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Obituaries May 8-15

Randy Glen (Rudy) Flowers
Funeral service for Randy Glen (Rudy) Flowers, 65, was held May 8 at 3 p.m. at No Fences Cowboy Church with Bro. Josh Sparkman officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was held in Flowers Family Cemetery.
Mr. Flowers left this world to be with his Heavenly Father May 5 at his residence. He was born April 26, 1954, in Morgan County to Thomas Glen Flowers and Joann Emma Day Flowers. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was employed as a pipefitter for BP/Amoco prior to his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joann and Tommy Flowers, and two brothers, Danny and Terry Flowers. He loved to hunt and was the best friend to anyone that had the pleasure to meet him.
Survivors include his wife, Linda O’Brien Flowers; son, Randy Glen (Buddy) Flowers II; three daughters, Sarah Flowers, Jana Anne St. Clair and Sedama Johnson; one brother, Mike Flowers; three sisters, Ellen Flowers, Donna Walker and Tina Flowers; five grandchildren, Abby, Bailey, Spencer, Thomas and Samantha; and great-grandchildren, Gavin and Kaiden. Pallbearers were family.

Myra Jean Kirby
A graveside funeral service and interment for Myra Jean Kirby, 75, were held May 13 at 12:30 p.m. at Johnson Chapel Cemetery with Geoff Halbrooks officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Ms. Kirby died May 9 at River City Center. She was born Dec. 16, 1943, in Morgan County to Fletcher Paris Kirby and Geneva (McDonald) Kirby. She was employed by The Decatur Daily in the advertising department prior to her retirement. She loved the outdoors, hiking and her dogs. She played the piano and guitar and loved gospel music and attended the Falkville Church of God.
Preceding her in death were her parents.
Survivors include her niece, Teresa Terry (Michael Hill) and numerous other nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were family and friends.

LaVerne Nunn Stacks
Funeral service for LaVerne Nunn Stacks, 89, was held May 8 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Clayton Speed and the Rev. Charles Shaddix officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was held in Herring Cemetery.
Mrs. Stacks passed away May 6 at Huntsville Hospital. She was born June 14, 1929, in Ohio, to Henry Grady Nunn and Maude Willie Fitzgerald Nunn. Mrs. Stacks was a member of First Baptist Church of Hartselle since 1966. She loved to serve others when they were in need. She was the chairperson of the bereaved family food service at First Baptist Church of Hartselle and delivered Meals on Wheels. Missions work in her community and her church work were her passions. She was employed as a switchboard operator for Bellsouth prior to her retirement. Preceding her in death were her husband, Fred E. Stacks, her parents, two brothers, Warren and J.L. Nunn, and one sister, Ruth M. Gay.
Survivors include one son, Fred E. Stacks Jr. (Verna); one daughter, Vicky Stacks Tyler (Tony); one brother, Samuel Nunn (Phyllis); and four grandchildren, Erin Howard (Jason), Jordan Tyler (Kathryn), Tommy Stacks (Megin) and Elizabeth Stacks. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the First Baptist Church Food Services or to your favorite charity.


Ronnie Welborn
Funeral service for Ronnie Welborn, 65, was held May 8 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Nelson and the Rev. Pinky Tyler officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was held in Johnson Cemetery.
Mr. Welborn died May 6 at his residence. He was born March 31, 1954, in Etowah County to John Willard Welborn and Violene Walker Keeling. He was employed with Copeland Corporation as a production operator prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Lebanon Church of God. His favorite pastimes were spending time with his grandchildren, who he loved dearly, playing golf, fishing and hunting.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Larry Joe Keeling.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Welborn, Hartselle; one son, Casey Welborn, Trinity; two daughters, Nicki Bice, Hartselle, and Jami Wilbanks, Hartselle; two brothers, Sandy Welborn, Falkville, and Danny Welborn, Cullman; and five grandchildren, Hunter Wilbanks, Harlee Wilbanks, Dalton Bice, Arellia Welborn and Weston Welborn. Pallbearers were Hunter Wilbanks, Dalton Bice, Ronnie Kelso, Patrick West, John Welborn and Jonathon Weatherby.

