Obituaries April 26 – May 3
Theresa Kilgariff Thrasher
Funeral service for Theresa Kilgariff Thrasher, 68, was held April 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bill Hall and Lance Blackburn officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Forrest Chapel Cemetery.
Mrs. Thrasher died April 25 at her residence. She was born April 17, 1953, in St Mary’s County, Maryland, to Thomas George Kilgariff and Mary Ellen Parrish Kilgariff. She was a member of Westview Church of Christ in Hartselle. She was a loving mother of her four children, their spouses and her four
She earned her undergraduate degree at Jacksonville State University and her master’s degree at the University of Alabama. She was a teacher at heart and loved everything Dr. Seuss!
She moved to Hartselle in December 1975 to begin the learning disabilities program for Hartselle at Crestline Elementary, where she taught until her first child was born.
She became a full-time homemaker, although she couldn’t totally give up teaching so tutored privately while she remained at home, eventually having three more children. During her early years as a full-time homemaker, she also became “mother” to a number of foster children who were welcomed into the home.
When the youngest was almost school age, the Burleson principal called and offered her a position at his school in the special education department. Over the next few years, she also taught at Barkley Bridge and the then junior high school, where she was teaching when she had to retire.
Her last years were difficult, with declining health eventually restricting her to a wheelchair before she became totally bedfast.
She retained her good humor during this time and delighted in welcoming her family for visits.
Survivors include her husband, David L. Thrasher, Hartselle; sons, Dr. Christopher D. Thrasher (Barbara), Hot Springs, Ark., and Jonathan K. Thrasher (Kalie), Simpsonville, S.C.; daughters, Anna E. Cash (Steve), Woodville, and Sarah C. Thrasher, Decatur; sister, Ceil Davis (Bob), Florence; and four grandchildren, Collin and Mallory Cash and Henry and Noah Thrasher.
Pallbearers were David Parr, Reggie Corum, Dan Davidson, Barry Defoor, Daniel Maxson and Jim Meadows.
Sharon Francis Hagood White
A graveside funeral service and interment for Sharon Francis Hagood White, 77, was held April 28 at 11 a.m. at New Friendship Cemetery with Peck Funeral Home directing. No visitation was scheduled.
Mrs. White died April 25 at River City Center. She was born July 7, 1943, in Morgan County to Ervin L. Hagood and Mildred Frances Drake Hagood. She and her husband Bobby owned Quality Printers in Decatur for over 40 years. She was of Baptist faith and enjoyed family and friends.
Due to health reasons, she had been in River City Health and Rehab for a few years. She is now at rest and peace.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Joe White; her parents; a bonus son, Michael White; sister, Joyce Hagood Helphand; and a brother, Larry Wayne Hagood.
Survivors include daughter, Kristina Jo White Whisenant, Decatur; brother, Billy Ray Hagood (Reba), Birmingham; bonus daughter, Cynthia White Sanford (Leanne), Decatur; bonus son, Randall White, Decatur; granddaughter, Katlyn Whisenant, Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.
Jerry Leon Holmes
Funeral service for Jerry Leon Holmes, 70, was held April 28 at 2 p.m. at Gum Pond Primitive Baptist Church with Bro. Joshua Mason officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Gum Pond Cemetery.
Mr. Holmes died April 25 at his residence. He was born Dec. 25, 1950, in Cullman County to Arvid Leon Holmes and Wilda Listina Millwood Holmes. He was the owner of Holmes Tire. He was a loving husband,
father and grandfather and a veteran of the United States Navy.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jeremy Shane Holmes, and his mother, Wilda Millwood Holmes.
Survivors include wife, Susan Holmes; sons, Jonathan Adam Holmes (Nicole), Jamie Leon Holmes (Bridget) and Jeffrey Seth Holmes (Brittany); father, Arvid Leon Holmes; brothers, Danny Holmes (Anita) and Jeff Holmes; sister, Wanda Holmes Hunt (Scott); and grandchildren, Austin Holmes, Harmony Holmes, Kayd Martin, Ella Homes, Oakley Holmes, Kayden Holmes and Kenlea Holmes.
