Obituaries Jan. 11 – 18
Mr. Andy Long passed away Jan. 11 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born Nov. 29, 1953, in Lawrence County to Rufus Henry Long Sr. and Lucille Thompson Long.
Andy loved people. He loved going to the store on his three–wheel bike and visiting with everyone as they came and went. He was a member of the Somerville Baptist Church.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Elaine Williamson.
Survivors include brothers Hillard Long (Gale), Rufus Long, Ray Long (Regina) and Randy Long and half–brother Jimmy Ransom (Kathy).
His family had a private service.
Funeral service for Samuel Dietz, 69, was held Jan. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Burningtree Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Dietz died Jan. 6 at Summerford Nursing Home.
He was born Sept. 8, 1951, in Oklahoma, to Richard Dietz and Rosemary Shultz Dietz. He was a safety specialist for General Electric prior to his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Dietz; his parents; and a sister, Belinda Gelhausen.
Survivors include daughters Robyn Follin (Mare) and Andrea Richardson (Joe); step-son Todd Roberts (Amelia); brother, Kevin Dietz; sisters, Karla Edmundson, Cindy Cross (Mark) and Bridget Vanbeber; and grandchildren Madison, Erilynn, Hampton, Hudson, Caleb, Quinn and Alyssa.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Treatment fund or to the Activities Center at Summerford Nursing Home.
Billy G. Tapscott
Private graveside service for Billy G. Tapscott, 76, was held at Hartselle Memory Gardens with Peck Funeral Home directing. No public visitation was scheduled.
Mr. Tapscott died Jan. 7 at his residence. He was born March 31, 1944, in Morgan County to John Harold Tapscott and Macy “Wilma” Copeland Tapscott.
Mr. Tapscott was a supervisor for the Decatur City Police Department prior to his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include wife Dianne Kay (Segars) Tapscott; son Ken Tapscott (Christie); daughter Angie Thomas (Hugh); two brothers, Bobby Tapscott (Karen) and Johnny Tapscott (Cindy); four grandchildren; and five great–grandchildren. The family served as pallbearers.
Wiley Gilbert Orr
A graveside funeral service and interment for Wiley Gilbert Orr, 72, was held Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at Burningtree Memorial Gardens with Peck Funeral Home directing. No public visitation was scheduled.
Mr. Orr died Jan. 7 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born Aug. 27, 1948, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Wiley Hardwick Orr and Geraldine Elizabeth Gilbert Orr. He was a veteran of the United States Navy
and was an equipment specialist for Redstone Arsenal prior to his retirement.
Preceding him in death were his parents and two sons, Matthew Justin and Michael Jason Orr. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Orr of Hartselle.
Pamela Thompson Whisante
Funeral service for Pamela Thompson Whisante, 60, was held Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. at Valhermoso Holiness Church with Bro. Tim Patrick and Bro. Gerald Case officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Valhermoso Holiness Cemetery.
Mrs. Whisante died Jan. 11 at Crestwood Medical Center.
She was born Nov. 11, 1960, in Madison County to James Hurshel Thompson and Peggy Ann Meeler Thompson. She was employed as a teacher’s aide for Morgan County Schools prior to her passing. She loved to travel and vacation with her family.
Survivors include her husband, Harless Whisante; parents Hurshel and Peggy Meeler Thompson; son Corey Whisante (Haley); daughter Teri Jolly (Anthony); brother Buster Thompson; grandchildren Kasen, Ryleigh, Charrish, Jaxon, Ethan and Anna; and nephews, Blake and Brett Thompson.
Pallbearers were Wade Jolly, Cameron Jolly, Brett Thompson, Blake Thompson, Mark Hale and Josh Martin.
Timothy “Timmy” Willard McCutcheon
Funeral service for Timothy “Timmy” Willard McCutcheon, 58, was held Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Patrick officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Valhermoso Holiness Cemetery.
Mr. McCutcheon died Jan. 11.
He was born May 30, 1962, in Madison County to Thomas Willard McCutcheon and Wilma Ann Garrett McCutcheon. He was employed with Daniels Construction as a welder prior to his passing. He was a big Alabama Football fan and loved his dog, Duke.
Preceding him in death were his father, Willard McCutcheon; a brother, Thomas Mikie McCutcheon; and a sister, Renee McCutcheon.
