Obituaries week of June 22
Rev. Wendell Callahan
Funeral service for Rev. Wendell Callahan, 79, was June 14 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chris Byrd and Bro. Greg Alred officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was held in Oak Ridge Cemetery. Rev. Callahan died June 12. He was born May 30, 1943, in Morgan County to Stanford Louis Callahan and Stella Mae Griffith Callahan. He was a Baptist minister and was the pastor of Oak Ridge Baptist Church prior to his passing. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Ken Callahan and a daughter, Tammy Sue Callahan. Survivors include sons, Keith Callahan (Lita) and Kelvin Callahan (Tracey); daughter, Kathy Stults (David); eleven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren and Tim Singleton, who was like a son. Pallbearers were Jessee Jaep, Kenneth Smith, Logan Jaep, Lance Callahan, Gideon Callahan and Charles Driver. The family requests instead of flowers donations made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Funeral service for Hank Schoonmaker, 43, was held June 18 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Gene Brown officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Valhermoso Holiness Cemetery. Mr. Schoonmaker died June 14 at his residence. He was born July 11, 1978, in Jefferson County, to Bert D. Schoonmaker, Jr. and Brenda Lee Wood Stringer. He was a self-employed contractor, prior to his passing. He will be missed by those who knew and loved him. Survivors include wife, Cheyenne Schoonmaker; father, Bert D. Schoonmaker, Jr.;
mother, Brenda Lee Wood Stringer; sons, Nick Schoonmaker, Kadin Walter,
Grady Schoonmaker, and Bryan Knight; daughters, McKenzie Jacobs; daughter on the way, Evelyn Schoonmaker; brothers, Bert Schoonmaker, III and Renwick D. Schoonmaker; five grandchildren. Pallbearers were family and friends.
Martha Ann Burleson Thompson
Funeral service for Martha Ann Burleson Thompson, 93, was held June 15 at 2 p.m. at Gum Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Ben Bates officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Gum Springs Cemetery. Mrs. Thompson died June 12. She was born February 20,
1929 in Morgan County to James Benett Burleson and Angelina Sivley Burleson. She was a member of Gum Springs Baptist Church and a housewife for 60 years. She worked for Goodyear as a machine operator for one year before getting married. She was a loving mother and a wonderful grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband Albert Thompson; three brothers; J.B. Burleson, Carl David Burleson and Ronald Gene Burleson and three
sisters Betty Jane Varnador, Marjorie Watson and Patricia Gail Johnson. Survivors include daughters and caregivers, Joyce Blankenship, Rebecca Burgess Marjorie Sue Crow and Mary Jane Mitchell; sister, Gladys Reeves; grandchildren and caregivers Harley Gregory, Stephanie Parker, David Scott, Lisa, Tonya, Marie, Tony and Dustin; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter Brennex Chaney. Pallbearers were Harley Gregory, Benny Burleson, Larry Winton, Stacy Parker, Butch Thompson and Larry Sivley.
Elsie Kipple Culbreath
Funeral service for Elsie Kipple Culbreath, 96, was held June 21 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Brian Culbreath officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was held in Old New Canaan Cemetery. Mrs. Culbreath was born February 17, 1926, in Sorrento, Ill. to Elmer E. and Novie Jackson Kipple. She passed onto heaven June 12, at the age of 96, at her home surrounded by family. She is survived by her husband, Albert Coy Culbreath, of Hartselle, who she met at New Canaan Church, Union Hill and married in 1956; two sons, Dr. Albert Kipple Culbreath and Rev. Leeann, Tifton, Ga. and Rev. William Brian Culbreath (Rita) Hartselle; four grandchildren Micah Culbreath, Birmingham, Garland Culbreath, Vestavia, and Kathryn (Abe) Culbreath, Tifton, Ga.; one great grandchild, Griffin York Monroe, Vestavia;
one sister, Mary Kipple, of Hartselle. She graduated from Morgan County High School in 1944. She received a B.A. in English in 1948, was in Phi Theta Kappa, “Y” Cabinet, Wesley Foundation, Who’s Who among students in American Universities and Colleges and the International
Relations Club. She received a Master’s in English from Peabody and Vanderbilt in 1952. Mrs. Culbreath taught English at Falkville and Danville from 1948-84 and was often a senior sponsor. She was always watching for news of former students and attending many class reunions . . . even up to 50 years. At present, she has copies of names of students she taught at Union Hill,
Falkville and Danville: 2,621 students. Elsie was a supporter of the: American Bible Society, Disable American Veteran (Commander’s Club), CCC Auxiliary Association, associate member of
the Salvation Army, Hartselle Camp Meeting Association since 1936, charter
member of the Fayette County Georgia Historical Society, Member of Union Co.
South Carolina Historical Society, former member of PA and National
Genealogical Societies, and attended college reunions each year. Her 40th was in 2008. Elsie had a lifelong note and card ministry and like her mother and grandmother. She was a lover of plants and had many old flowering shrubs and house plants. Memorials may be made to Hartselle Camp Meeting, P.O. Box 163, Hartselle, AL 35640.
Lola D. Lowery
Funeral service for Lola D. Lowery, 84, was held June 17 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Roger White officiating, Gail Kelso providing the eulogy and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Andrews Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Lowery died June 15 at her residence. She was born July 12, 1937 in Madison County to Bracken Hampton and Moline Smith
Bracken. She was employed by Copeland Corporation, working in production, prior to her retirement. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. Preceding her in death were her husband, Bobby Wayne Lowery; a son, Jeff Ray Sparks; and sisters, Corrine Kirby and Martha Jane Witherspoon. Survivors include daughter, Rita Clemons (David); sons, Gilbert Ray Sparks (Audrey Jean) and Jeffery Sparks (Tabitha); brothers, Elbert Hampton and Jerry Wayne Hampton; sister, Linda Campbell Borden; grandchildren, Justin Clemons, Jeremy Clemons, Michelle Orr, Aliah Sparks, Victoria Sparks, Abbey Sparks and Brandi Bridges; great-grandchildren, Adrian Clemons, Andley Clemons, Brantley Clemons, Kaydence Chastain, Emma Chastain and Kinsey Bridges. Pallbearers were family and friends.
Funeral service for Carl English, 43, was held June 20, at 1:30 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Shiloh Baptist Cemetery. Mr. English died June 14 at Marshall Medical Center North. He was born January 19, 1979, in Cook County, Ill. to Sammy English, Jr. and Dorothy Dempsey Dudley. He was employed as a commercial
fisherman and did construction work, prior to his passing. He was preceded
in death by his father. Survivors include mother and stepfather, Dorothy Dempsey Dudley (Ronnie); son, Dustin English; daughters, Terra English and Haley English; fiancé,
Rebecca Ann Maxwell; brothers, Sam English and Secunda English; stepbrothers, Kevin Dudley, Scotty Dudley and Kenny Dudley; grandmother, Irene White; grandchild, Watson Lee English-Turner; nephew, Blake English; other family members, Tiffany and Molly Maxwell. Pallbearers were Don Stewart, Bradley Maxwell, Tiffany Maxwell and Molly Maxwell.
Joseph Eugene Stewart
Joseph Eugene Stewart, 56 of Somerville passed away June 18 at his residence. He was born May 18, 1966 in Morgan County to Earnest Eugene Stewart and Jackie Ann Cobb Stewart. He was employed as a logger for Jerry Moon Logging Company prior to his passing. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include daughter, Casey Brooke Stewart Crawford; grandson, Ellis Neil Crawford; brother, Billy Wayne Stewart (Donna). No services have been planned at this time.