OBITUARIES



MARY SUE BLAKE NESMITH,

MARY SUE BLAKE NESMITH,


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WILLIE C. ADCOCK, 81, of Oneonta, formerly of Nectar, died Dec. 3, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East. A native of Blount County, she was a member of Nectar United Methodist Church and had retired as a bookkeeper with Collateral Investment. Predeceasing her were parents William L. and Gertie Hudson Adcock; brothers Howard and Max Adcock; sister Pauline Copeland; nephew Bill Adcock.

Surviving are brother Hansel (Betty Jean) Adcock of Argo; nephews Ronald Adcock of Argo, Scott Adcock of Russellville, and Jason Adcock of Cleveland; nieces Martha Brothers of Oneonta, Judy Cacioppo of Bessemer, Janice Holt of Argo, Mary Ann Patterson and Laura Chandler, both of Birmingham.

Gary Freeman officiated graveside services Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at Nectar Cemetery with Lemley Chapel directing. Pallbearers were Scott Adcock, Ronald Adcock, Leslie Holt, Brett Adcock, Jason Adcock, and Chris Maronge.

EDITH KELLEY CLEGG of Locust Fork died Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at UAB Highlands Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her husband George Mitchell Clegg, her son James Morgan Clegg, and her sister Fay Nell Kelley Freeman.

She is survived by by daughters Kelley Clegg (Don) Neal of Trusssville and Mitchie Fay Clegg (Les) Neel of Pinson; granddaughter Mary Elizabeth Neal of Trussville; brother James Clifton Kelley of Boaz; sisters-inlaw Florence Stacey and Aurine (Duane) Barber of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; niece; nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; and many, many friends.

A native of Marshall County, she graduated from Douglas High School and Snead State Junior College. She received her BA in elementary education from Jacksonville State College, master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Alabam, and AA degree in elementary education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Mrs. Clegg was an outstanding and well-loved educator of 43 years. She taught in Arab City Schools, Vinemont Junior High School, Cold Springs High School, and West Point High School in Cullman County and at Locust Fork High School in Blount County. Following retirement, she continued to substitute in Blount County Schools. She was a member of the Blount County Retired Teachers, AEA, and NEA.

As a charter member of Alpha Theta chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa honorary teachers sorority, she worked to promote better education for all students, not just those in her care. She served as the second president of the Alpha Theta chapter as well as many other positions of leadership. She became a Golden Sister in February 2009 when Alpha Theta celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Because education was so important to her, Mrs. Clegg worked to support the Blount County Education Foundation from its very beginning. Whether it was making peanut butter cookies for the radio-thon, helping set up for workshops, or making a monetary donation, she was always ready and willing to serve.

Mrs. Clegg was a member of Blountsville United Methodist Church and served in many positions of leadership. She was an active member of her Sunday school class and the United Methodist Women. The children and youth of the church could always count on Mrs. Clegg to support them in all their projects.

Mrs. Clegg was a member of the Sycamore Club and enjoyed the fun and fellowship of each meeting.

As a graduate of the University of Alabama, Mrs. Clegg loved Alabama football, tailgating with family and friends in Tuscaloosa through the 2008 season. This year she tailgated in her room at Fair Haven Retirement Center.

Visitation was Thursday, Dec. 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lemley Funeral Home in Oneonta. Funeral service was Friday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. at Blountsville United Methodist Church. The Reverends Don Neal, Bart Bowlin, Bert Goodwin, and Daryl Holt officiated. Her body lay in state from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral. Interment was at Hill Crest Cemetery in Boaz.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Blount County Education Foundation, P.O. Box 603, Oneonta, AL, 35121, or to Blountsville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 69, Blountsville, AL, 35031.

– requested as is and paid for by family members

MARVIN ALLEN DAILEY, 71, of Oneonta, died Nov. 25, 2009. He was predeceased by his parents Austin Lee Dailey and Minnie Frances Mullins Dailey; son Matthew Allen Dailey; sisters Thelma Louise Dailey, Sadie Lee (Louis) Smith of Prattville, and Erma Jean Dailey (Roland Ray) Crouch

Surviving are son James Allen Dailey of Hazel Green; four grandchildren; brothers Arby William (Agnes Evans) Dailey of Montevallo, Fredman Venon (Betty Louise Smith) Dailey of Immokalee, Fla., Charles Edward (Joy Ann Jones) Dailey of Gallant.

Graveside services were held Friday, Dec. 4, at Tidwell Cemetery at Allgood. Lemley Chapel directed.

