OBITUARIES



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DWIGHT DINGLER, 63, died Dec. 7, 2009, at his residence in Royal. A Blount native, he was the son of Ruby Christine Bullard Dingler of Royal and the late Jackson “Jack” David Dingler. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Vietnam. He also was a member of Welcome #1 Missionary Baptist Church and had retired after 25 years as a forklift operator for Walmart Distribution Center.

Surviving besides his mother are his wife Alene King Dingler; son Bill Douglas (Felicia) Dingler of Royal; daughter Diana Lynn Ellis of Oneonta; grandchildren Megan Nicole Watkins and Austin Cole Ellis, both of Oneonta; brother David Luther (Elsie) Dingler of Haleyville; sister Polly (Russell) Nix of Opelika.

Robert Bullard conducted memorial services Thursday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel. The family suggested donations be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

MILTON RAY LILLARD, 85, of Blountsville, died Dec. 11, 2009, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. A retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force, he served 27 years as a pilot and was a veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Born in Bruceville, Texas, he was the son of the late David Carter and Susie Lela Stokes Lillard. He was also predeceased by six sisters and two brothers.

Surviving are his wife Nell Ayers Lillard; daughters Patsy Jamison of Houston, Texas, and Mitzi (Steve) Elliott of Thatcher, Utah; son Aaron (Nicole) Lillard of Huntsville; grandchildren Tracy Jamison Wood, Nicole Elliott, Zack Elliott, Tag Elliott, and Annie Elliott; greatgranddaughter Rachel Lillard; sister Nola Oliver.

Bob Ayers officiated services Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment with full military honors was at Holly Pond Cemetery. Pallbearers were Zack Elliott, Steve Elliott, Jeff Weaver, Dennis Ayers, Ricky Yeager, Rex Weaver, Rusty Weaver, and Mike Weaver.

CLINTON CLIFFORD NOBLE, 46, died Dec. 10, 2009, at his residence in Oneonta. Born in California, he was the son of Rita Mai Hinson Colley of Pell City and the late Clifford Clinton Noble. He worked as a window tinter.

Surviving besides his mother are daughter Alecia Mai Noble and brother Bart C. Walker, both of California, and companion Linda K. Martin of Oneonta.

The family was to arrange services.

ANNIE MAE PHILLIPS, 80, of Oneonta, died Dec. 8, 2009, at TLC Nursing Center. A native of Locust Fork, she was the daughter of the late Jessie Tilford “J.T.” and Nettie Lou Fendley Robinette. A brother Pedee Robinette also predeceased her.

Surviving are husband Herman Phillips of Oneonta; daughter Brenda (Loyd) Hogland and grandsons Michael Nash and Scott (Michelle) Epperson, all of Millerville; five great-grandchildren; three great-greatgrandchildren; brothers Brownie, Huey, and Tom Robinette of Locust Fork and Ben Robinette of Moody; sister Inez Bynum of Oneonta.

Don Garrison officiated services Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Entombment followed at Oak Hill Mausoleum.

KENNETH WADE PRICE SR., 64, of Arab, died Dec. 9, 2009, at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville. He and his wife, the former Ellie Anne Reid of Oneonta, lived here for some time while their children were in school. Born in Tallapoosa County, he was the son of the late Edwin and Jewell Baker Price. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army with a stint in Vietnam and worked 26 years at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. He was a member of Arab Baptist Church.

Surviving besides his wife are sons Kenneth Wade (Christa) Price Jr. of Altoona and Karl Wayne (Sandy) Price of Hanceville; daughter Kerry Anne Price of Cullman; brother Dewayne Price of Alexander City; grandchildren Kortni, Danial, and Derrick Sloan, Cherokee, Klai, and River Price, Shayna Price; niece Sue (Curtis) Fuller.

Paul Murphy and Michael Cornelius officiated services Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at Lebanon United Methodist Church. Interment followed at Lebanon Cemetery. Pallbearers were Karl Price, Ken Price, George Reid, Ellis Reid, Col. Kemmit Sellers, and Joe Sellers. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons Danial and Derrick Sloan and Cherokee, Klai, and River Price. Valley Chapel of Oneonta was in charge of arrangements.

