Valhalla Funeral Home and Memory Gardens

Since 1972, when Valhalla Memory Gardens was founded on a beautiful North Alabama hillside, the Valhalla staff has taken pride in being responsive to each family's needs. Personal attention and genuine care are the most important services provided by Valhalla Memory Gardens and Funeral Home, and Faith Memorial Park. At Valhalla Memory Gardens and Funeral Home, and Faith Memorial Park, we believe that every life is unique, and every funeral should be too. We celebrate life. For those who would like to plan ahead, we offer The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program, an easy way to handle an important family responsibility. VALHALLA FUNERAL HOME The handsome Georgian-style Valhalla Funeral Home is located on the grounds of Valhalla Memory Gardens. Thoughtfully designed with your family's comfort in mind, the 20,000-square-foot funeral home boasts four spacious staterooms, a chapel with seating for more than 350 guests, a private family area and a flower shop. Every decision concerning funeral and cemetery arrangements can be made from one convenient location. Our professional staff can help you plan the service you want, as well as help you file for insurance, social security and/or veterans' benefits. VALHALLA MEMORY GARDENS Valhalla Memory Gardens, located on a beautiful North Alabama hillside, is a place of serene beauty and thoughtful remembrance. Whatever the time of year, Valhalla's natural beauty is endlessly comforting and evokes the wonder of the never-ending cycle of seasons. Valhalla Memory Gardens offers traditional ground burial, lawn crypts, mausoleum entombment, as well as options for those who choose cremation. Six gardens at Valhalla are designed for traditional ground burial—each distinguished by a life-sized sculpture of a Biblical subject. These works of art, carved of white Italian Carrara marble, were designed by internationally renowned artist, Dominic Zappia. Aboveground mausoleum entombment can also be found at Valhalla. The mausoleum buildings at Valhalla are separated by open pavilions used for committal services and meditation. The Chapel of Devotion, made of native stone and completed in 1974, was Huntsville's first community mausoleum. The mausoleum buildings also include several marble-faced columbaria—niches for urns containing cremated remains. In the Chapel of Love, niches with glass facings reveal the elegance of bronze urns. The Garden of Crosses features over 1,000 lawn crypts, a burial option favored by many families because it combines the best aspects of ground interment and aboveground entombment. Valhalla Memory Gardens honors those who have served our country by offering more than 1,000 lawn crypts in the Valor Garden that are specifically reserved for veterans. These include double-depth and side-by-side crypts. FAITH MEMORIAL PARK Faith Memorial Park serves families on the west side of Huntsville. Like Valhalla, Faith Memorial Park utilizes the gently sloping parkland for traditional interment, with mausoleums and lawn crypts on the terraced hillside behind the main gardens.


Our Obituaries

Virginia Josephine Tipton

March 19, 1931 - September 20, 2017

Virginia Jo Tipton, 86 of Huntsville, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, “Beaver” and Hester Green; brother, Vernon Green; and son, Frank Tipton. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 69 years, Charlie Tipton; son, Guy Tipton (Trish); three grandchildren, Todd Tipton (Chrea), Clay Tipton (Lenzy), and Cameron Tipton; step...
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Walter Jerome Hastings

April 22, 1935 - September 18, 2017

Walter J. Hastings III (Jerry), age 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 18,2017 surrounded by family. He was born April 22, 1935 in Huntsville, AL to Walter Jr andMary (Warden) Hastings. He graduated from Huntsville High School and attended bothAuburn University and The University of Alabama. Jerry proudly served his country in theArmy as a member of the Pathfinders of the 82d...
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James Edward Jenkins

January 30, 1929 - September 17, 2017

James E. JenkinsJanuary 30, 1929 – September 17, 2017James Edward Jenkins, 88, of Huntsville passed away, September 17, 2017. Born in 1929 in Memphis, Tennessee to Thomas Doris Jenkins and Rosa Lee Jenkins, he grew up in Memphis with his extended family very close. James enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and was stationed at the Strategic Air Command at Offutt Air Force Base in...
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Diana Alexis Culver

May 25, 2006 - September 16, 2017

Diana Alexis Culver, age 11, died on September 16, 2017 at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama surrounded by immense family love and support. Diana was born on May 25, 2006 in Huntsville, to parents Cory and Marie (Frazier) Culver.In her short life, Diana had the natural capability to bring joy and light into any room. From a very early age, Diana had a love for reading, baking cookies...
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James Owen Sanders

August 24, 1935 - September 16, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valhalla Funeral Home, HUNTSVILLE, AL.
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John Page Burkett

March 30, 1964 - September 14, 2017

John Page Burkett 53 passed away at Legacy Rehab from complications of an auto accident Thursday 9/14. John had been a resident of Madison County since 1970. He is survived by his Mother Jeanette Burkett and siblings Elise, Eugene, Jeanette, David and Harold.
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Mable Davis Kilgore

November 13, 1922 - September 13, 2017

Funeral Services for Mable Odell Davis Kilgore will be on Monday, September 18th, at 11 a.m. at Valhalla Funeral Home with the visitation occurring from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday evening. Mrs. Kilgore passed from this life on Wednesday night, September 13th. She was born in Augusta county, Virginia to Finley and Pearl Davis on November 20, 1922. Mrs. Mable was preceded in death by...
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James Edward Hyde

December 10, 1938 - September 12, 2017

James Edward Hyde, 78, of Huntsville passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Estelle Walker Hyde; daughter, Teresa Ann Hyde; brother, Wayne Hyde; and sister, Faye Schrimsher. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Sarah Seagroves Hyde; one son, Byron Hyde (Debbie) of Huntsville; one daughter, Brenda Merchant (Jim); two step...
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Teddy Warren Stephens

