Obituaries July 28-Aug. 3
Jason Lynn Harris
Funeral service for Jason Lynn Harris, 50, was held July 22 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doug Rayburn and Bro. Bobby Ray Halbrooks officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.
Mr. Harris died July 19 at UAB Hospital. He was born June 10, 1971, in Morgan County to Bobby Lynn Harris and Shirley Ray Harris.
Jason was a loving and supportive father, grandfather, son and brother. He loved to hunt and fish, loved animals and was a softball coach. He was employed as a CNC machinist for Trinity Machine and Supply prior to his passing. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jessie and Vida Mae “Granny” Ray and Willie and Elmer Harris and an uncle, Ron Howard.
Survivors include wife, Tracie Harris; son, Jesse Howard; four daughters, Serra-Mae Harris Khloe Harris, Raegan Howard and Meaghan Blake; parents, Bobby Lynn Harris and Shirley Ray Harris; brother, Rusty Harris; sister, Melissa Estes; granddaughter, Audrey Roberts; and aunts, Anita Bennett (Chris) and Kathy Howard.
Pallbearers were Chris Patterson, Bryan Wright, Clint Howard, Dan King, Jason Kilamouse and Chad Brown. Honorary pallbearers were Fred K. Davis, Rusty Harris, Tyler Bennett and Nick Howard.
Connie Johnson Motes
Funeral service for Connie Johnson Motes, 61, was held July 23 at 2 p.m. at New Center Baptist Church with Bro. Ben Bates officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in New Center Cemetery.
Mrs. Motes died July 20 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born April 21, 1960, in Limestone County to Coy Dell Johnson and Betty Jean McAlister.
Mrs. Motes was an active member of New Center Baptist Church, where she loved teaching Sunday School and working in Vacation Bible School. She was a wonderful lady, grandmother, sister and mother to all.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Wesley Motes, her parents and a sister, Anna Leonard.
Survivors include her son, Jon Motes (Amy), Somerville; daughter, Nikki Hubatka (James), Decatur; brother, Jerry Johnson, (Shelley), Decatur; brother-in-law, Freddy Leonard; grandchild, John Wesley Motes; nephews, Jeffrey Leonard and Little Freddy Leonard; and niece, Christina Smith.
Pallbearers were Jerry Johnson, Jeff Leonard, Freddy Leonard, James Hubatka, Jon Motes and John Wesley Motes. Honorary pallbearers were her Sunday school class.
Kerron Elizabeth Cooper
Funeral service for Kerron Elizabeth Cooper, 50, was held July 24 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Williams officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Ms. Cooper passed away July 21. She was born Nov. 2, 1970, in Morgan County to Harley David Cooper and Nora Imogene Roy Cooper. She was a member of My Father’s House Church. She was a loving mother, Nana and sister and was a homemaker for her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her daughters, Kesha Stewart (William Bradley) and Lizzy Owens; brother, James David Cooper; sisters, Janice Rushing (Chris) and Melba Cooper (Katrina); and grandchildren, Jacoby Skillman, Creedon Skillman, Hasten Kerby and Marlee Stewart.
Alice Shropshire Prince
Funeral service for Alice Shropshire Prince, 95, was held July 25 at 1:30 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Miriam Smith officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Decatur City Cemetery.
Mrs. Prince died July 22 at Summerford Nursing Home. She was born Dec. 31, 1925 in Morgan County to Archer Thomas and Lula Glee Ryan Shropshire. She retired from Morgan County Schools after 38 years of teaching.
Mrs. Prince was a lifelong member of Central United Methodist Church. She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, wife and mother. She was tenacious, fun-loving and a supportive family caregiver. She enjoyed reading, working with flowers and traveling with family and friends. She enjoyed close friendships with other teachers and neighbors in Vestavia Court.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clyde Prince; son, Donald Thomas Prince; and siblings, Virginia Shropshire Jones, Helen Shropshire Dykes, Donald Brooks Shropshire, Lula Beall Spearman and Archer Thomas Shropshire Jr.
