Walter Cash

Crossville

Walter Cash, beloved husband, father, and grandfather stepped from this life to the next on Aug. 30, 2019. Born in 1930 in Dekalb County, he grew up a farmer and never lost his love for the land though his career was in serving others in the military and as a police officer. He served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict and then served his neighbor rising through the ranks to eventually serve as the Chief of Police in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He married Virginia Watson on Sept. 1, 1956 and was father to three children. Despite his career, he was a devoted father finding time to coach, support, watch and participate in his children’s activities and hobbies. Given his childhood, he always maintained a garden even while living in the city, growing things he loved and teaching his kids to love them too.

He loved Virginia and her family. He was a solid and trusted member of the Watson clan. All of us can remember many trips to Arkansas where he was at home with Virginia’s brothers and sisters. Playing cards late into the night in Vollie’s kitchen or sitting in Grandma’s living room talking. He was friendly, hospitable, and always ready to talk or listen. That describes Walter.

Similarly, he loved his family. Annual trips from Shreveport to DeKalb County were a staple and allowed his children to grow up knowing they had built-in friends in Alabama. He and Virginia returned to his family homestead after retirement and both grew in their love for the people and places in northeast Alabama.

Our joy rests in the knowledge of his eternal life with our Lord, Jesus Christ. This is the hope that he passed along to his children. We will miss him but look forward to a reunion soon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The funeral was held Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Crossville First United Methodist Church in Crossville.

Burial followed at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Bro. David Bailey officiated.

Crossville Memorial Chapel Directing

Eugene T. Dunn

Horton

Eugene T. Dunn, 85, of Horton, passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.

His funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Albertville Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at Mt. Hebron Cemetery. Rev. Walter Childers and Rev. Glenn Randall will officiate the service.

Visitation will be Thursday from 2 until 4 p.m. before the funeral.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Cecilia Dunn; children, Cathy Stracener, Sherry Lusk (Joe), Kim Hibbs (Randy), Brian Dunn (Sherry), Alan Dunn, Sheila Dunn; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great great-grandchildren.

Albertville Memorial Chapel directed.

Zelma Minor

Springhill, Tennessee

Zelma Minor, 97, of Springhill, Tennessee, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019.

Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at Albertville Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery. Rev. Wayne Tarvin will officiate the service. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 until 11 a.m. before the service.

She is survived by her sister, Fay Medlock (Brice).

Albertville Memorial Chapel is directing.

Tommy Joe Bowers

Boaz

Tommy Joe Bowers, 81, of Boaz, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Geraldine Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. Wayne Tarvin officiated.

Survivors include sons, Michael (Katrina) Bowers, Dustin (Amanda) Bowers; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Geraldine Funeral home directed.

Sallie Simpson

Boaz

Sallie Simpson, 82, of Boaz, passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Adams Brown Service Funeral Home. Burial followed in Mt. Olive. Bro. Shane Pursley officiated.

Survivors include daughters, Sadie Mitchell (Kevin), Virginia Allen (Joey); son, Joey Simpson (Barbara); six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Buchanan, Mary Nixon; brothers, Billy Alexander, JT Alexander, Kenneth Alexander, Jimmy Alexander, Earnest Alexander.

Arrangements entrusted to Adams Brown Service Funeral Home.

Thomas McClendon

Sarasota, Florida

Thomas McClendon, 91, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.

Funeral services are Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. at Adams Brown Service Chapel. Burial will follow in Asbury Cemetery. Pastor Jerry Witt will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Adams Brown Service Funeral Home.

He is survived by his son, Geoff McClendon; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements entrusted to Adams Brown Service Funeral Home.

Roy Garland Cooper

Boaz

Roy Garland Cooper, 77, of Boaz, passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.

His funeral service will be today, Sept. 5, at 2 p.m. at Boaz Carr Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. Bro. Wesley Cooper and Bro. Shannon Pullen will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 - 2 p.m. before the service.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jean Cooper; children, Jeff Cooper (Tammy) and Amy Harmon (Martin); five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Aaron Cooper.

Boaz Carr Funeral Home Directing

Robert “Bob” Murphy

Albertville

Robert “Bob” Murphy, 67, of Albertville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Adams Brown Service Funeral Home. Burial followed in Memory Hill. Bro. Chris Johnson and Bro. Mike Johnson officiated.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene Murphy; daughter, Sheila Carter (Robert); two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; stepmother, Joanna Murphy; sister, Kay Spite (Rev. Stephen); brothers, Carl Murphy (Ruth Ann), Larry Murphy (Fran), Wilson Murphy (Karla).

Arrangements entrusted to Adams Brown Service Funeral Home.

Robert Dale Parris

Fyffe

Robert Dale Parris, 46, of Fyffe, passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Crossville Memorial Chapel with burial following in New Harmony Cemetery. Rev. Morrel Upchurch and Rev. Chris Andrews officiated.

Survivors include his mother, Norma McDowell.

Crossville Memorial Chapel directed.

Albert Lee Seitz

Arab

Albert Lee Seitz, 87, of Arab, passed away Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.

A memorial service will be held today, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. at Guntersville Memorial Chapel.

Guntersville Memorial Chapel directing.

Betty Sanders

Albertville

Betty Sanders, 81, of Albertville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Beulah Cemetery. Rev. Jeff Martin officiated.

She is survived by her grandson, Jonathon Sanders.

Albertville Memorial Chapel directed.

Brenda G. Hastings

Albertville

Brenda G. Hastings, 67, of Albertville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 1, at Albertville Memorial Chapel. Burial followed in Memory Hill Cemetery. Rev. Jason Wooten and Rev. Bill Scott will officiated.

She is survived by her husband, Willie “Bo” Hastings; daughter, Christie Ragsdale; son, Jeff Hastings (Darla); six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sister, Clara Gilbert; brother, Richard Chaney (Patricia)

Albertville Memorial Chapel directed.

Floyd David Rathke

Albertville

Floyd David Rathke, 66, of Albertville, passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Survivors include sons, Christopher Rathke of Horton, Jason Rathke of Texas; daughters, Jessica Gilmore of Albertville, Brandy Smith of South Dakota, Misty McGinnis of Texas; brothers, Arnold Rathke, Calvin Rathke, John Wayne Rathke, Bennie Rathke, Edmund Rathke.

Geraldine Funeral Home directing.

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