November 18, 1937 - September 11, 2017

TEDDY WARREN STEPHENSNovember 18, 1937 – September 11, 2017Teddy W. Stephens, 79, passed away peacefully at his home Monday, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by his parents, Snook and Clara Mae Smith Stephens; and his son, Jeffrey Warren Stephens; two brothers, Rodney and Michael Stephens; and a sister, Joanne Chance. Left to cherish his memory...
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Harold James Cutten

May 15, 1940 - September 5, 2017

HAROLD JAMES CUTTENMay 15, 1940 – September 5, 2017 Harold J. “Hal” Cutten, 77, passed away peacefully Wednesday night at Huntsville Hospital with his loving family by his side. Mr. Cutten was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Roy and Mabel Scott Cutten; and his son, Michael Scott Cutten. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 56 years,...
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Rebecca Pauline Riddle

January 4, 1927 - September 5, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valhalla Funeral Home, HUNTSVILLE, AL.
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Alice Ann Bourque

January 15, 1935 - September 5, 2017

Alice Ann Atkin BourqueHuntsville, AlDate of birth: January 15, 1935-82 years oldDate of Death/Place: Passed away peacefully at her home on September 5, 2017Preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Alice (Adams) Atkin & sister, Donna (Atkin) GuerinSurvived by her loving husband of 63 years, Kenneth S Bourque & 6 Children: Kenneth S. (Steve) Bourque II and wife, Reva; Alice Ann Ellis...
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Andrew Jackson Stephens

September 23, 1934 - September 5, 2017

Andrew Jackson "Jack" Stephens Jr., 82, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning September 5th, 2017.Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Jackson Stephens Sr. and Rubie Cook Stephens; and sister Martha Gay.Left to celebrate Jack's memory is his loving wife of 63 years, Patricia Stephens; one daughter, Cynthia Stephens of Huntsville and two sons, Paul Stephens of...
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John Lee Dorough

May 15, 1925 - September 5, 2017

John Lee Dorough, 92, passed away on September 5, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Mary Rose Lantrip Dorough; daughters, Pam Gilliland (Charles), Cindy Brown, (Forrest), Resia Schrimsher (Scott); granddaughters, Mary Lee Dula (Angelo) and Whitney Swinney (Justin); sister-in-law, Betty Sue Smith , sister-in-law Clara Lantrip; brother-in-law, Harold Proctor; and many loving nieces and nephews....
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Robert Edward Jones

June 16, 1940 - September 1, 2017

ROBERT EDWARD JONESJune 16, 1940 – September 1, 2017 Robert E, Jones, 77, passed away peacefully at his residence in Hazel Green Friday morning surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Minnie Mildred Tucker Jones. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 54 years, Martha Fraley Jones; daughter, Gina Jones of...
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Julianna Lynna Durichek

February 1, 1963 - August 28, 2017

Julianna Lynna Durichek 2/1/63-8/28/17Julianna Lynna Durichek, 54, passed away on August 28, 2017 surrounded by her children and husband in Pueblo, Colorado.A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on September 17th, 2017 from 2-4 PM at Valhalla Funeral Home located at 698 Winchester Rd NE, Huntsville, AL 35811.Mrs. Durichek was born February 1, 1963 in Abilene, Texas to Robert and...
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Joshua Robert Hamlin

February 4, 1991 - August 26, 2017

Joshua Robert Hamlin, 26 of Huntsville, AL passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017. No public service is planned.
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Jo Ann Grammer

April 3, 1934 - August 25, 2017

Jo Ann Woodard Grammer, 83, a native of Trousdale County, Tennessee, but a long-time Huntsville resident, passed from this life on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, AL surrounded by her loving family. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She met Lee Grammer on a blind date and they married in 1954. She traveled the world with her husband who was in the...
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William Blair SEVEY

May 13, 1919 - August 23, 2017

William B. Sevey, age 98, born May 13, 1919, passed away August 23, 2017 at Redstone Village in Huntsville AL.Lt Col. Sevey, a native of Lawton, OK, retired from the US Army after 28 years of service. He served in World War II and the Korean conflict, was awarded three Bronze Stars, Joint Service Meritorious Medal, 10 Battle Stars, plus others. He later retired from Civil Service in 1981 after...
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Gabriel Lewis Petre

June 17, 1925 - August 16, 2017

Gabriel Lewis Petre, 92 of Huntsville passed away on August 16, 2017. Gabriel was born in Cleveland, OH to Reverend Gabriel and Julia Balogh Petre. Gabriel is predeceased by his parents as well as his sisters Esther, Isabelle and Helen. He is survived by his wife Gloria and son Gabriel L. Petre, III (Connie), of Alpharetta, Georgia as well as his sister Ethel and brother Eugene (Jackie) of...
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Lois Frances McMillan

August 31, 1924 - August 15, 2017

Lois Frances McMillan, 92, went to be with the Lord on August 15, 2017. One of her father’s favorite expressions was, “The last of August was the first of Lois”, as she was born into the world in Kaukauna, WI. A graduate of Kaukauna High School and the Lawrence College Conservatory of Music, she met and married the love of her life, Vernon McMillan in 1952. Although they...
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Barbara Moore Cobb

September 30, 1934 - August 13, 2017

BARBARA ANN MOORE COBBSeptember 30, 1934 – August 13, 2017 Barbara A. Cobb, 82, passed away peacefully at Huntsville Hospital on Sunday evening. Ms. Cobb is preceded in death by her parents, Margaret Parks and Theodore Moore; her loving husband of 58 years, C. W. (Bill) Cobb; and her son, Claude William Cobb, Jr. Left to treasure her precious memory are her two...
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Carol Marie Carter

