OBITUARIES



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SARAH LAUREL KIRBY BURGETT, 86, of Susan Moore, died Feb. 14, 2010, at TLC Health Care. A native of Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Josie Allred Kirby. A member of New Home Homemakers Club, she was a longtime member of Snead United Methodist Church. Predeceasing her in addition to her parents were husband of 50 years Thomas Doyle Burgett and brothers Carlee, Corley, and Hubert Kirby.

The family says, “[Mrs. Burgett] lived a very happy life and was one of the first females to serve on jury duty in Blount County. She drove a school bus for her father because all eligible men were in the service. [She] graduated from Susan Moore High School in 1942, the last year W.A. Moore was principal. Using her gift as a beautician she worked over 50 years in her home beauty shop. She served with her late husband in the VFW and Lions Club at Snead.”

Surviving are sons Don (Billie) Burgett and Joe Frank Burgett.

Larry Holley officiated services Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. at Snead Funeral Home Chapel with interment at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Pallbearers were Don Burgett, Joe Burgett, David Freeman, Lee Long, LaShone Price, and Jeremy Thompson.

PAULINE MELISSA CORNELIUS, 80, died Feb. 18, 2010, at her residence in Horton. A native of Blount County, she was a member of Hendrix Missionary Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were parents Gilbert Washington and Ludie Esto Fowler Anderson; husband Grady Owen Cornelius; and brother G.W. Anderson.

Surviving are daughters Charlotte Fuller of the Prospect community and Reita (Bobby) Fuller of Pell City; sons Paul Cornelius of Oneonta and Randy (Cindy) Cornelius of the Prospect community; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters Madris Allison of the Prospect community and Nell Garrard of Oneonta.

Darwin Cardwell and Ennis Stone officiated services Saturday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m., at Lemley Chapel. Burial followed at Liberty Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brad Cornelius, Taylor Jennings, Jeff Turner, Mark Shirley, Bobby Fuller Jr., and Randall Hudson.

ADA LITTLE EMERY, 97, of Blountsville, died Feb. 16, 2010, at St. Vincent’s Blount. She was a native of Blount County and a member of New Prospect Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were husband Fred Lee Emery; son Ronnie Dickey; daughter Edith Emery; stepsons Gordon Emery and Johnny Emery; parents William Bennett and Mary Rainwater Little; three brothers; two sisters.

Surviving are sons Erby Emery of Blountsville and Earl Emery of Brent; daughter Linda (Raymond) Martin of Tennessee; stepdaughter Opal (Ezra) Poole of Snead; brother Willie Hugh Little of Blountsville; sister Jewel Wilkerson of Gadsden; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Kenneth Little officiated services Friday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with interment following at Gibbs Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Barry Martin, Spencer Martin, Donnie Dickey, Randall Emery, Jason Arthur, Adam Landers, and Matthew Landers.

MARGARET LOUISE FAULKNER, 90, died Feb. 16, 2010, at her residence in Oneonta. Born in Alabama, she was of the Methodist faith. Predeceasing her were husband Eugene Faulkner; parents Tom and Either Box McCullough; brother Doc McCullough; sister Pauline Phillips.

Surviving are sons Charles (Dora) Faulkner and Billy Faulkner and daughter Margie (James) Boatwright, all of Oneonta; brother Ralph McCullough (Marice) of Kilpatrick; sisters Irene Robbins of Oneonta and Ruby Jarvis of Atlanta, Ga.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Bobby Hullett officiated services Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. at Valley Chapel, Oneonta. Burial followed at Green’s Chapel Cemetery in Cleveland. GERALDEAN “JERRY” FRANKS, 82, of Locust Fork, died Feb. 22, 2010. She was a native of Blount County and a member of Pine Bluff Missionary Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were parents Minot and Ottie Lee Ledbetter Robinette, brother Bud Robinette, and sister Nancy Moss.

Surviving are son Clint Randall Franks of Locust Fork; daughter Melissa (Jerry) Frye of Shelby; grandchildren Dawn Franks, Stacey Franks, and Lisa Walker; greatgrandchildren Alissa Walker and Nichole Johnson; brother Wayne Robinette of California; sisters Ruth Henson of California and Iris Pinkston of Alexandria.

