OBITUARIES




THOMAS JOSEPH GILLESPIE (Tommy Joe), 78, died Oct. 27, 2008. A graduate of Boaz High School and Jacksonville State University, he taught at Wake Forest University, Cave Springs Elementary in Smyrna, Ga., and Susan Moore Elementary School, where he was affectionately known as “Mr. G.” An avid tennis player, he was a tennis instructor at Jacksonville and Wake Forest, belonged to several teams, including Sand Mountain Tennis Association and Oneonta Tennis Club, and won numerous tournament and team titles. A member of Temple EmanuEL in Birmingham, he lived at Mount Hebron while married to his children’s mother Margaret Martin, now of Boaz, until 1979 when he moved to Cleveland and married Donna Adams. He was predeceased by parents Lowery Pelham and Mona Morgan Gillespie and brothers Gerald and Morgan Gillespie.

Surviving are wife Donna Adams Gillespie; daughter Marge Gillespie (Robert) Atkinson; son, Timothy Gillespie; grandchildren T.J. (Brooke) Gillespie, Ashley Glover, and Benjamin Gillespie; great-grandson Timothy Drake Gillespie; sisters-in-law Helen Gillespie and Gay Nell Gillespie; and mother-in-law Betty Adams.

Scott Hauseman-Weiss and Jessica Raskin conducted services Oct. 28 at Snead Funeral Home. A graveside service will be today, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, Boaz. Pallbearers are Robert Atkinson, Rick Little, Gary McGill, Eric Thomas, Arnold Pass, Joel Cobb, Keith Howell, and Steve Pass.

JAMES BRICE CORNELIUS, JR., 80, died Oct. 27, 2008, at Meadow Wood Nursing Home. A native of Blount County, he served three years in the Air Force and was employed as a sales representative. His parents were the late James Brice Cornelius, Sr. and Ida Walker Cornelius.

Surviving are daughter Bonnie Cornelius, Atlanta; son Jimmy Cornelius and his mother, Ailene Cornelius, Atlanta; grandchildren Tyler, Kevin, Brad, and Kimberly; and brother Jack (Virginia) Cornelius, Bessemer.

Stuart Collier will officiate graveside services today, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lemley Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers are Jack E. Cornelius, Matthew Cornelius, Dustin Cornelius, J.D. Nelson, and Chris Harmon.

CHARLES GRADY HARRIS, 63, Pell City, formerly of Oneonta, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. A 1963 graduate of Oneonta High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran, he worked for Eastern Airlines and later retired from Pemco. He was a member of Bluff Park United Methodist Church. His father Grady Harris predeceased him.

Surviving are wife Tamara Adams Harris; mother Ivey Harris; brother Jack Harris and family; sister Mary Ellen Brown and family; daughters Andria Harris Roe and Jenny Harris; and grandsons Ethan and Aiden Roe.

Reid Crotty will officiate chapel services today, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, Trussville, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.

MAUDIE V. CAMPBELL, 96, died Oct. 24, 2008, at her Oneonta residence. She was a homemaker and a Baptist believer. She was predeceased by husband Vernon Campbell; parents John Henry and Susan Benefield Godbee; six brothers; five sisters; and grandson Bruce Campbell.

Surviving are sons William “Bill” Odell Campbell, Reno, Nev., and John Reaford “Bud” Campbell, Fredericksburg, Va.; daughter Norma Grace (Jimmy) Ray, Oneonta; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 23 great-greatgrandchildren.

Bill Barnett and Bob Huntley conducted services Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. at Valley Chapel, Oneonta. Interment was in Centre Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dwight Ray, John Giles, Antonio Zavala, Christopher Bates, Eddie Martini, and Jonathan Giles.

LOUISE THOMASON, 73, Oneonta, died Oct. 25, 2008, at East Glenn Rehab Center. A former seamstress at Blue Bell, she had been a member of Straight Mountain Missionary Baptist Church since 1958. She was predeceased by husband Floyd Thomason; parents John Robert and Bertha Mae Dumas Green; four sisters; and three brothers.

Surviving are sons Jimmy (Teresa) Thomason, Oneonta, and Don (Cindy) Thomason, Susan Moore; grandchildren, Dusty (Crystal) Thomason, Valerie (Chris) Sears; Jack (Abby) Thomason, Sarah (Jon) Barron, and Melissa (Paul) Kilpatrick; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister Bernice (Alton) St. John, Florida.

Jack Thomason and Darwin Cardwell officiated services Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. at Straight Mountain Missionary Baptist Church. Interment was in Straight Mountain Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Pat Adamson, Jordan Adamson, Donny Lacks, Ben Lacks, Phil Adamson, and Bruce Dickie.

NANCY ANN PHILLIPS, 72, Birmingham, formerly of Oneonta, died Oct. 24, 2008, at Northway Nursing & Rehab Center in Birmingham. A former nurse, she was born in Biloxi, Miss., and was the daughter of the late Robert and Katherine Brown Hathaway.