September 19, 1935 - August 13, 2017

September 19, 1935 – August 13, 2017Carol Marie Carter, 81, of Huntsville passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Luella Motter Clapp; husband Charles Carter; and son, Kevin Carter.Left to cherish her memory are her three sons, Dan (Arlene) Carter, Bruce (Donna) Carter and Dane Carter; one daughter, Kathy (Walter) Gotto; and her sister,...
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Barbara Moore Cobb

September 30, 1934 - August 13, 2017

BARBARA ANN MOORE COBBSeptember 30, 1934 – August 14, 2017 Barbara A. Cobb, 82, passed away peacefully at Huntsville Hospital on Monday. Ms. Cobb is preceded in death by her parents, Margaret Parks and Theodore Moore; her loving husband of 58 years, C. W. (Bill) Cobb; and her son, Claude William Cobb, Jr. Left to treasure her precious memory are her two daughters,...
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Clebert Ray Smith

April 26, 1947 - August 12, 2017

C.Ray Smith of New Market, AL passed away at his home, Saturday, August 12, 2017 surrounded by loving friends, Gerry Renfroe and John Norman.He was 70 years old. He was born on April 26, 1947 in Athens, AL.He was a teacher at Grissom High School in Huntsville, AL for many years and was also Huntsville, Alabama’s Teacher of The Year. Ray also taught at Port Washington, Florida and at...
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Albert Eugene Gresham

October 4, 1920 - August 11, 2017

Albert Eugene GreshamAlbert Eugene Gresham, was born October 4th, 1920 in Pana, Illinois. He died suddenly while on an outing in Knoxville, TN on Friday, Aug 11th, 2017. He was 96. He is predeceased in death by his wife of 65 years, Minta B Parks Gresham. He is also predeceased in death by his sisters Juanita Gresham Brownback of Pana and Helen Gresham Lockhart of Northfield, VT.He is...
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Christene Slaughter Stewart

March 24, 1936 - August 11, 2017

You may visit with the family on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Valhalla Funeral Home from 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 12:00pm at Lowe's Chapel United Methodist Church, 460 Sanderson St, Huntsville, AL 35805 with Pastor Waymond Smith officiating. Interment to follow at Valhalla Memory Garden. Rev. Stewart will lie in repose one hour prior to...
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Odie Jerl Van Vlack

April 25, 1930 - August 10, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Odie J. Van Vlack announces her passing after a long term illness, on Thursday, August 10, 2017, at the age of 87. Odie will be lovingly remembered by her son James Walsh, granddaughter Melissa Everson (Walter), and grandson Travis Van Vlack (Amy). Odie will also be fondly remembered by her three great grandchildren, Alecia, Joshua, and Taye, also by...
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Loverne McCormick

October 29, 1947 - August 8, 2017

Loverne McCormick, 69, of Huntsville, Alabama passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017 surrounded by her loving and devoted family. She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother.Mrs. McCormick is survived by her loving husband, Earl McCormick, to whom she was happily married for 48 years; two daughters, Melody Ellison (Todd) of Little Rock, AR and Sharon Manley (Mike) of Huntsville, AL; three...
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Robert Oliff Bowen

June 20, 1925 - August 8, 2017

Robert O. Bowen, 92, died Tuesday 8 August 2017 at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Alabama. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. After the Navy, he went to work for the Army and then the newly formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He worked for the military and civil service for over fifty years. With the Army, he was responsible for quality...
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Wayne A. Allan

February 16, 1948 - August 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valhalla Funeral Home, HUNTSVILLE, AL.
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Margaret Jones Wood

August 3, 1926 - August 5, 2017

MARGARET JONES WOODAugust 3, 1926 – August 5, 2017 Margaret J. Wood, 91, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday morning. Ms. Wood was preceded in death by her parents, and her loving husband of over 50 years, Willie D. Wood. Left to treasure her precious memory is her son, Tommy Fish and his wife Debra; three grandchildren,...
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Thomas Jace Sorrells

September 24, 1993 - August 4, 2017

Thomas Jace Sorrells, of Huntsville, AL was granted his angel wings on Friday, August 4, 2017. He was born September 24, 1993 in Augusta, GA.Jace was an intelligent young man and this trait made him selective of the people he allowed into his heart. If you were one of the blessed souls fortunate enough to experience the kind, humorous, and sensitive individual, your life was forever changed. Jace...
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Johnnie G. Atkins

December 19, 1925 - August 2, 2017

Johnnie G. Atkins, 91, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017 in Huntsville, Alabama.Mrs. Atkins was a native of Huntsville, born on December 19, 1925 to the late John W. Guthery and Rubie P. Guthery. She was an employee of Chrysler Corporation and retired after many years of service.Mrs. Atkins was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, William F. Atkins, Sr.; and sisters, Patsy...
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Loyce Edward Webster

August 17, 1931 - July 31, 2017

Loyce Edward Webster, 85, passed away at Huntsville Hospital on Monday. Mr. Webster was born in Madison County. He was an active member of the Maysville Church of Christ. Mr. Webster is preceded in death by his father, Lewis “Jimmy” Edward Webster and mother, Betty Kuydendall Webster.Survivors include his wife, Dortha Prescott Webster; four children, Debra Webster, Sherry Lenoir (Rob)...
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Miyoko Fujimoto Watson

July 5, 1932 - July 30, 2017

MIYOKO FUJIMOTO WATSONJuly 5, 1932 – July 30, 2017Miyoko F. Watson, 85, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday evening. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her loving husband of over 50 years, Carl E. Watson, Sr.Left to cherish her precious memory is her son, Carl E. Watson, Jr. (LaShell) of Athens, AL; her daughters, Susan Johnson of Little...
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Donnie Wayne McIlvoy