Pallbearers were Adam Holmes, Jamie Holmes, Seth Holmes, Kelly Ozbolt, Austin Holmes and Thomas Ozbolt.
Betty Joyce Jackson Moore
Funeral service for Betty Joyce Jackson (Hogan) Moore, 80, was held April 28 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lance Hogan officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Friendship, south of Danville. No visitation was scheduled.
Mrs. Moore died April 25 at Huntsville Hospital. She was born July 19, 1940, in Morgan County to Emmitt Floyd Hogan and Myrtie Ruth Gray Hogan. She was a self-employed hairdresser and a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Dusty Robin Jackson.
Survivors include husband, George E. Moore, Danville; son, Mitch Jackson (Cindy), Danville; two brothers, Gerald Hogan (Jean) and Greg Hogan; sister, Jo Dickenson; one grandchild, Nikki Jackson; and one great–grandchild, Briar Hendrix.
Pallbearers were Brandon Hendrix, Craig Dickenson, Skip Smith, Lee Smith, Josh Hogan and Bobby Ward.
Bobby Joe Hill
Funeral service for Bobby Joe Hill, 29, was held April 29 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Kinney officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Falkville City Cemetery.
Mr. Hill died April 27. He was born Aug. 22, 1991, in West Virginia to Donald J. Hill Sr. and Patty Ison. He was employed with Clayton Homes as a supervisor.
Bobby always had a smile on his face. He was a great dad who was very protective of his family. He was the type person who would give you the shirt off his back.
He was preceded in death by Landon Hill, Hailey Hill and Hannah Hill.
Survivors include wife, Ashley Hill; father, Donald J. Hill Sr.; mother, Patty Ison Zink; co-parents, Brenda Baker and Michael Baker; sons, Liam Hudgins and Eric Keenum; daughter, Cambri Keenum; brothers, Zane Baker, Cody Zink, Anthony Hill, Donald “D.J.” Hill Jr. and Joe Hill; sisters, Tayler Baker, Danielle Spears and Myckaile Smith; aunts, Robin Lavonne and Nancy Hill; and uncles, R.D. Ohsner, Rodney Hill and James Hill.
Pallbearers were Anthony Hill, DJ Hill, Zane Baker, Jessie DeMosse, Cody Zink, Ryan Smith, Austin Orr and Zoei Hill. Honorary pallbearers were Liam Hudgins and Carter Schrimsher.
Funeral service for Jimmy Scott, 69, was held April 30 at 3 p.m. at Valhermoso Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Craye Hall and Bro. Ron Manly officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Valhermoso Baptist Cemetery.
Mr. Scott died April 27 in UAB’s Palliative Care Unit. He was born Dec. 10, 1951, in Morgan County to Thomas Scott and Lois Darnell Scott.
Jimmy loved God and cherished God’s Word. He loved people in word and in deed. He was a faithful husband, a caring, devoted father, a wonderful brother and a compassionate friend.
He was employed by the Morgan County Schools system as a principal and worked in education for a number of years, until his retirement.
Ever the wise and authentic educator, some of his final instructions were, “You are going to have moments of sadness. Try to keep them minimal. Try to think eternal. Without exception, this happens to everyone. We just have to be ready. The most crucial thing is to accept Christ, and I’ve done that. Believers shouldn’t act like unbelievers. Like we don’t have eternal life. I don’t want you to live like Christ didn’t die. Keep your thoughts on Christ and what He has done for us.”
Jimmy Scott was certainly dearly loved and profoundly respected by everyone who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Wayne and Ray Scott and a sister, Carolyn Scott.