Terri Garner Rinesmith
Orlando, Fla.
Mrs. Terri Garner Rinesmith, 60, passed away May 6.
She was born March 11, 1959, in Morgan County to William Garner and Mary Frank Smith Garner. She was formerly employed by the Orange County School System in Florida as a teacher’s aide. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Steve Garner.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Survivors include her husband, Mike Rinesmith; one son, Robby Rinesmith; one brother, Mike Garner (Janice); and four grandchildren.

Essie Fay McCollum
Cleveland, Texas
A funeral service for Essie Fay McCollum, 85, was held May 10 at 10 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Clyde Ledlow officiating. Burial was held in Roswell Creek Cemetery. Ms. McCollum died May 6. She was born May 6, 1934, in Clay County to Orbie Humphrey and Lela Kemp Humphrey. She was a housewife and mother and formerly was employed by Smith’s Florist in Hartselle.
Preceding her in death were her three husbands, J.C. Powell, Charles R. Cox Sr. and Randolph McCollum; her parents; a daughter, Ruby Ann Jones; four brothers, Leroy, Elton Lee, Melvin and David Anthony Humphrey; and two sisters, Vena Mae Widener and Mary Elizabeth Voyles. Survivors include three sons, Charles Cox Jr. (Tammy), Billy Cox and Bobby Cox (Inez); two daughters, Rita Ann Hughes (Bobby) and Sheila Fay Porter; three brothers, Harold Douglas Humphrey (Martha), Morris Ray Humphrey (Peggy) and Raymond Andrew Humphrey (Sharon); two sisters, Jessie Mae Blankenship and Doris Jean Self; 15 grandchildren; 25 great- grandchildren; and 22 great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Kenny Hetrick, Bobby Hughes, Bobby Cox, Dylan Jackson, Kevin Kitchen, Anthony Cox and Rodney Jones.

James E. Hudson
Funeral service for James E. Hudson, 70, of Somerville was held May 14 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Cody Hyde officiating. Burial was in Forest Chapel Cemetery, and Peck Funeral Home directed.
Mr. Hudson was born Nov. 4, 1948, in Winston County to Bobbie Dean Hunter Clark. He passed away May 10 at his residence.



In all of his work, James Hudson served his community. He worked in the restaurant industry, rode an ambulance and had a long career in law enforcement. He was a long-time member of the FOP and was president of the local Fraternal Order of Police Decatur Lodge 46. He also served twice as the Northern District vice president of the Alabama Narcotics Officers Association.

When he gave his heart to Jesus, James would regularly pick up prisoners from the jail on Sunday mornings to take them to church so they could hear and respond to the good news as he had.
During his 27-year tenure with the Morgan County Sherriff’s Office, James served in many capacities, beginning as a road deputy. Early in his career he served as chief deputy. He later moved into vice and narcotics division as a lieutenant, even training his own drug dog. James was placed in criminal investigations then was made captain of the East District under Sherriff Steve Crabbe, where he built many positive relationships across Morgan County through true community policy.
His expertise was needed again in investigation, and so James moved back to that division and served there as captain until his retirement in 2002.
To say James enjoyed hunting and fishing is a gross understatement. He had set up a second home at his deer camp he shared with anywhere from four to 10 other men. He took great pride in being the camp chef. His biscuits and gravy are famous across the state. James had much joy in the friendships that developed and deepened at and because of the deer camp. Though he did not get a deer in the last two years he hunted, he has many trophies in his garage, because that was as far as they were allowed.
James Hudson was most proud of his family. He took much of the household responsibilities and helped his mother care for his younger brother and sister at a young age. He loved them deeply and had great joy in telling others the accomplishments of his wife, children and grandchildren but especially his son, who followed in his footsteps with a career in law enforcement himself.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Atkins Hudson; son, Michael (Regina) Hudson; daughter, Charlotte (Kenny) Hastings; mother, Bobbie Dean Hunter Clark; brother, Roger (Donna) Hudson; sister, Annette (Rick) Rucker; and three grandchildren, Austin, Makayla and Noah. Pallbearers were Johnny Howell, Chris Howell, Cooper Vines, John Pat Orr, David Orr and Wesley Orr.

