OBITUARIES



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RONALD “RONNIE” KEITH BUCHANAN, 50, of Cleveland, died March 10, 2010, at St. Vincent’s East. Born in Peach County, Ga., he was the son of the late Jack Hershel Buchanan and the late Nellie Ritch Buchanan Duffey. He was a veterinarian assistant with Blount Animal Clinic and a member of Cleveland United Methodist Church and Dry Creek Masonic Lodge. He was known as a community friend and enjoyed church involvement, working on the farm, and daughter Courtney’s winning cattle shows.

Surviving are his wife Sandie Allen Buchanan and daughter Courtney Lynn Buchanan; brother John Michael (Deborah) Buchanan and nieces Michaela (Sean) Davis and Mackenzie Buchanan, all three of California.

Wess Hallman officiated services Saturday, March 13, at Cleveland United Methodist Church. Interment was at Mt. Joy Cemetery with Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were David Spike, Hunter Hudson, Larry Sorrow, Stanley Evans, Glen Graves, and Andy Blackwood.

JERRY LANE CLABURN, 63, of Jasper, formerly of Blountsville, died March 8, 2010, at Golden Living Center. Born in Jefferson County, he was an electrician for Sentry Tel and served in the U.S. Marines during the Vietnam War. Predeceasing him were parents Kermit and Vernice Haynes Claburn and brothers Robert and Glenn Claburn.

Surviving are wife Carol Harris Claburn; son Russ (Deanne) Claburn and grandchildlren Taylor and Brooks Claburn, all of Oneonta; sister Ann Claburn (Charles) Foster of Blountsville; sister-in-law Eloise Claburn of Blountsville.

Jim Miller and Bob Hundley officiated services Wednesday, March 10, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel. Interment was at Liberty Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Barry Foster, David Foster, Bobby Claburn, Greg Claburn, Wayne Claburn, Charlie Hopkins, and Mike Malone. Honorary pallbearer was Jerrold Smith.

KENNETH C. “RED” CORNELIUS, whose obituary was published March 10, 2010, was predeceased by Anne Ashworth, who is his stepgranddaughter.

BARBARA JANE LEWIS, 51, of Cullman, died March 9, 2010, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. A native of Texas, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Eva Scott VanCamp.

Surviving are husband Arthur Lewis; sons James (Summer) White and Ronnie Lee Melott, both of Cullman; daughter Nancy Jane Mellott of Scottsboro; grandchild Destiny Faith White of Cullman; sister Linda Hart of Hayden; brother Paul VanCamp of Oklahoma.

Fred Rivers officiated services March 11 at 1 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Duck River Cemetery, Cullman. Pallbearers were Paul VanCamp, Lester Moore, William Moore, Lawrence Key, Eugene Lewis, Jason Wagner, Robert Wagner, and James White.

JAMES HAROLD LOVE SR., 79, of Birmingham, died March 6, 2010. He was born in Blount County, where he lived in the Wallstown community. He was predeceased by wife Lucille Walters Love, grandson Trey Goodwin, and parents Clyde and Vera Wall Love of Hayden.

Love attended Hayden High School and served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. A retired member of Local 92 Ironworkers Union, he was one of the founding owners of G&R, an industrial maintenance and crane rental company in Birmingham. His family says he had a love of flying and held a private pilot’s license.

Surviving are children Cathy Goodwin of San Antonio, Texas, Susan Love of Trussville, Linda (Jim) Dodson of Mobile, Jim (Diana) Love of Pinson, and Matt Love of Trussville; grandchildren Leah Goodwin, Jeremy Norris, Tommy Love, and Joe Love; great-grandson Zachary Goodwin; brothers Howard and Claxton Love, both of Hayden; sisters Faye Green of Blountsville, Betty Carol Baker and Vera Nell Hogeland, both of Hayden.

Memorial services were held Monday, March 8, at 12 noon at Jefferson Memorial in Trussville. Donations may be made to the American Legion.

AMMIE RUTH MILAM, 85, died March 7, 2010, at her residence on Straight Mountain. She was a native of Blount County and a member of Cliff Springs Church of God of Prophecy. Predeceasing her were parents Joseph Barnett “Bee” and Grady Bell Jacques Henderson; husband Ellison Lincoln “E.L.” Milam; great-grandson Mark Vincent Marks Jr.; sisters Nell Whittington, Martha Steeples, and Annie Lucille Henderson.

