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Obituaries for March 27 edition

Posted on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Mary Ruth Blocker, 80, of Tennessee, formerly of the Hulaco Community, died Saturday (March 23, 2013) at her residence. Mrs. Blocker was born March 15, 1933 in Morgan County, the daughter of Zack and Gracie M. Key Barnett. She was an assembly worker, retired from Dana Company. She was also a lifelong resident of the Hulaco Community until recently when she moved to Tennessee to live with family there. She was of the Pentecostal Faith and a member of Barnett’s Chapel. She is survived by five sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil Ray and Tammy Blocker of Tennessee, Charles Perry and Patricia Blocker of Hulaco, Carl Eddie and Angela Blocker of Baileyton, Prentice and Carrie Blocker of Arab and Darren and Tina Blocker of Hulaco; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; five brothers and sisters-in-law, James “Buddy” Barnett of Somerville, Zack, Jr. and Patricia Barnett of Lacey’s Spring, David Barnett, Earl and Sandra Barnett and Rayburn and Sandra Barnett, all of Somerville; three sisters and brother-in-law, Lucille and Hoyt Brown of Somerville, Helen Bailey of Brooksville and Anne Barnett of Falkville; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, church family and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Henry Blocker, a son, Larry Wayne Blocker; her parents, Zack and Gracie Barnett, four brothers, Charles Barnett, William Barnett, Jimmy Barnett and Rebe Barnett; and a sister, Tempie Frazier. Funeral services were held Monday at Barnett’s Chapel Pentecostal Church, Somerville with the Rev. Ray Gray officiating. Burial was in Blue Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers were Daniel Blocker, Jason Blocker, Jeremy Blocker, John Blocker, Justin Blocker and Tristen Blocker. The family suggests memorial donations to Fresenius Medical Care, C/O Kidney Dialysis Unit, 1030 War Eagle Drive, Lewisburg, TN 37091. For more information please call 931-359-1940. Arab Heritage Memorial Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy M. Brock, 83, of Ardmore, Ala., died Tuesday (March 19, 2013) at Athens-Limestone Hospital in Athens, Ala. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with Bro. Lynn Marshall officiating. Burial was in Sylone Cemetery, Elkmont, Ala. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Charles E. “Billy” Clem, 88, of Ardmore, Ala., died Wednesday (March 20, 2013) at his home. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home, Ardmore, Ala., with Bros. Bill Sharp and Scotty Travis officiating. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Ardmore Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Florence Jennings Cochran, 88, of Kelso, died Friday (March 15, 2013) at her residence. She was born in Lincoln County on April 7, 1924 to the late George and Emma Warren Whitworth. She was a former nurse’s aide and was of the Primitive Baptist Faith. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband, Roy C. Jennings, Sr.; second husband, Grady Allen Cochran; sister, Catherine Pitcock; and brother, John “Bud” Whitworth. Mrs. Cochran is survived by her son, Roy C. and Judy Jennings, Jr., of Clarksville; step-daughter-in-law, Patricia Cummings of Ocala, Fla.; sisters, Mable Tucker of Citra, Fla., Corrine Locker of Fayetteville; brother, T.A. Whitworth of Decatur, Mich.; grandchildren, Tammy Lynn Hill and Caren Asher; and great-grandchildren, Bryson Hill, Alexia Hill, Felicia Asher and Nicholas Asher.  Funeral services were held Tuesday (March 19) in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home. Burial followed in Champ Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Dell Moody Thompson Coningham, 90, died Friday (March 22, 2013) in Pulaski. She was born on Dec. 24, 1922 in Anderson, Ala. She was the plant manager of the old Serbin Manufacturing in Fayetteville and was the owner and caregiver of the Pulaski Veterans Home. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Mitchell Thompson and Grant Coningham; parents, Jess and Levader Johns Moody; brother, Ulysses Moody; and sister, Barbara Bradbary. She is survived by her daughters, Dolores “Dee” Murrey Collins (Michael) of Rogersville, Ala., and Pat Byrd (Jamie) of Pulaski; step-son, Mitchell Thompson, Jr.; grandchildren, Kevin Barnett, Kerri Barnett, Tanya Dell Adams, Mitch Byrd and Chris Byrd; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Lola Blankenship of Ethridge and Jessie Young of Columbia; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were Sunday in the chapel of Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Johnson officiating. Burial followed in the John Lay Cemetery in Ethridge. Memorial donations are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project. P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kans., 66675, got@woundedwarriorproject.org. Bennett-May-Giles County Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Bobby J. Hale, 77, of Shelbyville, a welder and member of Howell First Baptist Church, died Monday (March 18, 2013) at his residence. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the chapel of Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Bates officiating. Burial was in Concord Cemetery. Gallant-Riverview Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Charles Emmett Towry, 90, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Friday (Feb. 22, 2013). A native of Lincoln County, he was the son of the late Ellis E. and Elma K. Bates Towry. Charles enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served through World War II and the Korean War for a total of 25 years of service. After taking retirement from the Navy in 1968, Charles received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He began teaching school in south Texas and later on in Balmorhea, Texas, before retiring from the Texas School System. Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Nancy Foster Towry; daughter, Kay Pace and husband, Lonnie; granddaughters, Michelle Pace of Colorado Springs and Sharon Geise of Fort Worth, Texas; three grandsons, Charles W., Steven G. and William E. Towry of Cushion, Okla.; brother, Jack Towry of Lincoln County; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Foster Towry, and a sister, Bettye Jean Towry Bynum. A well-received memorial was performed by Pastor Ken Musselwhite, eulogy given by George Foster, followed by a full military service at Anchor Way Baptist Church in Colorado Springs on Saturday, March 2. Family and friends came from Washington, Indiana, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, California, New Mexico, and Texas.