Obituaries week of Dec. 7
Jimmy Lee Harmon
Funeral service for Jimmy Lee Harmon, 75, was held Wednesday, November 30,
2022 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John T. White officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Burningtree Memorial Gardens. Mr. Harmon died Sunday, November 27, 2022 at Huntsville Hospital. He was born August 21, 1947, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Lee Roy Harmon and Elsie Mae Christian Harmon. He was the owner and operator of Drain Pro until his retirement. He was an antique car collector and was a member of the Just Kruzin’ Car Club. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and loved being “Pop.” He
also loved his dog, “Nixxi.” Mr. Harmon was a member of the Decatur Christian Fellowship Church. Survivors include wife of 50 years, Sandra Breeding Harmon; son, Julian Lee Harmon;
daughter, Samantha Jo Wilson; sisters, Linda Kizziah, Leslie Gyle Fajardo and Sara Harmon;
grandchildren, Emma Kathryn Harmon, Kylie Anna Harmon, Jesse Ayers Thompson, Christian Lee Thompson and Ava Jane Wilson. Pallbearers were Darrell Breeding, John Kizziah, Charles Buck, Ronnie Breeding, Logan Fowler, Aaron Fowler, Colton Fowler, Peyton Fowler and Rusty White. In lieu of flowers, family requests make memorial donations to the Decatur Christian Fellowship Church Children’s Ministry.
Mary Olivia Jones
A graveside funeral service and interment for Mary Olivia Jones, 77, was held Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 1 p.m. at Hartselle City Cemetery with Dr. Milan DeKich officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Mrs. Jones died Sunday, November 27, 2022 at Huntsville Hospital. She was born May 2, 1945, in Morgan County, to Ellis Lampkin and Dora Garner Lampkin. She was employed by Cincinnati Bell Telephone Company, prior to her retirement. Preceding her in death were her husband, David Lee Jones; a son, Lee Billups; her parents and a brother. Survivors include grandson, Dominique Billups; granddaughter, Monique Billups; great-grandchild, Aaliyah Berryhill; children from Cincinnati, David, Darren and Karen Jones; aunt, Christine Allen. Pallbearers were family and friends.
A visitation for Mr. Tim Whitten was held Wednesday, November 30, 2022 from 12:30-2 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home. A few words were spoken by Bro. Al Bristow. A private graveside followed. Peck Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Mr. Whitten passed away Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Huntsville Hospital. He was born Thursday, April 7, 1955, in Morgan County to James Arthur Whitten and Anne Keel Whitten. Mr. Whitten was employed by Saginaw Steering Gear as an assembler, prior to his retirement. He loved to travel, loved good food, animals and sports cars, especially Mustangs. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Preceding him in death were his father, James Arthur Whitten and a sister, Joy Whitten. Survivors include daughter, Gina Rommel; mother, Anne Keel Whitten; brothers, Wesley Whitten, Joseph Whitten, and John Whitten; grandchildren, Ayasha Burton, Erich Rommel and Hayleigh Rommell. Due to some health reasons the family respectfully requests no flowers.
Mr. Harold Moore passed away Monday, November 28, 2022 at Decatur Morgan
Hospital. He was born May 17, 1973, in Gloversville, NY, to Harold H. Moore and Margaret Sweenor Moore. He was employed in manufacturing at Cin Ram, prior to his passing. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include wife, Kathleen Moore; sons, Mike Moore and Daniel Moore (Ally); daughter, Cassandra Moore (Cody Dutcher); brother, Harold H. Moore, Jr.; sister, Samantha Moore; two grandchildren, Riley Dutcher and Cody Dutcher II. A memorial service will be held at a later date by his family.
