nancy McLeroy of Altoona; four grandchildlren; four great-grandchildren; brother Raymond Bowman of Oneonta; four sisters.

Frank Umphrey and Jeff Striplin officiated services Friday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. at McRae Chapel in Boaz. Interment followed in Samuels Chapel Cemetery.

BOBBIE BUCKNER, 66, died Oct. 31, 2009, at St. Vincent’s. A native of Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Beautie Black Goble and the widow of Wayne Buckner. She was owner/business manager of Buckner Lumber Company and a member of Blount County Saddle Club.

Surviving are daughter Debra Buckner (Russell) Nolen of Oneonta; sons David Wayne Buckner Jr. of Straight Mountain and Dennis Paul (Shirley) Buckner of Ashville; grandchildren Zach Nolen, Harley Wayne Buckner, and Addison Rose Nolen; stepgrandchildren Sheree Downing and Shaunda Smith; great-grandchildren Blaid Williamson, Ivon Payne, and Mia Miller; brother Ben Goble Jr. of Bibb County; sisters Kate Pate and Diann Witt of Walnut Grove.

Curtis Atkinson and Rick Luman officiated services Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Mount Carmel Cemetery.

JAMES BUFORD EASTER, 76, of Remlap, died Oct. 29, 2009, at VA Hospital. Born in Brentwood, Tenn., he was the son of the late Claude and Eunice Larkin Easter. He served with the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the American Legion and the Teamsters Union. Of the Baptist faith, he was a retired truck driver with ATF Trucking. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by son Jerry Earl Easter.

Surviving are sons James Vernon “Willie” Easter, Larry Stephen (Janice) Easter, and Michael Lee (Marie) Easter, and grandchildren Talmadge James Easter, Stephen Douglas Easter, and Michael Lee Easter Jr.

Memorial services are to be announced by the family. Blount County Cleveland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

SAMMY RAY FARMER SR., 67, died Oct. 28, 2009, at his residence in Altoona. He was predeceased by parents William L. and Lillie G. Helton Farmer and siblings Jim Farmer, Wilmer Farmer, M.C. Farmer, Marion Farmer, Magdalene Blakely, and Vera Halloween Gilbert.

Surviving are wife Marie Osborn Farmer; sons Jim (Jessie) Farmer and Sammy Ray Farmer Jr. of Attalla, Jeremy (Ashley) Nelson of Piedmont, and Jene (Joanna) Thomas of Blountsville; daughters Lisa (Dwayne) Lanning of Talladega and LuAnn (Eric) Cleghorn of Horton; grandchildren Rebecca Farmer, Daniel Farmer, Pamela Farmer, Michelle Lindsay, Daniel Lindsay, Matthew Thomas, Lindsay Thomas, Richard Thomas, Kristen Gentry, Jonathan Nelson, and Landon Nelson; great-grandchild Braxton Farmer; brothers Richard (Judy) Farmer of Walnut Grove and Morris (Helen) Farmer of Rainbow City; sisters Imogene (Alfred) Richey of Gadsden, Billie Jo (Howard) Mooney of Brevard, N.C., and Rudy Jean Buchannan of Stanley, N.C.; caregivers Linda Taylor of Hokes Bluff, Michael and Candy Hopson of Blountsville, Betty Sue Osborn of Blountsville, and Ron Harden of Gadsden.

Memorial funeral services are planned for today, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Royal Community Worship Center with Snead Funeral Home directing.

ELIZABETH FAYE KILLOUGH, 59, died Oct. 26, 2009, at her residence in Oneonta. A native of Blount County, she was the widow of Ronald Killough.

Surviving are daughters Audra Killough of Leeds, Tammy (Jim) Waller and Amy Wallace of Oneonta; mother Pauline Reeves Smith of Oneonta; father Paul Smith; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Margaret Hayes of Ormand Beach, Fla.

Bobby McCullough, Jimmy Hudson, and Nedra Deerman officiated services Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.

JIMMY ROSS LITTLEFIELD, 41, of Altoona, died Oct. 28, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. His parents Jack T. Littlefield and Ruby D. Byrnes predeceased him.

Surviving are wife Rhonda Schullar; daughter Miranda Littlefield; and son Jeremy Littlefield.

After Mr. Littlefield’s cremation, Mikey Long officiated memorial services Monday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. at Snead Chapel Funeral Home.

STEVEN WAYNE SALTER, 51, of Tucson, Ariz., and formerly of Blountsville, died Oct. 26, 2009, of cardiac arrest in a Tucson hospital. He was predeceased by his father Ralph E. Salter Sr. and all his grandparents.

Surviving are his mother Nellie Cory Salter of Oneonta and his birth-mother Barbara (Bill) Glover of Pace, Fla.; brothers Ralph (Deborah) Salter Jr. of Altoona, Kenneth Salter of Albertville, and David (Roberta) Salter of Pace, Fla.; sisters Martha S. Graham and Libby S. (William R.) McCay of Oneonta, Ruth S. (Anthony) Sutherland of Altoona, and Terri Lynn Salter of Albertville.

