Obituaries May 3 – 10
A memorial service for Rodney Hollis, 63, was held May 8 from 1-4 p.m. at his residence.
Mr. Hollis died May 3 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born Jan. 12, 1958, in Gainesville, Ga., to Eugene V. Debs Hollis and Georgia Lorelia Busbee Hollis. Mr. Hollis retired as a floral designer from Design World.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Barbara Hollis McLendon.
Survivors include husband, Jesse Ward; one daughter, Kimberly Hollis McConnell (Chris); one brother, Ronnie Hollis; one sister, Patricia Hollis Moody; six grandchildren, Alex, Nathan, Nick, Marley, Hollis and Ellie Sue; and nine nephews and five nieces. Peck Funeral Home assisted the family.
Linda Sue McIntosh
A memorial service for Linda Sue McIntosh, 70, was held May 8 at 2 p.m. at the family residence with the Rev. Tim Parker officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mrs. McIntosh was born March 22, 1951, in Montgomery County to Gene Casey Jones and Geneva Guest Jones. She left her earthly life for her heavenly home April 30. She was very gifted in the hobby of cross-stitching, and she loved to fish and collect knick-knacks. She left this earth loving all of her family and relatives, especially her grandchildren.
Linda graduated from Muscle Shoals High School and attended UNA. She was employed by Third National Bank/ Tellus Corporation as a computer operator prior to retirement.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include husband of 48 years, Wayne McIntosh; sons, Martin McIntosh and Matthew McIntosh; sister, Annette Jones; two brothers, Rennie Jones and Donald Jones; and four grandchildren.
Myra Quin Clark Sivley
Funeral service for Myra Quin Clark Sivley, 82, was held May 6 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Dr. Edwin Hayes officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Mt. Zion Baptist Cemetery.
Mrs. Sivley died May 3 at her residence.
She was born Aug. 6, 1938, in Greenville Hospital in Butler County to Anna Mae and Leamon Clark. A 1955 graduate of Rawls High School in Andalusia, she joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Anniston Ordnance Depot. After basic training, Myra was transferred to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, then on to Fort Myers, Va. There she met a handsome soldier who asked for her hand in marriage on their first date. Three weeks later, that soldier, John Corban Sivley, married Myra in a union lasting until her
passing 63 and a half years later.
Myra was honorably discharged before giving birth to the first of their three children. After John’s discharge, they moved back to Alabama to raise their family.
A lifelong Baptist, Myra was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church for more than 50 years. She enjoyed taking trips, fishing and playing Rook with her church buddies.
Myra was proud of having served on the Hartselle City Council from 1996-2000, but her proudest accomplishment was mother, grandmother and doting great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Jeanette Bozman (Raymond), Hazel Clark, Ray Clark (Helen), Joy Hess (Marvin) and Fairstine Odom.
Survivors include her husband, John C. Sivley, Hartselle; sons, Chuck Sivley, Hartselle, and Kelly G. Sivley, Hartselle; daughter, Anita Sivley Simmons, Huntsville; brother, Lawrence Clark (Jane), Montgomery; brothers-in-law, Lloyd Odom, Andalusia, and Allen Sivley, Hartselle; best friend of 64 years, Dina Simmons, Jasper; grandchildren, Stephanie Sivley Springfield (Erik), Allison Simmons and Emerson Simmons; and great-grandchildren, J.J. Fletcher, Sawyer Springfield, Adalynn-Grace Simmons, Ellie Reese Springfield and Kylie Meeks.
Pallbearers were Erik Springfield, Emerson Simmons, Myron Tapscott, Patrick Gilstrap, Tim Sivley and Jamie Stewart. Honorary pallbearers were Sawyer Springfield and J.J. Fletcher.
Nicholas T. Billings
Nicholas Tyler Billings, 30, passed away on May 4.
He was born May 16, 1990, in Morgan County to Kenneth Dewayne Billings and Shannon Harris. He was employed in construction prior to his passing. He was preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors include father and stepmother, Kenneth and Jennifer Billings; brothers, Joshua Harris and Thomas Dame; sisters, Jessica Brooke Summerford, Ashley Billings, Ashley Arrington and Destiny Jayla Dame; stepfather T.J. Dame; and stepmother Alicia Marks.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Jeanette Leona Higgins
Funeral service for Jeanette Leona Higgins, 74, was held May 7 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Gunter officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle Memory Gardens.
