Obituaries June 18-24

Janie Mae Wray


Funeral service for Janie Mae Wray, 78, was June 19 at 1 p.m. at Shoal Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Harold Fanning officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Shoal Creek Cemetery. 

Mrs. Wray died June 15 at her residence. She was born Feb. 13, 1941, in Morgan County to James Walker Henson and Rosa Mae Lee Henson. She was an LPN nurse for Decatur General Hospital and a life-long member of Shoal Creek Baptist Church, where she was the pianist and church organist. She loved to cook. 

Preceding her death were her husband, Grady McCoy Wray, her parents and a daughter, Sheila Diane Wray. Survivors include three sons, Darryl McCoy Wray (Sherry), David Morgan Wray (Renee) and James Daniel Wray (Kimberly); one daughter, Deborah Jeanne Jones (Michael); one brother, Jimmy Ray Henson (Carolyn); nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Briley Wray, Zebulun Wray, Jared Wray, Jonathan Wray, Wayne Wright III and Tanner Rogers. 


Hilda Jo Carpenter 


Funeral service for Hilda Jo Carpenter, 76, was June 20 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ralph Henderson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery (south of Danville). 

Mrs. Carpenter died June 17 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born Oct. 5, 1942, in Morgan County to Rufus Mitchell Poole and Iva Legg Poole. Mrs. Carpenter worked as a psychiatric aide-3 for the Lurleen B. Wallace Center prior to her retirement. She was a loving mother and grandmother. 

Preceding her in death were her husband, William Buddy Carpenter, her parents and a brother, Don R. Poole. Survivors include one daughter, Pam Taylor (Dwight); two grandchildren, Garrett Vest and Jada Vest; step-grandson, Cody Taylor; step-granddaughter, Desiree Armour; and step-great-grandson, Kingston Armour. 

Gladys Lenox Stewart 

Morgan County

Gladys Lenox Stewart went home to be with her Lord June 18 at the age of 92. Mrs. Stewart was born at Talucah July 1, 1926, to Daniel Gervace Lenox and Lola Mae Haynes Lenox. She married Robert Melvin Stewart Feb. 2, 1946, in Morgan County. 

Funeral services were June 21 at 11 a.m. at New Friendship Baptist Church, Somerville, with the Rev. Tommy Smothers officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. The body was laid in state for one hour prior to the service, and burial was in the New Friendship cemetery. 

Mrs. Stewart was a loving, precious Mother and Memmie and will be greatly missed by her children and grandchildren. Her home was her life-long career, except for the nine years she worked at Crestline Elementary School in Hartselle. 

Mrs. Stewart was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Melvin Stewart; her parents; two brothers, Leonard Howard Lenox and Dan E. Lenox; and a grandson, Robert Marlon (Robbie) Stewart. 

She is survived by one son, Jerry Marlon Stewart, Cookville, Tenn.; three daughters, Patricia Slaten (Don) and Teresa Stewart, both of Somerville, and Tina Southerland (Tim) of Hartselle; two sisters, Sue Worley and Peggy Davis, both of Talucah; five grandchildren, Michael Slaten (Kristen Nowell), Sheri Slaten Tilley (Patrick), Laci Southerland Hudson (Jeremy), Luke Southerland (Baylee Lockhart)and Sara Stewart; and 10 great-grandchildren, Tyler Berry (Ana), Heather Tilley Lewis (Caleb), Logan Tilley, Carson Levario-Slaten, Destiny Stewart, Jaden Stewart, Sebastian Stewart, Cody Stewart, Jackson Hudson and Micah Hudson. 

Pallbearers were her grandsons. 

The family wishes to express its heartfelt thanks to the staff and volunteers of Alacare Hopsice for their loving care and support of Mrs. Stewart in the last months of her life. We are especially grateful for the love and support of nurses Beverly Reliford, Ava Young and Jewel Ann Mills and nurses’ aid Marinda Speakman. 


Eloise Davis Livingston 

Booneville, Miss.

Nona Eloise Davis Livingston of Booneville, Miss., and formerly of Eva died June 16 at The Landmark Retirement Community. 

