Obituaries (01/10/24)

Stephanie R. (Maddock) Moorehead  

Stephanie R. (Maddock) Moorehead, 78 of Hartselle passed away Saturday, December 30, 2023, at Decatur-Morgan Hospital.  She was born May 20, 1945, in New Jersey to Edward Maddock and Naomi Pearsall Maddock.  Stephanie was a Member of East Highland Baptist Church and a Graduate of Decatur High School Class of 1963.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and Grandson, Aaron B. Lee.  Stephanie retired from Decatur Orthopedic after 30 years where she worked alongside Dr. Bill Sims as his nurse.   Stephanie was a wonderful Mother, Friend, and Grandmother, and neighbor   She loved to sew, tend to her flowers, birdwatch, love on her puppy dogs and spend time with family.  Her family would like to thank her loving caregiver, Katharine Smith, for being so good to her for the past year and enabling her to stay at home.  Also a big thank you to the nurses and staff at Decatur-Morgan Homecare and Hospice of North Alabama, and the emergency medical technicians who always were so wonderful when they were needed.  Memorial Services will be held at a later date for close friends and family. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Friends of the Rescue in her honor to ( or East Highland Baptist Church  

Survivors include two daughters-Deidra Lee (Clint) and Tammye Brammer (Mardy); six grandchildren-Joshua Lee, Lynsey Lee, Kody Brammer, Evan Brammer, Molly Brammer, Lexie Brammer. 



Jeffrey Wayne Baker  

Jef Funeral Service for Jeffrey Wayne Baker, 58 of Russellville will be Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 11:00AM at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wayne Dotson and Bro. Danny Riggs officiating with burial in the Shiloh Cemetery with Peck Funeral Home directing.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:00AM-11:00AM at the funeral home.  Mr. Baker was born March 4, 1965 in Morgan County to Nathan Albert Baker and Virgie Mae Swader Baker.  He passed away Saturday December 30, 2023 in Decatur.  Jeffrey attended Chapel Church and was a Volunteer Fire Fighter with Tharptown Volunteer Fire Department.  He drove a truck for R Baker Trucking in Phil Campbell, AL.  He loved Karoke and to sing. 

Survivors include his wife Melissa Marie Baker; Son -Cody Baker (Grace); Step-son-Keith Aycock (Kelsey); two daughters-Carley Baker (Fiance, Alex) and Courtney Baker; Mother-Virgie Mae Baker; Brother-Randy Baker (Fiance, Charlotte); seven grandchildren-Brantley, Carson, Harley, Addie, Sadie, Kooper and Chloe.  

Pallbearers will be family and friends.  





Warren A. Garner  

Graveside service for Warren A. Garner, 90, of Falkville will be Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at 3:00pm at Evergreen Cemetery with Brother Dan Hopper and Brother Charles Sparks officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be from 2:30 until service time on Tuesday at the Cemetery. 

Mr. Garner, who was born November 5, 1933, in Morgan County to John Alexander Garner and Leta Emily Parker Garner, died on Friday, December 29, 2023 at his residence. Mr. Garner was a member of the Bible Baptist Church, retired from Wolverine Tube after 36 years of service, was a member of the Massey Volunteer Fire Department and was a Veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Vest Garner and a sister-in-law, Louise Garner. 

Survivors Include two sons Joseph Garner and Mike Garner; one stepson Rex Ward (Connie); one daughter Sherry Garner Robinson (Kevin); one brother Sim Garner; numerous step grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.  

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. 



Betty Jean Woodall Waits


A visitation for Ms. Betty Jean Woodall Waits, 81, will be held Tuesday,
January 2, 2024 from 6-8 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home. A funeral service
will be held Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 1 p.m. in the chapel. Interment
will be at Roselawn Cemetery in Decatur. Glen Waddell will be officiating.
Peck Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Ms. Waits passed away at her residence with her family by her side on
Saturday, December 30, 2023. She was born to Robert Lester and Lida Waddell
Woodall on December 19, 1942 in Morgan County, Alabama. She worked as
physical therapist at Pineview Hospital prior to retiring. She was a beloved
mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. She absolutely loved being
around her family.

She is preceded in death by her husband Ennis Waits; brothers, Wayne
Woodall, Alton Woodall, and James Woodall.

She is survived by her two sons, Joe Aaron Harris and Richard “Alan” Harris; stepdaughter, Teresa Hemmingway; one brother, Mike Woodall; four sisters, Gail Johnson, Dale Ball, Brenda Baker, Teresa Woodall Tolbert; special friend Brian Netherton; five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.  

Pallbearers will be Bryson Harvel, Dalton Kimbril, Jason Baker, Chip Perry,
Justin Baker, A.J. Robinson, Matthew Hemmingway and Ethan Kimbril.