Surviving are daughters Mary (Gray) Francis, Leeds, and Patricia Gilbert, Oneonta; sons Melbourne (Patty) Phillips, Oneonta, Robert Phillips, Atlanta, Ga., and Glenn (Kelly Kurtz) Phillips, Helena; grandchildren Carla (Brian) Carroll and Melanie Stallings; great-grandchild Magan Carroll; and half sisters Susie Hathaway (George Williams) and Roberta Young (Allison).

Radford Edwards and Joe Tipton conducted services Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. at Valley Chapel with burial following in Oak Hill Cemetery.

CARLTON SMITH, 71, Oneonta, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, at McGuffey Health and Rehab Center, Gadsden. He was a well decorated soldier, a veteran of the Vietnam War, and a 27-year career serviceman with the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Oneonta First Baptist Church and a licensed minister for Goose Creek Baptist Church, South Carolina. Predeceasing him were parents Luther and Docie Bushard Smith; brother Loyd Smith; and sisters Retha Jean Ward and Beverly Ann McCurry.

Surviving are wife Sue Smith, Oneonta; daughters Lisa Thelin (Joseph) Johnson, Huntsville, and Susan Elise (James) Freeman, Oneonta; son David Carlton (Alicia) Smith, Oneonta; grandchildren Joanna (Charles) Sarver, Tabitha Thelin, Austin Smith, Dawson Smith, Caleigh Smith, Anna Freeman, and Lilly Freeman; brother Gary L. (Myra) Smith, Morris.

Billy Smith, Bill Barnett and Joe Johnson conducted services Oct. 28 at Lemley Funeral Chapel with entombment following in Oak Hill Mausoleum. Pallbearers were Tom Smith, Joseph Johnson, Jim Freeman, Evan Vanzo, and Joshua Campbell. Austin Smith, Dawson Smith, and Patrick Ward were honorary pallbearers.

VERONICA VINCENT, 35, died Oct. 21,2008, in Blount County. A native of Jefferson County, she was the daughter of Donna McNiese Vincent and the late Dennis Vincent. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and was employed at Tyson as a USDA inspector.

Surviving besides her mother are husband Judson Anthony Hamby; son Ryan Vincent; daughter Katlyn Vincent; and sisters Michelle (William) Harris and Lucy Bennett.

Clatus NeSmith and Don Froclich, Sr., conducted services Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was in Mt. Joy Cemetery with Tony Dorning, Scott Dorning, Trey Smith, Steve McDonald, Simon Maldonado, and H.C. Alexander serving as pallbearers.

JOHANNA LYNN PHILLIPS, 57, died Oct. 22, 2008, at St. Vincent’s East. Daughter of the late James Hershell and Claire Imogene Brogdon Allman, she was a native of Blount County and a member of Straight Mountain Baptist Church.

Surviving are husband Gregory Duane Phillips; brother James Edward (Doris) Allman; and sister Faye Allman (Elwyn) Williamson, all of Oneonta.

Pat Adamson and John Metzler officiated services Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. from Lemley Chapel. Burial was in Straight Mountain Memorial Gardens.

RICKY MAY, 43, died Oct. 22, 2008, at Trinity Hospital. He was employed 14 years by Brannon Electric Motors, drove a truck for Earth Works Excavating, and also worked for Louis Allis and Rotating Specialties. He was predeceased by his grandparents Marie and Earl Barnes, Corner, and stepfather Robert L. Davis, Birmingham.

Surviving are one son Jonathan May, Odenville; daughter Emily May, Odenville; mother Carolyn Davis, Oneonta; sister Tina May, Oneonta; brothers Rodney May, Pinson, and Robby Davis, Oneonta.

Doug Wanninger officiated services Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. from Lemley Chapel with burial following in Blount Memory Gardens, Oneonta. Pallbearers were Carl Farmer, Nathan Farmer, Clay Gladden, Jeff Polston, Patrick Keith, and Tim Hallman.

LULA LOWE LOWRY, 98, died Oct. 21, 2008, at Oneonta’s Golden Living Center. A retired retail clerk, she was a 58-year (and oldest) member of Union Hill Baptist Church. She was predeceased by husband James Edward “Ed” Lowry; parents Daniel Franklin and Frances Blalock Lowe; son Harold Lowry; and several brothers and sisters.

Surviving are grandchildren Sheila (Greg) Wall, Oneonta, and Ray Lowry, Center Point; and great-grandchildren Heath Davis, Auburn, Justin Davis, Oneonta, Scott Lowry and Heather Lowry, Locust Fork.

Bill Barnett conducted graveside service Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. at Old Liberty Cemetery (Brice Addition), Lemley Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Greg Wall, Scott Lowry, Ray Lowry, Heath Davis, Justin Davis, and Johnny Davis.