Obituaries (06/13/18)

Eddie L. Pylant



Funeral for Eddie L. Pylant, 98, of Somerville was June 11 at 2 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Owens officiating. Burial was in Huntsville Memory Gardens with Peck Funeral Home Directing.

Mrs. Pylant was born Sept. 30, 1919, in Madison County to Harry Fred Lemley and Emma Turman Lemley. She passed away June 8 at Summerford Nursing Home. She was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church and retired from civil service after 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Orville H. Pylant; one son, James E. Pylant; and twin sister, Freddie L. Crowder.

Survivors include son Jerry W. Pylant; two daughters, Barbara (Bill) Broadfoot and Bobbie (Dale) Blevins; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.


Moval Clinton Owens



Funeral for Moval Clinton Owens, 77, of Hartselle was June 12 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Scarlette Studdard officiating. Burial was in Moss Chapel Cemetery with Peck Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Owens was born May 18, 1941 in Morgan County to Bazzel Bascom Owens and Ollie Minor Owens. He was retired from 3M after 35 years. He served in 279 National Guard. He was a member of Moss Chapel Church.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Athel Owens, Kell Owens and Vernon Owens, and three sisters, Elgin Murphree, Dual McNalley and Clovis Alford.

He was a loving husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather and loved his four great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Elaine Owens of Hartselle; two sons, Greg (Sandra) Owens of Hartselle and Tommy (Shannon) Owens of Hartselle; sister Francis (Rhea) Greenwell of Decatur; three grandchildren, Zac (Destiny) Owens, Clint (Macy) Owens and Michelle Curtis; and four great-grandchildren, Brayson Curtis, Barrett Miller, Sam Wallace and Jesse Wallace.

Pallbearers were Mike Wallace, Joe Curtis, Mike Conner, Darrell Owens, David Sims, Tub Patterson, Patrick Greenwell and Brandon Franks.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of the Valley, Hodgkin’s and Lymphoma Institute and the American Legion.


Bob Leigh

Decatur (formerly of East Chicago, Ind.)


A Celebration of Life service for our beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Robert “Bob” Leigh, 84, of Decatur, was held June 10 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Watson and the Rev. Jess White officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Chapel Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens in Indiana June 13 at 2 p.m.

Mr. Leigh died June 5 at his residence. He was born Nov. 3, 1933, to Columbus Austin “Jack” Lay and Mary Nell Lewis Lay. He was employed as a mill mechanic for Inland Steel for 34 years.

Upon retiring he worked for Marshall Fields Fine Jewelry.

Bob was an active member of Hammond First Assembly of God Church, serving years as a deacon, board member and loyal choir member.

He moved to Decatur in 2011 and was a volunteer at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was a member of the Pilot Club of Decatur.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mary Nell Lay, and his wife of 51 years, Clara Watson Leigh; grandson, Justin Watts; brothers, Edward and Freddie; and sisters, Vivian and Dorothy.

Survivors include one son, Robert Leigh (Melina); three daughters, Cynthia Massey (Ron), Nancy Bullard (Al) and Susan Parise (Frank); two brothers, Allen Lay (Pat) and James Lay (Karen); one sisters, Shirley Williford; seven grandchildren, Rachel Brozina, Jenaya Carter, Victoria Dobrowsky, Andrew Leigh, Austin Parise, Paul Pogorzelski and Brianna Parise; and five great-grandchildren, Aiden and Audrina Leigh, Scarlett and Juliet Brozina and Roman Dobrowsky.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Kindred Hospice of Cullman, 1015 1st Avenue SW, Suite B, Cullman, AL 35055.


Keith Cobb


Graveside service for Keith Cobb, 60, was June 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Bell Springs Cemetery with Bro. Danny Ricks officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Cobb died June 6 at his residence. He was born June 1, 1958, in Morgan County to Talmadge Roosevelt Cobb and Peggy Sue McReath Cobb. He was preceded in death by his father, Talmadge Cobb.

Survivors include his mother, Sue Smiley (Larry); one son, Daniel Cobb; two daughters, Jaime Brechtel (Bob) and Amy Hailes (Jeremy); one brother, Tony Cobb (Lisa); one sister, Sherri Nixon (Mike); and four grandchildren, Tyler Boyer, Kaitlyn Boyer, Makenzie Veal and Madison Veal.

