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Hartselle Enquirer

Obituaries (05/15/24)

Tony Ray Legg 

Hartselle 

A visitation service for Tony Ray Legg, 70, was held on Saturday, May 11, 2024, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home. His family will arrange a memorial service later. 

Mr. Legg passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at his residence. Born on March 26, 1954, in Morgan County, he was the son of Floyd Lamar Legg and Helen Faye Vest. Tony was a devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and took great pride in his 34 years of sobriety as a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. 

Survivors include his sons, Gary Legg (Caroline), Anthony Legg (Robin), Scott Legg (Kimberly); daughter, Katie Legg Hutto (Wesley); sister, Janice Russell (Lonnie); stepson, Michael Jetton; thirteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his cherished dog. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for Alcoholics Anonymous. 

  

 

Jerry Mitchell Brown 

 Decatur 

A visitation for Jerry Mitchell Brown will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home. Jerry was born on Monday, May 3, 1954, to J.W. and Clarrene Brown in Morgan County, Alabama. He passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at Hospice Family Care. 

Jerry was a devoted father and grandfather, a passionate fan of Alabama football, and enjoyed spending time at the beach with his family. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sherry Childers. 

Survivors include his son, Gregory Brown; daughters, Melanie Brown Earwood (Brian), Whitney Nicole Johnson; brother, Johnnie Brown (Patsy); sisters, Joan Ganus (Bill), Robin Homes; five grandchildren, Justin Earwood (Cheyenne), Jordan Earwood (Addison), Patrick Brown, Jamie Lee Johnson, and Jesse Mote; and one great-grandchild, Easton Silas Earwood. 

  

 

Yudell Moore 

Decatur 

A visitation service for Mr. Yudell Moore, 85, of Decatur, will be held May 17 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Peck Funeral Home. Peck Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Mr. Moore passed away on Friday, May 3, 2024, at his residence. He was born on December 23, 1938, in Isonville, Kentucky, to Estille Moore and Lucy Jane Eldridge Moore. Yudell worked as a concrete finisher for Clyde Daniels Construction Company until his retirement. He is preceded in death by his parents, a son (Kelly Wesley Moore), and five brothers. 

Survivors include two sons, Yudell Albert Moore (Donna Fay), Robert Gerald Moore (Donne Bell); one daughter, Loretta Mae Moore Rhodes (Les); one brother; four sisters; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

  

 

Kenneth Albin Erickson 

Decatur 

A visitation service for Kenneth Albin Erickson, 76, will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home. No other services are scheduled. 

Mr. Erickson passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Decatur Morgan Hospital. Born on August 4, 1947, in Missoula County, Montana, he was the son of Albin Kenneth Erickson and Pauline Lucielle Broker Erickson, both of whom preceded him in death. Kenneth served in the United States Army for 35 years, specializing in Aviation during the Vietnam War. He graduated from Troy State University and cherished his role as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Kenneth enjoyed Alabama Football and fishing. 

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca Ann Salter Erickson; sons, Lee Erickson, Lt. Colonel (retired) Robert “Andy” Erickson; daughter, Sheila Cannon; sisters, Debbie Kamrud , Joan Sanford, Judy Kamrud; three grandchildren, Kari Erickson, Paige Richards and Brad Gillman; two great-grandchildren, Noah Gillman and Owen Richards. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Clearview Cancer Institute. 

  

 

Dorothy Mae “Dot” Whitton Burns 

Falkville 

A graveside service for Dorothy Mae “Dot” Whitton Burns, 94, was held on Monday, May 13, 2024, at 10:00 AM at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Section, Alabama, with Bro. Geoff Halbrooks officiating.  

Dorothy Mae “Dot” Whitton Burns, born on September 11, 1929, in Jackson County, Alabama, peacefully passed away at Summerford Health and Rehab in Falkville on May 9, 2024, at the age of 94. She is preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Burns, her parents, Lother and Lillie Whitton, and her brother, Herschel Whitton (Gaynell). Dot was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. 

