Obituaries for Holly Pond Funeral Home Obituary for Barbara PonderMrs. Barbara Minor Murphree Ponder, 74, of Cleveland, formerly of Holly Pond, passed away Sunday evening, August 24, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born in Cullman County to William Minor and Elsie Lovvorn Minor. She was a member of Locust Fork Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Elsie Lovvorn Minor; husbands, Kenneth Murphree and Silas A. Ponder; brothers, Leon, James, Clade and Van Minor; and a sister, Myra Dean Price. Survivors include a daughter, Sandy (Hilton) McElvey; stepchildren, Davis (Rhonda) Ponder, Glenn (Barbara) Ponder and Betty (Ken) Reisenweber; a brother, Roger Joe (Mary) Minor; and three grandchildren, Jessica, Andrew and Aubrey McElvey. Rev. Rufus Harris officiating. for William Amos Bates Mr. William Amos Bates, 85, of Holly Pond passed away on Tuesday, August 05, 2014. He was born in Cullman to Herbert and Lula Gosset Bates. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers Rayburn Bates, Robert Lee Bates, Lowell Bates; sister Inez Speegle. Mr. Bates was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a retired auto worker and a member of Brooklyn Presbyterian Church. Mr. Bates is survived by brothers Charles (Vonda) Bates, Leon (Mildred) Bates, Herbert(Doreen) Bates, Jr.; sisters Dorothy Morrow, Audrey Sonnenberg, Sybil Henderson; sister-in-law Glenda Bates and a host of nieces and nephews and friends. for William (Bill) Seay Mr. William (Bill) Seay, age 78, of Holly Pond passed away at home early Monday morning, July 28, 2014. Mr. Seay was born in Jefferson County, AL to John and Irene Davis Seay. He was a retired teacher, a retired minister and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Seay was predeceased by his parents and his wife, Luverne Moore Seay. Survivors include Sons, William "Bill" Seay Jr. of Phoenix, AZ, James Seay of Mobile, AL, Kevin (Allison) Seay and Gary (Marilee) Seay both of Dallas, TX; daughter Kathy Seay of Birmingham, AL; 17 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. for Frances May SmithMrs. Frances May Smith, 85, of Rock Springs Community in Blount County, passed away at her home Sunday morning, July 27, 2014. She was born in Cullman County to Tom and Grace Chester Britt. Ms. Smith was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and had worked as an inspector at KD Industries in Blountsville. She is predeceased by her parents; husband, Onice Smith; two brothers, Durb Britt and Jarrett Britt; three sisters, Tommie Hollingsworth, Gladys Gamino and Nannie Fay Daniels; and a grandson, Jason Smith. Survivors are three sons, Donald (Glenda) Smith, Charles Smith, and Kenneth Smith; Two daughters, Linda Briscoe and Barbara Nunnelley; brother, Max Britt; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Rev. Charles Brown, Rev. Larry Smith and Rev. Jerry Hackney will conduct the service. for Sylvia Tyler DyeSYLVIA (Sissy) TYLER DYE A memorial service for Sylvia (Sissy) Tyler Dye, 61, will be held at Hebron Church of Christ, 3382 Hulaco Road, Joppa, Alabama 35087, on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at six pm with Brad Howard Officiating. Sissy went to live in eternity with her heavenly father on Monday, June 23, 2014, after a valiant fight with cancer at home and at Trinity Hospital in Birmingham, Al. Sissy was born December 21, 1952 at Carraway Methodist Hospital in Birmingham, Al, to L. B. and Ollie Carr Tyler, and lives in Warrior, Al with her parents and her sisters, Iceal Tyler Rich and Cheryl Tyler Riddle. Sissy was a kind, caring and loving person, but always ready with a funny quip. She enjoyed many sports, painting and various creative crafts, and she loved the beach. Sissy married the love of her life, Benny M. Dye, on January 8, 1982. They were blessed with two sons and a daughter, two grandsons and two granddaughters: Barton Tyler Dye (Ashley) of Centerhill, Al; 1st Class Petty Officer Daniel Martin Dye (Julie, Ronin Fenner Dye and Soren Kyler Dye); and Amy Dye Peterson (Kirk, Katelyn Peterson and Rebecca Peterson). Sissy and Benny were active boosters in all their children’s sports activities, especially football, basketball and band. Sissy was also a lifelong Auburn fan. As small business owners, she worked with her husband and son for more than twenty years. Sissy was preceded in death by her parents and her eldest sister, Iceal Tyler Rich; and her father-in-law, Monroe Benjamin Dye. In addition to a host of friends and relatives, she is survived by her husband, Benny M. Dye; sons Barton Dye (Ashley) and Daniel Dye (Julie, Ronin and Sorin); daughter Amy D. Peterson (Kirk, Katelyn and Rebecca); sister Cheryl Tyler Riddle (Jimmy), nephews Christopher