Obituaries June 21-28
Margie Elaine Abshire
Funeral service for Margie Elaine Abshire, 65, was held June 25 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with THE Rev. Mike Price officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Lawrence County.
Mrs. Abshire died June 19 at her residence. She was born April 4, 1956, in Warren County, Ohio, to Franklin D. Hornbeck and Nellie P. Woofter Hornbeck. She was a factory worker for several years prior to her passing. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include husband, Emory Abshire; son, Travis Abshire (Jessica); grandchild, Trenton Abshire; and stepmother, Ilene Hornbeck. Pallbearers were family and friends.
Morris Ray Humphrey
Funeral service for Morris Ray Humphrey, 77, was held June 24 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Sellers officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Etha Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Humphrey died June 21 at Cullman Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 24, 1943, in Calhoun County to Orbie Humphrey and Lela Kemp Humphrey.
Mr. Humphrey was a member of the Rock Creek Baptist Church in Morgan County and served as a deacon at his home church, Etha Baptist Church. He never met a stranger and like to shake a hand when he met someone. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather; his family was his most loved asset.
He was a carpenter by trade and enjoyed working with wood and working with his hands. He liked Alabama football and the Atlanta Braves.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a daughter, Amanda Leigh Humphrey.
Survivors include wife, Peggie Widener Humphrey; son, Randy Humphrey (Melissa); daughter, Vickie Murphree (Braxton); brothers, Harold Humphrey (Martha) and Raymond Humphrey (Sharon); sister, Doris Self; and six grandchildren, Kelsie, Cade (Kaylee) and Kyleigh Murphree and Lauren, Mason and Carson Humphrey.
Pallbearers were Cade Murphree, Mason Humphrey, Carson Humphrey, Dylan Jackson, Jason Hanvey, Jessie Hanvey. Michael Moss, Matt Widener and Jeremy Widener.
Charles Anderson Parker
Charles A. Parker, 84, of Pinson passed away at home surrounded by family June 21. The family received friends June 24 from 6-8 p.m. at Ridout’s Gardendale Chapel, Gardendale, and again June 22 from 1-2:30 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home in Hartselle, with a graveside service following at Herring Cemetery in Massey.
Charles retired from sales at Abercrombie Chevrolet in Hartselle and then worked as a courier for LabCorp in Birmingham. He was a member of McKendree United Methodist Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Pallie Parker, and siblings Ophelia Orr, Bill Parker, Shirley Bramlett and Morris Parker.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Parker; children Jeff (Valerie) Parker, Vicki (Wayne) Carroll, Dawn (Michael) Ayers and Traci (Richard) Edwards; grandchildren Jeffrey Parker, Adam Carroll, Rebecca Carroll, Sarah Carroll, Olivia Ayers, Molly Ayers, Mason Ayers, Owen Ayers, Dylan (Kelsie) Edwards and Dayne Edwards; and many nieces and nephews.
Charles loved spending time with family, playing jokes on everyone and attending the grandkids’ many ballgames and events.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.
A Letter from Heaven
When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see,
If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me
I wish so much you wouldn’t cry the way you did today
While thinking of the many things we didn’t get to say.
I know how much you love me as much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me, too.
When tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart
For every time you think of me, I’m right here in your heart.
—Alena Hakala Meadows
Funeral service for Kenneth Veal, 75, was held June 26 at1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Johnny Wayne Jones officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Etha Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Veal passed away June 22 at UAB Hospital. He was born April 20, 1946, in Morgan County to Dover Howell Veal and Willie Mae Stewart Veal. Kenneth enjoyed fishing and the outdoors, and every Saturday he could be found at Lacon Trade Day.
Every Sunday, he was at the Harvest Temple. He had a strong belief in people and helping others. He was employed as a lineman with a cable company prior to his retirement.
Survivors include his wife, Robbie Mae Hyatt Veal; sons, Rex Westmoreland and Ray Westmoreland; daughters, Rita Westmoreland and Malenia Veal; brother, David Veal; sisters, Melba Nelson and Linda Holmes; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family.
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Lynda Hardin passed away at the age of 71 June 22 at Decatur Morgan Hospital.
She was born Oct. 4, 1949, in Morgan County to David Lester Blackwood and Thelma Bishop Blackwood. A lifelong resident of Somerville, she was a homemaker for her family and a member of Shoal Creek Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be remembered by her family and friends for her kind heart and sense of humor.
Preceding her in death were her husband Larry Hardin, her children Leslie and Lance, her parents and her brother, Jerry Blackwood.
She is survived by her brother, Carl Blackwood (Becky); her sister, Joan Brown (Tommy); numerous nieces and nephews; and her two grandchildren, Brayden Henderson and Skylar Foreman.
