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ROSA ESTELLE HERNANDEZ, 68, of Trafford, died April 2, 2010, at her residence. A native of Blount County, she was the daughter of the late Jessie Albert and Rosa Belle Tyler Lewis. She was a member of the Church of God.
Surviving are husband Gregorio Hernandez; son Mitchell (Alicia) Turner of Sumiton; daughters Annette (Greg) Childers of Marion and Shirley (Carl) Talley of Remlap; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother Rev. Donald (Patricia) Lewis of Empire; sister Brenda (M.L.) Tyree of Remlap.
Keith Owens and Kim Gray officiated services Saturday, April 3, at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment following at Masseyline Cemetery. Pallbearers were James, Carl Jr., and Ben Talley, Phillip Turner, Benny Townsend, and Johnny Shore.
BARBARA JEAN SARGENT-HURN, 61, of Oneonta, died March 22, 2010, after a brief illness. A service in her memory will be held Friday, April 9, at 1 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church.
DAVID LEE CORNELIUS, 63, died March 23, 2010, at his residence in Cleveland. A Blount County native, he was the son of the late William Taft and Jewel Clairenda Walker Cornelius and the brother of the late Annie Sue Bryan. He worked at Cleveland Forest Products and was a member of Haw Grove Missionary Baptist Church. His family says he was an outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.
Surviving are wife Deborah Josephine Butler Cornelius; daughter Amy (Kevin) Roddam; and grandchildren Josie and Mary Claire Roddam.
Randy Hale and Clatus NeSmith officiated services Thursday, March 25, at 11 a.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at Mount Joy Cemetery. Pallbearers were Derf Bryan, E.J. Bryan, Louie Walker, Ricky Gilliland, Gerald Gilliland, and Bryan Faulkner.
LOUIE “SPUD” EVANS, of Oneonta, died March 29, 2010, just days short of his 96th birthday on April 12. In his earlier years, he was a miner and co-owner of Cowden Gap Coal Company. He later became a talented floral designer, working with his wife at Evans Florist in Oneonta, their family business for over 27 years. He was a member of Oneonta First Baptist Church but faithfully attended Philadelphia Baptist Church for His family says he loved working in the yard, gardening, and spending time with them.
Predeceasing him were parents Henry and Rebecca Jacques Evans; brothers Jay and Howard Evans; sister Beatrice Wood Ridgeway; half-brother J.C. Evans; halfsister Linda Evans Stewart; grandchildren Hal Huie and Caryn Moss; and sons-in-law Max Huie and Royce Gargus.
Surviving are his wife of more than 75 years Annie Lucille Inmon Evans; sister Audrey Wadsworth; halfsister Ruby Nell Evans; half-brother Barnett Evans; children Shirley (Brady) Moss, Polly Gargus, Grace Huie, and Johnny (Lou) Evans; grandchildren Patti (Dwight) Williams, Debbie (Jerry) Matthews; Charles (Pam) Moss, Mark (Rachel) Gargus, Brian (Paige) Gargus, John David Huie, Todd (Kathy) Huie, Stacy (Jack) Ragsdale, and Scott (Carrie) Evans; great-grandchildren Natasia Stephens, Alison (Chuck) Warren, Michelle Moss, Andrew Gargus, Savannah Gargus, Hannah Huie, Ethan Huie, Hunter Huie, Trey Huie, Taylor (Tyler) Franks, Beau Ragsdale, Caden Evans, and Ian Evans; great-great-granddaughter Reagan Nicole Warren. His grandchildren called him “Papa Evans.”
Bric Latham, Bobby McCullough, and Dr. Larry Gipson officiated services Wednesday, March 31, at 1 p.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church. Burial was at Oak Hill Cemetery with Lemley Chapel directing. Pallbearers were grandsons Charles Moss, Mark Gargus, Brian Gargus, John David Huie, Todd Huie, and Scott Evans. Honorary pallbearers were his other grandchildren and their spouses.
