Mr. John Frank "J.F." Mason, Jr., 88, of Gaylesville,passed away Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at his residence. Mr. Mason was born March 4, 1927, in Round Mountain, Alabama. He was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church, and prior to his retirement, worked as a heavy equipment operator with C.W. Matthews. Mr. Mason was also a veteran of the United States Army, having served in World War II.
Mrs. Patricia Jordan Peden, 75 of Centre, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Redmond Medical Center. Mrs. Peden was a native of Cherokee County, and was a member of Centre First United Methodist Church and a member of the Bridge Club.
Mr. Arturo Alejo Laconico, 66 of Cedar Bluff, passed away Friday, November 6, 2015 at Cherokee Medical Center. Mr. Laconico was a native of the Philippines. He was a member of the Knights Of Columbus and was a member of Our Lady Of The Valley Catholic Church.
Mr. George B. McGinniss, Jr. 54, of Cave Spring, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, November 5, 2015 at his residence. Mr. McGinniss was born September 26, 1961, in Peekskill, New York. Mr. McGinniss was a member of the Rehoboth Baptist Chruch and was employed with the Meteor Express Trucking Company in Scottsboro, Alabama.
Mr. Oney Kincer , 79 of Centre passed away Saturday October 31, 2015 at Veterans Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Kincer was a native of Lenoir City, Tennessee and a member of First Baptist Church of Centre.
Mrs. Helen N. Freeman, 89, of Oak Hill, Florida, passed awayThursday, October 30, 2015 at Oceanview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Mrs. Freeman was born in Cullman, Alabama. She came to this area in 1954 from Gadsden, Alabama. Mrs. Freeman worked at Oceanview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for 30 years. A member of Smyrna Free Will Baptist Church, she enjoyed caring for her church and family. Helen was very well-known in the community and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Rev. Leroy McKissick, Sr., 82, of Gaylesville, passed away Thursday, October 29, 2015, following a long illness, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. Rev. McKissick was born September 21, 1933. He was a native of Cherokee County, AL and was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Gaylesville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, and prior to his retirement, was employed with Mohawk. He was also a member and Past Master of the Cedar Bluff Masonic Lodge # 486, F&AM.
Mrs. Grace Hackett, 96 of Cedar Bluff passed away Wednesday October 28, 2015 at St. Vincents Hospital. Mrs. Hackett was a native of Piedmont. Mrs. Hackett taught school in Cherokee County for 38 years and attended Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall.
Mr. Ralph Smith , 63 of Centre passed away Thursday, October 29, 2015 at Cherokee Medical Center. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the America Heart Association. Mr. Smith was a native of Asheville NC. He served in the Air Force and was a Police Officer in Indian River County Florida, Belle Glade PD and Sebastian PD all in Florida. He was a member of Sunrise Baptist Church.
Mrs. Margaret Ethel Brewster Latham, 73 of Lafayette, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Rock Spring, Georgia. Mrs. Latham was a native of Cherokee County. She was a weaving instructor and attended Oakwood Baptist Church.
Mrs. Naomi Kathryn Anderson, 80 of St. Helena Island SC passed away peacefully on October 22, 2015. She was born October 18, 1935 in Centre, Alabama. She grew up surrounded by extended family members in the close knit farming community. She had fond memories of picking cotton, riding the family mule, swimming with cousins, and cheerleading for Centre High School. She was full of life and mischief. She graduated with a major in music from East Tennessee State University. She was first chair violin in the orchestra despite the fact that she preferred to play by ear and embellished as she saw fit. After graduation she was the Women’s Director at the Portsmouth Men’s YMCA. She enjoyed teaching swimming and coaching the swim team. She then moved on to teach 6th grade at Little Creek School. She met her future husband Hugh F. Anderson and they were married April 25 1959. As a Marine Corp couple they spent the next 5 years stationed across the country while starting their family. After leaving the service, they settled in Flemington NJ. Naomi shared her passion for children and music through participation in the Flemington Baptist Church children’s music programs and substitute teaching in the public elementary school. She also had a lifelong love of swimming. She spearheaded the beginning of a winter swim clinic for the summer swimmers in Flemington. 18 years later the family relocated to Elizabeth City, NC where they lived for the next 23 years. During that time, Naomi continued to teach Sunday school, lead children’s musicals and sing in the God Squad of the First United Methodist Church. She taught WSI and lifesaving at College of the Albemarle as well as Elizabeth City State University. She also coached the local chapter of the Special Olympic Swim Team, taking multiple swimmers to the State Games over the years. She developed a passion for golf and began to hone her game at the Pine Lakes Country Club. In 2006 Naomi and Andy moved to Dataw Island Club in SC. She continued to play golf with the 9 hole ladies golf group and participated in the island book club. She and Andy were active in various Island Friends groups. She doted on her seven grandchildren, watching many baseball, basketball and soccer games as well as attending dance recitals, plays, and choral concerts.
