Obituaries March 22 – 29
Funeral service for Burl Slaten, 84, was held March 23 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain John Tucker officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery.
Mr. Slaten died March 20 at his residence. He was born Jan. 18, 1937, in Morgan County to Thomas and Lucille Griffin Slaten.
Burl married his high school sweetheart and would have been married 65 years April 6. He retired from Thiokol Corporation on the Redstone Arsenal after 31 years of service.
He loved the land and enjoyed farming cotton, soybeans, gourds and sorghum. He cooked pure sorghum syrup for 39 years. He was a founding member of the National Sweet Sorghum Producers and Processors Association and was awarded the title of Kentucky Colonel for his service and accomplishments.
He was a previous board member of the Morgan County Decatur Farmers Market and managed the market from 2004–2014.
Mr. Slaten was preceded in death by his parents and sister Jo Slaten Waldrep.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Carolyn Slaten; sons, Gary Slaten (Angie) and Greg Slaten (Tammy); daughters, Kathy Echols (Tim) and Pamela Patterson (Mike); nine grandchildren; and 14 great–grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Philip Echols, Derek Slaten, Tracy Melson, Philip Sharpe, Caleb Sharpe and Tim Waldrep.
Mykah Nell Chapman
Funeral service for Mykah Nell Chapman was held March 23 at 3:30 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Brother David Hale officiating. Burial followed in the Falkville City Cemetery. Peck Funeral Home directed.
Sweet Mykah was born Dec. 17, 2020, in Huntsville to Haylie and Darius Chapman. She was preceded in death by great–grandparents Bob and Roxey Garrison, Bert and Carol Ellard, great–grandfather Marvin Boykin and great–grandmother Pearlie May Chapman.
Survivors include her parents, Darius and Haylie Chapman; four sisters, Brileekate Lambert, Maleigha Chapman, Jamila Chapman and twin sister Aniyah Chapman; grandparents Terry and Melissa Lambert of Hatton, Alphonza and Joanna Koins of Danville and Ashura Chapman of Detroit, Mich.; great–grandmother Lebrenda Chapman of Jackson; great-great–grandmother Betty Kuiper of Portage, Mich.; eight aunts; two uncles; and a host of cousins.
Pallbearers escorting Mykah were Christopher Wiggins, James Garrison, Tychicus Thomas, Dylan Duncan and alternate Zayden Wiggins.
Richard C. Cliett
Funeral service for Richard C. Cliett, 50, was held March 26 at noon at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Decker officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in New Harmony Cemetery in Blue Springs, Miss., at 4 p.m. Friday, with Jonathan Johnson officiating.
Mr. Cliett passed away March 23 at his residence. He was born May 27, 1970, in Clay County, Mississippi, to Ronald David Cliett and Rita Joyce Douglas Cliett.
Mr. Cliett was employed by Disney as a logistics manager prior to his passing. He was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time playing baseball with his boys and hunting.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lester and Ruby Cliett and Richard Douglas and Adelle Spruill, and one uncle, Billy Cliett.
Survivors include wife, Tina Cliett, Hartselle; sons, Joshua Cliett and Zachary Cliett, Hartselle; parents, Ronnie and Rita Cliett, West Point, Miss.; and brother, Chris Cliett, (Kristie), Caledonia, Miss.
Pallbearers were Cody Cliett, Drew Troxler, Tony Harrington, Austin Harrington, Travis Parsley and Jonathan Johnson.
Cora Spurlin Beggs
Funeral service for Cora Spurlin Beggs, 78, was held March 28 at 4 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain John Tucker officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Beggs died March 25. She was born July 31, 1942, in Albertville to Amon A. Spurlin and Alice Edwards Spurlin. She was employed by Parker Hannifan as a parts inspector prior to her retirement.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Blake Beggs.
Survivors include her husband, Melvin F. Beggs; sons, Jeff Beggs, Joseph Beggs and David Beggs; daughter, Danita Nash; seven grandchildren; and four great–grandchildren
Funeral service for Dexter Lindsey, 75, was held March 28 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Brian Wilbanks officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Forrest Chapel UMC Cemetery.
Mr. Lindsey died March 24 at his residence. He was born Dec. 13, 1945, in Madison County to Dexter Demetrius Lindsey and Dora Childers Lindsey.
Mr. Lindsey graduated from Eva High School in the Class of 1964 and worked for 3M Company as a foreman and pipefitter for Daniels Construction. He also was self-employed as a car dealer and sold many cars over more than 40 years of business. He served in the National Guard.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother, Ricky Lindsey.
Survivors include his ex-wife, Kathy Warren Lindsey; sons, Michael Shane Lindsey (Selena) and Justin Blake Lindsey; brother, Ronnie Lindsey; sisters, Melba Puryear, June Walling and Wanda Woodruff; and grandchildren, Emma Grace Lindsey, Calvin Lindsey and Alli Lindsey.
Pallbearers were Calvin Lindsey, Shane Lindsey, Justin Lindsey, Timmy Foote and Terry Miller.
A memorial service for Clinton Ledlow, 69, was held April 6 from 6–8 p.m. at Daystar Church with Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Ledlow passed away March 25 at his residence. He was born Nov. 14, 1951, in Morgan County to Dewey McKinley Ledlow and Carrie Myrtle Mae Lindsey Ledlow.
He was a chemical operator employed by 3M Company prior to his retirement. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed sitting on his back porch and picking and playing his guitar.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Hardy and Michael Ledlow; and one sister, Louise Ledlow Tucker.
