Jun 26, 1961 - Nov 29, 2023
Herbert Edward Francis Jr.
Jan 10, 1924 - Feb 01, 2024
"Herbert E. Francis, Jr. was a famous author and cherished teacher. He passed away peacefully at his home in Huntsville, Alabama, on February 2nd, 2024. He was born on January 11th, 1924, in Bristol, Rhode Island. He was the son of Herbert E. Francis and Evelyn E. Verity Francis. Herb's journey began with academic excellence, as he graduated as valedictorian from Colt Memorial High School. During World War II, Herb served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, displaying valor in England, France, and Italy. Utilizing the G.I. Bill, he pursued higher education. Completing his B.A. at the University of Wisconsin in record time. His passion for Spanish literature blossomed under the guidance of esteemed professors, shaping his future endeavors. As an educator, he left an indelible mark at institutions like Emory University and the University of Alabama, Huntsville. His commitment to teaching extended beyond classrooms. Thus fostering intellectual growth among diverse students, including NASA and Arsenal employees. Herb's literary contributions garnered acclaim, with awards such as the O. Henry and the Pushcart recognizing his talent. His dedication to literature and education transcended borders, touching lives internationally. In honoring Herb's legacy, let us remember his profound impact on literature and countless students. "
Judy F. Hoesly
Mar 02, 1950 - Feb 06, 2024
Judy F. Hoesly, age 73, of Huntsville, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at home surrounded by friends and family after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Judy was born in Wise County Virginia on March 2,1950, to the late Ralph and Anna Dingus. She spent her early childhood years growing up in Southwestern Virginia graduating from Rye Cove High School and attended Hiawassee College. Judy was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and graduated with honors. While at Hiwassee, Judy met her life-long friend Sue Lessenberry. That friendship led to a blind date arranged by Sue that resulted in marriage to Richard Hoesly. Judy was a devoted wife and mother who will be remembered for her kind and generous nature. She was passionate about gardening and was a Master Gardener. Her exceptional green thumb brightened her surroundings. Judy loved to travel with family, especially to Walt Disney World and enjoyed the times spent there during the Christmas holidays especially all the decorations.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Wayne, Kenneth, Carol (Guy) Arwood, and Willard Dingus. Judy is survived by her loving husband, Richard; son, James; grandchildren, Hope (Jaymes) Iwamoto, Kaitlyn (Drew) Boldin, and Mackenzie Hoesly; great grandchildren, Jasper & Jensen Iwamoto, Greyson Boldin; siblings, Jimmy (Jo), Ronnie (Brenda), Raymond (Jeanette), Margaret (Daryl) Hurd, Linda Falin; sister-in-laws Betty Dingus, Phyllis Payne, and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to recognize and thank the care givers from Home Instead and Hospice of North Alabama who have given compassionate care and dignity during her daily struggles. A special message of thanks goes out to Ms Shelia Banks and Nurse Jennifer Hineman.Visitation will be from 5-7pm on Monday, February 12, 2024, at Legacy Chapel Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, in the Legacy Funeral Home Chapel. Internment will follow at Huntsville Memorial Gardens, 6810 Hwy 72 W, Huntsville, AL 38506. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Judy’s favorite charity, St Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Alzheimer’s AssociationLegacy Chapel Funeral Home, 16 Hughes Road Madison, AL 35758 256-325-5011 https://www.legacychapelfunerals.com/about-us/contact-us
Robert Oscar Burress
Mar 22, 1941 - Feb 07, 2024
Robert Oscar Burress (affectionately known as "Moon") was born on March 22, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio and died on February 7, 2024 in Huntsville, Alabama. He was born to Malinda Burress and Oscar Cummings. When he was about 8 years old, Robert, his brother and mother moved to Huntsville AL. Due to his mother’s illness, Robert dropped out of school to help support his mother. He had various jobs, bricklayer, construction work, and bartender. In 1975, he started working at the Von Braun Civic Center, which was due to his work ethic noticed by management while helping with the first convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses here in Huntsville. He became a maintenance foreman at VBC until he retired. At the time of the convention, Robert was studying the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses and he symbolized his dedication to Jehovah on December 30, 1978 in Bessemer, AL. When Robert was 13, he met the love of his life, Evelyn Sullivan. After courting for several years, they were married on August 8, 1960. They were parents to seven children. Robert is preceded in death by, his mother Malinda, his brother Henry (uncle Scoop Burress), his wife of 55 years, Evelyn, and several children, Reginald, Roland, Jennifer, Carmala and Jody.He is survived by, son Leland (Debra), son Brian Brandon, daughter KaToya, daughter-in-law Ida Burress. Five grandchildren, Reginald Carlisle, Rebekah Henry (Charles), Beth Burress, Deondre Burress, Takia Lovell (Jordan) and one great granddaughter, Mahliyah Burress,A