Mr. Jimmy Lewis Jones, 66 of Piedmont, passed away Saturday, October 24, 2015 in a Birmingham Hospital. Mr. Jones was a native of Cherokee County. He was an Air Force Veteran, a mechanic at the Anniston Army Depot and was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.
Mr. James Phillips, 92 of Cedartown, Georgia passed away Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Floyd Medical Center. Mr. Phillips was a native of Polk County, Georgia and was retired from the City of Cedartown. He was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Linda Ann Mize Lambert, 68, of Centre, passed away Wednesday October 7, 2015 at Redmond Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Lambert was a native of Cedar Bluff, and was a member of New Zion Baptist Church in Rome.
Mr. Roy Deloss Mitchell, 78, of Gaylesville, passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at his residence. Mr. Mitchell was born October 21, 1936, in Jamestown, Alabama. He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church, and prior to his retirement, was employed with Inland Container. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.
Mr. Corbitt Gary Rosser Sr.,76, of Cedar Bluff, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015 at his residence. Mr. Rosser was a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and was an Air Force veteran and a retired fireman with the Cobb County Georgia Fire Dept.
Mr. Jesse Oliver, 75 of Centre, passed at his residence on Friday, October 2, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Oliver was born November 26, 1939, in Gordon County, Georgia. He married the love of his live, Evelyn Dodd in 1959. After living in numerous places throughout Georgia and Florida, they settled in Paulding County, Georgia to raise their three children. Jesse loved making people smile. He always had a prank or two up his sleeve or a great story to tell whether at work or home. He was a jack-of-all-trades working hard his whole life in numerous fields before finally owning his own business as a heavy equipment welder. His hobbies included anything outdoors. He cherished spending time with his family and friends. He was a beloved Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather.
Mr. Steven Wayne Ferguson, 57 of Silvercreek, Georgia, passed away Monday, September 28, 2015 at Redmond Regional Medical Center. Mr. Ferguson was a native of Floyd County. He was a draftsman for Rome Tool and Die Co. and was a member of Old Nazareth Baptist Church.
Mr.James Terry Storey, 64 of Gaylesville, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at his residence. Mr. Storey was a native of Floyd County, Georgia. He was a carpenter and textile worker. He was a Mason and was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Shirley Faye Richardson, 61 of Centre passed away Thursday September 24th at U.A. B. Medical Center. Mrs. Richardson was a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and was a member of Grace Pointe Church Of God.
Mrs. Evelyn Sue Blake Johnson, 88 of Sand Rock passed away Monday, September 21, 2015 at Cherokee Village. Mrs. Johnson was a native of Cleburne County, Graduate of Auburn University, and a retired school teacher. She was a member of Sand Rock United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Hilda Laverne Wine Moody, 69 of Centre, passed away Saturday, September 19, 2015 in Baton Rouge, LA. Mrs. Moody was a native of Blount County, and was a member of Centre First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a member of the WMU and its Round Table Group. She was one of the original members and current president of the Cherokee Medical Center Auxiliary. She was the president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees chapter 1868 in Fort Payne and a member of the Cherokee County Farmer’s Federation Women’s Committee. She conducted surveys for the Alabama Farmer's Federation Market Basket Report for many years. She was an avid supporter of Auburn football. She and her husband have been season ticket holders since 1964, missing very few games in 51 years. She has also attended all but one of the last 47 annual meetings of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Mrs. Pearline Griffus, 80 of Sand Rock, passed away Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Griffus was a native of Cherokee County, and was a member of Sand Rock Baptist Church.
Mr. Odis Kyle Hulsey, 68 of Collinsville, passed away Friday, September18, 2015 at his residence. Mr. Hulsey was a native of Blount County, Alabama and was a retired truck driver. He was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Mary Ann Grimes St. Clair, 73 of Sand Rock, passed away Thursday morning, September 17, 2015 at her residence. Mrs. St. Clair was a native of Cherokee County, and was a member of the Sand Rock Baptist Church.