THOMAS MILTON ANDERSON, 74, Talladega, died Nov. 8, 2008, at Talladega Health Care. A native of Jefferson County, he was the son of Gladys Moore Fields and the late Ollie William Anderson. An army veteran, he was of the Baptist faith and worked as a truck driver with Mercury Freight. Besides his father, he was predeceased by son Ollie Anderson of Cleveland and brother Donald William Anderson.
Surviving besides his mother are wife Peggy Joyce Richey Anderson; son Dewayne (Dawn) Anderson; grandchild Kelly (Chad) Curtis; and three great-grandchildren.
Harvey Bowlin conducted services Monday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Green’s Chapel Cemetery.
ORENE PATTERSON BYNUM, 85, died Nov. 5, 2008, at her Cullman residence. She was a native of Cullman County. Predeceasing her were her parents Clarence and Ressie Segers Patterson; husband Howard Earl Bynum; sons Jerry Bynum and James Bynum; and brothers John “Jabo” Patterson and Clemon “Josh” Patterson.
Surviving are son Bruce (Lisa) Bynum; daughters Sandra (Jack) Capps and Beverly (David) Haynes; brothers Clyde Patterson, Pascoe “Pete” Patterson, Roy Patterson, and Troy Patterson; sisters Ovia Coffman and Lucille West.
Horace Hall and Glenn Bynum conducted services Friday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m. at Cullman Heritage Chapel. Burial was at Antioch Cemetery in Blount County.
T. D. CANNON, 83, Oneonta, died Nov. 6, 2008, at Ashville Healthcare. Born in Kentucky, he was the son of the late Arthur Mac and Mary Patience Cannon. A recipient of the Purple Heart during World War II, he was retired from Birmingham Industrial Water Board and was also a retired service station operator, having owned several service stations in Blount and Marshall counties. He attended Park Avenue Baptist Church. Predeceasing him besides his parents was his wife Mildred Lancaster Cannon.
Surviving are daughters Sandy (Steve) Hawkins of Oneonta and Lynn (Matt) Vines of Atlanta; grandchildren Josh Hawkins, Heidi (Jacob) Chambers, and Leith Kathryn Vines; great-granddaughter Mireille Chambers.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. at Lemley Chapel with interment following at Blount Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Kevin Moro, Dale Hawkins, Jeremy Washington, and Jimmy Jackson.
C.W. “WILBURN” FOX, 77, Oneonta, died Nov. 7, 2008, in Jefferson County. A native of Blount County, he was the son of the late Albert Proncie and Lizzie Moore Fox. He was a retired painter and an active member of Community Church of the Brethren and Painters Local 57. Predeceasing him other than his parents were his wife Mary Faye Fowler Fox; brothers James and Leonard Fox; and sisters Lois Benefield, Augusta Huie, Jewelean Barfield, and Bernice Hathcock.
Surviving are son Craig Fox; daughter Treieva (Rick) Oakley; brothers L.C. Fox, Wallace Fox, and Jimmy Franklin Fox; sisters Helen Sue Hanson and Martha Champion; grandchildren Andy Ridgeway, Shane Oakley, Chayse Fox, and Abigail Mary Fox; great-grandchildren Christian and Taelyr Ridgeway, Alan Oakley, Eli and Ella Ridgeway, Kamryn and Cannon Phillips.
Dickie Fox and Odis Epps conducted services Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Easley Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steve Fox, Lynn Fox, Dan Hanson, Chayse Fox, Andy Ridgeway, and Shane Ridgeway.
TOMMY A. HELMS, 92, Blountsville, died Nov. 2, 2008, at St. Vincent’s Blount. He was the son of the late Norton J. and Dolly Mead Helms and the husband of the late Opal Yates Helms. A native of Alabama, he was a retired road grader operator for Blount County. He was predeceased by son Larry Helms and brother Lonnie Helms in addition to his parents and wife.
Surviving are son Terry (Brenda) Helms of Blountsville; daughters Dorothy (Ervin) Woods of Locust Fork and Merline (Roy Lee) Sparks of Rosa; sister Mary Ruth Murdock of Texas; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
Jimmy Aaron and Glenn Elrod conducted services Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. at Bethelem Baptist Church with burial following at Rock Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael Sparks, Michael Atchley, Bobby Morris, Dale Woods, David Smith, and Gilbert Smith.
CLAUD C. MEAD, 95, Blountsville, died Nov. 5, 2008, in Hanceville Nursing & Rehab. Born in Blount County, he was the son of the late M. P. and Nora McCrary Mead. He was of the Baptist faith and worked as a farmer. Predeceasing him besides his parents were son Claud C. Mead Jr. and sister Mae McKleroy.