sister, Gwen Coby, and numerous nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law and spouses, in addition to many cousins, and hundreds of spiritual brothers and sisters.Robert, being one of Jehovah's Witnesses, loved witnessing to people, whether the insurance man who came by the house, or any others that he met. He wanted to help them appreciate the hope we have for the future when God's Kingdom will make the earth the paradise it was meant to be, his dead loved ones resurrected to life on the earth and sickness and suffering gone forever. By the way, the insurance man did become our spiritual brother! As his health declined, Robert enjoyed tying in to the Zoom meetings for service and doing much phone witnessing to old friends he grew up with and family members and neighbors. The week before he died, while tied into his meeting via Zoom, he attempted to raise his hand when questions were asked. Though he couldn't speak, he still wanted to participate however he could! This is a small snapshot of a life that touched so many during his 82 years. We will miss him dearly! A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 2:00 pm CST at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 16121 Chaney Thompson Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803For those not able to attend the memorial in person, you can view it online. Go to zoom.us on your computer or mobile device, tap "Join" or "Join a meeting" and use the following info to tie in:For Zoom tie in:Meeting ID4516863421Password2082115Dial in number301-715-8592
Ian Bruce McCann
May 17, 2005 - Feb 17, 2024
Ian Bruce McCann, a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend, was taken from us far too soon in a heartbreaking car accident on February 17, 2024, in Huntsville, Alabama. Born on May 17, 2005, in Great Falls, Montana, Ian's vibrant spirit and genuine warmth touched the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him. From a young age, Ian was known for his outgoing nature and magnetic personality. A consummate extrovert, he always "just wanted to be with people." And people wanted to be with him. He effortlessly made friends wherever he went. Ian's love for fiery ramen was emblematic of his zest for life – always seeking out the spiciest experiences and flavors that life had to offer. His love for animals was equaled only by their love for him, and he jumped at every opportunity to pet-sit for numerous families in the area. Described as unforgettable and lovable by those close to him, Ian's playful and striking eyes left a lasting impression on everyone he met. His wit and cleverness were matched only by his determination and confidence. Whether he was engaging in one of his many hobbies such as fishing, kayaking, wrestling, playing video games, watching anime, or exploring the outdoors, Ian's enthusiasm was infectious. A member of Bob Jones High School’s class of 2023, Ian went on to graduate with honors from BTrained HVAC trade school and couldn’t wait to begin his first job in the industry, which he had just secured. Ian was genuine and big-hearted, and he left an impact on all those around him. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of those who were touched by his charismatic presence. Ian leaves behind a legacy of love that will forever be cherished by his beloved family and friends. He is survived by his parents Janelle and Collin McCann, sisters Moira and Meghan McCann, maternal grandparents Bruce and Jeanette Judisch, paternal grandparents Bruce and Sandra Wilhite, aunt and uncle Kim and Tom May and their five children, uncle and aunt Neal and Janice Judisch and their six children, uncle and aunt Barrett and Suzann McCann and their three children, uncle and aunt Stephen and Paige Wilhite and their two children, as well as godparents Stephen and Dara Hobbs and their two children. They all held a special place in his heart. A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held on February 25th at Legacy Chapel Funeral Home in Madison, Alabama. The visitation will begin at 2:00 PM followed by the service at 3:30 PM, as family and friends gather to honor Ian's memory. Ian wouldn’t want a formal and stuffy service, so please come as you are and as you are comfortable. In lieu of flowers, a fund has been set up to help the family give Ian the sendoff he so richly deserves. You can give at https://everloved.com/life-of/ian-mccann/?flow=264.Ian may have departed from this world prematurely, but the impact he made during his all-too-brief time among us will resonate eternally. As he is undoubtedly finding solace in the arms of Jesus, may we find solace in the cherished memories we hold dear and take comfort knowing that Ian's legacy of love will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. Ian will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
William M. Parker
Mar 06, 1922 - Feb 24, 2024
William M. Parker, of Huntsville, Alabama, passed away February 24, 2024. In WWII, he served in the 12th Armored Division and was a lifetime member of the 12th A.D. Association. In the Korean War he served in the 2nd Infantry Division. During service he was awarded the Bronze Star with "V" Device and the Purple Heart. In 1968, Mr. Parker retired from Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD, and moved to Deltona, FL. He and his family lived there until 2014. He is preceded in death by his wife Joan, who passed away in 2006.