MARTHA LARANDA DAILY, 76, of Oneonta, died Dec. 6, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East. A Blount County native, she was a member of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church and had worked as a seamstress and poultry farmer for 43 years. Predeceasing her were parents Samuel F. and Izora Cox Baldwin; brothers John Henry, L.G., Wilburn F., Robert Harrell, and R.B. Baldwin; sister Arettie Moss.

Surviving are husband James A. Daily; son Tim (Gayila) Daily of Oneonta; daughter Cynthia (Charles) Bice of Franklin, Tenn.; grandchildren Hayden Bice of Franklin, Tenn., Hanna Grace Daily of Oneonta; sister Aileen Martin of Oneonta.

Johnny Hudson and Aubrey Glasscock officiated services Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Antioch Cemetery. Pallbearers were J.D. Moss, Winston Benefield, Mike Reeves, Butch Baldwin, Kenneth Baldwin, and Roy Bullock.

RACHEL MARIE LAKE, 19, of Hayden, died Dec. 2, 2009, in an accident on state highway 160. Born in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of Steven Eudean Lake and Charlotte Sparman. She was a student and a carrier for The Birmingham News.
The family says her hobbies were her eight dogs, music of all kinds, and working with her hands.

Surviving besides her father and her mother are stepfather Ricky Head; stepmother Stacey Jarret; fiancee Joshua Best; grandparents Dean and Janet Lake, Rita Sparman and Fred Rutkowski; aunts Connie Sparman, Donna (Keith) Wilson, and Mary Sparman; sister Shelby Lake.

Tommy Graves officiated services Saturday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. at the Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel, interment following at Flint Creek Cemetery in Vinemont.

MARY SUE BLAKE NESMITH, 87, of Ashland, formerly of Blountsville, died Dec. 1, 2009, at Clay County Nursing Home in Ashland. A native of DeKalb County, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Renna Dumas Blake. She was a member of Ashland First Baptist Church and had worked at Lynn’s 5 & 10 Store in Blountsville. Predeceasing her, in addition to her parents, were husband L.D. NeSmith; brothers Wilfred Blake, Ronnie Blake, Hugh Prater Blake, and Seab Blake; sister Freda Smith; grandchild Charles Ray “Chuck” Presley; great-grandchild Benjamin Andrew Martin.

Surviving are sons Kenneth (Randa) NeSmith of Ashland and Danny (Margaret) NeSmith of Cedar Bluff; daughters Charlotte (Ray) Presley of Cleveland and Melody (Ronald) Prouse of Collinsville; brothers Clay Blake of Birmingham, Ben (Maxine) Blake of Smokerise, and Byron (Margaret) Blake of Oneonta; sisters Fannie Sonley of Warrenton, Va., Clara (Walter) Reese of Daytona, Fla., and Betty Jo (Ray) Trammell of Blountsville; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

James Earl Pate officiated services Saturday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Rock Springs Cemetery near Blountsville. Pallbearers were Nicholas NeSmith, Donnie Bullard, Steve Martin, Josh Nelson, Jeff Stone, and Charley Clarke. Honorary pallbearers were Caleb Nelson, Blake Stone, and Jeffrey Sullins.

PEGGY MARIE JONES REID, 79, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, at the Attalla residence after battling Alzheimer’s. Born and reared in Locust Fork, she was the daughter of the late Edward Sayle and Francis Elizabeth Merritt Jones. She attended Locust Fork High School and Howard College. She and her husband Ralph M. Reid lived many years in Oneonta and were active in politics during the 1970s when Mr. Reid served as a state legislator. They pastored in many north Alabama Baptist churches, including North Highland, Chandler Mountain, and Bob Locke. Her family says Mrs. Reid loved to read, was an avid music lover, and periodically played piano at Bob Locke Baptist Church. She was an animal lover and had two miniature dachshunds, Prissy Boo and Princess, and eight younger dogs when she died.

Surviving besides her husband of 61 years are daughters Karon Lynn Young and Sherry Leanne Bains; three grandchildren; and sister Frankie Strickland.

Bob Thornton and Dr. Malcolm Portera officiated services Sunday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. at Morgan Funeral Home. Burial followed at Rainbow Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Larry Buchanan, Eddie Campbell, Frank Chastain, Hai Chung, Jason Kitchens, Steve Small, and Charles Wilkinson. Honorary pallbearer was Roger Wilkinson.

IMOGENE WILLIE SPRADLIN, 95, of Snead, died Dec. 4, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Oneonta. A Blount County native, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Callie Sims Franks and the widow of Harley J. Spradlin. Also predeceasing her were daughter Glenda Helms and sons Carnell and James Spradlin.