Survivors include two sons, Randy Burns (Cindy) and Jerry Burns (Elizabeth); three grandchildren, Leslie Gibbons (Patrick), Christian Aune (Bob), and Daniel Burns (Jennifer); six great-grandchildren, Spencer and Evie Gibbons, Parker and Elijah Aune, and Annalise and Everleigh Burns. Dot was a longtime member of West Hartselle Baptist Church, where she faithfully served for many years. 

Pallbearers will be Daniel Burns, Patrick Gibbons, Bob Aune, and Keith Burns. 

 

 

Dewitt W. Miller, Sr 

Hartselle

Funeral service for Dewitt W. Miller, Sr., 97, was held Monday, May 13, 2024
at 1:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dewayne Miller officiating
and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.
Mr. Miller died on Friday, May 10, 2024.  He was born March 11, 1927, in
Oklahoma,  to William Otto Miller and Irene Dora Enis Miller. 
Mr. Miller went to school until the eighth grade and had to drop out in order
to support his mother and siblings. He joined the United States Navy in
1942, at the age of 15, and was 16 upon finishing Boot Camp in Great Lakes,
Illinois and was then assigned to the USS Shangrila. In 1946, he was
assigned to test the A-Bomb at sea, and right after that was discharged.
He then married Carolyn Hill on November 26, 1946, and had five children, Risa
Diane, Elizabeth Carolyn, Charlotte Adria, Linda, and Dewitt William, Jr.
In 1951, he was drafted into the United States Army in Birmingham and
was stationed at Fort Jackson, S.C.
Charlotte was born August 25,1951 and you could not be in the service if you
had three children. He was discharged on September 20, 1951. He couldn’t find
work in Alabama, so he moved his family to Hammond, Ind. and they lived there
until 1953. They then moved back to Alabama in 1953 and he went to work for
Virginia Steel until 1959.  He was made president of the Local #454 for four
years at that time. In 1955, he was saved at Pike Avenue Church of God. In
1956, he was elected superintendent of Sunday School. In 1959, he left
Virginia Steel and bought a Gulf Service Station in Birmingham and
owned the station until 1963. In 1963, he and Carolyn ended their marriage
of 17 years.
He later married Gail Randolph and they had two children, Dedie Sherese and
Angelia Gwen and then moved to Florida in 1969 and opened another Gulf
Service Station in Palmetto, Florida. He owned this station until 1971.
During this time, he joined the Boilermaker Union, sold the station and
started working as a boilermaker. He was sent to Puerto Rico for 16 months.
In 1973, he moved back to Hartselle to a house that he had bought
in 1969. In 1975, the Alaskan Pipeline opened, and he went to work as a
welder on the pipeline for a time but left for four months of R & R and did not
go back. “The Local” then sent him to Brown’s Ferry Nuclear Plant in 1976
and in 1977 he fell 40 feet and injured his back, had to go through six
operations and finally in 1984 retired with disability. In 1986, he and
Gail ended their marriage.
After some time, in 2005, he reunited with Faye Ackerman, whom he had known
in 1987-88. They enjoyed dancing, boating, fishing and camping. Through it
all family had been the most important thing to him, second only to God.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his son: William, Miller, Jr.,
brothers: Buford, George, Arlie and Wade and sisters, Christine Ballew and
Annie Sue Evans. 
Survivors include, daughters, Risa “Diane” Neely, Elizabeth Summers (Chip) Timothy, Charlotte Acton, Linda Watley (Roy), Dedie Miller, Angie Bicard (Rod); brother, Frankie Crider; 16 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Derek, James, Joseph, Tyler, Eli and Chandler. 

