Obituaries week of April 26
Funeral service for Carl Hill, 85, of Falkville was held Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Greg Alred and Bro. Spencer Bell officiating with burial in the Mt. Zion Cemetery with Peck Funeral Home directing. Mr. Hill, who was born October 24, 1937, in Falkville, Alabama to Gilbert William Hill and Irene Alford Hill, died Sunday, April 16, 2023, at Summerford Nursing Home. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and retired from Amoco Chemical Company in Decatur. Carl loved to hunt and fish and had been the co-owner of the Lone Wolf Trailer Company in Falkville. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Jeff Hill, brother, David Hill and sisters, Margie Anderson and Eulene Hutchins. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Jane Hill; son, Patrick Hill (Kim); daughter, Kelly Hovis (Bryant); two brothers, Paul Gene Hill and Joe Hill; two sisters, Willodean Stevens and Sandra Roberts; two grandchildren, Lindsey Winters and Ezra Hill; two great-grandchildren, Griffin Winters and Graham Winters. Billy Roberts, Brian Brown, Shannon Brown, Byron Slaton, Ezra Hill and Scott Lanier served as pallbearers.
Gary F. Murphy
Funeral service for Gary F. Murphy, 81, was held Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Holmes officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Falkville City Cemetery. Mr. Murphy died Monday, April 17, 2023, at his residence. He was born January 7, 1942, in Clinton County, Ohio, to Franklin Willis Murphy and Sweetlan Arizona Crabtree Murphy. He attended Falkville Methodist Church and was instrumental in the development of the The Industrial Site in Falkville. He owned Lone Wolf Trailer Company, Modern Playground and Full House Barbecue. He loved to cattle farm and enjoyed hunting in Colorado. He was married to the love of his life for 51 years and he cherished her. Preceding him in death were his wife, Margaret Ann Smith Murphy, his parents and a sister, Vicki Fuqua. Survivors include daughter, Lisa Henson (Terry), Arley, Ala.; sons, Terry Murphy (Fannie), Falkville, Ala. and Kevin Murphy (Tamara), Falkville, Ala.; sister, Patricia Hendon, Texas; seven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren. Pallbearers were family and friends.
Funeral service for Britt Nickens, 65, was Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Geoff Halbrooks officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Burningtree Memorial Gardens. Mr. Nickens died Sunday, April 16, 2023, at Huntsville Hospital. He was born August 30, 1957, in Morgan County, to Harry Nickens and Lila Grace Roberson Nickens. Mr. Nickens had a bacholer’s degree in management and human resources. He was employed with Pilgrim’s Pride as a live haul manager and service manager, prior to his retirement. He served in the United States Army National Guard for 26 years prior to retiring. He also was a Mason of Lodge # 398, Nunn-Oden Lodge. He loved to fish, do woodworking and yardwork. Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Johnny Nickens. Survivors include wife, Freda McHan Nickens, Hartselle, Ala.; son, Chase Nickens (Candice); daughter, Brittney Sparkman; sisters, Lynn Thompson (Eddie) and Vennessia Orr (David); two grandchildren, Connor Sparkman and Lily Sparkman; two step-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Braden Vann. Pallbearers were Connor Sparkman, Daniel Bolio, Andy Foster, Sawyer Smith, David Orr, Jr., and Daniel Orr.
Reba Nell Chambers Sanderson
Reba Nell Chambers Sanderson, 85, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2023, at Hanceville Nursing Home. She was born April 5, 1938, in Cullman, Alabama to Archie and Ruby Chambers. A 1956 graduate of Fairview High School, she worked at St. Bernard College, Chemstrand, a bank in Mobile, Alabama and Mrs. Sharrott’s Kindergarten in Hartselle, Ala. Reba Nell was married to Ralph “Larry” Sanderson in 1961. She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Ruby Chambers and her son, Corey Sanderson. She is survived by her husband, Larry Sanderson; her daughter, Susan (Mike) Sherick; grandchildren, Matt (Kelly) Sherick, Sydney Sherick, Alece Sanderson, Taylor Sanderson, Emily Sanderson and her sister, Virginia Campbell. A graveside service was held Thursday, April 20, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Simcoe Methodist Cemetery in Simcoe, Alabama; conducted by Ed Robertson and Moss Service Funeral Home.