ELIZABETH KEEFOVER, 78, of Oneonta, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at her residence. She was of the Baptist faith and was a resident of Talladega until she moved to Oneonta seven years ago. She was a volunteer with The Salvation Army in Blount County and a past volunteer for both The Salvation Army in Talladega and the Talladega Rescue Squad. She worked many years at Gardner’s Cafeteria in Talladega. Predeceasing her were parents William T. Adams and Frances Moxley Adams, husband James W. Keefover, and brother Frank Ed Adams.
Surviving are son Walter Keefover; daughters Sharon (Lane) Thrower, Connie (Charles) Montgomery, Sandra (David) Jones, and Patsy (Ed) Pierce; brother William T. Adams Jr.; sisters Lorine Wheeles and Gail Chapman; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.
David Lipscomb officiated services Tuesday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at Talladega Funeral Home with burial following at Pine Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank E. Proctor Jr., Vance Proctor, Daniel Crawford, Scott Carden, Doug Keefover, and Richard Henderson. Members of Talladega Rescue Squad were honorary pallbearers.
A.L. “SLUE” LAYFIELD, 85, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at his residence in Cleveland. He was the son of the late Henderson and Lena Maude Phillips Layfield of Springville. A member of Oneonta Second Baptist Church, he worked at Hayes Aircraft and was retired from Thompson Motors in Oneonta. He joined the U.S. Army at 17 and was a paratrooper during World War II, serving during the Battle of the Bulge and in Normandy and Belgium. He was very proud to serve his country and earned the Purple Heart and other medals for his bravery.
Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Waudine Simmons Layfield; daughters Linda (Wayne) Ellis of Cleveland, Gail (Bill) Bynum of Oneonta, and Doris (Donny) Wilson of Cleveland; grandchildren Jeffrey (Candy) Ellis, Kristi (Rick) Thomas, Randy (Rachel) Bynum, Amanda (Dawayne) Bittle, Kendra (David) Roddam, Brittny Wilson, and Candace Rice; great-grandchildren Kala Thomas (Chris) Butts, Adam Thomas, Kourtney Ellis, Katherine Ellis, Jessica Bynum, Cody Bynum, Austin Roddam, Morgan Roddam, Makenzie Bittle, Graeson Bittle, William and Walker Bittle; three stepgreat grandchildren; four stepgreat-great-grandchildren; sister Mary Hammock of Springville.
Glenn Elrod, Wayne Allcorn, and Randy Hale officiated services Friday, April 2, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel. Grandson Jeffrey Ellis also spoke. Burial was at Mt. Joy Cemetery at Cleveland with presentation of the American flag and the playing of Taps at the gravesite. Pallbearers were Jeffrey Ellis, Randy Bynum, Adam Thomas, Dawayne Bittle, David Roddam, Rick Thomas, and Chris Butts.
PAUL EARL LOGGINS, 51, of Birmingham, died March 28, 2010, at Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham. He was the son of Jean Pierce Loggins McClendon of Cullman and the late J.T. Loggins. A sister Lisa Loggins also predeceased him. He was an electrician.
Surviving besides his mother are son Dustin Ryan Loggins of Blountsville; daughters April ( Joseph) Washburn of Sylacauga and Maghan Loggins of Tuscaloosa; sister Denise (Joe) Bonner of Blountsville; grandchildren Lydia Washburn, Rebekah Washburn, Joseph Washburn Jr., and Micah Washburn.
Bruce Dial officiated services March 31 at 11 a.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with interment following at Marvin’s Chapel Cemetery in Pinson. Pallbearers were Richard Smith, William Smith, Corky Loggins, William Loggins, Tommy Arnold, and Jerome Loggins.
JACK KENNETH OSBORN JR., 59, of Guntersville, formerly of Blountsville, died March 27, 2010, at Huntsville Hospital following an accident. A native of Blount County, he was the son of Evelyn Adams Osborn of Blountsville and the late Jack Osborn Sr. Of the Baptist faith, he graduated with the class of 1969 at J.B. Pennington High School and worked as an engineer at Amerex.
Surviving besides his mother are daughter Shannon (William) Ours of Kansas City, Mo.; brothers Kenny (Linda) Osborn of Irondale, Terry (Marie) Osborn of Horton, Herbert (Rhonda) Osborn of Blountsville; sister Diane (Ben) Gibbs of Birmingham.
