Obituaries (05/09/18)

Sandra Swearingen Hurd



Sandra Swearingen-Hurd, 57, of Falkville, died April 30 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 9, 1960, in Pittsburg, Penn., to Paul Grant Wertz and Carole Ann Gass Wertz. She was a small business owner and was a member of Life Church of Hartselle. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.

Survivors include her husband, John F. Hurd; one daughter, Brandi Carole Cush; three stepsons, Jonathan Hurd, Joshua Hurd and Jared Hurd; two brothers, Jeffery George Wertz and Robert Paul Wertz (Gloria); two sisters, Deborah A. Bordenick (William) and Kim Lokar (Michael); and nine grandchildren.


Shirley Hogan Singleton



Funeral service for Shirley Hogan Singleton, 75, was held May 4 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chris Byrd officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Johnson Chapel Cemetery.

Mrs. Singleton died April 30 at Decatur Morgan Parkway Hospital. She was born Oct. 2, 1942, in Morgan County to Emmett Quinton Hogan and Ola Leaven Hill Hogan. She was a homemaker and wonderful mother.

Shirley was a member of Oak Ridge Baptist Church for over 35 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Singleton, her parents and two sons, Michael and Randy Singleton.

Survivors include one son, Tim Singleton, Hartselle; two brothers, Danny W. Hogan, Danville, and Darryl Q. Hogan (Kim), Danville; two sisters, Sandra Luker (Edward), Danville, and Sue McCaghren (Howell), Danville; a host of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; and special friend Wendell Callahan, Hartselle. Pallbearers were Byron Terry, Brit Bowling, Colby Bowling, Kelvin Callahan, Keith Callahan and Ethan Byrd.


Ronda (Ron) Estep



Funeral for Ronda (Ron) Estep, 79, of Hartselle was May 5 at 2 p.m. at Claiborne-Overholt Funeral Home Chapel in New Tazewell, Tenn., with the Rev. Gary Fletcher and the Rev. Jason Estep Miracle officiating and burial in Martin Cemetery in Tazewell, Tenn. Visitation was Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ronda (Ron) Estep was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee, Jan. 7, 1939, to Clifford Estep and Lee Hazel Brooks Estep. Ron graduated from Forge Ridge High School of Harrogate, Tenn., in 1955 at the age of 16. After attending high school, Ron enlisted in the United States Army, where he proudly served his country for 30 years, serving at stations in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Fort Eustis, Virginia, Chicago Gary Defense, Chicago, Ill., Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, Selfrige Air Force Base, Mount Clemmons, Michigan, Scofield Barracks, Hawaii, Darmstadt, West Germany, Jever, West Germany, Fort Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska and South Humphries, South Korea, where he attained the rank of chief warrant officer 4 and specialized in air defense missile systems.

Ron received the Legion of Merit at the culmination of his military career. The Legion of Merit is the sixth in the order of precedence of all military awards.

After retiring from the United States Army, Ron worked for Teledyne Brown Engineering and later drove an 18-wheeler before retiring in 2004.

Ron met Constance (Connie) Liverett while stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas. Ron and Connie were later married Oct. 23, 1965, and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2015. Ron and Connie have five children: Alan Reid Estep of Hartselle, Allison Leeann (Steve) Estep of McCalla, Steven Craig (Lori) Estep of Summerville, S.C., Kenneth Ryan (Kerry) Estep of Canton, Ga., and Christine (Doug) Norton of Ashburn, Va. He is survived by sister Peggy (Birchel) Miracle, a lifelong resident of Claiborne County, Tennessee, and nephew Jason Estep (Ashley) Miracle, a lifelong resident of Claiborne County, Tennessee. Ron has nine grandchildren and six step-grandchildren.

Peck Funeral Home is assisting with local arrangements.


Doyce “Don” Higginbotham



Funeral service for Doyce “Don” Higginbotham, 91, was May 5 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Nathan Green officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Burningtree Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Higginbotham died May 2 at UAB Hospital, Birmingham. He was born Nov. 24, 1926, in Lauderdale County to Hubert Higginbotham and Ettuce Juanita Stanford Higginbotham. He was employed by General Motors as a supervisor prior to his retirement after 40 years of service. He also was a United States Navy veteran serving in World War II.