Survivors include sister Kay Holt and mother Wilma Garrett McCutcheon.
Pallbearers were Yogi Guess, Ricky McCutcheon, Matthew Holt, Tommy McCutcheon, Tyler Grantland and Lane Grantland.
Funeral service for Trystan Brewer, 25, was held Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Steve Barber officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Rock Creek Cemetery.
Mr. Brewer died Jan. 7 in Birmingham. He was born Nov. 18, 1995, in Tennessee to Charles Shannon Brewer and Lynnette Michelle Romback.
He was employed by Huntsville Hospital as a security officer prior to his passing. He was a United States Army veteran, a marksman, and was a member of the Army National Guard.
Survivors include his father, Charles Shannon Brewer; his mother, Lynnette Michelle Romback (Dennis); son Daxton Thomas Brewer; daughter Ryleigh Addison Brewer; and sisters Brittany Marie McAdams and Alexis Kay Waldrop.
Pallbearers were Patrick Sherrill, Seth Sherrill, Donovan Romback, Curtis Eastham, Lucas Barnett and Dillian Sherrill.
Alma Speegle Pitt
A graveside funeral service and interment for Alma Speegle Pitt, 74, was held Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. at Morris Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Earl Holt officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Pitt died Jan. 11 at Crestwood Medical Center. She was born Aug. 25, 1946, in Morgan County to Charlie Buster Speegle and Frances L. Moody.
She was employed with Bellsouth as a customer service representative prior to her retirement.
She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Max Pitt, and her parents.
Survivors include her daughter, Francee Logston (Chris); brothers James Speegle (Tish), Henry Speegle (Vicki) and Paul Jack Speegle; and grandchildren Paul Logston and Bryce Logston.
Funeral service for M.D. Prater, 80, of Danville was held Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. at Danville Baptist Church with the Rev. Jack Bailey and the Rev. Joe David Bailey officiating. Burial was in Corinth Cemetery, with Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Prater was born Aug. 24, 1940, in Lawrence County to George Lewis Prater and Lillie Myrtis Legg Prater. He passed away Dec. 31 at his residence.
Mr. Prater was a member of Danville Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Estelle Steele. He retired from Wolverine Tube after 28 years.
Survivors include wife Margaret Prater; son Marty Prater; daughter Amy Bates (Joestus); two brothers, Alford Prater (Mildred) and Leon Prater; sister Veler Stephenson; and one grandchild, Gracin Prater.
Pallbearers were Eddie Turrentine, David Orr, Charles Penny, Dwayan Steele, Ryan Steele and Tyler Cavinder.
Virginia Barnes Clemons
A private funeral service and interment for Virginia Barnes Clemons, 84, was held at Johnson Cemetery in Speake with Bro. Cody Hyde and her grandson, Patrick Clemons, officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Clemons died Jan. 12. She was born Nov. 3, 1936, in Polk County, Arkansas, to E.T. (Dick) Barnes and Arnold Smith Barnes. She grew up in Rogersville.
She was a homemaker for her family, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great–grandmother and friend.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hartselle, and she loved to play the piano and sing in church. She was a Sunday School and Training Union teacher. She loved to cook and was known for her chocolate and coconut pies and her prime rib roast, which was a favorite at Christmastime. She loved to make breakfast for whoever was at her home when her children were growing up.
Until her passing, she received mail addressed to “Nanny” Clemons. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Preceding her in death were her parents and her daughter, Robbie Gail Clemons Coffey.
Survivors include husband, Robert Wayne Clemons; son, Dick Pat Clemons; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were family members.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to your favorite charity or to your church.
Velver Dwight Isbell
Funeral service for Velver Dwight Isbell, 69, was held Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Burningtree Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Isbell died Jan. 11 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born June 16, 1951, in Colbert County to Reeder Velver Isbell and Verla Mae Byrd Isbell. Mr. Isbell was a United States Air Force veteran and was a machine operator for Cerro Wire prior to his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Isbell.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Logan Isbell; three daughters, Jennifer Brooks, Leslie Compton (Greg) and Teena Bradbury (Carl); two sisters, Betty Sue Hogan (Stanley) and Mary Helen King; and nine grandchildren, Alex Brooks, Aaron Compton, Beth Ann Etzkorn, Anna Claire Compton, Rylee Bradbury, Darbi Bradbury, Carlee Bradbury, Baylee Hanley and Alison Hanley.