Lorene Allie Richter Hyatt
Lorene Allie Richter Hyatt, 96, of Hanceville passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Cullman Regional Medical Center. She was born March 4, 1926. She is survived by her brother, Louie William Richter; nieces and nephews, Jerry (Dixie) Richter, Greg (Laura Axelrod) Richter, Jeff Richter, Regena Richter, Chuck (Jaleana) Richter, Beth (Michael) Screws, Robert Shoemaker, Jeana Stone, Diane French and Stanley Shoemaker and a host of great nieces, great nephews, other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, William E. Richter and Anna Belle Gilbert Richter; her husband, Athol James Hyatt; sisters, Alma Rhinehardt and Isabelle Marie Graf and a brother, Charles William Earnest Richter. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. John Richter officiating. Burial followed in Cullman City Cemetery. The granddaughter of German immigrants, Lorene stubbornly refused to die from scarlet fever as a small child and lived a long, full life her own way, accepting changes she saw in almost a century of living, and having hatred for no one. She lived up to all our expectations of living life to the fullest to the very end. She drove herself to the dentist just hours before her stroke. Lorene worked in the banking industry her entire career, beginning at Parker Bank in Cullman. She moved to Huntsville when her husband, Athol, took a job with the forestry service and secured a job as teller at First National Bank of Huntsville. Before she retired at that bank decades later it would become part of the First Alabama Bank system (Now Regions Bank.) When Athol became sick and had to leave his job because his mind would no longer allow him to be his full self, she made sure to keep him at home as long as possible. When he reached the point that assistance was needed, she left straight from her job on Friday afternoon to pick him up from the VA hospital in Tuscaloosa to bring him home for the weekend and got him back late Sunday evening. She was always classy, and could be sassy. She had love and acceptance for all. This included not only her family, but the whole human family, and the only people who might be in danger of her wrath were those who didn’t treat others according to the Golden Rule as she herself did. Whether it was helping out a relative in need or standing up for black co-workers in her office, there are dozens of stories of her love and concern.
Wilma Ann Garrett McCutcheon
Funeral service for Wilma Ann Garrett McCutcheon, 83, of Valhermoso Springs was held Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the Valhermoso Springs Holiness Church with Bro. Tim Patrick officiating with burial in the adjoining cemetery with Peck Funeral Home directing. Ms. McCutcheon, who was born October 19, 1939 in Morgan County to James Wilbur Garrett and Olene Pike Garrett, died Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Huntsville Heath and Rehabilitation Center. She retired from GTE and was a member of the Valhermoso Springs Holiness Church. Ms. McCutcheon had a passion for genealogy and had written one book on the Pike family and was working on her second book but never completed it because of her health. She had been a representative for Avon and Home Interior. Ms. McCutcheon loved her family and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sons, Mike and Timothy McCutcheon; a daughter, Renee McCutcheon and her sisters, Linda Chandler and Jo Goodman. Survivors include daughter, Dorothy Kay Holt; seven grandchildren, Billy (Lori), Michael, Robbie (Brandy), Jason, Miranda, Matthew and Tommy; four great-grandchildren, Ashley, Nevin, Nyles and Nalyla. Robbie McCutcheon, Jason McCutcheon, Tommy McCutcheon, Dale Guess, Jacob Atchley and Yogi Guess served as pallbearers.
Paul Warren Harvel
Funeral service for Paul Warren Harvel, 78, was held Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Gunter officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery. Mr. Harvel died Thursday, December 1, 2022 at his residence. He was born October 7, 1944, in Morgan County, to Paul Warren Harvel, Sr. “Jack” and Audrey Mae Attkinson Harvel. He was employed by Delphi – Saginaw as a Metallurgist, prior to his retirement. He was a retired Veteran of the National Guard, a Christian, a carpenter and a “fix-it” man, loving working on vehicles and lawnmowers. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the beach and coon hunting with his dad. His greatest love was his family. Preceding him in death were his parents, three brothers and two sisters. Survivors include wife, Linda Lott Harvel; daughter, Angela R. Patterson (Chris); sister, Martie Maddox (Bob); grandchildren, Ryan Patterson, Weston Patterson and Ally Patterson. Pallbearers were Tom McCutcheon, David Orr, Dennis Roberts, Heath Steele, Kenneth Tankersley and Phillip Gurley. Honorary pallbearers were Steve Dukes and Sam Steele.
Sheila Mae Sullins Miller
Funeral service for Sheila Mae Sullins Miller will be Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home with Bro. Kaleb Thomas officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday. Mrs. Miller died Saturday, December 3, 2022 at her residence. Sheila Miller was born April 14, 1947 to David and Madgie Sullins in Morgan County, Alabama. She was the owner of Sheila’s County Diner for nearly 16 years. Mrs. Miller was a loving mother and grandmother. She loved to spend time with her family and played bingo every week. Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim Miller; two brothers, James Edward Sullins and Bobby Ray Sullins, and one sister, Helen McCrown. Survivors include four sons, Steven Wayne Hargrove, Donnie Ray Hargrove, Gregg Aaron Hargrove, and Sam Miller; three daughters, Angel Bennett Hargrove, Lisa Miller Gaines, and Angie Miller Paddie; four brothers, LeRoy Sullins, DeWayne Sullins, Donald Sullins and Gary Max Sullins; two sisters, Betty Jean Chandler and Yvonne Jackson; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Pallbearers will be Jeff Davey, Mitchell Buckelew, Patrick Ivy, Tristan Davis, Jason Teynolds and Wiley Looney.