Pallbearers were family and friends.


Jeannette Rina Perreault Burch



Graveside funeral service and interment for Jeannette Rina Perreault Burch, 92, was June 9 at 10 a.m. in the Hartselle City Cemetery with Father Ray Remke of the Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Burch died June 7 at her residence. She was born Oct. 18, 1925, to Omer Perreault and Louise Perreault. She was born in the small town of St. Ann’s New Brunswick, Canada.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five siblings, Roland, Leo, Henri and Morris Perreault and Cecilia Perreault Martin; and her husband of 68 years, John Lee Burch.

Survivors include three daughters, Susan Hill (Randy), JoAnn Linkous and Patsy Siek (Gordon); nine grandchildren, Jody Powell, Lucas Powell, Kate Johnson (Milton), Emily Siek, Michael Stalons (Melisse), Sam Stalons (January), Jessie Tunnell (Chris), Nick Hill (Paige) and Ashley Burns (Adam); and a houseful of great-grandchildren: Grant, Douglas, Haley, Sarah, Lauren, Parker, Jackson, Henry, Connor, Hayden, Luke and Evin.

“Nette,” as she was affectionately called, will be remembered for her sweet spirit, a welcoming home, delicious meals (mint cookies) and kindness to others. She was devoted to her late husband, family, friends and St Ann’s Church, where she served faithfully for years.

Family wishes to thank Hospice of the Valley for their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Valley.


David L. Niles



Funeral service for David L. Niles, 67, was June 9 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Smith and the Rev. Charles Foreman officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Johnson Chapel Cemetery.

Mr. Niles died June 6 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born June 9, 1950, in Morgan County to Leon Lewis Niles and Edna Mae Clark Niles. He was employed by Lakeland Industries, working in shipping and receiving, for 15 years prior to his retirement. He was a Baptist in his

faith and was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Betty Niles and

Linda Niles, and a niece, Tasha Niles.

Survivors include two brothers, William Niles (Kathy), Hartselle, and Bobby Niles, Hartselle; a nephew, Matthew Niles; a niece, Jessica Price; and two great-nieces, Kylie and Grace Price.

Pallbearers were his friends.


Sarah Lazelle Sullivan



Sarah Lazelle Stephenson Sullivan moved to her home in heaven June 6 at the age of 98.

Sarah was born in Lawrence County Oct. 25, 1919, to Simeon Erby Stephenson and Ada Smith Stephenson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jimmie Lee Sullivan; her sisters, Cora Lee Stephenson and Betty Modena Bumgart; and her brothers, Herman Sylvannus Stephenson, Erman George Stephenson and Junior Lee Stephenson.

A celebration of her life was held at Peck Funeral Home Chapel in Hartselle at 11 a.m. June 9, with Bro. Tommy Smothers officiating. Burial was in the Lebanon Cemetery at Speake.

Sarah is survived by her daughters, Selma Grantland (Hollis) of Priceville and Audrey Shelton of Trinity; granddaughters, Freda Harwell (Bill) of Decatur, Brenda Sivley (Jimmy) of Falkville, Vickie Jones of Jasper, Tenn., Cindy Hall (Steve) of Dallas, Texas, and Cindy Shelton of Trinity; grandsons, Freddie Steele (Melinda) of Priceville, Greg Steele (Reta) of Priceville and Virgil Shelton of Florida.

Also cherishing the memory of Sarah are her great-grandchildren, Heather Partain of Decatur, Kim Harper (Matthew) of Priceville, Josh Jones (Christa) of Chattanooga, Tenn., Zach Jones (Torie) of Ringgold, Ga., Sydney Gilmore (Troy) of Madison, Brandi Shelton of Florida, Brandon Harwell (Kelli) of Huntsville, Spencer Harwell of Decatur, Brandon (Regina) Lott of Hartselle and Nathan (Jennifer) Lott of Hartselle; great-great-grandchildren, Britton Partain of Lexington, Ky., McKinley Partain of Decatur, Bailey Harwell of Decatur, Hilton Harwell of Decatur, Michael Morris of Priceville, Brandon Morris of Priceville; Liam Grantland of Priceville, Daniel Harper of Priceville, Jackson Harper of Priceville, Raven Jones of Chattanooga, Tenn., Jordyn Jones of Chattanooga, Tenn., Dillon Quinn of Chattanooga, Tenn., Belle Jones of Ringgold, Ga., Mason Jones of Ringgold, Ga.; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Britton Partain, Zach Jones, Troy Gilmore, Michael Morris, Brandon Morris and Bill Harwell served as pallbearers.

