OBITUARIES



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HOYLE FELTON DEWEESE, 71, of Birmingham, died at his residence Dec. 19, 2009. Born in St. Clair County, he was the son of the late Eulas Clyde and Flora Laura Boatwright Deweese and the brother of the late Gertrude Hill and the late Myrtlee Engle. He had been employed as a factory worker.

Surviving are son David Deweese of Hilo, Hawaii; daughter Teresa Trusty (Richard Kent) of Brandon, Miss.; sister Ruth Mulkey and brother James Edward Deweese, both of Steele; sister-in-law Marie Killough of Holly Springs; former spouse Ellon Payne of Brantley.

Paul Alexander officiated graveside services Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Lemley Chapel directed.

MAXINE DENNEY GRIGSBY, 74, of Blountsville, died Dec. 26, 2009, at St. Vincent’s in Birmingham. A native of Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Rufus and Jennie Sivley Denney. She worked as a restaurant cook. Predeceasing her in addition to her parents were brothers Arlis, Felton, Mack and Tight Denney and a sister Alamae Denney.

Surviving are sons Richard and Robert Grigsby, both of Blountsville; daughter Tina (Fred) Marsh of Cleveland; grandchildren Misty (Josh) Atwater of Falkville and Joseph Marsh of Cleveland.

Jerry Hackney officiated services Dec. 29 at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Rock Springs Cemetery.

JOHN ROBERT HALL, 60, died Dec. 24, 2009, at his Blountsville residence. Born in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late John Wesley and Nelda Sherrer Hall. He was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church and had retired as a railroad conductor with Norfolk Southern Railroad.

Surviving are his wife Belinda Bowen Hall; sons Wes (Shannon) Hall and Will (Kim) Hall, both of Blountsville; grandchildren Allison Hall, Lilly Hall, and Lucy Jean Hall; brother Randy (Janey) Hall of Hayden; sisters Bonnie (Jimmy) Flowers of Blountsville and Donna (Gary) Howell of Gardendale.

Tim Blackmon officiated services Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Fowler Springs Cemetery in Blountsville. Pallbearers were Ronnie Allred, R.P. Whitaker, Greg Thomas, Richard Smith, David Bowen, and Michael Ramos.

WAITUS E. “BUDDY” HATLEY, 85, of Blountsville, died Dec. 24, 2009, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. A Blount County native, he was a retired government employee and a member of Cleveland United Methodist Church. Predeceasing him were parents Miles and Julia Clements Hatley; son Tommy Hatley; four brothers.

Surviving are his widow Hazel Reno Hatley; daughter Elaine (Bobby) McCaig of Huntsville; six grandchilden; nine great-grandchildren; brother Finis Hatley of Arab; sisters Vina Clements of Hueytown and Wilma Slaughter of Louisiana.

Wess Hallman officiated services Dec. 26 at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Cleveland Cemetery.

SARAH JANE KERSHELL, 66, of Armstead, died Dec. 26, 2009, at Trinity Medical Center. Born in Jefferson County, she was a retired sitter/nursing attendant. Predeceasing her were husband Jack Kershell and parents John William and Brannie Mae Lamar MacLean.

Surviving are daughters Jackie Rhodes of Springville and Nida (Jason) Thrasher of Hayden; grandchildren Jenny (John) Stewart, Christy (Joey) Hinton, Brian Cox, Dakota Rhodes, Dixie Rhodes, Sara Rhodes, Emma Grace Rhodes, and Terri Thrasher; great-grandchildren John-John Stewart, Sylis Stewart, Megan Stewart, Gabby Hinton, and Caleb Cox; sisters Dorthy Coolidge and Helen Hogeland of Talladega, Carolyn Sue Southard of Brookside, Mary Joe (Jasper) Lindsey of Boaz, Joy (James) Sides of Douglas; brothers Joe MacLean Jr. of Armstead and David (Regina) MacLean of Blountsville.

