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Ricky Murphy, 57, died December 31, 2010. Visitation will be Tuesday
January 4th 2011 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home. Funeral will
be Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the chapel with burial in Hartselle City
Gus was born August 20 1936 in St.
Paul MN and passed away December
10th 2008.  Gus was a master builder,
scale and sport, instructor, and very
active in club activities.
Funeral for George Erone Hill, 84, of Decatur will be
today, March 27, 2008, at 11 a.m. at Roselawn
Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenny Baskins and his
nephew, the Rev. Chris Hill, officiating.
Burial will be in Decatur City Cemetery.
Mr. Hill, who died Tuesday, March 25, 2008, at
Decatur General Hospital, was born Jan. 1, 1924, in
Decatur to Lloyd James Hill Sr. and Anna Louise
George Hill. He was a U.S. Army World War II
veteran. He worked in the aerospace industry as a
defense machinist and planner estimator at
Redstone Arsenal, Brown Engineering and Avco.
After retirement, he ran Hill’s Hobby Shop in
Decatur. He was past president of the Decatur
Model Airplane Club. .
businessman, foremost a printer, passed away Sunday, Feb.
3, 2008, at Decatur General Hospital. He was born Jan. 27,
1935, in Madison County to J.P. Johnson and Josephine
Clark Johnson.
Jim moved to Decatur in 1957, assigned as a draftsman with
Chemstrand. He opened an advertising agency called
Johnson and Dennis, then went to work with Baker
Manufacturing as a marketing director for Coastal Marine
Division. Later, he worked for Point Mallard Park as a public
relations manager and with Cook’s Pest Control in charge of
Jim graduated from Dupont Manual High School of Louisville,
Ky., and attended The University of Kentucky. He received
his business administration degree from Athens State
In 1975, he purchased The Tennessee Valley Press Inc.,
located in Decatur. TVP continued to expand to Huntsville.
Jim later added companies, Jay-Jay Associates, where he
designed the first flag for the city of Decatur. He was the
owner of Crump Camera Shop in Decatur and Hartselle, UMC
Contractors and McJay Game Co.
Jim was a past member of the Lions Club, the Rotary Club,
Paul Harris Fellow, past chairman of the Printing Association
of the South, “Man of the Year,” past president of the Public
Relations Council of Alabama and past president of
Huntsville Chapter of American Advertising Federation. He
was a member of the DMAC Model Airplane Club and was a
Mason and a Shriner. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Jim was a member of the First Christian Church, Decatur,
for 51 years, where he served as a Deacon, later becoming
a Deacon Emeritus.  
James Coleman "Jim" Johnson
Charles Sanford Ruark
funeral for Charles Sanford Ruark, 88, 2
p.m. today at Rose-lawn, burial in Roselawn
Cemetery. Visitation one hour prior to the
service. Mr. Ruark died Aug. 28, 2008. He
was the husband of Jeanne Ruark and
retired engineer from chemstrand and a
member of the decatur model airplane club
and a great skeet shooter.
Charles Franklin Brown
Funeral for Charles Franklin Brown, 76, of Decatur will be
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home
Chapel with Dr. Benjamin Hayes, Pastor of Southside
Baptist Church, officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior
to the service. Burial will be in Burningtree Memorial
Mr. Brown, who died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, at Decatur
General Hospital, was born Oct. 5, 1932, in Clermont Hall
County, Ga., to Thomas Luther and Mary Ann Hulsey Brown.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dennis
Mark Brown; and two brothers, Thomas Luther Brown Jr.
and James Hoyt Brown.
He is survived by his wife, Pat Isabel Brown; one daughter,
Pamela Brown Gibbs, and husband, Chuck, of Athens; one
son, Craig Alan Brown, and wife, Laurie, of Athens; five
grandchildren, Jessica Gibbs of Jackson, Miss., Lauren
Gibbs of Auburn, and Sarah, Alex and Katherine Brown, all
of Decatur; two sisters, Louise Brown Reynolds of Oak
Ridge, Tenn., and Dorothy Brown Bowman of Idaho Falls,
Idaho; and one brother, Joseph Wheeler Brown of Atlanta,
Mr. Brown graduated from Lavonia High School in Georgia
and The University of Tennessee with a degree in electrical
engineering. He served in the U.S. Air Force for several
years, attaining the rank of Captain. His career of 30 years
was in Metrology and Calibration for the Army Missile
Command at Redstone Arsenal.
Charles' lifelong love for flying began as a small boy and led
to his piloting small planes and helicopters. He attained
licensure as a Commercial Pilot, Airplane Single-Engine
Land and Sea, Airplane Multi-Engine Land, Instrument
Airplane and Glider. He was an instructor in
Rotorcraft-Helicopter. He was a member of the Aircraft
Owners and Pilots Association. In his latter years, he
voluntarily withdrew from piloting and instead flew model
airplanes and helicopters with the Decatur Model Airplane
Club. Charles owned a Cessna 195, which was purchased
by Disneyland and is presently on display there as a vintage
Eugene Walter Shafer
Funeral for Eugene Walter Shafer, 82, of Decatur will be
today, Dec. 12, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Ridout’s Brown Service
Funeral Home with the Rev. Todd Evans officiating.
Burial will be in Decatur City Cemetery. Visitation will be
one hour before the service at the funeral home.
Mr. Shafer, who died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009, was born
Aug. 6, 1927, in Morgan County to Oliver and Annie Mae
Shafer. He was a graduate of Riverside High School and
served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Windham Bay
during World War II. He worked for the Postal Service of
Decatur and later retired as Postmaster of Moulton. He
was a member of Parkview Baptist Church. His wife of 59
years, Juanita Hooper Shafer, preceded him in death.
Gene was a member of the decatur model airplane club.
Lamar Blair