 

 

Samuel Dawson Tune
Decatur

Funeral service for Samuel Dawson Tune, 77, was held Monday, May 13, 2024 at
6:00 PM at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Michael Gunter officiating and
Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Tune died on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at Huntsville Hospital.  He was born
March 2, 1947, in Morgan County, to Lester Altman Tune and Temple Marcyle
Buchannan Tune. 

He was an Elks Lodge Member for 53 years. He was a master plumber and owner of
Valley Plumbing, working locally, and was well known in the community for
nearly 50 years. He was a loving husband, father and ‘Pawpaw’ and was an avid
golfer. Preceding him in death were his wife, Kathy Tune and his parents.

Survivors include his son, Samuel Tune (Pam); daughter, Dawn Dawson (Pete); and four grandchildren, Chandler Dawson, Cameron Dawson, Owen Tune and Jasper
Tune. 

 

Mary Winton 

Hartselle 

A Celebration of Life Service for Mary Button Winton, 6, was held Tuesday, May 14, 2024, at 2:00 pm at Somerville Baptist Church with Brother Rickey Clemons officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the Church. 

Mary, who was born January 17, 1963, in Morgan County, died on Friday, May 10, 2024. Mary worked for many years as a Lab Technician at Monsanto. She was a member of the Somerville Baptist Church, had a beautiful voice and loved music. She enjoyed playing golf and fishing. She was preceded in death by her mother, Margie Looney Button. She is survived by her husband Larry Winton; son, Jacob Winton; brother, Fred Button (Alisa); sister, Margie Button; and several nieces and nephews. 

 

 

Ronnie Richardson
Decatur

Ronald Aubrey Richardson peacefully passed from his earthly life into the
arms of Jesus at 1:38 AM on May 12, 2024.
He was at home surrounded by his family, just as he wished.
Ronnie is preceded in death by his parents, Reverend David and Patsy
Richardson.
Ronnie is survived by his steadfast wife, Leann and their loyal son, Aubrey
and a sister, Nancy Cottle.
Other family, friends and the community mourn his passing as well. He was
loved by so many.
Ronnie was lovingly known as, Pops, Double R, Uncle Ronnie, Radio Ronnie,
Uncle Double, Big Ron and WD4BSU.
He worked for Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) as a communications
engineer. He worked closely with the state troopers to keep all of their
communications working properly. He took great pride in his work and served
Alabama for 30 years doing what he loved to do. That’s a job well-done.
To know Ronnie was to love him. He was a gentle soul with a big warm smile
and boisterous laugh. He loved his family with a fierce, strong love. He was
an amazing provider and meticulously planned his retirement to ensure his
family would live well without him. He would do without so his family could
prosper.
Ronnie knew the Lord as his personal savior. He is with Jesus and the
precious family that has gone before him. Life wasn’t easy at times. But Ronnie has run the race set before him with such bravery, dignity and strength. He is a great example to
all.
Todd Sharp will be leading the graveside service at Burningtree Memorial
Gardens on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 4:00 PM with Peck Funeral Home
directing. Alabama State Troopers will serve as pallbearers.
Rising Sun Masonic Lodge No. 29 leaders will read last rites for Brother
Richardson.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Valley, P.O. Box
2745, Decatur, AL 35602. 

 

Eric Russell
Helena

Funeral service for Eric Russell, 53, was held Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 1:00
PM at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Peck Funeral Home directing.    Burial
will be in Burningtree Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Russell died on Friday, May 10, 2024, at his residence.  He was born
September 9, 1970, in Morgan County, to Donald Ray Russell and Rebecca
Louise White Russell.
He was involved in the Special Needs Olympics and went to the International
Special Olympics 3 times, for swimming, power lifting and unified softball.
He played ball with the “Shining Stars” League in Hartselle. He loved to eat
and was a loving and caring uncle and brother.  He also loved Alabama
football. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Mark Allen
Russell.
Survivors include his brother, Ryan Russell (Belinda); niece, Abigail Elaine Thomas (Carter); nephew, Christopher Allen Russell and several aunts and uncles. 

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