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Mary-Claire Gerber Prater Athens Mary-Claire Gerber Prater, age 69, of Athens, died Saturday, April 19th, 2014, at her home. She was born October 14, 1944, in New York to Charles Gerber and Florence Raskin Gerber. Services for Mrs. Prater are Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Isom's Chapel United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. The body will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Visitation will be tonight from 6 to 9 at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home. Burial will be in Isom's Chapel Cemetery with Eddie Gooch, Dave Wood and John Prater officiating. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Florence Gerber of Virginia. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Dennis Prater; sons, Charles Binder and wife, Regina, of Leeds and Henry Prater of Chelsea; grandson, Raymond Binder; brother, Alan Gerber and wife, Liani, of Germany; sister, Janet Gardener and husband, Leonard, of Arizona; stepmother, Ray Gerber of Virginia; stepbrothers, Frank Friedland and wife, Marsha, and Bernard Friedland and wife, Ceila, of Virginia and a large extended family and a host of friends. If you ever saw a crowd of people laughing, you would usually find her in the center of it. She became a Christian in 1989 and was a dedicated member of lsom's Chapel United Methodist Church. She had served as Church Treasurer and was an active supporter of the United Methodist Women, the children's program, the choir, and Upward Basketball. She was very active in East Limestone as a former substitute teacher and booster club member for whom she ran the Spirit booth at the football games for many years. She worked mainly as a bookkeeper in various professions for the 50 years she worked, including McClary Tire in Decatur and Cluxton's Jewelers of Athens. She enjoyed making memory books for her friends to celebrate special occasions. She leaves behind a legacy of love of people, the ability to brighten your day with a laugh or a smile, and a score of lives she touched by her kindness. She was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. Pallbearers are Greg Balch, Mark Goodman, Fred Moss, Stanley Williams, Clint Wood and Cory Wood. Please sign our online guestbook at limestonechapel.com Read Obituary
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Joe William Sims Hartselle Mr. Joe William Sims, Age 73 of Hartselle died Saturday, April 19, 2014. His funeral will be Monday, April 21, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hal Daigre officiating and Peck Funeral Home directing. Burial will be in Forrest Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service. Mr. Sims was born January 15, 1941, in Morgan County to William Cargal Sims and Virginia Inez Johnson Sims. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Sims was a member of First Independent Methodist Church in Flint where he was a Sunday School teacher. A graduate of Florence State College and Morgan County High School, he was a United States Army Veteran, Cubmaster for Pack 92 Hartselle, longtime assistant Scoutmaster Troop 336 Hartselle. He handcrafted and restored muscial instruments. Mr Sims loved his family and community. Survivors include his wife, Susan Mary Puckett Sims; two sons, David W. Sims (Debbie) of Hartselle, John F. Sims (Susie) of Haleyville; one brother, Don A. Sims (Jeannie) of Paris, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Jonathan Croley and Mary Grace Sims of Hartselle, Will Sims and David A Sims of Haleyville. Pallbearers will be Shane McGregor, Bob Pettit, Jim Webster, Greg Sivley, Randall Key and Anthony Shaneyfelt. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Webster, Bobby Blankenship, Kenneth Owens, Leon Blankenship, Charles "Shorty" Lane, Roy Mitchell, John Ferguson and Truman Bridges. In lieu of flowers, the family ask for donations to Hospice of the Valley. Read Obituary
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