Oct 17, 1938 - Feb 12, 2024
Mr. Roger Martin, age 85, of Boaz, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2024, at Huntsville Hospital. A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 16, 2024, at two o’clock p.m. in the McRae Chapel with Jerri Manasco officiating. Interment will follow in the Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday, February 16, 2024, from one until service time at the funeral home. Mr. Martin was born on October 17, 1938, to Arthur & Lucille Alewine Martin. He was a lifelong resident of Boaz and a favorite coach of many. Roger graduated from BHS in 1956 where he was both a star in football and basketball, lettering four years. He continued his education at Auburn University, graduating in 1961. He taught math and coached at BMS. Mr. Martin is survived by his wife Katie Martin, A chosen son Johnny Gilbreath of Birmingham Two grandchildren, Lindsay and Jakob Gilbreath of Virginia, a nephew, Wesley Martin and 2 nieces, Leisa Smith and Laurie Healy, and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Lucille Martin, and his brother, Ronald Martin. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to a charity of your choice.
Marty Ray Williams
Mar 17, 1956 - Feb 21, 2024
Mr. Marty Ray Williams, age 67 of Miller Drive, Boaz, died on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at Huntsville Hospital. A private Memorial service will be held at a later date. Mr. Williams was born in Alabama, on March 17, 1956, to Howard & Bertha Hedgepeth Williams. He was a farm overseer. Mr. Williams is survived by his Brother & Sisters-in-Law: Travis & Jackie Williams of Athens and Diane Williams of Boaz. Special Friend: Tony Claburn of Boaz and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Parents: Howard and Bertha Willams, Brothers: Edsel Williams and Dennis Williams and Sister: Brenda Woods.
Joe W. Ellis
Sep 11, 1932 - Feb 27, 2024
Decatur, AL/Okolona – After a long productive life, Joe W. Ellis transformed to his eternal home from Huntsville Hospital after a period of declining health. He was 91 years old. Joe was born in the Pontocola Community to the late Emmett Ellis and Annie Patterson Ellis. A patriotic American, Joe served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict period. Like his family before him, Joe spent his life in the building construction industry, first as a brick layer then as a home construction and repair master carpenter. Joe spent his last 10 years before retirement as a Construction Manager for Habitat for Humanity. Joe lived much of his later life in Alabama including Haleyville, Cullman and Decatur from 1972 until his death. He was very active in the Decatur retirement community. Joe, more than anything, loved his son and daughter with a boundless enthusiasm. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Decatur, AL.A private family service celebrating his life will be held at Saturday, March 2, 2024.Mr. Ellis is survived by his two children, Joe Ellis of Washington, D.C. and Cheri Ellis Schekman and her husband, Tracey of Southern California; the mother of his children, Sarah B. Ellis of Decatur, AL; his grandson, Noah Schekman of Southern California; a sister, Betty Ann Vinson of Louisiana; his sisters in law, Nancy, Marilyn and Gen Ellis; numerous nieces, nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett and Annie Patterson Ellis and his brothers, Skeet, Bobby, Jake and Ronnie Ellis.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County, 1123 Central Pkwy SW, Decatur, AL 35601Holland Funeral Directors – Okolona (662 840-5000) is honored to be serving their friends.
