OBITUARIES



MARY LOUISE EDWARDS,

MARY LOUISE EDWARDS,


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PAMELA DENICE BAILEY, 50, of Susan Moore, died Jan. 20, 2010, at TLC Nursing Center long after an accident left her incapacitated. Before the accident, she had worked as a veterinarian assistant at Boaz Animal Hospital. A native of Blount County, she was a member of Susan Moore class of 1978 and Snead Baptist Church. Her father, O.H. “Hollywood” Goble, predeceased her.

Surviving are mother Corinne Burns (Donald) Elrod of Oneonta; brother Olen H. (Becky) Goble Jr. and sister Sandy (Tom) Foster, both of Susan Moore; son Joseph M. (Abbie) Bailey of Columbia, Ind.; daughter Shannon M. Bailey of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Services were held Friday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with burial following in Wynnville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Thomas, Brock Nix, Corey and Dustin Goble, Mike Campbell, and Wade Smallwood.

JAMES E. “JIM” CULWELL, 47, of Hayden, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. A member of Hayden United Methodist Church, he was owner of Culwell Contracting and Hayden Pharmacy. His father, Billy Ray Culwell Sr., predeceased him.

Surviving are wife Jenny Culwell; mother Jean Culwell of Hayden; brother Billy (Kathy Jo) Culwell of Hayden; sisters Janet (Wayne) Myers of Kimberly and Vicki Trammell of Hayden

Services were held Saturday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. at Ridout’s Gardendale Chapel with burial at High Rock Cemetery.

MARY LOUISE EDWARDS, 80, of Oneonta, died Jan. 21, 2010, at TLC Nursing Center. Born in Birmingham, she was the daughter of the late Wiley and Opal Rakestraw Weems. Said to have been a loving mother and grandmother, she worked 18 years as a waitress at Andrews Bar-B-Que in East Lake and was a member of Lord’s House of Prayer. Predeceasing her, in addition to her parents, were son Rusty Underwood; daughter Edrena Underwood; four brothers and sisters.

Surviving are husband Radford Randolph Edwards; daughters Georgia (Kenny) Bumpus of Big Rock, Tenn., Kim (Darrell) Williams of Panama City Beach, Fla., Tammy (Greg) Dill of Pinson; sons Smokey (Carol) Underwood and Randy (Judy) Underwood, both of Oneonta, Dusty (Jan) Underwood of Clay, Shawn (Lelana) Underwood of Ft. Myers, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

Jimmy Reeves officiated services Sunday, Jan. 24, at 2 p.m. at Lord’s House of Prayer with burial following at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Lemley Chapel directed.

JOSEPH DANIEL FLOYD, 28, of Remlap, died Jan. 21, 2010, at Ashville. A native of Kentucky, he was the disabled son of Eddie (Beth) Floyd of Remlap and Kathy Johnston (Pat) Hoagland of Arab. His grandmother Retha Floyd predeceased him.

Surviving besides his parents are brother David (Melissa) Floyd of Blountsville; sister Bridget Johnston of Hanceville; grandparents Earl Floyd of Blountsville and Bob and Ruth Johnston of Douglas; girlfriend of seven years April Walker of Remlap.

Larry Gipson officiated services Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment was at Oak Hill Cemetery.

EDDIE MAE KENT, 84, died Jan. 11, 2010, at her Horton residence. An Alabama native, she was the daughter of the late Edd Barot and Marie Elizabeth Smith and the widow of James Edward Kent. Siblings predeceasing her were Artie Smith, L.T. Smith, H.I. Smith, Ruby Foster, Odell Sheffield, and Velma Goode.

Surviving are sons John Edward (Connie) Kent, Freddie Kent, Michael (Sandra) Kent, Danny Joe (Elizabeth) Kent, and David Kent; daughter Judy Pirtle; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings Lee (Juanita) Smith and Joy (Robert) Hood.

Randy Burtram officiated services Thursday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. at Snead Funeral Home Chapel with interment following at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jimmy Smith, Daniel Kent, Joey Kent, Eddie Lee Kent, Eric Kent, and Bobby Hood.