Survivors include wife, Sandy Durham Scott; daughters, Ashley Boyd (Josh), Leslee Hardman (Colin) and Lindsey Humphries (Chris); brothers, Kenneth Scott and Bobby Scott; sister, Peggy Taylor; and seven grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Jeff Holmes, Gary Day, Brad Stapler, Jason Hollaway, Chris Hayes, Roger Campbell and Steve Edmonson.
Funeral service for Jackey Lokey, 86, was held May 1 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Alan Watkins officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery in Cullman County.
Ms. Lokey died April 28 at her residence. She was born Dec. 17, 1934, in Cullman County to Herbert Euel Hicks and Elnor Geneva Tillery Hicks.
Jackey was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Phillip Ray Hicks.
Jackey learned the value of hard work growing up in rural Cullman County. She was baptized as a young lady at Beulah Church of Christ in the Ebenezer community. She developed a love for the flower business, working over six decades in several shops, and she eventually became the owner of Evan Florist in Hartselle. She truly enjoyed serving her customers’ floral needs.
She also found time raise three children and became a doting grandmother and great-grandmother.
The family wishes to express appreciation to Dr. Nicole Shaw at Cullman Hospital, as well as to Frances Morgan of Sunbridge Healthcare and to Amedisys Hospice, especially Patsy Pate, for the devoted care provided to our mom.
Survivors include sons, Jack Don Lokey Jr., Florence, and Robert Wayne Lokey, Huntsville; daughter, Suzanne Lokey Garrett, Decatur; sister-in-law, Betty Hicks; grandchildren, April Lokey Adams and Laura Lokey Flippo; seven grandchildren; and ex-husband, Jack Lokey (father of her children).
Pallbearers were Jerrod Adams, John Flippo, Hugh Garrett, Jody Hicks, Bob Lokey and Don Lokey.
Robert T. (Bob) Jaques
Funeral service for Robert T. (Bob) Jaques, 80, was held May 1 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Spencer Bell officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Jaques passed away on April 28 at his residence. He was born Oct. 17, 1940, in Laramie, Wyoming, to Ralph Traxler and Marge Traxler and was adopted by Paul and Anabel Jaques.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Robert T. Jaques, brother, Douglas Jaques, and the
mother of his children, Karen U. Jaques.
Bob proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He was employed by and retired from JELD-WEN Company as a salesman.
Survivors include a son, Jon Jaques (Karen), Murfreesboro, Tenn.; daughter, Marci Vest (Steven), Danville; stepmother, Henrietta Jaques; brother, William Traxler (Beverly), Casper, Wyo.; and grandchildren, Skyler Cantrell, Ryan Stover, Logan Jaques, Bethanie Vest, Kensington Vest and Anabel Jaques.
Cecil E. Davis
Funeral service for Cecil E. Davis, 72, was held May 2 at 3 p.m. at Center Springs United Methodist Church with Bro. Gary Dobbs officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Center Springs Cemetery.
Mr. Davis died April 29 at Huntsville Hospital. He was born Feb. 110 1949, in Morgan County to Verbon Barto Davis and Dessie Pearl Roberts Davis. He loved to hunt, fish, do woodworking and carpentry work and was an Alabama fan. He enjoyed playing the harmonica and guitar at church and singing. He loved golf, basketball and most sports and played co-ed volleyball.
He attended Oak Forest Baptist Church. He was a very intelligent person and could do anything, “a jack of all trades,” and was a friend to all.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a fitter and welder for IPSCO.
Mostly, he loved his grandchildren with all of his heart.
His parents preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Laneita Davis; son, Cecil Brian Davis; daughters, Amanda Lawson (Greg) and Nancy Staggs (Thomas); brothers, Verlon Davis and Steve Davis; sisters, Willie Holt, Louvinia Suit, Brenda Muckenfuss and Bev Jinkins; 10 grandchildren; and two great–grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Brian Davis, Tony Davis, Andrew Lawson, Ethan Lawson, Lynn Mullins and Justin Zimmerman.
James Rex Tankersley
Funeral service for James Rex Tankersley, 71, was held May 1 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Cint Lee officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery.