Duane Byron Henson


A visitation for Mr. Duane Byron Henson will be held on Wednesday, January
3, 2024 from 1-3 p.m.  at Peck Funeral Home with the funeral service
following at 3 p.m. in the chapel. Pastor Mark Carroll will be officiating.
Peck Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements.

Mr. Henson passed away at the age of 68 Saturday morning December 30, 2023
at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born to Robert and Jacqueline Smith
Henson in Germany on August 24, 1955. He was Chief Engineer of Maintenance
at Huntsville Hospital prior to retirement. He was an avid outdoorsman who
loved fishing, hunting and camping. He was an exceptional wood worker in
addition to enjoying cooking and was known to be a very hard worker with a
clever sense of humor. He loved his family tremendously, especially his

Preceding him in death are his parents, and stepsister, Gwen Kendell.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Elizabeth “Kathy” Kathryn
Henson of Decatur; one son, Harry Steven Goodwin, Jr Beckley, WV; two daughters, Jennifer Henson (Romon) and Marybeth Smith
(Samuel); two brothers, Larry Henson and George Henson; stepbrother Stanley Dyer; one sister, Diane Henson; one stepsister, Martha Dyer; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.



Linda Hays Goodman Elmore


Mrs. Linda Hays Goodman Elmore, 80, passed away Friday, December 29, 2023
at her residence in Baileyton, Ala.  She was born to William and Nettie Engle
Hays on August 21, 1943 in Morgan County, Alabama.  There are no
arrangements made at this time. Peck Funeral Home is handling the

She was known to most people as “Mamma-Linda”. She started using that
name when her first grandson Trey came along. It quickly became the norm for
most as she would introduce herself as such, especially when her
grandchildren were with her.

She worked most of her career at Redstone Arsenal, where she retired early
on. Later she worked for a brief time at Calhoun College and Limestone
Correctional Facility in the administrative department.

She had a love for flowers, plants and hummingbirds. She had plants all over
the house and several bird feeders that she could view from her living room
windows. When the flowers were in bloom, she would send pictures to
everyone, especially the buttercups- she would always say “spring is coming”
and send hearts, it was her favorite time of year.

She was a strong woman, she had her share of life tragedies by losing
parents, a loving husband and a son, but somehow she would always keep the
faith that one day she would reunite with them and tell them everything that
they had missed over the years, she especially wanted to tell them how proud
she was of her children as well as, all of her grandchildren and her newest
great grandchild. She will be deeply missed by everyone.

She was preceded in death by her parents, late husband, Terry Goodman Sr.
and one son, William (Billy) Goodman.

Survivors include her husband, Bradley Elmore; son, Terry Goodman Jr. (Katrina); daughter, Lori Goodman Glasgow (William); three grandchildren and one great grandchild.



Shannon Hugh Brown  

Funeral service for Shannon Hugh Brown, 53, will be Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 1:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Byron Matthew Brown officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Rock Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, January 4, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home. 

Mr. Brown passed away on Monday, January 1, 2024 at Huntsville Hospital. He was born May 5, 1970, in Morgan County to Vick Hugh Brown and Carol Fran Taylor Brown. Shannon was employed as a nurse, at Huntsville Hospital, prior to his passing. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, brother and son. He enjoyed deer hunting and watching Alabama Football. He will be missed by all those who knew him. 

Survivors include his son, Skylar Brown; parents, Vick and Carol Taylor Brown; brothers, Chad Brown and Byron Brown; grandchild, Emmelyn Brown; a host of nieces and nephews. 

Pallbearers will be family and friends. 


Brenda Sue Johnson Alvis


Funeral service for Brenda Sue Johnson Alvis, 77, will be Friday, January 5,
2024 at 3:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Greg Compton and Bro.
Ben Bates officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in
Mount Tabor Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday, January 5, 2024 from 1:00
PM to 3:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home.

Mrs. Alvis died on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, at Decatur Morgan Hospital.  She
was born July 10, 1946, in Morgan County, to Lester Lee Johnson and Mary
Christine Moore.

She was a Physical Therapist Aide for Hartselle Medical Center, prior to her
retirement.  She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.

Preceding her in death were two husbands, Jimmy Rittman and Mitchell Alvis,
her parents, two brothers, Raybon Johnson and Wayne Johnson, a
granddaughter, Allison Rittman and a Great Grandson, Dakota Cocke.

Survivors include her son Mark Rittman (Lori); daughter – Melissa Moore (Scott); brother – Harold Johnson (Juanita); Sisters-in-law Demaris Johnson and Margie Johnson; four grandchildren – Courtney Cocke (Michael), Emily King (Kent), John
David Rittman (Delaney), Andrew Rittman (Gracie); seven great-grandchildren Lily, Sami, Daniel, Jaxon, Weston, Kolten and Tenley and s host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Family and Friends. 