Maudie Ruth Brown Wallace
Funeral service for Maudie Ruth Brown Wallace, 91, was held Thursday, April
20, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Steven Barber
officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Johnson Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Wallace died Monday, April 17, 2023, at her residence. She was born
November 16, 1931, in Lawrence County, to Thomas Walter Brown and Lula
Maude McCormick Brown. She was the manager of Cato’s in Hartselle, prior to her retirement. She loved to cook, was an avid gardener and loved flowers. She enjoyed fishing
and loved her family dearly. Preceding her in death were her husband, Tillman Wallace; brothers, Calvin Brown, Clifton Brown, J.D. Brown, Hubert Brown, Russel Brown, Robert Brown,
Elmer Brown and Ray Brown; sister, Mavine Holt and her parents. Survivors include
son, Truman Wallace (Jill) of Hartselle, AL; daughter, Carolyn Wallace (Joel), Hartselle, AL;
sister, Ruby George, Manchester, TN; five grandchildren, Heath Wallace, Brooke Reed (Josh),
Jessica Johnson (Kelly), Kirby Wallace-Woods (Patrick) and Kaitlin Wallace; nine great grandchildren, Tori, Madison, Taylon, Teagon, Aubrey, Colby, Trenton, Dalton and Ashlyn.
Pallbearers were nephew, grandsons and great grandsons, Josh Reed, Colby Reed, Trenton Hart, Dalton Hart, Kelly Johnson and Randy George. Honorary pallbearer was Heath Wallace.
Charles Larry Thrasher
Funeral service for Charles Larry Thrasher, 73, was held Saturday, April 22,
2023 at 1 p.m. at Cornerstone Church in Moulton, with Pastor Tony Collins
and Bro. Ken Blackwood officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial
was held in Johnson Chapel Cemetery. Mr. Thrasher died Tuesday, April 18, 2023, at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born May 19, 1949, in Etowah County, to Eugene Thrasher and Adeline Avery Thrasher. He attended Cornerstone Church, was an Evangelist and pastored several churches in the North Alabama Area over the years. He also was a United
States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as a Sergeant and
received numerous recognitions and awards. He was an ASE certified mechanic,
enjoyed farming and gardening and loved his family, especially his
grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, a daughter, Vanessa Jeanne Smith
and a grandson, Bradley Simpson. Survivors include wife, Pat Thrasher; children, Angie Simpson (Geno), Jason Tomlinson (Shelly), Jonna Tomlinson Ellis (Russell), and Julie Tomlinson Lindeman (Tony); brother, Billy Don Thrasher (Jackie); nine grandchildren, Alex Simpson, Rachael Tomlinson, Joe Tomlinson, Lauren Ellis Cummins (Ian), Ethan Ellis, Graham Ellis, Cole Lindeman,
Ty Lindeman and Drew Lindeman. Pallbearers were Russell Ellis, Tony Lindeman, Jason Tomlinson, Ethan Ellis, Graham Ellis, Cole Lindeman and Joe Tomlinson.
Danny K. Childers
A graveside funeral service and interment for Danny K. Childers, 72, was held
be Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 3 p.m. at Upton’s Chapel Cemetery (Also known as Liberty Community Cemetery), with Peck Funeral Home directing. Mr. Childers died on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at his residence. He was born September 6, 1950, in Morgan County, to Matthew Mark Childers and Nellie Oleva Jewell Davis Childers, who preceded him in death. He was employed by Dunlop Tires in the production department, prior to his retirement. He had his pilot’s license and loved to fly, enjoyed playing guitar, watching TV, especially baseball and was a huge Atlanta Braves fan. Survivors include sons, Jeff Childers (Rhonda) and Matt Childers (Logan); brother, Roy Bradley Childers; sisters, Linda Sue Brown and Charlotte Dobbs; four grandchildren
Edna Carol Weeks
Funeral service for Edna Carol Weeks, 78, was held Sunday, April 23, 202, at
3 p.m. at Hartselle First Methodist Church with Bro. Mike Pope and Bro. Harold Thompson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was held in Hartselle City Cemetery. Mrs. Weeks died Thursday, April 20, 2023, at her residence. She was born December 1, 1944, in Talladega County, to Luther E. Roberts and Katherine C. Hewlette Roberts. Edna Carol was employed by The City of Hartselle, as a bookkeeper, prior to her retirement. She enjoyed spending her time sewing beautiful quilts, caring for her Golden Retriever and playing Bridge. Preceding her in death were her parents, a daughter, Kathy Weeks, and two brothers, Tommy Ed Roberts and Hewlett Roberts. Survivors include her husband, Jerry Weeks Funeral Home personnel will assist with being pallbearers.
