Obituaries Nov. 4-11
Edgar M. Gay
Funeral service for Edgar M. Gay, 89, was Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Aaron Kretzchmar officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Herring Cemetery.
Mr. Gay died Nov. 2 at Riverside Assisted Living. He was born Feb. 4, 1930, in Georgia to Charles Heyward Gay and Maude Evelyn Goodall Gay. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force, working in aircraft and missile maintenance, and worked as a Morgan County health inspector.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Ruth Nunn Gay, his parents and a sister, Barbara Ketchum.
The family would like to say thank you to the staff at Riverside and to Hospice of the Valley for their care of Mr. Gay.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Earnest, Decatur, and Brenda Hatcher (Allan), Hartselle; four grandchildren, Chris Hatcher, Huntsville, Robert Hatcher, Olney, MD, Savanna Lyles (Nathan), Huntsville, and Jamie Earnest, Pittsburgh, PA; great-grandchild Victoria Hatcher; and brother-in-law Sam Nunn (Phyllis).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Valley.
Harold Cleon Brown Sr.
Mr. Harold Cleon Brown, 75, of Houston passed away Nov. 1 at his residence. He was born Nov. 6, 1943, in Tennessee to Egbert Arthur Brown and Cora Agnes LaRue Brown. He was a Native American of the United Cherokee Nation, ANI-YUN-WIYA. He lived his final years with Jean Sigafoo in Grayson.
Mr. Brown was a 32nd degree Mason and Scottish Rite. He was an Army veteran, serving 14 years over three tours in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne division. He received a Purple Heart.
Mr. Brown was a devout Christian man and a dedicated father. He was employed by Southern Energy Homes in Addison prior to his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and a son-in-law, Russell A White.
Survivors include two sons, Harold Brown Jr. and wife Christie, Danville, and Daniel Brown and wife Virginia, Danville; two daughters, Tammy White, Vinemont, and Stacey Turknett and husband David Turknett, Tallahassee, FL; five sisters, Freda Reagan (John), JoAnn Atkinson, Faye Neil (Wes), Lucille Lucas (John) and Janice Atkinson (David), all of Tennessee; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great–grandchildren.
A memorial service was held by his family Nov. 9 at Lebanon Church of God in Speake at 11 a.m. Bro. Ronnie Kelso officiated.
Clarence Richard Lewis
Funeral service for Clarence “Snuffy” Lewis, 79, was Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jeff White officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Mt Tabor Cemetery.
Mr. Lewis died Nov. 5 at his residence. He was born Dec. 7, 1939, in West Virginia to James Porter Lewis and Georgia Lucille Piper Lewis. Mr. Lewis, known to his family and friends as “Snuffy,” worked as a supervisor for Valley Rubber prior to his retirement, and he was a veteran of the United States Army. Preceding him in death were his parents, James and Georgie Lewis; a daughter, Denise Posey; a great–grandson, Michael McClendon Jr.; his brother, James Jr. Lewis; and three sisters, Connie Wilson, Georgie Wolfe and Shelbadean Bolyard.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Smith Lewis, Decatur; two daughters, Rhonda Livingston (Rickey), Priceville, and Shelly Martin (Steven), Somerville; two sons, Charles “Buck” Lewis (Kelly), Tera Alta, WV, and Ernie Lewis, Tera Alta, WV; son-in-law Scott Posey, Somerville; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Russell Brown, Phillip Gurley, Patrick Dotson, Bobby Boyd, Patrick Livingston, Larry Martin and Cronan Connell
Patricia (Pat) Ann Whitsell, 77, of Trinity went home to be with the Lord Nov. 5.
She was born April 2, 1942, in Decatur to Dorothy Hutchenson and Clyde Nicholson.
Funeral service was Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Brian Blass and Brother Rob Hatfield officiating, with entombment at Roselawn Cemetery in Decatur and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Pat was a faithful member of Central Baptist Church where she volunteered and served weekly at the information desk and yearly at VBS and A Night to Shine. Pat enjoyed being a part of the CBC Seniors Ministry and her Friendship Sunday School Class. Pat loved Jesus, loved people and loved to travel, and she fulfilled all these loves as she served in her community with her church, with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Team across America and with Romanian American Missions in Spain.
