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JAMES EDWIN BLACKWOOD, 86, of Cleveland, died Dec. 30, 2009, at Brookwood Hospital. A farmer, he was a member of Cleveland First Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 511th Airborne Division and receiving two purple hearts and a bronze star. Predeceasing him were his parents Luther Weldon and Velma Adams Blackwood; wife Peggy Heard Blackwood; granddaughter Kim Sloan; brothers Coy, Cleo, Luther Jr., and Claude Blackwood; sister Pauline Gamble.

Surviving are son Jimmy (Olivia) Blackwood of Cleveland; daughters Joann (Perry) Gargus of Cleveland, Pam (Mark) Adcock of Hazel Green; brother Floyd T. (Sybil) Blackwood of Locust Fork; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Bob Davis officiated services Jan. 2 at 11 a.m. from Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Cleveland Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, family members suggested that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or a favorite charity.

CURTIS WILLIAM BOWERMAN, 86, died Jan. 2, 2010, at his Blountsville residence. The Blount native was a retired farmer and a member of Fowler Springs Baptist Church. He was predeceased by parents Froy and Aria Dailey Bowerman and sisters Pauline Dykes, Juanita Beavers, Dicie McClennaly, and Nellie Edwards.

Surviving are wife Eva Nell Posey Bowerman; son Randy (Debbie) Bowerman of Moulton; daughter Rita (Jimmy) McHan of Blountsville; grandchildren Jeffrey McHan, Jennifer Heptinstall, Jamie McHan, Rodney Bowerman, and Ryan Bowerman; nine great-grandchildren; sister Rhoda Pearl Robinson

Michael Murphree and Jeffrey McHan officiated services Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. at Fowler Springs Baptist Church with burial following in Fowler Springs Cemetery. Blountsville Funeral Home directed. Pallbearers were LaReid Shelton, Danny Robinson, Wilburn Beavers, Rodney Bowerman, Ryan Bowerman, Bradley Heptinstall, Frank Edwards, and Lanier Gramlin.

HELEN LOUISE CHAMPION, 80, died Dec. 28, 2009, at her residence in Pinson. A native of Blount County, she was the daughter of the late William Wesley and Rhoda Jane Swann Crow. She was a member of Pinson Valley Baptist Church and a former member of Jones Chapel Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by husband Robert Madison Champion; son Hollis Nelson Champion; and 23 brothers and sisters.

Surviving are sons Bobby Champion and Robert “Mac” Champion, both of Pinson; daughters Loretta Hall of Springdale and Janice (Robert) Searcy of Trussville; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren

Paul Gilbert officiated services Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 3 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Antioch Cemetery. FLOYD L. FORTENBERRY, 84, formerly of Robinwood, died suddenly Dec. 31, 2009, at his Oneonta residence. Son of the late Rolin E. and Bessie Ladd Fortenberry, he was a member of New Life Ministries of Straight Mountain and was retired from the Jefferson County Board of Education. He was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II and received a purple heart for his service in the Saipan area. Predeceasing him besides his parents were his first wife Bertha Powell Fortenberry; second wife Joycie Green Fortenberry; brother R.E. Fortenberry; sister Tena Young; stepdaughter Sandy Dickey; stepson Gary Green; and grandsons Keith Dickey and Jason Clayton.

Surviving are daughters Pat (Butch) Cross of Clay and Deb Fortenberry of Irondale; stepdaughters Janie (Leonard) Tatro of Hanceville, Patricia (Johnny) Hawkins of Oneonta, Betty Harkins of Pinedale Shores, June (Danny) McCluskey of Clay, and Johnny Green of Oneonta; 22 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren (and three more due this year).

Jack Decanter offficiated services Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel followed by a military burial at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville. Pallbearers were grandsons Karey Cross, Kenneth Dickey, Scott Sullivan, and Tony Cross, and greatgrandsons Clay Cross and Dustin Miller.

KENNETH AUSTIN GARNER, 60, died Dec. 2, 2009, at Winter Park (Fla.) Memorial Hospital. A construction worker, he was the son of the late Clifford and Claudie Garner of Springville and Holly Springs and the brother of the late Peggy Sue Martin Garner. He was reared in the Holly Springs community before moving to Florida, where he worked in the timber field. His family says he loved to fish and hunt and was a “look-a-like” of Richard Petty with NASCAR.

Surviving are his wife Rebecca “Becky” Garner, son Kevin Garner, daughter Kendra Garner, grandsons Randy, Leighton, and Cullen, and granddaughter London, all of Orlando, Fla.; brothers James Garner of Oneonta and Jerold Garner of Largo, Fla.

Robert Hullett officiated graveside services Dec. 8 at Springville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Charlie King, Charlie King Jr., Steve Hill, Randy Acevedo of Orlando, Fla., Dylan and Drew Faust of Oneonta. Taylor Funeral Home of Pinellas Park, Fla., and Lemley Chapel of Oneonta were in charge of all arrangements.

THOMAS ALLEN GOODE, 79, of Cleveland, died Dec. 22, 2009, at his residence. Born in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Frank H. and Jewel Cornelius Goode. An Army veteran, he was a retired truck driver and a member of Cleveland United Methodist Church. Predeceasing him in addition to his parents were three brothers and six sisters.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years Virginia Eubank Goode; son Jeff (Jacki) Goode of Cleveland; daughter Kathy (Wayne) Holmes and Debbie (Paul) Troiani, both of Cleveland; sister Selmarie Crowson of Cullman and Alabaster; 10 grandchildren (which includes two stepgrandsons); 11 great-grandchildren.