Mrs. Prince is survived by a host of nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly.
Michael Stanley, Christopher Armistead, Owen Shropshire, Joe Ed Tankersley, Dalton Green and Dylan Green served as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central United Methodist Church of Decatur or St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Ammie Marie Ledlow
A memorial service for Ammie Marie Ledlow, 45, will be held July 30 at 7 p.m. at Daystar Church Hartselle Campus with Pastor Tom Watson officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be July 30 from 6-7 p.m. at Daystar Church.
Ms. Ledlow died July 21 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. She was born April 2, 1976, in Morgan County to Clinton and Martha Ledlow.
Ammie was a loving, compassionate person who will be missed dearly.
She was preceded in death by her father, Clinton Richard Ledlow, and her grandparents, Russell and Nora Wilson and Dewey and Carrie Ledlow.
God didn’t bless her with children, but she helped raised several godchildren, including Malik Mitchell.
Survivors include her mother, Martha Ledlow; brother, Shannon Ledlow (Samantha); and nephews and niece Gaven, Morgan and Kody Ledlow.
Kevin Ray Pressley
Kevin Ray Pressley “Papa,” 60, of Hartselle passed away July 23 at his residence. He was born April 2, 1961, in Barberton, Ohio, to Wayne Ray Pressley and Mary Jo Withum Pressley.
No services are planned.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Pressley.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, son and friend.
Kevin loved traveling, playing golf and car racing. He was a diehard Auburn fan and enjoyed grilling and spending time with his family on the weekends.
Survivors include his wife, Dee Dee Pressley; son, Gene Drane; daughters, Gail Drane, Tamra Pressley and Danielle Pressley; mother, Mary Jo Pressley; brothers, Garry Pressley and Steve Pressley; sisters, Sherrie Braun and Susie Eubanks; and 12 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to cancer research.
Funeral service for Mike Powell, 52, of Decatur was held July 25 at 3 p.m. at Life Church in Hartselle, with pastor Chris Eubanks officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was at Hartselle City Cemetery.
Mr. Powell died July 22 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born March 19, 1969, in Clarke County to Leon and Nancy Powell.
Mike was an engineer at Technicolor.
He grew up in Grove Hill and had countless friends from everywhere. He never met a stranger and was known for his infectious laugh and massive hugs. He was an encourager and an inspiration to everyone he came in contact with. He lived and loved well.
Mike served as a director at Life Source, an addiction treatment center. He had found freedom in Christ, and his greatest desire was to help others overcome struggles and experience the love of God. Working with close friend Robin Ladner, he made a tremendous impact in the lives of many people.
Mike leaves behind a family he dearly loved, including two precious daughters, Lexi Powell and Kylie Powell; one granddaughter, Ayla Peterson, 1 week old; parents, Leon and Nancy Powell; one sister, Gina Skipper (Scott); one nephew, Cory Skipper; and special friend, Vickie Self.
Pallbearers included Tony Barnes, Coleman Davis, Nathan Ladner, Larry Joe Smith, Rendell Drummond, Cory Skipper, Michael Ponter and Adam Carter. Honorary pallbearers were the men and women of Life Source.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Life Source, P.O. Box 411, Somerville, AL 35670.
Linda Joyce Bowen
Funeral service for Linda Joyce Bowen, 78, of Kenner, La. will be July 31 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Pines Cemetery Peck Funeral Home is directing.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Bowen was born April 9, 1943, in Morgan County to Elgin Maurice Bowen and Cynthia Louise Vice Bowen. She passed away July 22 at Jefferson Health Care in Jefferson, La.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Mark Beggs, brother Ronald Bowen and sister Barbara Keel.
Survivors include son, Daniel Beggs; brother, Michael Bowen; and three sisters, Carolyn Bowen, Cindy Thompson and Marie Bowen.