ALICE MICHELE PRESLEY ROBINETTE, 57, died Dec. 10, 2009, at her residence in Oneonta. Born in Port- land, Oregon, she was the daughter of Elizabeth Aileen Armstrong Presley of Oneonta and the late Robert Mitchell Presley. Named in September as “beloved woman of the year” by Agigaue Women’s Club, she and her husband Stephen Robinette served in the U.S. Army but he was killed during Desert Storm. She had been lead school nurse for nine years at Oneonta City School after retiring as a nurse at St. Vincent’s Blount and was a member of Park Avenue Baptist Church and both Agigaue and Sigma Theta Tau nursing society.

Surviving besides her mother are daughter Ashley Michele Robinette of Oneonta; sisters Sandra (Alex) Maciel and Denise (Rick) Nelson of Huntsville, Charlene (John) Adams of Fargo, N.D., and Suzette Presley of Oneonta; brothers Robert Daniel (Debbie) Presley of Fultondale and Dennis (Daphne) Presley of East Palestine, Ohio.

Bobby Hill officiated services Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with burial following at Pleasant Mount Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dennis Presley, Robert Presley, Robert Maciel, Rob Presley, Heath Logan, and Rick Nelson.

PAULINE WOODS SMITH, 79, of the Rock Springs community, died Dec. 10, 2009, at Hanceville Nursing Home. A member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, she was predeceased by husband William Alvin Smith; parents Milford and Annie Eudy Woods; brother Fred Woods; and sister Ola Mae Thomas.

Surviving are daughters Edith Smith and Rhonda (Todd) Scott of Cullman and Brenda Bradford of Arab; brother Jack Woods; sisters Albie Wren and Beverly Garrett; grandchildren Tonya Talley, Carla Spann, Dustin Bradford, Justin Bradford, Faith Bradford, Adam Scott, and Ashley Scott.

Jimmy Baker officiated services Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at Holly Pond Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Rock Springs Cemetery.

MARGARET D. SNELL, 54, of Albertville, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Crossville Health and Rehab. She was the daughter of M.D. Stracener and the late Willy Ruth Bridges.

Survivors include husband Roy Lloyd Snell; daughters Amanda (Scott) Burchfield and Jenny (David) Baratz of Albertville and Jessica Snell of Scottsboro; son Allen Snell of Oneonta; brothers Tommy Bridges of Snead and Rickey Stracener of Alabama; sister Sharen Bridges of Snead.

Scott Burchfield, Juanita Williams, and Donald Garrison were to officiate services Thursday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. at Refuge Church in Albertville. Interment will be at Wynnville Cemetery in Blount County with Albertville Funeral Home directing.

BERTIE LEE GRIGGS WAID, 99, of Opelika, died Dec. 7, 2000. A resident of Oak Park Nursing Home, she was born March 4, 1910, in Blount County. The oldest of 12 children, she is survived by sisters Iola Teague, Willadean Love, and Jacqueline Mehaffey. Predeceasing her were husband Alton Bernard Waid; parents Claude Andrew and Josie Griggs; son H. Allen Waid; and infant great-great-grandson Joshua Welch.

Surviving besides three sisters are daughters Norma Aileen (Les) Buckalew and Sara Roberta Waid; son Harvey Leander (Montez) Waid; daughter-in-law Catherine Adams Waid; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.

Gravesides services were held Thursday, Dec. 10, at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery at Liberty with her grandchildren officiating. Fredericks Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

JAMES HOMER WILLIAMS, 90, of Blountsvile (Rock Springs community), died Dec. 9, 2009, at East Glenn Nursing Home in Birmingham. A Blount native, he was the son of the late W.O. and Lillace E. Neal Williams. He was a member of Blountsville’s Bethlehem Baptist Church and had retired as a machinist with Southern Precision Pattern Company. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers Curtis and Claude Williams.

Surviving are his wife Mattie Mount Williams; son Lemois (Beth) Williams of Trussville; grandchildren Brad (Cameran) Williams of Auburn and Kelly Williams of Trussville; brother Truman (Virginia) Williams of Atlanta, Ga.; sister Bertha Sandlin of Springville; greatgrandchild Braden Williams of Auburn.

Jimmy Aaron officiated services Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with burial following at Rock Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Larry Mount, Curtis Roberts, Ronald Jones, Allen Mount, Brad Williams, and Lemois Williams.