Lamar Blair, 58, died June 9, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Vickie
Jarrett Blair. Hartselle Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Lamar Blair was a very active member of the decatur model airplane
club for many years. He was instrumental in the acquisition and
development of the Flint flying site and devoted many, many hours of
his own time into the supervision of it's construction. He was a past
President and served as such for several years. He was also an
active pattern flyer and at one time was ranked nationally and
sponsored by one of the leading radio manufacturers. Lamar also
was associate vice president for Section V in the AMA for a number of

Due to his declining health he has not been active in the DMAC for
the last 2 or 3 years.

He will be missed.

FALKVILLE -- Graveside service for James Brown, 91, of
Falkville will be Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 at 2 p.m. at
Hartselle Memory Gardens with Reverend John Russell
officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing.
Mr. Brown died on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 16, 1924, in Morgan County to Marvin Brown
and Mabell Johnson Brown. He was a member of the U.S. Air
Corp and a veteran of World War II. Mr. Brown was a member of
Methodist Church in Falkville, a DMAC Charter Member, a VFW
and a member of the American Legion. He was preceded in
death by his first wife, Peggy Jean Evans; one son, James
Michael Brown; and his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Libb Brown; one daughter, Janice
Vinson, Falkville; four stepsons, Randy Stiles, Jacksonville,
Alabama, Jeff Stiles, Eva, Matt Stiles, Falkville and Kelley Stiles,
Huntsville; one brother, Wayne Brown, North Carolina; one
grandson, Kenny Vinson; and three great- grandchildren,
Kayla, Lainy and Haley.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Vinson, Matt Stiles, John David
Bryant, Glenn Byrd, Jimmy Little, Johnny Ferguson and Marlin

In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorial donations be
made to the First United Methodist Church of Falkville.
Robert “Bob” Arthur Murray, 89, of Decatur, passed peacefully on
Tuesday January 29th at Limestone Health Facility, Athens. He was born
August 11, 1929 in Pennsylvania to Arthur Wilson Murray and Helen
Worstell Murray.

Mr. Murray was a member of First United Methodist Church Hartselle and
participated in their Senior Adult Choir. He served our country as a pilot
United States Navy and achieved the rank of Lieutenant.

Most of his career was as a brilliant Engineer and Executive for Alcoa
Aluminum Company. Mr. Murray was an avid fisherman and a master
wood worker.

In his later years he enjoyed flying model airplanes with the Decatur Model
Airplane Club and was quite a baker, making fudge, cookies and his
famous lemon meringue pie for family and friends.

He is much loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed. He was
preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elizabeth Sennett Murray; and
son-in-law, Peter Jeurgen Asmann.

Survivors include his two daughters, Pam Murray Asmann, Decatur, and
Marcia Murray Massengill (Paschall), Tullahoma, Tennessee; one sister,
Betty Lou Murray, New Kensington; five grandchildren, Christy Wall
Kuhlman Austin), Abiquiu, NM, Kaci Nicole Wall (Drew Campbell) Boulder,
CO, Beverly Anne Massengill of Franklin, TN, Christopher Paschall
Massengill of Franklin, TN, Thomas Asmann, Huntsville; two great-
grandchildren, Coralie Amelia Kuhlman and Dominic Asmann. He has
several very loved nieces and nephews.

Memorial Service will take place at Peck Funeral Home, Hartselle, on
Tuesday, February 5th with visitation at 1 p.m. and memorial service at 2

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to First United Methodist
Church Hartselle, 210 Hickory Street SE, Hartselle, AL 35640 and Hospice
of the Valley, 240 Johnston Street SE., PO Box 2745, Decatur, AL 35601.