Obituaries Jan. 18 – 25
Betty “Wonnie” Wonnell Segars
Funeral service for Betty “Wonnie” Wonnell Segars, 84, was held Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Godbee officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Johnson Chapel Cemetery. No public visitation was held.
Mrs. Segars died Jan. 17 at her residence. She was born Sept. 22, 1936, in Lawrence County to Ernest Carter and Bell Burnett Carter. She was a homemaker for her family and a floral designer.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Louie Ralph Segars; her parents; a son, Richard Segars; a daughter-in-law, Karen Segars; a grandson, Benjamin Segars; two sisters, Bonnell Kizzar and Mary Lynch; and a brother, Donald Carter.
Survivors include one son, Rickey Segars (Pam); daughter Rhona Segars Voss (Danny); sisters Dorothy Ward (Randall) and Laverne Foster (Don); grandchildren and pallbearers Chad Segars, Brad Voss, Kesha McLemore, Crystal Spigle, Jamie Dutton, Erin Strange and Ginger Presley; and great–grandchildren and honorary pallbearers Anna Kate Segars, Glavine Segars, Lou Segars, Carter McLemore, Kara McLemore, Bo Presley, Lelia Presley, Ellie Claire Presley, Austin Voss, Raigan Voss, Kobe Strange, Brieleigh Strange, Ryler Dutton, Mollie Dutton and Zachary Dye.
Barbara Ann Stamps
Funeral service for Barbara Ann Stamps, 80, of Hartselle was held Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at East Highland Baptist Church with Brother Walter Blackmon officiating. Burial was in the Hartselle City Cemetery. Peck Funeral Home directed.
Ms. Stamps, who was born Aug. 8, 1940, in Hattiesburg, Miss., to Roscoe Lee Stamps and Eddie Maude Allen Stamps, died Jan. 16 at the Terrace in Priceville. She grew up in Choctaw County and moved to Hartselle in 2004.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Johnny Stamps and Shelby Stamps; a sister, Louise Rouse; a sister-in-law, Anne Stamps; and a niece, Rebecca Rouse Steele.
She is survived by two nieces, Amanda Stamps and Amy Foreman; three nephews, Scott Stamps, Jason Stamps (Terra) and Harry Rouse (Sally); four great–nieces, Bonnie, Cathy, Deonna and Alison; and six great–nephews, Allen, Caleb, Michael, Chris, Richard and Andrew.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the East Highland Baptist Church’s building fund or mission fund.
Ruby Kirby Story
Ruby Kirby Story, 87, of Hartselle passed away Jan. 17. No services are scheduled. Peck Funeral assisted the family.
Edward L. Monroe
Funeral service for Edward L. Monroe, 85, was held Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. at Hartselle Church of Christ with Phillip Hines officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery.
Mr. Monroe died Jan. 17 at Summerford Nursing Home. He was born Oct. 2, 1935, in Cullman County to Albert P. Monroe and Pearl Pettit Monroe.
He was a member of the Hartselle Church of Christ, where he served as a deacon. He also served on the Hartselle Utilities Board for many years. He was a graduate of Auburn University and of UAH. He enjoyed his time talking over coffee with his friends every morning at the Holiday Inn in Decatur and other times at Burger King in Hartselle and Jack’s in Decatur. He was employed with Daniel’s Construction as an engineer prior to his retirement.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Willie Summerford Monroe, and son, John Monroe.
Pallbearers were Jason Summerford, Jeremy Summerford, John Appleton, Keith Bullard, Will Summerford and Randy Summerford.
Margaret Ann Murphy
A graveside funeral service and Interment for Margaret Ann Murphy, 72, was held Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at Bell Springs Cemetery with Bro. Brian Murphy officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Murphy died Jan. 15 at her residence. She was born Aug. 20, 1948, in Morgan County to William Franklin Moore and Bobbie Jean Houston Moore. She was a member of Bell Springs Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Virgil O’Neal Murphy, and her son, Kevin Murphy.
She was a homemaker and devoted her life to her faith, her husband, children and grandchildren. She was also a talented singer and artist, and she was much more than words can describe. She was spunky, sassy and funny. She loved Elvis and animals and was a big Alabama football fan. Most of all, she loved her children and grandchildren. There was nothing she loved more than time spent with them. She was certainly loved by so many and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her daughter, Susie Dean, Decatur; son, Brian Murphy (Carol), Cullman; brothers, Randy Moore (Kelly), Martin, Tenn., and Tim Moore (Stephanie), Falkville; and grandchildren, Breanna Novak (Adam), Summer Dean and Autumn Murphy.
Pallbearers were Lynn Dean, Tim Moore, Randy Moore, Earl Murphy, Jodie Murphy and Todd Pressley.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to your local no–kill animal shelter.