KATHERIENE BUTTS NIX, 83, a resident of Gulf Shores, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010. Born July 31, 1926, in Birmingham, she attended Woodlawn High School and later attended Mobile College. She considered one of her greatest achievements as winning an art contest in 1973 and receiving a cash award and certificate from Gov. George Wallace. She taught art and won many art ribbons when she and her husband owned K&B Art Studio in Oneonta from 1979 to 1983. She spent the last several years as a resident of Gulf Shores and was a member of the First Baptist Church there. Predeceasing her were mother Leola Williamson, father Claude R. Butts, and identical twin sister Loriene Rice.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years Archie Wayman Nix; children Mary Katheryn (Rudy) Gulsby of Atmore, Barbara Jo (Russell) Lancaster of Foley, Patricia (David) Dunn of Pelham, and Michael Wayne Nix of Gulf Shores; sister Shirley (Dawan) Heep of Waynesboro, Miss.; brother-in-law James Rice of Birmingham; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Dr. Kenneth W. Fields officiated services Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. at The Chapel of Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home in Foley. Interment followed at Pine Rest Memorial Park.

WILLIE JAY FORE RAGSDALE, 91, died Jan. 18, 2010. Born Jan. 4, 1919, in Steele, she lived most of her life in Blount County. She was a member of Pine Grove United Methodist Church and was active in church work there for many years. Family members says she loved music, sewing, working in her flower and vegetable gardens, taking long walks, and reading. After moving from her farm to Magnolia House in Oneonta, she continued her daily long walks and was an avid reader until the last year of her life. Predeceasing her were parents Jim and Geneva Barnes Fore; husband Rev. Otto Ragsdale; sons Joe and Steve Ragsdale; daughter Dorothy Gilliland; brother Johnny Fore; sisters Edith Vines and Imogene Laughlin; daughter-inlaw Marjorie Ragsdale.

Surviving are brother Henry (Nettie) Fore; sister-inlaw Inez Fore; son James Ragsdale of St. Louis; daughters Lynell (Hoover) Rogers of Steele, Onelia House of Huntsville, and Carol (Al) Knight of Birmingham; grandchildren Brenda Rogers of Steele, Curtis (Tina) Rogers of Olympia, Wash., Susan (Jim) Stephens of Chandler, Ariz., Linda Ragsdale of St. Louis, Joey (Trish) House of Cullman, Justin Grubis of Huntsville; greatgrandchildren Sean and Chaz Rogers of Seattle, Wash., Michelle and Matt Stephens of Chandler, Ariz., Jason Grubis of Huntsville, Clay and Cole Pearson of Cullman.

Ellis Lee Gilliland officiated services Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Burial was at Pine Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joey House, Curtis Rogers, Sean Rogers, Jimmy Fore, Paul Fore, and Grant Fore. Honorary pallbearers were Hoover Rogers, Lee Gilliland, Al Knight, Larry House, and Millard Moon.

PATRICIA “PATTIE” CHAMPION SMITH, 50, died Jan. 20, 2010, at her residence in Blountsville. Born in California, she was the daughter of Herman and Rebecca Scrivner Champion of Georgia and the wife of Jeffery D. Smith. A former member of the U.S. Navy, she had worked as a restaurant waitress and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Blountsville.

Surviving besides her husband and parents are stepsons Chris Smith of Blountsville and Jeffery (Christy) Foster of Florida; stepdaughter Jamie Smith of Shelby; granddaughter Kallie Smith of Blountsville; brothers Bob and Richard Champion of Georgia.

Larry D. Smith, Keith Taylor, and Jerry Hackney officiated services Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church with interment following at Rock Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Doug Hyatt, Randy Smith, Gene Benson, Todd Champion, Bob Champion, and Richard Champion. Honorary pallbearers were Toby Price, Donald Smith, Johnny Champion, and Barney Harwell. Blountsville Funeral Home directed.

TRENTON ADAM STEWART, 84, died Jan. 24, 2010. Born July 31, 1925, he was a lifelong resident of Oneonta. He graduated from Blount County High School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. A faithful member of Union Hill Baptist Church, he served in numerous leadership positions and was a deacon more than 50 years.