Pat was a woman filled with life and laughter, and she never met a stranger. She was a woman full of creativity, and she lived this out through painting, cake decorating and whatever her latest craft making endeavor was. However, nicknamed “the Spoiler” by her granddaughters, everyone knew her eyes shined the most whenever she talked about any of her granddaughters! They were indeed her greatest delights.
Pat was known by her family and friends as someone who was always ready for the next great adventure, and she is now experiencing the greatest adventure of all in the arms of Jesus.
Pat was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Whitsell, and her daughter, Phillis Nelson.
Pat is survived by her son, Patrick Vaughn (Nicole); her three granddaughters, Ashleigh Streeter (Matt), Shelby Vaughn and Rebekah Vaughn; her great–granddaughter, Lucille Streeter; and her sister, Myra Phillips (Felix).
Allan Jones, Wayne Bates, Matt Streeter, Stan Nelson, Felix Phillips and Patrick Vaughn served as pallbearers.
Verna Mae Sandlin Fields
A Celebration of Life Service for Verna Mae Fields, 93, of Massey, who went home to be with her Lord Nov. 6, was held Nov. 10.
She was born Nov. 4, 1926, in the Massey-Cedar Plains community to Littleton Blan Sandlin and Lillie Wallace Summerford. She grew up in this community and graduated from Falkville High School in 1945.
In 1947 she married Milford Fields in the “new” McKendree Church Building, the first couple to be married there. They became the parents of Rixie Fields Smith and Milford Sandy Fields.
Verna was a wonderful cook and homemaker, known throughout the community for her care and kindness to others in times of need, with chocolate pies and other delicious food she delivered to them.
An active member of McKendree Methodist Church as long as she was able to attend, she served in the Sunday School, the women’s group, Young At Heart, the Official Board and the Parsonage committee.
Verna was preceded in death by her parents; her five brothers, Shirley Penn Summerford (Pearl), Herman Sandlin (Rose), Vernon Sandlin (Louise), Hance Sandlin (Jackie) and Mynatt Sandlin (Lee Jean); her sister, Barbara Gandy (Harold); and her daughter-in-law, Jane Nelson Fields.
She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Milford; daughter Rixie Fields Smith and son Milford Sandy Fields (Nicole); grandsons Pat Smith (Kimberly) and Caleb Fields; and great–granddaughter, Lillie Smith.
She doted on her grands, Pat, Caleb and Lillie!
Her service was Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. at McKendree Methodist Church. Officiating at the service was the Rev. Virgil Bohn and the Rev. Darrell Mosley. Burial was in the Herring Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Pat Smith, Caleb Fields, Don Sandlin, Charles Sandlin, Allen Gandy, Wayne Gandy, Wendell Green and Don Fields.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the McKendree United Methodist Church.
Irene Miller Ragsdale
Funeral service for Irene Miller Ragsdale, 90, was Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wayne Turner officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Walnut Grove
Mrs. Ragsdale died Nov. 6 at NHC Healthcare. She was born Jan. 18, 1929, in Lawrence County to Ollie Lee Miller and Sleety Hill Miller.
Mrs. Ragsdale was a member of the Valley Grove Baptist Church. She was a very loving mother, grandmother and great–grandmother and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Ragsdale Jr.; her parents; a daughter, Vicky Sue Ragsdale; four brothers; and one sister.
Survivors include one daughter, Gloria Black (Phil), Danville; two sons, Roger Ragsdale (Julie), Hartselle, and Ronnie Ragsdale, Danville; five grandchildren; and four great–grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Phil Black, Jacob Wilson, Shane Black, Robbin Black, Derrick Hitt and David Hitt.
Michael Harrison “Mike” Cost
Michael Harrison “Mike” Cost passed from this life into his heavenly home Nov. 7 at UAB Hospital, Birmingham.
He was born Sept. 13, 1941, in Morgan County to William Mike Cost and Ruth Harrison Cost. He graduated from Morgan County High School in 1959 and was a lifelong resident of Hartselle and an avid golfer. He retired from Delphi in 2005, where he worked as a mechanic. He was an active member and a
deacon of Mt. Zion Church.
