OBITUARIES



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ALBERT ANDERSON, 95, died Dec. 17, 2009, at his residence in Oneonta. Born in Scottsdale, Pa., he received a silver star, five bronze stars, and several other commendations while serving with the U.S. Army during World War II. A retired furnace builder with Honeywell Manufacturing, he was predeceased by his wife of 60 years Mary Groff Anderson; parents Irvin and Ida Mae Geary Anderson; six brothers; three sisters.

Surviving are wife Billie Jean Burnam Anderson of Oneonta; daughters Mollie Harvey and Jean Cardwell, both of Oneonta; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers Gilbert Anderson of Edgewood, Md., and Cecil Anderson of Scottsdale, Pa.; sister Janet Normand of Beverton, Ore.

James Wilson officiated services Sunday, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment following in Elmwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Stephen Young, David McCarl, Hunter Tekulve, Patrick Tidwell, Bradley Stillwell, Jonathan Stillwell, and Adam Tekulve.

MARY ANN LANINGHAM LARUE BIVENS, 59, of Cleveland, died Dec. 15, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East. A native of Blount County, she was the daughter of Gladys Maxine Burgess Adams of Locust Fork and the late Andrew Samuel Laningham and the sister of the late Andrew Laningham Jr. She was a member of Edgewood Baptist Church and worked 20 years for CRS Engineering.

Surviving besides her mother are husband Steven Craig Bivens; sons Chris (Patricia) LaRue of Remlap, Brian (Rachel) LaRue of Blountsville, and Richard Bivens of Locust Fork; daughters Brynne (Hank) MacCann of Sterrett and Gia Bivens (Scott Atkinson) of Crestwood; five grandchildren; brother Jackie (Paula) Laningham of Locust Fork.

Ronnie Turner officiated services Saturday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment following at Tabernacle Cemetery. Pallbearers were Hank Mac- Cann, Scott Atkinson, Tommy Burgess, J.D. Hornbuckle, Turner Gaines, and Forrest Gaines.

JANICE DICKEY, 63, died Dec. 15, 2009. A member of Robinwood Church of God, she was predeceased by her husband Jackie Dickey and father Cecil Garrard.

Surviving are sons Harold Dickey of Pinson and Lynn (Angel) Dickey of Morris; daughter Barbette (Billy) Reynolds of Pinson; grandchildren Jamie (Tandi) Dickey, Krystie (Kenneth) Huey, Amanda (Brad) Crenshaw, and Justin Dickey; great-grandchildren C.J. Dickey, Kaden Huey, and Ashlyn Crenshaw; mother Katie “Jo” Garrard of Robinwood; sister Sherry (Richard) Ashley of Ashville; sister-in-law Bobbie (Benny) Hawkins of Pine Mountain.

The funeral was held Friday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel, followed by a graveside service at Remlap Cemetery. Joe George officiated.

AGUSTA ELROD, 101, of the Douglas community, died Dec. 16, 2009, at Marshall Medical Center South, Albertville. She was a native of Blount County and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were parents Amos and Eva Green Criswell; husband Carl Elrod; two sisters; six brothers.

Surviving are daughter Vernell Elrod Thompson of Douglas; daughter-in-law Faye Elrod Pate of Snead; grandsons Phillip (Melanie) Thompson of Douglas and Greg (Janice) Elrod of Snead; granddaughter Theresa (Keith) Williamson of Snead; five great-grandchildren.

Glenn Elrod and Garry Jones officiated services Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. at Valley Chapel of Oneonta with burial at Wynnville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Phillip Thomp- son, Greg Elrod, Chris Thompson, Jerry Elrod, Conrad Pate, and Robert Ware. Honorary pallbearer was Matthew Todd.

ROYCE EARL GARGUS, 74, died Dec. 17, 2009, at his residence in Oneonta. Born in St. Clair County, he was the son of the late George Earl and Flora Irene Nolin Gargus. His wife is Sarah Pauline “Polly” Evans Gargus, daughter of Louie “Spud” and Lucille Evans of Oneonta.

A member of the Army National Guard, he was a partner in Gargus Pontiac and Courtesy Pontiac-GMC and served in many capacities in both civic and business leadership roles. He served more than 20 years as a deacon of Oneonta First Baptist Church, was a former member of Oneonta Utilities Board of Directors, and was accountant for Oak Hill Cemetery and the Beautification Society.

Surviving besides his wife and parents-in-law are sons Mark (Rachel) Gargus and Brian (Paige) Gargus and grandchildren Andrew Gargus and Savannah Gargus, all of Oneonta; brothers Wayne (Melinda) Gargus and Tommy Gargus of Oneonta, Roger (Jennie) Gargus of Robinsville, N.C.; sisters Charlotte (Jerry) Battles of Columbia, Tenn., and Glenda Gargus of Trussville.