Mr. Stewart founded and operated Stewart Dairy for 41 years. He consistently had one of the highest-average producing dairy herds in Alabama and was a pioneer in the use of genetic techniques for herd improvements. He served many years on the Blount County Farmers Federation board of directors, including several terms as president; was state director of Alabama Farmers Federation; was a longtime member of Lions International; and was active in his community.

Surviving are Marjorie Stewart, his wife since 1949; sons Stephen (Karen) Stewart and Timothy (Amanda) Stewart; daughters Cindy (Randy) Tidwell and Jan ( Jack) Lupas; grandchildren Brent Stewart, Dusty Stewart, Christi Peterson, Adam Stewart, Paul Stewart, Mary Claire Stewart, Anna Stewart, Daniel Tidwell, Mary Claire Tidwell, Katherine Lupas, Marjorie Lupas, and Hannah Lupas; great-grandchildren Bailey Stewart, Sawyer Stewart, James Peterson, and Abigail Peterson. He was predeceased by parents N.S. and Clara Stewart and stepmother Zula Bynum Stewart; sister Jessie Lin Stewart; brothers Paul Stewart and Amos (Alice) Stewart; sister Lois (Joe) Bynum.

Bill Barnett and Jack Redfern officiated services Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. at Union Hill Baptist Church with burial following in Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brent Stewart, Adam Stewart, Paul Stewart, Dusty Stewart, Daniel Tidwell, and Jack Lupas. Honorary pallbearers were Union Hill deacons and Blount County ALFA Farmers Federation board of directors. Lemley Chapel directed. The family suggested memorials to the American Cancer Society or Union Hill Baptist Church Building Fund.

LILLIAN ELIZABETH THOMAS, 87, of Oneonta, died Jan. 19, 2010, at St. Vincent’s Blount. A native of Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Wiley Monroe and Linny Elizabeth Glasscox Partain and the widow of Dewey Edward Thomas. Predeceasing her in addition to her parents and husband were brothers W.M. Partain and Alton Partain and sisters Francis Sanders, Sue Potter, and Sarah Lynn Partain.

Surviving are son Mack A. (Debbie) Thomas of Lexington; Julia Sloan, mother of Mack E. (Amy) Thomas and Lisa (David) Summers; grandchildren Robin (Kenneth) Summerlin, Michael (Carla) Atchison, and Carrie (Robbie) Wood; eight great-grandchildren; brothers Joseph “Buddy” Partain and Phil Partain; sister Lurleen (Red) Faulkner.

Howard Partain officiated services Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. at Valley Chapel of Oneonta with burial following at Greens Chapel in Cleveland. Pallbearers were Ronnie Potter, Tony Partain, Rick Faulkner, Darryl Cheatwood, Walton Ray Thomas, and Eddie Carroll. Honorary pallbearers were Randy Faulkner and Wayne Faulkner.

JAMES VERDELL “RED” THRASHER, 80, of the Shady Grove community in Guntersville, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at his residence. Born Aug. 22, 1929, in Blount County, he was the son of the late James Chalmers and Carrie Marie Coker Thrasher. A graduate of J.B. Pennington High School, he was a retired sheetmetal worker and a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and Arab Masonic Lodge #663.

Surviving are wife Ruth Lynn Thrasher; daughters Jackie Sivley of Blountsville and Katherine Thrasher of Arab; son Ken (Remona) Thrasher of Arab; grandsons John (Brandy) Sivley of Helena and Jim Thrasher of Arab; greatgrandchildren J.C. Sivley and Lauren Sivley of Helena; brothers Glen (Zannai) Thrasher of Arab and Rev. Waylon (Fayra) Thrasher of Blountsville.

Waylon Thrasher and Herbert NeSmith officiated services Friday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m. at Gober Funeral Chapel. Burial with Masonic rites was held at Arab Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Thrasher, Barry Thrasher, Brian Thrasher, Scott Gravette, Lynn Shaver, and Steve Madden. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Madden, Thomas Guger, James Carson, and Ray Parrish. The family suggested memorials be made to Alabama Sheriff’s Boys and Girls Ranch, Alabama Baptist Children’s Home, or Shriner’s Hospital.