Albert Lester Moon

lester moonAugust 27, 1953 – March 22, 2015

Albert Lester Moon, 61, of Owens Cross Roads, passed away Sunday.

Lester served as pastor and associate pastor at several local churches.

He was preceded in death by father, Virgil Moon, mother, Jean Moon.

Surviving are wife, Jerri Moon, son, Joseph Vasser, daughter, Michelle (Ragan) Self, son, Lee Moon, grandchildren, Dylan, Taylor, Alex, Charlie, Austin, and Aubrey, brother, Wayne Moon, brother, Marvin Moon, brother, Phillip Moon, and several nieces & nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel, Wednesday at 2:00 pm with Robbie Thornberry and Bro. Trotwood Mance officiating.

Interment will be in the Green Valley Cemetery.



J.D. Webster

jd websterNovember 26, 1939 – March 21, 2015

J.D. Webster, 75, of New Hope, passed away Saturday March 21, 2015. He was born in Madison County on November 26, 1939 to James and Ruthie Webster. He was a member of Christ Church of Huntsville, AL.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1962 – 1964. He also served in the U.S. National Guard from 1964 – 1968. He retired from Teledyne Wah Chang after working 36 years as an Electrical Maintenance Supervisor.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Glen Webster. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Woody Webster, son Jeff (Elizabeth Ann) of New Hope, daughter Amy W. Floyd (Billy) of Arab, daughter Tina W. Moon (Randy) of Alabaster, and son Jason (Dawn) of New Hope; grandchildren, Caroline and James Webster, Samuel and Zachary Moon, and Davis and Audrey Webster. He is also survived by his sister, Peggy Baker (Walt) of Houston, TX, and brother, Kenneth Webster (Joyce) of Hartselle, AL, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at New Hope Funeral Home. The funeral service officiated by Pastor W.O. Dub McCain will follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at Hayden Cemetery.


Lucy Adams Whitaker

lucy whitakerDecember 10, 1924 – March 9, 2015

Lucy Adams Whitaker, 90, of Grant, passed away Monday.

Lucy was born at home on December 10, 1924 in the Nebo area of New Hope, AL to her parents Shelby and Sallie Jane Whitaker, and the fifth child out of a total of seven. She lived in Madison County the majority of her life except for a short period in Tennessee and upon marrying Leo Whitaker moved in 1978 to Grant, AL.

Mother worked various jobs to include a dime store and a dress shop with her longest tenure at the Genesco Shoe Plant (now known as Lowe Mill) upon returning to New Hope from Tennessee. She had the cushy job of working in a loud environment, unair-conditioned (except for the large windows thrown open wide in the summer and huge fans running) and poorly heated facility while sewing boots for the military fighting the Vietnam War. This was in the day where there was no sick leave. Any time away from the job meant missed pay. Her pay was based on making production which she was able to do. On more than one occasion she took her vacation in pay rather than time off to stretch finances. She made many life-long friends while working there.

Her biggest claim to her immediate family was that she was an excellent country cook. It seemed that just about anything could be made better with a good meal of simple foods. She once said before a Sunday meal, “I hope ya’ll can find something to eat in this old grub” which was an understatement since the table was covered with varied dishes. Until her later years, she cooked a full breakfast (including homemade biscuits) and a full meal every day with leftovers for supper and there was always some type dessert for meals. Her children never left for school without a hot breakfast which she rose around 4:30, cooked breakfast, got ready for work and caught her ride at 6:00 a.m. She loved a garden and canning and freezing foods. Anybody who came to visit was always offered something to eat. It would almost hurt her feelings if she got a decline. She epitomized the saying that the mother is the heart of the home. She was the moral compass and the one constant depended upon by her children. She was proud of her children but she was more proud of her grands, great-grands and especially a great-great grand which she never dreamed she’d live old enough to see.

She was an organizing member of the Gunter Mountain DAR chapter located in Grant. She was so eager and pleased to be a part of this group. She and her siblings grew up on a portion of the original property John Whitaker homesteaded once moving from North Carolina through Tennesee and then on into this area to permanently settle after serving in the Revolutionary War. She was able to visit the relocated original log cabin used by ancestoral Whitaker family members, which was also used by a couple of her siblings as their first home

She loved plants and always had several inside her home as well blooming flowers in her yard during the summer. She especially loved elephant ears (caladiums), and was attentive to their storage over the winter months.

In her last years, she spent many days at the Grant Senior Center playing dominos another thing she loved to do. She and another friend were considered the ones to beat. She would tell us stories of the romances and tiffs going on at the center – and generally any gossip in the community (per this editor –a hot bed for info!) She enjoyed going on outings with this group on the senior bus. She was a member of the Owens Cross Roads Church of Christ.

She was from a generation that will not be replicated. We should all hope to be as resilient, reliable, and practical while making do with what was given.

