Obituaries June 3-10
George W. VonLoh, 70, of Falkville, passed away June 1 at home surrounded by his family.
George was born in Morgan County, Colorado, Feb. 22, 1949. He attended all 12 grades in Wiggins County. George was part of the basketball team that won two state championships.
He attended and graduated from UNC in Greeley County. George married Faye Nelson Sept. 15,1980. Their son Wesley was born in 1981 and daughter Lindsey was born in 1983. He was employed by Your Choice Meat in Wiggins until 1989.
After moving to Alabama in November 1989, George was employed with Walmart and then retired in 2017. After retiring he enjoyed spending time with family and working outside. He had a gift for making things grow.
George was preceded in death by his brothers, Faye William, Paul, Ray and Ron, a sister, Ellen Swenson, and a nephew, Jeff VonLoh.
Survivors include his wife, Faye N. VonLoh; one son, Wesley M. VonLoh (Joanna), Athens; one daughter, Lindsey J. VonLoh, Falkville; three brothers, Allen E. VonLoh (Margie), Colorado Springs, Colo., Willis C. VonLoh (Gayle), Johnstown, Colo., and James D. VonLoh (Janice), Las Cruces, N.M.; and one granddaughter, Julia Frances VonLoh.
A celebration of George’s life was held at his home June 8 from noon to 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley in lieu of flowers.
Lucille “Cille” Lackey
Funeral service for Lucille “Cille” Lackey, 81, was June 6 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Nicky Pressnell officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Johnson Chapel Cemetery.
Mrs. Lackey died June 2 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born Jan. 25, 1938, in Morgan County to Charles Luther Clemmons and Jane Marie Slaten. She was a homemaker, loving wife, caring mother and grandmother and a fine Christian lady.
She ironed clothes for people in her home for 60 years and had a home daycare for 42 years.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Herman Lackey, and her parents. Survivors include one son, Rickey Lackey (Cindy), Somerville; one daughter, Jane Davis (Wayne), Hartselle; and one grandchild, Victoria Lackey.
Pallbearers were Larry Fields, Robert Finn, Jason Pitman, Craig Cleveland, Houston Cleveland, Blake Tanner, Bob Sittason and John McGuire.
Myrtle Cooper Spivey
Myrtle Cooper Spivey, 98, of Florahome and St. Augustine, passed away June 2 in Palatka, Fla. She was born in Landersville.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond Cooper, and her second husband, Wilbur “Bunny” Spivey, as well as her daughters, Martha Carver, Shelby Handly and Evelyn Fulkerson, son Kyle Cooper and five brothers.
She is survived by sons Gerald Cooper (Donna) and Jimmy Cooper (Dorothy); brother Donald Blankenship (Willadean); 23 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; and 34 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. June 6 at Craig Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Tim Plymel officiating. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until the time of the service June 6 at Craig Funeral Home. Burial was in San Lorenzo Cemetery. Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park was in charge of the arrangements.
Delbert Pruitt Vest
Funeral service for Delbert Pruitt Vest, 93, was June 6 at 2 p.m. at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Tom Campbell and Bro. Wendell Callahan officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Johnson Chapel Cemetery.
Mr. Vest died June 3 at his residence. He was born June 16, 1925, in Morgan County to Bevie William Vest and Azilee Long Vest. He was employed as a farmer and also worked for Fruehauf as an assembly helper prior to his retirement. He was a devoted husband, a loving father and a caring grandfather who treasured his time with his family. He was a dedicated member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church in Neel for more than 60 years.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Wilma Hensley Vest; his parents; a brother, Raymond S. Vest; and three great-granddaughters, Hanna, Hailey and Maygan Lacy.
Survivors include four sons, Virgil Vest (Jane), Earl Vest (Debbie), Ray Vest (Michelle) and Billy Vest (Tammy); one daughter, Ruby Lacy (Buddy); 10 grandchildren, Gary Vest (Penny), Kay Hanline (Michael), Alan Lacy (Amy), Jeremy Lacy (Cary), Chris Lacy, Slayton Vest (Chelsea), Jill Bibb (Michael), Janice Alvis (Jordan), Shabree King (Jonathan) and Eric Vest; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Gary Vest, Alan Lacy, Jeremy Lacy, Chris Lacy, Eric Vest and Slayton Vest.
