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

Melania Josephine Douillard

October 25, 1926 - July 24, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valhalla Funeral Home, HUNTSVILLE, AL.
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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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Hilde Ann Wright

April 18, 1926 - April 9, 2017

Hilde Ann Wright, 90, of Huntsville passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017.She is survived by her three children, Maureen Anderton, Susan Thomas and Gordon Wright, Jr.; and 9 grandchildren.A Celebration of Life visitation will be held Saturday, May 13th from 11:00am until 2:00pm at Valhalla Funeral Home. Please sign her guest registry at www.valhallafunerals.com.
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Mary Ella Lugo

September 4, 1935 - April 7, 2017

MARY ELLA LUGOApril 7, 2017On April 7, 2017, Mary Ella Lugo was called home to spend an eternity in the presence of her Creator, her Lord and Savior. Mary gave her tender heart to God at an early age, and she lived her entire life following the word of God and anticipating the rewards she would receive when heaven’s gates were opened.Mary was a beautiful lady – radiant, glowing, kind...
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Nellie Rush BOLES

February 3, 1925 - April 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valhalla Funeral Home, HUNTSVILLE, AL.
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Maria Speakes Champion

January 23, 1965 - April 4, 2017

Roseanna “Maria” Speakes Champion, 52, of Huntsville AL passed away on April 4, 2017 with her family by her side. She was born on January 23, 1965 to Christine Blevins Speakes and Harold Eugene Speakes. Maria was a member of First Baptist Church Meridianville where she served faithfully for 20 years. She graduated high school at West Blocton, Alabama and earned a Bachelor of Science...
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Christiane Barbara Hausner-Wernli

December 25, 1940 - April 3, 2017

Christiane (Tina) Hausner-WernliDecember 25, 1940 – April 3, 2017 Christiane Hausner-Wernli passed away on April 3, 2017 in her home surrounded by her family after a short but courageous fight against her cancer. A memorial service will be held on April 22, 2017 at the Valhalla Funeral Home Chapel on Winchester Road at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Russel Hill...
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Shelby Jean McDaniel

April 10, 1937 - April 2, 2017

Shelby McDaniel, 79, of Huntsville passed away on April 2, 2017.She is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Glenn McDaniel and parents, Elmer Lee and Katie West; sisters, Brenda Carter, Hazel Hornbuckle and Louise Brooks; and brothers, Charles and Lee West. Shelby is survived by her daughters, Debbie Hagood and husband Scott and Patricia Black and husband Stewart; four grandchildren;...
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Shirley Pennington Hale

July 23, 1928 - April 1, 2017

Shirley Pennington “Lee” HaleJuly 23, 1928 – April 1, 2017Shirley Pennington Hale, 88 of Huntsville, Alabama passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and Elizabeth Hale; wife, Catherine Hale; son, John Hale; grandson, A.J. Kirkland; brother, Richard Hale.Mr. Hale is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Skiles (Brad) of Huntsville, AL...
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Donald Arthur Conley

July 30, 1918 - April 1, 2017

Donald A. Conley, age 98 of Huntsville, Alabama, passed away quietly on Saturday April 1, 2017. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017 at 3:00 pm, in the Magnolia Room of Magnolia Trace, Huntsville. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his name to The Alzheimer's Association (http://www.alz.org). Donald was born July 30, 1918, on a farm near Cheney, WA, to Roydal and...
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Mary Alice Suns

October 18, 1934 - April 1, 2017

Mary Alice Gipson Suns was born in Madison County, AL to James W. and Oma D. (Newby) Gipson. Mrs. Suns passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017. She grew up in and around the Huntsville area, picking cotton and knowing hard work from an early age. At the age of 16, she married the love of her life, Joseph Robert Suns on June 30, 1951. They were married for over 60 years, until his death in 2012....
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Nahum Onesimus Childs

May 9, 1933 - March 30, 2017

NAHUM ONESIMUS CHILDSMay 9, 1933 – March 30, 2017 Nahum O. Childs, 83, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 30, 2017. His parents, Alvin and Vesta Miller Childs; and three brothers preceded Mr. Childs in death. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of close to 57 years, Erma Parrish Childs; three sons, Joe Childs (Lisa) of Huntsville, Leon Childs (Karla) of...
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Catherine Krasovsky Heimann