She was born in Tishomingo County, Mississippi, March 12, 1931, to James Barney Davis and Nona Gladys Elliott Davis. Mrs. Livingston was a graduate of Booneville High School, Booneville, Miss., and a graduate of Florence State Teachers College (now the University of North Alabama) with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Alabama in library media services and supervision and AA Certificate from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. 

Mrs. Livingston began her professional career as a classroom teacher at Eva High School, Eva, in 1953, where she met her future husband, Terrell Livingston, whom she would later marry April 15, 1955. She became the first librarian at the Eva High School in 1962. In 1976 she accepted the position as the first Library media service supervisor/director in the Morgan County School District and continued in that position until she retired in 1992

Mrs. Livingston’s professional organizations were Alabama Educational Association, Morgan County Educational Association, Alabama Library Association, Alabama Instructional Media Association, Alabama Retired Education Association and Cullman County Retired Education. Other organizations of which she was a member included Delta Kappa Gamma International, the Quest Club, Eva Public Library Board and Eva Medical Board. 

Mrs. Livingston was instrumental in establishing the Eva Public Library and recruiting the first doctor at the Eva Medical Clinic. Mrs. Livingston was a member of the Westside Baptist Church, where she taught adult Sunday School for many years. 

After Mrs. Livingston relocated to Booneville, Miss., in 2011, she became a member of the National Kappa Kappa Iota Inc.; United Daughters of the Confederacy; Daughters of the American Revolution; American Association of University Women; Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers; and East Booneville Baptist Church. 

Mrs. Livingston received many honors and awards during her career. She was twice selected Morgan County’s Outstanding Teacher; a finalist in Teacher Hall of Fame in 1974; appointed Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Aid-de-Camp in the Alabama State Militia by Gov. George C. Wallace in 1983; received the Eva Alumni Award for years of dedicated service to Eva School in 1986; received the Lois E. Henderson Award for outstanding contributions to the field of library service and to AIMA in 1988; received the Award of Exceptional Service for significant contribution over an extended period of time to Alabama libraries in 1988; inducted into the Library Hall of Fame in 1990; and received the 1992 President’s Award from LAMP. 

In addition, Nov. 10, 1992, the Morgan County Board of Education and superintendent signed a resolution that the library at the Eva School would be officially named the ELOISE LIVINGSTON LIBRARY, and she received the Ruth H. Johnson Award for cumulative services to the library profession in 1994 and the Beta State Woman of Achievement Award in 2011. 

Mrs. Livingston was always an active member of each organization of which she was a member. She held almost every office, including president and chairperson on local, regional and state committees. 

Mrs. Livingston was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Terrell Livingston; one sister, Shirley Davis Runions; one brother, James Barney Davis Jr.; two brothers-in-law, S.S. “Chick” Runions and Jasper Jones; and one nephew, Phil Rollins. 

Mrs. Livingston is survived by one sister, Moise Jones of Booneville, Miss.; one niece, Cynthia Jones Rollins Gates and husband David Gates of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and two nephews, Phillip Rollins II and Jason Rollins of New Orleans, La. 

A Celebration of Life was held at 2 p.m. June 22 at Peck Funeral Home in Hartselle, with the Rev. Wendell Bennett and the Rev. Deacon Charles Venable officiating. Phillip Rollins II and Jason Rollins delivered the eulogy. Interment was in the Eva Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tommy Moses, Jerry Turner, Darren Turner, Philip Venable, Darrell Waldrop, Gary Lewis Livingston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Eloise Livingston to the Eva Public Library, P.O. Box 99, Eva, AL 35621, or Delta Kappa Gamma Alabama State Scholarship Fund, 622 Ross St., Heflin, AL 36264. 


William (Bill) H. Childers 


Funeral service for William (Bill) H. Childers, 90, was June 21 at 2 p.m. at Eva Baptist Church with the Rev. Phillip Robinson, the Rev. Gary Driver and the Rev. Dustin Smith officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. His body was laid in state for one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial was in Oden Ridge Cemetery. 

