Obituaries week of March 1
Lucy Mae Moses Winton
Graveside service for Lucy Mae Moses Winton, age 83, of Somerville was held Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at 2 p.m. at New Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery with Brother Ron Manley officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Ms. Winton, who was born January 22, 1940 in Lawrence County to Earl A. Moses and Mary Elizabeth Curbow Moses, died Sunday, February 19, 2023 at Hospice Family Care in Huntsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Winton. She loved sewing, quilting and painting. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier after 28 years and enjoyed her cattle farm. She loved her family and always wanted to go and show support to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in whatever they were doing. She is survived by two daughters, Vanessa Slaten (Ted) and Tiffany Crow (Tim); one sister, Patricia Shadden; five grandchildren, Jordan Crow, Justin Crow (Kelsey), Jacob Crow, Josh Slaten and Maegan Biehn (Alex); four great-grandchildren, Adelynne Crow, Kardyn Crow, Ridleigh Crow and Eliza Biehn.
Gaynell McCrary McClanahan
Funeral service for Gaynell McCrary McClanahan, 75, was held Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Danny Ollie officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Hartselle City Cemetery. Mrs. McClanahan died on Sunday, February 19,2023 at her residence. She was born Wednesday, April 2, 1947, in Madison County to William Harvey McCrary and Mary Louise Elmore McCrary. She was a loving mother, grandmother and homemaker for her family. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Preceded her in death were her husband, Sidney McClanahan, her parents, William H. and Mary Louise Elmore McCrary, brothers, Ronnie F. McCrary and Donald G. McCrary and a son, David A. Ikard. Survivors include daughters, Danae Ikard and Donna Ikard Barnett (Michael);
sons, Dwight Ikard (Jeanette) and Dennis Ikard; daughter-in-law, Linda Ikard; sisters, Lisa Davis (Don) and Regina Kostakis (George); brother, Jerry McCrary; twelve grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and special friends, Della, Barbra Nell, Ollie, Vernon, and the Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Kerry Todd Hawkins
Kerry Todd Hawkins, 55, joined his heavenly father on February 18, 2023. He was born October 10, 1967 in Decatur, Ala., and graduated from Austin High School in 1986. He resided on Smith Lake, and recently retired from Mercedes Benz USI in Vance, Ala. in electrical maintenance. Kerry was also a realtor with BJC Real Estate in Cullman. He was a member of the North Alabama
Association of Realtors and Cullman County Association of Realtors. Kerry leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 34 years, Nikki Smith Hawkins, and four amazing daughters, Brittany Hawkins Orschel, Meghan Hawkins Golson (Drew), Savannah Hawkins Welborn (Jason), and Kirsten Alexandra Hawkins (Caleb). He was a devoted “G-Pappy” to six beautiful grandchildren, Jude Golson, Jackson Welborn, Amelia Welborn, Hamilton Golson, Samuel Welborn and Rosemary Golson. Kerry is survived by his mother Betty Cowan Hawkins of Decatur; his brothers, Keith Hawkins of Vinemont and Kendall Hawkins of Guntersville; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sharon and Ron Johnston of Decatur and Felita Smith of Cullman; his sisters-in-law, Danielle and Bradley Terry of Decatur; Tiffany Pappas of Montgomery; brother-in-law, Tyler and Lorna Smith of Cullman, not to mention a host of family and friends. Kerry was preceded in death by his father, Wendell J. Hawkins of Decatur; father-in-law, Doug Smith; grandparents, John Homer and Erie Hawkins of Eva; and grandparents, Algie and Gladys Cowan of Decatur. In his youth, Kerry started out his work career at Hawkins Gulf, a family owned service station in Decatur. As reflected in his 55th birthday video tribute, he made a lasting impression on all of his friends with his infamous mullet and his green ’68 Firebird. Kerry was a loyal fan of the Crimson Tide. Kerry spent many days boating on the waters of Smith Lake with family and friends. Kerry was a huge Elvis fan and like Elvis, gravitated to Gospel music. He shared his love of music with his girls, and they all enjoyed attending concerts together. Kerry also enjoyed traveling with his family to the beach and The Grand Hotel. He was known for his amateur photography skills where he loved capturing God’s magic in the sky, particularly sunsets and flashes of lightning. Known for his quick wit, tender spirit and gentle manner, Kerry was a man of tremendous faith. He loved the Lord and had a sincere appreciation for all of the blessings bestowed upon him. Kerry loved his wife, his four beautiful daughters, sons-in-law and his six grandchildren who affectionately referred to him as G-Pappy. Kerry was a former member of Southside Baptist Church and attended the Church of the Highlands and Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church. Kerry, arm in arm with family and a slew of supporters, participated in the Rump Shaker Charity Run/Walk several times in Birmingham to raise awareness for colon cancer. In keeping with this spirit, the family asks that you wear something blue to raise awareness for colon cancer. Visitation and Celebration of Life Services for Kerry was held Thursday, February 23, 2023 at The Witt House in Priceville with visitation from 1-3 p.m. followed by funeral services to begin at 3:15 p.m. Brother Cliff Lewis will be officiating. Kerry’s resting place will be overlooking the heart and soul of his life in Decatur, by the Tennessee River, on a hillside of the Decatur City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark McCurry, Jeff Summerford, Jeff Lott, Gary Pace, Todd Witt, Steve McGlocklin, Matt Pride and David Royer. Honorary pallbearers were the men of AHS class of 1986. Peck Funeral Home assisted with directing the services.
