Obituaries April 25 to May 4

Dorothy P. Kirby
Hartselle
Funeral service for Dorothy P. Kirby, 85, was April 25 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Vest and Bro. Thomas Elder officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Family received friends for one hour Thursday prior to the service.
Mrs. Kirby died April 22 at her residence. She was born July 14, 1933, in Morgan County to William Eugene Hartselle and Elizabeth Long Hartselle, who preceded her in death. She was employed as a lunchroom worker for Hartselle City Schools prior to her retirement.
In her 67 years as a member at Oak Ridge Methodist Church, Mrs. Kirby was the pianist for the entire 67 years, a youth leader for many years and was instrumental in the organization of the United Methodist Women. She was also a seamstress, an avid bowler, a softball player and a gardener who loved her roses, and she was a cheerleader for her grandchildren, as she followed them all over the Southeast, supporting them in every sport.
Survivors include her husband, Kyle Carl Kirby; one son, Kenneth Kyle Kirby (Sharon); two daughters, Dottie Kirby Wallace (Larry) and Patsy Kirby Weekley (Tom); eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Michael Clark, Rusty Clark, Collins Clark, Bryan Cross, Tyler Kirby and Michael Newton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Alacare Hospice.

Elsie Anderson
Somerville
Funeral service for Elsie Anderson, 77, was April 26 at noon at McClain- Hays Funeral Home in Philadelphia, Mississippi, with Bro. Jon-Allen Stanley officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Bloomfield Cemetery.
Mrs. Anderson died April 22. She was born May 16, 1941, in Colbert County to John L. Elam and Lois Boykin Elam. She was the wife of 62 years of Bobby J. Anderson. They were previously lifetime residents of Neshoba County, Mississippi, before moving to Decatur in 2000. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby J. Anderson, her parents and a brother, Johnny Elam. She was a homemaker, loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include two sons, Rick Anderson and Alan Anderson; one daughter, Dianne Barrett; one sister, Martha Lisenby; eight grandchildren, Ryan Barrett, Jason Barrett, Caroline Anderson, Olivia Anderson, Ashley Anderson, Mindy Anderson, Amber Anderson and Ali Anderson; and two great-grandchildren.

Jack Cooper Russell
Somerville
Funeral service for Jack Cooper Russell, 76, was April 26 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gordon Wilbanks officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Somerville City Cemetery.
Mr. Russell died April 23 at his residence. He was born Oct. 31, 1942, in Morgan County to William Ervin Russell and Hettie Bell Johnson Russell. He was the owner of Jack Russell Contractor, LLC. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He served in the Alabama National Guard and loved to hunt and fish.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bobby and J.E. Russell. Survivors include his wife, Rosemary Hopper Russell; one son, Billy Russell (Majorie); one daughter, Cathy Wills (Joel); three grandchildren, Josh Russell (Jennifer), Tabitha Meyer and Oddessia Bonner (Jamie); six great-grandchildren, Samantha O’Rear, Anna Leigh Bonner, Olivia Bonner, Ethan Russell, Eli Russell and Levi Bonner; and lots of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Josh Russell, Michael Hopper, Jason West, Dustin Earls, Johnny Speegle and Eugene Smith.

Jimmy Lenox
Eva
Funeral service for Jimmy Lenox, 76, was April 26 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jack Bailey officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in New Canaan Cemetery.
Mr. Lenox died April 24 at Cullman Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb. 25, 1943, in Morgan County to James Monroe Lenox and Venetta Elizabeth (Abercrombie) Lenox. He was employed by Delphi Automotive in the maintenance department for 34 years, prior to his retirement. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a member of Grace Point Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Albert Lenox and Matthew Lenox, and two sisters, Sue Lenox Curlee and Roberta McQuistian.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Lenox; one son, Dave Lenox (Stephanie); three daughters, Kelley Raper (Shawn), Patti Crump (David) and Jennifer Coffey; three brothers, Herbert Lenox, Lester Lenox and Joe Lenox; one sister, Conda Ann Spyropoulos; eight grandchildren, Jessie Banks (Jessica), Austin Lenox, Casey Kurzhal (Kyle), Drew Ogles, Judson Crump, Erin Lenox, Daulton Ogles (McKensie) and Kobe Raper; and one great-grandchild, Jeremiah Ogles. Pallbearers were Jessie Banks, Austin Lenox, Kobe Raper, Kyle Kurzhal, Ray Latham and Judson Crump.

David Joseph East
Laceys Spring
Funeral service for David Joseph East, 72, was April 27 at 1:30 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Raleigh East officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. East died April 24 at his residence. He was born March 7, 1947, in Madison County to Joseph Henry East and Mattie May Moon East. He was the wwner of David East Heating and Air.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Chilion East, Joe East, Phillip East, James East and Namon East; and three sisters, Eva Payne, Lynn Hosto and Corrina Flanders. Survivors include his wife, Connie East; one son, Jon East (Tammi); two daughters, Becky East (Jerry) and Maria East; three brothers, Raleigh East (Karen), Clinnon East (Elna) and Randall East; two sisters, Ruth Lowery (Jerry Beshearse) and Linda Jenkins (Ted); three grandchildren, Greg Thornton, Christopher East and Ty East; and four great-grandchildren, Kaiden Thorton, Karson East, Kinslee Thornton and Braydon East.

Pallbearers were family and friends.

 

Gabriel Wood
Union Grove
Funeral service for Gabriel Wood, age 37, of Union Grove was April 28 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Ralph Henderson officiating. Burial was in the Valhermoso Springs Baptist Church cemetery with Peck Funeral Home directing.
Gabriel, who was born Jan. 31, 1982, in Decatur died April 25 in the Talucah Community. He was preceded in death by his mother; Linda Fuller Wood. He is survived by two sons, Kaleb Dewayne Wood and Case Bradford Malone; a daughter; Shyanne Taylor Wood; and his father; Danny Wood (Cricket).