She was preceded in death by father, Shelby Whitaker, mother, Sallie Jane Cooper Whitaker, husband, Edward Adams, husband, Leo Whitaker, son, Keith Adams, three brothers and three sisters.

Surviving are daughter, Jane (Frank) Poland, daughter, Annette (Harold) Kelly, daughter, Vickie Smith, step son, Ronnie Whitaker, step daughter, Karen Marshall, step daughter, Nancy Dunn, daughter-in-law, Melissa Adams, sister, Ann Minor, grandchildren, Randy (Suzanne) Poland, Danny (Rose) Poland, Koren (Adam) Olinger, Adam (Ashley) Kelly, Sarah Smith, Thor Smith, and Justin Adams, seven great grandchildren, one great great grandson, six step grandchildren, ten step great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel, Wednesday at 11:00 am with Bro. Rick Honea officiating.

Interment will be in the Hayden Cemetery.


Malcolm D. Keel

malcolm keelNovember 2, 1941 – March 8, 2015

Malcolm D. Keel, 73, of Grant, passed away Sunday.

Surviving are wife, Helen Keel, son, Johnathan (Aimee) Keel, granddaughter, Jenna Keel, sister, Kay Smith, step son, Billy Bennett, step son, Steven (Lisa) Bennett, step grandchildren, Brandy, B.J., Grant, Summer, Autumn, Wynter, 7 step great grandchildren, niece, Kelly Hopkins, several more nieces and nephews, special friends Bill and Kay Burns, and several friends and extended family members.

He was preceded in death by brother, Doyle G. Keel, father, Howard Keel, and mother, Janie Keel.

Visitation will be Monday 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel, Tuesday at 2:00 pm.

Interment will be in the Hayden Cemetery.

Hannah Louise Maples Parks

hannah parksSeptember 22, 1921 – March 6, 2015

Hannah Louise Maples Parks, 93, of Grant, passed away Friday.

Known as Gran Hannah and the “heart” of her family, she was loved and admired for her many talents, along with her strong will and beautiful heart. She tackled any situation head on and was a resourceful problem solver.

In her earlier years she devoted her life to her husband and raising her 3 children who adored her. She always put others before herself virtually every day of her life. She was a devoted wife, mother, and friend. As her family grew with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, so did her happiness.

Later in life she worked several jobs outside the home. In her 60’s she earned her GED in order to be promoted to supervisor at GTE. In her 70’s she got her commercial driver’s license to be able to drive the senior citizen van – which she did for many years. In her 80’s she went parasailing and loved it. On her 90th birthday she did her annual 2 mile birthday walk through the neighborhood. That walk included 4 generations of her family. The last 20 years she kept a treadmill in her living room and walked about 40 minutes most days.

As her health declined in her 90’s she moved to Barfield Health Care. There she was loved by all and given 24 hour tender loving care by an amazing staff. Their compassion will never be forgotten.

At the age of 93, Gran Hannah left this life to receive her reward and to be with her lord – the one she served daily throughout her life. She served him by serving all of us.

She is survived by two sons: Johnny W. Parks (Linda), Edwin Parks (Mary Ann), one daughter: Linda Corina, six grandchildren: Wesley Parks, Eden Parks, Rosemary Parks, Gina Lindsey, Laura Harrell, and Stacy Atkenson, six great grandchildren: Wes Parks, Ocllo Parks, Alden Harrell, Hunter Lindsey, Harrison Lindsey, and Haden Lindsey.

She was preceded in death by parents: Charles Malone Maples & Lizzie Craig Maples, her husband: John Parks, eight brothers: Dewey, Edward, Shelby, Ervin, Charlie, Connie, Rayford, and Craig maples and one sister: Gladys Maples Kirkland

Visitation will be Sunday 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will follow at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel, at 3:00 pm.

Interment will be in the Walker Cemetery.

Robert Watts

robert wattsMay 28, 1931 – February 27, 2015

Robert Watts, 83, of Owens Cross Roads, passed away Friday.

Mr. Watts was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by father, James David Watts, mother, Maggie Lee Bradford Watts, daughter, Lisa Watts Baker, and wife, JoAnn Stephens Watts.

Surviving are son, Christopher Taft (Anna) Watts, son, Shannon David Watts, granddaughter, Amber Nicole Watts, three sisters, Mary Porter, Doris Clemons, and Margaret Shaneyfelt, and several nieces & nephews.

Visitation will be Saturday 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at Hayden Cemetery, Sunday at 2:00 pm.

Jim Kilgore

January 15, 1926 – February 24, 2015

Jim Walter Kilgore, 89, of New Hope, passed away Tuesday.

Visitation will be Friday 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at New Hope Funeral Home. Services will be held at New Hope Funeral Home Chapel, Saturday at 11:00 am with Bro. Simon Mayo officiating.