Edith Aldridge Sandlin
Funeral service for Edith Aldridge Sandlin, 91, will be Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doug Wells officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Interment will be in Johnson Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 26, 2023, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home. Mrs. Sandlin died Thursday, April 20, 2023, at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born May 15, 1931, in Lawrence County, to Felix Lonzo Aldridge and Irene Agnes Adair Aldridge. She was employed by Copeland Corporation as an Accountant, prior to her retirement. She was a member of Hartselle First Methodist Church, loved her children, grandkids and her “grand dogs”. She enjoyed antiques, doing jig-saw puzzles and travelling. Preceding her in death were her husband, David Mason Sandlin, a brother, Bernard Aldridge and her parents. Survivors include daughters, Pat Sandlin (Kevin Johnson) and Jody Singer (Chris); sister-in-law, Judy Aldridge; grandchildren, Griffin Adams, Mason Johnson (Bailey), Katherine Singer and Andrew Singer (Abigail); five great grandchildren; five “grand dogs” In lieu of flowers: family requests memorial donations be made to a Veteran’s Organization of your choice or to Meals on Wheels.
Peggy R. Jackson
Funeral service for Peggy R. Jackson, 77, was held Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Danny Garrison officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was held in Hartselle City Cemetery. Mrs. Jackson died Thursday, April 20, 2023, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. She was born October 1, 1945, in Morgan County, to Mitchell Robinson and Eva I. Moore Robinson. She was employed by Decatur Morgan Hospital in the Dietary Food Services. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Preceding her in death were two sons, Ricky and Kenny Barnett, a daughter, Betty Barnett, her parents, two brothers, James and Paul Robinson and a sister, Ann King. Survivors include daughters, Angela Perry (Randy Glenn), Judy Stafford (Ray) and Christy Evans; son, Steve Barnett (Sandy) and abundance of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Pallbearers were family and friends
Jerry A. Chasteen
Jerry A. Chasteen passed away Thursday, April 20, 2023, at his residence. He was born April 12, 1962, in Cullman County. Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Hershall and Irma Chasteen and Alvin and Annie Viola Clemons. Survivors include, parents, Leldon P. Chasteen and Rosemary Chasteen; brother, Gary Chasteen’ sister, Deborah Green; three nephews, Jonathan Green (Samantha), Austin Chasteen and Cameron Chasteen. The family will have a graveside service at a later date.
Rachael Alisha Crowe
Funeral Service for Rachael Alisha Crowe, 34 of Hartselle was held Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Milan Dekich officiating with burial in the Moss Chapel Cemetery with Peck Funeral Home directing. Rachael was born June 27, 1988, in Decatur, AL to James Lamar Crowe and Shelia Wimberly Crowe. She passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2023, at Huntsville Hospital. Rachael attended Fairview the Grace Place Church and was a graduate of Falkville High School. She was also an organ donor. Survivors include two sons, Brysen Reed Thompson and Christopher Bentley Hale; two daughters, Macelyn Grace Thompson and Mercedes Brooklynn Hale; parents, Lamar and Shelia Crowe; two brothers, Chad Hunter Young and James William Crowe. Pallbearers were family and friends.
Tommy Lynn Speer
Graveside Service for Tommy Lynn Speer, 67 of Vinemont, was held Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Jones Family Cemetery with Bro. Alec Zimmerman officiating with Peck Funeral Home directing. Mr. Speer was born December 5, 1955, in Jefferson County to Benjamin Franklin Speer and Gerda Dann Speer. Tommy passed away Saturday, April 22, 2023, at Cullman Regional Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Kenneth Speer. Tommy was a loving husband, and father. He helped many people and loved his horses. Tommy retired from UPS after 38 years and was a teamster. He was president of the Back Country Trail Riders of North Alabama. Survivors include wife, Judy Speer; son, T. J. Speer (Priscilla); two daughters, Leigh Ann Busby (Jason) and Lori Boger (John); brother. Barry McCown (Teresa); sister, Joy Ann England (Calvin); seven grandchildren, Brody Speer, Travis Speer, Jase Busby, Jaleigh Busby, Banks Busby, Bradley Boger, Maltie Boger. Pallbearers were Kenneth Speer Jr, Kevin Speer, Steve Parker, Brody Speer, Geno Ortiz, and Chris Zimmerman.