February 22, 1950 - July 28, 2017

Donnie Wayne McIlvoy passed away peacefully on July 28, 2017 surrounded by his loving wife and daughters in Huntsville, Alabama after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Donnie was born in Missouri on February 22, 1950 and left us at 67 years old. He married Linda Sue Sandifer in Hammond, Louisiana in 1969 and relocated to Florida, where he started his family.Donnie was preceded in death by...
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Floyd Benton Garton

September 29, 1927 - July 28, 2017

Floyd Benton Garton, 89 of Huntsville, AL passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017. Mr. Garton was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Benton Garton, Sr.; mother, Edna Mae Garton; sisters, Marion Mayer and Lois Garton.He is survived by his wife, Janet Garton; daughters, Kimberly Glassman and her husband David Glassman, Lisa Whitt and her husband Keith Whitt; grandchildren, Corey Waugh, Brad Waugh,...
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Walter Dwight Buck

November 21, 1931 - July 28, 2017

Walter Dwight BuckNovember 12, 1931 – July 28, 2017 Mr. Walter Buck passed away July 28, 2017 in Huntsville, AL. Mr. Buck retired from General Electric with 41 years of service. He was a member of Cahaba Shriners, a member of Holmes Street United Methodist Church of Huntsville, AL and a former member of South Congregational Church of Pittsfield, MA.Mr. Buck was preceded in death by his wife...
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William Andrew Lyon

May 16, 1925 - July 28, 2017

Mr. William “Andrew” Lyon, 92, of Huntsville, Alabama, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017. Andrew was born on May 16, 1925, the oldest of four children to Lorenzo Thomas Lyon and Melinda Duskin Lyon in New Hope, Alabama.Andrew was devoted to Elizabeth, his wife of 69 years, and to his four children. He was also devoted to God and his country. Andrew was an active member of...
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Cherie East Kennedy

April 5, 1948 - July 27, 2017

Cherie East Kennedy, 69 of Huntsville, AL passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017 with her family by her side. Cherie was born on April 5, 1948 in Huntsville, AL to the late James “Jimmy” C. East & Virginia “Jean” East. She was a member of Chase Missionary Baptist Church. Ms. Kennedy was the former owner of Garden of Eden Florist. She worked for Alabama Propane for...
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Melania Josephine Douillard

October 25, 1926 - July 24, 2017

MELANIA JOSEPHINE DOUILLARDOctober 25, 1926 – July 24, 2017Melania (Mel) Josephine Douillard, 90, passed away quietly and peacefully in her home on Monday morning.Mel was a bright star who shined her light on all she met with her kind words and loving heart. She was an avid reader, golfer, skier, artist, a part time professional clown, an amazing gardener and one tough lady with a great...
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Betty Elma Farrell

August 17, 1935 - July 22, 2017

Betty Elma Farrell, 81, of Huntsville, AL passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 22, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Horace T. & Nettie (Dial) Forsyth; husband, Robert Edward Farrell, Sr.Mrs. Farrell is survived by one son, Bobby Farrell; daughter, Denise Cox (David); grandson, Stephen Gutshall (Greta); granddaughters, Melanie Gutshall Nicosia (Joe); Stephanie Farrell...
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Maria Luisa Bush

December 16, 1935 - July 19, 2017

MARIA LUISA AZADA BUSHDecember 16, 1935 – July 19, 2017 Maria Bush, 81, passed away peacefully Wednesday night at her home surrounded by her loving family. Ms. Bush was preceded in death by her parents, Joaquin Felix and Carmen Carme Azada; and her loving husband of close to 50 years, Archie Bush, Sr. Left to cherish her precious memory is her daughter, Maria Terri...
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Barbara Annette Anderson

December 5, 1947 - July 19, 2017

BARBARA ANNETTE ANDERSONDecember 5, 1947 – July 19, 2017 Barbara Anderson, 69, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning at Southern Tennessee Regional Health Care in Pulaski surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Gladys Davis Morris; her daughter, Arlene Anderson Soffes; and sister, Joan. Left to cherish her precious memory is...
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Margie Mattie Koonce

September 25, 1927 - July 18, 2017

Margie Mattie Polston Koonce, 89 of Huntsville, AL passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Margie was born in Huntsville, AL. She retired from Parker Hannifin. Mrs. Koonce was a faithful member of the Huntsville Holiness Church.Mrs. Koonce was preceded in death by her parents, John D. and Ethel W. White Polston; husband, Oscar J. Koonce; brother, James A. Polston; sisters, Doris E. Polston Baker,...
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Hans-Georg Fritz Theodor Thies

December 24, 1927 - July 15, 2017

Hans Thies, 89, of Huntsville and Georgia Mountain, AL, passed away while in hospital on July 15, 2017. Hans was born in Bremerhaven, Germany and was drafted into the German Wehrmacht at the age of 15. He was captured by the British Army during the collapse of Germany and was shipped to Zedelgem POW camp Belgium. After the war Hans attended Business School in Bremen, Germany and had training in...
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Richard Elon Wallace

January 12, 1952 - July 9, 2017

Richard E. Wallace, Sr., 65, passed away peacefully Sunday morning at Huntsville Hospital. Mr. Wallace was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Madge Balch Wallace; and a sister, “JL” Culwell. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Teresa C. Wallace of Harvest; two sisters, Janet Wallace and Cindy Carter of Harvest; his brother, Bill Wallace (Nancy) of...
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Stanley D. McIntyre