Survivors include a son, Shannon Ledlow (Samantha); daughter, Ammie Ledlow; lifelong love, Martha Ledlow; brothers, Clyde Ledlow (Dot), Clayton Ledlow (Linda) and Donald Ledlow (Reta); sisters, Faye McDonald (Robert), Frances Stover, Carolyn Ledlow and Patricia Maze (Mike); grandchildren, Gaven Ledlow, Morgan Ledlow and Dakota Ledlow; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Richard “Wayne” Higdon
Richard “Wayne” Higdon, 69, of Hartselle died March 25 surrounded by his family.
Wayne was born Feb. 18, 1952, at Decatur General Hospital to Howard and Helen (Miller) Higdon. He was a graduate of Priceville High School in 1970. He married Mary (Burgess) Higdon Nov. 18, 1972, and they started building their life together in Priceville and Hartselle.
After high school, Wayne attended Calhoun College and worked as a welder at Amoco/BP for more than 30 years. He enjoyed working there and formed many lifetime friendships. His friends at Amoco and their families would go camping at Fall Creek Falls in Tennessee every summer. Wayne always cherished the memories of those camping trips.
When Wayne wasn’t working or camping, you could find him out at his property in Priceville, riding his John Deere tractor and tending to his garden. Every year, he planted a garden of various vegetables and melons and much more. In recent years he even started planting sunflowers. Wayne loved riding his John Deere tractors and would drive one of them home every holiday season and light it up with green and white Christmas lights on the front lawn. It was always a neighborhood hit!
Wayne was just a country boy at heart. He loved bluegrass and gospel music, John Deere tractors and his 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass! He was a jack–of–all–trades and would lightheartedly refer to himself as a “redneck engineer.” He could fix or build just about anything and was always lending a helping hand to friends and family.
Wayne has been an active member of First Baptist Church of Hartselle for more than 35 years. From helping with the audio/sound board during services, to driving the bus for youth trips, his faith has always been a guiding force in his life.
During Wayne’s retirement years, he has enjoyed taking cruises with Mary and friends and watching Auburn football and Braves baseball on TV. His favorite activity was attending his grandson Mason’s baseball games. He would always wear his “Hartselle Speed” T-shirt with pride.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Helen Higdon.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Higdon, one daughter, Robin (Mark) Brewer; one son, Christopher (Kelley) Higdon; one grandson, Mason Brewer; three step–grandchildren, Trevor Brewer, Dallas (Hunter) Braswell and Lukas Brewer; two sisters, Sandra (Anthony) Goodwin and Rhonda Higdon; one brother, Michael (Karen) Higdon; two sisters-in-law, Emlie (James) Carroll and Martha (Steve) Jones; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held March 30 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Phillip Hines and Bro. Charles Shaddrix officiating. Burial was in Burningtree Memorial Gardens, Peck Funeral Home directed.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Gideons or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Charles “Chuck” Nix
Funeral service for Charles “Chuck” Nix, 50, of Hermitage, Tenn., was held March 29 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home with the Rev. Barry Sempsrott officiating. Burial was in Brooklyn Cemetery in Cullman. Peck Funeral Home directed.
Mr. Nix was born Sept. 9, 1970, to Charles Nix Jr. and Pauline Darnell Nix. He passed away March 26 at his residence.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Charles was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. He was an amazing musician, loved his family and was an avid animal lover.
Charles was known for his humor, his infectious smile and his kind and compassionate spirit. He had a great love for traveling the world.
Survivors Include his wife, Vickie Cloer Nix; son, Steven Nix (Jordain); daughters, Madelin McIntyre-Nix, Ashley Thornton (Jason) and Angel Proctor (Landon); beloved nana, Glenda Cloer McGukin (Rickey); brother, Jerry Lee; sisters, Polly Coker (Rickey) and Tina Rodriguez (Ann); grandchildren, Isabella Nix, Brennan Thornton, River Thornton, and Roman Proctor; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Rickey Coker, John Marks, Steven Britt, Eddie Miller, Tyler Hale and Darnell Cockrell.
Ronald “Craig” Garrett
Craig Garrett of Hartselle, 68, passed away March 24.
He was born Nov. 10, 1952, to Bill and Phyllis Joann Garrett in Clovis, New Mexico. He was a long-time member of West Hartselle Baptist Church, where he served in the choir and led in many capacities while serving the Lord. He was co-owner of Garrett Erectors Incorporated with his dad, Bill, for more than 30 years. He worked very hard in the construction industry through extreme conditions to support his family and prided himself in the quality of work performed. He was a 1971 graduate of Morgan County High School, where he met his high school sweetheart, Myra Howard, and where he was a beloved classmate and his passion for Hartselle football began.
Craig took genuine interest in others – family, friends and everyone he met. He was a member of Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief and, with a big heart, served anyone in need.
He dearly loved going to church, enjoyed spending time at the lake, and he coveted time with his family.
Craig simply loved people, and it was impossible not to love him back.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity or West Hartselle Baptist Church in memory of Craig Garrett.
Private services for the family will be held.
Survivors include wife of 48 years, Myra Howard Garrett; son, Kevin Blake Garrett (Holly Claire); daughter, Dr. Leslie Garrett Boyer (Todd); sisters, Sharon Hopper (Glenn), Terry Moore (Mike), Donnie Mitchell (Marshall) and Jackie Chittam; grandchildren, Jackson Garrett Boyer, MaryHannah Boyer, William Blake Garrett, Kevin Truss Garrett and a host of beloved nieces and nephews