The first school Sarah attended was Hendon, a one-room schoolhouse in Lawrence County, which was within walking distance of her home. Once wagons started picking up children for school, Sarah attended Speake School in Lawrence County.

Sarah married Jimmie Lee Sullivan, son of John Gaston Sullivan and Isa Belle Jones Sullivan, March 3, 1934, and they initially lived on the south side of Sand Mountain in Lawrence County, where they began farming.

Sarah accepted Christ at a revival being held at Penn Church of God and faithfully served the Lord. She was a shining example of a Christ-follower and a devoted prayer warrior. Her family had the comfort of knowing she prayed for each one every day.

Sarah was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family and took joy in being together. She kept a garden, put up fruits and vegetables, was a wonderful cook and loved growing her flowers, Southern gospel music and picnics with fried chicken and chocolate cake.

She taught her daughters and granddaughters to sew and cook. After her children and grandchildren grew up, Sarah worked for a sewing factory in Moulton so that she could “keep busy.”

Among Sarah’s notes she liked to write so she wouldn’t forget is this portion of her testimony: “As I look back on my life, I am reminded of the time when Jesus came to me. I was burdened down and had no hope of eternal life, but when He forgave me I could see there was nothing good I had done, not one thing, it was His love. I had been going to church, listening to the good people sing and praise and preach the Word. I saw right away they had something I wanted and needed. God knew my heart, so He offered me eternal life and I accepted. Oh, that peace and joy He gave me! I can’t explain; it was wonderful. He can restore that love that Satan has destroyed, and more.”

Sarah will be greatly missed, but she has left a wonderful legacy for her family and friends.

The family is grateful for the wonderful loving care provided by USA Healthcare of Falkville.

Memorials may be made to SouthernCare New Beacon Hospice in Decatur.


Vera Nell Black



Funeral service for Vera Nell Black, 93, of Hartselle, was June 4 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home with Bro. Charles Shaddix officiating. Burial was at Hartselle Memory Gardens. Mrs. Black died June 1 at her residence. She was born June 19, 1924 in Walker County to Charles Vice and Flossie Perkins Vice. Mrs. Black was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin E. Black; four sisters and one brother. Survivors Include one son Charles Black; three daughters Patsy Moore (Jimmy), Janice Moon (Pete) and Janet Owens (Bill); two brothers Cecil Vice (Mary) and Wilson Vice; two sisters Jean Lamon (Ewel) and Louise Bowen; thirteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and caregiver Anita Russell. Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Kelli Rae McCarty



Funeral service for Kelli Rae McCarty, 51, was June 7 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jamie Stewart officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Oden Ridge Cemetery.

Ms. McCarty died June 3 at her residence. She was born Jan. 9, 1967, in Ohio to Austin Ray Stewart and Barbara Ann Clark Stewart. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She loved animals and especially loved her children, nieces and nephews.

Survivors include one son, Justin McCarty; two daughters, Brandy McCarty and Megan McCarty; one brother, Sean Stewart (Trina); nephews, Jamie Stewart, (Melissa), Travis Stewart (Courtney), Zachary Stewart and Dalton Pressnell; great-niece, Finley Stewart; and great-nephews, Connor and Easton Stewart.

Pallbearers were family and friends.


Dorothy Frazier Key



Funeral service for Dorothy Frazier Key, 68, was June 5 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hugh Bohlin officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Mount Tabor Cemetery.

Mrs. Key died June 2 at her residence. She was born June 5, 1949, in Morgan County to Roy Theodore Frazier and Tempie V. Barnett Frazier. She was a housewife and homemaker for her family that she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Eric Ward; and a daughter, Lyddia LeMay.

Survivors include her husband, Rayborn Key; one son, Jamie Ward (Renea); four brothers, Jerry Frazier (Mary), Ricky Frazier (Vickie), Stevie Frazier (Joy) and Charlie Frazier (Shanda); four sisters, Jeanette Ledbetter, Becky Heimermann, Carol Craig (Tim) and Diane Lawrence (Bobby); six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Robert Key, Steven Freeman, Troy Frazier and Bobby Knight.

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