Surviving are wife Mary Lorene McKleroy Mead of Blountsville; sons Wendell Mead of Arab and Ricky (Bonnie) Mead of Scottsboro; daughter Dorothy (Roy) Ball of Cullman; daughter-in-law Denise Mead of Blountsville; sister Jewel Keller of Baileyton; nine grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; ten great-grandchildren.
Jerry Hackney officiated at services Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. from Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Rock Springs Cemetery. Marty, Matthew, Mark, Daniel, and Heath Mead, and Richard Reid were pallbearers.
JAMES ROY THOMPSON Funeral for James Roy Thompson, 74, of Athens, Texas, took place Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at 10 a.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church of Athens, with Richard Smith, Tom Denton, and Mike Dean officiating. Burial with military honors followed at Oaklawn Memorial Park. Funeral arrangements were by Cooper Funeral Home of Athens.
Mr. Thompson died Nov. 3, 2008. He was predeceased by his parents, Drexel Owen Thompson and Evelyn Walker Thompson; brother, Lynn Thompson; and daughter-in-law, Kelly LaGreg Thompson.
Roy was born Oct. 23, 1934, in Altoona, Ala., the second of nine children. He married his high school sweetheart, Laura Sue Nichols, on April 5, 1953. Roy and Sue were married for 55 years. After a year of marriage Roy joined the United States Air Force. He retired from the Air Force in 1974 and later went to work for TU Electric, retiring from there in 1992, after 15 years with the company. Roy also began college while still in the Air Force and earned his bachelor of science degree in education.
Roy loved cars and working on cars. Throughout most of his adult life he either worked at or owned a service station or bought and sold used cars. As a businessman he was always honest and fair with people. He was an avid NASCAR fan and for years raced stock cars.
During his lifetime, Roy lived in many states and other countries, including Alabama, Michigan, California, Japan, Florida, Virginia, Spain, Maine, Alaska, Thailand, and Texas. At the time of his death, Roy and Sue were living in Athens, Texas, where they had been residents for 28 years. Roy was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Athens at the time of his death.
Roy leaves behind a large family including the wife he loved dearly, Laura Sue Thompson; daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Bobby Bowling of Tatum; Kathy and James Dudley of Iowa Park, daughter, Laurie Thompson of Cypress; sons, Jimmy Thompson of Athens and David Thompson of Wichita Falls; grandchildren, Kevin and Amy Bowling, Rusty and Courtney Bowling, Matthew Bowling, Troy Radford, Jamie Chapin, Alisha Thompson, and Logan Thompson; great-grandchildren, Dyllan, Calvin, Payton, Grace and Cason Radford, Jacob, Amelia, and Aveline Bowling; siblings, Maxine and Edward Toney, Bobby and Clara Thompson, Joyce and Bill Smith, Lewis and Betty Thompson, Randy Thompson, Sherrie Douglas and Gary and Billy Thompson; sister-in-law, Vera Thompson. Roy was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, always kind and gentle, and he was greatly loved by his family.
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RANDY NOEL THRASHER, 50, Locust Fork, died Nov. 3, 2008, in Hines, Ill. The Marshall County native was a 1977 graduate of Locust Fork High School and a member of Edgewood Baptist Church. He was an Air Force veteran employed as an aircraft mechanic. His parents are Clara Tims Thrasher of Locust Fork and the late Earlie Thrasher.
Surviving besides his mother are daughters Rachael Noel Thrasher and Heather Thomason, and son Shane Thomason, all of Lake Charles, La.; brothers Gary (Elaine) Thrasher of Locust Fork and Stanley (Cheryl) Thrasher of Albertville; and sister Deleana (Gary) Davison of Pinson.
Funeral services were conducted by Donnie Graves and Daryl Holt on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at Edgewood Baptist Church. Burial was at the adjoining cemetery. Pallbearers were Ken Davison, Knox Franklin, Brett Thrasher, Josh Atkinson, Tristian Thrasher, and Jimmy Lyles.
ROBERT LEE WILLIAMS, 11, a native of Ashville, died suddenly Oct. 26, 2008. Son of John and Rose Marie Williams of Snead, he was born Dec. 26, 1996, and attended school in Susan Moore.
Surviving besides his parents are grandparents Beatrice and Basilio Perez of Ashville; sister Rose Williams; brother John Williams III; stepbrothers Lee Swindall, George Rodriguez, Manuel Rodriguez, Michael Williams, and Terry Yates; stepsisters Jennifer Bray, Samantha Wolcott, Maria Rodriguez, Patricia Rodriguez, Amanda Wolcott, and Carla Wolcott.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. at Kilgroe Funeral Home, Leeds Chapel. Burial was at Antioch Cemetery on Straight Mountain.