Mr. Tankersley died April 28 at UAB Hospital, Birmingham. He was born July 25, 1949, in Cullman County to Oscar Clayton Tankersley and Glenice Barnett Tankersley.
Mr. Tankersley was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Angela Renee Grimes; son-in-law, Dan Castrillo; two brothers, Dwight Tankersley and Gary Tankersley; and one sister, Dixie Powell.
Prior to his passing, Mr. Tankersley was employed by Pennington Seed as a truck driver.
Survivors include wife, Kathy Staudt Tankersley; two sons, Jimmy Tankersley (Alishia) and Jerry Tankersley (Lachelle); two daughters, Karen Armstrong (Sean) and Jo Anne Castrillo; two sisters, Glenda Shea and Janice Morgan; 11 grandchildren, Alex Castrillo, Savannah Castrillo, Nick Royster, Mykaela Armstrong, Sarah Armstrong, Mitchell Armstrong, Molly Armstrong, Jay Tankersley, Zac Tankersley, Anna Vickery and Aiden Vickery; one great–grandchild, Juliette Royster; and a host of nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Pallbearers were Jerry Schumann, Jay Tankersley, Zac Tankersley, Sonny Atkinson, Rodney Land, Jimmy Tankersley and Jerry Tankersley.
Dayna Freeze Reed
A memorial funeral service for Dayna Freeze Reed, 57, will be held May 6 at 6 p.m. at Midway Baptist Church with Bro. Jerome Hilliard officiating. Peck Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Mrs. Reed died April 21 at her residence. She was born Nov. 9, 1963, in Morgan County to Marshall Evon Freeze and Vera Nell Grantland Freeze.
Although Dana lost her battle with cancer April 21, she won the victorious prize to go home to be with Jesus, her Lord and Saviour.
She was employed as a baker and deli clerk for Bruno’s and Food World in the grocery industry prior to her passing.
All family and friends are welcome to attend and celebrate her life.
Survivors include husband, Bill Reed; stepson, Billy Reed Jr.; stepdaughter, Christina Reed; grandchildren, Trenton Reed, Annabella Reed and Dylan Stanley; son-in-law, Michael McFadden; daughter-in-law, Cynthia Stanley Reed; cousin, Shirley Poole; niece, Rachel Little; and nephew, Matthew Freeze.
Sebra G. Binkley
Funeral service for Sebra G. Binkley, 58, of Somerville will be held May 5 at 2 p.m. at Hartselle Church of Christ with Bro. Phillip Hines officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Visitation will be May 5 from noon to 2 p.m. at the church.
Mrs. Binkley departed this life May 1. She leaves behind her husband of 37 years, Phillip Binkley; her mother, Dorothy Garner; her children, Christopher Binkley, Kim Bryant and Ron Bryant; her brother and sister-in-law Roger and Lynn Garner; and their sons, Austin and Matthew.
She is welcomed home by her father Seybourne Garner, her grandparents and countless other friends, family and loved ones.
Along with her family she leaves Cotaco School and its community without her presence, nearly 24 years at this school and an untold number of students who all held a special place in her heart.
Although she has left this planet, she takes a part of us with her. Her love and dedication to this family and community will never be forgotten.
Pallbearers were Christopher Binkley, Ron Bryant, Nick Garner, Roger Garner, Austin Garner and Drew Anderson.
Larry Gwin Hardin
Memorial service for Larry Gwin Hardin, 72, of Somerville was held May 3 at 6 p.m. at Shoal Creek Baptist Church, with Pastor Mahlon LeCroix officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Hardin, who was born Feb. 14, 1949, in Decatur to Brady I. Hardin and Clara Gertrude Compton Hardin, died April 30 at Decatur Morgan Hospital.
He was a member of the Shoal Creek Baptist Church, a United States Army Veteran and really enjoyed working with the Disaster Relief Team at the Morgan Baptist Association.