Mr. Higginbotham was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Neysa Higginbotham; one son, Gene Weir (Margie); two daughters, Cindy Blackwood (Tim) and Becky Vincent; one brother, Donald Higginbotham; two sisters, Bobbie Lee and Carol Borden (Dwight); eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tim Blackwood, Dwight Borden, Derrick Vincent, Drew Vincent, Dan Higginbotham and Neal Archer.


Margaret “Peg” Norris



Memorial service for Margaret “Peg” Norris, age 78, of Decatur was May 8 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Hartselle, officiated by the Rev. Mike Pope, the Rev. Toby Chastain and the Rev. Bobby Ray Halbrooks.

Mrs. Norris was born in Columbus County, Ohio, Oct. 1, 1939, to John Herbert Halderman and Dorothy Parsons Halderman. Mrs. Norris was a teacher for 24 years. She also taught Sunday school at church. Mrs. Norris sang in the church choir, was a part of Bridge Club, liked to travel and loved her family and friends. She never met a stranger.

Mrs. Norris is preceded in death by her parents, John Herbert Halderman and Dorothy Parsons Halderman.

Survivors include husband Ralph Norris; one son, Steve Norris (Jamie); two daughters, Susan Orndorff and Nancy Potter (Chad); one brother, James Halderman (Mike); one sister, Jane Berger; first cousin, Gale Halderman; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First United Methodist Church of Hartselle.


Sabrina Millwood



Funeral service for Sabrina Millwood, 43, was May 5 at 5 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Alan Queen and Bro. Joe David Bailey officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.

Ms. Millwood died May 2 at UAB Hospital, Birmingham. She was born Aug. 23, 1974, in Morgan County to Winford L. Millwood and Linda Kay Roberts Millwood. Sabrina was a graduate of Danville High School, class of 1992, after which she attended Wallace State College on a basketball scholarship. She later worked at Copeland Corporation for 15 years. She loved hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and just loved being and doing

anything outdoors. She was also a diehard Auburn fan. She was most recently employed with WISE Alloys.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Wayne Roberts, Annie Millwood and Wesley Millwood.

Survivors include her wife, Pam Millwood; one stepdaughter, Taylor Dickerson Bramlett; parents Winford and Linda Roberts Millwood; one brother, Michael Millwood (Miranda); grandmother Glenda Marchman; nieces Tori and Lexi Millwood and Chloe Myers; and nephew Dylan Millwood.

Honorary pallbearers were “The Possee.”

In lieu of flowers make memorial contributions to cholangiocarcinoma. Research at the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation.


Wilma E. Evans



Funeral service for Wilma E. Evans, 98, was May 6 at 2 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church with Dr. Charles Owens officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Shiloh Baptist Cemetery.

Mrs.Evans died May 3 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born Sept. 8, 1919, in Jackson County to John Blankenship and Lela Josie Maggart Blankenship. She was a dairy farmer prior to retiring and was a longtime mentor to many and a friend to even more. She was an active member of Shiloh Baptist Church for 70 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Evans; her son, Haskell Evans; and longtime friend Bob


Survivors include two daughters, Josie Day and Patsy Steenson (Bill); six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were grandsons and friends.

In lieu of flowers, make memorials to Shiloh Baptist Church “Mission Effort.”


Charlene Adkins Ward



Funeral service for Charlene Adkins Ward, 68, of Cullman, was May 9 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home with Bro. Danny Drinkard officiating. Burial was at Valhermoso Springs Cemetery.

Ms. Ward died May 5 at her residence. She was born Feb. 5, 1950, in Morgan County to Corbitt Adkins and Carmie Randell Adkins. Ms. Ward was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Cary Smith; two brothers, Charles Leo Adkins and Billy Doff Adkins; and three sisters, Peggy Johnson, Bobbie Barnett and Faye Adkins.

Survivors include one son, William Terry Smith; four daughters, Charlotte Lee Cargill, Maria Davis (Tony), Victoria Davis and Meghan Parsons; two brothers, Paul Adkins and James Adkins; six grandchildren, Heather Cartee, Adam Smith, Atlee Jo Davis, Serenity Orr, Dakota Smith and Somer Yost; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were family and friends.


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