Wess Hallman officiated services Dec. 24 at 11 a.m. from Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Easley Community Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Goode, Matt Troiani, Clint Troiani, Michael Blakley, Heath Troiani, and Jason Holmes. CHARLES EDWARD GREEN, 65, of Nectar, died Dec. 28, 2009, at Trinity Medical Center. A native of Blount County, he worked as a security officer, served in the U.S. Army, and was a former member of The Followers Quartet. Predeceasing him were his parents Dwight and Katherine Clowdus Green and sister Shirley Taylor.

Surviving are his wife Kathy Laney Green; daughter Sherry (Mike) Miller, grandson Thomas Miller, and granddaughter Ashley Miller, all of Cleveland; sisters Barbara Dixon of Oneonta and Wanda Johnson of Cullman; brother Dwight Green of Columbia, S.C.

Truman Gable and Cliff Cook officiated services Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment following at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bobby Nolen, Donald Ray Nolen, Ronnie Nolen, Shannan Pannell, Mike Miller, Raymond Blackmon, and Jeff Hawkins. Honorary pallbearers were Welton Nolen and Sonny Hixon.

TALLIE B. GRIFFIN, 84, died Jan. 1, 2010, at his residence in Blountsville. A Blount County native, he worked as a cutter for Blount Manufacturing Company in Blountsville and was a member of Austin Creek Baptist Church. He was predeceased by parents Will and Emma Roberts Griffin; wife Rebecca Bowerman Griffin who died March 6, 2004; grandson Christopher Earl; great-granddaughter Mylee Grace Glass; brothers Lecil, George, Eldridge, Milford, and Herman Griffin; sisters Ida Grigsby and Velma Dailey.

Surviving are daughter Reba Earl of Blountsville; grandchildren Melissa (Michael) Glass and Mary Smith (Mark Land), both of Blountsville; great-grandchildren Katlyn Glass, Trey Glass, and Kallie Smith; brothers Paul Griffin and Elbert Griffin; sister Lucille Bowerman of Blountsville.

Ennis Stone and Greg Stone officiated services Monday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. at Austin Creek Baptist Church with burial following in the adjoining cemetery. Pallbearers were Johnny Rutherford, Jerry Rutherford, Wilburn Beavers, Bobby Griffin, Mark Land, Michael Glass, and Alfred Handley. Blountsville Funeral Home directed.

ELOUISE COX HARKNESS, 81, of Virginia Beach, Va., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009. Born in the community of Sugar Creek, she was the daughter of the late Dewey and Velma Holt Cox and the widow of Charles Edward Harkness Sr. She was also predeceased by daughter Sandra Jean Chappell; sisters Thelma Cox and Marie Miller; brothers Aerial and Paul Cox. A Navy wife and homemaker, she followed her husband’s career along the east coast. After her husband retired from the Navy, they were independent Amoco dealers in the Tidewater area of Virginia.

Surviving are daughter Billie Jo (James “Bucky”) Hess of Fairmont, W. Va.; son Charles E. (companion Annette) Harkness Jr. of Norfolk, Va.; sister Carolyn Merrill of Crossville, Tenn.; sisters-in-law Ellie Cox, Pat Stevens, and Sara Pinyan; brother-in-law Ed Miller; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Ernie Trueblood officiated services Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home in Chesapeake, Va. Interment followed in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society and invited friends to sign the online guest book at www.omanfh.com.
FRED WILLIS HOSEY SR., 79, of Cleveland, died Dec. 31, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. He was a native of Alabama and had worked as a repairman for Cerdale Cement Company. Predeceasing him were parents Fred Henry and Bessie Mae Sanders Hosey; brother Robert Lee Hosey; sister Betty Jean Fugett; daughter-in-law Diane Hosey.

Surviving are wife Geneva Heard Hosey; sons Fred Willis ( Jacquline) Hosey Jr. of Pinson, William Randall Hosey and Christopher Andrew (Mary) Hosey, both of Cleveland; daughter Robin Ann Hosey (Terry) Quinn of Locust Fork; 13 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers Amos Eugene (Louise) Hosey of Calera and John David (Sandy) Hosey of Washington state.

Leon Beasley officiated services Jan. 2, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Graveside services were held Sunday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at Malone Cemetery in Ardmore, Tenn. Pallbearers were Fred Willis Hosey Jr., William Randall Hosey, Terry Lynn Quinn Sr., Bill Warnix, Christoher Andrew Hosey, Terry Lynn Quinn Jr., and David Allen Quinn. Honorary pallbearers were Fred Hosey III, Treavor Seager, Butch Horsley, Billy Tidwell, and Jerry Moody.

MARGARET LOUISE WALKER, 72, of Hayden, died Dec. 27, 2009, at UAB Hospital. Born in Jefferson County, she was a member of Corinth Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were parents Tom and Elsie Banks Bales; brother Horace Bales; sister Jeannie Calvert; and infant son Tommy Walker.

Surviving are husband Rodger Walker; son Dale (Cynthia) Walker of Hayden; grandson John (Jessica) Walker of Blountsville; great-grandchildren Chayse Walker and MaKaila Hogeland; sisters Dorothy Graves, Mildred Cobb, Clara Cater, Faye Roberts, Linda Twilley.

Seburn Johnson and Jeff Logan officiated services Dec. 30 at 2 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church with burial at Mt. Tabor Cemetery near Blountsville. Pallbearers were Jeff Childers, Rick Graves, Charles Newsome, Jerry Holden, Charles Twilley, and Mike Dunn. Blountsville Funeral Home directed.