February 4, 1938 - July 4, 2017

Stanley D. McIntyre, 79 of Huntsville, AL passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Visitation will be Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 10:00am until 11:00am at Valhalla Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 11:00am in Valhalla's Chapel. Entombment will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens in the Chapel of Peace. Please sign his guest registry at www.valhallafunerals.com.
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Edith Marie Powell

September 12, 1927 - July 3, 2017

EDITH MARIE POWELLSeptember 12, 1927 – July 3, 2017 Marie Powell, 89, passed away peacefully at her home Monday, with her loving family by her side. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Arroney Parker Denton, and her loving husband of close to 60 years, James Odell Powell. Left to cherish her precious memory are her three daughters, Sheila O’Meara ...
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Frances Margaret Culbert

March 12, 1923 - July 3, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valhalla Funeral Home, HUNTSVILLE, AL.
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Ralph Johnson Peavy

November 24, 1935 - July 2, 2017

Ret. SFC Ralph Johnson Peavy, 81 of Huntsville, AL passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017. Mr. Peavy was preceded in death by his mother, Mattie Peavy; one son, Mark Fredrick Peavy; one daughter, Sharon Kay Dollar; one great grandson, Michael Garrett Mathes. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Charlotte Ann Peavy of Huntsville, AL; daughter, Deborah Suzanne Walters of Hazel Green, AL; sons,...
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Mahlon Leon Marine

March 18, 1920 - July 2, 2017

Mahlon Leon (Mel) Marine passed into the care of his Savior on July 2, 2017. He was born in Rasar, Tennessee on March 18, 1920. He spent his young days in Happy Valley, Tennessee with his mother Nellie Susan Myers Marine, father Elmer Herman Marine and grandmother Belle Whitehead Marine. He and his older brother Kenneth spent their childhood hunting, fishing, and making mischief. Mahlon and his...
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Billy Herman Swaim

February 13, 1941 - July 2, 2017

BILLY HERMAN SWAIMFebruary 13, 1941 – July 2, 2017 Billy Swaim, 76 of Hazel Green passed away peacefully Sunday morning at Huntsville Hospital. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Mr. Swaim, a long time racecar driver owned several businesses in the Huntsville area over his lifetime, but later in life enjoyed working as school bus driver with Madison County School System. He is...
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Lincoln T. Lou Lewallen

January 30, 1927 - June 26, 2017

Lincoln Thompson LewallenJan. 30, 1927 – June 26, 2017Lincoln T. “Link” “Lou” Lewallen, age 90, passed away peacefully at Huntsville Hospital on Monday. He was born in Robbins, TN on January 30, 1927. Lincoln graduated from Robbins High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps shortly afterwards. He proudly served from 1946 until 1949. Semper Fi...
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Annette Smith Moon

June 26, 1939 - June 26, 2017

Annette Smith Moon, 78 of Huntsville, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017. Mrs. Moon is survived by her husband, Argie; one daughter, Lorie (Greg) O’Rear; four grandchildren, Ashley, Justin, Amanda and Bree; and nine great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Cindy (Bob) Gransky; her parents, Aaron and Vera Smith, and her sister, Ann Jean Evans.Visitation for Mrs. Moon...
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Vera J. Prince

September 25, 1936 - June 18, 2017

Vera J. Prince, 80 of Huntsville, AL passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Mrs. Prince was born in Gurley, AL. Vera was employed by Regions bank for 50+ years. She retired as a Vice President. Vera was a long time member of Huntsville Bible Baptist Church.Mrs. Prince was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Prince and son, Jerry Lee Prince.She is survived by her son, Terry Prince of...
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Nancy Jane Rousseau

December 16, 1933 - June 15, 2017

Nancy Jane Rousseau passed away June 15, 2017. Mrs. Rousseau was preceded in death by her husband, L.C. Rousseau.Mrs. Rousseau is survived by two daughters, Susan Clark (Bobby) and Joni Lawrence; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Gail Cheatwood (Doug).Mrs. Rousseau lived most of her life in Huntsville, Alabama. The last six years, she...
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Julian Dudley Pyle

May 10, 1937 - June 15, 2017

Julian Dudley PyleMay 10, 1937 – June 15, 2017Julian Dudley Pyle, age 80 of Gurley, passed away Thursday at his residence.Julian was a farmer and a member of Gurley Church of Christ.Julian is survived by his two brothers, Rufus Pyle, Kenneth Pyle, sister, Linda Ray Stagg. He is preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey and Rebecca Peal Dudley Pyle, wife, Wilma R. Pyle and a daughter...
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Sandra Lee GARDNER

February 27, 1949 - June 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valhalla Funeral Home, HUNTSVILLE, AL.
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Steven Thomas Searcy

February 2, 1966 - June 11, 2017

STEVEN THOMAS SEARCYFebruary 2, 1966 – June 11, 2017 Steven Thomas Searcy, age 51 of Huntsville, passed away Sunday in Huntsville Hospital. Steve was a graduate of J.O.J. High School. He attended Auburn University and graduated from U.A.H. Steve is survived by his mother, Maureen Searcy. He is preceded in death by his Father, Thomas Lanier Searcy; grandparents...
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Donna Chancey Brown

June 2, 1947 - June 11, 2017

Donna Lynn Chancey Brown, 70, passed away on June 11, 2017 in Huntsville.She was born in Tuscaloosa and resided in Huntsville. Donna was a retired domestic goddess! She leaves behind to cherish her memory; her husband of 39 years, Len R. Brown Jr; a daughter, Maggie Childs, and her husband Adam; three grandchildren, Kaleb Cole Sanders, Averie Brooke Sanders and Logan Blake Sanders; two brothers,...
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Paul Gene Sumney