Daryl Holt is to officiate services today, Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel with visitation from 8 a.m. until funeral time. Interment is to be at Pine Bluff Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jeff Pinkston, Stewart Pinkston, Joey Lay, Mike Lay, and Jerry Frye.

OVADA LOUISE GULLEDGE, 63, of Straight Mountain, died Feb. 16, 2010, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Born in Jefferson County, she was a Salvation Army clerk and enjoyed ceramics and fishing. Parents Bernie P. and Valacia Mitchell Simmons and daughter Teresa Martin predeceased her.

Surviving are husband Garry Farrell Gulledge; daughters Angie (Carl) Farmer of Springville and Lisa (Timothy B.) Palmer of Locust Fork; son Jeff (Janet) Rush of Springville; son-in-law Mark Martin of Springville; grandchildren Josh Rush, Jacob Rush, Zach Farmer, Nathaniel Palmer, Tyler Palmer, Jessica Palmer, Olivia Palmer, and Christen Martin; brothers Nathan and Tommy Simmons; sisters Shirley Johnson and Bernice Cook.

Frankie Powell and Kenneth Roberts officiated services Friday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with burial following in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Timothy B. Palmer, Nathaniel Palmer, Josh Rush, Jacob Rush, Milton Palmer, Sammy Perrin, and James “Bubba” Roper.

ELMER MOORE, 82, of Altoona, died Feb. 15, 2010, at Altoona Health Care. He was born in Alabama and was predeceased by parents Walter and Bertha Jones Moore and sister Sally.

Surviving are wife Doris Barnett Moore; sons Stephen (Jewell) Moore and Ray (Renee) Moore; sisters Thelma Leonard, Rose Griffith, Betty Schlesinger, and Jewell Sipes.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 28, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Charlie B’s in Oneonta. Snead Funeral Home handled cremation arrangements.

BARBARA JANIS OLIVER, 64, of Straight Mountain, died Feb. 12, 2010, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Born in Alabama, she was the daughter of the late Jessie and Ella Bush Cupps. She was a driver for Blount County Transportation.

Surviving are husband Jerry Oliver; son Jeff (Sharon) Oliver of Nectar; daughters Holly (Mark) Bryant of Millbrook and Cindy (Brent) Devaney of Straight Mountain; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three brothers; two sisters.

Roy Bryant officiated services Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.

BEVERLY J. PEEK, 67, of Oakman, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at her residence. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas W. Peek and parents William Paul and Wilma Lee Patton Johnson.

Surviving are daughter Paula D. (Brian) Love of Cleveland; son Jason W. (Mary Ann) Peek of Tuscaloosa; brothers David (Bonnie) Johnson and Keith (Candy) Johnson, both of Jasper; grandchildren Paige Freeman and Nathan Freeman of Cleveland and Kameron Peek and Kali Peek of Tuscaloosa.

Daryl Holt officiated services Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. at Collins Burke Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Walker Memory Gardens in Jasper. Pallbearers were Bo Bufford, Brian Love, Dustin Johnson, Allen Johnson, Daryl Johnson, and Scott Patton.

JOHN WILLARD PHILLIPS, 84, of Oneonta, died Feb. 21, 2010 at VA Safe Harbor in Birmingham. He was a World War II veteran, 32nd degree Mason, Shriner, and a founding member of Philadelphia Baptist Church. His wife of 58 years Maxine Clara Nix Phillips predeceased him.

Surviving are sister Mary Willene Waugh and brothers Edward M. (Dee) Phillips and Donald R. Phillips, all of Oneonta; son J. Michael (Fay) Phillips of Mobile; daughters Donna (Jeffrey) Tolbert and Deborah Murphree of Birmingham; grandchildren John Michael Phillips and Fay Phillips of Mobile, John Byron (Kelly) Pass of Louisville, Ky., Jeffrey Tolbert Jr., Jason Tolbert, Matthew (Lori) Murphree, and Mary Beth Murphree, all of Birmingham; great-grandchildren Jackson Ryan Pass, Jordan Elizabeth Pass, and Riesling Ember Murphree.

James M. Wadsworth officiated services followed by burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in Oneonta, Lemley Chapel directing. The family suggests tribute gifts be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, toll free at 800-241-GIFT (4438).