December 1, 1922 - March 30, 2017

Catherine Kravosky Heimann On March 30, 2017 Catherine (Kay) Heimann passed away peacefully in her home in Huntsville. Catherine was 94 years old and had lived in Huntsville since 1966. At one time, she had been employed by the Post Exchange on Redstone Arsenal in the Military Clothing Sales Department. Catherine was born in Indianola, Pennsylvania December 1, 1922 to Michael...
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Albien Leon Taylor

July 23, 1929 - March 29, 2017

ALBIEN LEON TAYLORJuly 23, 1929 – March 29, 2017 Albien L. Taylor, 87, passed away peacefully Wednesday at Magnolia Trace in Huntsville surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Taylor was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Jewel Henry Taylor; and a brother, Vernon Taylor. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 63 years, Shizue Negishi Taylor; three sons,...
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Donald Calvin Taylor

July 27, 1924 - March 26, 2017

Donald C. Taylor, formerly of Huntsville, passed away at his home in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Sunday, March 26 at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Betty Lou Taylor.He is survived by his three children, Richard Taylor (Wanda), Curtis Taylor (Joan) and Jeanine Taylor Wright (Alan); six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He was a long-time member of First...
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Edith Joy Harris

October 5, 1924 - March 23, 2017

EDITH JOY HARRISOctober 5, 1924 – March 23, 2017Edith Joy Harris, 92, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening at Crestwood Medical Center. Ms. Harris was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Samuel and Fannie Bell White Frazier; her loving husband of 40 years, Howard B. Harris; five brothers; a sister; and a daughter.Left to cherish her precious memory are her three sons and two...
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Minnie Kathryn Watz

March 22, 1928 - March 22, 2017

Minnie Kathryn Watz, 89, of Huntsville passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Her husband, John Olaf Watz; and her mother, Amy W. Edwards, precede her in death. She is survived by her children, Kathryn A. Watz, Karen E. Radke, John O. Watz (Laura), Amy M. Blanks (Greg); grandchildren, Robert C. Glover, Daniel S. Glover, Kristopher J. Radke, Karl A. Radke, Anthony S. Atchley, John O....
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Charlene E. Hill

February 12, 1935 - March 22, 2017

CHARLENE ELIZABETH HILLFebruary 12, 1935 – March 22, 2017 Charlene Elizabeth Hill, 82, of Huntsville passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Henry Hill. She is survived by two sons, Buddie Hill (Becky) and Alan Hill (Culise); grandchildren, Eric Hill (Whitney), Jason Hill (Maggie), Courtney Hill and Coleman Hill; and...
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Stanley Stanley Daniel

March 31, 1938 - March 20, 2017

Biographical:Mr. Irvin Stanley “Stan” Daniel, age 78, passed on March 20, 2017 and was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Maria Daniel. He was born on March 31, 1938 in McAlpin, WV. As a young man, Stan was known as “Rock,” learning to fight early on for all he believed in and becoming an accomplished Golden Glove Boxer. A dedicated husband and father, he loved...
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Lucille Bowling Bartley

February 13, 1925 - March 17, 2017

Mrs. Lucille Bowling Bartley passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Huntsville, Alabama. Lucille was born in Bowling Fork, Kentucky, on February 13, 1925, one of twelve children of Lesta Yates Bowling and Lon Bowling. She was 92 years old.She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 63 years, Dewey Bartley; her brothers, Marcus and Martin Bowling (twins...
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Maria Sylvia Tocci

August 25, 1934 - March 14, 2017

SYLVIA TOCCIAugust 25, 1934 – March 14, 2017 Sylvia Tocci, 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning at Brookshire in Huntsville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Marie Kleiner Schmid. Left to treasure her precious memory is her daughter, Michelle Monroe (Dennis) of Brownsboro, AL; her son, Michael Tocci (Nora) of Albuquerque, NM; three grandchildren...
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Ronald Gordon Lassiter