Funeral service for Ray Sanders, 88, was held Saturday, February 25, 2023 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with family friend, Spencer Clemons officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Mr. Sanders died Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at his residence. He was born March 25, 1934, in Morgan County, to Richard Luther “Dink” Sanders and Thelma Carmon Nelson Sanders. He was employed as a machinist by Teledyne Brown Engineering, prior to his retirement. He was a United States Army Veteran, where he was decorated as a sharpshooter and also served in the Army National Guard. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Barbara Sanders Kilpatrick, a brother, J.L. Sanders and a sister: Joyce Sanders Drake. Survivors include wife, Betty Vest Sanders, Falkville; sons, Donald N. Sanders, Hartselle; and John Anthony Sanders, Falkville; daughters, Shelia Diane Bryan, Huntsville and Kristie Sanders Huffstutler, Vinemont; nine grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Millard “Pete” Steele
Funeral service for Millard “Pete” Steele, 78, was held Friday, February 24, 2023 at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Brian Mosley officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery. Mr. Steele died Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at his residence. He was born April 13, 1944, in Lawrence County, to Floyd Steele and Clarocy Sellers Steele. He was employed by Matthews Industries as a production worker for 27 years, prior to his retirement. He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing and gardening. Preceding him in death were his wife, Sharon Bodley Steele; his parents; three brothers and three sisters. Survivors include son, Jamie Steele; brothers, Sam Steele, Robert Steele, and Dalton “Shorty” Steele (Starlon); sisters, Stella King (Kermit), Nadine Carver (Larry), Elizabeth Johnson, and Sarah Hawthorne (Lawrence). Pallbearers were Heath Steele, Duston Steele, Luke Graves, Scott King, Brandon Crawley, Brandon Starnes and Barry Bodley.
John Lee Goodwin
Funeral service for John Lee Goodwin, 74, will be Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 10 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Phillip Lawrence officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Burningtree Memorial Gardens. Mr. Goodwin died Wednesday, February 22, 2023 at Decatur Morgan Hospital. He was born January 25, 1949, in Morgan County, to Howard I. Goodwin and Catherine Terry Goodwin. He was employed by Solutia in the PT lab, working
more than 36 years prior to his retirement. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Michael Lynn Goodwin. Survivors include wife, Patricia “Lisa” Goodwin; son, John Brian Goodwin (Kristi); daughter, Kim Goodwin (Santiagio Ortiz); sister, Howard Ann Goodwin-Nix (Boyce); grandchildren, Jonathan Goodwin, Khloe Goodwin, Carmen and Carlo and Casey Goodwin. Pallbearers were family and friends.
Jody Sue Wilson
Funeral Service for Jody Sue Wilson, 66 of Northport will be Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Hartselle with Bro. Clayton Speed, Louana Sellers and Stephanie Strickland officiating with burial in the Valhalla Cemetery in Huntsville with Peck Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the church. Mrs. Wilson was born November 9, 1956 in Illinois to E. A. Clanton and Gladys M. Seeton Clanton. She passed away Thursday, February 23, 2023 at Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Jody was preceded in death by her parents and son, Matthew Wilson. The word artist superbly captures the essence of Jody Wilson’s life. Whether it was playing the piano, decorating a home, or painting a
landscape, the ability to create beautiful and high-quality artistic creations expressed the deepest expressions of her person. Jody could make anything beautiful. Jody attended Samford University to major in piano with the Samford Performing Arts Program, a group of elite musicians recruited to the university. Jody completed her musical training at Texas Christian
University, where she received her degree in piano performance.
Jody accompanied and supported her husband in the four Baptist churches he served in Texas, Georgia and Alabama. She served as a church instrumentalist in the music and worship ministries of these churches. Professionally, Jody was a legal assistant with law firms in each city where her husband’s ministry took the family. Jody thrived as a legal assistant and brought exceptional worth and value to the firms where she worked. She brought the same commitment of conscientious excellence to her legal work that she brought to her artistic endeavors. The last 20 years of Jody’s life found her working to maintain the pursuits of her artistic gifts, while fighting the restrictions of a debilitating disease, multiple sclerosis. While the disease restricted her body, it never fully crippled her spirit. Jody had two chief joys in her life. First, Jody had a vibrant faith in Jesus Christ, and she sought to serve the Lord as best she could despite the
multiple sclerosis handicap. The second joy resided much closer to home. The delight of her life was being Matthew Wilson’s mother. Pictures line the walls of her home and fill her albums and scrapbooks of adventures she and Matthew attempted and pursued. Survivors Include husband, Dr. Ron Wilson of Northport; two brothers, Jeff Clanton (Pam) Of Nashville, Tenn., and Jim Clanton (Anne) of Dadeville, Ala.; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 2200 Woodcrest Place, Suite 230, Birmingham, AL 35209.
William Brent Boyer
Funeral service for William Brent Boyer, 85, was held Friday, February 24, 2023 at 3 p.m. at Gum Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Chris Byrd and Bro. Michael Gunter officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial was in Gum Springs Cemetery. Mr. Boyer died Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at UAB Hospital. He was born Tuesday, March 16, 1937, in Morgan County, to Robert Edgar Boyer and Mary Ellen Tapscott Boyer. Mr. Boyer was always a hard worker. He was a cattle farmer and enjoyed wood working. He attended Gum Springs Baptist Church. His parents preceded him in death. Survivors include wife, Margaret Pace Boyer; son, Alan Boyer (Teresa); stepson, Steve Jones (Cathy); granddaughters, Heather Bolding and Leah Ferguson; grandson,
Daniel Necaise; four great grandchildren, Zane “Buddy”, Dean, Kate and Kallan.
Pallbearers were Joe Mann, Daniel Necaise, John Glasscock, James Edward
Robinson, Gary Parrish and Jack Dutton. In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorial donations be made to Gum Springs Cemetery Fund.