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Obituaries July 13 – 20

Patrick Joseph Fiessinger 


Patrick Joseph Fiessinger, 49, died July 12 at Huntsville Hospital. He was born July 4, 1964, in Ohio to Kenneth Paul Fiessinger and Connie Jean Schramo Bolick. He was employed by George Brindley Logging Company as a logger prior to his passing.  

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Survivors include two sistersNancy Maness, Arlington, Tennessee, and Jeannie Curland, Lexington, Tennessee. 

memorial service will be held by his family at a later date. 


Tina Blevins Alldredge 


Mrs. Tina Alldredge, 49, passed away July 12 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born Aug. 13, 1970, in Morgan County. She was employed as the office manager of Alabama Title Loans prior to her passing. 

She was a wonderful wife and mother. 

Survivors include her husbandMichael Alldredgetwo sonsAlex Lee Alldredge and Aden Lee Alldredgeher parentsVicki McSpadden King (Major)one brotherWaymon Lee Heaps Jr.; and one sisterCatherine Woodard.
No services are scheduled at this time. 


Carver Wycliffe Gordon 


Carver Wycliffe Gordon, 96, of Hartselle passed away July 14 at Falkville Healthcare Center.  

Carver was born Nov. 5, 1923 to the late Peyton William and Clara Effie Gordon of Laurel, Mississippi. He was a US Navy veteran (May 1943 to November 1945) and served on the battleship USS Mississippi in the Pacific theater during World War II 

Carver was an avid painter and photographer and a beloved husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather.  

Carver was preceded in death (in 2007) by his wife of 55 years, Cecelia Irene Gordon. He is survived by a son, Russell; three daughters, Marilyn, Alesia, and Julie; nine grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. 

Final arrangements were handled by Roselawn Funeral Home in Decatur. 


River A. Flemons 


graveside funeral service and interment for River A. Flemons, 4 months old, were held July 17 at 5 p.m. at New Salem Cemetery with Peck Funeral Home directing.  

River passed away July 12 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born March 2 in Madison County to Shaun Houston Flemons and Tonya Helms. River was a sweet baby boy who was loved very much by his family. He will be missed dearly. 

Survivors include his parentsTonya Helms Flemons and Shaun Houston Flemonsthree brothersDakota Helms, Houston Flemons and Levi Flemonsthree sisters, Bailey Holaway, Shailynn Flemons and Gabby Massey; grandparents June Helms and Vickie and Allen Flemonsthree unclesDaniel Flemons, Justin Flemons and Chris Flemonsand two aunts, Laura Helms and Heather Helms. 

Pallbearers were Shaun Flemons, Allen Flemons, Steven Shaneyfelt and Arnold St. Antoine. 


David Jackson “Pa” Moody 


David Jackson “Pa” Moody, 79, died July 14. He was born March 3, 1941, in Morgan County to William Henry Moody and Maudie Estell Atchley Moody. He was self-employed in the construction industry as a concrete finisher.  

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Survivors include his wifeVickie Clark Moody; one daughterRegina Moody Murphy (Jeremy)two sonsTimmy Moody (Judy) and Andy Moody (Brittney)one brotherJohn Thomas “Johnny” Moody (Kathleen)one sisterElizabeth Ann Moody Hatfield (Raymond); nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

No services are scheduled at this time. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Hospice of North Alabama and to Rural Grove Baptist Church. 


Thomas Garrie Edwards 

Riverdale, Georgia 

Thomas Garrie Edwards passed away from respiratory issues July 13 at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale, Georgia.  

He is preceded in death by one son, Thomas Garrie Edwards Jr., and one daughter, Chella Lynn Edwards; his father, Thome RL Garrie, and mother Mary Collins Poteeteadopted mother Millinea Trousdale Edwards; and two brothers, Jack Collins and Bobby Hames.  

He is survived by his adopted father, Paul Robert Edwards, of Hanceville; two daughters, Kimberly Anne Pylant of Decatur and Buffie Fitzgerald of Huntsville;  nine sisters, Beth Brock of Hanceville, Peggy Phillips of Hartselle, Faye Campbell of Somerville, Pamela Hestla Fulmer of Hanceville, Patsy Garrie of Albertville, Cathey Roberts of Hanceville, Betty Cassell of Sheffield and Saquanna Dawn Carrillo of Jackson, Wisconsin; two brothers, Ronnie Garrie of Hudson, Florida, and Allen Garrie of Florence; grandchildren Kayla Berryman, Carley Crowley, Charlie Crowley, Cassandra Crowley, Kaylie Marie Edwards, Kerra Nicole Edwards, Kyler James Lanford, Nathan Kyle Pylant, Mary Catherine Pylant, Jodie Alisha Edwards and Bailey Lynn Katz; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephew. 

