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Hartselle Enquirer

Obituaries – 01/01/20

Bobbie Dueise Holland
memorial service for Bobbie Dueise Holland, 84, was held Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. at Shady Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Tom Campbell officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Holland died Dec. 19 at Summerford Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 3, 1935, in Morgan County to W.O. and Ida Legg Burgess. She was employed by Copeland Corporation on the assembly lineprior to her retirement.  

Preceding her in death were her husband, Alvin Holland Sr.; her parents; and three beloved sonsJoseph, David and Timothy Holland.
Survivors include three daughtersSue Mitchell (Jessie), Marvelle Moore (Michael) and Nancy Eddy (Dewayne); three sonsAlvin Holland Jr., John Holland (Amanda) and Jeremy Holland; and 18 grandchildren.

Ruth Russell Murphy 


Ruth Russell Murphy was born in Cotaco Nov. 26, 1936, to Novel Augusta Russell Wright and Hammond Christopher Russell. She married the love of her life, William Lonnie Murphy, and remained devoted to him for 66 years.  

Through their lives they traveled through his service in the Air Force to Texas, Indiana, England and Florida. They happily returned to Alabama after retirement, where she relished reuniting with her siblings, with whom she enjoyed a very close relationship.  

After returning to Alabama, she and W.L. bought a country grocery store, Murphy Grocery, which they ran together for 22 years. She loved her customers and was known especially for making “piled high” sandwiches. Her customers quickly became her lifelong friends. 

After selling their grocery store, Ruth became devoted to helping the elderly and those who needed meals, help with doctor’s appointments or help in their homes. Above it all, she was devoted to her six grandchildren. She loved preparing meals for them, allowing them to spend the night, attending their school and sporting events and “sneaking” them money occasionally during their college years.  

Most would agree that no one came to her home hungry without leaving with at least an ice cream sandwich; she was especially service minded in that way. 

Ruth was a member of Valhermosa Christian Church. She is survived by her husband, William Lonnie Murphy; three children, Pamela Kennedy (Joe), Dena Stephenson (George) and Michael Murphy (Julie)six grandchildren, Evin Schneider (Ryan), Meeda Bosse (Jonathan), Murphy Kennedy, William Stephenson, Johnston Murphy and Russell Murphy; and her siblings, Mary Yeager, Hilda Borie, James Russell, Gladys Oakes and Naomi Gindhart.  

She was preceded in death by her parents and two siblings, Buddy Russell and Crucy Russell. 

The family wishes to thank Hospice of the Valley and Alabama Home Care Specialists for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of the Valley or Meals on Wheels. 

Graveside services were Dec. 23 at Valhermosa Christian Church at 3:30 p.m. at Valhermosa Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Ron Wilson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Pallbearers were her grandsons Will Stephenson Johnston and Russell Murphy as well as her grandsonsin-law, Jonathan Bosse and Ryan Schneider and Kane Moore. 


Virgil Wayne Parker 


Memorial service for Virgil Wayne Parker, 72, of Decatur was Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Dobbs officiating and Peck Funeral Home Directing.  

Mr. Parker was born June 3, 1947, in Morgan County to Virgil I. Parker and Marvalene Mitchell Parker. He passed away Dec. 21 at his residence.  

He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from General Motors Delphi after 22 years. 

Virgil is preceded in death by his parents; wife Shirley Parker; two daughters, Tammy Parker and Amy Cole; and half-sister Virgie Mae Parker.  

Survivors include his sonDaniel B. Parker; two brothersBobbie (Darlene) Parker and Billy Parker; half-brother, Bobby Moore; sister, Brenda (James) Patterson; half-sisterRuthie (Joe) Pirdle; and five grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southern Care Hospice. 


Lee Ottice Webster
Funeral service for Lee Ottice Webster, 87, was Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. at Mt Zion Baptist Church in Monrovia with the Rev. Kevin Moore officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Center Springs Cemetery. 
Mr. Webster died Dec. 20 at Hospice Family Care. He was born Oct. 2, 1932, in Morgan County to Robert Lee Webster and Sarah Verdie McGee Webster. He was born during the Depression years and served with the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a physicist and worked with the Army and Werner Von Braun prior to his retirement. He loved to travel. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Monrovia.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Mark Webster; and a brotherRoland Webster.
Survivors include his wifeMary “Jenny” Webster; two sonsEric L. Webster (Mollie) and Alex J. Webster (Katherine); a sisterYvonne Monk; grandchildren, Cameron, Catherine, McKenzie, Mina and Samuel; and great-grandchildren Emmett, Sophia, Zane, Wesley and Jeremiah Jr.
Pallbearers were Jim McArthur, Rocky Collins, Keith Monk and Cameron. 


Edna Nell Thompson
Mrs. Edna Nell Thompson, 86, died Dec. 22 at Falkville Health Care Center. She was born Oct. 22, 1933, in Morgan County to Irous C. Kyle and Nolia Beatrice Kyle. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother. She served as an organist and pianist for East Highland Baptist Church in the 1980s and 90s, where she was a member for many years.  

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Thompson; her parents, Irous and Nolia Kyle; two sonsAlan and Tommy Thompson; two sisters, Jessie Thompson and Dorothy Thompson Gargis; and a granddaughterGreta Thompson.
Survivors include one daughterValerie Stephenson (Rick); one sonRaymond Thompson (Maria); one grandsonKyle Thompson; three granddaughtersKasmine Chambers (Jim), Irica Edwards (Steven) and Miranda Thompson; three great-granddaughtersElysa Chambers, Ileana Chambers and McKenna Wheeler; and three great-grandsonsThomas Edwards, Christian Edwards and Dylan Edwards.
private family memorial service will be held in the near future.
In lieu of flowers the family requests a memorial donation be made to your favorite charity. 

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