OBITUARIES



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LEW GARY AYERS, 66, died April 18, 2010, at his residence in Blountsville. A Blount County native, he worked as plant manager of Altec Industries and was of the Baptist faith. He was the son of the late Ardis and Flora May Ashley Ayers. Others predeceasing him were sisters JoAnn Goens and Katherine Blackmon and brothers Shorty Cochren and Melvin Cochren.

Surviving are sons Gary Linn (Monica) Ayers and Terry Allen (Lori) Ayers, both of Holly Pond; daughters Judy Eileen (David) Jacobs of Colorado Springs, Col., Vickie Suzanne Sullivan (Ricky) and Dee Anne Roberson, both of Blountsville; sister Shirley Denney of Blountsville; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Doug Pitts, Donny Yarbrough, and Randy Smith officiated services April 21 at 2 p.m. at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at South Cemetery near Blountsville. Pallbearers were Roger Sockfort, Benny Yarbrough, Donna Yarbrough, Phil Phillips, Shane Chappell, Michael Bradford, Darren Young, and Carlton Chappell. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons and great-grandsons.

BRYAN JEFFERY BRADLEY, 46, of Oneonta, died April 24, 2010, at his residence. Born in Jefferson County, he was disabled. His parents were the late Billy Joe and Bettye Jean Langston Bradley.

Surviving are sisters Beverly (Delmer) Lybrand of Oneonta, Brenda (Michael) Umphrey of Boaz, and Barbara (Perry) Bradley of Dallas/Selfville; brothers Bubba (Betty) Bradley of Trussville and Barry (Irene) Bradley of Guntersville.

Frank Umphrey, David Harper, and Chris Frazier officiated services April 27 at 1 p.m. at Valley Chapel. Burial followed at Old Liberty Cemetery in Oneonta. Pallbearers were Bill Lybrand, Kevin Bradley, Terry Bradford, Chris Umphrey, Justin Vining, and Kyle McAnnally. Honorary pallbearers were Bubba Bradley, Delmer Lybrand, and Barry Bradley.

ORA MELINA JORDAN BULMAN, 93, of Locust Fork, died at her residence April 20, 2010. Born in Jefferson County, she was the daughter of the late Robert G. and Viola Bowling Jordan. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church at Roebuck, had worked as a bookkeeper, and loved to sew.

Surviving is daughter Barbara (Robert) Calvert. Jim Norris officiated graveside services April 21 at 1 p.m. at Forrest Hill Cemetery. Blount County-Cleveland Funeral Home directed.

MAX DOYLE BURDETT, 77, of Boaz, died Thursday, April 15, 2010, at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice of Marshall County. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Predeceasing him were parents Willie Lee and Aimee Harvey Burdett and daughter Linda Burdett Olsen.

Surviving are wife Mary M. Burdett; daughters Helen (Ed) Butler of California and Aimee (Pete) Sufka of Memphis, Tenn.; brothers Bill Burdette of Oneonta and Don Burdett of Friday’s Crossing; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Dr. Richard Pettijohn officiated services Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. at Carr Funeral Home. Tommy Pierce and Melinda Brooks provided music for the service. Full military honors were conducted at the graveside at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joseph Burdett, David Burdett, William Burdette, Myron Harvey, Gerald Head, Hoyt Washington, and Tom Carnes.

DANNY SAMUEL GARRISON, 58, of Oneonta, died April 19, 2010, at St. Vincent’s Blount. Born in Birmingham, he was the son of Hope Mageline Hawkins Garrison of Oneonta and the late James Samuel Garrison. He worked as a brick mason.

Surviving besides his mother are sons Jason Garrison of Blountsville and Chad McKinney of Boaz; daughter Lindsey Vick of Clanton; four brothers; two sisters; four grandchildren.

Don Cason officiated services April 21 at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment following at Mt. Joy Cemetery. Pallbearers were Adam Garrison, Chris Garrison, Tony Bailey, Justin Ragsdale, Calvin Salamone, and Dale Hawkins.

OPIE OLEAN HANEY, 90 of Brashiers Chapel community near Arab, died Tuesday, April 20, 2010, at her daughter’s residence where she had been living. She was born in Blount County on Jan. 24, 1920. Her parents were the late Dewey and Mary Oden Maze, and her husband of 38 years was Coy Haney, who died Sept. 11, 1984. A brother Emmett Maze also predeceased her. She had retired from work as an inspector for Blue Bell and was a member of New Canaan Baptist Church. According to her family, she was a caregiver to the sick and elderly and enjoyed gardening, reading, and talking in person or by phone to family and friends.

