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Obituaries March 23

Crystal Layton Fuller 


Funeral service for Crystal Layton Fuller, 46, was March 17 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Frankie Flack and Bro. Lynn Harvel officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Shiloh Baptist Cemetery.  

Mrs. Fuller passed away March 13 at her residence. She was born June 17, 1975, in Morgan County to Don O’Neil Layton and Freida Gail Parker Layton.  

She was employed with the Morgan County Schools system for 23 years, 17 of those working with children with special needs, where she was known as the “Potty Whisperer.”  

She loved the outdoors. She enjoyed fishing and hunting and working in her flower garden. She loved to color and do puzzles, and she enjoyed any type of arts and crafts. She loved her dog and friend, Sophie. 

Survivors include her husband, Allen Fuller; parents, Don O’Neil and Freida Parker Layton; daughter, Audrey Dawn Landry (Chris); step-daughter, Susan Fuller; sister, Connie Moon; nephews, Donavon and Hayden Moon; great-nephew, Zaidyn Moon; and great niece, Braylynn Moon.
Pallbearers were Donavan Moon, Hayden Moon, Jerry Moon, Jason Moon, Chris Landry, Kelly Wallace and Carlton Wilson. 


Mary Frances “Frannie” McCutcheon 

Valhermoso Springs 

Funeral service for Mary Frances “Frannie” McCutcheon, 82, was held March 16 at 1 p.m. at Valhermoso Holiness Church with Bro. Tim Patrick officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Valhermoso Holiness Cemetery.  

Miss McCutcheon died March 14 at her residence. She was born Aug. 14, 1939, in Morgan County to Herbert Earl McCutcheon and Grace Lilly Lurleen Winton McCutcheon. She was employed by Chrysler Corporation in the assembly department prior to her retirement. She was an animal lover and a member of the Valhermoso Holiness Church. 

She was preceded in death by her parents.  

Survivors include her brother, Jack McCutcheon, Laceys Spring.
Pallbearers were John Gibson, Michael Gibson and Jerry Atchley and family and friends. 


Edwin Joel “Mr. Ed” Slaten 


Edwin Joel “Mr. Ed” Slaten, 89, of Eva passed away March 13 at his residence. He was born Oct. 3, 1932. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War era.  

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elaine Slaten; daughter, Janet (Chris) Benefield; sons, Clifton (Sharon) Slaten and Terry (Lana) Slaten; brother, Kenneth (June) Slaten; grandchildren, Zachary Benefield, Nicholas Benefield, Daniel (Leanne) Slaten, Michael (Christine) Slaten, Laura (Brad) Smith and Gus Slaten; and great-grandchildren, Oran Slaten and Aria Bella Smith.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, Newt and Grace Slaten, and his brother, Dwight Slaten. 

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. No visitation was scheduled.
Mrs. Spain died March 9 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.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, William L. Glasgow Sr., and the Rev. Fred O. Glasgow Sr. 

Survivors include one daughter, Adra Lawrence (Gearie), Hartselle; sister, Mary Louis Hobbs (Tommy), Eashey, South Carolina; 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. 


Nicholas Edward Oden 


Mr. Nicholas Edward Oden died March 12 at Decatur Morgan Parkway Medical Center. He was born July 4, 1988, in Morgan County to Douglas Edward Oden and Teresa Brown Oden.
He was preceded in death by his parents.  

Survivors include a sister, Renea Popdan; brother, James Douglas Oden; and grandmother, Lorene Oden. 

No services are scheduled at this time. 

Julia Kay Prince Kilpatrick 

Fort Mill, South Carolina 

Julia Kay Prince Kilpatrick, 61, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, peacefully passed away March 14, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She was born July 30, 1960, in Hartselle to Karl and Joanne Barrett Prince.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; her paternal grandparents, William Clint and Julia Weinman Prince; and her maternal grandparents, Hansel and Ethel Bennett Barrett.  

Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Lyle Reed Kilpatrick of Fort Mill, South Carolina; two sons, Andrew Lyle Kilpatrick and Cameron Reed Kilpatrick, both of Charlotte, North Carolina; and one sister, Karen Lee Prince of Oriental, North Carolina.  

Kay graduated from Auburn University with a degree in industrial management in 1982. After marriage, she and Lyle moved to South Carolina, where she had a successful career in computer sales with KayPro Corporation. Later she became a notable real estate agent in the Tega Cay, South Carolina, community.  

A funeral service was held March 19 at 11 a.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2955 West Highway 160, Fort Mill, South Carolina, with the Rev. Dr. Joanne Sizoo officiating. On the following Saturday, March 26 at 11 a.m., a Celebration of Life will be held in Hartselle at Hartselle First United Methodist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in memory of Kay. 


Dr. Charles Steven Smith 

Dr. Charles Steven Smith was born in Hartselle to loving parents, Charles J. Smith and Patricia Ann Niles Smith.  

He was raised in Somerville, where he attended Cotaco School and graduated from Brewer High School in 1989. He then attended Bethel Bible College and graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1997. After graduating, he received an honorary doctorate degree in 2010.  