Surviving are daughters Shirley (Chester) Gladden, Charlotte (Jimmy) Studdard, and Maxine (Kenneth) Reeves, and sons Leonard (Brenda) Milam and Tommy (Donna) Milam, all of Straight Mountain; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister Julie Weston of Cleveland.

Randall Robertson and Ronnie Waldrop officiated services Wednesday, March 10, at 1 p.m. at Cliff Springs Church of God of Prophecy. Interment followed at Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church with Lemley Chapel directing. Pallbearers were Darryl Reeves, Rusty Milam, Lee Swindall, Marcus Hawkins, Johnathon Milam, and Zack Blythe.

WILBUR EUGENE “GENE” STORY, 72, died March 13, 2010, at his residence in Locust Fork. A native of Arkansas, he was the son of the late Orben and Madeline Dellinger Story. A U.S. Navy veteran, he was retired as a master technician for General Motors and served as an elder for both Center Hill Presbyterian Church and the Cherokee tribe of northeast Alabama.

Surviving are his wife Charlene Tuckaleechee Story; daughter Deanna (Kenny) Washburn; son Bart (Sharon) Story; grandsons Joseph (Cassie) Washburn, Nick Washburn, and Kyle Story; granddaughters Anna Washburn and Kati Story; stepfather Clayton (Pauline) Everette; sister Phyliss Angellotti.

Eric Musso officiated services March 16 at 12 noon at Lemley Chapel with interment following at Bethlehem Cemetery in the Dallas/Selfville community. Pallbearers were Joseph Washburn, Nick Washburn, Kyle Story, John Billette, Fred Hosey, and Benny Washburn.

ARON “BILL” WALKER, 90, of the Skyball Mountain community, died March 11, 2010, at St. Vincent’s Blount. He was born in Blount County and resided in the Skyball Mountain community his entire life, except during World War II when he served with the Army in the South Pacific, including the islands of Anguar and Palau. His 483rd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, Battery D, was then deployed to Iwo Jima for the remainder of the war. He was a crop and cattle farmer, a beekeeper, and a heavy equipment operator and a member of Corinth Baptist Church, American Legion, Alfa Farmers Federation, and Woodmen of the World. Predeceasing him were parents James “Jim” and Versie Beavers Walker, sisters Vera Walker Forister and Marlene Walker McCoy, and daughter Pamela Walker Viles.

Surviving are wife Arnice Blackwood Walker; daughters Anita (Fred) Cornelius of Cleveland and Sharon (Earl) Woodard of Blountsville; son-in-law William Viles of Fort Valley, Ga.; grandchildren Chris Viles and Freedom (Kevin) Bowers of Fort Valley, Ga., Deanna (Franklin) Bell of Birmingham, and Matthew Woodard of Huntsville; great-grandchildren Hayley Rose Viles, CaraLee Grace Viles, and Walker William Viles of Fort Valley, Ga.; brothers Elbridge (Pat) Walker of Kansas and Rodgers Walker of Skyball Mountain; sister Eva (Jason) Dunn of Skyball Mountain.

Seburn Johnson and Bruce Dial officiated services Monday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at Blount County/ Cleveland Funeral Home with burial following at Oak Hill Cemetery. Musicians for the service were Chris Green, vocalist; Glenda Dial, pianist; and Deanna Woodard Bell, trumpeter. Pallbearers were Eric Jernigan, Boyce Faust, Tommy Faust, Dale Walker, Clay Dunn, and Elvin Crews. Honorary pallbearers were Herman Byrum, Bob Carter, Ray Beavers, Fred Mann, and Harold Dunn.

YVONNE WHITE, 83, died March 5, 2010, in Oxford, where she lived with her daughter. She had lived in Blountsville until health issues caused her move to Oxford. Born in Mississippi, she was retired from Ryders Manufacturing Company. She was predeceased by husband L.H. White Jr., who died in 1973; parents Lonnie Dobson and Bessie Cargo Dobson Davis; and half-brother Ray Davis.

Surviving are son Larry (Frances) White of Pinson; daughters Linda (Carl) Silas of Oxford, Paulette (John) Reed of Guntersville, and Vickie Harkins of Trussville; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Jeff Steward officiated services March 8 at 1 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with interment following at New Lebanon Cemetery in Blountsville. Pallbearers were Harold Johnson, Stephen Johnson, David Hines, John Reed, Johnny Nation, and Tommy Chambers.