Michael Jay Bentley
A private family graveside funeral service and interment for Michael Jay Bentley, 64, was held with Bro. Terry Bentley officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Mr. Bentley died Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Barfield Health Care in Hanceville, Ala. He was born February 15, 1958, in Cullman County, to Paul Robert Bentley and Eunice Ann Madison Bentley. He was self-employed at the time of his passing and had worked prior with Speed Ring in the quality
control. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy Bentley and his parents. Survivors include brother, Terry Bentley, Guntersville, Pallbearers were family and friends.
Vondal Wayne White
Funeral service for Vondal Wayne White, 63, will be Thursday, December 8,
2022 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Roger White and Judy
Williams officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Johnson Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday, December 8, 2022 from 2-3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home. Mr. White died Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born July 19, 1959, in Lawrence County, to Calvin Truitt White and Betty Jean White. He was employed by BP Chemical Company in the maintenance department, prior to his passing. He attended Harmony Grove Church, loved Alabama football, enjoyed playing the drums and riding motorcycles. He was preceded in death
by his parents. Survivors include sister, Shelia Smothers; nieces, Shelonda Hayes (Dusty) and
Lacinda Casey (Brad); nephew, Jamie Smother (Mistie) and many, many extended family members/ Pallbearers will be Jamie Smothers, Dusty Haynes, Tucker Haynes, Mark
Carlson, Wayne Brady and John Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Terry, Norman Collins and Tab Terrell.
James “Skip” Burwell Urquhart III
James “Skip” Burwell Urquhart III, 78, of Cullman, Ala. passed away Saturday, December 3, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. Skip was born in Pittsburgh, Penn. Skip is survived by his wife of 32 years, Catherine Urquhart; his daughters, Susan Wilhelm, Melanie (Toby) Williams, Katherine Urquhart, Stephanie (Joe) Jowers, Shannon Lewis and his grandchildren, Claire Wilhelm, Caleb Williams, Rebekah Williams, Catie Jowers, Jamie Jowers, Addie Jowers. Skip was preceded in death by his parents, James Burwell and Eva Marie Williams Urquhart II and his first wife, Eleanor Urquhart. Skip traveled the world as a child, while his dad served in the U.S. Navy. Skip went on to graduate from Duke University and from Georgia Tech with his master’s degree. He was a space rocket engineer for 45 years, where he was a part of all the Apollo Missions, Saturn 5 and a part of the space engineering program on Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. The graveside service will be noon, Monday, December 12, 2022 at the Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Avenue, Columbia, South Carolina. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Mike Oliver Lewy Body Research Fund at UAB Hospital online at https://www.uab.edu/medicine/home/give or by mail at UAB Gift Records, Mike Oliver Lewy Body Research Fund, AB 1230, 1720 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35294-0112.
Donald Ray Shipley
A graveside funeral service and interment for Donald Ray Shipley, 87, will be Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Hartselle Memory Gardens with Bro. Greg Alred officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Mr. Shipley passed away Sunday, December 4, 2022 at his residence. He was born July 17, 1935, in Morgan County, to Gaines B. Shipley and Edna C.
Sandlin Shipley. He was employed by Hood Tractor and RV, as the parts manager, prior to his
retirement. He was born in Austinville. He was a wonderful husband and father. His parents preceded him in death. Survivors include wife, Gwyndolyn Jenkins Shipley; sons, Johnny Shipley
Ronnie Shipley (Vickie), Steve Shipley, Roger Shipley (Regina), and Mark Shipley’s daughters,
Peggy Brown, Teresa Robertson (Jeff), and Jamie Shipley; brother, Larry Shipley; thirteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Roger Shipley, Ronnie Shipley, Boone Shipley, Zac Brown, Alex Brown and Kyle Shipley. Mr. Shipley’s family would like to thank the Decatur Dialysis Center and the Cullman Dialysis Center and their respective staffs for their care. The family would also like to say a special thanks to Tommy Raley for being such a good neighbor and friend