Dr. Larry Gipson, Dan Sims, and Bill Barnett officiated services Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. at Oneonta First Baptist Church. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery with Lemley Chapel directing. Pallbearers were John David Huie, Todd Huie, Scott Evans, Matt Battles, Tim Gargus, Eric Gargus, Ellis Reid, Scott Rakestraw, Frank Langner, Dan Sims, Bob Turley, Olen Stone, Donald Elrod, and Doug Williams.

IRENE BLACKWOOD JORDAN, 76, of Arab, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Arab. Born on May 28, 1933, in Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest A. and Mertice Brothers Blackwood and the granddaughter of J. Asbury and Minerva Jones Blackwood of Blount County and J. Monroe and Eugenia Wood Brothers. A graduate of Douglas High School, she attended Snead State Community College, was a member of Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church, and drove 11 years for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. After the death of her daughter, Sharon Jordan Leach, in 1982, she helped organize the Marshall County Chapter of Mothers against Drunk Drivers. Also predeceasing her was brother Verlon Blackwood.

Surviving are husband Leonard J. Jordan of Arab; sons Tony J. Jordan of Huntsville, Terry L. Jordan and Matthew E. Jordan of Arab, Mark A. Jordan of Nashville; brothers Orman Blackwood of Tennessee, Everett Blackwood and Leland Blackwood of Gurley, Barney Blackwood of Horton; sisters Marcena Wilkinson of Georgia and Elaine Atchley of Douglas; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mitchell Phillips officiated services Thursday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m. at Rocky Mount Primitive Baptist Church with burial at Brookwood Cemetery. Gober Funeral Chapel directed. Pallbearers were Lynn Waldrop, Terrell McNeil, Keith Atchley, Tim Blackwood, Bryan Tatum, and Anthony Jordan. In lieu of flowers the family suggested donations be made to the Sharon Jordan Leach Scholarship, Snead State Community College, PO Box 734, Boaz, AL 35957, with checks payable to SSCC – Leach Scholarship, or to a favorite charity.

BEULAH BRASSEALE LAUDERDALE, 94, of Douglas, died Dec. 15, 2009, at her residence. A native of Blount County, she was of the Church of Christ faith. Predeceasing her were husband Foy Daniel Lauderdale; parents Kittrell K. and Anna Weaver Brasseale; son James Kenneth Lauderdale; and daughter Rose Laverne Taylor.

Surviving are daughters Veronica Lauderdale and Betty Lauderdale of Douglas; sons Jerry (Jane) Lauderdale of Center Point and Curtis (Judy) Lauderdale of Douglas; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Glen Stewart officiated services Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at Valley Chapel of Oneonta. Interment was at Douglas City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Corley, Clint, Chris, Jon, Heath, and Kenny Lauderdale. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Nelson and Scott Estes.

EARL FRANK MOSLEY JR., 72, died Dec. 14, 2009, at his Blountsville residence. A native of Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Earl Frank Mosley Sr. and Ruby Moore Mosley. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of Cleveland Church of God, and a graduate of Auburn University. A retiree, he had worked as an insurance claims adjuster with Liberty National and All-State in Atlanta.

Surviving are his wife Inez Richey Neely Mosley; stepsons Billy (Gloria) Neely of Hayden, Gordon Neely and Doug (Sherri) Neely of Nectar; stepdaughter Vicky (Donald) Posey of Cleveland; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Don Edwards and Sherri Neely officiated services Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Pine Bluff Cemetery in Locust Fork with graveside military honors.

JAMES ERSTON REID, 65, of Fairhope, formerly of Blount County, died Dec. 15, 2009, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Birmingham. Born in Jefferson County, he was the son of Maxine Loggins Reid and the late J.L. Reid. He served as a heavy equipment mechanic in the U.S. Navy. He had an affinity for the Gulf Coast and enjoyed birds, especially parrots and cockatiels, and riding motorcycles.

Surviving besides his mother are son Jason (Emily) Reid; brother Danny (Terrie) Reid; sister Sue (Michael) Ronilo; grandchild Conor Reid.

Rufus Harris officiated graveside services Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Cemetery. Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home directed.

NATHAN K. SLOAN JR., 71, of Hayden, died Dec. 18, 2009, at Brookwood Hospital in Birmingham. An Alabama native of the Methodist faith, he was retired from self-employed building construction. Predeceasing him were his parents Nathan Sloan Sr. and Lucille Lowe Sloan and a sister Juanita Sloan.

Surviving are his wife Gail Alexander Sloan; sons Phillip Dale Sloan and Christopher Scott (Lisa) Sloan of Hayden and Mark Wayne (Regina) Sloan of Oneonta; brothers Marvin (Bonnie) Sloan and Curtis (Linda) Sloan of Oneonta; four great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren.

Joel Johnson officiated services Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. from Valley Chapel of Oneonta. Interment was at Dailey’s Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Pat Sloan, David Sloan, Craig Sloan, Jeff Shirley, Robert Moss, and Brian Moss. Honorary pallbearers were Earl Green and Edward Battles.