Billy Limbrick will officiate services Dec. 30 at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment will follow at Springville City Cemetery.

CARL FRANKLIN KILLOUGH, 81, formerly of Springville, died Dec. 25, 2009. Surviving are his wife of 57 years Louise Phillips Killough; daughters Linda (Buddy) Steapleton of Margaret, Sheila (Joe) Tortorici of Clay, Reba (Wesley) Morgan of Marbury, Janet (Gene) Walker of Gardendale; son Phillip Killough of Gallant; grandchildren Dewayne (Nicole) Morgan, Chris Morgan, Daphne (Ricky) Nelson, Ron Kilgo, Amanda Paulk, Amber Killough, Sarah Walker, and Matthew Walker; great-grandchildren Brooklyn Paulk and Riley Nelson; sister Flo (Bert) Huffstutler of Alabaster; brother James A. (Rachel) Killough of Clay.

J.W. Hallman officiated services Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel. Burial was at Hullett’s Chapel Cemetery in Springville.

CHARLES O. LANDRETH, 89, of Oneonta, died Dec. 23, 2009. Born in Chambers County, he was a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force and had retired from civil service. He worked as a production controller at Brookley AFB and as an Air Force plant representative at Hayes Aircraft in Birmingham and in Madrid, Spain. An Oneonta area resident for some 40 years, he raised cattle and owned and enjoyed restoring old and classic automobiles.

Surviving are son Steve (Angela) Landreth of Winder, Ga.; grandson Joel Landreth; brothers Raymond, Harrell, and Hugh Landreth, all of LaGrange, Ga., and William Landreth of Freeport, Fla.; close friends and confidants Mark Spence and Bert Brent of Ashville.

Services were held Tuesday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery.

WILLIAM JOSEPH “JOE” MARSH, 71, died Dec. 25, 2009, at his Oneonta residence. A native of Blount County, he worked as a stone mason and was a member of Oneonta First Baptist Church. Predeceasing him were parents Clarence Joseph and Willie Grace Willbanks Marsh; son Joseph Timothy Marsh; brother James Paul Marsh.

Surviving are wife Shirley Ruth Cornelius Marsh; sons Robert Marsh, Shawn Marsh, and Barry (Heidi) Marsh, all of Oneonta; six grandchildren; sister Mary Ann (Ronnie) Posey of Blountsville.

Larry Gipson and Dan Sims officiated services Sunday, Dec. 27, at 2 p.m. at Oneonta First Baptist Church. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Wayne Marsh, Jerry Marsh, Jose Gutierrez, Larry Staton, Mark Towns, Lonnie Funderburg, and Danny Woodard.

ELVIA LOU “POLLY” MASON, 80, of Cullman, died Dec. 24, 2009, at Cullman Regional Hospital. Born in Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Harley C. and Joanna McCay Tidwell. She was a member of Cullman First Baptist Church.

Surviving are husband Harold David Mason; daughter Harolyn (Ike) Beasley of Helena; sisters Montez Jones of Morris and Peggy Price of Pell City; granddaughter Cindy (Dan) Pezet of Opelika; great-grandsons Luke and Daniel Pezet of Opelika.

Edwin Hayes officiated services Saturday, Dec. 26, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Pine Bluff Cemetery.

DR. RALPH E. RHEA, 74, of Locust Fork, died Dec. 23, 2009, at UAB Palliative Care. Born in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Athos Everest and Mildred Louise Tischer Rhea and the grandson of the late William Tischer. He was a 1952 graduate of Phillips High School and a 1963 graduate of Auburn University. He was retired after 30 years as a veterinarian with USDA.

Surviving are his wife Oneta Cornelius Rhea; daughters Stephani (Scott) Tyler of Hoover and Jennifer Heidrich of Birmingham; grandchildren Madison, Jacob, Sydney, and Rachel; sisters Joyce (Henry) Fowler of Newsoms, Va., and Gail Otis of Gardendale.

