Obituaries

MSGT. Billie Ray Lee, U.S.A.F

MSGT. BILLIE RAY LEE, U.S.A.F., retired, passed away Dec. 30, 2020, at the age of 81, in Wilmington, N.C. Bill was born in Blount County on Nov. 1, 1939, to Lamion Lee and Dorothy Sweatt Lee. The family lived on a farm in the area now known as Hamm Road in Blountsville. They attended Mountain Grove Missionary Baptist Church in […]

Bobbie Jean Neely Marsh

BOBBIE JEAN NEELY MARSH, 81, Hayden, died Jan. 1, 2021, at North Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, and cooking. Predeceasing her were parents Coy and Nellie Neely and son-in-law Ronnie Key. Surviving are children Larry Mann, Brenda Kay, Lynda (Eddie) Lewis, Lou Ella (James) Carr; siblings Don (Gail) Neely, Rickey (Patti) Neely, Tommy (Susan) Neely, Phyllis […]

Sandra June Keener McCay

SANDRA JUNE KEENER MCCAY, 69, Spoonhandle Community, died Jan. 6, 2021. Graveside service was held Jan. 12, at 2 p.m., at Youngblood Cemetery. Lemley Funeral Home directed. You must be an online subscriber to view this story – Please login below or purchase a subscription. The full version of this story will be available to all readers after 1 week. Full […]

James Howard Nelson

JAMES HOWARD NELSON, 79, Cleveland, died Dec. 28, 2020, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital. Born Feb. 26, 1941, in Blount County, he is predeceased by parents Herbert and Bessie Lou Hicks Nelson. Surviving are a host of nieces and nephews. Greg Stone officiated the 11 a.m. graveside service held Dec. 31 at Rock Springs Cemetery. Blountsville Funeral Home directed. You […]

Neal Edward Pate

NEAL EDWARD PATE, 73, Locust Fork, went to meet the heavenly Father on Dec. 12, 2020. He was a farmer, a builder, and a decorated Army veteran with nine purple hearts from Vietnam. He worked in civil service with the U.S. Treasury for 36 years and he served with the Blount County Rescue for a number of years. He was […]

Regena Diane Buckner Payne

REGENA DIANE BUCKNER PAYNE, 65, passed into Heaven with the Lord Jesus on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, at home in Birmingham. She died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her family, after battling metastatic breast cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents Billy Buckner and Lorene Nolan Buckner. She is survived by her husband Kerry Payne; sons Joshua […]

Welton Phillips

WELTON PHILLIPS, a resident of Twin Lakes Retirement Community, Burlington, N.C., died peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 1, 2021, at the age of 92. Welton was a generous and caring man. He had charm, a warm and welcoming smile, and a mischievous sense of humor. Welton’s blue eyes were always sparkling with joy. He fully realized he had lived […]

Janet Maria Cardwell Shafer

JANET MARIA CARDWELL SHAFER, 62, Remlap, died Jan. 1, 2021, at St. Vincent’s Downtown. Predeceasing her were mother Geneva Greene Cardwell. Surviving are daughter Karol Ann (Joey) Moore; father Rev. Darwin Cardwell; brother Phillip (Elaine) Cardwell; nephews Derek (Shelley) Cardwell, Cory (Brandie) Cardwell; a host of cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. Memorial service was live streamed Jan. 7, at noon, […]

Paul H. Soper Jr.

PAUL H. SOPER JR., 67, Oneonta, died Jan. 2, 2021, at UAB Hospital. Surviving are wife Phyllis Larsen Soper; children Joshua Paul Soper, Brittany Lynn Soper; son-in-law Dekota Smith; grandson Jace Logan Soper; sister Debi Plazinic; niece Bisera Plazinic; nephew Misha Plazinic. The family received friends Jan. 7 at Lemley Funeral Home. Lemley Crematory directed. You must be an online […]

David Lee Woolary

DAVID LEE WOOLARY, Locust Fork, left this world to be with his Father in Heaven on Jan. 4, 2021. David is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Katy Lane Head Woolary; his children Janet Laine Woolary (Ross) Lamont, Jamie Ellen Woolary (James) Watkins, and Jennifer Lynn Woolary (Michael) Ackenbrack; grandchildren John David (Tiffany) Woolary, James Lee Watkins III, […]


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