November 18, 1949 - March 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valhalla Funeral Home, HUNTSVILLE, AL.
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Kara Ann Case

January 14, 1992 - March 8, 2017

Kara Ann Case, 25, of Gurley passed away On March 8, 2017 in Huntsville. Left to cherish her memories are her Father, Paul Meeks; Mother, Stephanie Case; Sisters, Bailee Meeks, Faith Meeks, Ashley Lawson, Whitney Lawson; Brothers, Brennan Meeks and Blake Jones; Grandparents, Mary Buchanan and Fred Case; Aunt, Amanda Case; Uncles, Bo Buchanan, Alton Buchanan and Jerry Meeks, there are also several...
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Larry Frank Mangrum

November 19, 1947 - March 8, 2017

Mr. Larry Frank Mangrum 69 of New Market, AL passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 34 years Sandra Mangrum and extended family. Larry was a man of quiet strength, a loving and supportive husband who will greatly be missed. Born in Beech Hill, TN on November 19, 1947 to Frank N. and Ella Mae (Roberts) Mangrum. The family moved to Elkton, TN where he graduated...
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Bessie Lee Borden McDowell

June 17, 1922 - March 6, 2017

OBITUARYMy Mom, Bessie Lee Borden-McDowell was born on June 17, 1922 to the late Parem Borden and the Late Mary Chavers-Borden. She was named Bessie in honor of their first born Lizzie, who died at birth.My mom quit school after the 7th grade to help her mom rear her two younger children.In 1944 my mom married Walter Brownlow and moved to Evanston, IL. By mutual consent, they agreed for her to...
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Lewis Howard Vaughn

June 8, 1933 - March 4, 2017

Lewis Howard "Boo" Vaughn Jr.June 8, 1933 – March 4, 2017Lewis H Vaughn Jr. 83 of Huntsville passed away peacefully Saturday, March 4, 2017. Mr. Vaughn is preceded in death by his parents Lewis Howard Vaughn Sr. and Hazel Joyner, wife of 63 years Nellie Jo Vaughn, his daughter Jeanne Vaughn Underwood. Mr. Vaughn was retired from the Federal Government as a Computer Programmer. Mr....
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Melba Pauline Peppers

April 8, 1939 - March 3, 2017

MELBA PAULINE PEPPERSApril 8, 1939 – March 3, 2017 Melba P. Peppers, 77, passed away peacefully on Friday morning at Huntsville Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Pearl Smith Bergemann. Left to cherish her precious memory is her loving husband of 52 Years, Delmer D. “Wayne” Peppers; daughter, Diane...
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Ltc William Herbert Griswold

June 17, 1926 - March 3, 2017

LTC (Ret) William Herbert Griswold, a resident of Redstone Village, passed away March 3, 2017 at the age of 90. He was born on June 17, 1926 in Noblesville, Indiana to William H. and Helen McCarthy Griswold. William received a Chemical Engineering degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University. In addition, he received an Accounting Certificate from the University of Alabama...
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Evelyn Gann Cook

January 4, 1919 - March 1, 2017

Evelyn Gann Cook passed away on March 1, 2017at the Ridgeview Healthcare Service in Jasper, AL.Evelyn was born on January 4, 1919 in Carbon Hill, Alabama. She graduated from Carbon Hill High School in 1937. Beginning in her early teens, she worked at a local drug store. After her marriage in 1941, she and her husband bought that local drug store and she continued to work there until she...
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Margaret Jean Grunwald

January 16, 1926 - February 24, 2017

Margaret Jean Grunwald was born January 16, 1926 in Rector, Arkansas. She died February 24, 2017 in Huntsville, Alabama.Margaret was married 69 years to Wilbur Eugene (Bill) Grunwald. They married on July 11, 1947 at First Baptist Church in Royal Oak, Michigan. They met when they were just 11 years old, and began dating when they were 15.After high school, she first went to Antioch College in...
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Robert Lee Pearson

February 28, 1928 - February 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valhalla Funeral Home, HUNTSVILLE, AL.
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Robert Rueal Zavala

June 6, 1944 - February 22, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valhalla Funeral Home, HUNTSVILLE, AL.
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Marcelo Lara