Funeral service for Michael Harrison “Mike” Cost, 78, was Nov. 8 at 3 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Bro. J. Wayne Penn officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Mt Zion
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Loraine Williams Cost; two daughters, Chris Cost Avery (Terry) and Karen Cost Griffith (Mark); two sons, Craig Cost (Daphne) and Mike Cost (Shonda); six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers were Terry Avery, Mark Griffith, Dillon Cost, Todd Russell, Kevin Russell and Jim Bowers.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the following: V.O.A. Southeast, The American Diabetes Association, Mt. Zion Church or Children’s Hospital of Alabama.
Melby Houston Hutson
Funeral service for Melby Houston Hutson, 91, was Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at Tunsel Road Baptist Church, with Bro. Ralph Henderson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Falkville
Mr. Hutson passed away Nov. 8 at his residence. He was born June 28, 1928, in Lawrence County to Will Houston Hutson and Thelma Terry Hutson. He was self-employed as a mechanic, and he loved music.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Holdbrooks Hutson, his parents and three daughters, Linda Bunch, Brenda Hood and Martha Gray.
Survivors include three sons, Marlin Hutson, Windell Hutson (Linda) and Michael Crumpton (Renita); two daughters, Shantia Stephenson and Lanette McCormick (Jason); 19 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Marlin Hood, Riley Hill, Cole Haws, Zachary Stephenson, Briley Haws and Rhett York.
Funeral service for Olianna Sadler, infant, was Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro Mickey Johnson and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Friendship Baptist Church
Olianna Rua Kiekiaina Sadler was born and passed into heaven as an angel Nov. 8 at Huntsville Hospital.
Survivors include her parents, Justin Dee and Corina Keikiaina Sadler; two brothers, Hayden Morgan and Aizik Sadler; and sister, Lily Sadler.
Pallbearers were Joseph Bramlett, Devin Mason, Hayden Morgan
Charles W. Owen
Mr. Charles W. Owen passed away Nov. 8 at his residence. He was born May 12, 1943, in Morgan County to John Wade Owen and Ovie Prince Owen. He was employed at Dunlop/Goodyear for 28 years in the maintenance department, as an electrician, prior to his retirement. He was a Baptist and a member of Central Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Survivors include a son, James E. Owen; a daughter, Valorie Owen Davis; and two grandchildren.
Funeral service for Jane Atchley, 85, was Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. at Point Mallard Parkway Baptist Church with Bro. J.D. Thorne officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Burningtree Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Atchley died Nov. 10. She was born Dec. 7, 1933, in Morgan County to Hubert Ernest Barber and Ruby Mae Murphy Barber.
She was a beautician prior to her retirement, a member of the Point Mallard Parkway Baptist Church and a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Harold Atchley; one grandson, Randall Gorden; a sister; three brothers; and her parents.
Survivors include one son, Steve Atchley (Carol), Decatur; three daughters, Beverly Gorden, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Patty Annerton (Tony), Hartselle, and Benita Hillis (Steve), Decatur; one sister, Sandra Garner (Tommy), Decatur; eight grandchildren, Jason Atchley (Ashley), Madison, Blake Atchley (Mary), Alpharetta, GA, Drew Atchley (Alex), Madison, Samuel Gorden (Elizabeth), Murfreesboro, Tenn., Stephen Gorden (Shanna), Fountain, CO, Derek Annerton (Bess), Decatur, Courtney Jones (Nick), Elkmont, and Katie Annerton, Hartselle; and 15 great-grandchildren, Dixie Gorden, Travis Gorden, Jonathan Gorden, Audrey Gorden, Zeke Gorden, Brooks Atchley, Randall Gorden, Bryce Annerton, Bailey Annerton, Nicholas Jones, Griffin Jones, Barrett Jones, William Jones, Gideon Jones and Bostyn Basinger.
Her grandsons, a nephew, Rusty Barber and Josh Skinner served as pallbearers. Honorary junior pallbearers were her great-grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Point Mallard Parkway Baptist Church.