89, died Jan. 11, 2012, at TLC Nursing Center, Oneonta. A former resident of Remlap, Mr. Wheeler was born in Cherokee County to Dr. J.A. and Dora Mae Teague Wheeler, and was husband of Jeannette Wheeler, all of whom predeceased him. He was also predeceased by brothers Robert and Joe Wheeler and sister Ruth Bollen. He proudly served in the […]


83, died Jan. 9, 2012, at the Veterans Hospital, Birmingham. Mr. Hughey joined the U.S. Army after high school and received both the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal. After leaving the Army, Mr. Hughey joined the Marine Corps, and was stationed in Korea. One of the few survivors in his division at the battle at […]


100, died Jan. 11, 2012, at TLC Nursing Home, Oneonta. Born in Blount County, she was owner of a mercantile store and a member of Locust Fork Baptist Church. Known as a kind and encouraging person, she loved knitting, crocheting, and had traveled extensively. Mrs. Marsh was predeceased by husband Paul C. Marsh, and parents Finnis Johnson and Pernie Tawbush […]


58, Oneonta, died Jan. 9, 2012, at Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham. A retired cosmetologist, she worked with many Oneonta salons during her 25 years in the business, most recently owner-operator of Eclipse Hair Salon in Pleasant Grove. Surviving are parents Robert Fred and Bessie Juanita LeFlore Martin, Springville; brother Robert Lynn (David Moss) Martin, Fultondale; sister Kellie Ann (Ricky Lynn) […]


79, Straight Mountain, died Jan. 12, 2012, at Trinity Hospital, Birmingham. A lifelong resident of Blount County, he was born to the late John Henry and Elvie Leota Blackwood Phillips. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by daughter Carolyn; son Carlton Lee; brothers Joseph H., J.C., Ernest A., and Houston Douglas. He is survived by wife of 56 years Linda […]


72, Pine Mountain, died Jan. 9, 2012, at the residence. Born in Carrollton, Ga., he was predeceased by parents James B. and Katherine Johnson Reeves. He was a retired truck driver who loved his family, friends, and his hunting club. Surviving are his wife Brenda Reeves; sons Michael and Jeffrey Reeves, Nokomis, Fla., Len (Heather) McKinney, Gadsden; daughter Ashleigh Reeves […]


83, died Jan. 10, 2012, at the Dallas/Selfville residence. Born in Blount County, Mr. Reid was a retired mechanic with over 39 years of service with Alabama By-Products, and a member of Faith Chapel Mennonite Church. He was was predeceased by parents Sylvester William and Maybell Chandler Reid and brothers Curtis Franklin and Ertis Joe Reid. He is survived by […]


83, a retired farmer, died Jan. 15, 2012, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital, Oneonta. He was born in Blount County to John Franklin and Cora Ethel Keener Tolbert, who predeceased him. Also predeceasing him were brothers Louie, Shorty, and Ott Tolbert; sisters Dorothy and Thelma Tolbert, Annie Lou Morton, and Mary Ruth Robison. Surviving are daughter Linda ( Johnny) Johnson, […]

Distinguished professor dedicates Blount Springs Chapel

Wayne Flynt, professor emiritus of history and distinguished professor of long standing at Auburn University gave the dedication address at Blount Springs Chapel Sunday, Jan. 8. Flynt’s life work has focused on Southern culture, Alabama politics, Southern religion, education reform, and poverty. He has become known as the “Conscience of Alabama,” based on that body of work. He has written […]

Need a conversation piece? Voila! Alabama-shaped rock…

Elsie Johnson of Sugar Creek points out the approximate location of Blount County on an Alabama-shaped rock originally found a few years ago in the bed of a Locust Fork tributary. It passed from hand to hand among the finders until it fetched up in her front yard on Ala 160. She would like to donate the rock to a […]