Ruth E. Crowell  

Funeral service for Ruth E. Crowell, 65, will be Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 7:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Equator Black officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be Thursday, January 4, 2024 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Crowell died on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at Crestwood Medical Center. She was born August 5, 1958, in Morgan County, to Lemon Hall and Mary Drinkard Hall. She was employed by the Terrace at Priceville as a Care Assistant, prior to her passing. She loved True Crime TV and crossword puzzles, but really loved caring for her residents at the Terrace. She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Berta Crowell. 

The family requests everyone wear their jeans and casual shirts for the service. 

Survivors include her husband, Michael Crowell; mother, Mary Drinkard Hall; daughters, Laura Harris (Tony) and Jessica Walls (Chris); brothers, Raymond Hall and Jimmy Hall; sister, Joanne Brannon; six grandchildren, Katie Morgan, Lukas Trejo, (Abby), Joshua Nix, Riley Walls, Jackson Harris and Emma Harris; and great-grandchild, Haven Morgan. 


Kermit Kenneth King

Funeral service for Kermit Kenneth King, 83, will be Friday, January 5, 2024
at 1:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Vest officiating and
Peck Funeral Home directing.  Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday, January 5, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Peck
Funeral Home.

Mr. King died on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at Decatur Morgan Hospital.  He
was born December 30, 1940, in Morgan County,  to Thomas Scott King and
Mamie Agnesle Hartselle King.  He was employed by Daisy Dairy Products as a
Milk Man, prior to his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, piddling with small
engines, loved westerns and was a John Wayne fan. He was preceded in death
by his parents,

Survivors include his wife Stella King; sons Kenneth King (Tina Kitner) and Scott King; daughter Penny King Hopkins (Greg); sisters – Carolyn McAbee (Joe), Peggy Richards and Doris King; eight grandchildren Dustin King, Thomas Garner, Jordan Garner, Thomas Hopkins (Samantha),
Blake Hopkins, Madison Chambers, Caleb Chambers and Bailey Woodall (Jordan); eight great-grandchildren Mollie King, Graicen King, Kace King, Stella King, Aubrey Hopkins, Remi Hopkins,
Faithlynn Hopkins and Roxie Hopkins.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth King, Thomas Garner, Jordan Garner, Thomas
Hopkins, Kaleb Chambers, Jordan Woodall and Andy Martin.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Graicen and Kace King and Dustin King. 


Barbara Blackwell Eaton  


Funeral service for Barbara Blackwell Eaton, 82, will be Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Hal Daigre and Rev. Emily Moore officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Fuller Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, January 5, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home. 

Mrs. Eaton died on Monday, January 1, 2024 at her residence, surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 8, 1941, in Oklahoma, to Sidney Scott Engle and Grace Nellie Johnson Engle. 

She was a member of Connect Church, loved Gospel singing, had a heart for missions and making dresses for children. She was active doing the Church Bulletin and working in the nursery. She enjoyed making quilts, especially baby quilts. She was employed by Compass Bank as a Data Entry Clerk, prior to her retirement. 

Preceded in death by her first husband, Bob Blackwell and her second husband, Van Eaton; two children, Michael Blackwell and Jane Frith and a sister, Sue Daniel. 

Survivors include her son, Harley Bob Blackwell, Jr.; daughters, Susan Copeland and Carol Merritt (Foy); brother, Arley Engle; sister, Kaye Brown; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Pallbearers will be Ben Roberts, Greg Roberts, Josh Sartin, Damyon Szerszynski, Andrew Frith and George Frith. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Marine Corps League #1427, P.O. Box 58, Decatur, AL 35602. 



John Raymond Fuller

John Raymond Fuller passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2023 at Falkville
Health Care Center.  He was born September 30, 1952, in Wayne County,
Michigan, to James Lynton Fuller and Marion Joyce Hyde Fuller.

He was selfs-employed as a small engine repairman, prior to his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David Robert Fuller.

Survivors include his Wife – Darlene Irish; Son – Sanjaya Neka Irish-Fuller; Brothers – Jim Fuller (Margaret) and Paul Fuller; Sisters – Jean Fuller, Joyce Fuller Wyatt and Thelma Miller; A host of Nieces and Nephews.
No services are scheduled at this time. 



Jerry Sue Edwards Trammell  

A memorial service for Jerry Sue Edwards Trammell, 79, will be Sunday, January 21, 2024 at 2:00 PM at St. Barnabus Episcopal Church in Hartselle, AL with Father Dave Basinger officiating. There will be a reception immediately following for the family to receive friends. A private burial will be held at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery at a later time. 

Mrs. Trammell went to meet her lord on December 19, 2023 at Decatur-Morgan Hospital with her daughter and special friend, Summer Evans by her side. She was born June 5, 1944, in Hanceville to Jerry Curby Edwards and Leslie Smith Edwards. 