Pallbearers were Alex Brooks, Aaron Compton, Stanley Hogan, Evan Smith, Gunnar Etzkorn and Mason Dillard.
Nelladean Butler Green
Funeral service for Nelladean Butler Green, 77, was held Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. at Mount Carmel Baptist Church with Bro. Terry Nappier officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Mount Carmel
Mrs. Green died Jan. 13 at her residence. She was born Nov. 22, 1943, in Morgan County to Buford Butler and Zippria Reno Butler Tanksley.
She was a Baptist and loved singing in church. She was employed by the Cullman County Schools system with the janitorial staff until her retirement. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved to watch wrestling.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Buford Butler and Zippria Butler Tanksley and Marvin Tanksley; a brother, Tim Butler; and a sister, Jean Butler.
Survivors include her husband, Pascal Green; sons, Byron Green (Miranda) and John Turney; daughters, Pamela Ward (Arlon) and Joyce Lee (Steve); brothers, Kenneth Butler and Terry Butler; sisters, JoAnn Montgomery and Sandra Childers; 12 grandchildren; and 15 1/2 great–grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Russell Falls, Matthew Everett, Joey Hill, Ty McLeod, Ryan Johnson and Wesley Tankersley.
Clarence E. Kelso
Funeral service for Clarence E. Kelso, 78, was held Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Danny Garrison and Bro. Stanley Reeves officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in New Center Cemetery.
Mr. Kelso died Jan. 12 at his residence. He was born June 13, 1942, in Cullman County to James Claude Kelso and Verna Lee Cain Kelso.
He was employed by Automatic Screw Machine Products in logistics and truck driving prior to his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leon and Melvin Kelso; and two sisters, Beatrice Eddy and Margie Dutton.
Survivors include his wife, Gail Garrison Kelso; son, Delane Kelso (Sabina Oakley); daughters, Delinda Milligan (John) and Shonda Cost (Mike); sister, Barbara Puckett; five grandchildren and four bonus; and four great–grandchildren and five bonus.
Pallbearers were nephews. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons.
Kevin Dwight Brown
A graveside funeral service and interment for Kevin Dwight Brown, 54, was held Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at Valhermoso Holiness Cemetery with Bro. Tim Patrick officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Kevin Brown died Jan. 13 at Decatur Morgan Hospital.
He was born July 12, 1966, in Morgan County to Dwight Delano Brown and Lucille Barnett Brown. He was born, raised and lived in Somerville.
Kevin was a husband, father, a hard worker and a business man, willing to help anyone trying to help themselves and those who could not.
For anyone who knew Kevin, he was probably your best friend, with his parting words always being, “Let me know if you need me.”
Kevin loved his machines, building, road trips and spending his life with family and friends. He supported various community activities, such as the Morgan County Special Needs Rodeo and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Posse. He was the owner of Brown’s Aluminum and Catalytic Converters of Somerville.
He was preceded in death by his father Dwight and a son, Phillip Brown.
Survivors include his wife, Angela Brown; mother, Lucille Barnett Brown; son, Michael Brown; godson, Tyler Chavers; grandson, Clay Brown; and stepchildren Nicole and Hunter Griffin.
Pallbearers were Brandon Blagburn, Jeff Cherubino, Tyler Chavers, Wally Steelman, Danny Selby and Hunter Griffin.
Kenneth “Kenny” Lang
Funeral service for Kenneth “Kenny” Lang, 66, was held Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. at Gum Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Dwight Lang officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Gum Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Lang died Jan. 14 at Crestwood Medical Center. He was born Sept. 4, 1954, in Morgan County to James Earl Lang Jr. and Ruth Estelle Davis Lang. He was a 1972 graduate of Morgan County High School.
He was employed as the meat-cutter for C&S Supermarket for 23 years, and he owned and operated Kenny’s Grocery for nine years. He then went to work for Day and Zimmerman at Brown’s Ferry as a painter until his retirement.
He enjoyed Alabama football and loved his grandchildren dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.E. and Ruth Lang; a sister, Janice Grant; and two brothers-in-law, Jimmy Maze and Randy Long.
