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Obituaries June 14-21

Darlene Ann (Larkin) Slate 


Darlene Ann (Larkin) Slate passed peacefully from this world to eternal life June 12 at the age of 85.  

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, L. Royce Slate, of 55 years.  

She is survived by her two daughters, Angela J. Sherbine (Kreg) and Celia A. Powell (Richard) of Montgomery; grandchildren, Maggie, Jackson and Russell Powell and Nathaniel Sherbine; her brother, G. Larry Larkin (Marge) of Flagstaff, Arizona; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

A family graveside burial was held at Bethel Cemetery in Hartselle June 17 at 3:30 p.m. A Celebration of Life for family and friends was held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery June 19.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Aldersgate UMC Music Ministry. 


Danny Floyd Trent
Funeral service for Danny Floyd Trent, 66, was held June 17 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Nathan Green officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery.  

Mr. Trent passed away June 13 at Hospice Family Care. He was born Nov. 17, 1954, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Joe Daniel Trent and Peggy Juanita Reeder Trent. He was employed as a machinist for Federal
Mobile prior to his passing.  

He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include son, Douglas Duane Trent (Lisa); brother, Kenneth Trent; and sisters, Donna Trent and Sharron Trent.  

Pallbearers were family and friends. 


Linda Jean Hanners
Funeral service for Linda Jean Hanners, 74, was held June 17 at 2 p.m. at New Center Baptist Church with Bro. Ben Bates officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in New Center Cemetery. 

Mrs. Hanners died June 13 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born Nov. 17, 1946, in Scottsboro.  

She was a member of New Center and sang in the choir. She enjoyed going to the senior center at Somerville, and she loved flowers and gardening, going for walks, reading her Bible and being a servant in her community.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Hanners, and a daughter, Peggy Sheppard. 

Survivors include her daughter, Samantha Collins; son-in-law, Lawrence Shepard; grandchildren, Richard Shepard, Caroline Shepard and Brandon Cole; and great-grandchildren, Nathan Shepard and Lilly Shepard. 

Members of New Center Baptist Church served as pallbearers. 


Aubrey Ray Anderson
Funeral service for Aubrey Ray Anderson, 83, was held June 17 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Fred Hembree officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle Memory Gardens.
Mr. Anderson passed away June 13 at his residence. He was born June 10, 1938, in Lawrence County to Homer Anderson and Lena Corum Anderson. He was a wonderful man and a great father and grandfather. 

Mr. Anderson was the owner-operator of Anderson Motors in Hartselle for 42 years and was also employed by Hartselle Medical Center in the lab and X-ray departments. He loved to deer and turkey hunt and fish. He coached little league baseball for several years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annette Austin Anderson, and his parents.  

Survivors include son, Anthony Jay Anderson (Heather), and granddaughter, Amberly Jae Anderson. 

Pallbearers were Joe Jones, Don Austin, Guy Sloan, James Martin, Chuck Winton and Gene Barrows.

Doyle Durham
Lacey’s Spring 

Mr. Doyle Durham, 82, passed away June 14 at South Hampton Rehab and Nursing Home.  

He was born Jan. 24, 1939, in Madison County to Frank Durham and Callie Mae Atchley Durham.
He was employed by SCI in the maintenance department prior to his retirement. He loved being a pastor. He pastored Liberty Baptist Church in Lacey’s Spring during his career. He enjoyed fishing and reading, and he loved Westerns.  

He held a special place in his heart for all his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild and loved to spoil them. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Durham; a daughter, Joyce Durham; a son, Shane Durham; and a grandbaby, April Persle. 

Survivors include daughters, Pamela Holt (Leon) and Patty Persle; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 

The family might hold a memorial service at a later date. 


Don L. Foster “Fly High”
Funeral service for Don L. Foster “Fly High,” 82, was held June 18 at 2 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Russell officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Entombment was in Johnson
Chapel Cemetery. 

Mr. Foster died June 13 at his residence. He was born Dec. 21, 1938, in Franklin County to John L. Foster and Lelah A. Bishop Foster. 

Don was a private pilot for Baker Industries, prior Sonoco acquisition, in Hartselle and was vice president of marketing and sales. He was the national accounts manager of Sonoco until his retirement in 2003. 

Don loved camping, skiing, biking and reading, but his family was his greatest love! 

His family wishes special thanks to his dedicated caregivers, J.J. Puckett, Annie Alexander, Carol Justice, the Orr family, Altrina Carrie and Yah’shere, Monica McLin and Comfort Care Hospice. 

Survivors include his wife, Laverne Foster; sons, John Foster, Rod Foster (Molly) and Don Foster Jr.; daughter, Monica Walker (Kenny); stepson, Jarrod Thomas; stepdaughters, Tracey Collins (Scott) and Heather Holt (Bradley); six grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers were Nathan Foster, Eric Hill, John Foster Jr., Brady Wallace, Casen Wallace and Landon Wallace. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to your favorite charity. 


Sherry Laverne Key
Funeral service for Sherry Laverne Key, 82, was held June 18 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Joey Staton officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. 

Mrs. Key died June 15 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born Aug. 15, 1938, in Sinclair County to William Robert Frazier and Beaulah Thompson Frazier. She was a member of the Soul Harbor Baptist
Church and was employed by various restaurants as a cook prior to her retirement. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and she spent her whole life taking care of her family. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Key; sisters, Lurleen Leeth and Louise Allison; and a brother, James Frazier. 