Rufus Harris officiated services Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with burial following at Pine Bluff Cemetery. Pallbearers were Randy Copeland, Charlie Horn, Steve Dade, Scott Tyler, Philip Heidrich, and Alan Otis.

LILLIAN MELINDA SCOTT, 94, of Horton, died Dec. 18, 2009, at TLC Nursing Center. Born in Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Lidell and Mary Lett Rigsby.

Surviving are sons Claud (Evelyn) Scott Jr., Boyd Ray (Nancy) Scott, and Randall (Carol) Scott; grandchildren Barry (Gina) Scott, Gary (Ami) Scott, Kevin Scott, Patrick Scott, Janine (Jeff) Colbaugh, Leah (Jess) Gilbert, Chrissy (Matthew) Cleveland, and Heather Scott; great-grandchildren Clay Duncan, Cris Duncan, Blake Scott, Luke Scott, Alex Scott, Evan Scott, and Andrew Gilbert; sisters Bonnie Sandy and Mozell Allison.

Billy Lett officiated services Saturday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. at Snead Chapel Funeral Home. Burial was at Douglas Cemetery. Pallbearers were Barry Scott, Gary Scott, Kevin Scott, Patrick Scott, Matthew Cleveland, and Clay Duncan.

FRANKYE J. STRICKLAND, 86, of Locust Fork, died Dec. 23, 2009, at Marshall Medical Center South. The Alabama native was predeceased by parents Edward Sayle and Frances E. Merritt Jones and husband William Price Strickland. She was a charter member of Locust Fork Baptist Church and had retired from the Department of Human Resources for the state of Alabama.

Surviving are daughters Joan C. Statham of Auburn, Linda G. Mitchell of Locust Fork, and Mary F. (Wendell) Miller of Glennville, Ga.; son Billy (Becky) Strickland of Blountsville; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

Rufus Harris, Wendell Miller, and Jesse Mitchell officiated services Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. at Locust Fork Baptist Church with burial in Pine Bluff Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

THENNIE PAYNE WARREN, 87, of Oneonta, died Dec. 22, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. She was a native of Blount County and a member of Oneonta Church of God in Christ. Predeceasing her were parents John and Luther Burchfield Payne; husband Frank Warren Sr.; daughter Pattie Jean Warren; grandchildren Kenny Warren, Jasmin and Tyson Warren; brothers Lawrence, Pres, and Randolph Payne.

Surviving are daughter Shirley (Thomas) Washington of Gadsden and Joyce (Roy) Holston of Oneonta; sons Willie Lee (Freddie) Warren of Solon, Ohio, James (Elizabeth) Warren of Birmingham, Frank Warren Jr. of Germany, Booker T. Warren of California, Ronnie (Wandala) Warren of Huntsville, Donald Warren of Oneonta, Earl (Melody) Warren of Oxford, and Mario Warren of Birmingham; 26 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren.

Frederick Moton officiated services Monday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. at Oneonta Church of God in Christ. Interment was at Old Liberty Cemetery with Lemley Chapel directing. Friends served as pallbearers.

CLARE REDMOND WHITTEN, 79, of Brooksville, died at her residence Dec. 25, 2009. Born in Needham, Mass., she was a retired accountant with Morrison Knudsen Company and a member of Brooksville Baptist Church. She was instrumental in organizing Brooksville Fire Department, and family members suggested donations be made to that department in lieu of flowers. Predeceasing her were husband George W. Whitten; parents Clarance Arthur and Alberta Cassidy Redmond; brother William Redmond; sister Ruth Phillips.

Surviving are son George (Michelle) Whitten of Idaho; daughters Linda (Jesse) Williams of Brooksville and Judy (Oliver) Hines of Oregon; 12 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; sisters Phyllis Cluff and Beryl Bilderback of Maine.

Dennis Martin officiated graveside services Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. at Brooksville Cemetery, Blountsville Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Wylie Williams, Seth Williams, Noel Leonard, David Roulier, Edward Bilderback, and Jamie Pettit.