A memorial service was held at Shoal Creek Baptist Church June 26 at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Shoal Creek Baptist Church, 1077 Shoal Creek Road, Decatur, AL 35603.
Funeral service for Mike Hill, 63, was held June 27 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Brad Sheats officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Roselawn.
Mr. Hill passed away June 24 at Huntsville Hospital. He was born March 20, 1958, in Morgan County to Lloyd James Hill Jr. And Margaret Nell Bradberry Hill.
Mike was a gun collector. He loved telling corny jokes, watching Alabama football and the Atlanta Braves and attending Life Church in Hartselle. He enjoyed the company of his cat, spending time with his family and friends and finding any gadget to intrigue his mind.
His parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his brother, Jerome Hill; aunts, Jo Barnette and Kathleen Pait; cousins, Ann Bentley, Chris Hill, Susan Hill, Devona Kilimas and Dwight Wright; and close friends, Jason, Kathy, Kaitlyn and Justin Patrick and Anna and Drew Altman.
Pallbearers were David Bentley, Tim Barnette, Jeff Burbanks, Jason Patrick, Justin Patrick and Drew Altman.
Funeral service for Lynn Hagood, 80, will be June 30 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim McCormick officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Shiloh Baptist Cemetery.
Mr. Hagood passed away June 27 at Decatur Morgan Hospital.
He was born Jan. 21, 1941, in Morgan County to Lynn Hagood and Mable Sanderson Hagood. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church and was the sound engineer for his church for more than 30 years. He was a drummer for numerous Southern gospel groups and was the absolute best of that talent.
Lynn had a recording studio and has produced numerous recordings for many local groups. He loved Southern gospel music and enjoyed woodworking. He was employed with Gobble Fite Lumber Company, in their sales division, prior to his retirement.
His parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Moon Hagood; sons, Chris Hagood (Carolyn) and Jason Hagood (Stacy); grandchildren, Ashley Hagood, Trevor Hagood, Emily Thomas and Ryan Hagood; and great-grandchildren, Bryant, Bentley, Brynleigh, Bryleigh and Leia.
Pallbearers will be Chris Hagood, Jason Hagood, Ryan Hagood, Trevor Hagood, Tyler Pledger and David Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be Vaughn Moon, Jerry Moon and Jason Moon.
Marcus “Tut” Thublin Jr.
Funeral mass for Marcus “Tut” Thublin Jr., 85, will be July 3, at 11 a.m. at Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church with Father Charles Merrill officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. A graveside Interment will be held by the family in Mobile at the Magnolia Cemetery July 17 at 10 a.m., with Father John Lynes officiating.
Mr. Thublin died May 20 at Decatur Health & Rehab Center.
He was born Feb. 16, 1936, in Mobile County to Marcus Frederick Thublin Sr. and Emma Victoria Lander Thublin. Born in Mobile Feb. 16, 1936, Mr. Thublin was preceded in death by his parents.
He played professional baseball for the New York Yankees organization, was a first lieutenant after completing ROTC during his college years and attended Springhill College, where he earned an accounting degree.
He spent his working career in the healthcare industry and was instrumental in establishing Charter Retreat Hospital/Decatur West.
He retired as director of billing for Cullman Anesthesia group in 2013.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, William Frazier Thublin; sister, Ann Paulette Thublin; and wife of 24 years, Patricia Clarke Thublin.
Survivors include wife, Vonda L. Thublin; daughter, Vicki Thublin Blankenship (Tommy); stepson, Bobby L. Smith (Liz); four grandchildren, Ryland and Carson Blankenship and Liam and Bennett Smith.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church, 3910 Spring Ave. SW, Decatur, AL 35603.
Elizabeth “Bettye-O” Oldacre Fuqua
Funeral service for Elizabeth “Bettye-O” Oldacre Fuqua, 101, will be
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 5:30 PM at Cotaco Methodist Church with Bro.
Fred Childs and Bro. Vann Wray officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Burial will be in Shiloh Baptist Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday,
June 30, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM at Cotaco Methodist Church.
Mrs. Fuqua passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2021. She was born April 4,
1920, in Morgan County to Daniel Oscar Oldacre and Lena Naomi Tapscott
Mrs. Fuqua was a founding member of the Cotaco United Methodist Church. She
was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great
grandmother. She was a nurse for the Florette Senior Center, prior to her
retirement. Preceding her in death were her husband, James “Jim” Fuqua III, her parents,
and a brother, Lorimer “Soup” Oldacre.
Survivors include daughters, Megan Wright (Lewis) and Suzanne Wray (Vann);
5 grandchildren, Eight Great Grandchildren; One Great Great Grandchild
Pallbearers were Kyle Brakke, Chris Wright, Craig Wright, Wyatt Burtts,
Gus Burtts and Jacob Wright. Honorary Pallbearers were Jackson Wright and Mason Wright.