Obituaries (5/2/18)

Russell E. “Gene” Durand



Funeral service for Russell E. “Gene” Durand, 91, was April 28 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Herring Cemetery.

Mr. Durand died April 21 at his residence. He was born Dec. 10, 1926, in Colorado to Russell Sam Durand and Lottie Walker Durand.

He was a member of McKendree United Methodist Church. He sold tractors and equipment for John Deere and Massey Ferguson prior to his retirement. He loved the outdoors. He loved fishing and camping, was an avid gardener and loved flowers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Durand and Lottie Durand Hardwick; a brother, Robert D. Durand; a daughter-in-law, Beverly Durand; and his stepfather, Hance Hardwick.

He will be missed by all who loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Dobbs Durand; one son, Mike Durand; one daughter, Beth Shelton (Derrell); and five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were his great-grandsons: Hayden Partlow, Alec Durand, Dillon Langford, Ethan Partlow, Sam Griffin, Jacob Griffin, Dillon Durand and Seth Brock.


Josephine Tidwell Owens



Funeral service for Josephine Tidwell Owens, 82, was held April 25 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ralph Henderson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in New Friendship Cemetery.

Mrs. Owens died April 23 at her residence. She was born July 2, 1935, in Morgan County to James Edward Tidwell and Ruby Otto Brown Tidwell. She was a nurse for Summerford Nursing Home prior to her retirement. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Owens, her parents and an Infant son and daughter.

She will be missed by her loving family.

Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda Verbosch (Thomas) and Yolanda Rittenberry (Richard); two brothers, one sister; six grandchildren, Marilyn Shields, Lee Michael Burrus, Kandis Tucker, Richie Rittenberry Jr., Rachel Rittenberry and Justice Rittenberry; 10 great-grandchildren, Giana Shields, Valkyrie Burrus, Olivia Breeding, Elijah Tucker, Riley Garrett, Kaine Rittenberry, Skylar Wilson, Bonnie Rittenberry, Kaylee Rittenberry and Julia Rittenberry.

Pallbearers were family and friends.


Spencer Hill



Spencer Hill, 68, passed away April 26. Funeral service was held April 28 at 2 p.m. in the chapel with Mike Stroud officiating. Burial was at Shiloh Church of Christ Cemetery.

Spencer was a native of Moulton and was employed as a cost engineer at NASA. Spencer was a loving dad and a very talented musician/songwriter. He will be greatly missed.

Spencer is preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Martha Hill. He is survived by his children, Tess Hill (fiancé, Taylor Resparc) and Zach Hill; their mother, Robbie Hill; siblings Gary (Shirley) Hill, Karen (Mike) Stroud and Allen (Jacque) Hill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the oncology department at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

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Sherman Curtis Earls



Memorial service for Sherman Curtis Earls, 72, was held April 29 at the Hartselle Independant Holy Church of Christ at 2 p.m.

Mr. Earls died April 27 at Cullman Regional Medical Center. He was born Oct. 5, 1945, in Cullman County to Dee B. Earls and Verna Sellers Earls. He was a member of the Hartselle Independant Holy Church of

Christ, where he was a proud Sunday School teacher. He was an Alabama football fan and loved to hunt, fish and watch John Wayne movies.

He was employed by EFP Corporation prior to his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Earls; two sons. Noah Earls (Jana) and Junior Baker; four daughters, Janie Marie Morton, Florence Dale Milan, Johnnie Denice Baker and Lee Ann Laate; three brothers, Earnie Earls, Darrell Earls and David Earls; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Hartselle Independant Holy Church of Christ.


Thomas Paine Smith



Visitation service for Thomas Paine Smith, 56, was held April 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home.

Mr. Smith died April 28 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born March 4, 1962, in Italy to Vernus Leroy Smith and Gunda Richter Smith. He was a truck driver and mechanic for MCP Corporation.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Brenda Smith.

Survivors include one son, Gerald Goodwin (Christie); two daughters, Brandy Pagan (Jeremiah) and

Hope Goodwin; three brothers, James Smith (Patsy), Frankie Smith (Gilane) and Mike Smith; and five grandchildren.


R.C. “Pete” Westbrook Jr.



Funeral service for R.C. “Pete” Westbrook Jr., 69, was held May 1 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ralph Henderson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Valhermoso Holiness Cemetery.

Mr. Westbrook died April 28 at his residence. He was born Aug. 16, 1948, in Rankin County, Miss., to R.C. Westbrook Sr. and Louise Stuart Westbrook. He was a retail business and store manager for Winn Dixie and for Racetrac Petroleum prior to retirement. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the United States Army.

Mr. Westbrook was a Baptist in his faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Aleigha Dawn Westbrook.

Survivors include his wife, Koneta Westbrook; two sons, Cameron Lee Westbrook (Stacy) and Jonathan Colby Westbrook (Cynthia); one daughter, Wyndi Rebekah Westbrook Heflin (Todd); one brother, Kenneth Dale Westbrook (Cherry); three sisters, Betty Westbrook Rhodes (Jimmy), Catherine Westbrook Tagart and Sarah Westbrook Stewart (Billy); and eight grandchildren, Payton, Kaleb and Malyah Westbrook, Braxton and Carson Westbrook and Maximus, Titus and Zady Heflin.

Pallbearers were Justin Blackwell, Chad Wilson, Sammy Westbrook, Kurt Rhodes, Coy D. Brown and Shayna Bond.


J.D. Chaney


Funeral service for J.D. Chaney, 88, was April 30 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gail Kelsoe and Pat Robertson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was at Moulton Memory Gardens.

Mr. Chaney died April 27. He was born Dec. 5, 1929, to Jacob D. Chaney and Vida (James) Chaney. Mr. Chaney was a retired truck driver and worked for Riverside Chemical Company.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob D. Chaney and Vida (James) Chaney, and four brothers, Loyd Chaney, Milton Chaney, Kyle Chaney and Billy Chaney.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Chaney; two sons, Jerry Chaney and Carl Chaney, both of Decatur; and one grandchild, Becky Chaney

Pallbearers were family and friends.




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