Valerie K Collie
Mrs. Valerie K. Collie, 65, of Arab, passed away June 4 at Crestwood Hospital of Huntsville. A funeral service was held June 7 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Adams Brown Service Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m., with the burial following at Liberty Cemetery in Painter.
She is survived by her husband, Ray Truss; daughter Johnie (Eugene) Stanfield; sons Rickey (Sandy) Collie and Mickey (Susan) Collie; stepsons Michael (Brandy) Truss and Brandon (Autumn) Truss; two brothers; grandchildren Jameson, Sarah, Kelsie, Christa, Lucas, Rodger, Valerie, Ethan, Colton, Alexis, Wyatte and Chyanne; and great-grandchildren Elijah, Jackson, Pistol, Luna, Weston, Jada and Zaydee.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Billy and Johnie Ruth Simms; two sisters; and a granddaughter, Anastasia Collie.
Mary Dutton Dempsey
Funeral service for Mary Dutton Dempsey, 57, was June 7 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Clyde Ledlow officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Shiloh Baptist Cemetery.
Mrs. Dempsey died June 4 at her residence. She was born Nov. 17, 1961, to David Earl Dutton and Carolyn Wiley Dutton.
Survivors include two sons, Blake Smith and Zachary D. Dutton; one daughter, Lela Smith; mother, Carolyn Wiley Dutton; two brothers, Lanny Earl Dutton and Jerry Wayne Dutton; and nine grandchildren.
Mary was extremely creative. She could make use of basic items and turn them into something beautiful. She loved old pictures of our relatives and was very interested in their history. She loved boiled shrimp; in fact, she could eat just as much or more than anyone I have ever met.
She loved music. She loved to dance and sing and act goofy. If she ever got “tickled” – not physically tickled, but if she got to laughing about something she thought was really, really funny – she could not stop laughing, so much so that it would make anyone else laugh with her until everyone was laughing to tears – you know that goofy kind of “laughing till it hurt” kind of laughing.
She loved animals, especially ones that were sort of the “strays” or the “mutts,” if you will. She had a way with them that was really special. I would just be so amazed to watch her. She could take a stray little kitten, one that didn’t want anything to do with any human, and in about 10-15 minutes, it seemed as if she had somehow trained it to love her.
Once she kept petting this stray kitten, and she would say, “I got to teach you about human love.” She would pet it and say that over and over and over.
Mary was special in a way that just can’t be put into words. She loved her family and friends more than anything in the world. She just really wanted all of us to be OK, to be happy and to know that she loved us unconditionally, no matter what.
Pallbearers were Joey Woolsey, Guy Mack Cook, Daniel Wiley, Dale Wiley, Mark Hollis and Paul Wiley.
Funeral service for Don Addis, 81, was June 8 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Virgil Crisp, Bro. Patrick Latham, Bro. Rob Hale and Bro. Joe Holmes officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle Memory Gardens.
Mr. Addis died June 5 at his residence. He was born Dec. 16, 1937, in Lawrence County to Brady Thomas Addis and Marietta Dickes Addis. Don was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Decatur and was a Gideon, serving until his health would not permit.
He was employed by General Motors in Pontiac, Mich., where he was a machinist until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Melba Addis; one son, Keith Blevins; two daughters, Jeanne Addis Meiklejohn and Amy Kay Addis Spagnola; two stepdaughters, Penny Blevins Strickland and Sarah Blevins; one sister, Barbara Addis Woodburn, Ironton, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Matthew Blevins, Jacob Grager, Victor Balderas, Bradley Maples, A.J. Maples and Darwin Halbrooks.
Garland Leon Nuby
Funeral service for Garland Leon Nuby, 76, was June 10 at 2 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Ray Halbrooks officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle Memory Gardens.
Mr. Nuby died June 5 at the Birmingham VA Medical Center. He was born June 9, 1942, in Limestone County to Marvin Best Nuby Sr. and Mary Lee Dollar Nuby. He was a member of the Patillo Street Church of God.