Timothy Wayne Knox
Sep 12, 1960 - Jan 29, 2024
In loving memory of Timothy Wayne KnoxTimothy Wayne Knox, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on January 29, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and boundless encouragement and support. Born on September 12, 1960, at Huntsville Hospital, Tim was the third of four children born to Gertrude Barnett Knox.Tim enjoyed playing with GI Joes and crafting clothes for them out of scrap material and kept those GI Joes to pass down to his grandkids. He learned to play the guitar at the age of 12 because his older sister, Pat, “stood over me with a fly swatter and popped the heck out of me when I missed a note (man, talk about tough love).” (Excerpt taken from one of several books he wrote, “Everything I Know About Business I Learned From My Mama”). He recently expressed a desire to revisit his musical roots and hoped to share his passion with his grandsons, although with a much gentler approach to learning.Tim’s personality and natural leadership qualities quickly made him a popular figure in school. His younger brother, Don, recently said, “He commanded every room he entered and center stage was always wherever he was standing.” If that doesn’t describe Tim, I don’t know what does.A member of the inaugural four-year graduating class of Bob Jones High School in 1978, Tim’s aspirations diverged from the traditional college path. Humorously dismissing higher education, he often quipped, “I drove by a college once and it looked really hard, so I kept going.” Tim’s professional journey began as a radio DJ, and he would still tell you, to this day, it was his favorite job and he had never been happier making $5/hour.A devoted son, Tim cherished his time spent with his mother, sharing lunch and soap operas at her house three days a week until her passing in 2018. In his personal life, Tim found profound joy and fulfillment in his roles as a husband to Melissa Cole Knox for 30 years and a devoted father to his daughters, Chelsea McKinney (Ammon) and Sierra Knox (Chance). However, his greatest source of pride and happiness as of late came from being the most fantastic “Bumpa” to his grandsons, Archer and Warren. The bond between Tim and his grandkids was indescribable and it is a known fact to everyone he encountered that his boys were his world. In 2021, he, Melissa, and Sierra moved 5 doors down from Chelsea and the kids and “The Compound” was born. The family would have dinners together, breakfasts on the weekends, lunches after church, playtime in the pool and on the swing sets, and snuggles on the crash pad in the living room almost every day of the week. It was really something special, both for him and the kids.A driven entrepreneur with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and self-development, Tim embarked on numerous business ventures throughout his life. From radio host to stand-up comedy, website design and development to ghostwriting, a gun store, and most recently a real estate company with Chelsea (2018) and a HotWorx franchise with Sierra (2023), Tim’s diverse interests and relentless determination propelled him to succeed in most every endeavor he pursued. His unwavering commitment to providing for his family and ensuring their future success was evident, even at the end.Tim’s impact extended far beyond his immediate circle, as evidenced by his presence on social media and the fond memories shared by countless individuals whose lives he touched. His boundless support, encouragement and genuine care for people will be deeply missed but forever cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him.Tim’s legacy of love, laughter, and unwavering dedication to his family will continue to inspire and uplift those who knew him. Tim’s family encourages you to love your family fiercely, never leave anything left unsaid, check in on your people daily, ask how you can help solve their problems, see a need and fill a need, build relationships and encourage those that are around you, be the biggest cheerleader and greatest support to those you love, and always remember to be like Bumpa.
James "Jim" Willard Gatherer, III
Jul 11, 1959 - Feb 23, 2024
James “Jim” Willard Gatherer, III, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Margaret (Purdy) Gatherer; their children, James W. Gatherer, IV, and Amy (Nick) Crutcher; sisters, Gail Grimes and husband, Dickson, Lisa Gatherer, and Madi Gatherer and her partner, Chris Stallings; brother, Phillip Purdy and wife, Lynn; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Rosemary (Kalfas) Gatherer and James Willard Gatherer, Jr.Jim was born on July 11, 1959, in Berwyn, Illinois and was raised in Decatur, Georgia. Jim attended Columbia High School and graduated in 1977. He was an accomplished musician in the band and interested in varied pursuits including fencing, drama, and the Tolkien Society. Jim graduated from Southern Technical Institute and earned a master’s degree from the University of Alabama, Huntsville.Jim married his best friend and love of his life, Margaret “Midge” Purdy on July 30, 1983, in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the Kalamazoo First United Methodist Church. A dedicated band father, Jim never missed a Grissom High School halftime show or concert and enjoyed seeing Amy and Jimmy march for Auburn University and play for the AU Basketball Pep Band. He was an enthusiastic member of the YMCA Indian Princesses and Indian Guides with Amy and Jimmy attending campouts, gatherings, and making Pinewood Derby cars. Jim loved taking his family on long road trips whether driving to Kalamazoo to visit family, driving to Auburn, AL to see their children in college, or taking long leisurely rides in his convertible.A member of Latham Church in Huntsville, Jim was active in the praise band, Sunday School, and social activities. He was an avid biker and outdoorsman and loved going on long hikes. Jim was the ultimate do-it-yourself-man and had no problem taking anything apart to fix things; everything from his trumpet to automobile engines.Jim had a 38-year career with Leonardo DRS Technologies as Chief Engineer with responsibilities as an electrical engineer, product architect, and program manager. In 2023, Jim received the Ignite Respect Leadership Award from DRS.A visitation to receive family and friends will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024, at Laughlin Service Funeral Home at 2320 Bob Wallace Ave, SW, Huntsville, AL 35805 from 4-6pm. The Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at Latham Church, 109 Weatherly Road SE, Huntsville, AL 35803 on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 1pm.In remembrance of Jim, the family suggests donations to the Land Trust of North Alabama or the American Heart Association.