Obituaries Sept. 7 – 14

David Teague 


Funeral service for David Teague, 72, of Falkville was held Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home with Bro. Phillip Hardin and Bro. Glen Smallwood officiating. Burial was at McKendree Cemetery.  

Mr. Teague died Sept. 5 at his residence. He was born Feb. 21, 1948, in Morgan County to Rufus B. Teague and Margaret Orr Teague.  

Mr. Teague was a carpenter prior to his retirement. He attended New Life Church.  

Mr. Teague was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John David Teague; a brother, Charles Teague; and a sister, Jane Smallwood. Survivors include his wife, Martha Teague; two sons, Powers Teague and Jeffrey Franklin; one daughter, Shelia Grant (Kevin); two brothers, Jimmy Teague (Beverly) and Paul Teague (Carrie); one sister, Carolyn James (Bob); four grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildrenPallbearers were Bob James, Powers Teague, Billy Smallwood, Kenny Lopez, Kevin Grant and Danny Drinkard. Honorary pallbearers were his brothers. 


George Garland Medders Jr. 


Memorial service for George Garland Medders Jr., 75, was held Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Gunter officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.  

Mr. Medders died Sept. 3 at Summerford Nursing Home. He was born Sept. 14, 1944, in Mississippi to George Garland Medders Sr. and Bertha Geneva Stigger Medders.  

Mr. Medders was preceded in death by his parents. Prior to his retirement, he was a carpenter for Norton Corporation. Mr. Medders loved hunting, fishing and boating.  

Survivors include one sonJeremiah Justin Medders; two daughters, Gail Medders and Melonie Stinson; brother Gerald Medders; three grandchildrenJohnathan Turner, Megan Lane and Morgan Stinson; and three great-grandchildrenColt Terry, Canter Terry and Kye Turner. 


Marjorie Carol Leeth 


Funeral service for Marjorie Carol Leeth, 48 of Somerville was held Sept. 11 at noon at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Barber officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.  

Mrs. Leeth was born June 23, 1972, in Morgan County to Jerry Kelley and Lonnette Nicholson Kelley. She passed away Sept. 5 at Decatur-Morgan Hospital.  

She was preceded in death by her parents.  

Marjorie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  

Survivors include her husbandTroy Leeth; three sonsMichael Roy Norris III, Jeremy Wayne Norris and Logan Allen Harvey Leeth; daughterSusan Lynnette Leeth; brotherJerry Kelley; three sistersKaren SwinneyMarilyn Rivers and Melinda Montgomery; and 12 grandchildren. 


Shirley Claudelle Ellis
A celebration of life for Shirley Claudelle Ellis, 84, was held Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. at Johnson Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Shaddix and Clayton Speed officiating.  

Mrs. Ellis died Sept. 8 at Huntsville Hospital. She was born to Ray Griggs and Birdie Thompson Griggs.  

She was a graduate of Decatur High School. Upon graduation she began her career in human resources and retired as a management analyst at Space and Missile Defense Command. Her greatest love was playing piano and singing gospel songs with Griggs Trio. She was a member of First Baptist Hartselle for 42 years, where she was very active in the church choir.  

She is survived by her husband, Frank Ellis; her son, Joel Ellis (Rose Marie)two grandchildren, Will Ellis and Sarah Ellis (fiance Jay Terry); and greatgrandson Brooks Wallace.  

Pallbearers were family members Will Ellis, Russell Ellis, Rodney Ellis, Scott Ellis, Brian Ellis and Jay Terry. 


James Matthews
James Matthews was born Oct. 15, 1932, to Arthur and Mildred Matthews, the second of four sons. He was raised on a small farm just off Sixth Avenue in Decatur. Throughout his childhood and formative years, he was taught the value and necessity of hard work, a rich love of music, an understanding of and respect for the Bible and an enduring faith in Jesus Christ.  

After graduating from Riverside High School in 1950, he attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University), graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. Shortly after graduating, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served in Germany with the U.S. Army Chemical Corp. (Smoke Generator Branch) until September of 1956. In December of that year he began work with THIOKOL Chemical Corp. At Redstone Arsenal, where he worked in solid propellant rocket development (to include the Minute Man Missile Program). In 1963 he left THIOKOL to join the family business  Matthews Machine Company.  

After retirement from Matthews Industries, he worked as an engineer/consultant for Teledyne Brown until his formal retirement.
July 8, 1967, he married Veronica “Roni,” his wife of 53 years. They had two sons and seven grandchildren. He was a good husband, a loving and kind father and, in general, a truly honorable man.  

As my father would often say, “He who shall, so shall he who.  

Although he had many occupational accomplishments, his greatest titles were “Husband,” “Dad” and “Paw Paw.
It can humbly but accurately be said that he was one of the most moral and honorable men you could ever meet – a good and decent man who will truly be missed! But we will see him again!  

Mr. Matthews was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Alfred Matthews.
Funeral service for Mr. Matthews was Sept. 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapelwith burial at Burningtree Memorial Gardens. Bro. Reynolds Hall officiated 

Survivors include his wife, Veronica “Roni” E. Matthews; two sons, Steven J. Matthews and Daniel A. Matthews (Solita); two brothers, Ernest Matthews and Ralph Matthews; and seven grandchildren, Timothy Hall, Michael Waits, Jonathan Moral, Steven Matthews, Daniel Matthew and Michael Matthews, who served as pallbearers. 


