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Obituaries week of March 16

Olene Parker Dudley


Funeral service for Olene Parker Dudley, 65, was held March 8 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Dobbs officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Center Springs Cemetery.

Ms. Dudley died March 5 at her residence. She was born June 8, 1956, in Michigan, to Robert Parker and Lucy Moore Parker. She was employed by Copeland Corporation as an operator prior to her passing.

She was a wonderful mother and grandmother.

Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, Robert Jean Parker and Arthur Ray Parker; and sisters, Maryann Parker and Peggy Sue Davis.

Survivors include her sons, Kevin Dudley, Somerville, Scotty Dudley (Melissa), Moulton, and Kenny Dudley (Amber), Decatur; brothers, Dean Charest and Van Charest; sisters, Faye Mason, Jeanette Eaves, Bettie Patterson and Wilda Steelman; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Austin Dudley, Austin Brown, Brayden Caver, Beau Caver, D.J. Flake and Wally Steelman.


Donnie Marsh


Funeral service for Donnie Marsh, 42, was held March 8 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Aaron Dawson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Mt. Hope Baptist Church.

Mr. Marsh died March 5 at Cullman Regional Medical Center.

He was born June 15, 1979, in Florida to Carlton Marsh and Mary Annette Edmondson Marsh. He was employed as a supervisor for Topre prior to his passing. He was the assistant chief for the Ebenezer Volunteer Fire Department and loved working with the fire department and working with heavy equipment.

He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, who he loved dearly, and he loved Alabama football.

Preceding him in death were a son, Austin Lane Marsh; grandparents, Hazel and Spencer Edmondson; grandmother-in-law, Mary McDonald; and a nephew, Malachi Ryan.

Survivors include his wife, Toni Shears Marsh; son, Dalton Marsh (Brianna); daughter, Taylor Marsh Harris (Cooper); parents, Carlton Marsh and Mary Annette Edmondson Marsh; in-laws, Karen and Dale Shears; sisters-in-law, Tamara Shears Ryan and Tori Shears Hinton (Eric); grandchildren, Montgomery Harris and Adalynn Marsh; four nieces; and seven nephews.

Pallbearers were Dalton Marsh, Cooper Harris, Eli Hood, Steven Hogan, Seth Pillow, Shannon Harville, Errick Sinyard and Jeremy Calvert.


Sarah Shadrix Howard


Graveside service for Sarah Shadrix Howard, 87, of Hartselle was held March 9 at 1 p.m. at Hartselle Memory Gardens Cemetery with Brother Ben Bates officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Howard, who was born Oct. 9, 1934, in Morgan County to Jesse Miles “Buck” Shadrix and Magnolia Clemons Shadrix, died March 5 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She worked many years in the kitchen at Summerford Nursing Home, and she was a member of New Center Baptist Church. She loved working puzzle books, watching Alabama football, watching Jeopardy and shopping for clothes. She loved her dog, Sassy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Howard.

She is survived by three sons, Gary Howard of Birmingham, Steve Howard of Huntsville and Wayne Howard (Gail) of Hartselle; two daughters, Joan Stone (Dale) of Cherokee and Tammy Tallent (Clay) of

Hartselle; a sister, Faye Hopper; and a sister-in-law, Martha Stevenson; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Brian Wilbanks, Bobby Hunter, Dale Stone, Albert VanWinkle, Jordan VanWinkle and Noah VanWinkle served as pallbearers.


James “Jim” H. Crow III


James “Jim” H. Crow III, 80, of Danville, passed away March 3 at his residence. A celebration of life was held March 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Peck Funeral Home Chapel in Hartselle, with Charlie Seifried officiating.

James was survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Shadden Crow; his son, James H. Crow IV (Lisa); his daughter, Elizabeth C. Eldridge (Christopher); his stepdaughter, Rhonda Sledge (Bill); his brother, Patrick E. Crow; his grandson, Nicholas R. Crow; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Crow was born in Morgan County to Judge James H. Crow Jr., and Sarah Elizabeth Crow. He attended Decatur High School and University of Alabama School of Law. Mr. Crow practiced law in Birmingham.

The family requests donations be made to Tennessee Riverkeeper,, or Southern Environmental Law Center,, in lieu of flowers.