Larry loved to cook and was a wonderful husband, father and brother and cherished his time spent with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Myron Hardin; a son, Lance Hardin; and a daughter, Leslie Hardin.
He is survived by his wife, Lynda Blackwood Hardin; a brother, Tommy Hardin (Tammy); two sisters, Cynthia Nobinger (Robert) and Elaine Perry (Steve); and two grandchildren, Brayden Henderson and Skylar Foreman.
Minnie Ruth Cowan-Lawrence
Funeral service for Minnie Ruth Cowan-Lawrence, 87, will be held May 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Timothy Garland officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Visitation will be May 5 from 6–8 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lawrence died April 29 at her residence. She was born June 16, 1933, in Morgan County to Emmit Cowan and Maudie Hayes Cowan. She was a homemaker for her family, who she loved dearly. She was a fun-loving witty lady who loved to work in her yard and her garden and enjoyed shopping.
Preceding her in death were two husbands, Charles W. Lawrence and Thomas O. Marsh, her parents and her son-in-law, Tom Davis.
Survivors include sons, Timothy Howard Lawrence (Bonnie) and Randy William Lawrence; daughter, Judy Carol Davis; seven grandchildren; and eight great–grandchildren. Pallbearers were Jeremy Hollaway, J.T. Welton and Cory Woods.
Howard H. Cooke
Funeral service for Howard H. Cooke, 87, of Danville will be May 5 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Melvin Mears officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Somerville with military honors. Peck Funeral Home is directing. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mr. Cooke, who was born Oct. 13, 1933, in Cullman County to John Cooke and Virgie Jones Cooke, died May 1 at his home. He retired from the United States Air Force. He was a member of the D.A.V. chapter in Falkville and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10774, and he was also a member of the Faith Independent Church in Lacon.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lee Mears Cooke; a son, Shane Cooke; and his siblings, Max Cooke, Annie Paschal, Velma Martin, Stella Tyree, Flord Cooke and Lurye Cooke.
He is survived by his daughter, Mavis Brown; three grandsons, Jeff Tidwell, Wesley Tidwell and Bo Leeth; four great-grandchildren, Dixie Sky Tidwell, Madison Clayton, Brantlee Shane Leeth and Dalton Robert Leeth; and three great-great-grandchildren, Lynlee Lynn Lorance, Emberlin Lorance and Wesley Lorance.
Jeff Tidwell, Wesley Tidwell, Bo Leeth, Nathan Riggins, Shawn Mears, Joseph Mears, J.J. Mears and Brantlee Shane Leeth will serve as pallbearers.
Connie Martin Williams
Funeral service for Connie Martin Williams, 66, will be May 6 at 1 p.m. at East Highland Baptist Church with Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Hartselle Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be May 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at East Highland Baptist Church.
Mrs. Williams died April 30 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born Jan. 2, 1955, in Morgan County to Worley Gene Martin and Ruby Mae Segars Martin. She was a pharmacy tech for Pill Box Pharmacy.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include husband, Ronnie Williams; son, William Lee Williams; daughter, Elizabeth Little (Dacoda); brothers, Carl Martin (Terry) and Quinn Martin; sister, Debbie Hittle (Frank); and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
A memorial service for Janet Gugliotta, 78, was held May 2 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Howard Rogers officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. Gugliotta died April 30 at her residence. She was born Jan. 9, 1943, in Prentiss County, Mississippi, to Kelvis Gadford Box and Lottie Myrtle Davis Box. Mrs. Gugliotta was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hartselle. She taught Sunday school and was a member of the choir and an elder. In her younger years she was active in the Jaycettes. She retired from Crestline Elementary in 2005 with more than 30 years of service.
The family expresses special thanks to Dr. Rodney Harney for the wonderful care he has provided. Thank you to hospice for their support and care.
Survivors include husband Sam Gugliotta; daughters, Angela Gugliotta Brothers (Tommy) and Teresa Marie Cobb (Chuck); three grandchildren; and two great–great-grandchildren.