Obituaries

Melbourne ‘Mel’ Lynell Phillips Jr.

MELBOURNE ‘MEL’ LYNELL PHILLIPS JR., 64, Oneonta, died Jan. 8, 2022. Surviving are wife Patricia “Patty” McEwen Phillips and siblings Mary K. Phillips, Patricia Cain, Robert Phillips, and Glenn Phillips. There are no arrangements to announce at this time. Lemley Crematory directed.

Robert Saunders

ROBERT SAUNDERS, 86, Cleveland, died Dec. 26, 2021. Visitation and remembrance services were held Jan. 7, 2022, at 2 p.m., at Lemley Funeral Chapel. Burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Frances Butler Tilman

FRANCES BUTLER TILMAN, 80, Boston, Mass., died Dec. 31, 2021. Graveside service was held Jan. 15, 2022, at 11 a.m., at Oak Hill Cemetery. Gadsden Memorial Funeral Home directed.

Nell Joice Benedikt

NELL JOICE BENEDIKT, 79, born May 22, 1942, passed away Dec. 24, 2021, at St. Vincent’s Blount. She was a devoted Christian and loved her Lord and Savior. She attended services and Bible study at several churches: Mountain Chapel Church, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, and Jones Chapel Mennonite Church. Part of Joice’s mission was to share her faith and spread […]

Angela Marie Blaylock

ANGELA MARIE BLAYLOCK, 51, Springville, passed away in Birmingham on Dec. 25, 2021. She was preceded in death by her grandmothers Hilda and Elizabeth Ann. She leaves behind her sons Gavin Knight (Kaitlyn), Trey Calvert; daughter Brie Anna Hope Fuller (Brandon); grandchildren Kaysen, Hayden, Owen Bennett, Easton, Grailyn, Adaline, Kinley; parents Wanda and Eddie Blaylock Jr.; brother Clyde Edward Blaylock […]

Ray Claborn

RAY CLABORN died Dec. 21, 2021, at Marshall Medical Center North. Ray was born Aug. 1, 1935, at his family farm in Blount County. Ray worked for Thompson Tractor for 35 years. He was an avid reader, lover of Auburn football, gardening, and watching his bird feeders. He had an enormous gift of writing poetry and photography. Ray was preceded […]

John Wayne Price

JOHN WAYNE PRICE, 72, Cleveland, died Dec. 28, 2021, at the VA Hospital in Birmingham. Predeceasing him were father J.D. Price, mother Louise King, and brothers Edward Price and Billy Joe Price. Surviving are daughter Mary Jeanette (Neal) Cecil; grandchildren Tiffinie (Ryan) Gortemiller, Johnathan Cecil; great-grandchildren Albery Gortemiller, Carson Gortemiller, Emma Gortemiller, Ryleigh Gortemiller; siblings Jeanette Reno, Sharlene Burns, Christine […]

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Lee Rountree

THOMAS ‘TOMMY’ LEE ROUNTREE, 79, Oneonta, passed away Dec. 24, 2021, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham. Tommy was born Sept. 30, 1942, in Dothan, to the late Julius Burton and Evelyn Mathison Rountree. He was a graduate of Shades Valley High School in 1960; he received a BA degree from Samford University and JD from Cumberland School of Law at […]

Eva ‘Charlotte’ Gray Tidwell

EVA ‘CHARLOTTE’ GRAY TIDWELL, 78, went to be with the Lord Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. Charlotte was born Sept. 16, 1943, to the late Earl and Alta Glover Gray. Also preceding her in death were brothers Kenny, Tommy, and David Gray; and longtime companion Elbert Hughes. Charlotte loved her family, her pets, loved to travel, shop, and weekly trips to […]

Larry Dwight Warnick

LARRY DWIGHT WARNICK, 73, Cleveland, died Dec. 24, 2021, at Woodland Village Healthcare. He was an avid horseman and loved making leather tack. He was a people person who also loved his profession of operating heavy equipment and music. Predeceasing him were parents Dwight and Eulene Warnick. Surviving are wife Kathy Warnick; children DeAnna (Blake) Moore, Brandy (Tim) Entrekin, Randy […]


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