Roy William Bomar
Funeral service for Roy William Bomar, 84, of Somerville was held May 14 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Henderson officiating, burial in the Center Springs Cemetery and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Bomar was born July 8, 1934 in Madison to Willie Bomar and Flora Mable Key Bomar. He passed away May 11 at Decatur- Morgan Hospital.
Survivors include three brothers, Richard Bomar, Luther Bomar and Dale Bomar, and three sisters, Lillian Coggins, Judy Maples and Betty Callahan. Pallbearers were A. J. Bomar, Anthony Bomar, Spurlin Bomar, Troy Frazier, Mike Petzold and Jacob Moebes.

Barry Drake Medendorp
A memorial visitation for Barry Drake Medendorp, 48, will be held May 16 at Peck Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m.
Mr. Medendorp died May 9 at his residence. He was born Nov. 21, 1970, in Michigan to Allen William Medendorp and Nettie Goehler. He was an operations manager for Cerro Wire.


He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors include two sons, Kyle Medendorp and Ethan Medendorp; mother, Nettie Goehler; and one sister, Billie Medendorp.

Carley Mae Gilliland
Funeral service for Carley Mae Gilliland, 76, will be held May 15 at 10 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Stone officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be held in Crestwood Cemetery in Gadsden at 2 p.m.
Mrs. Gilliland died May 12 at Cullman Regional Medical Center. She was born March 24, 1943, in Morgan County to Rembert Jesse McDearmond and Virgie Lee Davis McDearmond. She was a secretary for Brown Engineering prior to her retirement. She was a member of the Emma Sansom Band and won several awards for marching band. She was a second mother to a niece and two nephews and was preceded in death by her husband, James Allen Gilliland, and her parents.
Survivors include one brother, Larry McDearmond (Linda), Eva; two nephews, Roger McDearmond (Donna) and Alan McDearmond; niece, Melinda Fulford (Brian); and a host of great-nieces and nephews.

Sue Stanford
Funeral service for Sue Stanford, 92, of Decatur will be held May 15 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Michael Gunter officiating, with burial in Hartselle Memory Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Stanford was born April 17, 1927 in Morgan County to Fred James Stephenson and Mae Wallace Stephenson. She passed away May 12 at Decatur-Morgan Hospital. She was a member of the Church of God.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lavaughn Stanford; and brother, Wallace Stephenson. Survivors include two sisters, Betty Martin and Barbara Yancey, and her nieces and nephews.

Virginia Pridgeon Harris
Funeral service for Virginia Pridgeon Harris, 93, will be held May 15 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Bro. Charles Shaddix officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be held in Hartselle City Cemetery. Visitation will be held May 15 from 1-3 p.m. at First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Harris died May 12 at her residence. She was born April 3, 1926, in Jefferson County to William Clarence Pridgeon and Ruby Mae Upshaw Pridgeon. She was a homemaker and wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family dearly.
She grew up in Port St. Joe, Fla., and graduated from API, now Auburn University, in 1948. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hartselle and was baptized in the Gulf of Mexico. She enjoyed her bridge group and her Sunday School class.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Arthur Daniel Harris, and her parents.
Survivors include one son, Daniel Clay Harris (Missy), Seymour, Tenn.; two daughters, Donna Segars (Craig), Hartselle, and Robin Kessler (David), Madison, Miss.; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Croft Segars, Walter Segars, Huntley Segars, Ferrell Vest, Steve McKee and Fred Smith.
The family would like to offer special thanks to Kindred Hospice of Cullman and her caregivers, Totsi Holcomb, Renay Holcomb, Cynthia Puckett, Emma Tolbert, Shirley Hill and Holly Barber. Also, thanks to Meaghan Thrasher and thank you to Ferrell Vest, “The Piddler,” for all his help.