Surviving are daughters-in-law Mary Spradlin Clem and Karon Spradlin, both of Horton; sister Florine Stedman of Ohio; grandchildren Randy (Kathron) Helms, Eugene (Tina) Spradlin, Mark Spradlin, and Margretta (Shane) Smith, all of Snead, Ronnie Helms of Jasper, Sheila (Charly) McGuire of Pelham, Mona (Terry) Young of Pennsylvania, Carnell (B.J.) Spradlin of Oneonta; nine great-grandchildren and one greatgreat grandchild.

Keith Franks officiated services Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with burial following at Wynnville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Derrick Helms, Ronnie Helms, Mark Spradlin, Eugene Spradlin, Carnell Spradlin, Tyler Helms, and Jerry Clem. Honorary pallbearer was Randy Helms.

JIMMY B. STANDRIDGE, 67, of Oneonta, died Nov. 30, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. A native of Blount County, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard and had retired after more than 30 years with Tractor & Equipment in Birmingham. Predeceasing him were parents Dewey Monroe and Minnie Mae Brown Standridge; brothers Talmadge, Howard, Euel, and Nicky Standridge; sisters Lottie Hamby, Patsy Bailey, and Dolly Standridge.

Surviving are wife Janell Ballard Standridge; son Steve Standridge of Oneonta; daughters Ginger (Scot) Phillips of Straight Mountain and Janna (Chad) Snow of Ohatchee; grandchildren Haley Thomas, Matthew Rainwater, Regan Snow, and Gracyn Snow; great-grandchildren Logan Thomas and Lucas Beard; brothers Marvin Standridge of Oneonta and Cecil Standridge of Allgood.

Bud Jones and Bill Barnett officiated services Thursday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Ebenezer Cemetery.

RILEY TIDWELL, 82, of Hanceville, died Dec. 1, 2009, at Cullman Regional Hospital. A native of Blount County, he was the son of the late Argia Wann and Annie Myrtis Ragsdale Tidwell. Others predeceasing him were daughter Dianne Tidwell; six brothers; and three sisters. He was a member of Walter Baptist Church and Cullman County Cattlemen’s Association and had worked more than 35 years at Jim Walter Resources.

Surviving are wife of 56 years Dorothy Jean Burnett Tidwell; sons Alan Tidwell of Hanceville and Carl Tidwell of Pinson; daughters Elaine (Greg) Sweeney of Pinson, Bonnie (James) Gilbert of Trafford, Elizabeth (John) Swimelar of Hanceville, and Cheryl (Shawn) Rutherford of Albertville; sisters Ethel Ellis of Remlap and Alice Jones of Decatur; 14 grandchldren; 17 greatgrandchildren.

Randy Cherry officiated services Friday, Dec. 4, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeremy Tidwell, Josh Tidwell, Matthew Tidwell, Nathan Swimelar, Jason Terry, and Joey Tidwell.

ETHEL MARIE HORTON WYNN TURNER, 83, of Nectar, died Dec. 3, 2009, in Jefferson County. She was a member of High Rock Congregational Methodist Church and Nectar Seniors Center and loved crafting, quilting, crocheting, and embroidery. Born in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Mary Best Horton and the widow of Mervin Wynn and Woodrow “Chub” Turner. Others predeceasing her were brothers Oscar, Ossic, Orben, and W.H. Horton Jr. and two great-great-grandchildren.

Surviving are son Danny Wynn; daughters Geraldine Wynn Dye and Janice Wynn (Tim) Graves; and brother Zilmer “Bill” Horton; five grandchildren; 10 greatgrandchildren.

Alvin Turner officiated services Sunday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Nectar Cemetery.

PATSY IRENE DOWNS WRIGHT, 66, of Nectar, died Dec. 6, 2009, at her residence. A member of Trinity Baptist Church, she was the daughter of Gladys Irene Bell Downs and the late George Madison Downs. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by granddaughter Emily Bryan. Her hobbies were reading, playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and spending time with her mother.

Surviving besides her mother are son Jimmy (Christina) Wright; daughter LeeAnn (Kurt) Bryan; grandchildren Kristin Weston, Taylor Wright, Jacob Wright, Bethany Moore, Jordan Clark, and Parker Bryan; great-grandchildren Malakhi Weston, Hannah Grace Weston, Madison Clark, and Payton Moore.

Bobby Davis officiated services Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Austin Creek Cemetery.