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Obituaries Sept. 1-9

Grace V. Roan 

Hartselle 

Funeral service for Grace V. Roan, 83, of Hartselle was Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. at West Hartselle Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Gordon officiating. Burial was in Johnson Chapel Cemetery. Peck Funeral Home directed. 

Mrs. Roan was born March 13, 1936, in Lauderdale County to Grady Roy Sledge and Mary Rebekah Goines Sledge. She passed away Aug. 31 at Athens Health and Rehab. 

Grace was a woman of profound faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Born during the Great Depression, she was the third of eight children. 

She learned to work hard at an early age, working in the family’s cotton farming livelihood as a child and teenager. That experience shaped her life views and how work, family and friends contribute to success in life. 

She relocated to Hartselle in 1955, where she lived until her death. 

She married her first husband, Mickey Garner, in 1955 and had one son, Brant Garner. After Mickey passed in 1969, she owned and operated a beauty salon for 18 years. Her salon was one part cosmetology services, one part social services and one part just being a friend to the many clients she served. 

Following her retirement, she traveled frequently with her second husband, Del Roan, to all points near and far. 

Grace had a keen interest in gardening and had a landscape that was second to none. She’d start with a general idea and, like an artist, allow it to grow and evolve as the form took shape until it came to beautiful fruition. 

Her faith sustained her in all of life’s ups and downs. She lived the serenity prayer every day and was always positive, happy, encouraging and uplifting to everyone who knew her. 

She was a cancer survivor, and her faith and attitude got her through that ordeal in life. Even as she battled Alzheimer’s disease for seven years, she never let it drag her down. She’d sing her favorite songs unprompted, anytime and anywhere, many times having the residents of the healthcare facility joining in a singalong worthy of a movie scene. 

Even as she struggled in her final days, she managed to mouth the words “God is good.” She was a lifelong member of West Hartselle Baptist Church. 

The family would like to extend thanks to the Terrace of Priceville and to Athens Health and Rehab for their professional and compassionate care. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Alzheimer’s research. A preferred organization is Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, alzinfo.org or 1-800-259-4636. 

She was preceded in death by first husband James M. (Mickey) Garner; second husband William D (Del) Roan; brothers Junior Sledge, Lee Roy Sledge and Jackie Sledge; and sisters Alice Trousdale and Becky Haney. 

Survivors include her son, Brant Garner (Hartselle); grandson, Logan Garner (Auburn); and sisters, Martha Wright and Cathy Dison. 

Pallbearers were Logan Garner, Timmy Sledge, Trevor Wright, Brit Wright, Chris Tank and Michael Latchem. 

 

Weandell Holmes 

Eva 

Weandell Holmes, 83, died Sept. 2 at his home in Eva after a long battle with cancer. 

Weandell was born March 8, 1936. He worked in the construction field for the majority of his life. He loved working outdoors, gardening and tending to his cows. 

He was known in his community for his generosity and willingness to always lend a helping hand when needed. 

He served for 35 years as a door greeter at Bethel Baptist Church in Hartselle. He loved the Lord with all his heart. 

Weandell is survived by his wife, Geraldine Cloer Holmes; his children, Ricky (Robin) Holmes, Ronnie (Angela) Holmes, Winda (Brian) Johnson, Kenneth (Janice) Murphree and Kathy (Stanley) Stringer; his sister, Wanda Alexander; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Murphy and Vera Holmes; his sister, Leavell Wilkinson; and his former wife, Martha Jo Holmes. 

Visitation was Sept. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home in Hartselle. Funeral services were held Sept. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Peck Funeral Home Chapel. Graveside service followed at Enon Baptist Church in Eva. 

 

David Michael Smith 

Falkville 

A graveside funeral service and interment for David Michael Smith, 34, were held Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. at Roundtop Cemetery with Dr. Milan Dekich officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. 

Mr. Smith died Sept. 4. He was born Nov. 28, 1984, in Morgan County to Charles “Chuck” James Smith Jr. and Janet Wilhite Smith. 

He was a musician. 

Survivors include his parents, Chuck and Jan Smith; one brother, Dustin Smith (Briana); one sister, Haley Smith and John Davis; and two nieces, Finnley and Maisyn Hollon. 

Pallbearers were Tub Patterson, Nathaniel West, Dustin Smith, Jordan Smith and John Davis. 

 

Lena Mary Wallace 

Hartselle 

Funeral service for Lena Mary Wallace, 68, was Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Greg Cain officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Forrest Chapel Cemetery. 

Mrs. Wallace died Sept. 4 at Crestwood Medical Center. She was born March 31, 1951, in Oklahoma to Ernie Arthur Goucher and Martha Huebert Goucher. 

She was a member of the Promiseland Church. 

She was a devoted, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was employed by McCain’s Uniforms in the sales department prior to her retirement. 

Preceding her in death were her parents and a daughter, Dawn Lynn Hudson. Survivors include her husband, Gary Wallace; one daughter, Sandra Brown; three grandchildren, Jessica Lay (Jon), Vincent Bell Jr. and Nickolas Hudson; and two great-grandchildren, Christopher Lay and Colby Lay. 

Pallbearers were Scotty Speakman, David Curtis, Joe Curtis, Zac Owens, Grant Wallace and Braxton Jones. 

 

Danny Kelly 

Somerville 

A graveside funeral service and interment for Danny Kelly, 72, will be held Sept. 13 at 2:45 p.m. at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo with Peck Funeral Home directing. 

Visitation will be Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at Peck Funeral Home. 

Mr. Kelly died Sept. 6 at his residence. He was born Aug. 7, 1947, in Iowa to Louis Kelly and Irene Stanley Kelly. 

Mr. Kelly was a 20-year U.S. Army retiree (MSG). His career in the military included three tours in Vietnam as a helicopter technician and tours at Walter Reed Army Hospital as a senior social worker and assistant NCOIC. 

He also worked in the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease as a unit first sergeant and his last assignment as NCO, MSG at the Readiness Group in Huntsville. 

After his retirement, he worked as a social services rep (Budget and Consumer Counseling) at Army Community Services, RSA. 

In his retirement, he co-founded the Northeast Morgan Youth Sports Association, where many young boys played competitive football. 

He will be remembered by all of those he helped through online meetings and in group AA meetings for the past 45 years. 

Preceding him in death were his parents and a son, Brian Timothy Kelly. 

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Kelly; two sons, Christopher Michael Kelly and Eric Patrick Kelly; one brother, John Taft; three sisters, Connie Hartbecke, Kathy Hartbecke and Peggy Bailey; three grandchildren; and one step-grandson. 

 

Bobby Dean Horne 

Trinity 

Funeral service for Bobby Dean Horne, 76, of Trinity was held at 1 p.m. Sept. 10 in the chapel of Peck Funeral Home with Josh Howard officiating. Interment followed in Hartselle City Cemetery. 

Mr. Horne was born Sept. 16, 1942, in Virginia to Raymond Ellis Horne and Elsie Lou Lester Horne. He passed away Sept. 6 at his home in Trinity. 

He was a member of the American Legion and Eagles. He also served in the Army. 

He is survived by his wife, Linda Jo Horne of Trinity; sons, Jeffrey Smith and wife Pam of Hartselle and Eddie Smith of Somerville; brother, Monty Horne and wife Ellen; and grandchildren, Zachery Smith, Megan Smith and Haley Rivera and husband Ray. 

Pallbearers were Chris Dutton, Chris Horne, Jeff Horne, Greg Morris, David Smith and Ernie Slaton.

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