Robert Holland, 76, of Hartselle passed away Saturday, April 22, 2023, at his residence. He was born September 28, 1946, in Franklin County, Ala. to Fred Thomas Holland and Normaree Mitchell Holland. Robert was preceded in death by his parents and retired from General Motors after 31 years. He was an avid fisherman and farmer. Robert loved his wife and children. Survivors include wife, Geneva White Holland; four sons, Robert Holland Jr. (Kelly), Robert Thomas Holland, Timothy M. Bundy, and Shaun P. Bundy; two daughters, Tina Michelle Nelms and Tanya M. Wallace (William); three sisters, Carolyn Gould (Jay), Pansy Seal (Bobby) and Jeannie Williams (Ricky); six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on May 6, 3023 in the Peck Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p.m. The family will see friends from noon until service time.
Tommy Lynn Speer
A graveside funeral service and interment for Tommy Lynn Speer, 67, was held Tuesday, April 25, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Jones Cemetery with Alec Zimmerman officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Mr. Speer died Saturday, April 22, 2023, at Cullman Regional Medical Center. He was born Monday, December 5, 1955, in Jefferson County to Benjamin Franklin Speer and Gerda Dann Speer. He was employed by UPS and retired after 38 years of service. Mr. Speer was a loving husband, father and grandfather and helped many people throughout his life. He loved horses and was the president of the Back Country Trail Riders of North Alabama and he was a Teamster. He was preceded by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Speer. Survivors include, wife, Judie Speer; son, T.J. Speer (Priscilla); daughters, Leigh Ann Busby (Jason) and Lori Boger (John); brother, Barry McCown (Teresa); sister, Joy Ann England (Calvin); seven grandchildren,
Brody Speer, Travis Speer, Jase Busby, Jaleigh Busby, Banks Busby, Bradley Boger and Mattie Boger. Pallbearers were Kenneth Speer, Jr., Kevin Speer, Steve Parker, Brody Speer, Geno Ortiz and Chris Zimmerman.
Howard Lucius Taylor
Funeral service for Howard Lucius Taylor, 76, of Decatur will be Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ralph Henderson, Rev. John Chapman and Bro. Steve Barber officiating with burial with full Military Honors at Mt. Tabor Cemetery with Peck Funeral Home directing. Mr. Taylor, who was born December 2, 1946, in Morgan County, to Oscar Lafayette Taylor and Maggie Lou Hopper Taylor, died on Saturday, April 22, 2023, at Decatur Morgan Hospital. Howard retired from the 3M Company in Decatur. However, Howard’s passion was his 32-year military career. He served in the United States Air Force, the United States Marine Corp and the United States Army National Guard. He served 3 tours in Vietnam, served in Iraq and was a highly decorated Patriot. He always supported anything Military and especially loved participating in the Veterans Day parades. He was instrumental in starting the “B-57 Bummers” for a group of his Military comrades. Howard loved to garden and spend time at his cabin on the farm. He loved his family and most especially, his grandchildren. He was their biggest fan and loved attending their events. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, James L. Taylor, Jackie E. Taylor and Kenneth E. Taylor; two sisters, Barbara Taylor Bowen and Dorothy Faye Taylor. He is survived by his wife, Kathie Murphy Taylor; daughter, Bridgette Taylor Boykin (Robert) and her sons, Mason and Dakota Boykin; son, Jesse Shawn Taylor (Kelly and her children), and daughters, Madalyn Taylor Morgan (Justin), Lauren Burrows and son, Samuel Taylor; son, Benjamin Shane Taylor (Davina), daughter, Chesney Taylor and sons, Gavyn Taylor and Brody Terry; two brothers, Charles Taylor and Joe Taylor; two sisters, Elaine Brakeman and Shelia Brakeman; sister-in-law, Brenda Taylor; great-grandchild, Auslyn Taylor. Sam Taylor, James Taylor, Mason Boykin, Dakota Boykin, Eli Moore, Matthew Moore, Greg Brakeman, Michael Brakeman, Troy Taylor and Roger Taylor will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Raymond Dougherty, John Barnes, Steve Woods, Ray McNutt, Chuck Goodwin and members of the “B-52 Bummers”, Earl Brown, Clyde Roberts, Reggie Fix and Bob Herman.