Daniel Blake Layton
Hartselle
Funeral service for Daniel Blake Layton, 25, was April 28 at 3 p.m. at New Friendship Baptist Church with Bro. Tommy Smothers officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. His body was laid in state for one hour prior to the service. Burial was in Herring Cemetery.
Mr. Layton died April 25 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born Sept. 10, 1993, in Morgan County to Brandon Michael Lott and Regina Michelle Layton Lott. Daniel was a member of New Friendship Baptist Church and a believer in Jesus Christ. He was baptized Sept. 8, 2013.
As a 2012 graduate of Priceville High School, he was the 2011-2012 football manager for the Priceville Bulldogs. He also graduated from Space Camp and won outstanding trainee for the camp. He loved books and video games.
Preceding him in death were his great-grandfather Bobby Layton and an uncle, Nick Poss. Survivors include parents, Brandon and Regina Lott; two sisters, Victoria Layton and Irelyn Lott; grandparents, Linda and Mark Mayes, Calvin and Robin Layton, Vic Poss, Reta and Greg Steele and Margaret Shields; several aunts and uncles, Dianna and Billy Shields, Robert and Brandi Layton, Johnathon and Danielle Mayes, Joshua Mayes, Jennifer and Patrick Patton, Jacob McHenry, Brad Poss, Nathan and Jennifer Lott and Patricia and Alvin Morgan; and cousins, Billy, Ben and Alex Shields, Robert Daniel and William Arthur Layton, Lillian Kaye Mayes, Olivia, Henry and Harper Patton, Anthony and Kallie Jackson, Ally and Bryson Poss, Jesslyn Lott and Autumn Morgan. Several other family members and friends also survive him. Pallbearers were Billy Shields, Benjamin Shields, Billy W. Shields, Robert Layton, Johnathon Mayes and Josh Mayes.

 

Effie Hopper Lee
Hartselle
Effie Hopper Lee died April 26. Mrs. Lee was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 6, 1937, to Merle Charles and Veronica Rogers Hopper. Funeral services were April 28 at 2:30 p.m. at Lebanon Baptist Church, Falkville, with the Rev. A. Ray Lee, the Rev. Clinton R. Lee, the Rev. Dr. Randall D. Ashley and chaplain Rich Thompson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. The body was laid in state at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Following graduation from Florida Southern College and Escuela de Idiomas in Costa Rica, Mrs. Lee served as a missionary in Cuba from 1959-1960 with the United Methodist Foreign Mission Board. Upon return to the United States, she married her husband of 58 years, A. Ray Lee. Mrs. Lee taught English and Spanish in the Decatur City Schools system. Mrs. Lee traveled extensively and for many years took groups of Decatur High students on trips to Europe and Central and South America.

After retiring from Decatur High School, she taught Spanish at Decatur Heritage Christian Academy. Upon her retirement from Decatur Heritage, she volunteered extensively in the local Hispanic community, providing language and translation services to many civic and private organizations. She had a heart for ministry, whether she was serving on the foreign mission field or as a pastor’s wife.

The Rev. and Mrs. Lee made several mission trips to Barcelona, Spain, with teams that were instrumental in the building of La Iglesia de Cru Alta outside of Barcelona.
Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Carita Swanson Vonk and Merlene Charla Hopper, and a grandson, Aaron Blaine Lee.

She is survived by her husband; one son, the Rev. Clinton R. (Deidra) Lee of Hartselle; and two daughters, Laura (Richard) Myer of Gainesville, Ga., and Dr. Jennifer (Scott) Morris of Florence; one sister, Elaine V. Hopper of Florence; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were William Beckman, Henry Beckman, Joshua Lee, Jeff Lee, Phillip Lee, Matt Nix and Seth Morris.

The family wishes to express its heartfelt thanks to the staff and volunteers of Hospice of the Valley for their loving care and support of Mrs. Lee in the last months of her life.

Reba Jo Slate Wallace
Hartselle
Graveside service for Reba Jo Slate Wallace, 86, of Hartselle was April 29 at 12:30 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Cemetery in Hartselle with the Rev. Wally Blackman officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Wallace, who was born April 21, 1933, in Morgan County to Leonard Edward Slate and Margaret Irene Wright Slate, died April 26 at Cullman Regional Medical Center. She was a member of East Highland Baptist Church and had worked in customer service for AmSouth and Regions banks. She had also worked as the switchboard operator at the Morgan County Courthouse.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter; Beth Wallace Lee.
She is survived by her husband, Roy Wallace; two sons, Ronald Wallace (Susan) of Hartselle and Randell Wallace of Clay; one brother, Robert Slate (Judy) of Decatur; a sister, Margie Crocker of Birmingham; two grandchildren, Jason Wallace (Kasey) and Laura Jo Watson (Matt); and seven great-grandchildren, Savannah, Madeline, Samantha, Sally, Luke, John and Hampton.
Mike Ward, Jeff Lee, Andy Slate, Ralph Slate Jr., Shawn Barnes and Scott Slate served as pallbearers. Her great-grandsons, Luke Watson, John Lee and Hampton Wallace, were honorary pallbearers.

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Dana Lynn Terry
Danville
Memorial service for Dana Lynn Terry, 63, of Danville will be May 4 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scotty Letson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Terry was born Aug. 21, 1955, in Morgan County. He passed away April 27 at Decatur-Morgan Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Truman and Mable Hill, and son, Chase Terry. Survivors include his daughter, Charity (Danny) Goodwin, and two granddaughters, Shelby Goodwin and Sierra Goodwin.

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