Tommy was born in Russellville in 1948, and he lived throughout the Decatur and Hanceville areas most of his life. His career was with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers as a welder.  

He injured himself during his career, which left him disabled. Tommy survived a heart attack in November 2019. 

He was a huge Alabama football fan and watched almost every game on the television as he cheered the Crimson Tide to victory. He collected Alabama Crimson Tide memorabilia, including 100 Crimson Tide ball caps. Tommy was a gun enthusiast and also keen on collecting coins. 

Services were held at the Hanceville Funeral Home, 100 Michelle St., Hanceville, July 17 at 2 pm.  


Brenda Sapp Welch 


Funeral service for Brenda Sapp Welch, 70, was July 19 at p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frankie Sheats officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Herring Cemetery. 

Mrs. Welch passed away July 17 at her residence. She was born Feb. 6, 1950, in Morgan County to Willis Webster Sapp and Opal Evie Angle Sapp. She was employed as a registered nurse for Decatur General
Hospital prior to her retirement. She was a member of the Church of Christ and a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.  

Preceding her in death were her parents; a son, Bobby Alan Welch; and a brotherTony Sapp. 

Survivors include her husbandBobby J. Welchone daughterTara Sivleytwo brothersPaul Sapp (Sandra) and George Sapp (Sheila)one sisterVivian Wade (Lloyd); seven grandchildrenTaylor Sivley, Trent Sivley, Tad Sivley, Trevor Hames, Lauren Hames, Leslie Hames and Maddie Hames; and other familyShelly Hames (Matt). 

Pallbearers were Tad Sivley, Trevor Hames, Craig Sapp, Matt Hames, Alan Estep and Corbin Meredith. 


Cathryn Barnes Gullion 


graveside funeral service and Interment for Cathryn Barnes Gullion, 70, were held July 20 at 4 p.m. at Johnson Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Jimmy Hazel officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.  

Ms. Gullion died July 16. She was born Oct. 1, 1949in California to Bobby Ray Barnes and Thelma Lowella Graber Barnes. She was employed as a cook in the restaurant industry prior to her retirement.  

She loved cooking, but her passion was baking. She was a very generous, selfless person who was very caring and giving to others. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and she loved her sons-in-law very much. 

Preceding her in death were her mother; a brother, David Barnes; and two grandchildren, Hanna and Maygan Lacy. 

Survivors include three daughtersJennifer Newell MurphyCary Lacy (Jeremy) and Amy Lacy (Alan)her fatherBobby Ray Barnestwo brothersJames Barnes and Dennis Barnestwo sistersSandra Taylor and Vickey Locke; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

Pallbearers were Dylan Newell, Nikolas Newell, Seth Lacy, Jacob Lacy, Ryan Lacy and Mason Woodall. Honorary pallbearer was Emily Lacy. 


Albert Gene Hopper 


Graveside funeral service and interment for Albert Gene Hopper, 87, were held July 19 at 10 a.m. at Hartselle City Cemetery with Bro. Charles Shaddix officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.  

Mr. Hopper passed away June 17 at his residence. He was born Aug. 23, 1932, in Morgan County to Huie Doc Hopper and Ethel Lee Higdon Hopper. He was employed by Monsanto as a machinist and worked in
maintenance prior to his retirement.  

He was a veteran of the United States Army, where he served in the Korean War. He was a loving father and grandfather.  

He was preceded in death by his wifeNancy Elizabeth Hopperand his parents. 

Survivors include three sonsTimothy Albert Hopper, Stephen Christopher Hopper and Daniel Warren Hopper; and three grandchildrenHeather Hopper Rushen, Kira Hopper Randall and Annie Hopper. 


Amanda Cockrell 


Funeral service for Amanda Cockrell, 41, of Eva, was July 19 at 4 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home with Bro. Greg Barbee officiating. 

Ms. Cockrell died July 17. She was born Jan. 31, 1979, in Nevada to Robert Lee Hatfield Sr. and Barbara Ann Johnson.  

Ms. Cockrell was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Lee Hatfield Jr. 

Survivors include two sonsMicah D. Cockrell (Logan) and Zackery L. Cockrellone daughterJulie A. Cockrell (Wade Jahnke); motherBarbara Johnson; fatherRobert Lee Hatfield Sr. (Marie)two brothersJoey Hatfield (Paula) and Randy Lee Guyseone sisterGlenda Jo Smith (Monty)one grandchild on the wayLeon Ryker Jahnke; and a host of nieces and nephews. 


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