He enlisted at a young age and served his country in the United States Army. Proudly he served in the 3rd Infantry Division and was promoted to the role of corporal at the age of 17. His military training was in Fort Jackson (South Carolina) and Fort Knox (Kentucky). His period of service was during the Cold War with Russia, where he was stationed overseas in Germany. He was later honorably discharged.
He served as post chaplain for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4190 from 1968-69 in Decatur. Later Garland was appointed by Gov. George C. Wallace to serve as an honorary lieutenant colonel, Aide-De-Camp, on his personal military staff for several years.
He enjoyed politics and served on campaign election committees – for example, presidential, local leaders and senate races such as John Sparkman.
He was retired from Fruehauf Trailer Corporation in Decatur.
He played football for Falkville High School. He also was a die-hard Alabama Crimson Tide fan.
He was a giving and generous person who never met a stranger. In his later years, he was proud to be an ambassador for Brookdale Senior Living, Cedar Springs, Decatur.
These memories will remain in the lives of all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Hopper Nuby; his parents and step-mother, Elsie Nuby; two brothers, J.C. Nuby and Curtis Nuby; and half-brother James (Jim) Ream.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Carnell (John), Hartselle, and Angela Ciszek, Decatur; one sister, Dovie Riethmaier, Gardendale; one half-sister, Sandra Meissner, Prattville; one half-brother, Marvin Nuby Jr., Madison; three grandchildren, Brittney Carnell, Derek Ciszek and Keith Ciszek; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were John Carnell, Derek Ciszek, James Holladay, Greg Landon, Alan Riethmaier and Mike Riethmaier.
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Margaret Parker Weaver
Funeral service for Margaret Parker Weaver, 94, was June 10 at 10 a.m. at Moss Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Susan Parker officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was at Moss Chapel Cemetery.
Margaret Parker Weaver died June 7 surrounded by her family. She was born May 27, 1925, in Morgan County to Joe Parker and Ida Parker, who preceded her in death. She was a graduate of Morgan County High School in 1943.
She married Samuel “Buddy” Weaver June 2, 1944, in Hartselle. Together, she and Buddy purchased a sprawling farm to raise cattle and owned the local Texaco gas station, “the store,” which Margaret continued to operate after his passing in 1968. Consequently, she became the sole parent and provider for her three young children. She ardently managed “the store” alongside her son, James, except on Sundays, when she faithfully attended her lifelong family church, Moss Chapel United Methodist Church.
She was a tough, strong-willed, vibrant, honest individual, who lived for her family, her work and her farm. She was the loving mother of a daughter, Judy Praytor (Mike), and two sons, Joe (Cheyenne) and James (Nancy). She was the proud grandmother of Margaret Ann Pirtle (Casey), Matt Praytor (Somer), Scott Praytor (Amanda) and Jo Lauren Weaver and the great-grandmother of Maggie Praytor, Chase Praytor, Will Praytor, Callie Rae Praytor and Hillary Pirtle.
She was also preceded in death by her sister, Louise Wallace, and brother, Grady Atkins.
Pallbearers were Mike Praytor, Matt Praytor, Scott Praytor, Casey Pirtle, Steve Atkins and Larry Madison.
John Robert Smith
Funeral service for John Robert Smith, 78, of Hartselle was June 10 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Ronald Kilpatric and Brother Harlon Smith officiating, with burial in the New Hope North Cemetery. Peck Funeral Home directed.
Mr. Smith, who was born Oct. 18, 1940, in Morgan County to John Rex Smith and Eunice Knighten Smith, died June 7 at Falkville Healthcare Center. He was retired from Joe Buckelew Grave and Tree Service and Car Wash.
He is survived by a daughter, Renee McNutt of Hartselle; two sisters, Ola Mae Kilpatrick and Linda Smith, both of Hartselle; three adopted brothers, Harlon Smith, Junior Smith and Willard Smith, all of Falkville; and two grandchildren, Courtney and Ashley.
Roger Lindley, Darren Lindley, James Lindley, Austin Lindley, David Pope and Jerry Woodall served as pallbearers.