Obituaries Dec. 16-23
Jessie May McIntosh
Funeral service for Jessie May McIntosh, 96, was Dec. 17 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Edwin Hayes officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Burningtree Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. McIntosh died Dec. 15 at Falkville Health Care Center. She was born May 6, 1923, in Kentucky to Jay Cantrell and Cara Blevins Cantrell. She was a nurse prior to her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufford McIntosh; her parents; six of her children, Steve McIntosh, Chuck McIntosh, Patty McCormick, Randall Blair, Sherry Splitlog and Beverly Tanner; and a grandson, Scotty McIntosh.
Survivors include her son, Larry Ealey (Belinda); 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Jennie P. Baker
Funeral service for Jennie P. Baker, 64, was Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Virgil Crisp officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery.
Mrs. Baker died Dec. 15 at her residence. She was born Dec. 26, 1954, in Morgan County to J.B. Woodall and Daisy Brown Baker. She was employed with Chore-Time as a plant worker prior to her retirement.
She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Eddy Baker; her parents; a brother, Jerry Don Woodall; and
a grandchild, Brianna Lewis.
Survivors include one daughter, Christy Barnett (Randall); one son, Eddie Baker (Kim); one sister, Judy Taylor; and four grandchildren, Amber Barnett, Lesley Barnett, Wesley Baker and Emily Burgett (Dylan).
Pallbearers were Dylan Burgett, Justice Johnson, Kody Sterling, John Michael Landers, Ernie Moses and Raylon Barnett.
Funeral service for Charlene Adams, 71, was Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. at Priceville Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Smith officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Somerville City Cemetery.
Mrs. Adams died Dec. 15 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born April 25, 1948, in Williamson, West Virginia, to John Wallace Maynard and Jessie Mae Spillman Maynard. She was employed by Somerville Grocery as a cashier. She was a member of Priceville Baptist Church and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Ford Lemarr Adams; her parents; a brother, Fred Randall Maynard; a sister, Pamela Maynard Hall; and a daughter, Diana Young.
Survivors include three sons, Danny Young (Denise), John David Young and Timmy Young; three daughters,Mary Wilbanks, Saundra Lewis and Brandie Clemons; one brother, James Arthur Bernier; two sisters, Sandy Brastad (Nels) and Patty Dias (Allen); and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Terry Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Stuart Vest, Patrick Slappy, Wayne Wascavage and Lonnie Young.
James Edwin Usher
James Edwin Usher, 76, of Xenia, Ohio, was born Aug. 27, 1943 in Meridian, Mississippi, to Bostick and Cynthia Usher. He died Dec. 15 in Huntsville Hospital in Alabama from an undetermined recurring illness that has stymied doctors for more than two years. He had come to Alabama to celebrate Thanksgiving with family when he fell ill.
Jimmy is survived by his wife of 52 years, Carol Lynne; his son Jeremy (Daniela); his daughter Sonja (Garth); grandchildren Alexander and Nicholas, Meredith and Micah; his brother Tom (Stephanie); sisters Nancy and Beverly; and several nieces and nephews, including Stacey, whom he raised as a daughter after her mother passed away, and Cindy, who serves as board chair
for his mission to Honduras.
He was pre-deceased by his parents and by his sisters Myrtle and Glenda.
In high school he was a four-time state tennis champion and continued playing into his early 70s. During his Anderson College years, he played and coached the tennis team and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2011. He enjoyed playing tennis with his son-in-law and was happy when his granddaughters took up the game.
He graduated from Meridian (Mississippi) High School in 1961, Anderson (Indiana) College in 1965 and Asbury (Kentucky) Seminary in 1970, and he earned a Doctor of Ministry from Anderson Theological Seminary in 2009.
An ordained minister of the Church of God for 53 years, he loved to study and write. He didn’t want to be addressed by fancy titles like Reverend or Doctor, preferring to be called Jimmy or Brother Jimmy.
Jimmy developed a passion for missions when a seminary assignment sent him to the inner city. He traveled to more than 40 countries around the world. For a time, he and his son had a contest to see who had been to the most countries, but when Jeremy began work for the UN, Jimmy conceded defeat.
He particularly loved spending time in Italy with his son’s family. He was humbled to have met Mother Teresa on a trip to India and spoke often of his four trips to Israel, where he was able to spend a meditative week by the Sea of Galilee. He went so often to Honduras over a period of 30 years that
he considered it a second home.
In 1989 he made his first trip to Honduras with his friend Charlie Smith. When Charlie founded Heart to Honduras, Jimmy was by his side, leading North Americans on short term trips. In 2013 Jimmy published a biography of his friend’s life: “Charlie: A Man After God’s Own Heart.”
In 2009 he took the first steps toward founding Prayer Plan Missions to Honduras. From that point on he made about six trips a year to oversee the work, always looking for ways he could minister to marginalized people. He demonstrated that this work could be done without soliciting or borrowing funds but just by prayer and informing interested people about needs and letting the Holy Spirit impress them to give.
Jimmy loved to read, write and preach. Throughout his life he spent many hours every day reading the Bible and books about Christian living. At the time of his death he had begun writing a book on faith. He wrote and preached many sermons as pastor of four churches (First Church of God, Huntsville; The Worship Center/Twelfth Avenue Church of God, Arab; Roundtop Church, Falkville; and Ledbetter Road Church of God, Xenia, Ohio).
He was 16 years old when he preached his first sermon and 76 when he preached his last one.
On Nov. 10 he was very weak and was forced to sit down to deliver that final message with the theme “Do not despise the day of small beginnings.” In 60 years of preaching and 50 years in foreign missions, his life demonstrated that small beginnings can bear much fruit.
Jimmy Usher was a man of faith who believed God would lead him to places and people to serve. During what many people deem “retirement years,” he launched the “small beginnings” of a ministry to Honduras called Prayer Plan Missions and adopted as its “mascot” the wild goose, a Celtic symbol of the Holy Spirit. This ministry of small beginnings continues as a testament to his belief in following the “Wild Goose.”
Jimmy always felt money spent on flowers could be better utilized for the needs of the poor. So, in lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to Prayer Plan Missions, 800 Ten Boom Lane, Xenia, Ohio 45385, or online at ppmissions.org.
Funeral service for Lamon Hayes, 75, was Dec. 20 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Angela McMinemon officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Johnson Chapel Cemetery.
Mr. Hayes died Dec. 17 at Baptist Medical Center-Princeton. He was born April 3, 1944, in Lawrence County to Hodge Hayes and Delpha Laura Rooks Hayes. He was employed at 3M Company as a maintenance mechanic prior to his retirement. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Liz Hoffman Hayes; two sons, Allen Hayes (Jessica) and Brian Hayes; one daughter, Rita Hopper (Wayne); two brothers, Lathern Hayes and Lanny Hayes; one sister, Sharon Bryant; and three grandchildren Andrew Yancey, Destiney Briscoe and Breanna Briscoe.
Pallbearers were family and friends.
A Celebration of Life service for Andrew Theodoropoulos, 76, was held Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home.
Mr. Theodoropoulos died Dec. 18 at Cullman Regional Medical Center. He was born March 11, 1943, in Massachusetts to Samuel and Anastasia Theodoropoulos. He retired from the United States military with 20 years of service and was a machinist supervisor at GE prior to his retirement.