Ms. Higgins died April 28 at West Florida Hospital. She was born July 6, 1946, in Morgan County to Jack Smallwood and Leetha Leona Smallwood. She was employed with Kroger in the deli department prior to her passing.
Preceding her in death were her first husband, Aaron Edward Higgins; her parents; brothers, Jackie Smallwood and Larry Smallwood; and a sister, Rebecca Boatwright.
Survivors include husband, Vernon Hicks; sons, Terry Bailey, Jesse Bailey, Rodney Bailey and Johnny Bailey; daughters, Lisa Ann Conley and Regina Washington; and grandchildren, Jaclin Marie Conley, Jayla Leann Rose Conley, Dylan Gage Conley and Destiny Nicole Lee Conley.
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Ronnie W. Poff Sr.
Funeral service for Ronnie W. Poff Sr., 56, was held May 8 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Newman officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery.
Mr. Poff passed away May 4 at his residence. He was born June 20, 1964, in Madison County to Billy Wayne Poff and Margie Cottingham.
Ronnie grew up in the Flint/Decatur area, and all who knew him knew his love of baseball. When people would see him out later in life, they always commented on how great he was at the game. His other favorite pastime was fishing, and he always dreamed of the next “big catch.”
He also lived in Cullman County in his adult life, and although growing up a city boy, he learned to love the country and ultimately wanted to get back there one day.
He settled in Hartselle, where he spent his remaining years enjoying his boat, fishing with his oldest son and watching his youngest son thrive in music. He was a loving husband and father.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Angie Poff.
Survivors include wife, Janie Brasher Poff; mother, Margie Cottingham; sons, Ronnie Wayne Poff Jr. (Jessica) and Blake Thomas Poff; daughters, Jasmine Poff and Colby Poff; brother, Ricky Cottingham; sister, Parthenia Poff; and grandchildren, Braxton Holland and River Poff.
Pallbearers were Chris Thompson, David Corbin, Jeff Hargrove, Larry Whitlock, Peter Cotney and Billy Hood.
Robert L. “Bob” Alford
Funeral service for Robert L. “Bob” Alford, 81, was held May 7 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harold Thompson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Cook Cemetery.
Mr. Alford passed away May 4 at Cullman Regional Medical Center. He was born May 16, 1939, in Morgan County to Coy Alford and Jamie Holmes Alford.
Mr. Alford was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Clovis Nell Alford; three brothers, Cecil, Ottis and Jerry Alford; and one brother-in-law, Mac Golson.
He was retired from Wholesale Plywood and Materials as an outside salesman.
Survivors include son, Mark Alford (Dee); daughters, Kathy Davis (Bud) and Angie Stephenson (Tim); brothers, Roy Alford (Ann) and Julian Alford (Jean); sisters, Dot Golson, Linda Turney (Don) and Ann Bobelak (Jim); sister-in-law, Sharon Alford; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were family members.
Martha Evelyn Wray Gravatt
Funeral service for Martha Evelyn Wray Gravatt, 80, was held May 7 at 3 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kevin Patterson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Blue Springs
Mrs. Gravatt died May 5 at Summerford Nursing Home. She was born May 13, 1940, in Morgan County to Morgan Grady Wray and Fannie Gertrude Dunn Wray. She was a homemaker for her family. She enjoyed being a collector of all things, caring for her family and cooking. She was Baptist in her faith.
Preceding her in death were her husband, William F. Gravatt; a son, Roger Gravatt; a daughter, Christy Gravatt; and a brother, McCoy Wray, and his wife, Janie.
Survivors include son, Randall Gravatt (Betty), Hartselle; brothers, W.D. Wray, Somerville, James Wray (Ann), Somerville, Vann Wray (Suzanne), Somerville, and Whitt Wray (Edith), Vinemont; sisters, Myra Patterson, Owens Crossroads, and Judy Atkins, Hartselle; four step-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Kevin Patterson, Kenneth Atkins, Brian McKissack, Royce Wray, Matthew McKissack, Chad Wray, Chris Wray and Darryl Wray.
Robert Charles Vinzant
A graveside service and interment for Robert Charles Vinzant, 64, was held May 11 at 11 a.m. in Falkville City Cemetery, with his family handling the service. Peck Funeral Home assisted the family.
Mr. Vinzant died May 6 at his residence. He was born April 13, 1957, in Wisconsin, to Coy Lee Vinzant and Estelle Catherine Bresette.
