Dorothy Nell Singleterry West passed away at her home surrounded by family on June 4, 2019. She is preceded in death by her parents Molly Smith and Worthy Rush Singleterry of Clara, Mississippi, a sister, Vonita Connelle of New Orleans, LA and a brother, Dennis Singleterry of Clara, MS. She is survived by her husband, John Edward West, a brother, Charles Singleterry of Hattiesburg, MS and sons William Rush West (Jane), Mark Edward West (Julia), Terry Dexter West (Audrey) all of Huntsville, AL and Randy Clarke West (Ronda) of Auburn, AL. Grandchildren: Rachael Mayo (Justin), Rush West, Kris West (Meagan), Jonathon West, Daniel West, Laura West, Macie Morris (Hunter), Anna Grayce Smith (Drew), Clara West, and Connor West (Maggie). Great grandchildren: Brock Simons, Tripp Morris, Tynleigh West, Bryton Simons, Charlotte Morris, Porter Smith and Lawson West.
Nell was born January 15, 1938, in Clara Mississippi. She graduated from Clara High School in 1955 and was the Homecoming Queen her senior year. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi for 2 years. In August 1957 Nell married John Edward West of Waynesboro, MS at the Big Creek Baptist Church. They honeymooned in Corpus Cristi, TX before moving to Mississippi City, MS as newlyweds. Over the next 5 years, Nell and John moved their growing family from Huntsville, Alabama to Tarpon Springs and Naples, Florida and back to Huntsville before settling in the Monrovia community. Nell earned her BS and MS degrees from Alabama A&M University in Home Economics and taught at Sparkman High School for nearly 20 years before retiring. In retirement Nell enjoyed making frequent trips back to the farm she grew up on and cared for her parents. She was a devoted mother supporting her four boys in sports for many years. As a grandmother she cooked up meals of fresh vegetables from her garden and taught her grandchildren the joys of fishing and to appreciate a dirt road. John and Nell shared 61 years of marriage and their example of love for each other stands large in the eyes of the many who love them.
Services for Nell will be held at Legacy Chapel Funeral Home located at 16 Hughes Road Madison, AL. 35758 on Friday June 7, 2019. Visitation will be held from 1PM – 2PM, Funeral service will be at 2PM. Interment will follow at Huntsville Memory Gardens.
In Lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Hospice of North Alabama 2905 Westcorp Blvd SW, Suite 116 Huntsville, AL. 35805 or to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research Foundation at www.michaeljfox.org/donate