He married Regina Allen in 1993, and they pastored Lawrence Cove Baptist Church for 27 years. He will be laid to rest in Lawrence Cove Cemetery. 

Funeral services were held at Peck Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. March 17 with Bro. Gary Peebles officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in the Lawrence Cove Cemetery. 

His mother, Patricia Ann Smith, preceded him in death.  

He is survived by his wife, Regina Allen Smith; his father, Charles J. Smith (Brenda); and his brother, Michael Lee Smith (Rita) and their children. 


Brenda Steele Garrison
Funeral service for Brenda Steele Garrison, 69, was held March 19 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ralph Henderson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Center

Mrs. Garrison died March 16 at her residence. She was born Aug. 6, 1952, in Lawrence County, to Travis Steele and Audrey Summerford Steele. She was a supervisor for Wayne Farms prior to her retirement. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother for her family.
Brenda was preceded in death by her husband, Louie Wayne Garrison; her parents; sisters, Sandy Childers and Julie Quick; and a brother, Danny Steele.
Survivors include one son, Shannon Garrison (Connie); daughter, Shonnie Garrison; brother, Randy Steele; sister, Merle Cook; grandchildren, Brittany Simmons, Cierra Widner, Brannon Garrison, Breanna Garrison, Colton Weems and Cheyenne Weems; and five great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers were Brannon Garrison, Kris Owens, Henry Horton, Stacy Weems, Josh Owens and Wayne Simmons. Honorary pallbearers were Colton Weems, Alan Garrison and Bruce Price.

Lynette Gail Boshell
Lynette Gail Boshell, 68, died March 16 at Cullman Regional Medical Center. She was born June 16, 1953, in Arkansas. Her family will hold a private family service.

Greg Vest
Funeral service for Greg Vest, 66, was held March 20 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Davis officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Falkville City Cemetery. 

Mr. Vest died March 17 at his residence. He was born May 4, 1955, in Morgan County to William Oscar Vest and Evelyn Elizabeth Douglas Vest. Greg was employed by Wolverine Tube as a machine operator
prior to his retirement. He loved fishing, going to the beach and cooking out on the grill. Greg also enjoyed watching Alabama football and the Atlanta Braves. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Linda Stevens, and a son-in-law, Ron Edwards. 

Survivors include his wife, Becky Vest; daughters, Tracy Edwards, Amber Fralish (Randy) and Cassie Forman (Dylan); brothers, Doug Vest (Glenda) and Tony Vest (Lisa); and nine grandchildren. 

Pallbearers were Dylan Forman, Randy Fralish, Justin Stringer, Justin Gillespie, Bryson Hills and Rick Burnhart. 

Lisa Matkin 


A celebration of life for Lisa Matkin, 56, of Somerville, was held March 21 at 2 p.m. at Highland Baptist Church with Bro. Freddy Childs officiating.  

Mrs. Matkin was born May 9, 1965 to Bobby Whitaker and Billy June Whitaker. Mrs. Matkin died March 19 at her residence. She was a loving wife and mother and a member of Shepherd’s Chapel in Gravette, Ark. 

It would be wrong to say Lisa lost her battle because she never stopped fighting. No matter how sick she was, she was always determined. When anyone else would have broken, Lisa stayed strong. Through her, we know what resilience and perseverance truly look like. There was no quit in Lisa. Just because she is no longer here, it doesn’t mean she lost her fight.  

Mrs. Matkin was preceded in death by her parents. 

Survivors include her husband, Thomas James Matkin; three sons, Benjamin James Matkin, Thomas Lynn Matkin and James Adam Wilson; one daughter, Melissa Ellen Matkin; two brothers, Terrell Whitaker and Kent Whitaker; one sister, Gay Davis; and 10 grandchildren. 


Austine Brown
Funeral Service for Austine Brown, 74, was held March 20 at 2 p.m. at Valhermoso Springs Holiness Church with Bro. Tim Patrick officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in the adjoining
Mrs. Brown died March 18 at her residence. She was born Jan. 21, 1948, in Morgan County to Roy Chappell and Bessie Chappell Looney.  

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Don Brown. 

Mrs. Brown was a member of the Valhermoso Springs Holiness Church for 51 years. She enjoyed antiquing and going to auctions with her best friend and sister-in-law, Fran Bond. She also loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She especially looked forward to her “family night” with Jimmy and Christina and their babies.
Survivors include her son, Don Brown II; daughters, Candi Brown-Hayes (Mike) and Michelle Brown-Freeman (John); brother, William “Bo” Tunstill (Ella); sister, Renee Shumake (Johnny); five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Roman Freeman, Jimmy Freeman, Logan Freeman, Shelton Brown, Mike Hayes and Dustin Jordan. 


Betty O. Tull
A visitation for Betty O. Tull, 94, was held March 28 from 6-8 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Tull died March 20 at Summerford Nursing Home. She was born July 24, 1927, in Morgan County to Leo Orr and Carrye Martin Orr.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Tull, her parents and a son, Timothy A. Tull.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Tull and Joseph E. Tull, and a grandchild, Jeremy O. Tull. 

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