2018-10-03

Nancy Louise Mellon Owens

NANCY LOUISE MELLON OWENS, 71, Locust Fork, died Sept. 28, 2018, at the residence. She was baptized at Trinity Baptist Church and later attended Advent Christian Church. She graduated from Oxford High School and attended Jacksonville University and Southern Union Junior College. She was a beautician by trade but worked and retired from SouthTrust Bank. Parents Roy and Eva Witt […]

Board approves superintendent’s operating recommendations


The Blount County Board of Education met Oct. 1 and approved Superintendent Rodney Green’s district operating recommendations for the period. It approved: • Blount County Schools’ Continuous Improvement Plans. • the complete list of state-adopted textbooks for world languages and arts education. • entering a clinical affiliation agreement with Wallace State Community College for 2018-2023. • entering a service agreement […]

Sav-A-Life receives grant money


Blount County Sav-A-Life, Inc. recently received $1,804.62 from the Choose Life car tag grant. The money is generated from the sale of Choose Life Blount County license plates. Executive director Kathy Lacks said the organization receives $41.25 of the $50 charge for each tag purchased. Lacks also said 70 percent of the money is used to help women with crisis […]

Sheila Wasdworth Wheeler

SHEILA WADSWORTH WHEELER, 51, Remlap, died Sept. 20, 2018. Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Allgood Baptist Church. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directed.

Panzy Ruth Helms Vaughn

PANZY RUTH HELMS VAUGHN, 60, Remlap, died Sept. 27, 2018, at UAB Hospital. Memorial services were held at noon on Oct. 1 at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Bethlehem Cemetery, Trafford.

Hazel Simmons

HAZEL SIMMONS, 74, Blountsville, died Sept. 21, 2018, at the residence. Tyler Cantrell officiated the 2 p.m. service held Sept. 25 at Blountsville Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

Manley Ray Ragsdale

MANLEY RAY RAGSDALE, 78, Remlap, died Sept. 12, 2018. He was retired from Roadway Transportation. Surviving are wife Linda McGowan Ragsdale; son Jeff (Melissa) Ragsdale; grandchildren Hunter (Hilary) Ragsdale, Hayden (Cody) Dickison, Nick Ragsdale. Mark Smith officiated the 2 p.m. service held Sept. 15 at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Remlap Cemetery.

Estela Maria Harp

ESTELA MARIA HARP, 59, Blountsville, died Sept. 26, 2018, at the residence. Memorial services were held in Florida. Blountsville Funeral Home directed.

Vernon Leon Copeland

VERNON LEON COPELAND, 80, Oneonta, died Sept. 26, 2018. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 at Lemley Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Hoods Cemetery.

Bobbie Ann Graves

BOBBIE ANN GRAVES, 41, Blountsville, died Sept. 23, 2018. She was a graduate of J.B. Pennington High School and a member of Fowler Springs Baptist Church. Father Donnie Smith predeceased her. Surviving are husband Patrick Graves; sons Jon Patrick Graves, Sean Peyton Graves; daughter Riley (Chase) Dutton, Walter; four grandchildren; mother Linda (Johnny) Glass; sisters Katrina (Tommy) Bickerstaff, Heidi Baier, […]