MILDRED LORENE RIGSBY, 72, of Susan Moore, died Feb. 20, 2010, at TLC Health Care. She was a native of Blount County and a member of Bethsaida Missionary Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were husband Paskle Rigsby; son Marlin Rigsby; parents Herb and Agnes McCay Davenport; two brothers; and a sister.

Surviving are sons Dale Rigsby and Terry (Nedra) Rigsby; grandchildren Jason (Crystal) Rigsby, Elizabeth (Dewey) Lewis, Kevin (Janice) Rigsby, and Jonathan Rigsby; six great-grandchildren; sisters Evelyn Gilliland and June Clem; special friend Jane Standridge.

Robbie Mitchell and Freddy Hamby officiated services Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. at Bethsaida Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Wynnville Cemetery, Snead Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were Harold Mason, Jimmy Rigsby, Elvis Rigsby, Tim Gilliland, Cary Gilliland, and Eric Clem.

BOBBY FRANKLIN ROGERS, 75, died Feb. 20, 2010, at St. Vincent’s East. A native of Tuscaloosa, he was a minister, a retired parts manager, an Army veteran, and a member of Haw Grove Baptist Church. His family says he loved fishing, western movies, yardwork and gardening, children, going to church, and gospel singing. He was predeceased by parents George Washington and Essie Mae Watkins Rogers; brothers G.W. Rogers and Billy Rogers; and sisters Flora Belle Oden, Rachel Freeman, and Betty Wilson.

Surviving are wife Peggy Hudson Rogers; daughters Leah Rogers Marks and Pam Rogers (Doug) Strong; grandchildren Sean (Amber) Gullo, Katelyn Marks, Justin and Emily Strong; sister Mable Potts.

Glen Elrod and Joel Simms officiated services Monday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at Haw Grove Baptist Church with burial following at Green’s Chapel Cemetery. Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers were Sean Gullo, Doug Strong, Justin Strong, John Michael Lauderdale, Brandon Hall, and Brian Faulkner. Honorary pallbearer was Zack Sadler.

JOHNNY LEWIS SOUTHERN, 73, died Feb. 20, 2010, at his Straight Mountain residence. A native of Etowah County, he was the son of the late Robert Lafayette and Carrie Lowman Southern. A coon hunter, he was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church. Others predeceasing him are son Glen Southern; sister Ila Lambert; and brothers Larry, Robert, Tom, Mike, F.C. “Dud,” and James “Doll” Southern.

Surviving are wife Shirley Williamson Southern; daughter Connie Young of Oneonta; son Robert Southern of Straight Mountain; grandchildren Jamie and Daniel Young, Brook, Brandy, and Blake Southern; brothers Roy (Frankie) Southern of Straight Mountain and Homer Southern of Gadsden; sisters Mary Lou (Bill) Wilson and Edna Brooks, both of Gadsden.

Jack Decanter and Jimmy Hudson officiated services Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with burial following at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Pallbearers were B.J. Williamson, J.T. Williamson, Butch Wadsworth, Pete Wadsworth, Jacob Lowe, and Jonathan Lowe.

MAXIE O’NEIL STATON, 77, of Locust Fork, died Feb. 19, 2010, at his residence. Born at Allgood, he was the son of the late Luther Edgar and Estelene Whittington Staton and the brother of the late Levoide Staton. He served in Blount County law enforcement and was a carpenter and a member of Locust Fork Baptist Church. His family says he enjoyed fishing, hunting, painting, woodcarving, and collecting coins, guns, and arrowheads,

Surviving are wife Jewel Higginbotham Staton; sons Lonnie (Toni) Staton and Dion (Michelle) Staton; daughters Cynthia Pierce and Debbie (Bobby) Graves; grandchildren Jason and Robyn Pierce, Kelly and Kacie Staton, Ashley, Luke, and Josh Graves, Lillian and Adella Staton; great-grandchildren Tyson, Whitney, and Harleigh Pierce.

Rufus Harris officiated services Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home chapel with interment following at Edgewood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Luke Graves, Josh Graves, Jason Pierce, Chris Hogeland, Ryan Glover, Robert Warren, Gerald Horsley, and Dean Warren.