IVYDENE "Dene" Simpson Walls
On Friday, July 24th 2020 Dene Walls passed from this life at Decatur Morgan Hospital to her eternal reward. She was 80 years old.
Due to the Corona Virus outbreak and the safety of family members and friends, a private family funeral will be held with private graveside service to follow. Bro. Phillip Hines will be officiating the private service. She was born on September 20, 1939, in Hartselle to the late E. E. "Fonnie" Simpson and the late Olive Compton Simpson. She graduated from Morgan County High School in 1957 and married her husband of 63 years on the following day.
Affectionately called Nanny by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was a member of the Hartselle Church of Christ for more than 65 years. She was an avid genealogist and spent more than 40 years researching her family roots in libraries, courthouses and Archives. She made numerous trips to most north Alabama counties, and has researched in Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Texas and the DAR Library, Library of Congress and the National Archives in Washington, DC. Her first genealogical venture was researching and co-authoring two volumes of Morgan County Cemeteries. She has published six family history books on different branches of her family. Her ancestors were some of the earliest settlers of Morgan County, having settled here before statehood. Her primary focus for many years was the Morgan County Genealogical Society, of which she was instrumental in forming. She was a charter member and has served in all offices.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Willard Simpson and Damon Simpson and a grandson, Zachary Cole Walls. Mrs. Walls leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved husband, Clarence J. Walls, of Hartselle; one son, David Scott Walls and wife, Loretta; one daughter, Gayla Carol Walls Castell and husband, Kevin; five grandchildren, Caleb Adam Castell and wife Brittnie, Danielle Brooke Walls White and husband Justin, Jessica Lane Perkins Puckett and husband, Jarred, Chase Garrett Castell, and Nicholas Kyle Walls; eight great-grandchildren, Jaxon Carter White, Hatleigh Dean White, Wiley Ellison White, Ryleigh Renee Castell and Raelyn Caroline Castell, Layne Adam Castell, Peyson Lane Puckett and Troy Kiesyn Puckett.
She will be sorely missed. She was a faithful Christian, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She leaves behind some very happy and sweet memories that will live on in the hearts of her family and friends.
Pallbearers will be friends.
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