OBITUARY

Neal Slayden Charlton

December 17, 1983April 3, 2020

Neal Slayden Charlton of Hoover, Alabama went home to his Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, on April 3, 2020. Neal was born in Nashville, Tennessee on December 17, 1983 and grew up in Decatur, Alabama. He graduated from Decatur High School and attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he played trombone in the Pride of The Southland Marching Band.

Neal worked as an automotive detailer for Cars Recon in Moody Alabama. Neal was a lifelong and faithful member of the United Methodist Church, a 30 year childhood cancer survivor, a dedicated camper at Camp Smile-A-Mile, an animal lover, car enthusiast, kayaker, water skier, seafood and chocolate lover, and dedicated UT Vols fan. He embodied the “Volunteer Spirit”, always ready to lend a helping hand. Despite having a quiet demeanor, he was known amongst friends and family for his dry sense of humor and sharp wit. Friends associate the following with Neal: a gentleman, Seinfeld, classic rock musical knowledge, old western movies, Honda, James Bond, Dr Pepper, boots, cowboy hats, and his massive shoe collection.

Neal is survived by his loving wife, Angela Kerper Charlton of Hoover, parents, E. Dorris Charlton III and Lisa Slayden Charlton of Cullman, sister Kathryn (Katy) Hines (Stephen), niece Hannah Frances Hines, nephew Charlton Michael (Charlie) Hines of Signal Mountain, TN, mother and father-in-law Kimberly and John Kerper of Hoover, brothers-in-law Andrew Kerper (Amy) and Michael Kerper of Hoover, sister-in-law Christina Kerper of Oak Park, IL, many beloved cousins, aunts, uncles, and in-laws, and the family Maltese, Bernie.

A private graveside service was held on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 where the service was streamed on Facebook Live. Please search on Facebook for @WoodlawnRoesch.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Smile-A-Mile, Saint Jude Hospital, or your favorite charity.

A Celebration of Life Service for Neal will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, August 13 in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 320 3rd Avenue SE, Cullman, AL. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:30-11:00.

The family sincerely appreciates all the prayers, support, visits, calls, food, flowers, memorial contributions, and many other expressions of sympathy following Neal’s passing in April. Many of you may have joined the family graveside service on the funeral home facebook page.

One thing obviously missing due to the COVID pandemic restrictions was a traditional service to provide an opportunity for group worship, sharing, and fellowship. Now that the COVID restrictions have been relaxed, we are looking forward to that opportunity.

Although the church has resumed services, routine COVID precautions are being observed (masks, social distancing between groups, hand sanitizer, traffic flow, etc). We will provide any additional, up-to-date details closer to the date of the service.

  • FAMILY

  • Angela Kerper Charlton, Wife
  • E. Dorris Charlton,III, Father
  • Lisa Slayden Charlton, Mother
  • Kathryn (Katy) Hines (Stephen), Sister
  • Hannah Frances Hines, Niece
  • Charlton Michael (Charlie) Hines, Nephew
  • Kimberly Kerper (John), Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law
  • Andrew Kerper (Amy), Brother-in-law
  • Michael Kerper, Brother-in-law
  • Christina Kerper, Sister-in-law

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Services

13 August

A Celebration of Life Service

11:00 am

Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church

320 3rd Avenue SE
Cullman, AL 35055

Memories

Neal Slayden Charlton

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Ed Nichols

April 8, 2020

I remember Neal from DHS and his desire to march in the Pride. I was so excited for him to be in the Pride. Prayers to all of his family. 🙏🙏

Pamela Barber

April 8, 2020

Neal was always so kind. I never saw him out that he didn't give me a huge smile and a hug. He went to Thanksgiving at my dad's 1 year and fit right in. He and my niece were great friends and he called me Aunt Pam along with the rest of the crowd..My heart aches for your loss. He was a truly Magnificient human being and I always described him as " one of the good ones". Fly high Neal.......you were an angel on earth.......Prayers for your comfort in the days to come. God bless you with peace in this tragic time.

Eric Bundy

April 8, 2020

I was Neal's squad leader in the Pride of the Southland. Neal faced unique challenges to marching in the Pride. Despite those challenges, he worked harder than anyone else to be the best he could be. I remember many long, hot days when Neal would ask to stay after practice for extra work. Neal's dedication and determination made a lasting impact on me and others.

Andy Fichera

April 7, 2020

Neal and I were fraternity brothers and marched together in the Pride. He was one of the kindest people I’ve met. The world is little less bright without him, but we are all the better for having known him.

Lynne Flaugher

April 7, 2020

I am so saddened to read about this. I remember Neal as a sweet and gentle little boy, 4-7 years old. We had many fun times with our kids and Neal and Katy, having play dates, swimming at Burning Tree, sharing birthdays, and just living life as good friends! And I remember his bravery, plus that of Lisa and Dorris, as he battled cancer as a child. You were all such an example of how to come together in faith and love in tough times. We pray that God’s comfort and peace will be with all the family in the days to come.

Bill Daley

April 6, 2020

I extend my deepest sympathies to the Kerper and Charlton families. I say a special prayer for you Angie.

Nancy Comish (Strode)

April 6, 2020

Please know our hearts are broken for all of you. We will be lifting you up in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and morning. May the LORD'S presence be with you and comfort you.

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