Obituaries Sept. 28 – Oct. 5
Bobby Jack Rodgers
Bobby Jack Rodgers died peacefully Sept. 12 in his home with his wife and children at his side.
He often quoted 1 Corinthians 2:9, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” He is experiencing the joy of Heaven that he pondered with great faithfulness while on earth.
Bob was born in Hartselle Aug. 20, 1935, to William Robert Rodgers and Mary Lucretia Templeton Rodgers. He is preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Othella Rodgers, Margaret Rodgers Dahlgren, Mary Frances Rodgers and Joyce Rodgers DeVaney; and his brothers, William Esther “Buddy” Rodgers and Edward Merrill Rodgers.
He graduated from Morgan County High School, now Hartselle High School, where he enjoyed playing football, basketball and baseball before graduating in 1954. He attended Livingston State College and then joined the U.S. Air Force.
He married Mary Frances Shaw of Tanner June 29, 1963. He reminded his children often of his gratitude for her love and care of him for the 57 years they were married.
In 1966 Bob opened Shaw & Rodgers convenience store near Calhoun College, which he operated for 16 years. The Northern District of Alabama’s Bankruptcy Court appointed him a trustee, and he operated R & W Enterprises in the 1980s and 1990s.
He was a true Alabama fan and relished football Saturdays, during which the neighbors might hear him yell “Roll Tide!”
Central Baptist Church was his church home and the place in which he served with zeal for 57 years. Though many people thought he was a preacher because of his frequent “sermons” and his ease and desire to witness to others, he did not preach but served the church as a deacon, a Sunday School teacher and a visitation leader for many decades. One of the highlights of his week was the Saturday Morning Prayer group, which he attended faithfully for over 30 years. His habit of prayer was observed by his family until his last moments on this earth.
He is survived by his wife Mary; daughter Amanda Rodgers Deter and husband David George Deter of Birmingham; son, Brad Shaw Rodgers of Newport, Rhode Island; grandchildren, Katie of Birmingham, Ben and Jack of Toronto, Ontario, and Manon and Shaw of Kingston, Rhode Island. He is also survived by his sister, Carolyn Rodgers Nicholson, and family of Hartselle.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Oct. 3 at Roselawn Cemetery with Dr. Rob Jackson and Bro. Brian Blass officiating. The family requested that all in attendance wear a mask and practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 2801 Highway 31 Decatur, AL 35603.
John V. Davis
Funeral service for John V. Davis, 81, was held Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Trotter, Bro. Jimmy Watson, Bro. Tony Willis and Bro. Charley Cain officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Burningtree Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Davis died Sept. 27 at his residence. He was born June 24, 1939, in Mississippi, to Claude Andress Davis and Mildred Cox Davis. He was employed as an engineering manager for the Missile Defense Department of the United States Army Civil Service, and was also an engineer for SAIC, prior to his retirement. He enjoyed scuba diving and reluctantly traveling the world with his wife, Joyce. He was an avid gun owner and target shooter.
Preceding him in death were his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Davis; two sons, Eric Davis (Johanne) and Kirk Davis (Erika); one daughter, Tamara Burch (Phillip); one brother, Billy Davis; and five grandchildren, Aaron Davis, Abigail Davis, Liam Davis, Sophia Burch and Lola Burch.
Memorial service for Terry Spooner, 58, of Hartselle, was held Oct. 3 at Cullman Heritage Funeral Home with Michael Murphy officiating. Cullman Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Spooner passed away Sept. 28 at his residence. He was born April 17, 1962, to Jesse Perry and Ruth Spooner. He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Perry Spooner.
Survivors include his wife, Janice Ruth Spooner; daughter, Brandy Waldan; stepson, Brandon Shane Stephens; mother, Ruth Spooner; brother, Wayne Spooner; sister, Susan (Kim) Nicholes; five grandsons; sisters-in-law, Cathy (Don) Graves and Eulene Key; brother-in-law, Ricky (Sara) Tankersley; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral service for Lillie Ball, 79, was held Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ray Bennett and Bro. Rickey Ball officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Bethel Baptist Cemetery.
Mrs. Ball died Sept. 29 at Decatur Morgan Hospital.
She was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Morgan County to Eddie Jones and Ethel Byrd Jones. She was a homemaker who loved to cook and loved people. She was a loving wife to her husband, Roy Ball.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband, Roy Ball of Falkville; one brother, Jack Jones (Virginia) of Orlando; two sisters, Fay Hunter of Birmingham and Margie Elem of Birmingham; and one sister-in-law, Freda Ball Johnson.
Pallbearers were Randall Ball, Grayson Ball, Joe Ball, Marvin Ball, Jim Ball and Dexter Garrison.
Carol Denise Harris
A graveside funeral service and interment for Carol Denise Harris, 60, were held Oct. 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Burningtree Memorial Gardens with Bro. Roger Ammons officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Ms. Harris died Oct. 1 at Decatur Morgan Parkway Medical Center. She was born Sept. 9, 1960, in Morgan County to Herchel Hulet Harris and Essie Lee Vinzant Harris. She was employed by Wayne Farms, working in the human resources department, prior to her passing.