Thomas Brown

Thomas McCoy Brown


Funeral service for Thomas McCoy Brown, 88, of Hartselle was held March 9 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Phillip Hines officiating. Burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery with Peck Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Brown, who was born March 19, 1933 in Lexington to Villard Minton Brown and Eula Williams Brown, died March 7. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Korean conflict. He retired from the TVA and was a member of the Hartselle church of Christ. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed working in his yard, but his grandchildren were his pride and joy. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Joy Newbern.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Janet Allen Brown; daughters, Belinda Lokey (Don) and Carla Porter; a son, Tom Brown (Beth); grandchildren, Laura Lokey-Flippo (John), April Adams (Jarrod), Jason Porter (Cara), Diana Porter, Kevin Porter (Taylor), Ashley Leverette (Brandon), Clay Brown (Hannah) and Kelly Leaf (Gaven); and 12 great-grandchildren.

Jason Porter, Kevin Porter, Clay Brown, Jarrod Adams, John Flippo and Brandon Leverette served as pallbearers.


Jerrold Couey


A graveside funeral service and interment for Jerrold Couey, 70, was held March 10 at 3 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church with Bro. Jack Bailey and Kenneth Roberts officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.

Mr. Couey died March 6 at his residence. He was born May 29, 1951, in Morgan County to Voine “A.V.” Couey and Lazelle Murphy Couey.

He was employed by BP/Amoco for 32 years, where he made lasting friendships with co-workers. He was a beloved husband, father and Papa.

He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, was a graduate of Cotaco High School, Class of 1969, and attended Calhoun Community College, where he played basketball for two years. Mr. Couey enjoyed playing basketball, fishing, spending time with his dogs and watching hummingbirds.

Jerrold married his high school sweetheart, Vicky, and they had been married 51 years.

Survivors include his wife, Vicky Roberts Couey, Somerville; daughter, Christy Clark (Mark), Somerville; son, Blake Couey, Somerville; brothers, Randall Couey (Debie), Michael Couey (Toni) and Byron Couey; two grandchildren, Sarah Hanson (Blake) and Hannah Clark; great-grandchildren, Harleigh Hanson and Baylor Hanson, on the way; and a first cousin who was like a brother, Gary Couey.

Pallbearers were Joshua Couey, Andrew Couey, Bradley Couey, Larry Couey, Blake Hanson and Joby Grantland.


Gary Price


Funeral service for Gary Price, 66, was held March 12 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ralph Henderson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Mount Zion Cemetery in Vinemont.

Mr. Price died March 1 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born Feb. 20, 1956, in Florida to Oscar Hobert Price and Martha Geneva Widner Price. He was employed by Walmart Distribution Center as a factory worker prior to his passing.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harold Dewayne Price; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Lenning.

Survivors include a daughter, Stephanie Thomas (Bert); brother, Oscar David Price (Karen); sisters, Terri Lea Hill and Karen Lynn Cook; and grandchildren, Corbin and Ethan Hicks.

Pallbearers were family and friends.


James “Billy” Richard


Mr. James “Billy” Richard, 80, of Falkville, died March 9 at his residence. He was born Dec. 24, 1941, in Morgan County to Edward Houston Richard and Ruth Jarrett Richard. He was employed at Ingalls Iron and Steel and Sonoco during his career, prior to his retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Shelia Richard, Falkville, and stepson, James Smith, Falkville.

No services are scheduled at this time.


Derrick Charles Maxwell


Derrick Charles Maxwell, 61, died Feb. 28 at his residence. He was born Aug. 30, 1960, in Morgan County to Charles Delver Maxwell and Helen Isol Puckett Maxwell.

He was employed doing contract work prior to his passing. He loved to fish, liked going to trade day and enjoyed Alabama football and handyman work. He was a great caregiver for his brother, Ronnie, and was described as someone with a sweet smile and pretty blue eyes.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lydia James.

Survivors include his brothers, James Maxwell and Ronnie Maxwell; son, Arron Maxwell (Faith); and sister, Debbie Nungester.

The family held a memorial graveside service March 12 at 2 p.m. in the Antioch Church Cemetery.


Mary Dee Atkins


Funeral service for Mary Dee Atkins, 76, was held March 14 at noon at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Gunter officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery.

Ms. Atkins died March 10 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born Nov. 18, 1945, in Tazewell, Virginia, to Maynard Atkins and Beulah Griffith Atkins.

She was a loving mother and grandmother who was a hard worker.

She was employed at Lonewolf Trailers, where she helped build utility trailers, prior to her retirement. She loved watching TV.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Jack Daniel Grandstaff.

Survivors include one son, Bobby Wayne Bourne (Michelle); one daughter, Tina Renee Kritner; brother, George Griffith; sister, Garlanda Kidd; and grandchildren, John, Jason and Jeffrey Grandstaff and Justin White.