March 6, 1923 - June 8, 2017

Paul Gene Sumney, 94 of Mulberry, Tennessee claimed his heavenly home on June 8, 2017. He was born March 6, 1923 in Columbia City, Indiana to Chester Earl and Lela Sumney. He married Alberta Cox in 1946 and together they raised four children, Anna Norris of New Bern, North Carolina, Paula Miller (DeWayne) of Eustis, Florida, Jerry Sumney (Diane) of Lexington, Kentucky, Terry Sumney (DeAnne) of...
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Michael D. Henson

July 6, 1959 - June 7, 2017

Michael David Henson, age 57, passed away peacefully at Huntsville Hospital on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 after battling a long illness.Mike, as he was affectionately known, was born in Orange, Texas on July 6, 1959, the son of the late David Henson (Jan. 14, 2016) and Nancy C. Henson.Mike leaves to cherish his precious memories his son, Michael S. Henson; mother, Nancy C. Henson; sister and brother...
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Ruth Mae Ross

February 14, 1927 - June 4, 2017

RUTH MAE ROSSFebruary 14, 1927 – June 4, 2017Ruth Ross, 90, passed away peacefully at Huntsville Hospital Sunday evening. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeremiah and Adriana (Thompson) Dorsett; her husband, Willie M. Ross; her son, George Laster; her daughter, Adele Myra (Dorsett) Scott; a sister, Lenora Hayes; and a brother, George Dorsett.Left to cherish her precious memory is...
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Robert Bezotte

February 10, 1954 - June 1, 2017

Robert Bezotte, 63 of Huntsville, Alabama passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Robert was preceded in death by his mother, Elsie Jettie Sue Acuff Koster; father, Eugene Bezotte; two brothers, Pat Bezotte and Ricky Bezotte. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Regan Agee; brother, Randall Bezotte along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.Robert was a graduate of Lee High School. He...
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Annie Ruth Gentry

March 2, 1939 - May 31, 2017

Annie “Baby” Ruth (Patterson) Gentry, 78, of Huntsville, AL passed away on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Annie Ruth was born in Clarksdale, MS to Carey and Pauline (Owens) Patterson. She grew up in Talladega, AL. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers Frank, Gene, Bill, and Robert. She is survived by her older sister, Dorothy “Sister” Bates of Talladega, AL....
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Echo B. Long

June 21, 1941 - May 29, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valhalla Funeral Home, HUNTSVILLE, AL.
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Sandra Sinclair Williams

August 29, 1940 - May 29, 2017

Sandra Sinclair Williams, 76, of Huntsville, AL passed away Wednesday morning May 29, 2017. She was born August 29, 1940 in Prentiss, MS. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Ray Williams, of 58 years. She is also survived by a daughter, Ramona Williams Bell and husband Marvin Bell; a son, Marty Ray Williams and wife Amanda Stoner Williams; and three granddaughters she adored: Haley Allison Bell...
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Onalee Annie Pierce

April 1, 1931 - May 28, 2017

Annie “Onalee” Fox Pierce, 86, passed away early morning May 28, 2017. She will be remembered for a winning smile, a great sense of humor and a consummate love of family. She was born to the late Joe & Georgia Fox on April 1, 1931 and was the youngest of 9 children. Her mother died when she was only 3 months old so she was raised by her eldest sisters, Eula and Moline. Onalee...
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Zachary Clay Rogers

October 26, 1989 - May 26, 2017

ZACHARY CLAY ROGERSOctober 26, 1989 – May 26, 2017Zachary Clay Rogers, 27 of Huntsville, passed away Friday at his home. “Zach”, as most family and friends knew him, was a wonderful son, loving husband and proud father.Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Skye Ridgeway Rogers and their precious two-month-old son, Clayton James Rogers; his father, Gary Rogers (Velda); his...
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Fredrick Earl Walters

September 27, 1939 - May 24, 2017

Fredrick Earl Walters passed from this life and received his new avatar May 24, 2017, at the age of 77. Originally from Jones Co., Mississippi, Fred was a resident of Huntsville, Alabama for over 50 years. A retired engineer, he served in the U.S. Navy and was a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He worked for various companies in north Alabama including Brown Engineering,...
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Scotty Ray Payne

December 3, 1963 - May 23, 2017

Scotty Ray Payne, 53 of Hazel Green, AL passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sally Payne; son, Dustin Ray Payne; two sisters, Mary Dale Floyd, Barbara Ann Payne. He is survived by his daughter, Vikki Nicole Lindsey of Huntsville, AL; grandchildren, Maryssa Lindsey, Christopher Lindsey, Jr., Nicholas Scott Lindsey; father, J.M. Payne of New Market, AL;...
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Dan C. Drake

November 27, 1927 - May 23, 2017

DAN C. DRAKE, JR.November 27, 1927 – May 23, 2017Dan C. Drake, Jr. of Huntsville, AL passed from this life Tuesday at the age of 89. A former resident of New Hope and later Owens Cross Roads, Dan joined the US Navy at 17 and proudly served in Shanghai, China and aboard the USS Iowa, BB-61 in Pearl Harbor. In 1950, his career as a barber began in Winchester, TN, then at the Russell Erskine...
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Douglas Eugene Eiland

July 8, 1931 - May 21, 2017

Douglas Eugene Eiland, 85 of Huntsville, AL passed away on Sunday, May 21, 2017. No services are planned. Valhalla Funeral Home is assisting the family. Please sign his guest registry at www.valhallafunerals.com.
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Mildred Lilly Werner

