February 13, 1933 - March 20, 2021
Funeral Service for Mrs. Gaye Nell Saxon Peters, 88, of New Site, will be Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the New Site United Methodist Church. Keith Lightsey, Dale McCain and Randy Anderson will officiate. Burial will follow in the Old Harmony in New Site. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm at New Site United Methodist Church. On February 13, 1933 someone spanked the bottom of a brand new baby girl, and the world immediately met this beautiful little girl who had no trouble letting everyone know exactly how things were going to be from that moment on – she was the center of attention, she demanded love and adoration from the start, she had lots to say and wanted everyone to hear her, the very expression on her face lit up the room and made everyone else take notice and smile right along with her, she made everyone glad they had come to witness her arrival and so happy they had come, she made everyone feel important and like they were part of her closest family. And on March 20, 2021, she left this earth with those who knew and loved her still feeling the same way. Mrs. Gaye Nell married Mr. Doc in March of 1953 – 68 years of ups and down, laughter and tears, sometimes they had a lot, sometimes just a little, sometimes they leaned on each other, sometimes they had independent streaks a mile wide. They loved and laughed, bickered and fought, worked and played. But at the end of the day, those closest to them know that really only a deep and long lasting love could have held them together through all that those 68 years of marriage brought them through. Becky and Kebo were definitely the center of Mrs. Gaye Nell’s universe from the minute they were born. And she did everything she could possibly do to make their lives happy and full, easy and carefree. If there was anything happening at school or church or in the community that they could do, she wanted them to be able to do it – and she made it so. She drove them to ballgames and movies and beaches. They camped and fished and played. She packed loads of people into her cars and hauled their friends right along with them everywhere they went. Their house was always full of people and laughter and noise. She fed and clothed hundreds of kids and more than material things, she loved them fiercely and treated them all like her own. She would give anyone the shirt off her back and the shoes off her feet if she thought they needed them bad enough. Mrs. Gaye Nell loved to garden – both flowers and vegetables - and she loved to preserve foods that she grew and harvested – and she loved to cook that food. But mostly she loved giving it all away. There is no accounting for all the vegetables and cakes and cookies that she gave away. And it was to anybody…family, friends, co-workers, her pastors, teachers, neighbors, people in the community she felt were in need or people that she just loved. We all know that food is not love, but the way she prepared it and so lovingly distributed it was love. And we will all treasure memories of something we especially liked that she made and delivered just for us. Mrs. Gaye Nell was blessed with the most wonderful son-in-law when Becky married David in 1984. But what she really was blessed to get when they married was grandchildren. She was always more interested in knowing where Jamie was than seeing David and Becky when they visited. You would have thought her home was a shrine to Jamie, there were so many pictures of her everywhere. But it was amazing to watch the transformation from grands to great-grands gracing the walls when Jamie started having children. Suddenly, Timberly (Seth), Lakelyn and Bear quickly replaced the children and grand-children in first place – well, maybe with the exception of Kebo – he has probably never been bumped from his lofty seat on the throne. If you were not close to their family, it would have probably been hard for you to tell whether Nita and Mickey belonged to Mrs. Gaye Nell or her sister, Ezelle. It has often been said that the two of them were so close that they just swapped their four children back and forth, depending on which one felt they had to take them to rescue the mischievous kids from some pending punishment they most assuredly deserved. She loved Nita and Mickey dearly and added Donna to that group when Mickey married her. She always shared how she felt with anyone who would listen, even until her death. And they loved her just as deeply. If you stayed in her presence for any length of time, you would learn that “Aunt” GayeNell loved those Carter Boys. She loved Nita and Mickey, too, but she adored those Carter Boys. You might see her sliding into their driveway any time of the day or night just to see what they were doing or to take them some little something. She hauled them all over the place from the time they were little boys until they were old enough to drive themselves. And then she still kept visiting and doing things for them until they moved into their own homes. It’s been suspected from time to time that their Uncle Doc was a little jealous – we know the rest of the family was. There is absolutely not enough time to talk about all the people Mrs. Gaye Nell loved. And it is amazing to know that somehow she made them all think they were the most special. She loved her brothers and sisters fiercely – told us all every time she had the chance. She loved her church family more than breath, we think. She loved Becky’s high school friends – the girls – just like they were her very own. She loved all the adopted boys and girls who visited when she was at Kebo’s. She loved her high school friends and kept in touch with some of them until death separated them. But mostly, Mrs. Gaye Nell loved Jesus. She wanted to live her life in a way that let people know where she stood with Him without her ever having to tell them. She wanted to leave behind a strong Christian legacy that would live on long after she was gone. We heard her softly singing the words to the old hymn “What Will I Leave Behind?” once many years ago. It seemed so fitting...not material things…not things made by man. But she wanted to leave behind a legacy of loving, giving, serving and caring for those who came in contact with her every day. And that’s what we will always remember. Gaye Nell is survived by her husband of 68 years, Doc Peters of New Site; daughter, Becky Goggins (David) of Shelby; son, Kebo Peters of New Site; granddaughter, Jamie Screws; great-grandchildren, Timberly Lovvorn (Seth), Lakelyn Fortenberry and Bear Screws; brother, Roy Saxon of Ashland; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard H. Saxon; mother, Olive Wright Saxon; sisters, Ezelle Carter, Martha Jean Perry and Lovena Gibson; and brothers, Bayward Saxon, Robert Saxon, Dwight Saxon, John M. Saxon and Ralph Saxon. We want to extend a special heartfelt thanks to those who have so lovingly cared for our wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend during the last long months of her life, especially Vicky, Lois and Kat, as well as our deepest appreciation to Encompass Hospice for taking such good and loving care of her. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the New Site United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 101 Church Road, New Site, AL 36256 or to your favorite charity. Memorial messages may be sent to the family at www.radneyfuneralhome.com. Radney Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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