Survivors include his wife, Lavonda Long Lang; son, Jeremy Lang (Terisa); daughter, Nikki Johnson (Jeremy); grandchildren, Cole Johnson, Emma Johnson, Kyle Johnson and Phoebe Gramling; brother, Dwight Lang (Lisa); sisters, Barbara Maze, Judy Sivley (Larry) and Denise Day (Gaylon); brother-in-law, Norman Grant; sisters-in-law, Cathy Weiss (Jim) and Kay Long; brother-in-law, John Long (Pat); and a large family of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Matt Day, Kevin Lang, Jason Myers, Wes Long, Cole Johnson and Jay Sivey.
A memorial visitation for Jeff Turney, 62, was held Jan. 18 from 6–8 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home.
Mr. Turney died Jan. 13 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born June 1, 1958, in Michigan to Junior Elmo Turney and Joy Lee Riner Turney.
He was a plant worker, employed by C&L Wood Products, prior to his passing.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife, Loretta Turney; sons, Brent Mizell and Blake Mizell; brother, Darryl Turney (Sherri); sister, Sandra Cagle (Clarence); grandchild, Brody Mizell; nephews, Keith Cagle (Lashae), Clay Turney (Jennie) and Brody Turney (Hollie); great–nephews, Nathan Cagle and Kaiden Turney; and great–niece, Elizabeth Turney.
Hershel Van Dunn
Funeral service for Hershel Van Dunn, 61, was held Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Gunter officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.
Mr. Dunn died Jan. 14 at Lawrence County Medical Center. He was born March 28, 1959, in Lawrence County to Hershel Van Dunn Sr. and Betty Jean Vinson Dunn, who preceded him in death.
He was employed by Lektron as a production worker prior to his passing. He was an Atlanta
Survivors include his daughter, Kristin Franks (J.D.), Priceville; sister, Jeanne Jones (Mike), Cullman;
and granddaughter, Gabi Franks.
Evie Dean Coley
Funeral service for Evie Dean Coley, 64, was held Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Gunter officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Roundtop Cemetery.
Mrs. Coley died Jan. 14 at Walker Baptist Medical Center. She was born Sept. 7, 1956, in Rainsville to H.W. Hawthorne and Betty Jo Carr Hawthorne. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include brothers Lawrence Hawthorne (Sarah) and Jimmy Hawthorne (Patricia).
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Mary Frances “Franki” Burdette
Mary Frances “Franki” Burdette, 72, passed away peacefully in her home Jan. 15 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 21, 1948 in Decatur to Elizabeth and Lamar Speaks. She grew up in Priceville.
Franki was married to her loving husband, Bill Burdette, and the two made their home in Hartselle for the majority of their life together. She was a dedicated teacher who gave her all to her students and families. Most of her teaching career was spent at FE Burleson Elementary, where she taught second and third grade. She also worked at Hartselle High School.
Franki was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Hartselle and had a strong faith. She always trusted the Lord, and her faith never once wavered, even during the darkest days.
Her selfless heart, loving spirit and optimistic attitude will be sorely missed.
Preceding her in death were her parents, daughter Amanda Gerbasi and son Nat Burdette.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Burdette; daughters, Shauna Holley (Scott) and Brandi Davis (Kenny); brother Charles Speaks (Ruthie); grandchildren, Taylor Bryant (Jacob), Conley Davis, Mary Ella Davis, Anthony Gerbasi, William Hunter, Jackson Hunter, Shelby Holley, Brant Baughcum and Brock Baughcum; great–grandchild John Henry Bryant; and several very close friends that were like family, including Beverly Brown and Karin Alverson.
A memorial service will be held by her family at a later date. All of these she loved and touched deeply.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to F.E. Burleson Elementary school library for books to be purchased and placed in her memory.
Donations can be mailed to FE Burleson Elementary School, Franki Burdette Library Fund, 1100 Bethel Road NE, Hartselle, AL 35640.
The Rev. David Weaver
There was a private graveside service for the Rev. David Weaver, 73, of Somerville.
Mr. Weaver was born Feb. 15, 1947 in Madison County to Buddy Weaver and Betty Lipscomb Weaver. He passed away Jan. 15 at his residence, surrounded by his family.
He retired from the United Methodist Conference after 43 years as a Methodist minister in the North Alabama District.