John Allen McAbee II
John Allen McAbee II, 48, born Jan. 8, 1973, and a resident of Hartselle, was taken home Jan. 15 while traveling through Gonzalez County, Texas, doing the work of his Heavenly Father.
Allen is survived by his wife, Jada McAbee; daughter, Mattie Killough (Bradley) and his first grandchild due August 2021; mother, Susan McAbee; father, John McAbee (Valerie); sister, Leslie Griffin (Brian); brother, Aaron McAbee; three nieces, four nephews and a host of other family and friends.
Family received friends at 11 a.m. Jan. 23 at Decatur Baptist Church followed by a Celebration of Life at noon. In lieu of flowers please consider donations in Allen’s memory to United Cerebral Palsy, ucphuntsville.org, or DBC MISSIONS, giving.ncsservices.org/App/Giving/ncs-2767.
Brandon Lee Chaney
A private graveside funeral service and interment for Brandon Lee Chaney, 44, was held at Ebenezer Freewill Baptist Cemetery with Bro. Aaron Dawson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Chaney died Jan. 20 at his residence. He was born Dec. 28, 1976, in Morgan County to Bobby Lee Chaney and Nancy Chaney. He was a self-employed hairdresser prior to his passing.
Preceding him in death were his father and his grandparents, Dorothy and Orville Chaney and Gene Ikner. Survivors include his mother, Nancy Chaney, and brother, Nicholas Chaney (Angie).
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Luther Marlin Chandler
Funeral service for Luther Marlin Chandler, 93, of Somerville was held Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Michael Gunter officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery
with military honors. Peck Funeral Home directed.
Mr. Chandler, who was born Feb. 15, 1927, in Georgia to Henry Arthur Chandler and Julie Ann Dover Chandler, died Jan. 19 at Tut-Fann Veterans Home in Huntsville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World
War II and retired from Roadway Express Inc. as a truck driver.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Chandler; two sons, Shawn Dudley (Tammy) and Gene Dudley (Laurie); a daughter, Tena Obosla; and two grandchildren, Angie Shonkwiler (Marty) and Craig Chandler.
Will Dudley, Austin Dudley Jr. Kritner and Cody Reno served as pallbearers.
Milton Charles Lankford
Funeral service for Milton Charles Lankford, 85, was held Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. at East Highland Baptist Church with Bro. Walter Blackman officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery.
Mr. Lankford died Jan. 21 at Decatur Morgan Hospital.
He was born Sept. 14, 1935, in Morgan County to Luther Milton Lankford and Margaret Blanche LeMay Lankford. He was a charter member of East Highland Baptist Church and worked in management for Aramark prior to his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Whitehead Lankford, and his parents.
Survivors include his sons, Charles Lee Lankford, Gene Lankford (Lea) and Roger Lankford; grandchildren, Jason Patrick Lankford, Whitney Lankford Gower (Kevin) and Matthew Blake Lankford (Courtney); great–grandchild Oliver Reed Gower; and special friend Addie Copeland, who was like a daughter to him.
Pallbearers were family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the East Highland Baptist Church building fund, P.O. Box 888, Hartselle, AL 35640.
Bobbie Hooks Johnson
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
A graveside funeral service and interment for Bobbie Hooks Johnson, 89, was held Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. at Herring Cemetery with Bro. David Carroll officiating and Peck Funeral Home directed.
Mrs. Johnson died Jan. 17 at USC Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was born July 5, 1931, in Morgan County to William Thomas Teague and Barbara Edith Adcock Teague. She was employed as a high school teacher for Lamar County, Georgia, prior to her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin W. Johnson, and her parents.
Survivors include her daughter, Marsha Hooks Gurganus; son, Marc Hooks (Molly); five grandchildren; and four great–grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Marc Hooks, Jonathan Hooks, Logan Hooks and Ian Hooks.
James Phillips “Phil” Sims
A graveside funeral service and interment for James Phillips “Phil” Sims, 72, was held Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. at Blue Springs Cemetery with Bro. Richard Richie officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Sims died Jan. 21 at his residence. He was born March 17, 1948, in Morgan County to James Alsie Sims and Ruth Pauline Phillips. He was employed as a machinist for Wolverine Tube prior to his retirement. He attended Blue Springs Baptist Church, where he loved singing in the choir. He was a member of the Flint Baptist Church. He loved his family dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include wife, Rachel Sims; son, James Ryan Sims (Gwena); sisters, Shirley Sims Shepard (Kenneth) and Sylvia Sims; grandchild, Zaida Anne-Marie Sims; and several nieces and nephews and great–nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Brad Curbow, Cade Graves, Jeremy Holland, Cynthia Holland, Justin Ryan, Stephen Ledbetter, Phillip Clardy, Hannah Clardy and Ian Clardy. Honorary pallbearers were Kaleb Holland.