He was employed and well respected as a certified automotive technician for more than 35 years. Proud of his native heritage, he was a member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He was a wonderful, devoted grandpa to his twin grandsons and was involved in youth sports, and he had a
love and passion for dogs.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Coy and Estelle Catherine Vinzant; brothers, Keith Alan and Michael James Vinzant; and a nephew, Tyler John Vinzant.
Survivors include wife, Elizabeth Anne Vinzant; sons, Robert (Robby) Vinzant Jr., and Dusty Vinzant (Valerie); brother, Anthony Dale Vinzant (Elyse Hurst); sisters-in-law, Karen Lott Vinzant and Donnette Nau Vinzant; special family, Jonathan and Rena Chaney, Ashten Chaney, Ryan Diveley, Makenzie Diveley and Noah Chaney; grandchildren, Carter and Casen Vinzant; and 13 great-nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Riley Smith, Jim Smith, Steven Ziaja, Jonathan Chaney, Chase Winkles and Matthew Vinzant.
Jacob Russell Legg
Mr. Jacob R. Legg, 30, passed away May 6 at his residence. He was born Oct. 31, 1990, in Georgia, to Robert Wayne and Mary Jane Cooter Legg.
He was a caregiver for his father.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Kandy Perry and Dione Atchley. Survivors include wife, Erin Miller Legg; parents, Robert Wayne and Mary Jane Legg; and brothers, Blake Perry, Joshua Legg and James Legg.
Funeral service for Wendell Seals, 58, of Somerville was held May 10 at 1 p.m. at Valhermoso Baptist Church with Bro. Craye Hall officiating. Burial was in the Valhermoso Baptist Church Cemetery. Peck Funeral Home directed.
Wendell was born March 11, 1963, in Madison County to Richard Seals and Elizabeth Colwell Seals. He passed away May 8 at his residence. He was a member of Valhermoso Baptist Church.
Mr. Seals was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters-in-law, Kim Byars and Teresa Seals.
He loved fishing, his pets, Alabama football and knife collecting. He also loved the Valhermoso Baptist Church family.
Survivors include his wife, Lesa Seals, of Somerville; son, Wendell Seals, of Somerville; daughter, Kayla Seals, of Huntsville; two brothers, Tim Seals and Don Byars Jr., both of Hazel Green; brother-in-law, Gary Solberg; sister, Barbara Solberg, of Hazel Green; aunt, Suyga Byars; three nieces, Jenny Solberg, Amanda Solberg-Smith (Lee) and Carla Britton (James); two nephews, Steven Schrimsher (Stacey) and Walter Byars; two great-nieces, Beth Satterfield, and Emma Smith; and two great-nephews, Zach Satterfield and Andy Smith.
Pallbearers were Chris Humphries, James Britton, Lee Smith, Gary Solberg, Steven Schrimsher and Josh Boyd.
Kenneth Dale Vandiver
Funeral service for Kenneth Dale Vandiver, 70, of Hartselle will be May 12 at noon at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Devin Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Burningtree Memorial Gardens. Peck Funeral Home is directing.
Mr. Vandiver was born Nov. 30, 1950, in Morgan County to James Leldon Vandiver and Audrey Mozelle Livingston. He passed away May 7 at his residence.
Kenneth was a member of the City Church in Decatur and a member of IBEW, local 558, for 48 years. He was also a member of the Nunn-Oden Masonic Lodge #398.
Survivors include his wife, Dena Morrow Vandiver; son, Dillon Morrow Vandiver; daughter, Dallas Vandiver Ryan; two brothers, Larry Wayne Vandiver and William Roger Vandiver (Rod); and one grandchild.
Pallbearers were family and friends.
Paul Barnard Adkins
Funeral service for Paul Barnard Adkins, 75, was held May 9 at noon at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Roger Ammons officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle Memory Gardens.
Mr. Adkins died May 7 at his residence. He was born July 3, 1945, in Morgan County to Edgar Corbet Adkins and Carmie Randall Adkins. He was a member of Tunstill Road Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Tracy and Shaun Adkins.
Survivors include wife, Shirley Adkins; daughter, Edwina Adkins; brother, James (Margie) Adkins; grandchildren, Phillip Miller, Kyle Adkins and Kayla Adkins; and great-grandchildren, Aubree, Christopher and Lydia.
Pallbearers were Marco Hernandez, Marco “Grasshopper” Hernandez Jr., Juan Hernandez, Mark Hankins, Jeff Adkins and Jerry Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Moore, Frankie Barnett, Marlon Reed and Harold Branham.