Surviving are daughter Donnis (Dan) Brannan of Arab; grandson Jason (Danielle) Brannan of Arab; and sister Ruby Grindle of Arab. Soon to arrive is a greatgrandson who will be named Grayson Coy Brannan.

Ray Oden and Junior Plunkett officiated services Thursday, April 22, at 1 p.m. at Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel with burial following at Brashiers Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark Chapmon, John Hallman, Daniel Larmon, O’Neal Maze, Warren Maze, and Adam McClain. Honorary pallbearers were Ricky McClain and Shannon Oneal.

NORMA SUE LOGGINS HIGGINBOTHAM, 79, of Pinson died April 20, 2010, at St. Vincent’s East, Birmingham. Born in Jefferson County, she had worked as a seamstress at Blue Bell and was of the Baptist faith. A big Alabama fan according to her family, she was predeceased by parents Erston D. and Thelma Maude Jarris Loggins; husband Thomas Louie Higginbotham; brothers Carl, Ray, Danny, and Larry Loggins; sisters Imogene McCombs and Geraldine Glasscow.

Surviving are sons Thomas R. (Darla) Higginbotham and David R. Higginbotham; daughter Linda Kay (William) Cox; brother Wayne Loggins; sister Maxine Reid; grandchildren Tommy Cox, Melissa Daniel, Blake, Tabatha, and Hali Higginbotham; great-grandchildren Hunter Cox, Cheyenne and Cody Daniel, Roty Higginbotham, and Sean Hornbostel.

Phillip Jones officiated graveside services April 23 at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Cemetery. Blount County- Cleveland Funeral Home directed.

REV. J. ELTON LOWERY, 84, of Boaz, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at Marshall Medical Center South. He served with the United States Army from the time he graduated from Boaz High School until 1943, earned an associate degree in business from Snead State Community College, and completed studies at Emory University in 1955. In addition to his studies, he operated a “rolling store” business until he and his family left Boaz when he became a Methodist minister, serving 38 years as pastor of 13 churches in Alabama. He retired from full-time ministry in 1967 although he continued to serve small churches until 1993 and officiated wedding, funerals, baptisms, and dedication ceremonies until May 2008. After his retirement from full-time ministry, he and his son built Lowery Manufacturing, a farm equipment business, in Boaz.

The minister earned many awards and recognitions for his work in the ministry and in business. He was a 50-year member of Blountsville Masonic Lodge, a member of the Business Council of Alabama, and an active member of the Boaz Chamber of Commerce. His family says he will be remembered as a Southern gentleman.

Surviving are wife Peggy Ruth Lowery of Boaz, who is retired from work with the Department of Human Resources; son Forney “Sonny” (Mary Ann) Lowery of Boaz; daughters Glenda (Thomas) Howard of Cullman, Tonya (Mark) Dobbins of Boaz; Peggy’s children Sandra (Dan) Walker, Brian (Teri) Nash, and Lt. Michael (Suzanne) Nash; sisters Nalawene Lett and Jackie Duvall, both of Boaz; eight grandchildren; seven greatgrandchildren. Predeceasing him were parents Jack and Oma Mae Copeland Lowery; daughter Brenda Padgett; brother Billy Lowery.

Mike Spivey officiated services Sunday, April 25, at 4:30 p.m. at Forrest Home United Methodist Church with burial following in the adjoining cemetery. McRae Funeral Home of Boaz directed.

BENNY FELTON “BUD” SHELTON, 85, of Brooksville, died April 25, 2010, at St. Vincent’s East, Birmingham. An Alabama native, he was retired from Hays Aircraft, now Pemco. Predeceasing him were wife Verna Mae Brown Shelton; son Benny Shelton; parents Morgan and Lona Cameron Shelton; brothers Joe Wheeler, Earl Shelton, and Ray Shelton; and sister Bea Stracner.

Surviving are daughter Nancy Shelton of Pinson; grandchildren S/Sgt. Tiffany Bagi, Emilee Capps, and Steven Shelton; great-grandchildren Aubri Capps and Cadence Bagi; brothers Bob and Byron Shelton of Birmingham; sister Mary Fountain of Blountsville.

Dennis Martin was to officiate services today, Wednesday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment to follow at Brooksville Baptist Church Cemetery.