She was preceded in death by her father, Herchel Harris, and a brother, Doug Harris.
Survivors include one daughter, Tiffany Wade (Alex) of Theodore; her mother, Essie Lee Vinzant Harris, of Hartselle; one brother, Dennis H. Harris, of Hartselle; and two grandchildren, Connor Wade and Avery Wade.
Pallbearers were Dennis Harris, Alexander Wade, Josh Owens, Peyton Harris, Jason Meyer and Kris Owens.
Jeff Stauch, 62, of Hartselle, died Oct. 2 at his residence. No services are scheduled at this time.
Mr. Stauch was born on Sept. 3, 1958, in Illinois to Ronald Carl Stauch and Jeannie Josephine Zubowski Stauch. He was previously employed as a diesel mechanic.
Mr. Stauch was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Stauch; two sons, Chad Stauch (LaDawn) of Hartselle and Eric Stauch (Kristin) of Hartselle; one sister, Debbie Aker of Prescott, Arizona; and two grandchildren.
Michael Irving Green
Michael I. Green, 71, died Sept. 30 at Huntsville Hospital.
He was born Feb. 27, 1949, in Michigan to Marvin Lloyd Green and Patricia Ann Hussey Green. He was self-employed in the custodial business. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was preceded in death by his parents.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Ronnie Joe May
Funeral service for Ronnie Joe May, 70, was held Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Burningtree Memorial Gardens.
Mr. May died Oct. 3 at Athens-Limestone Hospital. He was born June 25, 1950, in Morgan County to James Earl May and Edna Lee Murphy May. He was employed by Pinkerton Security as a guard prior to his passing. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James Larry May and Troy Leon May; a sister, Lucy Diane May; brothers-in-law Thomas Earl Smith and Burton Anders; and a sister-in-law, Ruth May.
Survivors include daughter Christina May (Randy Taylor); son, Dusty Joe May; two brothers, Kenneth May (Nadine) and Jerry May (Debbie); four sisters, Marvaline Smith, Doris Anders, Mattie Sue May and Wilma Joyce May; one grandchild, Caleb May; and sister-in-law, Brenda May.
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Cheryl Gill Sloan
Mrs. Sloan was born July 23, 1946.
She often shared stories of her idyllic childhood in Dumas, Arkansas, playing with her siblings, cousins and friends. Active in many things, including Girls State and playing the clarinet in the marching band, she graduated from Dumas High School in 1964.
Not long after, she boldly threw her possessions in her beloved Mercury Comet, moved to New Orleans and began working.
She then made her way back to Arkansas and worked directly for the state prosecutor in Little Rock. During her time there, she met her husband of 50 years, Steve, on a blind date.
Her greatest pride was her family. You could always find her supporting the interests and activities of her three children. She was a tireless member of the Hartselle High School Band Boosters and spent many hours volunteering. Through this, she met lifelong friends and created a multitude of memories. As a lover of music such as big band music and the standards, she might have enjoyed the band performances even more than her children did.
Mrs. Sloan was kind to all and never lost her independent spirit. She had a sharp wit but not a sharp tongue. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt.
She is survived by her son, Steve; her son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Alissa; her daughter and son-in-law, Corie and Pat; her sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Jerry; her brother and sister-in-law, Don and Donna; and her five grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband and her parents, Robert Dean and Dorothy.
Mrs. Sloan was buried in a graveside service at 11 a.m. Oct. 7. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alabama Breast Cancer Research Foundation in her memory.
Linda Roy Drane
A memorial visitation for Linda Roy Drane, 74, was held at Peck Funeral Home Oct. 7 from 6–8 p.m., with Peck Funeral Home assisting the family.
Mrs. Drane died Oct. 5 at Huntsville Hospital. She was born March 2, 1946, in Morgan County to Louie Roy and Addis Lee Blackwood Roy. She was employed as the secretary for Eddie’s Towing. She was a
wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include husband Aron Edward “Eddie” Drane; daughter Stephanie Drane Thrasher (Blake); brother Eddie Roy (Ramona); and grandchild Chloe Grace Nichols.
Mildred Ruth Cryer Wigginton
Funeral service for Mildred Ruth Cryer Wigginton, 88, was held Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chad Montoya officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Burningtree Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Wigginton died Oct. 4 at Summerford Nursing Home.
She was born May 4, 1932, in Morgan County to Homer Austin Cryer and Delia Walker Cryer. She was a homemaker. She loved her farm and loved gardening and canning and also loved to fish.
She was a lifetime member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Curtis M. Wigginton; a son, Anthony L. Wigginton; and her parents.
Survivors include one son, Curtis Dwight Wigginton; two daughters, Debbie Montoya (Louis) and
Pat Kolb (Doyce); five grandchildren, Kelli Roberts (Chris), Chad Montoya (Kelley), Amanda Jones (Brad), Todd Withrow (Helen) and Shelley Withrow; and 12 great–grandchildren. Pallbearers were Oneal Bates, Chris Roberts, Robin Campbell, Greg Colee, Vick Brown and Tim Echols.