August 27, 1921 - May 18, 2017

Mildred Lilly Werner, formerly of Huntsville, passed away May 18, 2017 in Duluth, Georgia at the age of 95.Mrs. Werner was born in Lawton, Oklahoma on August 27, 1921 to the late Noel E. Lilly and Agnes Waggoner Lilly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene D. Werner; two sisters, Wanda Pales and Noelyne Whited; and one brother, Richard Lilly.Mrs. Werner...
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Rocco Anthony Tricoli

September 10, 1933 - May 18, 2017

ROCCO ANTHONY TRICOLISeptember 10, 1933 – May 18, 2017Rocco A. Tricoli, 83, passed away peacefully at South Hampton Nursing and Rehab on Thursday morning. Mr. Tricoli was preceeded in death by his parents, Joseph and Gladys Migliore Tricoli, brothers Bart and Samuel, sisters, Carmel DeNicholas and Lena Garritano.Left to cherish his memory is his daughter, Sheri Wilkinson (Mike),...
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Mary Gwendolyn Sparks

April 15, 1929 - May 16, 2017

Mary Sparks, age 88, of Huntsville, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Valhalla Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the hour of service. Pastor Hal Howard is officiating. Interment will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens.Mrs. Sparks is survived by her...
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Robert Cole Lawler

August 9, 1944 - May 16, 2017

Robert C. Lawler, 72 of Owens Cross Roads, AL passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Diane. Mr. Lawler is survived by his son, Rodney Lawler; daughter-in-law, Ingrid D. Lawler; grandchildren, Ryan W. Jones, Devon C. Jones; sister, Lucy Sharp. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.Bob was a 1962 graduate of Buckhorn High...
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Annmarie Wiggins Helmick

March 31, 1955 - May 16, 2017

Annmarie Wiggins Helmick, 62, of Huntsville, passed away at Huntsville Hospital on Tuesday May 16, 2017 after a long battle with cancer.Ann was born March 31, 1955 in Birmingham, AL to Joel Roy Wiggins and Barbara Ann Reese Wiggins. She loved reading and spending time at the beach. She worked on government contracts at Kwajalen from 1977 to 1981 and at Marshall Space Flight Center from 1981 to...
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James Marvin McGill

April 3, 1930 - May 15, 2017

James Marvin "Jim" McGill, 87 of Huntsville, Alabama passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017. Jim was born to James and Audrey (Wilbanks) McGill on April 3, 1930, in Ashland, Mississippi. He passed away May 15, 2017, at Huntsville Hospital here in Huntsville after a 4 month illness. He was 87 years old.On December 17, 1951, he was married to Elladene (Alexander) McGill in Alabama. They...
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Rina Tomasi Wortham

August 28, 1926 - May 13, 2017

Biography Rina Rosa Maria Tomasi Wortham was from the Trentino region of northern Italy where her family farmed and her one brother, Ezio, became a priest. Rina grew up and lived in both the mountains of Trentino & the city of romance, Verona, Italy.Rina and her family lived under Mousseline’s fascist...
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Clark Edward Lewallen

June 22, 1952 - May 10, 2017

CLARK EDWARD LEWALLENJune 22, 1952 – May 10, 2017Clark E. Lewallen, 64, passed away peacefully at his residence on Wednesday. Mr. Lewallen was preceded in death by his Mother, Amy Noe Lewallen; Stepmothers, Shirley Lewallen and Althea Lewallen; and his nephew, Brian Douglas Hengel.Left to cherish his memory is his father, Lincoln Lewallen; sister, Wanda Hengel (Jack); niece, Jennifer Hood ...
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Virginia Whitt Jennings

April 18, 1931 - May 10, 2017

Virginia Jennings a resident of New Market, Alabama passed away Wednesday May10, 2017 at her residence.She was preceded in death by her parents Ed and Lillie Whitt; sisters- Fay, Ann and Bertha; brothers- Marlas, Marvin and William (“Blackie”); and son- Gary.A Christian and member of Pleasant Springs Baptist Church, Virginia was a loving and sweet lady who loved the Lord. She was a...
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Edward Francis Finn

March 17, 1958 - May 10, 2017

Edward Francis Finn Jr., born March 17, 1958 in Montclair, New Jersey and died on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Huntsville Hospital. Ed, as he is known by friends and family, was preceded in death by his father, Edward Francis Finn, Sr., his mother, Elizabeth Winters Finn and brother, Michael Joseph Finn. Ed is survived by his siblings, David (Perry Phillips) Finn, Jimmy Finn, Robert (Sherri) Finn,...
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David Wayne Rork

September 15, 1956 - May 9, 2017

David Wayne Rork, 60, of Gurley, Alabama passed away on Tuesday, May 9th at Huntsville Hospital.Memorial Services will be on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 am at Steping Stone Ministries 179 Killingsworth Cove; Gurley, Alabama with Pastor Frederic Gipson officiating.Mr. Rork is survived by wife: Betty Hill Rork; 1 Son: Edward Wesley Rork , by Brother: Michael (Tammy) Rork, by Sisters: Faith (Roger)...
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Ernest Ellwood Hinkle

November 19, 1936 - May 8, 2017

Ernest Ellwood Hinkle, 80 of Huntsville, AL passed away on May 8, 2017. He is preceded in death by his son, Ernest Hinkle, Jr. Mr. Hinkle is survived by his wife, Imogene Hinkle; sister, Mary Parsons of OK; brother, Gary Hinkle of TX; sister-in-law, Eleanor Harris and several nieces and nephews. Please sign his guest registry at www.valhallafunerals.com. A private service will be held at...
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Charlene Louise Butler