Survivors include her sons, Roger Phillip Frazier, Bobby Van Key and Jimmy Allan Key; daughter, Deborah Jean Boles; brothers, Howard Frazier, Johnnie Frazier, Raymond Frazier and Jr. Frazier; sisters, Velma Dudley and Betty Miller; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers were Matthew Lovato, Paul Frazier, Howard Maxwell and Charles Key.

Doris Evelyn Massie
Funeral service for Doris Evelyn Massie, 94, was held June 19 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerome Ward officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery.
Ms. Massie died June 15 at Summerford Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 27, 1926, in West Virginia to Brady Janes and Anna Jane Slocum Janes. She was employed by Valley Rubber in office administration
prior to her retirement. She attended Gum Springs Baptist Church.  

Preceding her in death were her daughter, Dianna Phillips; brothers, Delbert and Edward Janes; sisters, Lorraine Laudermilk and Naomi Janes; and her parents. 

Survivors include son, Rod Massie (Kathy); daughters, Barbara “Susie” Merkh (Ron), Reva Morton and Darlene Lamb; 11 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers were family members. 


Fay Kelly
Funeral service for Fay Kelly, 83, was held June 19 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Ray Halbrooks, a dear family friend, officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle Memory Gardens. 

Mrs. Kelly died June 16 at her residence. She was born April 9, 1938, in Morgan County to Marvin Patillo Foote and Velma Lee James Foote. 

Fay was a homemaker for her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. John Hill Kelly; her parents; her twin brother, Ray Foote; and a sister, Willodean Foote Shaneyfelt. 

The family would like to say a special thank you to primary caregiver Joyce Williams. We could not have gone through this without her!
Her family requests, in lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Hospice of the Valley. 

Survivors include daughters, Allison Kelly Keenum (Chris) and Paige Kelly Wilson (Guy); sister, Jean Foote Miller; and grandchildren, Weston Keenum, Gray Keenum and Sullivan Patterson. 

Pallbearers were Chris Keenum, Guy Wilson, Weston Keenum, Gray Keenum and Ben Patterson. 


Iree Childers Kinney 


Funeral service for Iree Childers Kinney, 86, of Eva was held June 21 at 1 p.m. at Eva Baptist Church with Bro. Phillip Robinson and Bro. Zack Scott officiating. Burial was in the Lawrence Cove Cemetery. Peck Funeral Home directed.   

Mrs. Kinney was born Oct. 23, 1934, in Morgan County to Orbin Almon Childers and Loil Smith Childers.  She passed away June 18 at her residence.   

Mrs. Kinney was a member of Eva Baptist Church.   

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Huelon Kinney; two brothers, Larry Childers and David Childers; and four sisters, Opal Bolan, Magalene Graves, Marzell McLennan and Wilda Pozar.   

She was the co-owner of the Original Kinney’s Auto Glass. She was also a member of the Homemakers Club of Rock Creek. 

Survivors include two daughters, Sherry Barger (the Rev. Cliff) of Acworth, Ga., and Lori Peden (Mike) of Eva; brother, Wayne Childers, of Eva; sister, Carolyn Oden, of Vinemont; seven grandchildren, James Barger (Cherie), Jeff Barger (Wendy), Josh Marshall (Jessica), Phillip Marshall (Patty), Patrick Marshall (Megan), Phillip Peden (Amanda) and Vanessa Peden (Jason); and seven great-grandchildren. Grandsons were pallbearers. 


Medford Long

Funeral service for Medford Long, 91, was held June 22 at 2 p.m. at Oak Ridge United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Vest and the Rev. Elliott Gordon officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. His body laid in state at the church for one hour prior to the service Tuesday. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery. 

Mr. Long died June 19 at his residence. He was born Aug. 25, 1929, in Morgan County to Ruby Arrel Long and Annie Florence Johnson. He was a member of the Oak Ridge United Methodist Church and a retired farmer. His grandson and great-grandchildren were the light of his life, followed by Alabama football and deer hunting.  

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Mary Lou Wynn Long; his parents; a sister, Rubenia Long Wynn; and a brother, Duane Long. 

His family wishes to express special thanks to Hospice of the Valley and employees Britney, Shirley, Summer, Gary, Rich, Tamara, Penny, Amanda and Autumn for the special care and attention given.
Survivors include one daughter, Anena (Long) Cooper; brother, Maurice Long (Nancy); grandchild, Thomas Cooper (Ashley); great-grandchildren, Garrett and Zoey Cooper; and special friend, Joyce Legg.  

Pallbearers were Thomas Cooper, Kevin Long, Mack Maddox, Jerry Roberson, Joe McAbee and Phillip Steele. Honorary pallbearers were Oliver Townson, Greg Brown, Kyle Kirby and Louis Depreast. 


Guy William Davis Jr.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Guy William Davis Jr. was held June 22 at 6 p.m. in the chapel of Peck Funeral Home.
Mr. Davis, 61, passed away June 19 at Marshall Medical Center North.  

Guy was born to Guy William Davis Sr. and Frances Arlene Beal Davis Oct. 3, 1959, in Maryland. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. 

Guy is survived by his wife, Nancy Davis; children, Toby Davis, Kelly Gill, Dustin Davis, Joshua Gill, Toni Michelle Davis and Rachel Davis (Judson Taylor); father, Guy William Davis Sr.; brother, Scott Davis; and
grandchildren, Kiley Garcia, Audrey Garcia, Jaxon Garcia, Mackenzie Davis, Zoe Davis, Parker Davis, Harper Taylor and Hazel Taylor. 

He is preceded in death by his mother, Frances Davis.