Sue was a member of St. Barnabus Episcopal Church where she served in any way needed. She was a member of the Decatur Pilot Club and Beta Sigma Phi sorority both of which she was extremely proud. She was a faithful worker at the Committee on Church Cooperation and Hands Across Decatur. She will be greatly missed. 

Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Darrell Trammell and her infant son, Brent Trammell. Her parents, Curby and Leslie Edwards and her brother, Terry Dion Edwards. 

Survivors include her daughter Monica Trammell Brewer (Curtis), her Grandchildren Clancy Hensley (Richard), Sloane Brewer (Thomas Reber) and Braxton Brewer (Brittney) and her Great Grandchildren, Azalie, Anthony, Auburn and Ellie. 

Sue loved her lord, loved her family, loved her friends and life in general. She was an avid traveler and never missed a chance to “go somewhere new”. She loved to read, loved music and took great joy in telling you about “my kids”. We will miss you but we know that when we see you again you will be the one wearing “the sparkly robe”. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to her favorite charities: 

Committee on Church Cooperation, Hands Across Decatur and Morgan County Mobility Missions.  



Dr. Junior William Hill


Funeral service for Dr. Junior William Hill, 87, of Hartselle will be
Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 1 p.m. at Westmeade Baptist Church in Decatur,
Alabama with Dr. Scotty Hogan and Brother Justin McAlpin officiating with
burial in the Salem Cemetery in Hartselle with Peck Funeral Home directing.
In addition, it will be live streamed online. To find the service, please
search for Westmeade Baptist Church on YouTube.

Brother Junior, who was born July 5, 1936, in Hartselle, Alabama to William
Lawton Hill and Fannie Velma Childers Hill, died on Wednesday, January 3,
2024 at his home in Hartselle.

Junior William Hill began his ministry at age nineteen and served as a
pastor for eleven years in Alabama and Mississippi before entering
vocational evangelism in 1967 as a full-time Southern Baptist evangelist.

A native of Hartselle, Alabama, he received his Bachelor of Science from
Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama and his Master of Divinity from New
Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana.  He received a
Doctor of Divinity degree from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia and a
Doctor of Divinity degree from Covington Theological Seminary in Ft.
Oglethorpe, Georgia.

He served as First Vice-President of the Southern Baptist Convention, and in
1995, he was recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by New
Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

He conducted more than 1,800 revivals and numerous foreign crusades.  In addition,
he wrote nineteen books and contributed to many devotionals.

Junior is best known for his sense of humor, his gentle spirit and his love
for friends and family.

He’s survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Carole Splawn Hill; one son Mark William Hill (Netta Sue); one daughter: Melanie Pike (Barry); five grandchildren:  Katie Fields (Judson), Kelley Hill, Matthew William Hill (Natasha), Bonnie Pearce (Adam) and Julianna Pike; five great- grandchildren: Emma Fields, John Mark Fields, Betsy Fields, Allie Carole Fields, and Olivia June Pearce.

Pallbearers are Jack Bailey, Walter Blackman, Matthew Hill, Danny Lanier,
Jimmy Legg, Adam Pearce, Danny Strickland, and Herb Thomas.

The family would like to acknowledge Jimmy Legg and Hospice of the Valley
for their continued love and service to the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Junior Hill
Seminary Scholarship Fund at Westmeade Baptist Church. 



Douglas Ray Kilgore


Mr. Douglas R. Kilgore passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at his
residence.  He was born February 9, 1962, in Walker County, to Billy Ray
Kilgore and Annie Jo Garrigan Kilgore.

Doug was a special man, that would give the shirt off his back to anyone in
need. He never met a stranger. Whether he was checking out at Walmart or the
grocery store, strangers were made to feel special because he always asked
how they were, or he would ask how their day was going. Strangers became
friends. Doug loved people and they loved him. Doug loved his family dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Tonya Drummond, two daughters, Mackenzie Hughey
and Maggie Taggert, two sons-in-law, and his special grandson, Archer.

Doug and Archer shared a special bond. They were best friends and Archer was
always Doug’s “Little Buddy”.

Doug also loved his mother, Annie Jo Kilgore, two sisters, Brenda Dix and
Karen Scott and brother, Shannon Kilgore so much. These family members also
survived him. Doug’s last words were “I Love You” to his mother.

Doug loved to work. He began his career at Deshazo Crane in 1988, where he
worked until he began working for Nucor Steel in October of 2002. He
remained a loyal employee until his death. The men and women of Nucor became
like family. He had a special bond with the crane crew electricians, they
were best friends and like brothers.

Near the end of his life, Doug rededicated his life to the Lord. The last
three weeks of his life he put on Christ. He prayed daily and sang hymns to
our God and God transformed Doug when he passed from this life. God welcomed
him home and healed him from the horrid disease called cancer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests continued prayers for the family
during this sad time.


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