Johness Barbara Franklin Swindle
Mrs. Johness Barbara Franklin Swindle died Sept. 9 at her residence. She was born June 22, 1949, in Morgan County to Bryant Joe Franklin and Mary Lou Herdon Franklin. She was self-employed, building furniture.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ricky Swindleher parents; a daughter, Joyce Renee Swindle Stewart; two brothers, Calvin Franklin and Ray Franklin; and two sisters, Martina King and Gail Jones. 

Survivors include one daughter, Tessa Swindle (Lee Morris); one brother, Joe Franklinone sister, Judy Schell (Chris); and three grandchildren, Michele Swindle, Danielle Bell and Destiny Stewart.
A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date by her family in Roselawn Cemetery. 


James Loyd Wallace Jr.
A graveside funeral service and interment for James Loyd Wallace Jr., 74, were held Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. at Hartselle Memory Gardens with Larry Long Sr. officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. 

Mr. Wallace died Sept. 9 at Merritt Health in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was born March 18, 1946, in Morgan County to James Loyd Wallace Sr. and Janie Belle Cowan Wallace. He was employed as the vice president of safety and claims and risk management for J.B. Hunt Transport, the largest truckload carrier in the USA. He was a graduate of the Falkville High School Class of 1964.  

Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Joe Robert Wallace.  

Survivors include his wifeAndrea Landers Wallace, Decatur; one sonJames Leldon Wallace (Teresa), Key West, Florida; one brotherJohnie Wallace, Decaturtwo sistersJanet Wallace Woods, Falkville, and Joyce Wallace Kirkpatrick (Frankie), Hartselleone grandson, James Lucas Wallace, Key West, Florida; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were his nephews, Jason Kirkpatrick, Joshua Wallace, Jeremy Blackwood, Tony Heaps, Dale Maples and Brett Blackwood. 


Brenda Kay Montgomery Pressnell
A graveside funeral service and interment for Brenda Kay Montgomery Pressnell, 68, were held Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. at Mt. Tabor Cemetery with Bro. Bert Wilson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. 

Mrs. Pressnell died Sept. 10 at her residence. She was born July 31, 1952, in Morgan County to William H. Montgomery and Pearline Katherine St. John Montgomery. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a homemaker for her family.  

Preceding her in death were her father, William Montgomery, and a brother, William “Billy” Montgomery.  

Survivors include her husband, Leo Pressnell; her motherPearline Katherine St. John Montgomeryone sonBrandon Shane Pressnell (Stephanie); two daughtersHeather Wilson and Robin Blankenship; one brotherPhillip Montgomery (Rachel); and five grandchildrenWhitley Blankenship, Austin Carlton (Carlee), Kennedy Blankenship, Hannah Wilson and Bentlee Pressnell. 


Jimmy Ray Henson
Funeral service for Jimmy Ray Henson, 77, was held Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. at Union Church of Christ with Bro. Tom Larkin officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Somerville City Cemetery. 

Mr. Henson died Sept. 10 at his residence. He was born Nov. 26, 1942, in Morgan County to James Walker Henson and Rosa Mae
Lee Henson. He was employed by Wolverine Tube as a machine operator for 33 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Union Church of Christ and a member of Kuma Kops (Army Group) and served in the United States Army Security Division in Japan for four years.  

He was married to his wife Carolyn for 49 years.  

Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Janie Wray.  

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Mooneyham Henson; one son, Cory Ray Henson (Lori); two daughters, Alana Suttles and Amanda Jackson (Dustin); and six grandchildren, Chloe Henson, Cole Henson, Maggie Suttles, Jackson Suttles, Drake Jackson and Kayden Jackson.  

Pallbearers were Cory Henson, Cole Henson, Dustin Jackson, Tommy Earwood, Eric Earwood and Danny Wray. 


James F. White          

Funeral service for James F. White, 82, of Hartselle will be Sept. 17 at noon at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carl Smith officiating and burial in Hartselle Memory Gardens Cemetery, with Peck Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be Thursday from 11a.m. to noon at the funeral home.  

Mr. White was born July 12, 1938, in Baldwin County to David F. White and Elizabeth Wallace White. He passed away Sept. 10 at Decatur-Morgan Hospital.  

He is preceded in death by his parents.  

He was a member of the Durant Chapel Baptist Church. He worked as a building inspector for Baldwin County, and he retired after 20 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Crisis, and he was stationed in Germany. He was honored and proud to serve his country. He served in the United States Army from 1962 to Dec. 31, 1967.  

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ernestine Peavy White; his daughter, Lisa (Frank) Buckley; his brother, Paul W. (Lois) White of Bay Minette; two grandchildren, Emma and Caroline; and several nieces and nephews. 


Cindy Ornburn
Graveside service for Cindy Ornburn, 68, of Priceville, was held Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. at Burningtree Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Mark Sanders officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.   

She was born July 5, 1952, in Illinois to Charles Fickinger and Jean May Hangsleben Fickinger. She passed away Sept. 12 at her residence.  

She was a member of Shoal Creek Baptist Church in Decatur. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.  

Cindy was former owner of Bill Ornburn Auctions Company LLC. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  

Survivors include her husband, Bill Ornburn of Priceville; two sons, Aaron (Jamie) of Florence, Kentucky, and Chris (Laura) Murry of Evansville, Illinois; one daughter, Amber (Brian) Sparkman of Hartselle; and eight grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Brian Sparkman, Aaron Ornburn, Chris Murry, Wilson Hilliard, Don Fairbanks, Don Widner and Chris Stockwell. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Brain Tumor Foundation or Hospice of the Valley. 8


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