Mr. Childers was born Jan. 17, 1929, in Morgan County to James J. Childers and Ferrol Melissa Ford Childers. He passed into glory at his home, surrounded by his family, at 11:15 p.m.

William, known as “Bill” to his many friends, was employed for over 30 years as a line mechanic at Prestolite and Porter Mills. He and Mozelle, his adoring wife of 66 years, also worked for years on their family farm. He was the oldest member of Eva Baptist Church and served faithfully for more than 70 years. 

William enjoyed being outdoors. He loved camping, traveling, fishing and working his flowers and garden. He was known for his love for the Lord, dedication to his family and a good hard day’s work in his Liberty overalls. Bill never met a stranger, and he loved to talk and spend time with friends and family. He enjoyed putting puzzles together and playing dominoes anytime he had the chance. He served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. He loved his family fiercely and will be greatly missed. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mozelle Eidson Childers, his parents and two sisters, Imogene Childers Mosteller and Desmonee Childers Driver. 

Survivors include one son, Terry Childers (Rita), Eva; one daughter, Annette Childers Newman (Robert), Eva; three brothers, S.D. Childers (Annie), Eva, Ronald Childers (Brenda) and Edsel Childers (Sharon), Eva; one sister, Lorene Childers Saddler, Eva; three grandchildren, Selina Childers Snider (Will), Nick Childers (Kelly) and Amber Newman Baker (Clint); and six great-grandchildren, Kelsey Huff, Keely Childers, Kensley Childers, Shelby Snider, Levi Baker and Benjamin Baker. 

Pallbearers were Nick Childers, Clint Baker, Phillip Eidson, Johnny Persall, Cutter Eidson and Darrel Day. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny Eidson, Will Snider, Levi Baker and Scott Johnson. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Comfort Care Hospice of Morgan County and Kindred Home Health of Cullman County. 


Harold O’Neal Webster 

Rainbow City 

Funeral service for Harold O’Neal Webster, 91, was June 21 at noon at Peck Funeral Home Chapel, with Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle Memory Gardens. 

Mr. Webster died June 18 at Gadsden Regional Medical Center. He was born April 4, 1928, in Morgan County to Noah Fulton Webster Sr. and Hattie Belle Carter Webster. He was employed as a supervisor for Wolverine Tube for 42 years, prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Decatur. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and raising dogs and loved horses. 

Preceding him in death were his wife, Lera Webster, his parents and a son, Dan Webster. 

Survivors include one son, David Webster (Beth); two daughters, Kathy Dobbs and Karen Chenault (Myron); two brothers, Noah Webster (Peggy) and Bobby Webster (Barbara); one sister, Nora Kilpatrick; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were William Chenault, Micah Birkhead, Christian Webster, Dusty Webster, Robby Tunnell and Chris Boyette. 


Annie Slater Murphy 


Funeral service for Annie Slater Murphy, 99, was June 22 at noon at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Zeke Haselden, Bro. Jack Bailey and Kenneth Roberts officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Red Oak Cemetery. 

Mrs. Murphy died June 18 at Summerford Nursing Home. She was born June 2, 1920, in Morgan County to William Grady and Hattie (Thompson) Grady. She was a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and granny and the perfect family lady. 

She loved to cook and send birthday cards and also loved to read the Hartselle Enquirer and send in letters to the editor. She was a member of the Cotaco United Methodist Church. 

Preceding her in death were two husbands, Olney B. Slater and William Robert Murphy, and her parents. 

Survivors include two sons, Larry Slater (Rhonda), Cotaco, and Don Murphy (Peggy), Cotaco; one daughter, Brenda Zeigler, McHenry, Miss.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers were Tom Rice, Keary Rice, Keith Slater, Jason Hollaway, John Childers, Mickey Nelson and Adam Kendrick. Honorary pallbearers were Noel Holmes, Joel Gurley, Stanley Roberts, Dale McCutcheon, Jerry Thomas, James Russell and J.S. Ivey. 

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial donations may be made to the Red Oak Cemetery.


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