June 6, 1936 - February 22, 2017

MARCELO LARAJune 6, 1936 – February 22, 2017 Marcelo Lara, age 80, of Athens, AL formerly of Huntsville, AL passed away at his home on February 22, 2017 after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizardo Lara and Amelia Mascuñana Lara. Mr. Lara was born in New York City and moved to Tampa, FL when he was a teenager. After graduating from...
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Ursel Katharina Sias

December 29, 1938 - February 19, 2017

Ursel Katharina Sias, 78 of Brownsboro, AL passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Mrs. Sias will be laid to rest on Friday, March 17, 2017 in Valhalla Memory Gardens at 2:00pm. Please sign her guest registry at www.valhallafunerals.com.
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Lois Motes Hill

August 4, 1936 - February 19, 2017

Lois Inez Motes Hill, 80, of Huntsville, AL was born August 4, 1936 in Decatur, Morgan County, AL. She was carried home in the arms of her Lord on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from Huntsville Hospital.She was the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson and Ruth Irene Armstrong Motes. She graduated from Speak High School in 1953 having taught school her senior year due to a shortage of teachers....
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Gladys Ann Cox

July 4, 1934 - February 16, 2017

GLADYS ANN COXJuly 4, 1934 – February 16, 2017 Gladys Ann Cox, 82, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Horace and Sally Bunn Birdsong; and her husband of 55 years, Jack Cox. Left to cherish her precious memory is her loving daughter, Pamela Marona of Huntsville; one brother, Thomas Larry Birdsong of...
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Johnnie Dawn Crone

July 2, 1951 - February 15, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valhalla Funeral Home, HUNTSVILLE, AL.
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Vivian Teague McCollum

July 7, 1921 - February 15, 2017

Vivian Teague McCollum, 95, passed from this life into eternal communion with the Lord on February 15, 2017. She is deeply loved and will be dearly missed. Vivian is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Newton and her husband, Paul, of Florence; two grandchildren, Leslie Newton Dobbs (Shane) of Birmingham and Andy Newton of Washington, DC; and two great-grandchildren, John and Jack Dobbs. She was...
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Bobby Jones Hamilton

September 19, 1960 - February 12, 2017

Bobby HamiltonSeptember 19, 1960 – February 12, 2017 Bobby Hamilton has gained his Angel Wings. He was at home, surrounded by his siblings when he passed from this realm to the next. Bobby was a native of Huntsville. He was a longtime employee of Bennett’s Nursery. He was a member of Lakewood Baptist Church. Bobby was preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Hamilton Greene; and...
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Margarete H. Beaverson

December 6, 1935 - February 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Valhalla Funeral Home, HUNTSVILLE, AL.
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James Bruce Clark

January 24, 1929 - February 5, 2017

JAMES BRUCE CLARKJanuary 24, 1929 – February 5, 2017 James B. Clark, 88, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon at Redstone Village surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his parents, Ebb and Carrie Hambrick Clark. Left to cherish his memory are his children, grandchildren and numerous other friends. “Bruce”, as...
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Billie Sisk Loveday

January 18, 1936 - February 3, 2017

Billie Sisk Loveday, 81, of Huntsville passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mack and Lucy Faulkner; four sons, Wendell Sisk, Roger Sisk, Kenneth Sisk and Ronnie Loveday. Mrs. Loveday is survived by her husband, Donald Loveday; sons, Jackie Sisk of Maysville, Bobby Loveday (Tanya) of Lacey Springs, Donnie Loveday of Huntsville; daughters, Josie Cree ...
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Cherita Lynn Jordan

January 25, 1963 - January 27, 2017

Cherita Lynn Jordan, 54, of Laceys Spring, passed away Friday, January 27,2017 in the Huntsville Hospital.Cherita is survived by her husband, Junior Jordan; daughter, Michelle L. Jordan, of Lacey's Spring; son, Michael Lee (Olivia) Jordan, Hazel Green; mother, Carolyn McCormick, Huntsville; sister, Judy (Larry) Bevis, Florence; Father-in-law, Tommy Jordan, Gurley; brother, Frank (Brenda)...
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