He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Helen Weaver; daughter, Donna Morgan; sister, Ann Driver; and grandson, Tyler Morgan.
Margaret Ann Murphy
Graveside service for Margaret Ann Murphy, 72, of Falkville was held Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. at Bell Springs Cemetery with the Rev. Brian Murphy officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Murphy was born Aug. 20, 1948, to William Franklin Moore and Bobbie Jean Houston Moore. She passed away Jan. 15 at her residence.
Margaret was a member of Bell Springs Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and devoted her life to her faith, her husband, children and grandchildren. Margaret was also a talented singer and artist, and she was much more than words can describe. She was spunky, sassy and funny. She loved Elvis and animals and was a big Alabama football fan.
Most of all she loved her children and grandchildren. There was nothing she loved more than time spent with them. She was certainly loved by so many and will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, O’Neal Virgile Murphy, and son, Kevin Murphy.
Survivors include a sons Brian Murphy (Carol) of Cullman; daughter, Susie Dean (Lynn) of Decatur; two brothers, Randy Moore (Kelley) of Martin, Tenn., and Tim Moore (Stephanie) of Falkville; and three grandchildren, Breanna Novak (Adam), Summer Dean and Autumn Murphy.
Pallbearers were Lynn Dean, Tim Moore, Randy Moore, Earl Moore, Jodie Moore and Todd Pressley. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to your no–kill animal shelter.
Wanda Steele Holland
Graveside service for Wanda Steele Holland, 74, of Danville was held Jan. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery at Upshaw with the Rev. Donnie Carroll officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Holland was born May 12, 1946, in Lawrence County to Sam Manuel Steele and Lassie Marie Sanford Steele. She passed away Jan. 16 at her residence.
Wanda was preceded in death by her parents.
She was a hard-working wife and mother, and she loved everyone in the community and her children and grandchildren. She also loved gardening and flowers.
Survivors include her esband, Noel Holland; two sons, Danny (Teresa) Holland and Jay (Tabitha) Holland); daughter, Sheila (Billy) Thompson; two brothers, Dorman Steele and James (Lynette) Steele; and eight grandchildren, Lance Archer, Wesley Archer, Ryan Holland, Weston Philpot, Anna Philpot, Savanah Sullins, Faith Lemmond and Victoria Bullion.
Pallbearers were Lance Archer, Wesley Archer, Ryan Holland, Weston Philpot, Ryan Sullins, Zack Lemmond. Honorary pallbearers were Jayce Archer and Sylas Sullins.
Harold (Pete) Lee
Funeral service for Harold (Pete) Lee, 86, of Hartselle will be Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. at Lebanon Baptist Church with the Rev. A. Ray Lee and Dr. Randy Ashley officiating, with burial in Burningtree Memorial Gardens, and Peck Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the church.
Mr. Lee was born Sept. 26, 1934, in Morgan County to Joseph Johnson Lee and Ethel Lorene Quattlebaum Lee. He passed away Jan. 15 at Cullman Regional Medical Center.
Harold was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church. He retired from Monsanto after 35 years. He served in the Strategic Air Command in the United States Air Force.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Joseph Dorman Lee.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann Wallace Lee; son, Jeffrey Glenn Lee (Sheryl); two brothers, A. Ray Lee and Paul (Spud) David Lee; and a granddaughter, Hannah Alexis Lee.
Laverne Waddell Moody
Funeral for Laverne Waddell Moody, 87, of Hartselle was held Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home with Bishop Danny Pitts officiating. Burial was in the Salem Methodist Church cemetery.
Ms. Moody went home Jan. 15. She was born Nov. 21, 1933, to Ivan Claude Waddell and Lydia Maryann Walker.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Debbie Cole Herrera, and brothers Charles Waddell and James Waddell.
She is survived by daughter Patsy Cole of Hartselle; grandchildren Shane Robinson of San Francisco, Calif., and Stephanie Pugh Jones of Houston, Texas; and great-grandchildren Riley and Shaeffer Jones of Houston.
She was so blessed with the most wonderful caregivers who became family to her and Patsy: Katie Guthrie, June Maxwell, Joyce McNatt, Stephanie Lawrence and others through the years and a wonderful loving church family of Grace Point Church.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Waddell, Tim Waddell, David Waddell and Steve Waddell.