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William Daniels

Feb 28, 1956 - Nov 27, 2023

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Huntsville, AL

"William Troy Daniels, a beloved husband, father, son, and brother, departed from this world on November 27, 2023, at the age of 67. Born on February 28, 1956, in Centralia, Illinois, he brought immense joy, love, and laughter into the lives of all those who had the privilege of knowing him. William, commonly known as Bill to his family and friends, resided in Plainview, Illinois, formerly of Highland, Illinois. Bill\u0027s determination and resilience in life shone through leaving an indelible ...Read More

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Herbert Edward Francis Jr.

Jan 10, 1924 - Feb 01, 2024

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Huntsville, AL

"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. "

Roger Martin

Oct 17, 1938 - Feb 12, 2024

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Huntsville, AL

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.

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Marty Ray Williams

Mar 17, 1956 - Feb 21, 2024

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Huntsville, AL

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.

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Joe W. Ellis

Sep 11, 1932 - Feb 27, 2024

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Huntsville, AL

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.

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Timothy Wayne Knox

Sep 12, 1960 - Jan 29, 2024

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Huntsville, AL

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.

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James "Jim" Willard Gatherer, III

Jul 11, 1959 - Feb 23, 2024

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Huntsville, AL

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.

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Kyle Austin Fisher

Apr 08, 1993 - Feb 25, 2024

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Huntsville, AL

Kyle Austin Fisher, 30, of Huntsville, AL, passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2024.A memorial service will be held on at 4:00PM on Friday, March 1, at Berryhill Funeral Home.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Not One More Alabama.

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Ms. Yvonne Francis

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Huntsville, AL

Memorial service for will be announced later. To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of , please .

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Justin Ray Gross

Sep 04, 1981 - Feb 27, 2024

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Huntsville, AL

Justin ray Gross, 42, of Huntsville, Al., passed away on February, 27th, 2024. Spry Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To to the family or in memory of Justin Ray Gross, please

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Joyce (Tidmore) Holt

Feb 19, 1955 - Feb 27, 2024

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Huntsville, AL

Joyce (Tidmore) Holt, 69, of Huntsville, Al., passed away on February, 27th, 2024. Spry Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To to the family or in memory of Joyce (Tidmore) Holt, please

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