Anthony Riddle (Lucy) and Joseph Bradley Riddle (Keely); great-nephews and nieces Austin Tyler Riddle, Alex (Shauna and Olivia) Bruce, Justin Bruce, Emma Bruce and Daisy Jo Riddle; brother-in-law Curtis A. Rich, nieces Deborah Rich Wheeler (Bill), Alana Rich (great nephew, Johnathan Crowder and great-niece Rebecca Crowder DeMarco [Justin, great-great nieces and nephew Addison, Cora, and Cannon] and nephew Curtis A Rich II (great niece Taylor Rich). She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Faye K. Dye, sisters-in-laws Karen Dumont and Lorrie Dye, and nieces and nephews Cindy and John Barnett, and Stephanie, Jessica and Jessie Peoples, Jr. He Only Takes the Best God saw she was getting tired and a cure was not to be. So He put his arms around her and whispered, “Come with Me.” With tear filled eyes we watched her suffer and fade away. Although we loved her deeply, we could not make her stay. A Golden Heart stopped beating, hardworking hands put to rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us He Only Takes the Best. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation be made to American Cancer Society or Hospice. We would also like to acknowledge the outstanding care Sissy received at Trinity Hospital in Birmingham, especially the Cardiac ICU. We will never forget Lance, Sherry and Dustin. Thank you all so much for the wonderful care!! for Betty Jean LambertBetty Jean Lambert, age 85, of Holly Pond, passed away late Thursday evening. She was born in Cullman County to Roy E. and Pearl Elizabeth Thomas Hart. Mrs. Lambert worked with the Cullman County Commission and was a member of Brooklyn Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, Milton Lambert; five siblings. She is survived by her son, Johnny (Lynn) Lambert; daughter, Marie (Frank) Moore; sister, Christine Johnson; five grandchildren, Tammy (Tim) Collier, Frankie (Connie) Moore, John (Tronda) Lambert, Dana (Jason) Young, and Jennifer Lambert; three great grandchildren, Kendra Moore, Skylar and Josh York, and Savannah Collier; and great great grandchild, Hagen York. Officiating are Rev. Gerald Harper, Rev. Tim Collier, and Rev. George Benefield. for Wavoline Talley HuddlestonMrs. Wavoline Talley Huddleston, 87, of Baileyton passed away Friday morning, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Huddleston was born in Cullman to Warren VanBusin and Trudie Pesnell Talley. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Charles Wyatt Huddleston. Mrs. Huddleston is survived by her daughters, Diane White and Rebecca Eakin (Tommy Jones); her grandchildren, Kathy (Krel) Buckelew, John White, Kandy (Richard) Widner; six great-grand children and one great-great-grandchild. for Paul Henry ShoemakerMr. Paul Henry Shoemaker, age 89, of Holly Pond died Thursday morning in his daughter's home in Oxford, AL. He was born in Cullman County to John and Myrtle Jenkins Shoemaker. He was a member of Fourth Street Church of Christ and served in the Navy during WWII. Mr. Shoemaker was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hazel Marshall Shoemaker; a brother, John Shoemaker, Jr.; and a sister, Edna McGinnis. Survivors include a son, Stephen Paul (Denise) Shoemaker; a daughter, Sandra (Lavonne) Higgins; a sister, Betty Kurk; four grandchildren, Holly Higgins Box, Stephen Paul Shoemaker, Jr., Sarah Shoemaker Horridge and Stephanie Hazel Shoemaker; two great-grandchildren, Bailey and Braden Box; and several nieces and nephews. for Debora Hall CheatwoodMemorial services for Deborah Hall Cheatwood, age 53, of Joppa, will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. Ms. Cheatwood passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in Huntsville Hospital. Ms Cheatwood was born to Robert Leroy and Peggy McDaniel Hall in Winter Haven, Florida. She was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. Survivors are her mother, Peggy Bryant; daughter, Jessica Cheatwood; and brothers, Jason Bryant and Tony Hall. for Fredia Casey MurphreeMs.Fredia Casey Murphree, 67, from the Eidson Chapel Community, passed away Wednesday, June 04, 2014 at home. Ms. Murphree was born in Jefferson County, AL to James H. and Ora Dean Hamby Casey. She was predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her daughter, Tammy White; her son, Stephen Murphree; her sister, Carolyn Robertson; grandchildren, Kyle Murphree, Eric Murphree, Serina Kee, Bethany Walker, Allison White; great-grandchildren, Trinity Kee and Dakota Kee. Visitation for Ms. Murphree will be on Friday, June 6, 2014 from 12 noon until 2:00 p.m. Funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. at Holly Pond Funeral Home Chapel with interment at New Home Cemetery. Rev. Randy Burtram is officiating.