Terry Mount, 71, of Decatur passed away on Saturday February 4, 2023 at his residence. Terry founded DSI in 2002 and had successfully developed over 36 properties comprising more than 1,800 residential units. He had experience in architecture, construction management and real estate development in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Terry was a past member of the Advisory Council to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and a past member on the board of directors for the Alabama Affordable Housing Association. Prior to starting DSI, Terry worked with several nonprofit organizations developing housing in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia. After college, he initially worked for an architectural firm and later went on to work in design and construction management for KinderCare Learning Centers and its affiliated companies. Terry was instrumental in helping KinderCare build out its coast to coast footprint during the 1980’s. Terry’s education includes architecture at the University of Tennessee, a B.A. and a M.P.A. from Auburn University at Montgomery as well as various nonprofit development training programs. Terry is preceded in death by his father, Alfred Perry Mount.
James Brown ----- 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.
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.
Jim Ray -- James Robert Ray, 84 of Decatur, passed away on January 30, 2021. A graveside service will be at 2 PM on Friday, February 5, 2021 at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville, AL, with Bro. Steve Smith Officiating. Due to current covid situation there will be no visitation. The family would like to thank the staff on the 4th floor at Decatur Morgan Main Hospital for there wonderful care of our dad. James is survived by his daughter, Jennifer (Kenny) Harbin; son, Bob (Meriley) Ray; grandchildren, Julie (Mike) Burleson, Jenna (Zach) Barrett, Chase (Senecca) Smith, Ethan Ray, Aubrey Ray, great granddaughter, Riley Burleson and brother Paul (Pam) Ray. He also had a host of nieces and nephews that he loved very much. Mr. Ray is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years Joan Ray; son James Russell Ray and his parents James A. and Lucille Ray. Mr. Ray was born August 6, 1936. He served in the Air National Guard. James retired from South Central Bell, Pugh and Wright also the City of Decatur. Mr. Ray served proudly as an Elder at Somerville Rd. Church of Christ for 28 years and currently was a member at Beltline Church of Christ.
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 years Due to his declining health he has not been active in the DMAC for the last 2 or 3 years. He will be missed.
John F Gustafson -- 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.
George Hill ----- 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.
James Coleman "Jim" Johnson -- 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 advertising. 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 University. 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.
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 Cemetery.
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 Gardens. 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, Ga. 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 plane.
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.