Cynthia Prince Blackwood


Funeral service for Cynthia Prince Blackwood, 60, of Hartselle was held March 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lynn Harvel officiating. Burial was in Burningtree Memorial Gardens. Peck Funeral Home directed.

Mrs. Blackwood was born Dec. 5, 1961, in Morgan County, to Jackie Lee Prince and Nesya May Archer. She passed away March 13 at her residence.

She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Jackie Lee Prince Jr. (Pete).

Cynthia was a loving wife, sister and aunt.

Survivors include her husband, Timothy J. Blackwood; mother, Nesya May Higginbotham; sister, Rebecca Lynn Vincent; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Matt Tunstill, Corey Prince, Tyler Vincent, Drew Vincent, Steven Harvel and Derrick Vincent. Honorary pallbearers were Trent Downs and Pete Tunstill.


Judy Glasgow Spain


A graveside funeral service and interment for Judy Glasgow Spain, 73, was held March 13 at 2 p.m. at Hartselle Memory Gardens with Bro. Chris Martin and Bro. Walter Blackman officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Spain died March 11 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born Sept. 17, 1948, in Morgan County to Luther Otto Glasgow and Eudelle Landers Glasgow. She was a housewife and homemaker and had worked with Mutual Savings Insurance Company prior to retiring.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, William L. Glasgow Sr. and the Rev. Fred O. Glasgow Sr.

Survivors include a daughter, Adra Lawrence (Gearie), Hartselle; sister, Mary Louise Hobbs (Tommy), Eashey, S.C.; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Dean Glasgow, Decatur; and several nieces and nephews and great-niece and nephews. Please make memorial contributions to the Morgan County Animal Shelter, in lieu of flowers.


Kenneth Lamar Preuitt Sr.


Kenneth L. Preuitt Sr. passed away March 10 at Summerford Healthcare in Falkville.

Kenneth was born the son of a sharecropper Dec. 5, 1942 in Moulton to Lily Frances Naylor and Howard Bluitt Preuitt. As the third oldest of seven sons, he learned all about hard work, working long days alongside his brothers and his dad on a farm. He had a work ethic instilled in him at an early age that would propel him to great success in his own business later in life.

He met Patricia Ann Bartlett on a blind date in 1963, and they were married June 24, 1965. They celebrated 56 years together this past year.

Kenneth worked for 3M Company for 13 years, spent three years in Naples, Italy, with 3M and eventually started his own furniture business in Double Springs in 1976 with his wife Ann.

In 1986, they would move that business to Hartselle, until they retired in 2015.

Along the way, Kenneth and Patricia Ann had two boys: Ken Preuitt Jr. and Nicholas Jay Preuitt. Kenneth loved his family and was always helping them in any way he could.

Kenneth also enjoyed working on classic cars and restored several during his lifetime.

Kenneth was especially proud of his twin granddaughters, Abigail and Olivia Preuitt. They learned many lessons from “Pop” Preuitt, and he was always talking about them and how much he loved the twins.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Ann Preuitt; eldest son, Kenneth L. Preuitt Jr. (Shannon Preuitt); two granddaughters, Olivia and Abigail Preuitt; youngest son, Nicholas Preuitt (Kevin Amick); five brothers, Gene Elton Preuitt, Johnny O’Neal Preuitt (Rebecca), Eddie Howard Preuitt (Debbie), Alton Ray Preuitt (Doretha) and Michael Wayne Preuitt (Sonya); and stepmother Marcia Jane Preuitt, as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.

Kenneth is preceded in death by his oldest brother, Jim Preuitt, and his parents.

The family has decided to honor his wishes and asks that in lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alabama Kidney Foundation and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers during this time. We especially want to thank the nursing staff at Summerford Healthcare and also the staff at Dialysis of Decatur and Dr. Gladish.

A visitation will be held March 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home in Hartselle.


Joann M. Cross


A graveside funeral service for Joann M. Cross, 89, of Decatur, will be held at 3 p.m. March 16 at Burningtree Memorial Gardens with Peck Funeral Home directing.

Mrs. Cross died March 12 at Huntsville Hospital. Mrs. Cross was born Aug. 3, 1932, in Alabama to L.A. and Willie King Sparks.

Mrs. Cross was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Milford Cross; a daughter, Dianne Slater; a son, Charles Cross; three brothers; and six sisters. She is survived by her children, Jimmy Cross (Jean), Ricky Cross (Cathy), Beth Alexander (Greg), Don Cross (Janie) and David Cross (Michelle); grandchildren, Becky Chaney, Ty Slater, Michael Bowling, Michelle Hood, Matthew Cross, Greg Woodruff, Dylan Cross and Jaxon Cross; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the VFW.


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