Survivors also include children Jeremy Salter of Hoopston, Ill., Melissa (Eric) Beauregard of Acworth, Ga., Robert Staton of Claremore, Okla., and David (Jessica) Staton of Marshall, Mo. His mother says his grandchildren and many nieces and nephews will also miss their fun time with Steve.

Bart Bowlin led memorial services Sunday, Nov. 1, at Blountsville United Methodist Church.

EDWARD JAMES SHIRLEY, 78, of Hayden, died Oct. 28, 2009, at his residence in Hayden. The Blount native was retired from the U.S. Navy. He was predeceased by parents Thomas and Girtha Lee Meador Shirley and brothers Carvin, L.B., and Buddy Shirley.

Surviving are wife Diane Shirley; daughters Allison Shirley of Hayden and Katherine Majors of West Virginia; sons Edward Shirley of Rosharon, Texas, and Tony Shirley of Oneonta; granddaughter Maegan Shirley of South Carolina; grandson Jared Majors; sisters Roselle Cowart and Mildred Taegue of Houston, Texas; brother Herman Shirley of Huntsville, Texas.

Phillip Jones officiated services Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment following at Oak Hill Cemetery in Oneonta. Pallbearers were Christopher Todd, Caleb Todd, Keith Belcher, Larry Leach, and Dave Fultz.

MILDRED SMITH STEPHENS, 82, of Horton, died Oct. 28, 2009, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Ben H. and Genoma Shelton Smith. Although she lived many years in Attalla, she was a native of Blount County and lived in this county before her death. She taught more than 37 years in the Blount, Etowah, and Attalla school systems with many of those years being at Stowers Hill Elementary. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and a former member of New Prospect and Stowers Hill Baptist churches.

Surviving are husband of 61 years James L. Stephens; daughter Sandra (Bill) Hall of Albertville; son Terry (Sandy) Stephens of Hoover; grandchildren Ben (Diana) Hall of Flowery Branch, Ga., Josh (Whitney) Hall of Horton, Jeb (Erin) Hall of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Katie Stephens of Homewood, and Bo Stephens of Auburn; great-grandchildren Mason Linvil Hall of Georgia and Kaylin Brooke Hall of North Carolina; sisters Betty Horsley of Altoona and Bonnie Cornelius of Oneonta.

Randy Burtram, Bric Latham, and Allan Hughes officiated services Saturday, Oct. 31, at 12 noon at Snead Chapel Funeral Home. Interment was in Bethel Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ben Hall, Josh Hall, Jeb Hall, Bo Stephens, Curt Smith, and Mike Smith.

WINFRED CHARLES THOMAS, 76, died Oct. 26, 2009, at his residence in Oneonta. A Blount native, he owned and operated Thomas Barber Shop in Oneonta for 44 years. He was a member of Union Hill Church of the Nazarene. Predeceasing him were wife Doris Lowe Thomas; parents Elmer and Essie Washburn Thomas; brother Willie Thomas.

Surviving are daughters Barbara Jean (Pete) Campbell and Kathy Darlene (Donald) Epperson, both of Oneonta; grandchildren Lisa Thomas (Kevin) Smoot, Jennifer Daugherty, Kim (Heath) Hipp, and Eric (Amy) Campbell; 12 great-grandchildren; brother Elwyn Thomas of Oneonta; sisters Vera Phillips of Oneonta and Velma Jones of Trussville.

Bob Craft and Randy Hale officiated services Oct. 28 at 11 a.m. at Union Hill Church of the Nazarene with interment in the adjoining cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Jones, Darryl Copeland, Kevin Smoot, Heath Hipp, Jon Epperson, and Bruce Plummer. Honorary pallbearers were grandson Eric Campbell and greatgrandson Chase Thomas. Lemley Chapel directed.

JACK KNOWLES VAN SANDT SR., 88, died Oct. 28, 2009, at his residence at Snead. A lifetime member of Dolcito Masonic Lodge #596, he was the son of the late William Coleman Van Sandt Sr. and Mina S. Hamby Van Sandt.

Surviving are wife Rebecca June (Cleveland) Van Sandt; daughters Sandra Jean (Bobby Bruce) Lusk Sr. of Snead and Teresa June (James Dean) Pierce of Sherman, Texas; son Jack K. (Janet Kay) Van Sandt of Winfield; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; brother William Coleman Van Sandt Jr. of Roebuck; aunt Audry Smith of Gadsden.

Dan Godwin and David Poole officiated services Friday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church with burial in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were George Aaron Stange, Rusty Van Sandt, John Coffield, Phillip Cleveland, Phil Leine, and Gabe Fulenwider. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby B. Lusk Jr., Jacob Aaron Stange, Scott Wallace, Tucker Virgil Wallace, Brandon Pierce, Landry Pierce, and Anderson Pierce. Snead Funeral Home directed.

JARRETT RAY WALL, 35, died Oct. 27, 2009, at his residence in Blountsville. He installed hardwood flooring. Born in Madison County, he was married to Michelle Lynn Scott Wall.

Surviving besides his wife are father David (Sue) Wall of Huntsville; mother Carolyn Wigginton (Butch) Brown of Blountsville; brother David (Sheila) Wall of Blountsville.

The body was to be cremated. No services will be announced by Blountsville Funeral Home.