December 24, 1934 - May 7, 2017

CHARLENE LOUISE BUTLERDecember 24, 1934 – May 7, 2017 Charlene L. Butler, 82, passed away Sunday evening at her home in Scottsboro surrounded by her loving family. Ms. Butler was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Maggie Knudson Nystel; her loving husband of 45 years, William Eugene Butler; her daughter, Teri Dear; and her granddaughter, Shannon Stenson. Left to...
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Robert Leon Wilkie

March 15, 1938 - May 3, 2017

LTC Robert Leon Wilkie, Sr US Army retired, 79 of Owens Cross Roads, Alabama passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. He was born in Monroe, Louisiana on March 15, 1938 to the late Harl Sutton and Gladys Inez Gamble Wilkie. He met and married the love of his life, Joy Somerville Wilkie on October 22, 1961. LTC Wilkie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joy Somerville Wilkie; son, Robert Leon...
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June Etollia Rowell-Amesbury

June 3, 1924 - May 3, 2017

June Etollia Rowell-Amesbury was born June 3, 1924 in Citronelle, Alabama to Gertrude Holloman-Rowell and James Edward Rowell. June was the first of seven children and the first grandchild of John Wesley and Inez Rowell.June grew up in Citronelle and attended New Home Baptist Church where she gave her life to Christ as a young girl. June graduated from Citronelle High School and then moved to...
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Jerry Randal Watson

December 15, 1956 - April 28, 2017

JERRY RANDAL “RANDY” WATSONDecember 15, 1956 – April 28, 2017 Jerry R. Watson, 60, passed away peacefully at his home Friday night in New Market surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Watson was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin L. and Ida D. Owen Watson. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 13 years, Deborah A. Watson; 2 sons, Michael Watson ...
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Hestal Dean Martin

February 12, 1933 - April 22, 2017

Hestal Dean (Cox) Martin of Madison passed away Saturday, April 22 surrounded by her family at her home. Ms. Martin was born in Mercer, Tennessee and moved to Huntsville in 1963. She retired from JC Penney after twenty-five years of service in their financial department. She was a master seamstress and owned her own business creating custom drapery, home décor and bedspreads; but her...
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Edith West Buchanan

December 6, 1926 - April 21, 2017

Mrs. Edith West Buchanan, 90, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Huntsville, Alabama. She was born on December 6, 1926 in Natural Bridge, Alabama. She was a member of Chase Park Church of Christ. Services will be held at Valhalla Funeral Home on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Visitation at 1:00 p.m., with Chapel Services commencing at 2:00 p.m.Mrs. Buchanan is survived by her son, James V....
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Barney H. Roberts

January 21, 1933 - April 20, 2017

Barney H. "Ace" Roberts of Huntsville went home to be with his Savior on April 20, 2017. He was born in Anniston, AL on January 21, 1933. He was preceded in death by his parents, Barney and Sara Roberts. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy Copeland Roberts; his daughter, Carol (Pick), sons, Kenneth (Sonja), Michael, and Patrick (Debbie); granddaughters, Kinsey (Joe),...
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Hesta Kaylor Farrow

November 28, 1928 - April 18, 2017

Hesta Kaylor Lightfoot Farrow, born November 28, 1928 in Limestone County, Alabama; died April 18, 2017 in Huntsville Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Rev. Lemuel Jefferson and Johnnie Hanson Kaylor.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Barton Lightfoot Jr,; and siblings, Mary Kaylor, Myrtle (Pickett) Esslinger, Lillian (Gene) Botsford, Helen ...
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Barbara Louise Robertson

February 17, 1929 - April 13, 2017

BARBARA LOUISE ROBERTSONFebruary 17, 1929 – April 13, 2017 Barbara Louise Robertson, 88, passed away peacefully Thursday night, at Regency Retirement Village in Huntsville, surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Robertson is preceded in death by her parents, Turner Batley and Pearl Wesson Batley; and her loving husband of 64 years, A.M. “Smokey” Robertson. Left...
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Ernest Pharoll Williams

March 10, 1937 - April 13, 2017

Ernest Pharoll Williams was born in Norwalk, CT. He graduated from Norwalk High School, and then attended Howard University. Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the US Army and achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3).In July 1961, he and his beloved wife Gay were joined in holy matrimony. From their union, two beautiful children were born: Cheryl Joy, and Daryl Ernest.Ernie, as his...
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Alma Elizabeth Hancock

August 3, 1929 - April 11, 2017

ALMA ELIZABETH (GENTLE) HANCOCK, 87Alma Elizabeth Hancock, 87, of Huntsville, Alabama, passed away peacefully at her home on April 11, 2017, after an extended illness.Visitation will be held at Valhalla Funeral Home in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday, April 14, 2017, between 1:00 and 3:00 pm, with the funeral immediately following.Funeral services will be officiated by the Reverends Krel Buckelew,...
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Jimmy Ray Jones

November 14, 1947 - April 9, 2017

JIMMY RAY JONESNovember14, 1947 – April 9, 2017 Jimmy R. Jones passed away at his residence on Sunday with his loving wife Donna by his side. Mr. Jones was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Audrey Brewer Jones. Left to cherish his memory is his faithful wife of close to 30 years, Donna Overbeek Jones; his two brothers, Jackie Jones (Iris) of...
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Arthur McKinley Crawford

December 31, 1928 - April 9, 2017

Arthur McKinley Crawford, 88, of Huntsville passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017. He is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Lawanda Crawford; parents, Rev. Roy and Leta Crawford; sisters, Guyla Page, Lena Dean, Lola Hawkins; brothers, Edward Crawford, Dick Crawford, Arnett Crawford.He is survived by his loving wife, Fran Hamilton Crawford; two sons, Gary Crawford (Cheri), Robert Crawford ...
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