Bud Jones and Kenny Osborn officiated services March 31 at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home with cremation afterward. The family suggests donations be made in his name to the MS Society.
RANDALL DOUGLAS REID, 52, of Springville, died March 31, 2010, at his residence. A native of Jefferson County, he was the son of Alyce Cote Reid and the late Hugh Douglas Reid. He was of the Baptist faith and worked as a painting contractor. His family says he was a fan of Nascar races and enjoyed drag racing, riding motorcycles, and football.
Surviving besides his mother are wife Nancy Brogle Eskridge; son Joshua D. (Mary Lynn) Reid; daughter Jaime Harrison; brother Richard Reid; and grandchildecades. dren Lilly and Lucas Harrison and Cote Reid.
Tim Blackmon officiated graveside services April 2 at 2 p.m. at Graves Gap Cemetery. Blount County Cleveland Funeral Home directed.
NITA W. SELF, 105, of Rosa, died April 3, 2010, surrounded by her family. Family members say she was a devout Christian who attributed her longevity to her love and fellowship with God, the joy of watching her family grow in each phase of life, love for her work as a first-grade teacher, and life in general. She was an avid Atlanta Braves fan and believed in daily exercise.
Predeceasing her were husband of 64 years Boyd Eugene Self; parents William Clayton and Margaret Alabam Wilkinson; brothers Porter, William, Foil, Luther, Lewis, and Thomas Wilkinson; sisters Etta Perkins, Lillian Wilson, Ruby Crawford, Mae Witt, Pearl Gibney, and Velma Parkinson.
Surviving are son Jack Boyd (Shirley) Self; daughters Margaret (George) Williams and Carol (Benjamin) Gray; brother Ira (Dorothy) Wilkinson; sister Leona Lloyd; grandchildren Jan (Jim) Bess, Debra (Darrell) Darnauer, Kathy (Mike) Poole, Kelly (Carina) Freeman, Jack (Valarie) Green, and Russell (Jeanie) Green; great-grandchildren Christine (Michael) Harvey, David and Daniel Darnauer, Olivia, Amelia, Chloe, and Aaron Poole, Russell, Christopher, Michael, James, Sara, Laura, and Victoria Green.
Jerry Gargus and Larry Hays officiated services Tuesday, April 6, at Rosa United Methodist Church. The family suggests memorials be made to Rosa United Methodist Church, Dailey’s Chapel Cemetery, the Blount County Children’s Center, John Croyle’s Ranch for Boys and Girls, or the charity of one’s choice.
GLEN EDWARD UNDERWOOD of Guntersville died April 1, 2010, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. A native of Blount County, he was the son of the late David and Lucy Underwood. He was a disabled firefighter many years with the City of Oneonta and was selfemployed many years also. His family says he long suffered major heart problems and was committed to his family and Christ and well known in the community for helping others in need. Sisters Monte Young and Pat Reagan and brother Oren Underwood predeceased him.
Surviving are wife Dianna Withers Underwood; children Jonathan Edward (Amanda) Underwood of Oneonta, Marcie (Jason) Coker of Arab, Nathan Ross Freeman of Guntersville, Jerry Wayne (Robin) Underwood of Locust Fork, Jeff Allen (Trudy) Underwood of Columbus, Ga., and Jason David (Kim) Underwood of Cleveland; brother Jimmy (Marie) Underwood of Clinton, S.C.; grandchildren Jansen, Aubrey, A.J., Allyn, Ally, and Ava Underwood, Haley and Caylee Coker, Josh, Anna, and Emma Underwood, Daina Jones, Jana, Joy, and Jewel Underwood, Brody Underwood; sister-in-law Ruby Underwood of Oneonta.
J.L. Colquitt and Russell Pinyan officiated services Tuesday, April 6, at 1 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with burial following in Rock Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Justin King, Freddy Holder, Dewane Rose, Ricky Johnson, Shane Alexander, and Dennis Reagan. Grandsons were honorary pallbearers.